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HIS HIGHLAND LOVE (His Highland Heart Book 2)HIS HIGHLAND LOVE by Willa Blair


Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval Scotland/France)

Series: His Highland Heart #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.



Publication date: July 11, 2017

Language: English


Length: 249 pages



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A Love Denied
Kenneth Brodie offered for young Mary Catherine Rose but her father declined, then a year later accepted an offer from another clan. Furious at hearing Cat would be married soon to someone else, Kenneth fled to France and drowned his disappointment in wine, women and war.

A Love Lost
Two years after her father demanded they wait until Cat was older, she doesn’t understand why Kenneth hasn’t returned for her. Broken-hearted, Cat spurns yet another betrothal her father arranges and runs away to her cousin in St. Andrews, vowing never to marry.

A Love Worth Fighting For
By the time Kenneth returns home, trouble is brewing in Scotland. Sent to St. Andrews as hostage for his clan to the Regent, Kenneth resents being exiled—until he encounters his lost love, Cat Rose. When war breaks out, they must escape. And even though he betrayed her with more than one mademoiselle, he’s the only man Cat trusts to get her home to the Highlands. Can she forgive his past and renew the love they once shared?



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My thoughts:

His Highland Love by Willa Blair is another fantastic read in her new series, “His Highland Heart”. While, book 2 in this thus far amazing series, it can be read as a stand alone. Set in France and Scotland.

This is the story of Kenneth Brodie, Mary Catherine Rose and a love once denied, thought to be lost, but will that same love be worth fighting for now. Open up “His Highland Heart” to see for yourself, you’re be glued to the pages of this captivating story of love lost, and found again. Kenneth and Mary Catherine, “Cat” are a wonderful couple, who will hold your heart!

Willa Blair writes a story that comes to life and will sweep you away on a journey from France into the Highlands of Scotland . “His Highland Love” is a romantic adventure filled with lots of twists and turns, suspense and danger. It’s definitely a charming story with plenty of romance and adventure with a touch of spice to add to the lure of adventure!

Fast paced with an enjoyable cast of characters who will steal and capture your heart. I was amazed with Cat and Kenneth’s journey to finding their HEA amongst the turmoil of war. Beautifully written and masterfully executed! Well done, Willa Blair!!
I look forward to the next adventure in “His Highland Heart” series.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Received by: AprilR



Jean-Luc: Once Is Never EnoughJean-Luc: Once Is Never Enough by Vonnie Davis


Genre: Romantic Suspense

Series: Paris Intrigue #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.



(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

Her daughter’s kidnapping. A metro bombing. Going undercover. Zoey Morningstar’s trip to Paris wasn’t to include any of these things. But it does. Although Jean-Luc LeFèvre rescues her little girl from the Red Hand, the threat to her child continues. Zoey is grateful to Jean-Luc, but her need to help capture the abductors must override any desire she feels for the handsome agent with his own brand of justice…and danger. Jean-Luc is not pleased when Zoey, a crime scene photographer with just enough training to get them killed, is assigned to work with him in the French Counterterrorism Unit. Not only does she take too many risks, she drives him to distraction. As Zoey and Jean-Luc track the terrorists, their feelings for each other grow as fast as the danger. Jean-Luc is determined to protect Zoey and her daughter, but the sinister grasp of the Red Hand is strong and far-reaching. It will take more than love to keep them all safe.


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My thoughts:

Jean-Luc: Once is Never Enough by Vonnie Davis is an intriguing story. #2 in “Paris Intrigue”, while I feel some readers may wish to read #1 “Niko:Licensed to Kill”, before reading this, it’s not necessary to fully enjoy “Jean-Luc”. What a Romantic Suspense!

Zoey Morningstar, her child Taylor Ann, Jean-Luc LeFèvre, the Red Hand Terrorist group and the French Counterterrorism Unit, makes for some exciting and thrilling reading. Zoey and Jean-Luc’s chemistry is explosive and steamy.

Well written with well developed, realistic and engaging characters and a plot to literally die for, Vonnie Davis will certainly capture your heart in “Jean-Luc”. Definitely a heart thumping, action packed tale, set in Paris. With intrigue, danger, murder, terrorist, a kidnapping, suspense, passion and a race for time, readers will be awe stricken, as Ms. Davis writes a story that plays out like, a movie. I was glued to the pages from the beginning to end. This is one of those stories that lingers in one’s mind, long after the ending.
An unbelievable realistic story, that felt as if it was pulled straight out of todays headlines!

