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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?

**

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- Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch

Title: Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid

Mad Bad Dangerous in Plaid

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, March 3, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She used to be mad about him.

In Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, high-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she’s outgrown her girlhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That’s just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that the once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable–and incredibly desirable–young woman…

And now he’s got it bad

Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentlemen who pursued Winnie–with a passion–in London. Three months away was more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than the untamed Scottish Highlands–and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she’s decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her?charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him??

**

In this the third book in The Scandalous Highlanders Series we continue with the youngest sibling in the MacLawry family, Rowena, who has just turned eighteen and is ready to find a husband. For Rowena not just any husband, she has, all her life, set her sights on Lachlin MacTier. As for Lachlin, he has not been interested in the annoying little sister of his best friend, Munro MacLawry. When Rowena talks elder brother, Ranulf, into a Season in London, she decides to find a husband who is actually interested in her. Upon her return to the Highlands with English suitors in tow, she indicates to Lachlin that he is off her list of husband possibilities. Naturally Lachlin immediately starts to decide that perhaps he should take another look at Rowena as a woman not a girl, but it could be too late.

Suzanne Enoch has given us three lush books about this wonderful family. These siblings care deeply for one another. The characterization is beautifully drawn for each one. The plot is sexy, action and adventure filled and elegantly written. I loved this book. I love this series. I highly recommend both for all Historical Romance fans and Kilt lovers.

The Scandalous Highlanders Series:

  1. The Devil Wears Kilts (Ranulf and Charlotte)Available
  2.  Rogue With A Brogue (Arren and Mary)Available
  3.  Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid ( Rowena and Lachlin) Available

3.5 One Hot Scot (Duncan Lenox and Julia) Novella, Oct.2015

 

 

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7 Thursdays ‘Til christmas Review-Christmas Brides by Enoch, Hawkins, Essex and Bowman

 

Title: Christmas Brides

Christmas Brides

Genre: Holiday Historical Romance Anthology

Author: Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, Elizabeth Essex, Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St Martin’s Press, Sept 30, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling:4.5

Descriptions from Amazon.com:

One Hot Scot by Suzanne Enoch

Duncan Lenox lives surrounded by enemies, a MacLawry in a land of Campbells. But when an English beauty has nowhere else to turn, he feels obligated to help. Now that they must spend a night together in an abandoned cottage while a storm rages on, will their mutual passion save—or doom—them both? **

Heiress, Julia Prentiss is blindly running away from a kidnapper bent on forcing her to marry him. He wants her money. She stumbles upon Duncan Lennox when she is thrown by her horse. Duncan brings her to his hunting cabin and listens to her story. He reluctantly agrees to help her. This is all taking place just before Christmas. But that is the only taste of Christmas in this well written story.

Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 0

 

Once Upon a Christmas Scandal by Alexandra Hawkins

Lady Ellen is outraged when she learns her dowry’s been increased by her dad, eager to draw every bachelor in England to her front door. So when Lord Swainsbury comes knocking, Ellen assumes he’s another dreadful fortune hunter. Little does she know that Swainsbury has completely fallen for her—body, heart, and soul…

**

Derrick Martin, Earl of Swainsbury, is on a mission and it is not to marry Ellen Courtland. But that being neither here nor there he falls in love with Ellen. Will the villain be found out at the Christmas Festivities? And who is this cad? A delight of a mystery story as well as a delightful romance and filled with holiday cheer.

Rating: 4.5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea. Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, so she accepts Ian’s hasty offer only for the security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm rolls in, things start to heat up between them…and they might just find true, honest-to-goodness love…

**

Ian doesn’t want to marry but his older brother has fallen from a horse and injured himself to the degree that Ian’s noble father feels he will be unable to recover and produce an heir. Ian is directed to marry immediately and produce an heir. Anne is not a beauty, she is rather plain and her prospects for marriage are not good. When these two meet, chaperoned by Anne’s mother and father, at Ian’s seaside home at Christmas time, Anne thinks she may be able to tolerate a marriage to the handsome officer because she loves his home and he will be off to sea for months at a time. Neither expects love to figure into their relationship. A sweet story of falling in love when not expected. Very christmasy.

Rating: 4.5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

 

It Happened Under the Mistletoe by Valerie Bowman

Oliver Townsende intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses at a friend’s holiday party. When he meets Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?

