Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Laird of the Black Isle by Paula Quinn. Highland Heirs series, book #7. 5 Kilts! Celtic Barb was blown away!!!!

Book: Laird of the Black Isle
by Paula Quinn

Series: Highland Heirs, Book #7

Release Date: May 29th

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

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Just in case you missed this the first time. Lachlan is coming soon! :)

She strolled past him.

“Ye do everything aroond here yerself?”

“Aye.” He drove the ax into the block, then bent to gather the chopped wood.

Mailie had some idea of what that meant. There were countless things that needed attention: fire, water, food, tools, furnishings, and more. If it needed doing, he had to do it, all with little help.

“Dinna ye get lonely?”

“No.” He tossed her a reproachful look. “I like the quiet.”

She met his gaze with a pitying one of her own. “Shame. Ye’re going to miss it with me here.”

“I already do,” he countered, stacking the wood in front of the shed.

Can she put faith in a heartless beast? In addition could he possibly have a knights heart shine through? Read on and find out more details of this multi fascinating mega phenomenal novel!

The Black Isle
Early Spring, 1712

Laird Lachlan MacKenzie, Earl of Cromartie, has a  heart that is cold as ice in the black sea since his wife and toddler daughter were viciously murdered by dark jacobite supporters. Now he lives in an empty dark cold  22 room Castle totally alone with only dead ghosts for company. The only voices he now hears is his dead wife Hannah, and his young daughter Annabel. As a certain insane, unstable, and cruel villain, Earl Ranald Sinclair, is obsessed with the Mailie MacGregor. He keeps offering for her hand but her family keeps turning him away. Now he is out of options, so he asks Lachlan to abduct the lass for a very high price. A price that Lachlan could never turn away.

Information that his young daughter, Annabel, is indeed talive. Lachlan feeling so guilty he never protected Annabel and her mother all those years ago. He knows the MacGregor with their fierce and brutal reputation. If they find him he’s a dead man, the reason this evil Earl Sinclair would not do this abduction himself. It would be the first place the MacGregor’s would suspect, look,  and investigate! Yet it would be a good month until Sinclair would fetch his prize. At first Mailie is ready to pounce on Laird Lachlan and kill him herself. Than as she and two orphans all fall a bit in love with this dragon beast. Can a damsel fall in love with her abductor? Will her fierce warrior family even allow him to live if they locate their missing daughter/sister? What will happen to the orphans and will his biological child Annabel ever be found? Can these two star crossed lovers ever find a hea? Or shall their future just be one of doom and gloom and despair? I advise you read this beautifully written masterpiece from start to finish! It is definitely a fast paced, action packed, emotional, romantic read, and so beautifully written.

Again Paula Quinn punches a powerful novel filled with emotional , non-stop action and passion that you won’t ever forget.

This is the seventh book in her popular Highland Heirs series. It’s is full of all the delightful elements Scottish historical readers love so much. Such a breathtaking setting-you can actually smell the heather! The dialogue is absolutely brilliant, plots within plots so cleverly phenomenal with wonderful characters that will take your breath away! Children like Lily and Will are definitely the scene stealers whether biological or adopted and the dog Ettarre, that stole my heart! I loved the older Ruth too who took care of Lachlan too. Yes dog lovers like myself will adore this novel too! This is my favorite novel in the Highland Heirs series so far, which just blew me away so much! A fabulous read Paula Quinn fans don’t want to miss!

I can’t wait for “Highland Ever After” book #8 in the  Highland Heirs series, coming this December. Adam MacGregor’s story! It sounds absolutely captivating, fascinating and amazing! Another I look forward to read!

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I received a complimentary ARC copy from the Forever, Grand Central 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, May 11, 2018

Her Wild Highlander by Emma Prince. Highland Bodyguards Book #8. Five Kilts

Book: Her Wild Highlander
By: Emma Prince
Series: Highland Guards,  Book #8
Release Date: May 10th

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

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Late Summer, 1320
Scone Palace, Scotland

King Robert the Bruce has uncovered some traitors in an assassination plots against him. The mastermind, William de Soules he allowed to breath with life in prison instead of executions by hanging. Except this man is so vile and corrupt and has many followers. As he starts plotting right from his cell in the Scone Palace.

de Soules wants revenge on those who betrayed him including Kieran MacAdams and Vivienne de Valance of the french court. The hero and heroine of this story and wants the Scottish king dead!

