Sunday, September 23, 2018

The highlander Who Protected Me by Vanessa Kelly Kendrick series, book #1 Five Kilts

Book: The Highlander Who Protected me  
By Vanessa Kelly

Series: Clan Kendrick, Book #1

Release Date: October 30, 2018

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
Tartan Book Reviews
Purple Tulip Book Reviews
Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

London February 1816
Castle Kinglas, Scotland
April 1817

Royal Kendrick had been in London with his brother Nicholas to find a physician to heal his leg that was injured in Waterloo. It was there he had first spotted his Goddess known as Lady Ainsley Matthews. It was not just her beauty that attracted him, but her humorous banter and word play as well. Since that first moment she was in his vision he had been in love with her.

Holy mother of God she was the the perfect woman in so many ways. He surely never expected her to ever give him any notice. Yet one day the Gods or fae faeries were on his side, as he was placed next to her at dinner. Both had non speaking partners luckily on either side of them. They chatted the entire time and from that point on they became friends. Though he wanted more but knew her family would never allow the sweetheart of the ton marry a Scottish second son and cripple! They naturally expected an advantageous match for their superb extraordinary flawless daughter.

Unfortunately Ainsley’s family had chosen a man for his wealth and title. It was the Leonard, Marquess of Cringlewood a cruel brute of a man that sexually assaults Ainsley. He gets Ainsley pregnant, unknown to him and flees to Scotland. She knows if Cringlewood found out he would force the marriage which would be a prison sentence for Ainsley. After she has the child the only man she trusts is Royal. She makes the most difficult decision of her life to leave the two people that mean the most to her Royal and infant daughter. She hands the child over to Royal, the only man she respects and trusts and cares for. Ainsley decides that removing herself and returning to London is the best decision for everyone. Plus she want to end her so called betrothal with her rapist!

Royal will do anything for this woman. Even if it brings shame impropriety and gossip on him, yet he will raise the child as his own. Royal and his clan fall in love with  wthe bairn and it gives Royal positive motivation and reason to move on with his life and live. Yet Ainsley realizing she can’t live on in London as she thought without her child or Royal. So she returns to Scotland wanting her child back.

What will Royal do? Does Ainsley rip away the one thing that has kept Royal sane. Does Ainsley realize Royal is the man for her and three of them can make a family? That only marriage is the perfect solution for this beauty and her honest, honorable, handsome, Scottish beast? Does the villain of this story ever find out he has a child out of wedlock that is really his? Do Ainsley and Royal have a happily ever after or is it  danger,high stress, anxiety
and problems? I highly recommend this magnificent novel to find out!

Vanessa Kelly blows me away again with this amazing new series. I had adored the Kendrick clan in the the Highlanders Princess Bride book. This was the final novel of The Improper Princesses series. They  are absolute mischievous and lovable characters you can’t help but adore! I was thrilled Ms. Kelly decided to do a series about their clan.

This first book in Clan Kendrick series is an absolute sensational start. It is filled will all the elements historical romance readers love. A fast paced riveting romantic adventure that will absolutely warm readers hearts. An injured Scottish warrior and an abused english heiress with so many ups and downs. Throw in a cruel villain, non-understanding parents and a baby everyone will love!Readers won’t be able to put this unforgettable book down. It has a wonderful setting, amazing dialogue, hilarious secondary characters, as well as brilliant main characters. The plotting is an absolute masterpiece as well.

The Improper Princesses Series:
#1 My fair Princess
#2 Three Weeks with a Princess
#3 The Highlanders Princess Bride

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Seduced by a Scot by Julia London. The Highland Grooms series, book #6. Five stars

Book: “Seduced by a Scot”
By Julia London

Series: Highland Grooms, Book#6

Release Date: October 30, 2018

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
Tartan Book Reviews
Purple Tulip Book Reviews
Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating:πŸ”₯


Stirling, Scotland 1758

Maura Darby had been an orphan these 12 years, treated horribly by her guardian, Calum Garbett’s Family. This only got worse, the more beautiful child Maura became, to a gorgeous breathtaking woman! His daughter Sorcha also seemed to became more unattractive as the years went on. It didn’t matter what his wife did to try to make their daughters appearance more appealing and desirable. Nothing could compare to Maura’s beauty plus her pleasant disposition compared to Sorcha’s sour one!

