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HIRED HEART: December Indulgence by Elizabeth Rose. ..review

Hired Heart: December Indulgence (An Indulgences Novella Book 13)Hired Heart: December Indulgence by Elizabeth Rose

Genre: ContemporaryRomance

Series: An Indulgences, #13

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: January 8, 2017
  • Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MR492EJ
  • Length: 128 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

December Indulgence:

Samantha Forester is the administrative assistant to her Scrooge of a boss, Max Southerland. No man hates Christmas more than him.

When she books a trip to Aragon Island to do a follow-up on the eco-friendly villas their crew has installed, she takes the liberty of booking indulgence fantasies for both of them at the Indulgences Resort. Little does Max know what’s in store for him when they land on the island and he finds out they’re booked there through Christmas.

Can a Scrooge of a man change his ways before he loses the most wonderful woman in the world, forever? Find out in Hired Heart.

(For those readers who have enjoyed my Tarnished Saints Series, you will find five characters from that series who make guest appearances in this book!)

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MY THOUGHTS 

Hired Heart: December Indulgence (An Indulgences Novella Book 13) by Elizabeth Rose is a sweet Contemporary Romance set against the backdrop of Aragon Island, Panama, where fantasies can come true. While, Book 13, it can be read as a stand alone. Readers who enjoyed Ms. Rose’s “Tarnished Saints” series, will be overjoyed to learn at least five of the characters from Sweetwater also make guest appearances in “Hired Heart”.
The “December Indulgence” series, is part of an exciting Multi-author collection, set on a resort island. A Novella, only about 128 pages, which is packed full of the romantic fantasies of the Christmas season.

Samantha Forester is an administrative assistant, and is in love with, Max Southerland, her Scrooge boss, who just so happens to hate the Christmas season. She books a trip to Aragon Island to do a follow-up on the villas their crew installed, meantime she takes the liberty of booking them both indulgence fantasies, at the Indulgences Resort. Max is unaware this trip is more than a business trip. He’s in for a few surprises! With the help of a few friends from Sweetwater, can Sam make Max see she’s the woman he needs in his world and his life, before it’s too late? Take a trip to Indulgences Island to find out, in “Hired Heart”.

“Hired Heart”, is a light-hearted romance set on the beautiful Aragon Island. Ms. Rose descriptions makes the reader wish to visit there themselves. They were so vivid, I could almost feel the warm breeze and smell the amazing fragrance of this paradise island. My only complaint, I would have loved to seen it a bit longer, however, with that said, Ms. Rose manages to get her story across to the reader, without any difficulties.

Well written with engaging characters and a unique storyline. With the help of friends and a matchmaker from Sweetwater, this story comes to life with their antics, especially, Aunt Crappy. Once again, Elizabeth Rose has written a story that will take your breath away, as you follow these characters on their journey to find a HEA.

This is the first story I’ve read in this series, but I certainly wish to read the rest. Ms. Rose is an amazing storyteller, one who pulls the reader into her story and grips their heart, as the characters race to find their forever dreams and the love of a lifetime. A great read from beginning to end! I would recommend to fans of Contemporary Romance, islands, fantasies indulgence, guest appearance from other stories and the Christmas season. Very enjoyable and a satisfying read!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by:AprilR

DESTINY’S KISS: Series Prequel by Elizabeth Rose. ..review


Destiny's Kiss: Series Prequel
Destiny’s Kiss: Series Prequel by Elizabeth Rose

 

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval)

Series: Legendary Bastards of the Crown” series, Prequel

Source: Personal buy

 

  • Publication date: December 29, 2016
  • Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MU5WU7W
  • Length: 83 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Prequel to the Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series.

Lady Annalyse Granville is a cursed second-born twin. Because of superstition and fear that a second-born twin is naught but a spawn of the devil, she’s been sent to live with the nuns. However, she returns to her father’s castle at Christmastime at her sister’s request. Her sister is the king’s mistress and very pregnant with his baby. And what happens during Annalyse’s visit changes her life forever.