First order by the Scottish King is Kieran is to protect the French Queen’s handmaiden. Vivienne de Valance who absolutely saved King Robert of Scotland’s life.

Vivienne and Kieran both have a tormented past and secrets. Vivienne is not the woman Kieran thought she was but he still refuses to let his heart get involved. Yes she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen but he must convince Vivienne of the danger she is in! Will she listen and accept she’s a target or does she assume the French court offer protection on its own merit. This information is far from true.

Kieran MacAdams does not understand this is Vivienne's second chance and possibly her only chance. As a previous scandal nearly ruined her, now she is close to securing a match with a wealthy French nobleman at court. Yet Kieran wants to whisk her away from her Sovereign, her Queen, whom she loves serving, plus all her friends, whom are also The Queen’s ladies. What can Kieran do to convince her that Vivienne de Valance the most beautiful women in France has a bloody target on her back! Yet he also knows this woman has the power to break a vow he promised himself ten years ago, to never get emotionally involved. As the final result will just hurt him and shred his heart in pieces! This is is due to a tragedy in Kieran’s past he believes in lust but never love. Love just causes pain and heartache. Which path will these star crossed lovers follow? What will the final result be? Another broken heart or worse a sudden death?

This is the eighth magnificent Highland Guards Book again centering again on protecting King Robert, the Bruce of Scotland. Plus the Scottish King’s elite chosen warriors and protectors. Author Emma Prince again weaves true history with historic value with an emotional fictional romance. Plus revisiting characters  from previous books like a family reunion. Phenomenal dialogue, breathtaking setting, swoon worthy hero, a heroine that you want to save, nail biting plots, nefarious villains, plots that are so superb, intense and dazzling. This story is exhilarating, captivating and spell binding! A book I read in one sitting that I could not put down!

This novel is is full of non-stop  action right from the start and throughout the entire novel. The attraction between Kieran and Vivienne just grows and becomes more intense. Plus danger is constantly at their heels will it be love or death? 

I highly recommend this book, Her Wild Highlander by Emma Prince which is an absolute masterpiece!

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

My Steadfast Love by Melissa Limoges, Highland Loves, book #2. Five Kilts.

Book: My Steadfast Love
By:Melissa Limoges

Series: Highland Loves,  Book #2

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

Liam MacGregor gets some shocking news after his mother's nuptials. Then her new husband Laird Hammish Fraser announces Liam his heir and next in line to inherit his lairdship. Both are shocks to Liam and he is not overjoyed and responds with anger, hurt and betrayal in his heart.

Venora and Will MacNab had runaway from their clan after her evil Uncle and his son Fergus,  murder their parents. It is only a matter of time until they try to murder Will. As he should of been the new laird since they murdered their father and mother. As they just want to steal for their clan for money lands and lairdship. So Venora and Will ask for protection with distant cousin and allie clan Fraser. They have kept to themselves for the past five years. Of course Venora whom friends call Nora has kept to herself and has managNow due to jealous Fraser clan members whom are not happy that they lairdship and responsibilities are being handed on a silver platter to the reckless, irresponsible and libertine Liam MacGregor.  So some deadly, treacherous and unfortunate events begin to happen! As duplicate assassination plots seems to be taking place as they did five years ago on Clan MacNab lands. Could it be that Nora and will have been located? I recommend to read this

This is the second of the phenomenal Highland Loves series by this wonderful debut author, Melissa Limoges ! Again you will revisit many of the characters from her debut book “My Reckless Love”. You can also read this easily as a stand alone book. Readers choice, but my recommendation is to read both! As they are both absolutely mind blowing which I loved so much. Again by Dragonblade Publishing!

Another refreshing ad delightful book you definitely don’t want to miss! Again the setting, plotting, dialogue and characters as absolutely breathtaking, captivating and brilliant! The hero was charming honorable and absolutely swoon worthy. The heroine was wonderful and kept to her character as protective sibling but keeping many secrets to themselves. Though now it looks like their hideaway has been found! What will Nora and Will do? Plus Liam is feeling things for Nora he has never felt before. You can only guess what the final result will be! An action packed book that I could not put down!

