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review 2017-11-14 12:58
Review For: The Mercenary Maidens Series
Highland Ruse: Mercenary Maidens - Book Two (The Mercenary Maidens Series) - Madeline Martin

Highland Ruse by Madeline Martin is book Two in "The Mercenary Maidens" Series. This is the story of Kaid MacLeod and Delilah Canterbury. I have read the previous book 'Highland Spy' (and Loved It!) but feel this is can easily be a standalone book if you choose to do so.
Delilah is the daughter of a poor family with about 15 kids. When Delilah is sent off to Court to work in King James household she is happy to do so. Then she catches King James's eye and they have a passionate night together where Delilah thinks it will lead to a better standing with him. But King James kicks just treats her as a one night stand. So when Delilah is approached to go to Scotland to become a Spy, Delilah goes forward to do so. Delilah knows there is no life left for her at the court after what she did with the King. After Delilah's training she is sent on a mission alone to act as Lady Elizabeth Seymour who is to marry in to the MacKenzie Clan, Delilah is to be the decoy.
Kaid's enemy is Laird MacKenzie who has all but destroyed Kaid's clan. Laird MacKenzie is an evil man and Kaid just wants peace and for his clan to heal. So he thinks to take Laird MacKenzie betrothed, Elizabeth Seymour to help achieve that goal. Kaid and Delilah's feelings instantly start to grow but what will happen with the truth comes out about Delilah and her mission.
I just loved their exciting story! Ms. Martin is always a 'must go to' author...her books always leave you wanting more of her stories!
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review 2017-11-07 22:07
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
Snow & Rose - Emily Winfield Martin

It should come as no surprise to my more frequent readers that I eagerly leapt at the chance to read Snow & Rose. Fairy tales were, are, and always will be, my favorite thing to get lost in. In what I can only assume was fate smiling upon me, I started reading this on a day when the weather was particularly rainy and cold. So I got to snuggle up under a blanket, sip tea, and get lost in the world that Emily Martin Winfield had woven for me. It was perfection, and this book had a lot to do with that.

This is a rendition of Snow White and Rose Red, but fundamentally changed in a way that I really appreciated. Snow and Rose's father disappears into the forest one day, leaving his little family to fend for themselves. Cue enchanted woods, mischevious creatures, and two brave little girls who absolutely delighted me every step of the way. I love that Winfield stayed true to the original story, but also gave it a more whimsical spin. Both Snow and Rose come to life on the page, with their own personalities and quirks. I adored them both.

Honestly, I can't wait to see the finished version of this book. The ARC that I was sent for review had sketches of the art that will soon grace the pages, and I am so eager to see the whole package. The sketches that were there already lent so much whimsy to the story, and those were only in pencil. I see Snow & Rose as a story for parents to share with their children at bedtime. I see it as the type of story that will appeal to all fairy tales lovers, both young and old. I see this as the perfect type of escape that we all need sometimes. Snow & Rose is beautiful, and it should definitely be on your reading list.

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review 2017-11-07 13:17
Review For: Most Eligible Bastard By Annika Martin
Most Eligible Bastard: an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy - Annika Martin