Ross Douglas has managed to get betrothed to an English lassie, having alternative motives in his head because of his hatred for the English king. But when he spies an innocent maiden standing under the kissing bough, he knows he has to kiss her.

Can one kiss change a man’s life? What happens that Christmas changes everyone’s lives in ways they could never expect.

Be sure to read Restless Sea Lord – Book 1 of the Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series that follows this book.

 

MY THOUGHTS

Destiny’s Kiss: Prequel to the series by Elizabeth Rose is an intriguing insight into the , “Legendary Bastards of the Crown” series.

Ross of Clan Douglas, a Scotsman, whose hatred for the English King sends him on a quest for revenge. Lady Annalyse Granville, is the cursed second twin, herself. When her sister has triplets she can only imagine what will happen to two of the twins. The first twin is the only one their father wishes to kept. What’s a sister to do? This is Annalyse and Ross’ story and what an interesting tale, to be sure! Ms. Rose uses myths, legends, superstitions and romance, to bring readers a satisfying and intriguing story. While, a quick read, Ms. Rose manages to bring this story, and the characters to life through the pages of “Destiny’s Kiss”. A magical romance, to me, and it gives readers a wonderful introduction into Elizabeth Rose’s, “Legendary Bastards of the Crown” series, which promises to be an awesome series.

Fans of historical romance, superstitions, myths, and quick reads, will surely enjoy “Destiny’s Kiss”. A satisfying and enjoyable read! Strongly recommended!

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

ADORED IN AUTUMN by Jess Michaels. ..review

Adored in Autumn (Seasons Book 4)Adored in Autumn by Jess Michaels

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: Seasons #4

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: January 10, 2017
  • Publisher: The Passionate Pen
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9IIF0V
  • Length: 213 pages

Book 4 of 4 in The “Seasons” series.

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

The final steamy chapter in the popular Seasons series from USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels.

Viscountess Felicity Barbridge escaped a violent marriage with her life because she was willing to make desperate choices. Now those choices are back to haunt her, as is the object of her girlhood obsession, Asher Seyton.

Asher was never anything more than a servant’s son, but he’s elevated himself through an education and is now a respected solicitor. He only returns to his childhood home to help with a financial issue, but when he realizes Felicity is being threatened, he’s driven to stay and help. Even if he must now face all the feelings for her he tried to repress over the years.

Will Felicity be able to trust Asher enough to share more than passion? And will Asher’s own secrets unravel all they’ve built?

Length: Full-Length
Heat Level: Intensely passionate

Part of the Seasons series but can be read as a standalone story.

MY THOUGHTS 

Adored in Autumn (Seasons Book 4) by Jess Michaels is another superb addition to her “Seasons” series. While it can read as a stand alone, Book 3 touches a bit on the heroine of “Adored in Autumn”, Felicity, but not necessary to enjoy this story. This is however, the final installment of the “Seasons” series. I am a bit saddened to see it end.

This is the story of second chances, love and the ending of the hopeless feelings for Felicity, hopefully.

Viscountess Felicity Barbridge, a widow from an abusive marriage, barely escapes with her life, after making difficult choices. Asher Seyton, was her childhood crush, once a servant’s son, now he had elevated himself through hard work and education, and is now a respected solicitor. He never abandoned his childhood feelings for Felicity either.
A twist of fate brings them face to face once again, but will love be enough to overcome the dangers facing them? Or will all be lost to the danger that threatens to tear them apart, once again? A steamy, well written, fast paced story that will leave readers breathtaken.

Once again, Ms. Michaels has created a story that envelopes around her characters like a glove envelopes your hand, leaving a warm and cozy feeling. Albeit, I have to admit to being a bit frustrated with the prejudice of women and social class during this era, but that’s the era they were born into.

