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review 2019-01-07 14:51
ARC REVIEW Highlander Ever After by Paula Quinn
The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell - Paula Quinn
The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd - Paula Quinn
The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan - Paula Quinn
The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor - Paula Quinn
The Taming of Malcolm Grant (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs) - Paula Quinn
A Highlander's Christmas Kiss (Highland Heirs) - Paula Quinn
The Scott's Bride - Paula Quinn
Laird of the Black Isle - Paula Quinn



Highlander Ever After (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #8)

The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #8, I jumped into this series at the halfway point but it was okay because each book pretty much reads as a standalone. I love Paula Quinn's writing style it's part of the reason I keep coming back to her books, whatever trope she's using she has the MacGregors make it their own. Another reason I keep coming back is that I love this family. The MacGregors' are warm and welcoming to friends and are just as fierce warriors as they are fiercely loyal to those who prove they are worthy. The family also has very close, very secret ties to Queen Anne so when she orders Adam MacGregor, the reluctant heir of the clan, to marry one of her ladies in waiting they have no choice but to follow her orders. Melusina de Arenburg was raised for court life she was a trusted Lady in Waiting and the bastard daughter of the heir to the throne; part of keeping her safe was keeping her unclaimed. Sina looked upon Queen Anne as a best friend and an almost mother like figure so she couldn't understand it when Anne orders her to the Highlands to marry someone from a very infamous clan rather than the man she wants to marry.

Sina is pretty much a spoiled brat when she gets there, acting like she's the only one who had her life disrupted, once she realizes they aren't the barbarians she thought they were and that her new family isn't all that bad she starts to open her heart to Adam, who she finds attractive as much as she hates that she does. Adam is nothing but patient with her, he gets aggravated and pissed off but he sympathizes with her and he likes her. Eventually they start to warm up to each other and fall in love unfortunately Queen Anne dies not to long after the wedding and soon enough Sina's father sends for her and she has to go back to London where the marriage will be annulled.

The second half of this book takes place in London where Adam tries to prove he's worthy of staying married to Sina, but under the disguise of someone else. Sina also along the way learns some very disturbing news that makes her long for Adam all the more. Normally I don't care for the books that take place in the King/Queen's Court with all those people and their power hungry machinations and backstabbing not knowing who to trust but there are a few exceptions and this is one of them.

Overall, this was such a good book. I hate to see the MacGregors go I really hope this isn't the last of them and that maybe the next generation will be up to a few adventures. 



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quote 2018-11-17 11:41
“I can't concentrate on anything, not when all I can think about is you.”
Cut & Run - Abigail Roux,Madeleine Urban

~~ Cut & Run 

by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban

(Cut & Run series book #1)

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review 2018-11-08 06:40
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Confessions of a Klutz - Abigail Davies

Violet AKA "Vi" is told by her boss to report to the CEO in New York.  She finds him so insanely attractive, she can barely contain herself.  She wants to do her job well.

 

Axel is attracted to Vi right from the start.  He knows as her boss, he has to stay away.  She makes him want to protect her.  Can this be more than the surface heat?

 

This story just grabbed me right away.  I loved the humor that was woven throughout the book.  I truly enjoyed the heat between these two as a couple.  The banter was lively and the pace went really well.  I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series!  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2018-10-25 01:15
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux 3.5 Star Review!
Caught Running - Madeleine Urban,Abigail Roux,Jeff Gelder

Ten years after graduation, Jake "the jock" Campbell and Brandon "the nerd" Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake's baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they'd ever expected. High school is all about image – even for the teachers. Brandon and Jake have to get past their preconceived notions to find the friendship needed to work together. And somewhere along the way, they discover that perceptions can always change for the better.

 

Review

 

I picked this book up because I have seen it everywhere on Favorite Male Male Romance books. 

I can see why its is so popular. Parts of the love story and topics are really great and thoughtful but some of the basics of the writing and the romance genre aspects are rough. 

The heroes have that opposites attract mojo going on. I love that Brandon and Jake are both teachers and love their work with students. The slow burn of the romantic connections is well done and the relationship is sweet. However, we get a HFN and I wanted more really.

The book takes a thoughtful look at high school cliques and politics at the teacher and student levels. The thinking about coaching and also extra work of tutoring is compelling as is the hard work of student be they athletes or academic high achievers. 

The writers also look at the damage high school and college athletics do to the body and we venture into pain pill addiction but the hard work recovery is left for after the book ends and that was disappointing. 

Not so good: 
Some of the side characters are interesting but all the women are not drawn with complexity. The changing of pov are pretty awful and hard to track who is thinking and the third person subjective point of view is.... not working.

So, I like a lot of it but think the over book hints at these writers desire to write something romantic but not romance and in more of a long running series which is what happens later.

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text 2018-09-26 19:36
The Boss (The Boss, #1) - Abigail Barnette

hey i am new to this ... i can't figureout how to read here..

can anyone guide me plz..

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