Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review of Campbell's Redemption

Campbell's Redemption (Highland Pride #3)Campbell's Redemption by Sharon Cullen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by: Sharon Cullen
Series: Highland Pride #3
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: Nov. 22, 2016
Read Date: Nov 17-20, 2016
4 stars

This story is set in one of my favorite time periods, after Culloden. It's the story of Ian Campbell, Marquess of Kerr and Earl of Corrington, and Cait Campbell the widow of Ian's former commander.
This is the 3rd book in the HIGHLAND PRIDE series but I read it as a stand alone and loved it.
Cait is a fiercely independent widow and the local healer. She has known too much loss in her short lifetime and just wants to be left alone to do her thing no matter how dangerous everyone thinks it is. She has her own little cottage near the border of Campbell/Sutherland lands where she helps both clans for various reasons.
Iain Campbell is a traitor in the eyes of many of his neighbors. What he is actually doing is playing a dangerous game but at the same time trying to keep the peace between the Scots and the English. Did I mention he was also Cait's deceased husbands best friend? There lies the rub because both of them blame Iain for his death.

I loved this book. It kept me turning the page and staying up till ungodly hours. The flow of the book was great. It has drama, intrigue and even some funny parts.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about the Jacobite era or just books set in the Highlands.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for my unbiased review.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Review of His Lordship's Highland Bride

Author: Kathleen Bittner Roth 
Series: Those Magnificent Malverns,#3 
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC 
Release date: Dec.12, 2016 
Read: Nov.12, 2016 
4.5 stars 
Setting: Kent, England 1863

A match made for mayhem.  “I’ve no intention of mating with this poor excuse of a man,” Lainie MacGregor declares after reciting her wedding vows. But it’s too late. Far from her beloved Highlands, her fate is sealed.   Ridley Malvern, Lord Caulfield, desperate for her dowry, agrees to marry a wealthy Scot’s daughter sight unseen. He is unaware his tantalizing bride is running from the law. Despite their sizzling attraction, all Lainie desires is to return to her clan. Attempting to make things right, Caulfield takes his wife back to the Highlands only to discover why her father sought the marriage—Lainie is wanted for murder. For her safekeeping, they must remain in England. Now Ridley needs to win her affections and prove that a wild Highland lass and an English lord, can find a love match, after all. 

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a page turner to be sure. I am new to this author and the series.  The first 2 books in the series, The Seduction of Sarah Marks and Portrait of a Forbidden Lady are already on my to-be-read list.   The story is fast paced, it's hilarious in parts and is well written. The characters are believable and they meshed very well. 

Ridley Malvern could very well be my newest book boyfriend.  He is handsome (of course), patient, intellectual, and HE READS TO HER!!.... An all around great guy.   I absolutely fell in love with him.  
Lainie MacGregor is a spitfire with a head on her shoulders.  She's funny, talented, strong and determined. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves Highland romances.

An advance copy of this book was given to me by the publisher for my unbiased opinion via 

About the author:

Kathleen Bittner Roth creates passionate stories featuring characters faced with difficult choices, and who are forced to draw on their strength of spirit to overcome adversity and find unending love. Her own fairy tale wedding in a Scottish castle led her to her current residence in Budapest, Hungary, considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities. However, she still keeps one boot firmly in Texas and the other in her home state of Minnesota. A PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, she was a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Review of THE HERO

The Hero 
By Donna Grant 
Sons of Texas, #1 

From the book jacket.... 
Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. 
 Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved. 

Where to begin...  
This is not my usual genre, I'm a kilts and swords kinda girl, but since Donna Grant deviated, I figured so would I.  And I'm glad I did!  Owen and Natalie are well matched, you can just feel the sparks as you're reading.  I had no problem envisioning what was happening, from the fight scenes to the shootouts and beyond, I was glued to the page.  It has action, suspenseintrigue and of course, romance.  

 Wyatt and Callie have piqued my curiosity and can't wait for their story. (Book 3!)  They are so at odds with each there has to be a humdinger of a backstory.  She gives a few clues but nothing substantial.  

They all have had their share of heartbreak so you just want every one of them to have a happy ending!

About the Author:  Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, three cats, and a dog.

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The Pirate Heiress

Written by: Chloe Flowers 
Published by: Flowers and Fullerton 
Release date: Sept 15, 2016 
Read date: Nov 7/8, 2016 
3.5 stars
Set in 1811 

I've been finding a lot of wonderful new-to-me authors lately and Chloe Flowers is one of them.  This is also my first pirate novel and I wasn't disappointed.  
Conal O'Brien is the captain of The Seeker, a merchant ship in the Ahern Merchant Fleet.  He is wildly handsome and charming to boot.  I, as well as Stevie, fell in love with him almost immediately.  Stevie Sauvage and her family take possession of his ship in order to appease her twin brother and sisters kidnapper. They must deliver The Seeker to Jamaica or the children will die.  In an attempt to do this, calamity ensues.  In addition to this they are also trying to find the treasure that her great grandmother, Anne Bonny has hidden away.  There are letters from Anne to her father at the beginning of every chapter which I thought was a nice touch.  Anyhoo, they encounter a nasty storm, a British frigate and booby trapped caves and live to tell the tale.  There is also a lot of comedy relief between Uncle Bernard and Harvey that made me laugh out loud. 
Overall, this book really good.  The characters meshed really well and the storyline really kept my interest with a couple of subplots.  It read well as a standalone as I hadn't read the previous books in this series and they are now on my tbr list.   

Review of THE ROGUE

The Rogue 
Allison Butler 
Escape Publishing 
Set in Scottish Highlands, June 1404 

Adair was 4 yrs old when he was abandoned in the lowlands by his mother.  He is on a year long leave from clan duties to search for where he came from when he is beaten and dumped on Keila's doorstep.  
Keila Fearn's mother died in childbirth so for first 10 years of her life she is shuffled around to various family members homes.  She is fiercely independent and determined to be self sufficient. 
The wonderful secondary characters add to the enjoyment of this story.  Moira is determined to keep Keila on the straight and narrow so she'll not end up with a broken heart.  Rory comes to help the ladies around the manor and is the sweetest ol man you'd ever want to know. 
This is one of those books that gives you a hangover. I absolutely loved it. It is well written and I fell in love with the Adair and Keila in the first chapter.  The story did have some slow parts but the plot twists (that I never saw coming) more than made up for it. It is has lots of intrigue and suspense and I would recommend this book to anyone that reads Highland Romance.