Filled with forgiveness, redemption, inner strength, courage, blackmail, danger and a second chance at love and happiness. Readers will be drawn into “Adored in Autumn”, from the first page to the last page. Ms. Michales has a way of pulling readers into her stories through her characters, descriptions of their surroundings and her observations of the obstacles in life. A powerful, compelling and emotionally charged story by a masterfull storyteller. Be swept away by “Adored in Autumn”, you’re be thrilled you did! Ms. Michaels brings the “Seasons” series, together with this final farewell to the seasons. Captivating, compelling, powerful and intriguing from beginning to end.

Fans of Regency Romance, steamy romance, and compelling but compassionate romance are sure to enjoy “Adored in Autumn”.
Another hit by Jess Michaels! I adore her stories, for sure! She never fails to amaze me with her complexities of life and finding a HEA. Another not to miss Regency Romance! Bravo, Ms. Michaels! !
I received a complimentary copy.

*Do be aware, this is a hot, steamy, intensely passionate Regency Romance.*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Hot/ steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

BRETTE: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron. ..a review

Brette: Intentions Gone Astray (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 3)Brette: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 3

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: January 10, 2017
  • Publisher: Blue Rose Romance LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N3OIT9X
  • Length: 174 pages
  • Book 3 of 3 in Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper (3 Book Series)

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

He thought his adventures were over…

A rogue reluctantly turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth, prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. Though impoverished, he seizes every opportunity to escape parish duties, preferring to hob nob with London’s finest–especially after the precocious and petite Brette Culpepper arrives in Town. Alex secretly fantasizing about claiming the breathtaking beauty as his very own, and when he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, he’s determined to make her his countess… Until he’s accused of murdering the previous earl.

Then she burst headlong into his life…

New to Society, Brette adores the whirlwind social scene, the stream of invitations… the slightly-sensual verbal sparring with the devilishly attractive, much too witty, and oh so unsuitable Mr. Hawksworth. But her fairytale existence crashes to a halt when rumors circulate she’s a peer’s illegitimate granddaughter. Even though he’s left her a tidy inheritance, formerly hospitable doors slam in her face as a newly appointed guardian emerges, intent on stealing her wealth and forcing her to wed an elderly despot.

Time is against them as Alex struggles to clear his name and deliver the woman he loves from an unthinkable fate.

 

MY THOUGHTS 

Brette: Intentions Gone Astray (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 3) by Collette Cameron is at times a humorous and compelling Regency Romance. While, Book 3, it can be read as a stand alone. I’d suggest reading the other two books in this fantastic series, I feel you would benefit from reading them to get the full benefits from “Brette”, there are some events, situations, and revelations revealed, that could spoil your entertainment, by not reading the other two books in this series, first, although, not necessary to enjoy “Brette”.

This is Brette Culpepper and Alexander Hawksworth’s story. Brette, is new to society, and finds she rather enjoys the soirees, dancing, balls and the social whirlwind, until that is….a horrible rumor circulates, everything changes in her newly discovered social world. Alexander Hawksworth, aka Alex, is a handsome, witty rogue turned rector, relucantly, I mind add. But what’s a impoverished man to do to survive? He prefers the social world to prayers and sermons. Especially, after he meets the whirlwind named Brette. Then, he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, but his inheritance and freedom is threatened by rumors and innuendoes of him murdering the previous Earl. Brett, unexpectedly learns a secret that devastates her new found world, when rumors fly that she may be the illegitimate granddaughter of a peer, who has left her a tidy inheritance. Then, Alex learns that her newly appointed guardian is not a nice man, he intends to forcefully, if necessary, marry Brette off to an elderly despot man. He is after her wealth and cares nothing about her happiness or welfare. Whew, talk about roadblocks for a blossoming relationship! Can they overcome the obstacles thrown in their way or lose all to others actions?

Follow, Brette and Alex on a whirlwind, sometimes, and devastating world, while, other times you will smile, with their witty banter, and their undeniable attraction to each other.

Well written tale of life, love, and obstacles, but will they be able to find gold after the rainbow, after everything life throws their way?

I enjoyed Alex and Brette’s story, it was not a typical romance, where the characters find love and live HEA, there are so many obstacles and ill will thrown in their path.

