Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Laird’s Christmas Kiss by Anna Campbell, The Lairds Most Likely series, book #2. Five Kilts. Celtic Barb loves this holiday Highlander heartmelter!

Book: The Laird’s Christmas Kiss
by Anna Campbell

Series: The Lairds Most Likely,
Book #2

Book Type: Novella, 170 pages

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of Tartan Book Reviews
Celtic World of Historical Book Reviews
Purple Tulip Book Reviews
Celtic Barb's Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: 🔥

Rating:  5/5 Stars

Achnasheen Castle, Western Highlands of Scotland
December, 1818

Wallflower, introvert, with low self esteem and little confidence is  Elspeth Douglas. She has been infatuated with her brother Hamish’s friend, Brody Girvan, Laird of Invermackie since she was fifteen years old. Yet he doesn't even know she exists! Of course even her family doesn't help her build any confidence, treating her like an oddity. Elspeth feels Brody is the opposite of her,  gorgeous, brave, wild, flirt, gambler and womanizer. and a bit spoiled and always having his way. Not the type anyone would want to court ones shy, wallflower, bookish, sister!

Well Elspeth is twenty years old now, tired of being a doormat and  ignored in this unrequited love! So she has decided to turn a new leaf and forget all about Brody Girvan and move on!

Brody has not been happy with his meaningless life of womanizing and gambling ways for the past year and a half. He is looking for something more. He strikes up a conversation with the shy Elspeth and sees her beauty beyond her tightly bound hair and school girl clothing covering all her lovely curves, beautiful eyes and creamy skin. He sees her intelligence and wit as well, and realizes she is the lass for him. A lass who has always been right in front of him the entire time.The lass he wants, desires, yearns and craves for.

Yet Elspeth just feels she is the only available woman at their small holiday house party. It is harmless meaningless flirtation that doesn't mean a thing to him. She is just happy she doesn't love him anymore. Or is she? Then she gets a makeover, from Fergus new italian artistic wife, and Brody gives her even more attention she is certain because the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan. Yet it helps her confidence too, although Brody is not overwhelmed by this due to his own insecurities and  fear of male competition. As he has known she was beautiful no matter what she wore. Now the entire world will know too.

Plus she seems to reject him just as he opens his heart. Will she ever believe the man she has loved for the past five years could ever love her back? I recommend to read this wonderful Christmas romance and find out!

Another beautiful  Scottish historical Christmas holiday  romance book by Anna Campbell. It is the perfect type of story about love, faith, confidence and trust. About a forgotten lass and an overconfident lad and soon the tables turn and the opposite happens. Yet it's Christmastime a time for magic and the power of love.  Anything is possible at Christmas!

I absolutely  loved this story and the multidimensional characters kept me on my toes. Another riveting story that I couldn't put down! I highly recommend The Laird’s Christmas Kiss by Anna Campbell.

The Lairds Most Likely Series
By Anna Campbell

1)The Laird’s Willful Lass
2) The Laird’s Christmas Kiss

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review, blog it. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dearest Millie by May McGoldrick The Pennington Family Book #3.5 Five Kilts

Dearest Millie
by May McGoldrick

Release Date: On paperback November 1st and digitally on November 13, 2018

Series: ( The Pennington Family,  Book #3.5

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of
Tartan Book Reviews
Celtic World of Historical Book Reviews, Purple Tulip Book  Reviews
Celtic Barb's Tartan Book Review Blog

Book Type: Novella, 135-137  pages

Overall Rating:  5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Edinburgh, Scotland
June 1819

This book centers around Lady Millie Pennington, the youngest sister of the Pennington siblings. She has always been the one everyone always could depend on for her strength, support and perseverance. Though she always stayed quietly in the background of her talented siblings.

Until recently, her destiny of tomorrows had looked s promising, bright, successful, prosperous, happy, and pretty darn perfect. That is until she got the most devastating news in her life, about her health while visiting a Doctor in Edinburgh. While there she was spotted by a family friend, Dr. Dermot McKendry,  while giving her money away to street urchins. He also knew she visited this Doctor who was not her only option. He decided right then and there, he had to get involved-partly due to a past tragedy.

They hadn’t even been introduced as they had been playing pranks on each other prior to their meeting. Dermot’s business partner is Wynn Melfort, who happens to be Millie’s brother-in-law. He is also friends with both Wynn and her sister. He was a former Navy surgeon but was in Edinburgh to open a new hospital.

Dermot, has secrets of his own and was expecting to be introduced to this troubled beauty. He has his own ideas to take her mind off her health issues and to prove she has other options. After all one should always get more than one Doctors opinion. Will she except these options or refuse? Can these two opposites romance even last? Definitely read and find out.