**

Oh those Mistletoe kisses! Oliver meets Cerian in a closet while both are running and hiding from unwanted suitors at a holiday houseparty. They are attracted but eventually find out that they are from different levels in society and are unsuitable. Still…they both have a problem ducking the advances of those who are relentless in their pursuit: Cerian because she is beautiful and wealthy, Oliver because he is handsome and ultimately eligible. A fluffy gray cat plays a role of matchmaker. This is a totally absorbing and delightful story. Plenty of Christmas cheer.

Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Deet’s over view:

This is precisely the kind of anthology I like to read during the holidays. It has loads of holiday cheer all wrapped up in superb writing by these four wonderful authors. So curl up with this book and a cup of hot cocoa and watch the snow come down.

This post starts Deet’s “Thursdays ‘Til Christmas” Event.  Each Thursday I will post a holiday related post up until the week of Christmas. I’m hoping this count-down will get us all in the spirit of the season.

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Advance Release review- Rogue With A Broque by Suzanne Enoch

Title:  Rogue With A Brogue(Scandalous Highlanders #2)

Rogue With A Broque

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, July 29, 2014

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A ROGUE FOR EVERY LADY

London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom thanks to his lovestruck brother, highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that…until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…

THE THRILL OF THE FORBIDDEN

Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to ignite, love is worth every risk…in Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

**

This, the second book in the Scandalous Highlanders Series is a romantic gem. Ms Enoch can spin a tale of star-crossed lovers that brings to mind the Hatfields and the McCoys as well as Romeo and Juliet. The feud between the MacLawry Clan and The Campbell Clan is many generations old and no one can quite remember how it started. There is plenty of action, a few laughs, steamy love secenes and true love. The characters are so well drawn that we feel as if they are real. This is a standalone novel in this series. This is the story of Arran MacLawry and I can’t wait to read his brother Ranulf’s story in The Devil Wears Kilts. As usual I’m reading out of order but it doesn’t seem to matter with this series.

I highly recommend this book to all my fellow romance lovers.

Scandelous Highlanders

  1. The Devil Wears Kilts (Ranulf’s story)
  2. Rogue With A Brogue (Arran’s story)

 

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Review- Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke by Suzanne Enoch

Title:  Rules to Catch a Devilish duke

Genre: Historical Romance (#3 The Scandalous Brides Series)

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St Martin’s Press, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

SHE BREAKS ALL THE RULES…

Sophia White knows she will never marry into polite society. The illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, she works at the Tantalus Club, a discreet establishment for gentlemen—and her only suitor is a pastor who wants to save her soul. So when Sophia is invited to spend the holidays at the estate of Adam Baswich, the devilishly handsome Duke of Greaves, she is delighted—and determined to enjoy her last nights of freedom before surrendering her hand…

TO CAPTURE A NOBLEMAN’S HEART

Inviting Sophia for Christmas is a daring courtesy on Adam’s part, but he soon finds the pleasure is all his. Sophia is beautiful, courageous, and stubbornly self-sufficient despite her scandalous circumstances—and not at all the kind of woman he could possibly marry. Adam knows he must find a wife by his thirtieth birthday or he will lose his fortune. But can he defy convention—and convince Sophia—to risk it all in the name of true love?

**

I will suggest you start this series from the beginning even though you will not flounder if you come in late.  I learned of Sophia and Adam’s attraction to each other in book 2 of this series, TAMING AN IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE (reviewed on Oct. 24, 2012), although they are both introduced in book one, A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RAKES( REVIEWED Nov 9, 2012).  I was really looking forward to seeing how that attraction might play-out.

This book did not disappoint.  The characterization was well done as was the plot.  Some questions that arose in book one were answered which was satisfying.  One must suspended credulity when confronted with a Regency Lord marrying an illegitimately born woman but we cheer for the downtrodden.

The Scandalous Brides Series

  1. A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes
  2. Taming an Impossible Rogue
  3. Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke

 

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Review- A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch

Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes

Genre: Historical Romance (#1 The Scandalous Brides series)

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2011

Source: purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband’s fortune? Sociey is shocked by her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman’s gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.
Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver’s most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart…

**

I have been reading this series out of order.  Each book is self contained although there are mentions of characters from previous books.  That is neither here nor there with this book since it is number one in the series.  I do mention it because if I had read this one first I may not have continued on to read the other two books in the series.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a good read…and here comes the “But”….but I never got to like the characters of Diane and Oliver.  Somehow I just have to like the hero and heroine in order to enjoy the book.  Oliver, a gambler and rake, seemed way too willing to be pushed around by Diane and Diane was a ridged, bitter woman who never seemed to cut him some slack.  The story has merit and does set up the characters for the second and third book.

