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PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE ~~OTHER HIGHLANDER by Adrienne Basso. ..review

No Other Highlander (The McKennas)No Other Highlander by Adrienne Basso

Genre: Historical Romance (Scotland Highlands)

Series: The McKennas

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GBAG3AS
  • Length: 368 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Description

Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .
 
Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband—a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.

Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed—and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .

Release date: February 28, 2017! Reserve your copy today! 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

No Other Highlander (The McKennas) by Adrienne Basso is an intriguing Medieval Scottish Romance set in 1334 Scottish Highlands.
WOW! Fast paced, adventure filled, heart -pounding and very captivating tale of heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, learning to trust and finding HEA, peace and happiness. Such a powerful and compelling story!

Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser, was an abused wife with a small son Callum, escapes her abusive husband. While, she used to be a pampered and indulged daughter of a laird, her marriage to a brute and tyrant changed her, forever. Now she only wishes to provide her son with protection, security and love. Unfortunately, she’ll get no help from her father.
Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood he remembers her as a spoiled princess who is both dangerous and lovely. When she steps in to protect Malcolm he sees another side to the woman she’s grown into, she is fierce, tolerate and loves her child unconditionally.

Ms. Basso has written a sensitive, complicated, compassionate story of second chances that will captivate readers and capture their hearts from the first page to the last. Can horrors from the past, find healing and learn to trust and love, leaving all the baggage as a distance memory?

I adore how Ms. Basso brings this masterfully written story full circle to provide readers with mystery, suspense, passion and love. A must read Medieval Scottish Romance!
I can’t wait to read more of “The McKennas”.
Ms. Basso provided me with a few hours of escape from realism to the world of Highlanders, clans, and the lasses who loves them. I read it in one setting. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading! Strongly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild to a bit steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR

THE THIEF’S COUNTESS by Cecelia Mecca. ..a review

The Thief's Countess (Border Series, #1)The Thief’s Countess by Cecelia Mecca

 

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval England )

Series: The Border #1

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

Publisher Altiora Press
Publication date February 5, 2017
Language English
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight 14.6 ounces
Book length 268
ISBN-10 1946510025
ISBN-13 978-1946510020

 

 

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A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…

The Reiver
Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.

The Countess
With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling men including two lawless border reivers who serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS 

 

The Thief’s Countess by Cecelia Mecca is an addictive and brilliantly written story of honor, duty and love. Book 1 in what promises to be an extraordinary series, “Border” series. See the prequel, “The Ward’s Bride”. Set against the Anglo-Saxon border in the 13th century (1271), Northumbria, England. What a great Medevial Romance!

From the first page to the last, I was intrigued and glued to the pages. I couldn’t figure how Sir Geoffrey,
a Reiver, who needs to reclaim his inheritance, who seeks his revenge and Lady Sara Caiser, a Countess, an extraordinary lady of good breeding, alluring and complicated, would find their HEA, with so much against them. However, Ms. Mecca manages to pull it all together in a dramatic and heart felt ending. I loved these two characters, they were so caring, honor bound and determined to make the best out of the hand life dealt them. The secondary characters were perfect, Geoffrey’s Uncle Hugh and Sara’s lady’s maid, Faye, were perfect together, even in secret.

Fast paced with historical details, much research, Medevial challenges and the pressures of Medevial life, brings “The Thief’s Countess”, to life and adds more intrigue to the story. My only complaint, the ending felt a bit rushed, but was satisfying, as well as, exciting.
Many questions were answered. Filled with danger, suspense, mystery, intrigue, adventure, passion and romance. Everything Medevial Romance fans will love with twists and turns and a few surprises. I feel Cecelia Mecca is a new debut author to watch for, her writing is masterful, talented and an author I intend to follow. Her writing feels as if she’s been writing for years. Very impressive indeed! An outstanding Medevial Romance from a very talented author! I can’t wait to read Book 2, coming soon! A must read! Bravo, Cecelia Mecca! !
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE~~HER HIGHLAND HEART by Willa Blair. ..review

His Highland HeartHis Highland Heart by Willa Blair

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval Scottish)

Series: His Highland Heart, #1

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: February 1, 2017
  • Publisher: Willa Blair
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MXJVN8V
  • Length: 352 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

Shipwrecked in enemy territory, Euan Brodie fears the rest of his crew are at the bottom of the Moray Firth. While he searches for his crew, the youngest barely fifteen years old, he must evade Clan Ross warriors. Yet when he sees a lass about to drown in the incoming tide, he risks capture to save her.

