Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Rebel Wears Plaid by Eliza Knight. Series: Prince Charlie’s Angels Book #1. 5 stars

Book: The Rebel Wears Plaid 

By Eliza Knight


Series:Prince Charlie’s Angels, #1

By Eliza Knight

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of

1. Tartan Book Reviews
2. Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3. Celtic World of Historical Book Reviews
4.Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog 

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯

Overall Rating: 5 Star & 5 Kilts

1745 Inverness, Scotland

Toran Fraser had been influenced by his Uncle known as the Fox. He is a big deceiver and fabricator and is known as a traitor. He switches sides between the Scottish Jacobite rebels and the Sassenach English Loyalists for the upcoming rising. He was one of those traitors who sided against his own people, the ones his relatives and clan fought against. His Uncle had told him Scottish Rebels had murdered his mother viciously. He had been working with the vicious Sassenach Redcoat Captain Thomas Boyd at their garrison. It was only to get information and no one was supposed to get hurt. He finds out Boyd is a horrendous liar and plans to murder all the Fraser’s which is Toran’s clan! He suddenly saw his own cousin Archie was about to be murdered by this black guard Sassenach Captain! Toran couldn’t allow his own cousin to be murdered! Though Archie didn’t want to be saved by his traitorous cousin Toran who sided with English swine! Especially when so many Fraser’s would be executed. Toran knew they would  both now be wanted by the Sassanach since it would be obvious Toran escaped with a Scottish Fraser prisoner!

This is where Toran meets the heroine of this story Jenny Mackintosh, known to Jacobites as Mistress J.. Toran wants revenge and thinks the rebels are responsible for Toran’s mother’s brutal death. As her name, Mistress J.  was pinned to his mother’s  naked battered body when returned to the Fraser clan in a pine box. Toran is now responsible and his younger siblings, his sister Isla and his brother Camdyn, both are orphans now. He had to care for them and knew Captain Boyd, leader of the English Garrison, would use his siblings to get to him. So he asked if he could get them to protect them, surprising him that she allowed it, to bring them to her castle, CnΓ mhan Broch. It was obvious she did not trust him but was she kind and caring to his younger siblings. Yet this was the rebel he knew he had to murder to get his revenge for killing his sweet mother. 

Yet soon Toran realizes how evil his Uncle is and his cousin Simon are where they were putting himself and his siblings in mortal danger. He soon puts his thoughts of revenge to questions, seeing how Jenny cares for everyone. Now realizing his heroic mother was a Jacobite hero sacrificing herself to keep the rebels safe! This was  including her best friend who was Jenny’s mother. A woman Jenny admired greatly, yet feels so betrayed when she realized Toran wanted to kill her and her Rebels. He has a lot to prove even though they had been so attracted to each other and he had greatly admired Jenny even before he knew the truth. Though Jenny’s second in command and cousin Dirk can see right through him and swears he will tell Jenny. Yet Toran makes the ultimate sacrifice to prove his loyalty and love and now knows he is a true Jacobite rebel and on the right side to put The Bonnie Royal Stuart’s on the throne, and send that German King back where he came from!

On top of this Jenny’s two best girl friends Annie Macpherson is a healer of the rebels and her other friend Fiona MacBean is a spy. All on the rebel side to help the Jacobite cause. Another huge problem is Jenny’s brother Hamish, who is a huge disappointment and big traitor. He is on the side of the English loyalists, siding with King George and Captain Boyd. He is betraying their father and grandfather’s memories who were both executed years ago protecting their country and lands from the English! Jenny knows one day she might have to kill her own brother being on opposite sides of this war. However, the Sassenach’s have been hunting Mistress J. for the past two years with no success. She has been getting weapons and funds and finding more soldiers for the Jacobite cause. This even included her mother who had been Moire Fraser’s best friend before her wicked execution. 

