Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review: The Laird's Choice by Amand Scott

Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Forever 
DUTY BOUND

Lady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to sense others' most intimate desires, she knows her duty is to marry the man who will take the MacFarlan name as his own and help her father regain the chiefdom of their clan. But her unique gifts don't prepare her for the day when a mighty warrior suddenly enters her life. The attraction between them is undeniable -- and insatiable.

DESIRE UNLEASHED

Hunted by brutal enemies, the wounded Magnus Galbraith washes up on MacFarlan land where he is rescued by a laird's lovely daughter. Andrena is like no one Magnus has ever known. She has the uncanny ability to both calm and enflame him in ways he never dreamed possible. But she has other unknown-and dangerous-powers. Now, as Magnus seeks to avenge a brother and protect a king, the young beauty could prove his greatest ally-or his ultimate undoing . .


This author can really tell a story. She gives a small cheat sheet of words and a map at the beginning, her Author's notes are very interesting and full of facts.
This book, had a bit extra in it I believe, yet left out some parts I would have rather seen. 
Andrena is a special lady along with her mother and sisters.  They all have a extremely special connection to emotions and surrounding animals. Dree can sense emotions of other people and tell when animals are distressed.  In turn this causes her to put herself in danger.  This is where, I wanted to smack the sense into Dree.  If she thought the birds were flying in an unnatural way, she would go outside of the tower and its ramparts to investigate the woods-by herself!  She didn't feel danger from the animals, in fact they always protected her when there was real danger.  Yet, Her father would never do anything about her wandering off into the dangerous woods alone.  Even after her father and husband commanded NO ONE could leave the walls to go to the forest, she managed to ignore that and persuade a guard to let her out!! She could sense the danger but has no commonsense to ignore it.  This actually bothered me quite a bit, I know it was part of the story and events wouldn't have happened if she didn't wander off.  But there could have been other ways for things to unfold.
I did like the fact that, Magnus, would try to get a REAL explanation of "feelings" Dree had.  And really tried to explain the danger she would always put herself in.
As for the relationship between Mag and Dree, well she was to wrapped up in trying to "read" his feelings and testing him to actually see with her own eyes how close they had become.  I understand, that she felt something was missing in bed between them, but that was only because of her trying to sense his feelings.  She just needed to open her eyes and really see.
I agree with Mag, Dree believed and trusted people way to easily. 
This was a good book and yes fiction but parts were just I can't believe what is happening.  I wanted to smack Dree way more than twice and even maybe the author for things.