Calum had been Maura’s father's best friend. He was not prepared that his wife and daughter would resent his ward. As the moment his wife set her  eyes on the beautiful child-it was instant, obsessive, hatred! Plus Calum was being paid a large sum of money for her care. So greedy Callum was not prepared to let his ward go on a permanent basis.

Mrs. Garbett took Maura’s beautiful clothes, belongings, pets and gave them all to their daughter Sorcha. She made sure she got the smallest room in the house and was treated like a servant. Plus anything new she would receive from others would be cruelly taken away and given to their daughter. Maura thought she was penniless, unknown of her father’s wealth, and Calum’s agreement of payment for her care.

Sorcha Garbett is extremely spoiled which matches her unattractive looks. Yet Maura always stayed in the shadows allowing Sorcha to shine, His daughter finally gets an offer of marriage-for her wealth obviously. This fiancΓ©, Adam Cadell, is caught kissing Maura but lies and claims is was her wonton wickedness and wiles. Adam forced himself on her and did not accept her rejection, yet blamed her when caught. Now a scandal was brewing in front of his daughters finances family and friend, the Duke of Montrose.

As the men were working on the  final kinks in the marriage contract. The greedy guardian agrees to send his ward Maura away, but only until it all blows over. The Duke of Montrose offered the name of a man, Nichol Bain who is his counselor. This man who can make problems disappear on a more permanent basis.

As Nichol’s solution is easy for the young fiancΓ©’s, until he meets the enchanting, Miss Maura Darby. She was another set of problems completely. Now Nichols heart starts to become involved, something that never happens. Yes for Nichol Bain one who never gets attached to another or stays in one place for long!This is very unexpected, however due to their unusual, yet similar circumstances.

Both Maura and Nichol have undeserving and similar
abusive history. It is from adults who should be caring for them, not hurting and destroying them. A reason both mistrust others especially men in Maura’s case for the obvious reasons.

A cherished heirloom from a beloved family member was taken from Nichol similar to Maura’s royal heirloom. Nichol was discarded and separated from his brother at an early age like a piece of garbage. He was made to also feel worthless just like Maura. Of course Nichol physically desires Maura too, which is a major problem for him. As Maura has shared her abuse from men desiring her as a bed partner which she refused. Something she really resents and Nichol is trying to hold his physical desires back, yet he is only a mere man after all!

The choices and decisions and life’s direction made were decided early in life for Maura and Nichol. Due to secrets, lies, cruelty, resentment  enviousness and spite. However thr attraction between Maura and Nichol is immediate and only grows. Though both suppress from acting on these feelings.  In addition, Maura has no trust in the actions of men, from miserable past experiences. Nichol has no trust in people in general, choosing not to stay in one place for a long period of time. Yet they both feel the other is the most beautiful swoon worthy vision they have ever seen.

Will this couple with similar tragic backgrounds stay together or grow apart? Can they ever find a life together with a happily ever after? Plus possibly find a place they can actually call a safe, happy, home? Yet will all their suspicions, mistrust and complications split them apart? I suggest you read this sensational book and find out! Some parts reminded me of an original  Cinderella type of story, which only made me love it more!