Once again, Ms. Cameron has written a captivating, yet thought-provoking tale, where the road to happiness has many curves, and not a clear path. Whew, an awesome, lively, unlikely Regency romance, with many twists and turns.
Bravo, Ms. Cameron! Brette, I think is my favorite of the magnificent “Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper” series, thus far.
A must read Regency Romance by the never disappointing Collette Cameron!! Fans of witty banter, Regency Romance, and complicated stories, will definitely enjoy reading Brette and Alex’s story. Pick up a copy today to find out the twists and turns of Brette and Alex’s story, I think you will enjoy this masterfully written story, I sure did.
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance) by Jessie Bennett …a review

Clean Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series - Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Romance)Clean Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance )

Jessie Bennett 

Genre: Clean Regency Romance

Series: The Fairbanks Series -Love & Hearts #3

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: December 24, 2016
  • Publisher: Carlton House Publishing Co.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MZ36NPO
  • Length: 2

(Courtesy of Amazon)

MY THOUGHTS 

Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance) by Jessie Bennett
is Book 3 in “The Fairbanks Series -Love & Hearts”, but it can be read as a stand alone.
This is the story of Lady Janelle Dowling and Viscount Allan Gray. Lady Janelle is considered on the shelf, she is the only unmarried sister of Elizabeth, Duchess of Worthington. Viscount Allan is visiting from Australia with his sister to further is business interest.
However, there is a nefarious plot to destroy a young couple’s love. Will this happen or can the plot be stopped before it’s too late? Will a young couple’s love be lost forever? Can the mystery of who is behind the theft be found before it’s too late?
A bit slow in the beginning but picks up nicely. With a mixture of mystery, intrigue, and romance, Ms. Bennett will once again delight her readers, with her intriguing plot and her engaging characters. Readers will be captivated and held in suspense, as they try to figure how why and who is responsible for the loss of the peace and tranquility at Fairbanks. I must say, I was a bit shocked and surprised.
Another great Clean Regency Romance by Jessie Bennett! Strongly recommended for fans of Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Clean Historical Regency, stories with extended families, suspense, mystery and romantic intrigue. A must read!

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

A TURN IN TIME by Jennae Vale. …review

A Turn In Time (Thistle & Hive, #5)A Turn In Time by Jennae Vale

 

Genre: Time Travel

Series: Thistle & Hive #5

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: November 22, 2016
  • Publisher: Jennae Vale
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MDPG0L8

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Summoned by his father to return home immediately, Dougall MacRae knows he cannot leave without his beloved Helene. He asks her to marry him and accompany him back to Castle Treun unaware that his father has plans for him to wed another in an attempt to strengthen clan alliances. He can keep Helene as a mistress, but not as his wife.

Helene has lived her whole life at Breaghacraig and has left it all behind to marry Dougall. She refuses, however, to remain at Castle Treun as his mistress. Fleeing in the dark of night with no idea how to return to Breaghacraig, Helene stumbles upon a beautiful stone bridge. Devastated and alone she contemplates life without Dougall. As she pleads aloud for someone to help her, she is engulfed in a thick fog and when it clears she finds herself in the year 2016 in San Francisco, California, where Dougall’s betrayal has led her into the arms of the kind, handsome stranger who saves her in her hour of need.

MY THOUGHTS 

A Turn in Time by Jennae Vale is a unique Time Travel set in Scotland and 2016 San Francisco, California. Book 5 of 5 in “The Thistle & Hive Series” (5 Book Series), but can be read as a stand alone.
Dougall MacRae and Helene’s story is heart breaking, with engaging characters, and a wonderful storyline.
A quick, well written story! With heart break, a touch of humor, friendships, a mysterious, a magical bridge, passion, deciding what is truly important in life and finding a HEA, through all obstacles. Can joy turn to misery, turn to an everlasting love or a lifetime of heart break? I enjoyed reading about Helene and Dougall’s story, their determination to be together and the misunderstandings that follows.
Ms. Vale is a wonderful storyteller who brings her characters and story to life on the pages of a great book. A must read for fans of Time Travel, Historical Romance mixed with twists and turns.
I would recommend this read!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS: THE WOLF by April Holthaus. …a review

