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review 2017-01-08 15:00
Review: 5/5 for When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare
When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare

I know I’m late to the party and that there is nothing I could possible say that hasn’t already been said about this book but it was oh so good! I had the pleasure of listening the audio format and the narrator did a superb job! She nailed all the accents and gave each character its unique and distinctive voice.

 

Maddie is captivating from the beginning. Her imagination and innocence grabbed me from page one. As the story progressed and she matured with time, she only became more endearing. She is one of those girls that even though naïve she was not silly or acted as a simpleton. I suppose her “disability” –she suffered from panic attacks- only made her more endearing in my eyes. I know from experience how disabling some episodes can be and that made her a more relatable character as well.
And Logan, can we say W-O-W! Although he started as an infuriating man that pushed his way into Maddie’s life by way of blackmail he turned out to be all “mushy” inside. He was just pretending to be a hard man because of the life he’d lived and because he was afraid to love for fear of rejection. But the more he tried to be unlovable, the more Maddie (and I) fell in love with him. Because really, who wouldn’t fall in love with a man that likes reading?
Secondary characters were all a riot but also engaging. They all had their own stories to tell and contrary to other stories where too much of others overpower the plot of the main characters, in this case it just added luster to the main story.

 

I could go on and on and on about all the things I loved about this book but suffice to say that it was funny, romantic, and tug-at-your-heartstrings kind of book; the kind of book you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page was turned, or in my case the last second was played.

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review 2016-09-20 17:11
Highland Temptation (Highland Knights #3) by Jennifer Haymore
Highland Temptation - Jennifer Haymore

I'm sorry to say this was not my favorite in the series. 

I really loved Grace and Duncan's story in Highland Heat (Highland Knights #1) but I feel the subsequent stories started to lack that spark between the main characters until we got to this one in which we found the hero and heroine completely skipping the woo-me phase and going straight to the take-me-to-bed phase. 

 

Apparently Colin and Emilia met in one of Colin's previous assignments and even though they didn't have much communication she learned to trust him. As Emilia found herself threatened by her own father he ran to the only man she thought would be able to help her. 

Not too bad so far. I can bypass the idea that a Lady of society would seek help in the least likely of places even if that place was filled with unmarried men. That at least said she was smart up to a point. After some plans were laid to protect her and unmask her father to society, Colin and Emilia embark on a trip to hide her from any more harm. 

 

Uhm... that doesn't sound too smart. For starters, Colin has "demons" of his own and every time he has a nightmare, he hurts those around him. He knew that and yet decided to make that trip as Emilia's bodyguard. Secondly, lady of society, long trip, covered carriages...didn't anyone think about propriety? Fine, this is how the story was supposed to go. Let's roll with it. 

 

The romance itself was lacking and fast-paced compared to the slowness of the rest of the story. I just didn't connect to either the emotions nor struggles of the main couple. In my opinion there was too much telling but not enough showing when it came to their feelings. The many other characters that I had to keep up with made me realize that in order to fully enjoy this story I probably would have had to read one story after the other in order to remember all of their story arcs.

 

So, like I said, not the best in the series and at this point I'm not entirely sure if I want to continue reading the series. 2 1/2 stars.

 

** I was gifted a copy of this story by the publisher via Netgalley**  

 

 

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review 2016-09-18 00:00
Hamish (The 93rd Highlanders Book 1)
Hamish (The 93rd Highlanders Book 1) - S... Hamish (The 93rd Highlanders Book 1) - Samantha Kane For a short story its was a entertaining read. Well written, compelling and genuine characters, with a intriguing historical premise.
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review 2016-09-14 02:31
Must Love Kilts (Must Love #3) by Angela Quarles
Must Love Kilts - Angela Quarles

Funny, sexy, captivating story that pulled me into its pages from the moment it started.
This is the third installment in the Must Love series but can be read as a standalone.

Traci Campbell is vacationing with her sister Fiona in lovely Scotland when they wage handsome Scottish men are just a thing of legends. However once they travel to the past to discover which one of them is wrong they end up in more trouble than they bargained for.

I’m a sucker for historicals, if it’s a time travel then it has to be very well written for me to like it. I know it’s fiction but it still has to be feasible for me to enjoy it. Here I liked that Traci was smart enough to run as she needed to and stay when she had to. She had her moments of hesitancy but overall was pretty smart, I mean, given the circumstances. And her “modernisms” provided the perfect twists for an overall funny read.
Our sexy kilted Highlander was a charmer in disguise. He had different facets but he kept the real one hidden from the world for fear of letting others down. Once he met Traci and had no other choice but to protect her with his life, he faced his own fears and helped Traci faced hers. I kept imagining him as a big, broad-shouldered warrior with the heart (and smile) to go with the body.
The time period where the romance took place created the perfect setting; it gave the story the perfect amount of drama and suspense. Overall it was an awesome read and I can’t wait what comes next when it’s Fiona’s turn.

** I was gifted a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review **

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review 2016-07-11 02:37
Good Story and Characters
Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina York

Lachlan Sinclair and and his entire family for generations is cursed. Each male dies by their 30th birthday. He’s been slowly going crazy as his father’s ghost has been haunting him, pushing him to find a mythical treasure before his death. The one thing he didn’t plan on in his final quest is Lana Dounreay.
This was a really good book. I really liked Lana in particular. I felt really bad for the way she was treated in the beginning, but she really shone when she came upon Lachlan’s dilemma. I liked Lachlan but he was a bit trusting of the wrong people. I’m not really sure why it actually took me some time to read the book. It was just one I had to take some breaks from. I highly recommend it though.
**I received a ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

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