May McGoldrick pens a beautiful novella that feels more like a full book. As I don’t usually get so emotionally involved in short stories. Yet “Dearest Millie” definitely melted my heart, I both laughed and cried reading this spectacular read. McGoldrick readers don’t want to miss this one.

A beautiful breathtaking story about two lovers who both have some secrets. One is health and the other is his guilt ridden past. Yet there are moments you will laugh and some you will cry. A fast paced, emotional, heartwarming, riveting story that is absolutely awe-inspiring! I can’t wait for the next Pennington novel!

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Disclaimer: I received this book from  the authors for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review, blog and promote. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Heart of the Emerald by Nancy Pennick. The Clan MacLaren series, book #3. 5 Kilts

Book: The Heart of the Emerald
By Nancy Pennick
Series: The Clan MacLaren, Book #3

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

Heat Rating: Sweet

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Scotland, 1716

Englishwoman, Lady Juliet Anna Marie Kingston, was ordered to marry Ross MacLaren by her King. It was shortly after the Jacobite rising. Juliet had to leave her suitor who turned out to be a powerful but evil aristocratic brute. The Scottish savage she thought she was to marry ended up being the sweetest, bravest, and most honorable man she knows. The marriage ending up being one of love. However, her former suitor John Adler, is obessesed with wanting Juliet. He has already kidnapped her once with no help from her father-in-law. Now she was saved by her husband and also has a son and now are returning to Glenhaven Castle. Young Alec who was his sisters son who died from fever and his father was slaughtered in the Rising battle. Now due to this Jacobite battle they had to recently send both of Ross’s sisters to America with her his brother-in-law Jamie. Jamie would of been executed if they they stayed in Scotland.

Alec has grown very attached to his new parents, his former Aunt and Uncle. It was also his dying sisters request that Ross take care of Alec. There is also another lad a distant cousin named Cowan, who is a few years older but have grown very close. Now Juliet's old beau John is back in Scotland causing trouble and on the edge of insanity! He is drunk on power as his father is dying which will mean he will inherit the dukedom. His focus is still his obsession with Juliet and to try to get any type of information to prove Ross is a traitor in the Jacobite rebellion. His focus is not only Juliet but her new young adopted son Alec.

Only a few have this information but if it ever gets in John Adler’s ear it would mean Ross would become a prisoner and sent to England for execution. Unfortunately John has a man using one of the MacLaren maids for information. Will she share or even have any reliable information is another problem to be seen. Plus Juliet’s relationship with her father-in-law is still strained as he still sees her as a Sassenach wench. Will he ever accept his sons wife? Also all the MacLarens are missing the sisters Heather and Glynis. Will it ever be safe enough for them to come home to Scotland? Again the MacLaren family is in a lot of caos and suspicion due to John and his red coat solders. What will they do? Can Ross and Juliet even handle more problems? Can their love conquer all? I recommend to read and find out.

This is the third book in Nancy Pennick’s The MacLaren series. Another beautifully written book, filled with all the fast paced, elements, historical romance readers love. I absolutely love this book as it has all the twists and turns that keeps readers at the edge of their seats but wanting more!

Nancy Pennick pens another beautiful book that I highly recommend! I can’t wait for the next MacLaren novel!

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The Clan MacLaren Series
1)My Highlander Husband
2)Donnach’s Daughter
3)The Heart of the Emerald

I received a gift copy from the author for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Lord for the Lass by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan Book # 2 in Titans and Tartans series. 5 KILTS! Celtic Barb was in heaven Frenchman and a Scot is perfection!

Book: “A Lord for the Lass” 
By Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan aka Page Morgan

Series: Tartans and Titans, Book #2

Release Date: 10/22/2018

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

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Overall Rating: 

5/5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
or 5/5  KILTS Check out the Scotmoji app! I just downloaded it:

Scotland, 1829
Book Quote: 
She wants nothing to do with men!

He's sworn off all women!

 But with danger looming, the only safe haven may be each other's arms… Amalie Howard & Angie Howard 

Lady Makenna MacLaren Brodie is in prison. She had been falsely accused of killing her husband. Not that he was any Prince among men by any means. Laird Graeme Brodie was a mean abusive, vicious, brutal, merciless,  barbaric tormenting bully. The evidence turned up a dagger in the heart which had been a total setup! A gift from Makenna’s brother Naell that someone obviously framed. 

Makenna knows it’s Graeme’s cousin Colin. A man even more vicious and brutal and extremely jealous! He is obsessed with having his wife something that make Makenna frightened and physically ill. Plus the fact they are starving her with no food or drink. Luckily she has an unusual benefactor that helps her escape!

