Catriona is alone in the world except for some fa Written in 1st person I was quite shocked to discover this Historical was written in the first person pov. Catriona is alone in the world except for some family she has never seen or heard of before. Her welcome is less than cheering but she will not complain.
She should have known it wouldn't be easy to liv e with her new family just by the "gentleman," the Earl of Strathconan, they sent to help her find her way to her new home. The man actually asked her to be his mistress on the way there. Oh he thought he was offering her a better life than she would have but she could never do that.
Catriona gets kidnapped which the title says will happen, lol but so does the Earl. She is clever and finds a way to escape and rescue the Earl but it all comes to late.
Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress by Nicola Cornick
The ship they were being transported on becomes shippwrecked and it appears the only two survivors are them. They were lucky enough to wash up on the shore of a very tiny uninhabited island. They work together for survival, refusing to act on their mutual physical attraction. However, when they are finally rescued and it is clear that people will believe they were intimate, marriage seems the only answer to save her reputation.
The question is, will marriage make either of them happy or will it take place at all? I really enjoyed watching Catriona grow up and face the world head on. Jul 10, Jaye rated it did not like it. The title implies that he kidnapped her and made her his mistress. They were kidnapped together. They didn't have relations until after they got married. Characters are kind of lame. Disliked the H with his weird morals and ethics and the HH with her internal tweenage thoughts and envies. Mar 08, Nightwitch rated it really liked it Shelves: I was expecting an enjoyable but predictable category romance.
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Instead I found a delightful tribute to Stevenson's Kidnapped , told in the first person. Nothing was terribly surprising, but it was all delightful and vivid and the characters were so much fun. A really nice companion while trekking around public transportation in the aftermath of a winter storm. Jun 24, Trenchologist rated it liked it. Apr 05, Maura rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I've read this author before and I generally like the things that she writes. I know that this one was different, specifically written in a different manner as a tribute or something and it just didn't work for me. First of all, I am almost always put off by first person POV, particularly in romance.
I like getting other POVs because after a while I get really annoyed being in the same person's head all the time. The heroine Catriona, is orphaned and moves in with her Uncle's family. She is esco I've read this author before and I generally like the things that she writes. She is escorted by Neil Sinclair, heir to the Earl of Strathconan, who appears to be an arrogant, conceited ass who propositions Catriona to become his mistress within a day of meeting her.
He also takes to stealing kisses even though she expresses her anger but clearly her eyes tell him that she wants him. Catriona's uncle hates her and has her kidnapped, along with Neil. They end up shipwrecked on a deserted isle, she is compromised and he ends up marrying her.
But he's not ready for a wife and takes off for some navy duty and when she's left with his horrid family she is miserable. Plenty of angst and what not. Catriona fell in irrational insta-love with Neil. She hardly knew the man, but suddenly realized that she loved him. Despite his offering to make her his mistress and despite having just met his current mistress where he was buying her gowns , she decides that he's really quite honourable and wonderful. And all the while, I wanted to escape this woman's head.
This might have been a higher rating if it had been 3rd person. It was still well written and the plot was decent - I just don't like 1st person POV. Apr 15, Jean Smith rated it really liked it. I like the way this book is written as if the heroine is telling the story, or reading from her diary. I particularly like the way the author has started each chapter with a brief key point of what the chapter is about, as each chapter unfolds this key point is uppermost in your mind to see if the author has kept to the point and she does.
The story is complete and tells both sides of the story well without the need for tedious repetition. The charters remain in character throughout and the stor I like the way this book is written as if the heroine is telling the story, or reading from her diary. The charters remain in character throughout and the story keeps going at a good pace and is full of good surprises.
A very enjoyable read. I want to read more of her books. Dec 21, Hoga Williams rated it liked it. This is super chick lit, but story is quick and to the point. This is not normally what I would read, but I got it and decided to stick to reading it. It was a nice surprise as it is historically correct. I was in Scotland in August and at the places that she used in the novel. It makes more sense trying to imagine what it would have been like in ancient days. Personally, I can't believe that Catriona would have been able to purchase such beautiful clothes as I am not sure if such quality would This is super chick lit, but story is quick and to the point.
Personally, I can't believe that Catriona would have been able to purchase such beautiful clothes as I am not sure if such quality would have been available in small harbor town frequented by soldiers. I have read better books, but then other books have failed dismally and this was a pleasant surprise. Aug 23, Maud rated it liked it. It felt like a sort of Plagiarism under the cover of a tribute to R. As for the story. The intimate scenes were a bit too graphic in my opinion. Sometimes less is more. The period authenticity scale tips to the unbelievable side.
But that's more or less to be expected. What is it with heroines and their obsession for the magical 3 little words? Jul 23, Mary rated it really liked it. I loved reading Catriona's and Neil's story - from a fast meeting to a serious of quick and sometimes horrible experiences. I do like happy endings - too bad some of the 'bad guys' didn't get theirs. Mar 24, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much out of this book. The surprise was more than pleasant: Kindle Edition File Size: Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet. Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Nicola Cornick's books belong to the Regency Romance genre and follow the happy ending formula. That's OK with me. Her books are a little uneven with some plots that are lumpy and lurch and hard to get going.
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The reason to overlook these problems is the dialogue because once she gets her characters talking, the fun begins. I think that this author delivers the best conversations that the genre offers. The characters spar for chapter after chapter and as they say in Regency-speak, "it's bewitching". I loved the characters honesty. I loved they got to know one another and were passioned but honorable until marriage. I loved their flaws and how they dealt with their obstacles and troubles. This book was just incredibly fulfilling in every way! I just loved this book.
What English teacher can resist a book in which the plot's resolution hinges on the heroine's excellent spelling and grammar and the hero's ability to recognize it? The scene in which they foil the in-laws had me laughing out loud.
Neil is a wonderful, humorous hero. The heroine is a bit of a pill at first, but she is someone we can root for as the story goes on. It's a brave man or woman who attempts to put their own slant on a classic such as Robert Louis Stevenson's " Kidnapped Penguin Classics ," which was one of my favourite stories as a boy. That tale of high adventure and the sequel, " Catriona " are two of his best-loved tales. The author also loved Stevenson's book and she wrote this one as, in her words, "a homage to both Robert Louis Stevenson's wonderful story and to Scotland, one of the most beautiful countries on Earth.
Nicola Cornick's book begins in Summer as young Catriona Balfour buries her father and prepares likewise to leave her own childhood home. This book is more of a romance than an adventure story, but many of the most enjoyable scenes in the original book, from the siege of the roundhouse to the wreck of the "Cormorant", find echoes in Nicola Cornick's book.
The development of the story, characters, romantic tension and the depiction of the beauty of Scotland are alike well done: Instead of the aftermath of the '45 rebellion, Nicola Cornick's heroine and hero are living through the brief Peace of Amiens which punctuated the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress
Mostly this period is well described, but there is just one significant clanger. The hero is given the rank of lieutenant commander which was not introduced into the Royal Navy until a hundred and eleven years later. The rank was first adopted by the U. Navy in , and the RN followed in