Julia London pens another masterpiece,   in her sixth powerful, Highland Grooms series. I have read them all! A book you can read as a stand alone book or in series order. I suggest to read them all, as each one is extraordinary and exhilarating reads in my opinion . Again this author writes another quick paced, page turning, riveting adventure, with with vengeance, treachery, betrayal, lies, jealousy, cruelty, and spite. In addition, a beautiful love story with a swoon worthy hero and beautiful heroine. The story of two, heartbroken souls, and how they mend, nurture and warm each other’s ice cold hearts . In addition, a breathtaking setting, intricate characters and a delightful dialogue. Plus the phenomenal plotting with so many twists and turns will make you gasp for air! Not knowing what could actually transpire next! Totally brilliant!

A book readers won’t be able to put down and definitely don't want to miss! I positively and unequivocally highly recommend “Seduced by a Scot”Iby Julia London.  

“Highland Grooms” series
by Julia London

#1 Wild Wicked Scot
#2 Sinful Scottish Laird
#3 Hard-Hearted Highlander
#4 Devil in Tartan
#5 Tempting the Laird
#6 Seduced by a Scot-TBR 10/30/2018

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Highland Wolf by Hannah Howell, Murray Family series book 15, Five Kilts

Book: Highland Wolf
By Hannah Howell
Reissue Release Date: October 30, 2018

Series: Murray Family series. Book #15

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

Scotland, 1477

The former Laird of Dunncraig, James Drummond, is the foster son of Eric and Bethia Murray who was fostered by The Murray’s. James has been in hiding in the Highland remote mountains for the past three years. As he was wrongly accused of murdering his wife three years ago and labeled an outlaw. If James hadn't gone into hiding his punishment would of been death with these false accusations. He leaves his young daughter with Sir Donnell MacKay, who was the villain and creator of these blatant lies! All because he wants James life as Laird, power, wealth and holdings.  James Drummond now has decided to come back in disguise and take back what he was robbed of!
He just needs the proof to prove his innocence and get his life, daughter, clan and home back!

Sir Donnell wants to marry his cousin Annora MacKay, who cares for James Daughter Meggie. Though Donnell tells Annora she is his child she doesn’t believe him . They are complete opposites she is good, righteous, honorable, caring and honest where he is a lying, murdering, villain. Sir Donnell MacKay has murdered Mary, James wife, Annoras brother and anyone loyal to James. Annora tries to make sure she isn’t noticed as she sees Sir Donnell  for the threat and horrible man he is.

Ones she meets James the attraction and chemistry is sizling. Can James trust a MacKay? Will Donnell be able to recognize James and put the final nail in his coffin. Will James and Annora be able to stay together or will their relationship fall apart?

This is a reissue, the fifteenth book in the Murray family serie. A definite shelf keeper that readers will want to revisit and read again. BA fast moving romantic suspense that I absolutely loved. It has so many twist and turns that readers will be holding to the edge of their seats! I was holding my breath with anticipation not knowing what could possibly happen next!

A definite book Howell fans won’t want to miss I highly recommend.

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Book: Between a Highlander and a Hard Place by Mary Wine

Series: Highland Weddings Book #5

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts
Symon Grant
Athena Trappes

Galwell finance villain

Grant Tower, 1579

English woman Athena Trappes is betrayed by her former finance Galwell. A man she trusted and loved now she must escape to get out of his clutches and revenge. As Galwell plans on destroying Athena since she did burn his home to the ground!Luckily her Uncle helps her escape to Scotland, dressed in the disguise of a lad to keep hidden among the merchants.

As a merchants helper at a local May Day celebrations, she gets rid of her lads clothing and dances in total freedom and recklessness. This catches the eye of widow Laird Symon Grant, who is looking another wife. As he lost his wife in childbirth and need heirs to carry on his family name. Though he misses his deceased wife, but most move forward for his clan. Of course he didn’t realize the beautiful spitfire dancing so freely was an English woman!  

Of course Athena’s move to Scotland is only to be temporary. As they are waiting until everything calms down in England so she can return. As Athena and Symon fall more in love not everyone in his clan agrees. Will this star crossed couple stay together or split apart? You must read this to find out!