In each book of the series we are introduced to women with a scadalous past.  I enjoyed the second book, TAMING AN IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE (review , October 24,2012), as well as the third book, RULES TO CATCH A DEVILISH DUKE (review on Monday Nov. 12,2012).  Thinking that these women of scandalous notoriety can marry such high born lords in the Regency Era is stretching credulity.  But it is my guess that we HR lovers are willing to give that circumstance a bye when the story is good.  And in this series the stories are good.

The Scandalous Brides Series:

1. A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes

2. Taming an Impossible Rogue

3. Rules To Catch a Devilish Duke

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Review- Taming An Impossible Rogue by Suzanne Enoch

Title: Taming An Impossible Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

One year ago, Lady Camille Pryce left her haughty fiancé at the altar—for good reason. Not only was the marriage arranged before she could even walk, her betrothed was too smug to exert himself to meet her! Now, disowned, with no husband or family to support her, she’s left with one option: go to work in the notorious Tantalus Club…

A gentleman’s gaming house run by a woman, the Tantalus is no place for a proper lady; so, to save face, her jilted fiancé must retrieve her. But banned from the club, he’s forced to employ his ne’er-do-well cousin instead. A handsome, experienced rogue, Keating Blackwood is the perfect man to lure Camille away. But the moment they meet, Keating instead wants to save her…for himself. Impossible? Perhaps. But if Camille can make the ultimate player lay his cards on the table—and risk his heart—all bets are off…

**

I do enjoy Suzanne Enoch’s romantic tales.  This one is no exception.  She is a master at characterization; we can feel the reality of each of her characters.  The bad guy in this novel is not so much “bad” as someone to be pitied. The hero is definitely rogue-ish but trying his best to reform.  The heroine is to be applauded by our 21st century standards as the original free thinking woman, at least until she falls for our hero and agrees to sacrifice herself on the alter of love.  The hook in this romance that kept me reading into the wee hours was how was Enoch going to get the Hero and Heroine together for that Happily Ever After that we all crave?  It is safe to day that it is accomplished and worth the lack of sleep to find out.  Now I am off to read about secondary character Adam, I fell in love with him in this book.  I guess I could say that I highly recommend this delightful novel.

 

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Review- a Matter of Scandal by Suzanne Enoch

Title: A Matter of Scandal

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: Harper Collins 2009

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Miss Emma Grenville has had her fill of pig-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma’s finishing school for young ladies to help get his newly inherited estate out of debt. Well, he clearly needs educating—about women. And Emma is just the one to enlighten him.

The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn’t seduce and outwit.And now that he’s tricked Emma intoa wager, he has the stubborn headmistressright where he wants her. But the confirmedbachelor underestimates the quick-wittedand surprisingly sensual Miss Grenville. For she may be leading him to a placeneither dreams they’ll ever go—to the altar.

**

The dialog is wickedly witty, the plot is original, the characters are well fleshed out and delightfully sensual.  The hero is determined to get his way both in the business of collecting rent and winning the wager and the heroine is equally determined to thwart his efforts.  That they fall in love is what makes the author the expert that she is.  Ms Enoch writes the most original HR’s that I’ve read to date.  This one sizzles with sexual tension.

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Review- Sin and Sensibility by Suzanne Enoch

Title:  Sin and Sensibility (The Griffin family Series, Book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: Avon, 2005

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Suzanne Enoch delights fans once again with this enchanting tale of a young lady determined to have an adventure and the white knight who charges to her rescue.

After yet another beau was chased away by her three over-protective brothers, Lady Eleanor Griffin decides she’s had enough. If she is to become a boring society wife, then she’s going to have some fun first. But when her adventure turns into more than what she bargained for, she is grateful for her knight in shining armour who rescued her from what was sure to become a scandalous situation.

**

How different is this regency romance story from so many others?  Actually, the plot is similar to many.  You know, the roguish rake is snared by his friend the Duke’s upstart sister.  The thing that makes this historical rate a 5 when others rate only a 3 or maybe a 4, is that this one has been penned by a consummate storyteller.  Enoch has created a rake that is truly rakish and the heroine is really rather spoiled and in need of someone taking her in hand.  No matter how much we may be concerned that this pairing will not work out, we root for them to fall in love.  We see her making mistakes and we hope that one of those mistakes is not our rakish hero.  The bad guys are dastardly and keep cropping up.  The sensuality is palpable, sexy and oh, so satisfying.  There are intros to characters that complete this series and I look forward to reading the next book.  BTW… there is a twist that is really delish in this one.

 

 

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