Along with two other Munro lasses, Muireall Munro was taken by Clan Ross raiders nearly a month ago. She’s yet to be claimed as a Ross bride. Still, after two failed escape attempts, her hope is waning of ever seeing her home and the younger brother she was raising. But the stranger who pulls her from the surf will change her life forever.

If Muireall reveals who she really is, the delicious man who just saved her life will want nothing further to do with her—yet she needs him if she is ever to escape her Ross captors. If Euan reveals who he really is to the woman he saved, he risks not only his life, but his clan. Left with no choice, can they save each other while they fall in love?

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MY THOUGHTS 

His Highland Heart by Willa Blair is a heart pounding and captivating Scottish Medieval Romance. “HIS HIGHLAND HEART” series is Book 1 in what definitely promises to be a magnificent series. Oh what a beginning!

This is the story of Euan Brodie and Muireall Munroe.

Shipwrecked in enemy territory, Euan fears the rest of his crew are lost at the bottom of the Moray Firth. He knows he must escape from the Ross Clan before he becomes a captive. Three Munro lasses, Muireall Munro, Ella Munro, and another of their friends, are taken from their home, by Ross raiders nearly a month ago. Two of the lasses have already been claimed by the Ross raiders as brides. However, not Muireall, she is determined to escape thier nightmare. Enter Euan, who will risk capture to save the fascinating and enchanting, Muireall, from the rising surf. Together, they embark on a mission to escape the hellish nightmare, that’s happening in the Ross terriory. But, will they be able to resist their fierce attraction to each other? Will Euan still adore Muireall when her secret finally comes to light?

Well written story, with captivating characters and an intriguing storyline. Emotionally charged, with a wide range of emotions for the reader. I cried, was filled with angst for Euan,Muireall, and the others, but in the end some will find their happiness. Will the villains finally get what they deserve?

Once again, Ms. Blair has written a powerful Scottish Romance, with many twists and turns, secrets, the danger is palpable, the romance exciting with an unexpected but welcomed outcome. Ms. Blair never disappoints me. She is another of my favorite Scottish Historical Romance authors. I can’t wait to read more from this mesmerizing and compelling series, Ella and, which promises to be yet another high octane story. Callum is Euan’s best friend, and one of the crew members to survive, on that fated voyage. Ella is Muireall’s best friend and wishes to escape her ordeal from the Clan Ross. What amazingcharacters! Can’t wait to read their story!

Whew! “His Highland Heart” is definitely a keeper and a treasure! One I feel will be re-read again! Definitely a not to miss Scottish Historical Romance! Highly recommended!
Fans or Scottish Romance, Medieval Romance, uniquely written stories, and the power of friendships and finding a HEA, will definitely enjoy this masterfully written story. I know certainly did and am still reeling from the Muireall and Euan’s story.
I received a complimentary copy.

 

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

Check out this review of Honor Bound: A Highland Adventure

Here is a review by April: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1659750383

HONOR BOUND br Laura Strictland. ..a review

**Please visit the author’s website for more information on this exciting Scottish Medieval Romance ***Or visit  Wild Rose Press **

A KNIGHT’S DUTY by Dana D’Angelo…a review

A KNIGHT’S DUTY

DANA D’ANGELO

Facebook – facebook.com/pages/Dana-DAngelo-Historical-Romance-Author/1401184486768369, or follow her on twitter – @DanaD_author

Genre: Historical Romance(Medieval)

Series: A Knight’s Honor  Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author

  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CR2CKRU

Book Description (Courtesy of Amazon)

 November 24, 2013
He has a duty to his king and country and has no time or interest in love…

Enemies to the throne roam the land, threatening the security of the kingdom just as rumors and accusations of high treason reach King Edward’s ear. In an effort to provide security to the state, the king dispatches Derrik d’Evant, a trusted young knight and royal envoy, to locate the mastermind behind the threat, and bring the traitorous lord to stand trial.

