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THE LORD’S CAPTIVE by Cecelia Mecca

The Lord's Captive (Border Series, #2)The Lord’s Captive by Cecelia Mecca

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval)

Series: Border series, #2

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




(Courtesy of Amazon)


He captured her for revenge. She stole his heart in return. The Lord Sir Bryce Waryn has dreamed for years about the day when he will finally liberate his home from the Scots who killed his parents and stole his brother’s birth right. Now that day is finally upon him, only his brother has abdicated the title of lord of Bristol Manor to him. Bryce should be celebrating, but something unexpected stands in his way—the sister of the Scot who held Bristol. In the chaos of the raid, Lady Catrina Kerr was injured and left behind. Bryce takes her captive, hoping to exact an even more satisfying revenge from his enemy. Except the fiery beauty is far more compelling than he would like… The Captive Raised by three elder brothers, Lady Catrina Kerr knows a thing or two about stubborn men. But Bryce is more strong-willed than all of her brothers combined. He’s also maddeningly handsome, brave, and kind—but no matter how compelling her captor, she’s intent on escaping him. Only then will she be able to protect her brothers. But as Bryce’s plan escalates and her feelings for him intensify, she finds herself facing an unthinkable choice between her family and the man who has captured her heart.



Now available at Amazon in paperback! *Releases June 01, 2017*


My thoughts:

The Lord’s Captive: Border Series Book 2 (Volume 2) by Cecelia Mecca is another interesting and compelling Medieval Romance. I feel it can easily be read as a stand alone.

This is the story of Sir Bryce Waryn and Lady Catrina Kerr. Bryce is not the eldest brother, Geoffrey is, but Geoffrey gives the lands to Bryce. Geoffrey has married and is lord of his new wife’s lands. So Bryce is now the Lord of Bristol Manor. Immediately after the battle to regain what was took from them, two men happen to find an injured Catrina, she apparently survived the fierce battle that occurred at Bristol Manor, a few hours prior to being found. She has no memory of who she is nor why she was left in the ditch, so the men brought her back to the Manor. Against Bryce’s better judgment he let’s her stay to gain her strength, heal from her injuries and hopefully regain her memory. Immediately, Bryce and Catrina have a connection, which either understands nor care to act upon, at first. But the heart can be a fickle thing. Then when Bryce learns Catrina is his enemy’s daughter, he decides to hold her as his hostage. Catrina is a strong-willed lass who knows how to fight, afterall, she has brothers. She’s determined to escape, to save Bryce and his newly formed clan from more devastration. But Bryce is determined to keep Catrina, for his own. So another struggle ensures at Bristol Manor, this one between Bryce and Catrina. Will Catrina and Bryce find their HEA? Or will they give up all to protect and save those they love?

Steady paced, tale with engaging, well thought out characters and an interesting storyline. I found the plot to be intriguing as well as exciting. Ms. Mecca gives her readers a story of danger, romance, passion, betrayal, a bit of humor, a bit of suspense, and the power of love against all odds. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Lord’s Captive” and watching Bryce and Catrina fight their feelings, the inner turmoil that is against their true feelings and the safety of their clan, is truly overwhelming. There are a few laugh out moments. Like when Catrina blackens Bryce’s eye.
I would strongly recommend reading “The Lord’s Captive”, of you enjoy Medieval Romance, the struggle to find a HEA, and fight to keep what another clan craves. I can hardly wait to read more of Cecelia Mecca and her stories. She is definitely an author to watch for in the future. A heartwarming story. Another must read Medieval Romance!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

*The Border Series: The Ward’s Bride Prequel Novella, The Thief’s Countess Book 1, and The Lord’s Captive Book 2.*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR



DESTINY’S KISS: Series Prequel by Elizabeth Rose.

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.



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


Conquering William (Sir Arthur's Legacy,  #3)Conquering William by Sarah Hegger


Twitter: @SarahHegger


Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval /England )

Series: Sir Arthur’s Legacy #3

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

  • Publication date: August 30, 2016
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0190HGX9A

(Courtesy of Amazon)

“Sarah Hegger has a gift for storytelling that is not to be missed. She’s a personal favorite of mine.” —Kathryn Le Veque, USA Today bestselling author

A practical marriage…

He married for convenience, but William of Anglesea had hoped for more than piety from his new bride. Raised in a convent and thrice widowed, prim Lady Alice of Tarnwych seems like an innocent when it comes to the marriage bed—except for the tentative passion he senses in her touch, and sees in her eyes. It seems the bold knight has a new challenge in alluring Alice. But will seducing his intriguing wife lead to his downfall?