I love Vonnie Davis’ complex, compelling, intriguing and powerful stories. She is an expert with characterization, descriptions and her plots are simply mesmerizing.
You don’t wish to miss this action packed Romantic Suspense! I can’t wait to read the next book in the “Paris Intrigue”. An amazing story! The battle of the sexes helped carry “Jean-Luc” along. Well done,Vonnie Davis!!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR

REVIEW: THE CAPTIVE by Grace Burrowes

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Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: The Captive Hearts Trilogy #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

July 1, 2014
ISBN: 1402278780
ISBN-13: 978-1402278792

(From the author’s website)

The Captive

Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, is captured out of uniform by the French, and is thus subject to torture. Christian does not break, not once, and is released when Toulouse falls. Back in England, Christian has great difficulty taking up the reins of his life until Gillian, Countess of Windmere, a relation of his late wife, pointedly reminds him that he has a daughter who still needs him very much—a daughter who no longer speaks. Gilly pushes, pulls, and drags Christian back to life, and slowly, she and he admit an attraction to each other.

Christian offers Gilly marriage, but Gilly is a widow, and has fared badly at the hands of her first husband. Gillian will not pledge her heart to a man bent on violence, for Christian cannot give up his determination to extract revenge from his torturer. What will it take for them to give up their stubborn convictions and choose each other over the bonds of the past?



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THE CAPTIVE by Grace Burrowes is a captivating Regency Historical Romance. Book 1 in “The Captive Hearts Trilogy”, and what a beginning!

This is the story of Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia and Gillian, Countess of Greendale. Christian was captured and tortured by the French for over a year. Now, he is free and he wants revenge against his captors. He survived by his vow to himself, of vengeance and justice, only to come home to find his wife and son dead, his young daughter has suffered much from his absence. Now she either refuses or can’t speak. There is, of course more to that amazing story! You many guess, but the answers come toward the end.

Gillian, is a widow, finally, after eight years of abuse, from the older Greendale and now suspect in his death. His heir, Christian’s cousin, Marcus, has made sure of that. Oh, but all is not what it seems on that front. Greed can do so much to destroy innocent lives!

A captivating, fast paced tale of intrigue, suspense, mystery and passion. Two tortured souls find comfort, justice, passion, a safe haven in each others arms and everlasting love. Ms. Burrowes blends the right mixture of suspense, tragedy, passion and romance to keep the reader turning pages way into the night. I truly wish to see the others in this series, come to fruition. The true magic of this tale is the love, and compassion shown throughout this story by both Christian and Gillian.  Not just another romp through Regency England but a romp on one’s heart! Well done, indeed! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

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


The Temptation of Lady Serena




Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: The Marriage Game #3

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

  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: eKensington (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EF51J0Q


January 2, 2014 “Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!” –Shana Galen

Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love–until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts. . .

Custom-made gowns. . .nights at the theater. . .and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of. . .

Robert, Viscount Beaumont, remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell. . .



THE TEMPTATION OF LADY SERENA by Ella Quinn is another interesting Regency Historical Romance. #3 in “The Marriage Game”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh” and “The Seduction of Lady Phoebe” Once again, Ms. Quinn does not disappoint. Meet Robert, Viscount Beaumont and Lady Serena Weir,which has been in previous stories. Lady Serena is thrust into the glamorous world of the London ton by her brother,who has decided she should have a London Season. While, Lady Serena would rather have her quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands and beautiful ball gowns and night after night of entertainment. Enter….Robert,Viscount Beaumont,who will turn her world upside down. A true romantic story with a side trip to France. If you enjoy a classic Regency Romance with engaging characters, than “The Temptation of Lady Serena” is the story for you to pick up for your reading enjoyment. A great,quick read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Review~ Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas by multiple authors

Title: Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas

Author: Beth Barany, Kay Keppler, Patricia Simpson


Publisher: SB Group

Publication Date: July 11, 2013

ISBN-10: 0984821104

ISBN-13: 978-0984821105

Genre: Paranormal

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

The mysterious lives of gargoyles.