When Derrik arrives at Stanbury Castle, the lord’s beautiful daughter greets him with hostility. But even with the cold reception and knowing that it is unwise to become entangled with a traitor’s daughter, he is unable to resist the fiery beauty or her magnetic allure. And as he accompanies her on her quest, she invokes within him a long neglected and scorching need that grows, threatening to consume him in its power. Yet through all this, he knows that he must cast aside his feelings for her, remembering all too well that he is on a mission — a mission where failure cannot occur.

She acts out of devotion for her family and discovers love of a different kind…

Amelie de Calmette, forced to acknowledge the consequences of the treasonous allegations against her father, knows that few people live to see the light of day if they are accused of this serious crime. Her heart and mind convinces her that her father is innocent. And while the handsome knight assists her in searching for answers, she cannot bring herself to fully trust him, nor can she fight the spark of desire that ignites and burns whenever he is near.

And even as they follow their own agendas, they must suspend their suspicions long enough for them to join forces. Then as they get closer to finding the truth, they become ensnared in a complicated web of royal treachery, dangerous temptation, and cruel deception. They must choose either to distrust each other or believe what is within their hearts, for nothing is as it seems when duty and passion collide.

Note: While this story is part two of The Knights of Honor Trilogy, it can be read as a stand-alone book.

Books by the author:

First Kisses – A Medieval Romance Edition (FREE) 

The Knights of Honor Trilogy:
One True Knight – Book 1
A Knight’s Duty – Book 2
Fallen Knight – Book 3 – Available now!

The Promise 

Heart of a Knight

MY THOUGHTS

#2 in “The Knight’s of Honor” Trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. WOW, what a wickedly delicious Medieval Historical romance! Fast paced, and filled with secrets, betrayal, treason, passion, and romance. I adore these characters. They are very endearing, charismatic, and formidable. The storyline is unique in its entirety, the way the story played out, with many twists and turns, and the way the attraction and passionate nature of the H/H. An absolute delight to read from the first page to the last. Can’t wait for the conclusion to this deliciously exciting series. Well done! A must read and a keeper. Fans of historical romance, Medieval times, honor, Knights of old, romance, family loyalty and passionate embraces, will enjoy “A KNIGHT’S DUTY”. Simply, an enjoyable and satisfying read.

*Received for an honest review from the author*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Mild

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

REVIEW~ LACHLAN’S BRIDE by Kathleen Harrington

Lachlan's Bride: Highland Lairds TrilogyLACHLAN’S BRIDE

KATHLEEN HARRINGTON

http://www.kathleenharringtonbooks.com/

Genre: Historical Romance(Medieval Scotland)

Series: Highland Lairds Trilogy #2

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

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062226347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062226341

*The author’s website*

 

Set in Medieval Scotland

Lachlan’s Bride

The second book in the Highland Lairds Trilogy

A Fierce Highland Warrior

He is Lachlan MacRath, laird and privateer.  And he intends to be her lover…

Lady Francine Walsingham could not believe this fierce Highland warrior is to be her escort into Scotland.  It is whispered that Lachlan MacRath has matical powers… how else do you explain why the English sailors call him the Sorceror fo the Seas?  But trust him she must, for a treacherous plot is about to reveal all her secrets… and Francine has no choice but to act as his lover to keep her enemies at bay.