Yet she tried to back away from her feelings for Toran as they both knew they were falling in love. Yet they also knew both their lives might be ended by a Sassenach’s sword or pistol. Jenny felt responsible for so many and wanting to aid her Bonnie Prince in any way possible. Now she had news he was on Scottish soil and was doubly excited, will she ever meet her royal savior? Plus will she ever make a choice between duty and love? Now Toran no longer living on a double edged sword and knew his true path was by this woman’s side. Yet will she ever truly accept and forgive his past mistakes? Will the English ever find and capture Mistress J.? Will the Mackintosh siblings ever have the ultimate battle? Can she bring her brother in on the Jacobite’s side? Will Toran’s Uncle ever pay for his previous crimes? Will his Uncle’s son live or pay the price for his father’s crimes? Will Toran and Jenny ever let their guards down and let love in? Read and find out so much more in this reading masterpiece!

On a personal note I am just thrilled that Sourcebook publishers discovered author Eliza Knight’s amazing talent! As I found her myself ten years ago as an independent author at a New Jersey Romance Writers of American book signing. Eliza was very kind and gracious and was the first independent book I ever read. I fell in love with every book and character after that, as she became one of my most favorite authors. As she writes romantic and awe-inspiring stories about strong, braw, swoon-worthy heroes, and their beautiful, independent, brave, warrior, heroines. It has been an absolute delight and pleasure to get swept up in these powerful reads! As I can’t wait for the next installment in this “Prince Charlie’s Angels” series that I absolutely love!

This book is absolutely phenomenal as it checks all the boxes that historical romance readers love! If you are like me and love true historic figures in your fictional romance novels, then you will definitely love this book! Even Jenny and her two best friends Annie and Fiona are based on three important women in Scottish history, Lady Anne ( Farquharson) Mackintosh, Jenny Cameron and Lady Margaret Ogilvy. Of course this is all the author’s fictional story but it’s my favorite ingredients in a historical romance novel too. It just makes it that much more fun. Now you can read this as a stand alone book, but for me it makes me look forward to future stories in this powerful series. 

The setting was absolutely unbelievable and perfect. The multi dimensional characters were absolutely brilliant. Even the clever secondary characters like Dirk was brilliant. I do hope this special cousin gets his own book in the future, as I really enjoyed him. The dialogue was fabulous and the many plots had my heart racing and gasping for air! I could never tell what was going to happen next with so many twists and turns in this magnificent book, a total nail biter in my opinion! 

“The Rebel Wears Plaid”  is a riveting, page turning, romantic suspense, mystery and adventure. It is also a historical journey that readers will absolutely love. It is filled with all the elements historical romance readers enjoy. From betrayal, disloyalty , politics, torture, murder, hatred, war, battle, death, treachery, deceiver, forgiveness, trust, faith and of course love. It is the type of book you will want to read again and again. A definite shelf keeper and future best seller in my opinion.

“The Rebel Wears Plaid” by Eliza Knight is one of my favorite reads for 2020! I absolutely and unequivocally loved this book so much! I can’t recommend it enough!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy and an advance reader copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.







Thursday, June 25, 2020

An Outlaw’s Honor by Terri Brisbin



Book: An Outlaw’s Honor

By @Terri Brisbin


Series: Midsummer Knights, #6

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of

1. Tartan Book Reviews

2. Purple Tulip Book Reviews

3. Celtic World of Historical Book Tartan Book Review Blog 

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall Rating: 5 Star & 5 Kilts

Passion! Intrigue! Knights, ladies and lords! A Medieval tournament! 

May 1193, Northumberland, Scottish-English Border

Thomas Brisbois of Kelso is in King William of Scotland’s dungeon starving to death awaiting his execution. As his father and he himself had made some enormous blunders betraying their Scottish King and his Kingdom! This caused them to lose their lands, titles and holding. They previously had been royal torturers some called bone breakers. Now the King has given Thomas a reprieve and promises to give Thomas his freedom and return everything that was taken away from him, if he does this one small favor for his King. Of course a dying man in his current position would accept anything to escape the hangman’s noose!