They don’t just hang out on buildings.

They right wrongs. They wreak havoc.

And they change the lives of unsuspecting people who never see them coming.

The hero…

Craig knows that Bea is in trouble. But Craig can’t do anything about it–because he’s a garden gargoyle and Bea can’t hear his warnings. When unexpected visitors arrive to help, Craig finds the power he had all along. Now the neighborhood will never be the same.

The touchstone…

When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

And the freak just trying to get along…

Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, Merofled volunteers to help jaded warrior Alaric kill a gargoyle that threatens her village. But Merofled soon discovers the gargoyle is not a monster at all. It’s a misfit just like her. Can she persuade Alaric to spare the gargoyle-and herself?

My Thoughts:

Although I am a huge paranormal fan, this was my first foray into gargoyles. I have discovered it was not the place to start. I have no doubt that there are some good gargoyle stories out there, but these particular three lacked depth and eloquence.  However, this may be an unfair judgment.  I have not read any other works by these authors, and due to the short nature of novellas, there is not much room to flesh out a story as much as one would potentially like.  There was some imagination evident in the storylines, with each story having its own unique perspective.

Craig, being the sentient, yet immobile object that he is, tries unsuccessfully to communicate and protect his owner, Bea. Out of nowhere come these “gods” that awaken the powers of mobility and flight that aid him in his objective. There were a lot of minimally explained characters and happenings in this short story, and it was slightly difficult to follow at times. Some of these were just downright unbelievable, even given the fact that it’s a paranormal novella.

The second story, again- too little explanation and too much conflict compressed into too little story. The gargoyle wasn’t the paranormal element in this story; it was merely the object of connection between Rose and Julien. I liked Julien’s character a lot more than Rose. He seemed to have more depth, honesty, and morality than she did and I was able to feel some connection to him as a character. Rose seemed slightly self-indulgent, and it was obvious she was a modern-day woman (not meant as a compliment). I wish the time travel element had been explained a little better, not just “BAM!- you’re in the 13th century,” and then “BAM!- you’re back, and you brought him with you.”

I didn’t even finish the third story.  I got about half-way in, and it never got interesting, so I gave up. This one also takes place in the middle ages, and Merofled is saved from being burned as a witch, merely because she agrees to help rescue a farmer’s son from a gargoyle. Seems to me, just agreeing to help in that situation would make her accusers even surer of her witchery. She and the priest assigned to carry out her sentencing then follow the farmer to locate the son. I didn’t get any farther than that, because the farmer’s prejudice was irritating, and I couldn’t become very sympathetic to any of their issues.

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

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If you were me and lived in... France...: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World (If You Were Me and Lived in... A Child's Introduction to Culture's Around the World)

IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN….FRANCE: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World


Genre: Children’s Book

Series: If You Were Me and Lived In #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481032003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481032001

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“If You Were Me and Lived in…France-A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World” is the second book in Carole P. Roman’s remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child’s viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ….FRANCE…: A CHILD’S INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD by Carole P. Roman is another delightful children’s book. #2 in this series. Another introduction to the different cultures around the world,this one is on France. It is filled with vivid illustrations,facts about the country,their culture,the life and diversity of the people of France. A wonderful educational tool for both children and adults alike. Received for an honest review from the author.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




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Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (July 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiancé, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn, soldier who represents her only escape from destitution.

Major Angus McCartney is tormented by the reproachful slate-grey eyes of two strikingly similar women: Jessamine, his dead mistress, and Emily, the unobtainable beauty who is now his reluctant bride.

Emily’s loyalty to Jack’s memory is matched only by Angus’s determination to atone for the past and win his wife with honor and action. As Napoleon cuts a swathe across Europe, Angus is sent to France on a mission of national security, forcing Emily to confront both her allegiance to Jack and her traitorous half-French family.

Angus and Emily may find love, but will the secrets they uncover divide them forever?