A Headstrong English Countess

When Lachlan first sees Francine, the blonde beauty stirs his blood like no woman has ever before.  As luck would have it, they must now play the besotted couple so he can protect her… and Lachlan is determined to use all his seductive prowess to properly woo her into his bed.

MY THOUGHTS:

LACHLAN’S BRIDE by Kathleen Harrington is an exciting Scottish Medieval Historical Romance set in 1496- 1503 England and Scotland.#2 in the “Highland Laird’s Trilogy”,but can be read as a stand alone. What a wonderful story of trust,danger,secrets,passion and the power of finding love in the midst of turmoil. Join, Lachlan MacRath, Laird, privateer,King James of Scotland’s emissary,some call him a Sorceror for the Seas,and a fierce Highland Warrior,and Lady Francine Walsingham,widow,mother,English Countess,with a deep dark secret. As they battle their attraction, Lady Francine is standoffish,beautiful and devoted to her King and her small daughter. Who doesn’t love a small feisty child in a love story? But not only do they have to fight their attraction,but fight a treacherous plot to kill Lady Francine and her child in an attempt to disrupt the treaty between England and Scotland. Laird Lachlan has been selected to get Lady Francine and her entourage to Scotland safely,he also wants her in his bed. With danger,all around them,passion abounds,secrets are revealed,and love blossoms. A powerful story from beginning to the last page. Absolutely loved “Lachlan’s Bride”! I can hardly wait to read the next installment in this fast paced, adventure filled love story of a Scottish Laird and his English Countess. Well written with engaging,charismatic characters and a plot to die for, or as I did, love. Well done! Highly recommend for any reader who enjoys Highland Warriors, romance, suspense,a bit of mystery, and secrets as well as passion. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: HOT

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

REVIEW~~~ RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR by Blythe Gifford….

Return of the Border Warrior (Harlequin Historical Series #1114)RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR

BLYTHE GIFFORD

http://www.blythegifford.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval Scotland)

Series: The Brunson Clan #1

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

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373297149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373297146

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: October 16, 2012 | Series: Harlequin Historical (Book 1114)
Word in the Royal Court has spread that the wild Scottish borders are too unruly. Upon the King’s command, John Brunson must return home…Once part of a powerful border clan, John has not set eyes on the Brunson stone tower in years. With failure never an option, he must persuade his family to honor the king’s call for peace.

To succeed, John knows winning over Cate Gilnock, the daughter of an allied family, holds the key. But this intriguing beauty is beyond the powers of flattery and seduction. Instead, the painful vulnerability hidden behind her spirited eyes calls out to John as he is inexorably drawn back into the warrior Brunson clan….

MY THOUGHTS:

RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR by Blythe Gifford is an exciting Medieval historical romance. A Scottish tale set in 1528.Book 1 of  “The Brunson Clan” trilogy. A family saga of the Brunson Clan: two Viking warriors,John and Black Rob Brunson and their sister,Bessie who rule the Scottish border. Fast paced and filled with danger, border wars,Scotland,passion,tragedy,love,secrets and healing. Cate Gilnock, has been raped two years prior to the story, and her father murdered,she seeks to have her revenge. John Brunson is the King’s man now and must return to a home he hasn’t seen in years to direct the Brunson’s to fight for their King or face treason. John was sent away to the King’s court,he was the youngest of the Brunson Clan,and only a child. He must fight an inner struggle,just as Cate has too. Together,they face their struggles and although, John may end up hanging for treason he is determined to protect Cate at all costs. A sad but enjoyable read. Realistic struggles,realistic characters,and an intriguing plot you want go wrong with this title. A must read for anyone who enjoys Scottish warriors,Scottish wars,historical romance,a dog who refuses to leave his mistress,and strong love. I can hardly wait to read the next installment of “The Brunson Clan”. Black Rob and Bessie are strong characters. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. For more details please visit the author’s website,Harlequin,and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

THE WARRIOR by Margaret Mallory….review

the warrior*Image from the author’s website*

THE WARRIOR

MARGARET MALLORY

http://www.MargaretMallory.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish Medieval)

Series:The Return of the Highlanders #3

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

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044658309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583091

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012 | Series: The Return of the Highlanders (Book 3)
From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Deemed unworthy of a chieftain’s daughter, Duncan abandoned the lovely Moira to prove his worth in battle. Now, when called upon to rescue her from a rival clan, one thing is certain: Moira’s pull on his heart is stronger than ever.

