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Recent Release Review-My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander

Title: My One True Highlander: A No Ordinary Hero Novel, Book #2

Genre: Historical Romance/Highlands

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, April 4, 2017

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 319

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

DARE TO FALL IN LOVE Scotland, 1812—Rugged Highlander Graeme’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…

Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath—and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart, in My One True Highlander, the next No Ordinary Hero Scottish romance from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch.

***

The premise was a good one but I kept losing interest in this book.  Perhaps because so much of it was confined to the one setting of Graeme’s house.  That’s only speculation.  I would read a few pages and set the book aside.  This is not how I used to read a Suzanne Enoch book.  I’m a fan of this author but I found myself bored with this one. Not even the side characters of Graeme’s brothers or Marjorie’s companion could rouse me to be interested.  I take total responsibility for this attitude because I do think that those who love stories set in the Scottish Highlands will like this book, especially those who want to follow up on book one of this series. The writing is good and the characters are well developed. We met Marjorie in Book #1 and it was good to see her star in this story.

 

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Advance Review- Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London

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Title: Sinful Scottish Laird: A Historical Romance Novel (The Highland Grooms, book #2)

Genre: Historical Romance/Highlands

Author: Julia London

Publisher: HQN, Feb. 28, 2017 (preorder available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

Widowed and forced to remarry in three years’ time or forfeit her son’s inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand…and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly—though unwillingly—bewitched.

Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy’s brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.

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In the first book of this series, Wild Wicked Scot, we are introduced to Arren and Margot.  In this the second book of the series some years have passed and this is the story of their oldest son, Cailean and his falling in love with Sassenach, Daisy. Cailean has fought against his attraction to the flirty Daisy because he knows she must marry an Englishman to protect her son’s inheritance. There are reasons he feels he could never reside in England and he determines to encourage her to marry someone else.  Daisy knows that she must marry by year’s end.  She thinks that Robert her love of her teen years will suit, but she can’t reconcile her attraction to Cailean.

Once again I have enjoyed the well-developed characters in this series.  The story is page-turning interesting. I liked both Daisy, who knew what she wanted but also knew her duty to her son, and Cailean who knew he had to let her go.  The problems were tied up a bit too conveniently but the addition of a character from book one was welcome at the end. I hope Knox gets his own book.

This is a standalone novel with cameos by characters from the first book in the series.  You can pick up this one without having read the first and you will not be lost although I encourage you to enjoy the first book.

The Higland Grooms Series by Julia London:

  1. Wild Wicked Scot (Arren and Margot)
  2. Sinful Scottish Laird (Cailean and Daisy)
  3. Hard-Hearted Highlander (Robbie and ?)April 2017

 

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Advance Review-Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

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Title: Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance/Highlanders

Author: Julia London

Publisher: Harlequin Digital, Dec. 27, 2016 (pre-order available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands 

Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s passionate embrace. But as their respective countries’ fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.

Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran’s beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.

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Margot was a spoiled daughter of an Earl, she was naïve but beautiful.  When her father saw a chance to make a profitable alliance with a “barbaric” Scot he didn’t even consider Margot’s wishes. Married, this teenager was thrust into a culture she couldn’t comprehend, a society that disapproved of her being English and a husband who wasn’t prepared to cater to her insecurities or whims.  After four months and yet another row with Arran, her husband, she left for her father’s home where she stayed for 4 years. That is until her father insisted she return to her husband and find evidence of his treason.

This is the first book in Julia London’s “Highland Grooms” series.  A terrific start! The characterizations of all the characters is spot on and well developed.  The story is filled with sizzling chemistry between Arran and Margot.  There is a well-developed arc of Margot going from naïve teenager to a take charge strong woman. This book is elegantly written and very entertaining.  It is a long book and it does slow down a bit in the middle but otherwise it is action packed and a hang on for the ride book.  The sexual tension is what holds these two protagonists together until they learn to fall in love.

                                                                         

 

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Release Day Review- The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

Title: The Highlander (Victorian Rebels, book #3)

The Highlander

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Aug. 2, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 368

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5 (this is a new rating I will add when a book contains violence. Rating from mild to strong, 1-5)

Description from Amazon.com:

They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent. . . in the game of love.

Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart . . . without surrendering his own?

**

This is the third book in Ms. Byrne’s Victorian Rebels Series. All books in this series are very dark romances and this one is very Gothic inspired.  There is intimation of demons or ghosts that may haunt Ravenscroft Keep. A specter with red veined eyes that springs from the shadows. Philomena is running away from London and needs a place to hide.  Her dear friends Millie and Faith (Heroines of the two previous books in this series) help her to find sanctuary in Laird Liam’s Scottish castle, Ravenscroft Keep.  Mena has secrets that must never be revealed for it could mean her death. Liam has his own dark secrets that he never wants to reveal.  The attraction between the two is instantaneous but Mena knows she must not give in to the allure because they are fated to never be together.  Liam is so besotted that he continually tries to seduce Mena, wanting a future that Mena knows is impossible.

I really enjoy Kerrigan Byrne’s novels in this series.  They are all very dark with heroes that are not easy to love or even like.  Yet, the heroines are so damaged that we cheer for these heroes to win them over and give them peace and happiness. That this author can redeem these criminals is amazing.  This book is filled with torture, murder and very scary scenes. That is a warning. It is also filled with longing, redemption and sizzling sexual chemistry. I was hoping for a future addition to the series featuring Gaven, Earl of Thorne but I’m not sure that is possible. Perhaps we can hope for more books featuring Liam’s children, Rhianna and Andrew. Characters from the first two books play important roles in this book but it is not necessary to have read those books to enjoy this one. Although they are wonderful reads.

I recommend this book and series to Historical Romance fans who don’t mind the darker side of Victorian drama.