Makenna decide to go to the wealthy Frenchman’s estate Lord Julien Leclerc she met last year at Naell and Ailsa’s wedding. She thought he would be on the continent busy with business deals. So she thought Duncraigh castle would be a place Colin would never find her. To her surprise the master was home. A master who had been obsessed with this fiery redhead since the day he met her a year ago. 

Of course his honor wouldn’t let him seduce a married woman. Yet now all bets were off! Of course Makenna, the ginger spitfire, could of included her family and they would of come to her defense in a moment! Not to mention so many alliances through marriage. The  stubborn minx wouldn’t do it, feeling it might cause lives and start clan wars.

Plus the attraction between Julien and MaKenna only grows. Yet Julien has slept his way through the continent with many beautiful women with no attachments. He won’t apologize for any of it, but something he can’t understand occurred on meeting MaKenna. A fascination for redheads that couldn’t satisfy him unless it was the real thing. 

Now he has the real thing with no plans of letting her go. Like all good things come to an end Makenna feels it time to move on out of the country to keep Julien and his sweet maman safe. Yet is it too late with a huge bounty for Makenna! 

Find out what is in store for the French rogue and sassy lassie? Will it be a life of slavery for Makenna under the obsessive violent behavior of Colin Brodie? Will Julien and Makenna finally realize they are soulmates for life?  

I definitely recommend you read this awe-inspiring book! I couldn’t put it down! Including breathtaking setting, magnificent dialogue, amazing characters plus secondary characters like Lady Eleanor Haverille, young Malcolm and Maxim that you can’t help but love. The plotting was absolutely brilliant with so many twists, turns, ups and downs. I was holding my breath with anticipation, not knowing what could possibly happen next! It had me glued to my seat, a definite nail biter! The type of story historical romance readers will love. 

Including all the elements romance readers love. From a riveting page turning adventure, a mystery in a “who done it” style and suspense. Then there is betrayal, attempted murder, murder, abduction treachery, abuse, brutality, abduction, viciousness, humiliation, betrayal, protection, heartwarming passion, trust and love. In addition so many more surprises and much more! 

A book you don’t want to miss! I absolutely and unequivocally loved this story so much! 

Bravo Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan ( Page Morgan)

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A Lord for the Lass - Entangled Publishing

I received a complimentary ARC copy from Entangled publishers through netgalley. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog an advanced copy of this book. All opinions, ideas, words and thoughts are my own.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mhàiri’s Yuletide Wish by Cathy Macrae. Five Kilts. A Christmas Novella. This is originally from analogy A Christmas Kiss.


Book: Mhàiri’s Yuletide Wish
By Cathy MacRae 

Release Date: 10/22/2018

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

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

The Scottish Borders 
December,  Fourteenth Century

Mháiri Burns is supposed  to marry an old man in exchange for her Uncle’s life. Her Uncle is being held for ransom by the English. Instead of waiting to be a pawn in this game in this game of ransom, Mhàiri goes to locate a mysterious brooch. It just might be the answer to all her prayers.

Michaell Kerr fostered with Mháiri’s family and has loved her since they were children. Once he discovers that her grandfather has set her to marry another, he needs to find a way to break this horrendous betrothal! In addition to this mind blowing upset he must save her Uncle at the same time. Yet they are running out of time and this ransom has to paid by the end of yuletide! If not he will lose Mhàiri forever which is totally unexcepytable  to Michaell!

What shall the end result be? Yet If Mhàiri doesn’t pay the ransom by marrying this cruel, wicked, vile, old man her Uncle will die! 

Do Mhàiri and Michaell have a chance at happiness? Will their deepest Christmas gift come true or will all their deepest dreams and desires fade away and shatter their hearts forever?

This is wonderful holiday novella by Cathy MacRae. It is also in the analogy “Once Upon a Christmas Kiss” released earlier this month. An excellent way to to get in the Christmas and holiday spirit. A fast paced, page turning, riveting, romantic, adventure, filled with all the elements Scottish historical readers enjoy.

Disclaimer: I received an advance readers (gift) copy from the author for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.***

FORGETTING THE SCOT BY JENNIFER TRETHEWEY. The Highlanders of Balforss, book 3. FIVE SMOKING HOT KILTS! Celtic Barb has a new book BF his name is Magnus Sinclair!

Book: Forgetting the Scot
By Jennifer Trethewey

Series: Highlanders of Balforss, Book #3

Release Date: 10/22/2018

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

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

1817 England and Scotland

Virginia Whitebridge was sold by her father for her wealth for a title. It was no more than being in prison or forced slavery. Yet being a man's world she is forced to take the wicked cruelty and  barbaric brutality. He is a villain with every sense the word! Virginia has never known love with an uncaring father and evil demonic husband.

