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Taming the HighlanderTaming the Highlander by May McGoldrick


Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval Scottish )

Series: The Scottish Relic Trilogy  #2

Source: Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions. 

  • Publication date: September 6, 2016
  • Publisher: Swerve
  • Language: English

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This new historical romance from May McGoldrick pits one spirited lass against her biggest challenge yet: a Highland lord who has no desire to lose his heart.

Innes Munro has the ability to “read” a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn.

Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him, however neither can deny the growing passion that ignites with every look, every touch.

But can Conall ever love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides… and can love really tame all fears? As dangerous forces close in, Conall and Innes must take the ultimate leap of faith and forge a bond of trust that will save them both…or lose each other forever.

My Thoughts: 

Taming the Highlander by May McGoldrick is a captivating addition to her mesmerizing Medieval Historical Romance, “The Scottish Relic” Trilogy, Book 2. But can be easily be read as a stand alone. However, I would definitely suggest reading Book 1, “Much Ado About Highlanders”, which is another fantastic Scottish Historical Romance. It sets up some background for the rest of this Trilogy. “Taming the Highlander” is set against the backdrop of the Wild Scottish coast.

Conall Sinclair, is the actual earl of Caithness, however, he has turned the reign of his title and his clan to his younger brother. Conall carries the desperation, the hurt, the battle scars, even the lash marks from being in an English dungeon, as a prisoner, after the devastating battle with heavy losses against the English. He carries much guilt.

Innes Munro, has a gift, that could have her charged as a “witch”. She has the ability to “read” a person’s past simply by touching them. She also has the second piece of the Scottish Relic others are seaching for and willing to kill, whomever has the Relic. It carries some powerful knowledge, that some would kill to obtain.
Conall finds that Innes calms his inner beast and soothes his tortured soul. He is attracted to her. from the time he meets her, as Innes is to him. She can feel his pain and inner angst. Sparks fly, passion ignites and love blossoms. But can Innes be saved from the man pursuing the Relic holders? Can Innes and Conell find their HEA or will they lose all?
Some of the characters from “Much Ado About Highlanders” re-appear.

A captivating, mesmerizing and intriguing Scottish tale that will have the reader’s heart pounding, as they turn pages of “Taming the Highlander.
From the first page to the last and beyond, readers are sure to be captivated with the characters, and the compelling and powerful storyline.
Ms. McGoldrick is a brillant and masterful storyteller. Fans of Scottish myths, Highlanders, intrigue, adventure and romance will be captivated by “Taming the Highlander”. Highly recommended! I can’t wait to read the finale of “The Scottish Relic” Trilogy. A must read Scottish Romance with a element of the Paranormal! Awesome read!.
Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR



The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle (Darke of Night, #2)The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle by Marie Treanor


Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance (Regency )

Series: Darke of Night #2

Source: Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions. 

  • Publication date: August 16, 2016
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Language: English
  • Length: 196

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Dead men don’t tell tales. They wail them from the top of the tallest tower.

Darke of Night, Book 2

Lady Guinevere (Guin) Harvey would much rather be writing gothic tales of intrigue and adventure than dancing attendance on her sister, the newly married Duchess of Silberwald. Until they arrive at Silberwald Castle, a place of enchanting perfection—and gothic shadows.

Ghostly groans and clanking chains lead Guin through ancient, misshapen passages to one of the castle’s many mysteries: a cell where the odd but charming Kasimir is kept chained like an animal. He could be a figment of her vivid dreams, the ghost of a dead, mad prince, or just a political prisoner no one wants to talk about.

Desperate to discover what beast is howling such soul-chilling cries, Guin summons the medium Barbara Darke. But by the time Barbara arrives, Guin can no longer distinguish dream from reality, friend from enemy. Even with all Barbara’s unique talents, they have to face new dangers before they finally discover the terrifying truth of Silberwald Castle.

Warning: Gives new meaning to falling madly in love…

My Thoughts:

The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle (Darke of Night, Book 2) by Marie Treanor is an interesting Paranormal Historical Romance set against the backdrop of Silberwald Castle. Can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters from “Death of Treanor Hall”.

“Dead men don’t tell tales. They wail them from the top of the tallest tower.”

Lady Guinevere (Guin) Harvey is the sister, of the newly married Duchess of Silberwald. A Gothic writer, and playing attendence on her sister at Silberwald Castle. Which, is magnificent, intriguing, with ghostly shadows, secrets, clanging chains, and moaning sounds.

Guin asks, medium Barbara Darke, for her skills in distinguishing ghosts, fiction from reality, friend from foe and learning the truth of Silberwald Castle and all within.