Victorian Rebels Series:

  1. The Highwayman (Dorian and Faith)
  2. The Hunter(Christopher and Millie)
  3. The Highlander (Liam and Mena)

 

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Review- The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Title: The Beast of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, book #1)

The Beast of Clan Kincade

Genre: Historical Romance/ Highlanders

Author: Lily Blackwood

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 318

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…

They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…

Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?

**

I thought I did not have this book for review but there it was on my Kindle.  I debated, should I read & review it or not since I obviously had forgotten about it for over a month.  Well I thought to just read a page or so and decide.  I read the first page and before I knew it I was way into the book and not stopping.  Yes, it is that good.

Set in medieval Scotland, Elspeth is The MacClarens eldest daughter.  He is being threatened by rival clans so he needs for Elspeth to marry to achieve an alliance.  She is knowing this is her duty and she will obey her father but she has grown very fond of the mercenary, Niall, who we know to be the rightful heir of the Kincaid lands and clan.

There is so much suspense and action in this book.  The sexual tension between Niall and Elspeth is off the charts.  There are truly evil villains who are willing to make events go their way.  Plus some twists and surprises that made this just one terrific read. This is a guaranteed page turner.

There is a hint at the end of this book as to the protagonist of the next in the series.

 

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Recent Release Review- Lana And The Laird by Susana York

Title: Lana And The Laird (Untamed Highlanders, book#3)

Lana and the Laird

Genre: Historical Romance/Highlands

Author: Susana York

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 31, 2016

Pages: 385

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD

Lachlan Sinclair cannot escape his accursed heritage in his Highlands homeland. Somewhat resigned to the fate that destroyed his ancestors, he is prepared to live his life without an heir, without a wife—without love. But when he meets the woman of his dreams in the flesh, the bewitching lass makes him want to throw away his cursed, restrained existence…and unleash the highlander within…

Lana Dounreay has only seen the Duke of Caithness in her dreams as a wild, rugged man, while in reality, his life has been cramped by curses and cravats. He may have forgone his kilt and lost his brogue, but Lana knows that the heart of a true Scotsman beats within his broad, muscular chest. But what plans does the mysterious, passionate Lachlan have in mind for her—and can she convince him that love is stronger than all else?

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Lana talks to dead people, ghosts.  She also has visions.  She is thought to be a bit mad by most folks and so she has resigned herself to the fact that a love and marriage will most likely not happen for her.  But she still has visions of a man who she knows is meant for her. She immediately knows him when the Duke of Caithness, Lachlan, arrives at her brother-in-law’s castle.

Lachlan is attracted to Lana but he knows he is cursed to die within six months and he cannot risk an involvement with the stunning blonde.

The book revolves around Lana trying to seduce Lachlan and convince him that there is no such thing as curses and that they are meant to be together.  For after all, she has spoken to his dead mother.

There is action and adventure interwoven into this romance.  There is a villain that we suspect from the start but Lachlan seems oblivious. There is a sizzling romance between two destined lovers and some very real complications.  Lachlan tends to be slow to coming around to the truth of matters but we totally understand because of his history. This is a fitting end to a delightful series although there is one wee lass, Isobel, who would make for a wonderful addition to the series if Ms. York should wish to continue on.

I recommend this book and series to  all Historical Romance fans and especially to those who love stories set in the Highlands of Scotland.

Untamed Highlanders Series: I love these covers, so colorful!

 

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Deet’s Five Year Blogaversary and Men in Kilts

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This is my five year Blogaversary.  It’s hard to believe it has been five years but I confess I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve made a few friends along the cyber highway. I was going to do a giveaway this week to celebrate the event but had to change that plan.  It seems I can’t encourage enough response to my giveaways so I will not be doing them in the future.  I hope you will continue to enjoy La Deetda Reads and I will keep those recommendations coming.

Since I still want to give away treats for this Blogaversary, how about 5 men in kilts.

Outlander 2014

Outlander

Five men in kilts 3

How did only 4 guys get in here?

Five men in kilts 4

Fashionistas

Five men in kilts 5

What no kilt?

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Recent Release Review- Enraptured by Candace Camp

Title:  Enraptured (Secrets of the Loch book #3)

Enraptured

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Candace Camp

Publisher: Pocket Books, Jan 19, 2016

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Coll Munro finds himself supervising an archaeological dig on the sprawling Highlands estate of Duncally, the handsome Scot’s only worry is his former crofter friends, who seem to delight in making his job as hard as possible. Little does he know his biggest problem comes in a much smaller package. Gorgeous Violet Thornhill is an exasperating, meddling bluestocking who came to the site to examine the ruins and instead finds herself studying Coll. The unyielding Highlander and the headstrong English beauty clash at every turn. But when a midnight intruder threatens Violet and the excavation itself, these polar opposites must work together to solve a decades-old mystery. As Coll and Violet race to decipher long-buried clues, will they discover riches hidden years ago…or an unbridled passion more precious than gold?

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In this the third book in the Secrets of The Loch Series, adventure and mystery are entwined with romance and longing.  Violet is not about to give up her freedom as an intellectual to even consider marriage.  Coll Munro is falling hard for Violet.  They must work together to discover who is thieving and attacking on the Duncally estate and they just might solve a centuries old mystery.

This is a delight of a standalone novel which makes me wish I had read the two that went before.  Ms. Camp has written an exciting adventure/romance that reminds me of Indiana Jones without the snakes and Nazi component. There is some tomb raiding and decidedly evil villains. There is some really hot sex scenes with the hero trying to call a halt instead of the usual virgin being reluctant.

I highly recommend this book to all HR fans who like a bit of adventure along with their sensual romance.

Secrets of the Loch Series

  1. Treasured
  2. Pleasured
  3. Enraptured

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