Most Eligible Bastard By Annika Martin is the story of Vicky Nelson and Henry Locke. Vicky has been struggling to raise her sister Carly since she was little. When Vicky was helping her friend do a charity drive to help the animal shelter she ended up pretending to be a Dog Whisper. That is were she meet Bernadette Locke and her dog, Smuckers. Bernadette wanted Vicky to read Smuckers and tell her what he was thinking. Slowly this lead Bernadette to use Vicky as a Dog Whisper. Vicky saw the women as an elderly women who was much hated by people even by her son. Vicky understood how people hating you made you feel alone. Although Bernadette never seem to warm up to Vicky, she still felt the need to help Bernadette. When Bernadette was told she was dying she asked that Vicky take Smuckers, which she did. Vicky didn't know that Bernadette was very well off until she was confronted by Henry one day at the hospital when Vicky sneaked Smuckers in. Henry and Vicky butted heads from their first meeting. Vicky thought she wouldn't see him again but that didn't happened.
I enjoyed watching their story come together along with the secondary characters. I definitely want to read more stories by Ms. Martin.
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review 2017-11-06 18:35
Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea
Katharina: Deliverance - Margaret Skea This novel convincingly portrays a young Katharina Von Bora, a woman who would have been long forgotten were it not for her own boldness and choice of husband. Like thousands of other young girls, Katharina was sent to a convent to relieve her family of the burden of raising and marrying her off. Unlike almost all who had come before her, Katherina chose a different path than the convent at great risk, a path one might say indicates greater faith in God than a lifetime in a nunnery. Skea does a marvelous job of filling in the gaps in Katharina's life - of which there are many - while working within the framework of known historical facts. It would have been tempting for an author to write Martin and Katharina's story as more romantic than it truly was, but Skea does not give in to this temptation. Katharina makes a decision based on much more than passionate love, a type of decision that is rarely made in modern courtships, and this story is faithfully told. Though Martin Luther is not heavily featured until later in Katherina's story, he is present through quotes that appear at the beginning of each chapter, giving the reader the sensation that the two were on paths destined to intersect long before they knew each other. While their courtship is not the stuff of a romantic blockbuster movie, we are given hints that they did indeed grow to love each other very much through glimpses of Katharina later in life. Neither Martin nor Katharina is perfect. Luther's fiery temper and impetuosity is on display, as is Katharina's willingness to firmly defend her own opinions. It is made clear that neither was the other's first choice, but they both determined to make the marriage work, not only for their own sake but for the greater glory of God. 'He is a good man, who, if some of his wilder impulses can be contained, may yet become great.' Become great he did, with an amazing woman to support him. I am excited to read more of Katharina's story in Skea's next book. I received this book through NetGalley. Opinions are my own.
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review 2017-11-06 15:15
Review: Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin
Most Eligible Bastard: an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy - Annika Martin

Vicky works hard to provide for her sister and keep their modest life running smoothly, even when it means pretending to be a dog whisperer for the unpleasant and lonely Bernadette Locke. However, when Bernadette passes away leaving her fortune to her dog Smuckers, and Vicky as his regent, Bernadette’s son Henry accuses Vicky of being a con artist. Although Vicky never asked for any of it, she’s not going to let this sexy, rich man push her around. Let the games begin…

 

Although billed as a romantic comedy, Most Eligible Bastard isn’t light and fluffy. Ms. Martin has a dark, wicked sense of humor that I love, but it may not be for everyone. The humor in the book is off beat, silly, sarcastic, and naughty. I love it! And considering Vicky’s past-the issues she’s had to overcome, there is dark in this story as well.

 

While primarily a romance, there is much more going on in the story. I enjoy how the author gives bits and pieces of what happened to Vicky as a teen. Putting together the parts one at a time adds a bit of heightened tension to the read. I know something awful happened, and that history is somehow repeating itself, but without knowing the whole picture, it put me on edge. And honestly, the opening third of the book took me outside my comfort zone. I struggle with stories where a person telling the truth is railroaded into looking like they lied. When the victim becomes the bad guy. The injustice hurts something deep inside me. And this story has it two-fold. First in the back flashes and memories, but also in present day as things are repeating themselves.  

 

However, I realized that somewhere along the way, the maddening panic I felt because of the injustice went away because Henry started believing in Vicky. The story was no longer about her fighting for innocence, rather it becomes about Vicky and Henry getting to know each other and finding happiness with one another. 

 

Vicky and Henry make the perfect, unlikely couple: kind of like Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Henry and Vicky are different sides of the same coin. Henry doesn’t recognize that he has a gapping hole in his life, while Vicky knows exactly what’s missing from her life. I enjoy how the pair grow and evolve, watching Henry find the piece of himself that was missing all along, and for Vicky to rediscover the parts she’d buried. They both heal from deep wounds and find solace and beauty in their friendship and love affair. But their relationship is more than just plugging up holes; they develop genuine friendship and trust based on mutual interest and intense sexual attraction.

 

The story is shared in alternating first person, present tense points of view. At times it is fast and crazy, just like their relationship, which allows me to get all swooped up in the moment. And although there are bumps and dark places, in the end, Most Eligible Bastard is a feel good, happy story. There are some laugh-out-loud and crazed moments,  but it’s not rom com. It’s not chick lit. It’s moody and stormy. It’s crazy and wild. And I enjoyed it very much!

 

My Rating: B+

Review copy provided by the author

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