THE RELUCTANT BRIDE by Beverley Eikli is an interesting Regency Historical Romance. Fast paced and filled with spies,traitors,danger,secrets,lost love,Napoleon’s swathe through France,grief,treachery,and love. The story of Major Angus McCartney and Emily Micklen,their struggle to find love and happiness. Emily struggles with the lost of her fiancee,pregnant,disowned,abandoned and married to Major Angus a man she doesn’t know,but who was in the Military with her beloved Jack. Emily will soon learn what she thought she knew was all a lie,her family,her lost love and her own life.
“The Reluctant Bride” has engaging characters, a unique storyline that involves English as well as French spies,traitors to both the English and French,finding love, healing,and finding forgiveness. While, Emily fills disloyal to Jack’s memory, she finds herself attracted to her new husband, Angus. Angus in the meantime has loved Emily from afar for a few years,never thinking he would become her husband and trying to atone for his past,he finds no hardship in marrying Emily to protect her unborn child. “The Reluctant Bride” is filled with secrets,and spies. “The Reluctant Bride” may soon become a most cherished bride,with a most cherished husband. If you enjoy a good spy story,passion,a bit of romance,adventure,and a great read than this is the story for you to read. An engaging story from first to finish. Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ NORSE JEWEL by Gina Conkle….



Genre: Historical Romance(Vikings)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (June 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English

Book Description(Amazon)

June 17, 2013
AD 1022
A stolen woman of rare qualities…
Seized by marauders and taken to the icy northlands by the wolf-eyed Viking warrior, Helena will do whatever it takes to earn her freedom and return to France.
A mighty Viking Chieftain…
Betrayal has turned Hakan’s heart to ice, but the spirited Frankish maid warms him in a way he’s never known. The spell she weaves leaves them both breathless, but can he keep his promise to return her home even if it means he’ll lose his precious jewel forever?
NORSE JEWEL by Gina Conkle is an exciting Viking/Medieval Historical  Romance set in AD 1022. A quick read with engaging characters and an interesting plot. A Fresh look at the Vikings marauders and their captives. Filled with adventure,betrayal,healing,forgiveness, and the power of love with sweet romance. Join Hakan,a Viking marauder and Norse Chieftain and his Frankish captive(Thrall), Helena, on a journey of love and secrets. Some long secrets finally come to life. What happens when a heathen and a God fearing captive/maid find each other,watch out for the sparks. Very limited sexual conquest,but they do have powerful sensual tension between them,that did not bother me in the least. I thought Hakan a bit to lenient with his captive slave,Helena,considering he was reputed to be a ruthless and cold hearted raider,as compared to other slave owners. Helena basically ruled the roost,sorta of speaking. An overall good read and an author I will follow,for I would love to see what happens next in Hakan and Helena’s lives and the lives of the other Norse raiders. Hakan’s ,best friend,and second in command betrays him and his family. While I enjoyed this story you are left with many unanswered questions about Hakan’s family,his King, and his country. I see another installment coming,or I hope so anyway. I felt the ending was a bit rushed,but an overall great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ THE INDIA FAN by Victoria Holt…



Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: Casablanca Classics series

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402277431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402277436

Book Description(Amazon)

Release date: March 5, 2013 | Series: Casablanca Classics

“A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance, and deception.”—Associated Press

With Over 100 Million Books Sold, Victoria Holt is the Queen of Gothic Romance.

Blackmail. Arson. Murder. Obsession.

Beautiful as its peacock feathers may be, the priceless fan hidden deep within the Framling mansion has a legacy of death and destruction. And Drusilla Delany has no idea she’s been marked by its curse…

But the fan’s dark past might prove less of a danger than Fabian Framling himself. Dark, brooding, and dominating, will he be the one to save her from the fan’s cruel fate…or cause her demise?


THE INDIA FAN by Victoria Holt is an interesting historical fiction set in set against a backdrop of England and France. What is the real meaning of the peacock feathers fan,could it really be cursed, Drusilla Delany will soon find out. For hidden deep within the Framling Mansion is a dark secret. Then you have the dominating,brooding Fabian Framling who is either friend or foe. “The India fan” is an epic Gothic romance filled with danger,sensual tension,betrayal,secrets,a curse or two, deception,blackmail and of course romance. Ms Holt is an excellent storytelling who draws the reader into the story. With her compelling,intriguing plot and her engaging,challenging characters you can’t go wrong in reading one of her stories. What a read! If you enjoy romance, curses,dark secrets,and a Gothic tale of epic proportions than I would recommend “The India Fan”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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