I received a complimentary ARC copy from the author through Dragonblade Publishing . I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog an advance copy of this book. All opinions,  ideas, words, and thoughts are my own.

Highland Loves Series by Melissa Limoges

1. My Reckless Love
2.My Steadfast Love

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

  • Release Day Blitz - “When a Scot Gives His Heart”

    “When a Scot Gives His Heart”
  • by Julie Johnstone
    Highlander Vows:Entangled Hearts - Book 7
    Release Date: May 2, 2018

“Marsaili?” The undeniable concern in Callum’s tone, almost undid Marsaili. “What is it, lass? What’s vexing ye? Are ye afraid? I’ll protect ye, dunnae fash yerself.”
The emotions she’d been holding within her roiled. “Stop!” she barked, his concern shredding the invisible binds that held her together. “I kinnae—” She gulped. “I kinnae take yer kindness. I dunnae—” She shook her head, choking on her words. Gulping again, she continued, tears now streaming down her cheeks. “I dunnae ken what to think or what to do. Or what is truly right. I’m alone, all alone in this. I have to be strong.” She pressed her lips together on saying more, on saying too much.
Suddenly, she was being turned around to face Callum. His hands felt like fire pokers on her skin. Or perhaps it was her? Was she feverish? Her heart pounded a desperate beat, and that same frenzied desperation sent her blood rushing through her veins to roar in her ears. Her stomach felt hollow, and as his gaze pierced her very soul, he said, “Let me help ye. Tell me what ye fear.”
The truth clawed its way up, and she worried she’d not be able to hold it in, so she did the only thing she could. She rose up on her tiptoes and kissed him. Her heart lurched as he stiffened. He was going to push her away! But a growl seemed to come from deep within him, and he delved his hands into her hair to cradle her head and slant his mouth over hers. The kiss tore through every defense she possessed. It was violent in its passion and blissful in the way it seared her from the inside out.
Her hands had been clenched at her sides, but as his tongue slid inside her mouth and his heat consumed her, she could not hold back. She ran her hands up his thick arms to his shoulders and dug her fingers into the muscle there. Their tongues met, swirled, and retreated, as he ravished her mouth and her senses. Every memory she had worked so hard to repress flooded her. Each touch they had shared. Each kiss. The moment they had become one. She whimpered, when his lips found her neck, and then he stilled and jerked away.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Highland Abduction by Keira Sinclair. Band of Cousins series, book #2. Five Stars! Celtic Barb was sobbing through this masterpiece!

Book: Highland  Abduction 
by Keira Sinclair

Series: The Band of
Cousins,  Book #2

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

Heat Rating: Hot

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

1284, Scottish Highlands

In this story Anna MacGruder wakes up from an attack in the forest. Yet she has no memory of her attack and all that has
happened. Now it

appears she may have been raped-just when she was about to marry the love of her life David Drummond.  When she finally discovered, her family is convinced that the Drummond family will not accept her as a potential wif! Since she is now taintedpllno longer innocent.

Anna refuses to believe these lies as she knows David loves her more than life! Anna cannot understand  it! Her brother Ossian has always been jealous of her father's attention to her! Now his deep jealousy of her nbetrothed has turned into a deep hatred as well. Her father
is acting like a totally unfeeling stranger and her mother is a frightened goose! What is going on? What did she do to deserve such harsh treatment?

Luckily her other brother cares for her but is it enough? As she is now a prisoner in her own home and  thatold the betrothal is off and she is to marry an older man with four out of control bairns!

David is so broken hearted and goes to his Band of Cousins for help. They consist of the Grants, Ramsay’s and the Cameron’s whom are the strongest Clans in the Highlands! David feels there are many secrets that he and Anna are not aware of! Why is her sire is so against her marrying him now?

He did not voice any objections from the beginning, so why now? Why must she marry another so soon? Plus a man of such a lower station, poorer,  than Anna and David, plus being so much older and in such a rush! Especially when David and his family have repeatedly said they will accept Anna on any terms. It was not her fault she was attacked. If she has is pregnant he will love and care for the bairn as if it was his own. Yet Anna’s sire still rejects David and his family’s offers. What will this star crossed lovers go their separate ways , runaway? Break shatter Anna and David’s hearts forever? I suggest you read this phenomenal book and find out! The conclusion will leave you absolutely breathless!