This is at Lord Yves tournament in England on the Scottish/ English border to compete, win and humiliate the Scottish King’s enemy! This King’s enemy is Lord Robert de Umfraville, however Lord Robert now has his own champion, who is Sir Lawrence Le Govic. This champion was also an enemy of Thomas Brisbois of Kelso! As this enemy line seems to grow longer in by the minute. This game piece also includes de Umfraville’s beautiful daughter Annora, who was the ultimate and biggest game piece of this prize. As the Scottish King wants Thomas to seduce and discard, to ruin this innocent woman in the most dishonorable way possible. This would be easy as the lassies were always attracted to Thomas both in and out of bed. Plus Thomas needed more in a wife than this woman had to offer. After all his King will most likely ruin them financially and socially and he needed wealthy dowry who could hold her head up high. Of course this was before he got to see and know her. Soon he sees how she is just a pawn in this game piece on both sides of the game. Yet his honorable self is not happy with this part of the puzzle. He had no idea what Annora’s father had done to earn the King of Scotland’s wrath.  No matter what the reason was for but Thomas definitely recognized this was just good old fashioned revenge! 

Unfortunately this would be no easy win for Thomas who has been malnourished while in the Kings not so inviting filthy and starving accommodations. Plus the fact even when Thomas is in tip-top form and shape, they are both big men and this man was a dirty fighter - that always broke the rules and cheated. In addition this is the only Knight who beat him on the battlefield! 

s about the fate of  three previous before her. She understands her forced  marriage would be an abusive and unhappy one. After all her own father beats her and  treats her like a cow to be sold on the market. She is just a pawn to be sold. As he is a monster just like Sir Lawrence, and realizes Thomas Brisbois of Kelso, the Scottish traitor and former prisoner is the lesser of the two evils. Of course he also happens to be the most beautiful man she has ever seen too! Yet she wants this agreement with Thomas on her own terms and he must promise  will eventually let her go and give her the freedom she desires.  Soon she and Thomas are more acquainted, Annora starts peeling away the layers of Thomas’s fake self and finds a man of integrity, honesty, goodness, protective nature, honest, honor and passion. Annora knows her heart is in danger of falling in love with this man of such rare beauty both inside and out. Will this man shatter her heart just to satisfy his King of Scotland?

 I will stop here as there is so much more to this incredible awe-inspiring book. A book Brisbin fan whether new or loyal readers of her books do not want to miss.

I have been reading Terri Brisbin novels for over two decades and she is definitely one of my favorite authors. I find her clever mind pretty incredible. She is one of those rare authors that keeps my attention going where I can read one of her books in one sitting! Her stories make me laugh but also make me cry and some of her steamy, passionate scenes sometimes make me blush! Do not misunderstand I still love the passionate scenes and read every word or lick! Yet each book is a HEA though each couple has to go through a lot of hurdles to get there! 

This book was a glorious, riveting, fast paced, page-turning, romantic adventure. Thomas and Annora had many hurdles to jump that pulled my heart right from the start! Oh Thomas’s first competitive friend was a dirty rat in his prison cell in the first few pages. So that scene right from the beginning pulled at my readers heart. The characters in this book were either angels or monsters though I think the hero could go both ways with his devilish fun loving nature. Yes another swoon worthy Scot that was very charismatic in so many ways with his devilish charm. The heroine was very innocent but learned quickly the dark side of some men. Plus she was beautiful but honest, protective, intelligent, caring, and loving unlike her sire. 

The setting in this novel  was absolutely breathtaking, awe-inspiring, clever-dialogue and multi dimensional characters, both good and bad, that absolutely blew me away! The plotting had me holding my breath with anticipation, never knowing what the result would be, or what could possibly happen next! Yes, definitely more than one plot in this novel. This book has all the elements historical romance readers love from traitors to brutality, with treachery, royal politics, revenge, hated villains and forced marriage to unsavory characters! This includes a swoon-worthy, passionate, hero and a beautiful, responsive, maiden, who knows her own mind. This bonnie lass is determined to achieve what she one day desires hopefully! 

“An Outlaw’s Honor” by Terri Brisbin is a book I absolutely and unequivocally love and highly recommend! 