Heart of the Highlands: The Wolf

Heart of the Highlands: The Wolf by April Holthaus

Genre: Medieval Scottish Romance

Series: Heart of the Highlands #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: January 8, 2017
  • Publisher: Grey Eagle Publishing, LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N77HBHW

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Rylan has spent most of his life keeping his identity a secret, even from those he loves. But in order to secure his future, he has to face his past. On the run as an outlaw, trying to clear his name, Rylan comes across a woman who he discovers has dark secrets of her own.

Living a simple life with her young son, nothing seemed as if it could go wrong, until a Highland drifter shows up on her doorstep. Dragging her into his world of chaos and deception, Fallon finds herself at a crossroads that may impact both of their lives.

As secrets become exposed, will Fallon choose the right path to change her life, and will it be enough to save Rylan from the noose?

MY THOUGHTS

“The Protectors of the Crown This series follows a group of five warriors who live their life protecting their king and country. The historical setting is Scotland 1537-1538 during the reign of James V of Scotland.”

Heart of the Highlands: The Wolf (Protectors of the Crown Book 2) by April Holthaus is an enticing and very enjoyable Medeival Scottish Romance. While, Book 2 in her amazing “Heart of the Highlands” series, it can be read as a stand alone with no issues. See Book 1,”The Beast”.

Fallon and Rylan, aka the Wolf, face turmoil, danger and their attraction to each other as they come to grip with their circumstances. Rylan is one of a secret group, of Protectors of the Crown. He is also considered an outlaw.
He and Fallon have secrets of their own. Fallon and her young son, are not what they same.
Ms. Holthaus had me captivated with the first page and held me entranced and in awe the whole way through, to the last page. Highly intoxicating!

Well written, fast paced with engaging and well-developed characters, who will hold your heart and your attention, as you watch them grow. Sparks fly, passion ignites, danger lurks, as the Protectors of the Crown do their best for King and country. But will Fallon and Rylan face their demons, come to grips with their past to find their HEA? Or will they lose all to the danger that lurks? You must read “The Wolf” to learn more of Fallon and Rylan’s story!

Filled with intrigue, suspense, mystery, and romance. Of course, I adore small children thrown into the mix, they make life so enduring. A mother will do anything for her child.

Ms. Holthaus is an incredible author, who draws readers into her stories with her captivating storyline, and her enticing characters. “The Wolf” is a definite keeper, a story not to be missed. Highly recommended for fans of Scottish Romance, fierce warriors, fiesty lasses,Historical Romance lovers, and anyone who enjoys a heart-pounding adventure in the Highlands. Another hit by April Holthaus! An absolute delight to read! I thoroughly enjoyed “The Wolf” and wait anxiously for the next adventure of “Heart of the Highlands”! A must read! Well done, Ms. Holthaus! !
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

HIGHLAND MESSENGER by Dana D’Angelo. ..a review

Highland Messenger (Scottish Strife Series Book 4)Highland Messenger by Dana D’Angelo

 

Genre: Medieval Scottish Romance

Series: Scottish Strife #4

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: November 20, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NA92M6H

(Courtesy of Amazon)

 

The war is coming steadily closer, and Mairead MacGregon makes it her business to know everything she can about the inevitable clash. But she is thrown off guard when she learns of a potential marriage plan between herself and a neighboring laird. Desperate to prevent this union from occurring, she decides to make the dangerous trek to Bracken Ridge, and elicit the help of one man who might love her enough to save her. The only requirement now is to convince the brooding Messenger to escort her to the war zone…

Except Thom MacCullvin refuses the beauty’s proposal. His life is complicated enough. He believes that his dealings with the appealing lass are over until he discovers Mairead trailing after him. Forced to take her along with him on his journey, he finds himself softening toward her. Somehow she begins to lift the darkness in his heart. Yet even as the undeniable attraction between them sizzles and burns, he is painfully aware that she loves another. Can Thom be enough for her to forget the other man? Or will she leave him once they reach Bracken Ridge?