An inconvenient desire…

Everything about charming, free-spirited William defies the cloistered world Lady Alice comes from. Duty brings her to their bed—and a long-held hope for a child. Yet after three indifferent husbands, the desire William shows her awakens her own. Little did Alice expect the powerful feelings he would inspire, emotions that make her ready to abandon her rigid beliefs, and the only family she’s ever known—when William’s life is on the line…

My Thoughts: 

Conquering William by Sarah Hegger is a mesmerizing Medieval Historical Romance. Set with the English borderland as a background. Book 3 in the “Sir Arthur’s Legacy”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Sweet Bea”, and “My Lady Faye”.

Sir William of Anglesea, a Knight, free-spirited, sexy, steadfast, loyal, has a large, loving family just married for convenience and duty. But he’s hoping for more than a piety marriage, from, Lady Alice of Tarnwych. Who is a widow three times over, comely, loyal to a fault, duty-bound, cloistered from the outside world, but dreams of one day having a happy, loving marriage with children of her own.

Sister Julianna, the nun who raised Lady Alice, and is also her Aunt, has big secrets of her own. There is an uneasy feeling that surrounds Sister Julianna. She influences Lady Alice, to distraction and is very selfish, self-serving and not very kind. I wanted to just slap her and send her packing, but bless William, he has the patient of a saint, in this regard. Lady Alice’s father had no time or desire to be with his daughter, so she was raised by Sister Julianna, in a near-like convent environment, although, in a stronghold.

Fast paced, heart-pounding, tale of secrets, treachery, lies, deception, mystery, suspense, danger, passion and the beauty of finding love and hopefully, a peaceful HEA.

“Conquering William” has such a uniqueness that surrounds the story, and the characters, that the impact it has is tremendous, captivating and mesmerizing, or to me, anyway.
I was totally surprised from beginning to end and all throughout. While, the reader may think they know the secrets within, they will be shocked when they learn the biggest secret of all. It was hard to understand Lady Alice’s reaction to William’s youngest brother, who is handicapped. The reader knows it will be something overwhelming and catastrophic to a young Lady Alice, but will it destroy the tender relationship her and William are building?
Will Sister Julianna destroy the HEA William and Lady Alice is searching for, or will they stop her before it’s too late?

What an amazing storyteller, Ms. Hegger is, one who draws the reader in and holds them in awe. You can feel the sensual tension, the tension amongst the people, the angst, turmoil and love as it flows off the pages. WOW! What a captivating and mesmerizing Medieval Historical Romance! Highly recommended for fans of Medieval Romance, uniquely written, highly explosive story with many twists and turns. I read it in one setting. Once you get started it was hard to put down.

Magnificent storytelling! Powerful, compelling and emotionally charged!
I can’t wait to see what Ms. Hegger has in store for readers next. I hope you will put up a copy, of “Conquering William” you will not regret your choice of reading material.
Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR

BANISHED by Anna Markland. ..a review 

BanishedBanished by Anna Markland


Twitter : @AnnaMarkland

Genre : Historical Romance  (Medieval  England /Viking)

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS*

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

  • Publication date: August 16, 2016
  • Publisher: BleuBelle Press
  • Language: English
  • Length : 156 pages

(Courtesy of Amazon )


Vikings evoke images of strong men who allow nothing to stand in their way. They’re not normally associated with tender feelings. Wildflowers conjure more personal and sentimental images. In BANISHED, a handful of bluebells picked from a meadow by childhood sweethearts becomes a symbol and eventually an acknowledgement of a love long denied. 
Audra longs to leave behind the life of an elite mercenary, a role forced on her after her father’s banishment from the Viking brotherhood. 
A journey from exile to the court of King Canute offers a new life, though she fears few men will want her once her history is known. 
The bloody feud that precipitated her father’s banishment resurfaces when she is unexpectedly reunited with a childhood sweetheart. Sigmar has always held her heart, but he is the son of her father’s enemy. Sigmar’s hopes for advancement in Canute’s service will be dashed if he obeys the dictates of family honor. 
Can Audra and Sigmar lay the hatreds of the past to rest, or will the Viking code of vengeance triumph? 