Midsummer Knight Series

1)Forbidden Warrior

   by Kris Kennedy

2)The Highlander's Lady Knight 

   by Madeline Martin

3)The Highlander's Dare 

    by Eliza Knight

4)The Highland Knight's Revenge 

    by Lori Ann Bailey

5)My Victorious Knight 

   by Laurel O'Donnell

6)An Outlaw's Honor 

   by Terri Brisbin ***JUST RELEASED

7)Never If Not Now 

   by Madeline Hunter- July 7, 2020. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Highland Earl by Amy Jarecki , Lord of The Highlands, Book # 6. Five Kilts . Celtic Bard

Book: The Highland Earl by Amy Jarecki

Series: Lords of the Highlands, Book #6

Release Date: June 25, 2019

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

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

The Highland Earl by Amy Jarecki

April 1713

Scottish, John Erskine was recently widowed with two young sons Thomas and Oliver. The Earl of Mar, who is also The Secretary of State of Scotland. Plus his boys needed a mother to care for them. Though John is still healing from a broken heart and promises never to love another wife. It was just too painful and shattered his tender heart into pieces. He couldn’t go through this heartbreak again. John has also been the subject of some negative press being in Queen Anne’s cabinet for many years. He being mocked by the pubic being called Bobbin’ John to belittle him.

John feels the English, Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, would be a perfect mother figure for his sons, the beautiful young woman would be a perfect Countess. Yet unfortunately she does not feel the same. As she feels he is just like her greedy, cruel father. Evelyn has no wish to marry this Scottish Earl who is the catch of the season for unmarried noble women. Yet her father who is taken by the Earl’s title and position at court gives her no choice. The one thing in Evelyn’s favor: is to be able to spy on her own husband under his own roof. Yet she begins to question perhaps she was totally wrong about the Earl of Mar?

The more time Evelyn shares with her new husband John and his young son’s the more she cares. Could this be love? Soon she realizes affiliation and partnerships change and the ones she had considered friends are actually her foes. These enemies might actually ruin the Earls reputation and his life including his boys. Will he ever be able to forgive, forget and move on with his traitorous wife? Can he ever trust her around his children or had she ruined their future happiness where he must send her away?
An action packed book that readers don’t want to miss!

Lords of the Highlands series:

The Highland Duke
The Highland Commander
The Highland Guardian
The Highland Chieftain
0The Highland Renegade
The Highland Earl (will release on June 25th)
All can be read as stand alone books but I definitely recommend to read them all.

Amy Jarecki pens another nail biting, riveting,  fast paced, page turning, romantic adventure, in her sixth book of her Lords of the Highlands series. A book I totally got swept away in, that had me gasping with delight! My favorite book recipe, is weaving true history with a fictional romance. I loved that this author researched and used a true member in history and his wife, a swoon worthy hero and archer, risk taking, heroine.

This book has all the elements that historical romance readers love. It is awe inspiring, action-packed-novel, filled with extraordinary plotting, phenomenal storylines, mystery, suspense, treason, treachery, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, heartbreak, duplicity, deception, forgiveness, trust, faith and naturally love. An emotional book that I couldn’t put down! I absolutely loved John and Eve’s story - a book I will never forget!

Another stunning setting with brilliant multi dimensional characters, especially the young son Oliver, who is an absolute heart string puller! This included magnificent dialogue, and captivating plotting that was absolutely incredible! This book included detailed storylines that took my breath away. I can’t recommend this exhilarating book, The Highland Earl by Amy Jarecki enough!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author and Grand Central Forever publishers 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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Monday, June 10, 2019

Highland Rising by Anna Markland. The House of Pendray #4. Five Kilts! Celtic Barb loved this read!

Book: Highland Rising
By Anna Markland
Series: The House of Pendray #4

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

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

Gray Pendray is the hero of this story. Who is now a spy in Edinburgh for the Scottish Privy Council. Gray has a homecoming after several years to gain access and organize the rebel Jacobite army.

The heroine of this story is Faith Cameron. She has been fostered by the Pendray family since her father was an executed traitor and her mentally unstable mother committed suicide. She has been infatuated with Gray Pendray since she was a young girl and has missed him terribly. She knows nothing will have happen as he sees her as a young silly girl and he’s is from a high born family. Plus her family has a horrible stain forever, with execution and suicide in her parents background. Gray is just too good for the likes of her but she can’t seem to resist her feelings for him.

Yet as soon as Gray sees that Faith has turned into a beautiful young woman while he has been away. He is instant attracted to Faith and does not seem to mind that she finds him attractive. Yet it is during difficult times the major problem is he has already made an obligation to the daughter of his advisor counselor in Edinburgh. Is it too late before their love can even begin? Or is true love the answer during difficult times during treachery and espionage during the risks jeopardy and deception on the uprising.