Bartered away in marriage to a violent man, Moira will do anything to ensure she and her son survive. When a rugged warrior arrives to save her, the desperate beauty thinks her prayers have been answered-until she realizes it’s Duncan. The man who once broke her heart is now her only hope. Moira vows never again to give herself-or reveal her secrets-to the fierce warrior, but as they race across the sea, danger and desire draw them ever closer.

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MY THOUGHTS:

THE WARRIOR by Margaret Mallory is an exciting Scottish historical romance set in 1516 Scotland. Book 3 in ” The Return of the Highlanders”,but can be read as a stand alone. See,” The Guardian” and “The Sinner”. Fast paced and action packed from beginning to the last page. Filled with danger,passion,sacrifice,secrets,spousal abuse,romance,betrayal,lies,and love. Follow Duncan MacDonald from the Isle of Skye on a mission to save his one true love, Moira. Duncan is one of the four MacDonald clan who have fought on the battlefields of France and come home to find their beloved clan under siege by their evil uncle. Moria, has been married off to an abusive Irish chieftain,and must escape before he kills her and her small son. While, Duncan feels he is unworthy he has more than proven his worth to the MacDonald clan. I enjoy this author’s stories and “The Warrior” is no exception,I loved it for beginning to end. You can never go wrong with one of Ms. Mallory’s books. If you enjoy 1516 Scotland, Highland warriors,feisty wee lasses,and a tale of true love you will enjoy “The Warrior”. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.Details can be found at the author’s website,Grand Central Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 5

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

DARK KNIGHT by Elizabeth Elliott…review

The Dark KnightTHE DARK KNIGHT

ELIZABETH ELLIOTT

http://www.elizabeth-elliott.com/

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above The Treeline.

  • Publisher: Bantam Books 2012-06-26 (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0553575678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553575675
  • ASIN: B0092FPTSC

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: June 26, 2012
At long last, Elizabeth Elliott—the bestselling author of The Warlord and Scoundrel—returns with a medieval romance that will take readers’ breath away.

Thief, assassin, and master of disguise, Dante Chiavari is the most feared mercenary of England’s King Edward. On one last assignment, Dante must play the part of a chivalrous knight to steal Avalene de Forshay from her family and thwart the ruthless Faulke Segrave, who would wed Avalene and use her to spark war between Wales and the crown. Upon seeing the beautiful and innocent young maiden, however, the mercenary suddenly finds himself at the mercy of his own intense desire.

When Avalene meets the handsome knight she knows only as Sir Percival, he sweeps her off her feet even as he spirits her away from Coleway Castle. Their escape is wrought with risks and perils, but Avalene will find that the greatest danger lies in losing her heart. And after the truth is revealed, Avalene fears that she may never again be able to trust the dark knight who has come to mean more to her than life itself.

MY THOUGHTS:
THE DARK KNIGHT by Elizabeth Elliott is an exciting Medieval historical romance. A dark tale of the assassin,thief,mercenary, and master of disguise,Dante Chiavari and the beautiful Avalene de Forshay,who could be used as a pawn to start a war between Wales and the crown. With deception and danger at every turn, Avalene finds the man she knows as Sir Percival has been keeping a secret that could destroy them both. With fast paced action,danger,secrets,betrayal,passion,risks,perils,trust and the greatest danger of all losing your heart, “The Dark Knight” is a must read. An intense and emotional tale of love. If you enjoy medieval knights,chivalry,mystery,and fast action you will enjoy this title. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above The Treeline. Details can be found at the author’s website,Bantam,and My Book Addiction and More.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reivews

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