Another fabulous Mary Wine novel that readers will love. This is the fifth novel in Mary Wine’s “Highland Weddings” series. Another beautiful novel that readers won’t be able to put down!

This has all the elements Scottish historical romance readers love!  Filled with riveting adventure, history, fictional romance, betrayal, treachery, Clan issues, prejudice, revenge, suspense, chemistry, attraction, passion and love.

The setting, dialogue, characters and plotting are absolutely exhilarating. I highly recommend!

I received this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review, blog and promote through netgalley. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Highland Chieftain by Amy Jareck. Lords of the Highlands book #4. FIVE KILTS! Celtic Barb loves MacRae heroes!❤️🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Book: The Highland Chieftain by Amy Jarecki

Series: Lords of the Highlands, Book #4

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

Scotland 1711
En route to Urqhart Castle

Mari MacKenzie has been rejected and her tender heart has been shredded into pieces. As her betrothed goes and marries his ward. A man she has been betrothed since childhood. Just thrown away like a piece of garbage by her betrothed! Totally humiliated and ruined, yet her Da still expects her to move on and go out in public to another fete with music dancing and eligible young men! She knows all the gossips and old biddies will be talking about her humiliation! It was the last thing she wanted to do, but she was a dutiful Earls daughter after all. Her Da just wanted her to move on and cheer up already, to mend his lassies broken heart.

On their way a rider stopped their coach it was Laird Dunn MacRae. A  braw rogue that gave her butterflies. Yet she feels he just feels sorry for her by his half feeling proposal and doesn’t feel any real feelings for Mairi.

Dunn has been in love with Mairi since she was a lass of 15. He never acted on his feelings due to his allegiance to her former betrothed. Yet after that relationship ended, he revisited his feelings and offered to court Mairi, with the intentions of marrying her. Her father the Earl, flat out rejected Dunn cruelly! He told him Mairi could do much better than the likes of him! As if Dunn were a piece of dirt on the bottom of his boot. Dunn was furious and having his heart destroyed! He swore he would have nothing further to do with Mairi MacKenzie again! Yet her father felt he was not a nobleman or titled, was not good enough for his daughter rejected Dunn flat. Mairi doesn’t believe Dunn’s feelings are sincere and he’s only offering out of pity and feeling sorry for her!

As they both attend the Highland games they both stay far away from one another. Dunn due to her father’s rejection of him not being good enough. Mairi feeling he only offered because he feels sorry for the rejected lass. Yes he is a hardened warrior with many responsibilities, but he’s always had a soft tender spot for Mairi. Then she is abducted by the bloody English redcoats and he will do anything to get her back.

Mairi’s father is sure it is is Dunn who has kidnapped Mairi and puts a price on his head! Offering him captured dead or alive!  Dunn will do anything to rescue and get Mairi out of danger.

As they soon spend time together and straighten out their misunderstandings. Their feelings turn to love but her father is still a big obstacle just as the redcoats are. Who will win this battle of the heart for these star crossed lovers?

A fast paced page turner with non stop action! Another riveting Amy Jarecki adventure that is full of emotion, rejection, betrayal,suspense,mystery, treachery,
broken hearts, abduction and so much more. In addition rescue forgiveness, faith mending hearts, passion and love.

Amy Jarecki pens another beautiful novel from start to finish. It has all the elements Scottish historical readers like myself love. I loved it even more since my true Scottish ancestors the MacRaes are one of the hero’s. That just made my heart race and gave my own stomach butterflies!

The setting and dialogue was phenomenal, characters were magnificent and the plotting was brilliant! This is the fourth book in the Lords of the Highlands series. A book you definitely want to read! You can easily read this as a stand alone book or in series order.

It really is a beautiful story that any reader would love. I highly recommend The Highland Chieftain by Amy Jarecki

Lords of the Highlands
By Amy Jarecki

The Highland Duke
The Highland Commander
The Highland Guardian
The Highland Chieftain

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