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review 2016-11-28 18:05
Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall
Beauty and the Highland Beast: A Highland Fairy Tale - Lecia Cornwall

So much fun! This was such a great, light-hearted, historical romance with just a enough of a hit of classic fairy tale. Dair is a wonder beast - haunted by tragedies in his past that he blames on himself, he haunts Carraig Brigh with his nightmares and terrors. When it is foretold that only a virgin can save him, everyone loses hope (apparently there aren't many in the area). But when Dair's father visits the lands of the Fearsome McLeods, he finds a couple that just might work.

Fia was a breath of fresh air. She was a helper and a healer. Satisfied with her place in life and the knowledge that she would be there for the rest of her days - until Dair. Once she meets Dair her dreams change, and she finds that her presence and voice offer a comfort to him that none have been able to provide. She may really be able to magically vanquish his crazed side.

But there are rumors of a witch, and Fia will find herself caught up in the superstition. Her life will be at risk, and along with it, the very sanity that allows Dair to be laird of the land. A great mix of suspense and daring, love, and a bit of fairy tale magic (but no actual magic) brings this story together in a way that I just loved.

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2016/11/beauty-and-highland-beast-by-lecia.html
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review 2015-01-28 14:18
Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready
Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands) - Gwyn Cready

Just in Time for a Highlander has a bit of an Outlander in reverse feel to it.  Instead of the woman falling back in time, the man is drawn back through a spell - and he can't get back until his purpose has been served.  But Duncan isn't exactly what Abby was looking for.  His arrival is quite funny and he is totally unprepared for life in the highlands, and he doesn't adjust all that quickly.

Abby is a unique character.  As a female chief she has a lot of challenges in addition to running the clan and avoiding a war with the English.  But she has quite a few surprises up her sleeves, and down her boots, and under her bed.  She'd do anything to keep her clan together and successful.

There was a lot going on in this one for a romance.  I'm not complaining, but it does make it harder to describe exactly what I liked and didn't.  Trying to figure out who was the bad guy was difficult - and I don't know that I quite buy who it ended up being.  Oh, there is reason in the story, but I just didn't like how that part all worked out.  I think it was just too unexpected for me.

Now, the romance.  That part was fantastic.  They were such a good match in such an unconventional way.  With another suitor in the mix, Duncan finds his jealousy running high a few times, and it's unsure where Abby will find herself.  A good dose of healthy drama and action really keeps the pair on their feet and fighting to be with each other.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2015/01/arc-review-just-in-time-for-highlander.html
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