Anna Markland continues her wonderful series with her fourth book of the House of Pendray series. This story has all the elements historical romance readers love. The setting in breathtaking, the characters are absolutely delightful, the dialogue is exhilarating and and plotting is brilliant. It is a quick paced, page turning, romantic adventure that includes suspense, mystery, treachery, deception, betrayal, espionage, spying, hatred of heartwarming, passion and love.

A definite readers will love. I highly recommend!

Disclaimer: I received an advance reader’s copy from the author. I voluntarily agreed to do an honest, fair  review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Wicked Highland Ways by Mary Wine. Highland Weddings series, book #6. Five Kilts! Celt Barb says this amazing novel had her gasping with delight!❤️


Book: Wicked Highland Ways
by Mary Wine

Series: Highland Weddings Book #6

Release Date: Today 5/28/2019

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

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts


Brenda Grant had a horrible abusive first marriage. Now her husband is dead and she is determined to make no man want her. Except there is one man: a highland lairds who wants her badly, as he is both her savior and hero. If only she would open her eyes and realize there are some good men in this world! Now her husband’s family is forcing her to English court to accept another abusive husband. She hasn’t a choice or her Grant family will lose their home, titles, lands etc. and live in poverty and possibly even be

Laird Brothan have been in love with Brenda Grant for a very long time. He does not want a boring biddable wife no matter how bonnie she might be. Yet that is what is being paraded in front of him.  He has wanted Brenda Grant from the moment he set his eyes on her. She challenges him at every turn which only whets his appetite to conquer her, though he doubts she will ever be tamed nor does he want her tamed! This wild cat is just the type of woman he wants as a partner and life mate forever.

Now he hears the young boy Scottish King just wants to please his best friend and favorite. This is the ambitious EsmΓ© Stewart!  He wants Brenda’s dowry returned to his cruel English cousin her new fiancΓ©.

Brenda is miserable, being forced to wed the cruel man, her cousins new bride ran away from. Since the King settled land on Brenda, her cousin Symon could keep his new bride. Brenda was grateful for that, as they were both so much in love. She is also depressed, she has to deal with another evil,soulless, man! After all this is how royalty works, they all stick together, yet Brenda is caught in the middle. Being sold to the highest bidder like a piece of gm horse flesh, only being wed for her family’s wealth. In this case for her dowry land! She just felt men did nothing but use and abuse her! She being a lairds niece is after all she was a tough as nails highland lass who supported her family. What Brenda doesn’t realize is a certain Scottish Laird who hates everything English has followed Brenda to England to bring her back home and make her his!

Yet now alliances change as well as grooms with royal permission from Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen. Will Brenda accept this challenge, accept the defeat, and will she ever allow her closed heart to ever open again? Can Brothan Gunn prove their life together will never be dull but magical full of surprises, love and joy. He will be the husband that adores her, yet let her keep her independence and be an equal partner as she used to fantasize and wish for.

Sadly this is the sixth last novel of Mary Wine’s phenomenal Highland Weddings series. I have read, devoured and loved every single one. Although you can read any of them as stand alone books. I personally just love connecting the dots with these multi-dimensional fascinating characters.  Another fast paced, action packed, romantic, riveting adventure that I could not put down. It has all the elements highland historical romance readers love. Filled with danger, mistrust, deceit, betrayal, suspense, mystery, hatred, treachery Royal commands, arranged marriage business arrangements, heartwarming passion, joy, trust, partnerships, wedded bliss and love.

This extraordinary novel also includes beautiful settings that will leave you breathless, awe-inspiring dialogue, and unforgettable characters. The brilliant nail biting plots are full of surprises, making readers heart race holding their breath with anticipation not knowing what will occur next!

If this were a painting or piece of artwork I would call it a masterpiece as that is exactly what this book is! I absolutely and unequivocally highly recommend this brilliant novel as it is a total masterpiece!

I sincerely hope and desire for more of my favorite genre, Scottish historical novels by Mary Wine in the near future.

Highland Weddings Series
By Mary Wine
Highland Spitfire (Book 1)
Highland Vixen (Book 2)
Highland Hellion (Book 3)
Highland Flame (Book 4)
Between a Highlander and a Hard Place (Book 5)
Wicked Highland Ways(Book 6)

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