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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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Recent Release review- Hero In The Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

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Title: Hero In The Highlands (A No Ordinary Hero Novel, book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, October 4, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

WILD AT HEART Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing. Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

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I struggled to get through this book. Usually I love this authors books, but this one was difficult.  I kept setting it aside.  The problem for me was the heroine.  She was cantankerous, grouchy and altogether not very nice to the hero.  The hero, Gabriel, was at first in lust with Fiona; that I could understand.  Then he was in love with her and I couldn’t figure out why. She was totally not likable, she lied to him on many occasions and made him feel unwelcome. That is not the recipe for romance.  The side characters were often humorous and well fleshed out. The story was a good one. I do think those who like Scottish romances will like this book. Also those who can set aside some dislike of the heroine.

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Recent Release Review- MacLean’s Passion by Sharon Cullen

Title: MacLean’s Passion (A Highland Pride Novel, book#2)

MacLean's Passion

Genre: Historical Romance/Highlands

Author: Sharon Cullen

Publisher: Loveswept, June 28, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 293

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Colin MacLean has always felt like a black sheep—especially after his brothers are slain before his eyes in the Battle of Culloden. A smuggler by trade, Colin makes for an embarrassing chieftain. He can’t even save his friends from their British pursuers without getting himself captured. But before he is martyred by the hangman’s noose, Colin escapes with his cellmate, a brave lad he’s come to admire. It’s only in the depths of the Highlands that Colin discovers the lad is a lass—and a bonnie one at that.   Raised by her older brothers, Maggie Sinclair can drink a pint in no time flat and wield a dagger with the best of ’em. Still, men have always excluded her and women have always shunned her. Colin makes her feel different. His wild spirit and rugged good looks have Maggie reconsidering her less than ladylike ways. For the first time, she’s tempted to put on a gown, just to see how Colin would react. She can only imagine what might happen next: a kiss . . . a touch . . . and perhaps enough sultry heat to melt a cold Highland night.

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In this Scottish Highlands novel we have a feisty, Tom-boy of a woman who was raised by her older brother without the input of females to impart lady-like ways.  She is skilled with weapons and fighting and can hold her own with the men but has no female friends.  Colin is the chieftain of his clan because his older brothers died in battle.  He does not feel worthy of the title or the responsibility.  Maggie imparts her strength of character to help Colin take his rightful place.

I liked this story of a strong willed sometimes reckless heroine. That she and Colin could make a match seemed impractical in any other scenario except in the way fate has thrown them together.  Colin was a bit too insecure for my particular hero-taste but he was a good, kind, honorable man. There is plenty of action, battles and sexy times.

This is the second book in Sharon Cullen’s Highland Pride series.  It is a standalone novel with some characters from the first book (Sutherland’s Secret) playing important roles.  If you have not read the first book then I’m sure this one will whet your appetite to find out more about Brice Sutherland.

I can recommend this book to all Historical Romance readers.

P.S.- The cover gives me the willies.  The woman may look a bit like Maggie but the muscle bound male model is not how I pictured Colin.

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Recent Release Review- Highland Spitfire by Mary Wine

Title:  Highland Spitfire (Highland Weddings book #1)

Highland Spitfire

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mary Wine

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 2016

Pages: 322

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Passion flares between enemies Two hotheaded Highlanders, the offspring of feuding lairds, are tricked by the King’s Regent into a desperate choice: marry or die. Bhaic MacPherson is more disposed to lead his clan into battle than stay married to the daughter of his enemy. But perhaps the intensity of his feelings has more to do with desire than hostility.

And the Highlands ignite Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage-but when her family was faced with a deadly ultimatum, she had no choice. The union of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families, but can bitter rivals truly become lovers?

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Alis and Bhaic were forced to marry by The Earl of Morton.  They came from two feuding clans and the marriage was supposed to unite the clans in peace.  But Ailis was wary of her new husband and his clan and they didn’t make it easy for her by watching her every move.  Bhaic did not want to scare her away so he was giving her time to adjust to him and the idea of marriage. But the longer he put off the consummation of the marriage the more his brother, Marcus, distrusted Alis.

This was an interesting look at Highland customs and how the clans operated.  I enjoyed the budding relationship between Bhaic and Ailis. I also liked the feisty character of Ailis and the kind, compassionate character of Bhaic.  The story started out with a bang and slowed a bit in the middle but picked up speed at the end.  This is my first book by Mary Wine but I did enjoy the way she writes and I will search out more of her books.

I can recommend this book to those who like historical romances set in the Highlands of Scotland.

 

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Recent Release Review- How To Wed A Warrior by Christy English

Title:  How to Wed a Warrior

How to wed a warrior

Genre: Historical Romance/Highland

Author: Christy English

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 2, 2016

Pages: 352

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

He’s the scourge of the Season…

Reasons to quit London: 1. It’s not the Highlands. 2. It will never be the Highlands. 3. It’s full of the bloody English.

When his wild spitfire of a sister makes a scene by drawing a claymore in Hyde Park, Highlander Robert Waters knows something must be done. To forestall the inevitable scandal, he hires widowed Prudence Whittaker to teach his sister how to be a lady-never expecting to find unbridled passion beneath the clever Englishwoman’s prim exterior.

Mrs. Whittaker is a fraud. Born Lady Prudence Farthington, daughter of the ruined earl of Lynwood, she’s never even been married. In order to make her way in the world, she has to rely on her wits and a web of lies…lies a sexy Highlander is all too close to unraveling.

He swears he will possess her; she vows he will do nothing of the sort. Yet as passions heat, Prudence comes to realize the illicit pleasure that can be had in going toe-to-toe with a Scot.

Broadswords and Ballrooms:

  1. How to Seduce a Scot- Deet’s review- https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/recent-release-review-how-to-seduce-a-scot-by-christy-english/ 

2. How to Wed a Warrior

3. How to Train Your Highlander

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Prudence is hiding in plain sight from the London ton by wearing frumpy gray or brown gowns, a cap on her hair and eyeglasses that she doesn’t need for seeing. She does this because she has been declared an outcast because of the scandal created by her brother when he disappeared at sea with half the tons money. Pru believes her brother, Albert, to be dead but there are those in the ton who believe he is alive and living off of their money. When Pru meets Robbie Waters in Hyde Park after Pru saves Mary, his sister, from a scandal, there is an instant attraction between them.  That attraction grows by leaps and bounds and soon they are in love but with Pru worrying over her own scandal she is reluctant to commit to a relationship with Robbie.

This is a lighthearted read.  There are moments of danger and adventure but all is easily resolved.  Prudence doesn’t always live up to her name and causes difficulties and social faux-pas that seem a bit unbelievable for a woman of her time and also her station. She continues in this vein with Robbie by being the aggressor in their relationship sometimes exasperating Robbie who acts more honorably. The mystery of Albert is one that holds the readers interest.

I enjoyed this second book in the Broadswords and Ballrooms series.

 

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