Guin finds, Kasimir,who is charming, if a bit odd, kept chained like an animal in the dungeon of the Castle is he real, a ghost, a political prisoner, a mad prince, or a figment of Guin’s imagination? Why is he chained, or is it just a vivid dream?

Will Guin and Barbara find the truth of Silberwald Castle, before it’s too late?

Steady paced, well written with well-developed characters, diversity, intrigue, adventure, and secrets. Yes, and ghosts, unanswered questions, and dangerous adventure.

Readers will get lost in this tale of ghostly intrigue, passion and finding a HEA. What a unique but mesmerizing tale! Well worth the time to read. I look forward to see, what’s next in this intricately woven, and highly intriguing tale.
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

Check out this review of Quinn: A Scottish Outlaw (Highland Outlaws, Book 2)

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Genre: Medieval  Historical Romance  (Scottish)
Series: Highland Outlaws/ Scottish Outlaws #2
Source: Received for an honest review from the author

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Check out this review of Friendly Fire (the Echo Platoon Series, Book 3)

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FRIENDLY FIRE by Marliss Melton
Genre: Contemporary romance /Romantic Suspense
Series: The Echo Platoon #3
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Check out this review of The King’s Executioner (Pict King, #1)

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Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval Picts)
Series: Pict King Series #1
Source: Received for an honest review from the author

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LORETTA MASON POTTS by Mary Chase…review

Loretta Mason PottsLoretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase

Genre: Children’s

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: New York Review Children’s Collection
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children’s Collection; Reprint edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590177576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590177570


*From Amazon*

Imagine how shocked you would be if, like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all these years, without knowing it, you’ve had an older sister, an “awful, awful, bad, bad, girl—Loretta Mason Potts.” Who? What? Wait! … But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast. Loretta (a glum gangly girl and so very very rude!) comes home and before you know it, Colin is secretly following her down a hidden tunnel that leads from a bedroom closet to an astonishing castle, where a charming and beautiful countess keeps court attended by a dapper and ever-obliging general, and in this world everybody loves Loretta (especially when she’s rude), so much so that they’re begging her to stay with them forever. What is the secret behind this mysterious other world and how does it connect to the many secrets in the Mason family? It’ll take a spellbinding, hair-raising adventure, involving not just Colin and Loretta but their mother and the rest of the family, to work that out.

About the Author

Mary Coyle Chase (1907–1981) was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived there all her life. She worked for various Denver papers as a journalist, began to write plays, and in 1944 had a huge success with Harvey, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

Harold Berson (1926–1986) was born in Los Angeles and studied art in Paris. Loretta Mason Potts, originally published in 1958, was the first book he illustrated, but he would go on to draw pictures for more than ninety books, including many that he also wrote.



Alice in Wonderland & Narnia with a closet instead of a wardrobe. A bridge,a countess, and an secret world, what else could you want? Oh,did I mention a bad & rude girl, a smart boy, family secrets and a magic kingdom. An adventure filled with fantasy and creativity. An epic tale that young children are sure to enjoy. Well written with imagination and wit. Both young and old will be intrigued by this fantastical adventure!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

JUMP! by Julia Dweck…. review

JumpJump by Julia Dweck
Genre: Children’s Book

Age level: 4-8

Grade level: P-3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • File Size: 4011 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sleepy Sheep Productions; 1 edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N975GGO

*Courtesy of Amazon*

Book Description

September 1, 2014 4 – 8 P – 3
Jack’s little heart began to thump,
As he prepared to take a jump.
He swung around and then he flexed.
His thousandth jump was coming next.

Then tightening his coils, he sank,
And listened to the music crank.
He sprung out free, no longer trapped.
His rusty spring broke loose and SNAPPED!

What’s a Jack-in-the-box without his home? Poor Jack has never jumped out of anything before, but his worn out box. Can Barker, the neighborhood dog, prove to Jack that there are many more exciting jumps outside in the great, big world? Young readers will find lots of giggles in the rhyming text and wondrous jumps that Barker and Jack discover together. The full screen art by illustrator, Brian Allen, positively leaps off the page. The author, Julia Dweck, has done a wonderful job of weaving in the subtle message that it’s important to believe in yourself and to think outside of the box in order to realize life’s wondrous possibilities. This bouncy tale from Sleepy Sheep Productions will leave young readers jumping for joy! Leveled for young readers ages 4 – 8, but relevant to readers of all ages.