This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS


Banished by Anna Markland is a fantastic Medieval Viking Historical Romance set in 1017 England. A novella, and a quick read, only about 156 pages, but packed full of deliciousness.

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS.*

Steady paced with a cast of characters that will steal your heart as you feel their struggles, challenges and destiny come to fruition. Filled with the pride of Vikings and so much more. Such as family feud, vengeance, destiny, love, honor, soul mates, family roots, the power of love to willingly face any obstacle with pride and honor.

This is the story of Audra and Sigmar, two childhood friends, whose father’s became bitter enemies, resulting in a feud and banishment, that torn them apart….Years later, Audra and Sigmar meet again, the rest as they said is history or a tanalizling story. ..

Women Viking Warriors, Jomsviking Brotherhood, assassins, and an elite team of twelve, (known as Dodeka)who become the newly crowned King Canute’s personal assassins/bodyguards.

Packed full of history, and a frightening tract across the legendary Dartmoor, makes, “Banished”, a captivating and mesmerizing novella. A bit of mystery and intrigue add a touch of excitement that’s simply breathtaking. Of course, passion and romance is included.

*Based on actual historical events and persons*

In “Banished”, Ms. Markland lends her special storytelling to enable the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of a new King, his elite assassins, and the power to overcome any obstacle for love, with honor and the Viking pride. Intense and powerful!
A must read for any Medieval fans, fans of Viking Romance and readers who enjoy reading about, destiny and the power of soul mates to overcome obstacles. Strongly recommended for an afternoon read!
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

TOUCH OF GOLD (RUMPELSTILTSKIN) by Elizabeth Rose. ..a review 

Touch of Gold: (Rumpelstiltskin) (Tangled Tales Series Book 4)Touch of Gold: (Rumpelstiltskin) by Elizabeth Rose


Twitter: @ElizRoseNovels

Genre: Paranormal /Fantasy  Historical Romance  (Medieval )

Series: Tangled Tales  #4

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: August 17, 2016
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Rose Novels
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IPY75K0

LENGTH: 167 pages

(Courtesy of Amazon )

Book 4 (Rumpelstiltskin) 
Kin de Bar (Rumpelstiltskin) is the lucky sibling until the old witch, Hecuba decides to curse him as well. While trying to save a book of alchemy from the witch, the book disintegrates in his hands and turns his chain mail gauntlets gold. Little does he know that his curse is now the touch of gold, and only by wearing the gauntlets can he stop it from happening. 
Olivia de Mil is a spinster – a woman who spins wool into yarn. At the wedding of Stefan de Bar, her foolish, drunken father, the miller, brags that she can spin wool into gold. A visiting baron hears this and decides he will marry the girl if what the miller says is true. If not, they will both be beheaded. He asks Kin to escort the girl to his castle and the knight can see right through Olivia’s father’s lie. But now that Kin has the ability to do the chore for her, he puts his curse to work thinking of it as a gift instead. His motive to help the beautiful woman is only to have her for himself. And when the greed that comes with his curse starts to take over, secrets are revealed and Olivia’s life is in danger. 
Can a woman with a problem turn to a knight for help, or will his curse consume him, leaving him with more problems than he can handle from having a Touch of Gold?


Touch of Gold by Elizabeth Rose is a wonderful varation on an old tale “Rumpelstiltskin” with a tangled twist. #4 in Ms. Rose’s exciting “Tangled Tales “series, while it can be read as a stand alone, I’d highly suggest the series be read in its entirety and in order. Although, it is easy follow, on its own. See, #1, “Lady and the Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood)”-Lord Hugh de Bar (Wolf)and Lady Winifred (Red) Chaserton, #2, “Just a Kiss(The Frog Prince)”-Sir Arnon de Bar and Freya Fane, and #3, “Lord Beast ( Beauty and the Beast)”-Stefan de Bar and Bonnibel of Breckenridge.

