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review 2018-09-24 18:58
A Rose in the Highlands (Highland Roses School #1) by Heather McCollum

A Rose in the Highlands

Synopsis

1684, Scottish Highlands
 
Englishwoman Evelyn Worthington is resolved to build a school for ladies in her brother's newly purchased Scottish castle. But when she arrives, not only does she find the castle scorched by fire, but a brawny Highlander bars her entry.
 
Clan chief Grey Campbell would rather die than see his family home, Finlarig Castle, fall into English hands, so Grey must win the battle of wills with the beautiful Sassenach who flashes a bill of sale before him.
 
When the war between Evelyn and Grey escalates, passions flare. But outsiders have their own plans for Finlarig. After secrets are revealed, and muskets are lit, the fates of the Campbell Clan, the school, and a possible future for Grey and Evelyn are in as much jeopardy as their lives

 

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Books like this are the reason why I love historical fiction so much. I really enjoyed this entertaining read, adored the characters, especially Lady Evelyn. She is a force to be reckoned, so determined and strong, nothing fazes her stubbornness. And no man can stand in her way. She has decided to become an independent woman and she will definitely achieve that goal no matter the danger.

 

Grey Campbell feels wronged. His parents were killed and his home was taken from him, but he cannot do anything about it. Not that he plans to give up on getting his home back, but it might take some time. For now, he is going to play along with Evelyn's plane and pretend to be working for her. Soon she will fail and return to England then he would claim his castle once again. However, he did not count on falling in love with her. That's one thing that would make his already complicated life even more complicated.

 

In the midst of danger, both Evelyn and Grey must survive and find a way to be together. Unfortunately, things are stacked against them and there may not be a way out.

 

It's a very well written story. I loved everything about it. I think it's a must read for historical fiction fans, especially if you love the highlanders. For me, it was a perfect read.

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/review-rose-in-highlands-highland-roses.html
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review 2018-09-15 01:25
Great Book and Great Characters
My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero) - Suzanne Enoch

Rugged highlander Graeme has one thing on his mind—take a stand against the horrible Englishman Lattimer and he will be rewarded with enough money to be set for life. But when his reckless younger brothers take it one step too far and kidnaps a young woman on her way to see Lattimer, Graeme has to intervene. Unfortunately, trying to protect his brother keeps leading to more and more trouble.

This was a very cute story. There were times when I wanted to yell at Graeme for his assumptions about Marjorie, but I felt a little silly when I was yelling at my tablet and it didn’t change his misconceptions:) The side characters were so engrained into the story that they were just as interesting to follow. I can’t wait to read another book by Suzanne Enoch! I really loved it and highly recommend it.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-09-05 15:04
The Highlander's Folly by Barbara Longley
The Highlander's Folly (The Novels of Loch Moigh) - Barbara Longley

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I hate to say that I had a few issues with this book. I grabbed this one from NetGalley a few years ago because the premise sounded like something I would enjoy since I usually love time travel stories. For some reason, I didn't get around to reading it right away but decided to pull it out of my virtual stack a few weeks ago. There were some things that I did like about the book but the things that I disliked did hamper my overall enjoyment of the story. 

I enjoyed the time travel aspect of the story. I thought that the way Meghan is pulled back in time by Hunter was rather unique and added a fun twist to the story. The influence of the fae on events was also a nice twist that easily made everything impossible quite possible after all. The time travel in the story was easily accepted by all of the characters since it has happened before to people that they know and I kind of liked that it was a big secret or something to be disbelieved.

My big problem comes in with the characters, namely Hunter. By the end of the book I kind of wanted him to be sent to a place and time where we wouldn't ever have to see or hear from him again. I haven't disliked a lead character quite so much in a very long time. He was attracted to Meghan but he still planned pursue another woman that clearly didn't want him. He also didn't want any of the other men to have Meghan and wasn't doing a good job of keeping things hands off. I guess he was thinking that she should be stuck in his time period without love while he was free to pursue others. His stupidity seems to almost increase as the book progresses and by the end of the book he has given her all kinds of mixed messages and doesn't seem to even know what he wants.

Meghan wasn't quite as bad but I didn't like how she seemed to fall deeper and deeper for Hunter despite how he treated her. There were a couple of other men that were interested in Meghan and treated her very well but she only had eyes for Hunter. I did like that Meghan was tough and able to hold her own in a fight but I wish we could have seen her demand that Hunter treat her a whole lot better or move on to one of the other more appalling men angling for her attention. I have to admit that I spent a lot of the book rooting for the other guy who never had a chance so you know there was just something off about their romance.

I thought that Phil Gigante did an acceptable job with the narration. I thought that he was easy to listen to but I was not a fan of some of the voices that he used. I thought that all of his female voices sounded really off and it tended to pull me out of the story just a bit. 

I think that other readers may enjoy this one more than I did. It is the third book in a series but I thought it read perfectly fine as a stand alone. I do still want to read other books from the series and think I may have more luck with those as long as the characters are somewhat likeable. 

I received a digital review copy of this book from Montlake Romance via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from Kindle Unlimited.

Initial Thoughts
I wouldn't call myself a fan of this one but I was able to get through the whole book so there is that. I pretty much hated the Hero by the end of the book. I get that men in this time period did not look at women the same way as we do today but this guy got on my nerves. Hunter took Meghan from the present time back to 15th century Scotland. They were both attracted to each other and it seemed that some other key players were also hoping that Meghan would choose them. Most of the book was Hunter wanting Meghan while pursuing another woman and not wanting anyone else to come near Meghan. It was pretty predictable and rather irritating.

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review 2018-08-08 15:03
Sweet read, historical with a touch of paranormal.
The Highlander's Untamed Lady - Madeline Martin

I enjoyed this story. It was a quick and fun read. I loved Diana's pets and her strong facade. It took the caring from Evander to break it down and for her to find true happiness and love. The touches of myth and legend brought a little of the paranormal to their romance. I recommend this story.

I received an ARC of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-07-23 22:24
The Highlander's Promise - Lynsay Sands

Usual relative trying to kill h. Added bonus in that the h has amnesia and nobody knows the relative exists until practically the end of the book.

 

H, much like a brother of H, being written as a creepy pervert for humor. Really Ms Sands, only your fangirls aren't turned off by a H wanting to feel up an unconscious h (although his brother's h was conscious, she'd just come to consciousness after being shot several days earlier).

 

Family and friends not minding their own business (Saidh confronting him was ridiculous, as was everyone essentially going behind his back. He's the Laird - shouldn't they be deferring to him?)

 

And...considering the time period, why would the H's having a scar be an issue?

 

As an aside, did anyone get a hinky feeling about his twin's body not being found after the battle? Surely he's not going to show up elsewhere - with fangs.

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