Thursday, July 19, 2018

Highland Wrath by Madeline Martin. The Mercenary Maidens series. 5 Kilts.


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Highland Wrath By Madeline Martin

Book:Highland Wrath 
By Madeline Martin

Series:The Mercenary Maidens, Book #3

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

Heat Rating:πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MARCH 1601
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND

The heroine of this story Sylvi watches her family get slaughtered and murdered when she was a child. Sylvi by some miracle who was also attacked survived. Since then Sylvi is obsessed with paying back those responsible for destroying her family. An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth etc. as she wants her vengeance for the malice and evil treachery done to them. Since then Sylvi has her eye on the prize to pay back to those responsible for ripping her heart out and killing her loving family. Now Sylvi has been training ever since to become an assassin. So she can attack and assault and be trained by My Lady. Which is the one who can train and turn her into a fighting killing machine. Now she takes jobs as an assassin and kills others as well. 

Her current job is to kill Ian Campbell, the hero of this story. She is to bring the body to those who want him killed. The problem is it isn't as easy as it sounds to execute the life of Ian Campbell. Then Ian opens Sylvis eyes to some realities. As Ian has refused to become his father's heir and suggests his brother take it. He doesn't want to become the brutal man his father is. Plus Ian's father commited a horrendous crime that made Ian not forgive and leave home. Now Ian is attracted to Sylvi even though she nearly murdered his in his slumber! Yet he trusts her like no other. As he seems to fall for Sylvi the moment the lays his eyes on her. As for Sylvi she is not easy to trust or open her heart easily but eventually does. Then she and Ian find they have much in common and much to love. Yet can these two broken souls last? As Silvi realizes revenge does not  give her the sweet taste of satisfaction  she has craved since she was eight years old. 

Will these star crossed lovers romance last? Or will this ride come to an abrupt stop due to Sylvi’s misery and unhappiness. As she not feeling resolute and thrilled  after getting her retaliation. 

Madeline Martin pens another masterpiece in her third book in her powerful Mercenary Maidens. A book you can read as a stand alone book or in series order. Again this author writes another fast paced riveting adventure, with non stop action. It is also topped with vengeance, treachery, betrayal, murder and mayhem. Plus a beautiful love story of two heartbroken souls. They seem to need each other to put the pieces back together again. In addition A breathtaking setting, intricate character and   devine and delightful dialogue. Plus the phenomenal plotting will make you gasp with anticipation- not knowing what will happen next!

A definite book readers don't want to miss! I highly recommend Highland Wrath by the amazing Madeline Martin. 

The Mercenary Maidens
By Madeline Martin

1)Highland Spy
2)Highland Ruse
3)Highland Wrath

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Only .99 cents by Terri Brisbin . Only one more day to pre-order. Celtic Barb devoured the Storm series!


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It's a steamy, emotional story of a woman who defies the Fae prince who captures her and finds a brave man who saves her heart and soul!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Sweet Home Highland Christmas by May McGoldrick. The Pennington Family Series novella. 5 Kilts.


Book: Sweet Home Highland Christmas
By: May McGoldrick

Series/Novella: The Pennington Family. Previously in anthology Christmas in Kilts

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
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Heat Rating: Sweet


Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️




This book is part of the Anthology Christmas in Kilts. Guardian of her niece Ella is Freya Sutherland now Ella’s royal faternal grandsires may want to take Ella away from Frey
which is absolutely heartbreaking to Freya. As Freya has been caring for her niece for her enrire six years od her life.

Captain Pennington meets Freya by being assigned as Freya and Ellas escort. He is attracted to Freya but not ready to chain himself to marriage and give up his bachelor days. Yet it is the only solution that Freya requires-to be able to keep Ella and remain her guardian.

As Penn was just looking forward to retirement from the Army and doesn't see being shackled by marriage in his future. Yet a 6 year old child gets under his skin playing matchmaker for her Auntie. Plus Ella makes this novel hilarious at times with her wonderful antics, a humorous addition to this story. Yet Freya  is running out of time and soon wont have a choice but marry her dreadful cousin the heir of Ellas fathers lands.

A definite must read and a wonderful collection and addition to any May McGoldrick library. As always its written exquisitely with a fast paced, fabulous, romantic adventure that historical romance readers will adore. Star crossed lovers with a child playing matchmaker that anyone with a romantic heart will love. I highly recommend this beautiful sweet novella.

I received a complimentary ARC copy from the author and also  from Saint Martins Press publishing 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.





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Kings Favorite by Tanya Anne Crosby. Daughters of Avalon, Book #1. Five Kilts! Celtic Barb found this book absolutely spellbound!




Book: The King’s Favorite
By Tanya Anne Crosby

Series: Daughters of Avalon, Book 1

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
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Heat Rating: Sweet, loving and passionateπŸ”₯

Overall rating: 5 Stars/ 5 Kilts

Llanthony Priory, Wales
Late summer, 1148

I have been waiting for this novel since 1992 just needed Malcom to grow up. This novel ties in with (The MacKinnon Bride book) #1 in the {Highland Bride Series}. As the swoon worthy hero is all grown up now. He was a young child who had been kidnapped by his Grandsire and King Henry in The MacKinnon’s Bride Book. Now Malcom Scott, son of Laird Iain MacKinnon is all grown up and has inherited his own property. This is through his step-mother Page the only mother he has ever known. He got his evil dead Grandsire’s title and castle through Page his only living heir.