 

MY THOUGHTS 

Highland Messenger (Scottish Strife Series Book 4) by Dana D’Angelo is a captivating Medieval Scottish Romance. While, Book 4 in her amazing “Scottish Strife” series, it can be read as a stand alone, with no issues.
Mairead MacGregon and Thom MacCullvin are such compelling characters. Thom presents a hard exterior, but he is gentle, caring and a fierce warrior, who is also a messenger for the Scottish Crown. Mairead, is feisty, determined and beautiful, she is one of Rory MacCullvin’s sister, from a previous book. Of course, sparks fly, in more ways than one, Thom and Mairead same to always be bucking horns.

Follow, Mairead and Thom on their trek through the Highlands to Bracken Ridge, while they face danger, and their undeniable attraction to each other. But will Mairead find that her savior, may not be, her childhood crush, Blane, but maybe this tough, rugged Highlander, before it’s too late?
Well written, fast paced, heart-pounding story of secrets, treachery, passion, misunderstandings, and the quest to finding a HEA and seek revenge, for a wrong preceived to a loved one. But things are not as they seem.
The characters are engaging, but roughly flawed, with caring, gentle hearts. I hope some of the secondary characters find their own stories. What a great cast of characters!
Once again, Ms. D’Angelo held me captivated to the pages of this mesmerizing Medieval Scottish Romance. She never disappoints me, but holds me in anticipation to the next adventure. One of my favorite Scottish Romance authors!
I absolutely loved “Highland Messenger”, from the first page to the last, it was utterly intriguing. WOW, another hit by Dana D’Angelo!
Fans of Medevial Scottish Romance, fierce, and loyal Highlanders, secrets, treachery and possibly treason, are sure to enjoy “Highland Messenger”, I certainly did. Highly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

GUARDED BY THE WARRIOR by Eliza Knight…review

Guarded by the Warrior (Conquered Bride Series Book 5)Guarded by the Warrior by Eliza Knight

Genre: Medieval Scottish Romance

Series: Conquered Brides #5

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: November 29, 2016
  • Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LQPKDYU

(Courtesy of Amazon)

A lady in need of protection…

Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross Clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears not only for her life, but for her family who will be labeled traitors. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man when she had previously sworn off love altogether. His passion, charisma, loyalty, and strength shake the very foundation she’s built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving…

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father’s dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he’s certain they’ll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that’s laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people and Emilia, too.

My Thoughts 

Guarded by the Warrior (Conquered Bride Series Book 5) by Eliza Knight was a fantastic Medieval Scottish Romance. While, Book 5, it can be read as a stand alone, with no issues.
This story draw me in, within the first chapter and held my attention throughout, to the very end.
Ian and Emilia were such great characters! Ian was sexy, protective and fiercely loyal. He also felt unworthy of his position as new Laird, after his father’s death.
Emilia was feisty, felt betrayed by her family and determined to survive.

Secrets abound, sparks ignite, dangers lurks, battles are fought, but will love prevail? Ms. Knight definitely shows the reader, throughout her story how circumstances change and how preverance can prevail. Well done!

Well written with engaging and well developed characters. The storyline is a bit unique, in this complex, but captivating tale of two people learning to trust, forgive, heal and find a HEA.

What an entertaining tale with a few surprises and several twists and turns along the way! A great Scottish Romance! Oh, yes, the reader will get a glimpse into Robert the Bruce and his quest to claim Scotland. And a glimpse into Ian and his quest to protect and care for his father’s legitimate children. At least twelve of them, I adored little Alice! Ms. Knight weaves a story for the ages in “Guarded by the Warrior”. She never fails to delight nor disappoints me, with her tales of love and overcoming circumstances. Highly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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