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Loved this tale of adventure for Children. This is a fun read for children of all ages, yes including grand parents. I loved it, but than I have not find a tile from Ms. Dweck, yet, I did not enjoy. Jump is adorable, fun, and entertaining. The illustrations are awesome! “Jump” is an easy to follow tale, that children of all ages are sure to enjoy time and time again. A treasure for your keeper shelf of Children’s stories! Well done! Please keep them coming!!

*Received for an honest review from the author*

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


The Signature of All Things



Genre: Historical Family SagaA Penguin Book Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143125842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143125846

The Signature of All Things (From publisher’s website)

Elizabeth Gilbert


She begins life as a baby with “a face like a bowl of porridge . . . pale as a painted floor” (p. 2). She is to end it as a biologist of unique accomplishments, mentioned in the same breath with the great evolutionists Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. In the more than eighty years in between, she will know extraordinary wealth and almost total deprivation. She will experience the heights of passion and the utter depths of loneliness. She will very nearly circle the globe in search of answers, both to scientific mysteries and to the inexplicable riddles of the human heart. She is Alma Whittaker, the heroine of Elizabeth Gilbert’s panoramic novel The Signature of All Things, and she is one of the most memorable creations in the current generation of American fiction.

Alma is the only biological daughter of Henry Whittaker, an Englishman who has used every means within his grasp to rise from poverty to wrestle wealth from a scornful and resistant world. The ticket to Henry’s success has been an almost instinctive knowledge of plants, passed down to him by his own father, a master horticulturist at the court of King George III. Unlike his threadbare father, Henry has learned how to make plants pay; he comes to dominate the market for the trees used to produce quinine and becomes the wealthiest man in his adopted home of Philadelphia. Alma inherits her father’s fascination with botany, as well as his love of argument and confrontation, but she also has what he does not have: an unquenchable sense of wonder and a zeal for knowledge that is driven not by the love of profit, but by the love of life and all that makes it function. Lonely and misunderstood, but also brilliant and intensely curious, Alma studies the humblest forms of plant life, unwittingly embarking on a path of inquiry that will lead her to the darkest mysteries of evolutionary theory. On the way, she falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a uniquely gifted artist whose airy idealism and spiritual light attract her like a moth to a flame. Body clashes with spirit and science intertwines with religion as the two unlikely lovers journey, together and apart, toward their strange and improbable destinies.

Brilliantly researched and lovingly crafted by the internationally renowned author of Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things carries the reader breathlessly across the globe. The novel also covers equally vast spaces in human consciousness, ranging from the coolly rational to the pitiably insane. It is a work of extraordinary faith and of deep scientific reflection. Perhaps above all, it is the story of an irrepressible woman, determined to satisfy her most powerful urges toward both love and knowledge. A novel immersed in all the great questions of the nineteenth century, The Signature of All Things is also very much a novel for our times-and for all time.



THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS  by Elizabeth Gilbert is an interesting Historical Family Saga/A Penguin Book Fiction set from America to Tahiti. This is the tale, of a female botanist during the nineteenth century, Alma Whittaker and her trials, struggles and triumphs. Filled with adventure, discovery, plants, science, research, and adventure. An engrossing tale that is vibrant and exciting. A tale of a renowned botanist born before her time but who finds her place among plants and scientist. With a bit of romance though into the mix. Alma, finds a love amongst her travels that leads her toward the spiritual and magical as well as evolution. A epic tale. If you enjoy plants, science, adventure, research, and discovery, you should read THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. Well written historical with engaging characters and a interesting storyline. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Malory-Anderson Family #11

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.


  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476714274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476714271



June 10, 2014
#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to the dazzlingly passionate world of the Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies, in a thrilling new tale of unbridled desires.

James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.

Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.

When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.

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STORMY PERSUASION by Johanna Lindsey is an exciting Historical Romance. #11 in the “Malory-Anderson Family series, but can be read as a stand alone. I loved this tale of sacrifice, family relationships, pirates, passion, selflessness, romance and the power of love.
This is Judith Malory and Nathan Tremayne. Nathan, a smuggler with a noose around his neck, on a convert mission to America, looking for redemption and Judith looking for adventure and love.
Malory fans are sure to enjoy Ms. Lindsey’s return to the Malory clan. Even if you haven’t read one of the Malory tales, you will enjoy “Stormy Persuasion”.  It was not hard to follow the storyline, and characters. Well written with the most engaging characters, and an intriguing as well as interesting storyline and very entertaining indeed. A bit of humor is added to this tale, which, is a plus. A new generation of Malory’s are on the horizon. Look out fans, there is sure to more coming. I absolutely loved this story. I was turning pages as fast as  I could, and didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend this title. Oh did I mention the passion,the danger around the corner and the betrayal. Well done!!
Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


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