This amazing, uniquely written series is the story of the curse of the seven de Bar siblings. Each will be or has been cursed by the old witch, Hecuba.

Kin de Bar (Rumpelstiltskin),a Knight who is considered the lucky sibling until he is cursed with the touch of gold and greed. Olivia de Mil is a spinster, who spins wool into yarn. Her father, the miller, boasts she can turn wool into gold. And so the tale begins…

A quick read, steady paced with twists and turns, danger, greed, a curse, where the spell can only be broken by one thing, secrets will be revealed, danger lurks, passion flares, but can love find a way. Can Kin and Olivia overcome the curse to find their HEA, or will Kin’s greed destroy them both?

The characters are engaging, flawed and captivating. The storyline is unique, a twist on an old Fairy Tale, that will keep readers entranced and captivated. Each sibling and each tale keeps getting better and better. More enchanting with each sibling. I can hardly wait to see what awaits the next de Bar sibling.

An exciting Medevial Paranormal/Fantasy Historical Romance! Think the
T.V. series “Story Brook” meets Rumpelstiltskin, with a twist. If you enjoyed the “Story Brook” series, you are sure to enjoy this amazing, captivating series.
Once again Ms. Rose will captivate readers with her thrilling and exhilarating spin on this old Fairy tale. Another uniquely and spellbinding tale. An absolute wickedly delightful tale! More, please! WOW! I simply love this series!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

Check out this review of The King’s Executioner (Pict King, #1)

Here is a review by April:


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

**Visit the author’s website for more information on this exciting series and other titles from this author**

Check out this review of Claiming Her

Here is a review by April:

What an absolute pleasure to read!

DECEPTION OF A HIGHLANDER by Madeline Martin… a review





Twitter @MadelineMMartin




  • Series: Highlander (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Publishing (April 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626816328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626816329

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Scottish Romance doesn’t get much steamier—or more dangerous—than a spy hunting her quarry, and losing her heart to him instead.

To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England’s deadliest minds. Aaron’s latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel’s young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt. If she fails, her brother will die.

What she doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.



DECEPTION OF A HIGHLANDER by Madeline Martin is an exciting Scottish Medieval Historical Romance set in 1604 England.#1 in the new “Highlander” series and what a beginning! Fast paced, action packed thrill ride of an Medieval Romance. Filled with intrigue, danger, betrayal, a female assassin, suspense, passion and Romance.
I loved this tale! Well written with charismatic characters who will capture your heart and hold the reader in awe. Well written with vivid descriptions. The reader can almost smell the heather, and feel the tension pouring off the pages. An awesome story by a new author and one I look forward to reading again. A must read! Fans of Scottish Highlanders, Historical Romance, England, Scotland, and beautifully written tales will definitely love “Deception of A Highlander”. I absolutely loved this tale and would highly recommend.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews**

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


MOONLIGHT RAIDER by Amanda Scott…review

Moonlight Raider (Border Nights, #1)Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott

Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish/Medieval)

Series: Border Nights  #1

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


  • Series: Border Nights
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455556653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455556656


(from Amazon)


Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man’s arms.


Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.



THE MOONLIGHT RAIDER by Amanda Scott is another exciting Medieval Historical Romance set on the Scottish Border in 1426. #1 in the new and exciting “Border Nights”. What a beginning! Fast paced and filled with adventure and romance. I love this author’s tales of Scottish Lowlanders, romance, adventure danger and love. This was no exception.
Ms. Scott is a true storyteller, leaving the reader in awe as well as intrigued. From the very first page to the last you will be intrigued. Filled with danger, the fascination of the Scottish Lowlands, family, the clan, King and Scotland. Ms. Scott creates an atmosphere of shear Scotland, so much so, the reader can almost feel the power of the Scottish threat. I loved to see how Walter Scott of Rankilburn,Laird, and Molly Cockburn,runaway bride of a brute come together to figure out their attraction to each other. While, Wat is determined to protect Molly from her family and her not so much husband, trouble is brewing. Can he save both his clan, help his King, and save Molly? You must read “Moonlight Raider” to find the answers to this exciting tale of romance and love. Ms. Scott is an absolute delight to read and an amazing storyteller. I can hardly wait to read the next installment. Well done!Highly recommend to any and all Scottish Historical Fans.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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