The only thing she feels happy about is an ongoing business venture. That is to open a home for abandoned and orphaned children in the streets of London. She felt this was her calling and a sure thing. Since this was her private finances with money her husband was not entitled to touch. Yet she gets devastating news, that her hairbrained solicitor just handed over every penny to her swine of a husband!  The nightmare that wouldn’t end, with the worst, cruelest, being in her life!

Shortly after that she is duped by a starving child. She gets abducted with several other women, to be sold in human trafficking, slavery, to the West Indies. Luckily one of the women was the fiance of a Scottish Sinclair Clan. They rescue the women and this is where she meets the kindest, bravest not to mention the most handsome man she ever known. The attraction is immediate and sizzling hot!

Yet, Virginia is not being honest and hiding her true identity. Unfortunately an acquaintance from her past is there. Lucy went to school with her in England, now in Scotland and married to Alex Sinclair! As Lucy Sinclair once was very much infatuated with Virginia's husband. Lucy can't figure out why she hasn't written to her husband, to tell of her misfortunate abduction and rescue. He must be so worried she thought shouldn't he be?

Virginia has asked Lucy not to tell anyone of her marriage or royal title. Claiming her husband ßwould lose all acceptance by the ton. That is if they found out his wife was on a ship full of pirates for three months! Yet really Virginia is scared for her life and needs to investigate and find out if her husband was behind her abduction.

The chemistry is hot and heavy, even though Virginia  has been married for three years-Magnus gives Virginia her first kiss ever! Yet the guilt spills in and she confesses her marriage. Not only that but her title as an English Viscountess. Something that is way too high for farmer, Magnus Sinclair, which leaves him devastated and broken hearted.

She is like the fragile China his mum warned him off as a child. He can look, but not touch, but boy oh boy, did he want to touch! Then his cousin Declan who has a mysterious power in his dreams. He is the hero in Betting the Scot, book #2. Magnus asks his cousin Declan who is a seer about a vision he has. He also knows when his cousin is lying to him. Did he possibly see his death is this sight?  He can’t seem to stay away from Virginia, and is determined to help her get her finances back, as well as her dreams in London. The problem is, Magnus hates England and englishmen more than anything else in the world! In addition he wants a woman he knows he can never have!

Will Virginia's dreams come true? Is it wrong to desire a kind heroic man when you are in a loveless abusive marriage? Will her dream for a home for orphans and street urchins ever come true? Will her finances ever be restored? Can she ever have the titless, man of her dreams, desires, and heart? A true hero and the true prince of all men!

Watch the steam, smoke  and sizzle come right off the pages with the dreams and desires of this star-crossed couple. A story about achieving your dreams and desires no matter what the cost.

Again Jennifer Trethewey blows me away with her golden pen and her superbly storytelling visions and talent. Another book that will touch your soul and melt your heart. An awe inspiring book that is absolutely unforgettable! It exactly the the type of book that historical romance readers will love.

Beautiful settings, magnificent dialogue, dashing hero and a stunning heroine. Also secondary characters that are absolutely brilliant! However the plotting is so exhilarating, that it will have readers holding their breath with anticipation, not knowing what could possibly happen next! This book is a fast quick paced, action packed,  page turning, riveting romantic adventure. It is filled with abduction, abuse, treachery, murder, betrayal, lies, deception, mayhem, trust, faith, protection, respect, passion and love.

A book historical romance readers don’t want to miss. As it is a phenomenal story from prologue to epilogue that will stay with you long after you have finished. A definite shelf keeper that readers will want to reread again and again. Jennifer Trethewey is one of those talented authors that knows exactly how to bring readers into her stories and never letting go. It’s a rare quality that only very gifted authors have!

This is the third book, in the (Highlanders of Balforss) series which is absolutely phenomenal. It was a total delight to read. I could not put it down!

I can’t recommend “Forgetting the Scot” by Jennifer Trethewey enough! As all the books in the The Highlanders of Balforss series you can read them each as stand alone books too.

The Highlanders of Balforss
By Jennifer Trethewey
1)Tying the Scot
2)Betting the Scot
3)Forgetting the Scot

Book Pre-Order Link

I received a complimentary ARC copy from the author and also  from Entangled publishers through netgalley. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog an advanced copy of this book. All opinions, ideas, words and thoughts are my own.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Betting the Scot by Jennifer-Trethewey. On sale for only .99 cents! Grab a copy today!


Betting the Scot, book #2 in The Highlanders of Balforss series by my friend and extraordinary and phenomenal author, Jennifer Trethewey. This digital ebook is on sale for only .99 cents!

Declan Sinclair is  a sexy, sensational, swoon-worthy Scot! 

Sometimes dreams really do come true! 

Another enchanting Jennifer Trethewey story I absolutely loved! I highly recommend!

Grab a copy today! Happy fall reading!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Adrienne Basso Contest ARC Contest winners!

Star Montgomery 
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