Another unforgettable Keira Montclair action packed fast moving novel , that readers won’t be able to put down! It is filled with all elements readers love-lies, deceit,  treachery, abandonment, death, guilt, heroism, emotional, human trafficking, betrayal, clan wars,murder, abduction, mistrust, faith, trust, rescue, and love.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish!If you love Keira’s books or a big fan of historical romance, it is definitely one you don’t want to miss! A swoon worthy hero, aa feisty heroine who will fight to the death to stand by her man!

I was absolutely mesmerized and captivated by this powerful read! I just loved Highland Abduction by Keira Montclair.

I received a complimentary ARC copy from the author.I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog an advance copy of this book. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are my own.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Betting the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey. The Highlanders of Balforss, Book #2. Five Kilts! Celtic Barb now believes dreams can come true!This book was heaven on earth!


Book: Betting the Scot
By: Jennifer Trethewey aka Jennifer Rupp

Series: The Highlanders of Balforss,  Book #2

Release Date: 4/23/2018

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

Heat Rating: Sweet

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Autumn, 1816
County Caithness, Scotland

Declan Sinclair has the site where he can see the future in his dreams. His dream predictions have never failed him. Plus at Samhain, Declain’s favorite time of year, as it is when the veil between the living and dead become translucent. As his dreams and future predictions were most clearly she has yellow hair.

Spring, The Highlands 1817
Wick Harbour, Scotland
Declan finally sees his future wife in Scotland at a tavern she and her brother are lodging Jack 
also feels he being an English gentlemen can take advantage of these uneducated barbaric savage scots! He will get some extra coin he is certain of it! Not realizing Declan  and his cousin are card sharks! When they see how carless and uncaring Jack is they are shocked! To actually throw his own sister away as payment for a gambling debt is the meanest and lowest thing a man can do. They mean to teach Jack a lesson he will never forget as they know he has no honor, compassion or love for his own blood kin!

The problem is Declan’s Laird, whom is also his Uncle John, hears only how Declan won a bride by gambling! Yikes! He also knows how intelligent Declan is at card games. Yet not so much at wooing women-unfortunately. His Uncle threatens Declan with bodily harm if he tries to corner Caya alone. As it could ruin her reputation and won’t believe in Declans dreams. Even though everyone knows his dreams always seem to ring true. Plus in this game of chance another man in his clan seems to be charmed by the lovey Caya. Declan’s Uncle forbids a handfasting since Caya is a Cornish, English-Lass. If she was a Scot he would of allowed it, but an English lass would expect a church wedding. Plus Declan’s main competition for Caya’s hand is the Vicar of their (Kirk) church. It all should of been so simple but is getting very complicated by the minute!

Caya feels her wastrel brother has ruined them with his gambling and addiction to spirits! They had to sell everything they owned for coin, their home, farm, livestock to just survive! All because of Jack’s weakness to gamble and drink!The only thing she has left is a very special ring that was her mother’s. Now her brother has brought her to Scotland to use her as a pawn to pay off his gambling debt. She is a bride price to an Irish merchant she has never even met. Though she spots the handsome Scot,Declan right away. He keeps looking at her and she has her own wicked fantasies about this Scottish stranger. 

In this second book of the highlander of Balforss series, Jennifer Trethewey, pens another fast-paced,romantic, adventure with non-stop-action. It has all the elements historical-romance-readers love! This includes a swoon worthy hero you can’t help but love! Declan’s is shy, innocent, unsure of himself, smart, and gorgeous with beautiful big brown eyes. Plus he has a very special gift where he can predict the future. He just has had very little experience with women and does not know how to woo or the right words to say to a woman. Caya like most women just wants to be loved and cared for. Yet there are many bumps in the road for these two. Will these two opposites find a common denominator in the road to love? Sometimes perhaps dreams do come true with the right tools. 

The setting is beautiful, dialogue is amazing, plotting is brilliant and the characters are absolutely phenomenal. I love Declan’s family Uncle John, Aunt Flora, his sister Margaret and her husband Hamish. In addition his cousins Magnus, Ian and young Peter. Plus I love being revisited by Alex and Lucy, the heroes of “Tying the Scot,” book 1 of this exhilarating series. 