This series the daughters of Avalon is also about five Pendragon sisters Elspeth, Rhiannon, Rosalynde, Seren and Arwyn. All  who have been living in exile most of their lives. They are all King Henry’s illegitimate daughters. Due to their jealous, powerful, spiteful  and extremely hateful mother Morwen. In addition they all have inherited some form of witchcraft. Yet they know they must keep this secret or it could end badly for all of them. As this is the time where people still fear witches, supernatural female beings, by burning at the stake or worse.

Of course their evil mother has just been biding her time, to make matches to powerful evil men who will support their sister, the powerful empress Matilda. A mother who betrayed her own sweet mother and stole their Blackwood inheritance has rarely seen them since abandoning them and basically making them prisoners of the priory. Plus it is so isolated with all the religious creepy clergy who fear and detest the sisters and their supernatural powers. Now the first match was decided for eldest sister Elspeth. It is to a horrific, evil influential man who  is no more than an assassin. Yet he is the new lord of Blackwood. Yes it would give Elspeth a title but not the life she wants.

The sisters all decided Elspeth must runaway! She decides to steal Merry Balls yet is captured by Malcom in Wales. She and her sisters realize she needs a champion too. Yet the attraction soon grows, stronger though Malcom knows Elspeth is running away away and has many secrets. Yet she is an answer to betrothal problem he has too. What will he do once Elspeth truth is revealed? Abandon Elspeth or protect her? Plus the relationship between Malcom and his father is extremely abominable and wretched! As Malcom has bent his knee to an English King and slaughtering his own people in battle. He and his father Iain haven't spoken in a decade which is absolutely heartbreaking too!

This book is a complete masterpiece from start to finish. It has all the elements Scottish historical readers love. Plus it weaves true royal historical figures in history with a fictional sweet caring and loving couple. Fast paced, non-stop action, delightful adventure, family feuding, enchanting romance plus magical spellbinding origins. The setting left me breathless, the dialogue was brilliant and the plotting and characters was absolute perfection! Showing love is the answer to true magic.

I highly recommend “The King’s Favorite” by  Tanya Anne Crosby as I have been reading her novels for over 26 years. I still find her books exciting, exhilarating and phenomenal! A total masterpiece and a great reality escape for me personally. I can't wait for the next book in “The Daughters of Avalon” series.

I was gifted this ARC from the author. I voluntarily agreed to  read, give honest review and blog this book. All opinions, ideas, words and thoughts are my own.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

On Highland Time by Lexi Post. Release Date 5/28/2018 5 Stars/ 5 Kilts



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Series: On Highland Time
By Lexi Post

Release date: May 28, 2018


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

Heat Rating: Smoking Hot!πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating: 5 Stars/ 5 Kilts 

1306, SCOTLAND

The future changes when someone changes the past so Diana Montgomery’s new family has to make sure every every event happens. It basically has the domino effect. As there are disruptors want to change the past! 

Time traveler, Diana Montgomery knows better than to make friends or to get romantically involved with any of her subjects on her time travels. Yet with Laird, Corr MacPherson she just can’t help herself as he is a swoon and drool worthy man any red blooded woman would want! She has the dreaded assignment to make sure he dies in battle. He is a man that protects King Robert the Bruce of Scotland and his clan. Laird Corr MacPherson usual style, normally takes a different woman to his bed every few nights. He has lost many clan members and kin in battle and murder. He only has one brother left and he never expected to become laird of the MacPherson clan. This is his way of never getting attached to any specific lass and love is never even an option in this equation. As to his lovers it is even just an honor to even be asked. 

Yet how can a woman who has tried to avoid personal relationships no matter what the cost. A big no no to even make friends with people in the past. Diana is one who never breaks the rules but how can she resist sexy hot blooded Corr MacPherson. An intelligent, braw, kind-hearted, protective laird who loves his family and clan most of all. Yet what if you were assigned to see the one care for most of all dies in battle. As this will save Scotland and keep the rightful King, Robert the Bruce on the throne. Would you allow this to happen or let it all blow out in the window and save the one you care for?

A non-stop exciting time-travel exciting romantic adventure that readers will absolutely be enthralled, captivated and fascinated. The pairing of Diana and Corr is just brilliant. This book has all the elements Scottish romance readers will absolutely love! A delightful twist where the heroine tries to save the hero! I absolutely loved this different, unique and brilliant scenario. I think anyone with a romantic heart will be totally thrilled and very much spellbound. 

My first read by the multi-talented author, Lexi Post, but I can’t wait for her next novel in this mega supreme series! It is absolutely mind blowing in a fabulous way! I can’t recommend it enough! As the brits say “well done indeed mate”! A definite masterpiece in my opinion.




I received a complimentary ARC copy from 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.A phenomenal read in my opinion. A total delight from start to finish! I cannot wait what is next from this amazing author, Lexi Post!

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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:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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.
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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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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)
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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)
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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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