 This tale is filled with romantic adventure, mystery, premonition,  self esteem issues, insecurities, suspense, betrayal, devastation, treachery, sorrow, heartbreak, human trafficking, faith, joy, trust, love, and so much more. A book readers can easily read as a stand alone novel or in series order. I love so many characters - from the first book and thrilled are in this book too. It is like a Sinclair family reunion! I have read both spectacular books where the author Jennifer Trethewey just blew me out of the drink! Bravo!

This is the second phenomenal book in The Highlanders of Balforss series  by Jennifer Trethewey. Yet in many ways handsome  Declan Sinclair frightens Caya Pendarvis. She also has self esteem issues, feeling she has no real worth to offer any real value as a brideprice. Will these two star crossed strangers ever find a way to each other’s heart? I highly recommend you read this magnificent novel and find out! 

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

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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 ideas, words and thoughts are my own.

Go to this blog to win both copies of these magnificent books. Jennifer the author will be picking the winner. The first book Tying the Scot will be chosen on Wednesday, April 18th.

Good Luck! 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Jennifer Trethewey FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY 4/18/2018


Hello Tartan Book Followers!

To celebrate the upcoming release of my second novel in the
Highlanders of Balforss series,
BETTING THE SCOT, I’m giving away the first book, TYING THE SCOT.

***I’m giving away a digital copy of TYING THE SCOT.

Post what you love most about this Facebook group in the comments below and

I’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday, April 18th! ***

At age eleven, Alex Sinclair pledges an oath to the Duke of Chatham promising to serve and protect his illegitimate daughter, Lucy FitzHarris. Nine years later, the duke unexpectedly takes Alex up on his vow, offering the future Laird of Balforss his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Now a man, hotheaded Alex has difficulty convincing Lucy—who would rather starve to death than marry a vulgar Scot—to go through with the arranged marriage. Once Lucy arrives in Scotland, she cannot resist the magic of Balforss or the allure of her handsome Highland warrior. But when Alex seemingly betrays Lucy right before their wedding, she is tricked into running away. Alex must rein in his temper to rescue his lady from unforeseen danger and Lucy must swallow her pride if she hopes to wed the Highlander she has come to love.

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Excerpt for “Betting the Scot” which will be released on April 23, 2018. There will be a free book giveaway for this book as well shortly.

Betting the Scot Excerpt
By Jennifer Trethewey

Caya followed the men outside to watch them leave. They acted nonchalant and said Scottish things like, “Back in a trice” and “Dinnae fash yourself,” which she had come to know as phrases of reassurance. But there was an intensity in their movements that made gooseflesh rise on her arms. Ian and Alex took off at a gallop with the draft horse in tow.
Declan walked toward her, holding the reins of Gullfaxi, a muscular dark gray gelding with a white mane and tail. She reached out, and the horse met her palm with his muzzle.
“Promise me you’ll stay close to the house until we sort this out, aye?” His voice was as soft and velvety as Gullfaxi’s nose.
“I promise.” She found it difficult to meet his eyes when she added, “You’ll be careful, too.”
A puff of laughter escaped him as if she had said something silly. “I’ll be fine.”
He stood close. Very, very close. The setting sun cast shadows on his face, sharpening the lines of brow and cheek. Had he grown more handsome since they met? Since he’d given her daisies? Since he’d held her in his arms and pressed his hot arousal to her stomach? What a wicked, wicked feeling. And worse, she had encouraged him. But oh Lord, she’d do it again, if given a chance.
He leaned closer and her heart beat faster. He was going to kiss her. Right here. Right now. Should she let him?
He touched her arm. “Oh, look,” he said, as if he had discovered something small and pleasing. “You’ve got bitty gowans running all down the sleeve of your gown.” Their eyes met, and he chuckled lightly. “You do like the daisies, then?”
She nodded.

“Good.” He spun, stepped into the stirrup, and swung a long, graceful leg over Gullfaxi’s back. Then he took off down the lane, standing in the stirrups, his coattails flapping in the wind.

He hadn’t kissed her. She placed her disappointment in her box of guilty sins, along with the depraved sensations he provoked with his hot, hard, lanky body, and promised to account for them on Sunday.

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