Monday, September 16, 2019

Releasing September 17, 2019. Bride of Fire by Glynnis Campbell. The Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch, Book #1. Five Kilts

Book: Bride of Fire
By Glynnis Campbell

Series: The Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch book #1

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: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Overall Rating: 5 Stars and 5 
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Jenefer du Lac
Mogan Mor mac Giric
Hallidus Cameliard-Hallie cousin in charge in her parents absence 
Feiyan- cousin 

Rivenloch, The Borders, Scotland
Autumn, 1155

Lowlander and full-fledged warrior maid, Jenefer du Lac,- is absolutely furious when she finds out her castle is being given away!  Yet not to anyone but to one of those hideous highlanders! As far as Jenefer was concerned Castle Creagor was on her land not some bloody Highlanders! It should be her Castle, no matter what the bloody boy king says! 

Jenefer heard these Highlanders were hairy, smelly, barbarians that had tangled hair and beards! Plus it was noted  these disgusting apes ate baby sheep, including garnishing their weapons with their enemies body parts! Than again, what do you expect from a fourteen year old boy King.The reason why Jenefers parents went on a journey to reason with the King. Yet impatient Jenefer was a wildcat with no patients, ready to demand war with these primitive uncivilized, brutes! Yet she was not prepared for this swoon worthy, beautiful man, as the tables were turned with such great warrior skills as she and her warrior cousins were now hostages of Laird Mogan Mor mac Giric!

This Laird moved to the lowlands to forget his pain and grief  if possible. Three months ago he lost his wife in childbirth. He blames himself and his son for her death. It is so extreme, that he does not even look at him nor name him. He has been in a deep depression and filled with guilt blaming himself for her death. It isn’t until he feuds with this lowland warrior beauty, that this honorable highlander sees his true faults. Yet he feels so guilty being attracted to this woman plus this wild lowlander warrior is his hostage. 

Jenefer du Lac, names his son Miles. As Morgan has not revealed he is the father. Just to protect his son, soon realizing how horrible he has been blaming his innocent bairn for his wife’s death. He also sees how this beauty and his son are building a bond. Jenefer is the only one who can calm his son and can stop his tears. His son responds only to her in a nurturing way as if she were his parent. Yet Morgan doesn’t realize just how strong until Miles is in danger and she steps in to become the savior for both of them. As things aren’t the way any of them expected and they are surrounded by dark and dangerous forces. 

Will a man who promised never to marry ever marry again? Can Morgan act on the strong attraction and feeling he has for Jenefer with his feelings of guilt. Will Jenefer’s parents convince the King to give the Castle to Jenefer to make her the Laird? Will Jenefer and Morgan ever open their hearts to each other. So many unanswered question for this captivating and delightful story. 

Best selling author,Glynnis Campbell, pens another phenomenal, heartwarming, Rivenloch masterpiece. As she continues her spectacular Rivenloch maids story with her new series “The Rivenloch Warrior Daughters”. As always easy to get lost in this wonderful story that will make you feel every emotion filled with laughter, fear, betrayal, deception, treachery, heartbreak, hatred, tears, joy, honor, happiness and of course love.

 The dialogue is magnificent, the characters are so amazing you can’t help but feel for each one. The plotting is absolutely brilliant, as you can’t help but wonder what could possibly happen next. This author definitely pulls your heartstrings plus racing your pulse with delight. All the settings are breathtaking too!

It’s a fast paced, page turning, riveting, romantic-adventure, from start to finish. It is filled with all the elements historical romance readers love. Fans of strong, independent women will absolutely love this book too. As I find all the Rivenloch warrior maids novels very addictive myself. As each one is so magnificent, so I was thrilled to hear of this new series. Now I can’t wait for Bride of Ice and Bride of Mist which I assume will be her cousin’s Hallie and Feiyan’s novels! ❤️

I could not put this book down as it had me totally mesmerized the whole entire read! Bravo,Glynnis Campbell, it is no wonder I have been reading this authors books since her debut! It was her RITA nominated book, “My Champion” in her first book in her {Knights of de Ware} series. This was almost 20 years ago and I have never stopped. I absolutely and unequivocally love her style of writing and her books. She has the rare ability to put in humor even if a lot of the book may have a dark side or even murder. I find her talent extraordinary and magnificent as an author it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss! 

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

More Historical Romances by Glynnis Campbell

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch
THE SHIPWRECK (a novella)
A YULETIDE KISS (a short story)

The Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch
THE STORMING (a novella)
BRIDE OF FIRE: 9/17/2019

The Knights of de Ware

Medieval Outlaws
THE REIVER (a novella)

Scottish Lasses
THE OUTCAST (a novella)

California Legends

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A Temptress In Tartan by Gerri Russell. All The Kings Men, book #3. Five Stars

Book: A Temptress in Tartan
By Gerri Russell

Series: All the Kings Men, #3

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: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Overall Rating: 5 Stars and 5 Kilts

Scotland, 1592
Summer, Falkland Palace

Elizabeth Ruthven had just gotten news she was to marry her clan’s deepest darkest enemy to a hated Douglas. As King James and Queen Anne felt this was the best way to force a truce between two feuding clans. His name was Lachlan Douglas who was Laird of the Douglas Clan that she was to marry. A man. She had never seen or met before. Elizabeth had never met him but heard horrible things about this Clan her entire life. The only reason her father agreed was the King was holding his purse strings. As his father was paid he had other evil intentions planned for the Douglas Clan.

Elizabeth thought she cared for another clan member and now that dream was over too. What did she have to bring her love and happiness though her only solution was to end her short life. Yet she was saved by the most handsome stranger she had ever seen. The following day she walks down the isle and sees the handsome stranger is Laird Lachlan Douglas. She feels used and frightened and even tries to assault her husband. Yet he does not try to hurt or damage her in any way for the assault. He actually comes up with a compromise. Even when she sees and meets the kind Douglas kin she realizes in her sheltered life she’s been told nothing but lies all her life. 

It was also a dangerous time to live in Scotland as King James obsession with witch hunts. People just spread lies about people and they would be killed. Plus the King had hired these religious fanatics who who would torture the innocent and found them all guilty! Thousands of men and and women but the majority. The year 1590 witnessed the largest and most high-profile witch trials in Scottish history. True history where no fewer than 70 suspects were rounded up in North Berwick, on suspicion 
of raising a storm to destroy King James’s fleet as he conveyed his new bride, Anne 
of Denmark, across the North Sea. Convinced the tempest that had almost cost his life had been summoned by witchcraft, James was intent upon bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Now Elizabeth’s evil father knew exactly how to destroy Lachlan and appealing to The King’s obsession of witchcraft. In 1597 he became the only monarch in history to publish a treatise on witchcraft. Daemonologie (literally, the science of demons) was the result of painstaking and meticulous work on James’s part, and must have taken years to complete. So Elizabeth’s father knew just how to make people believe Lachlan was a warlock just when Elizabeth knew she was in love with this kind man. The problem was her father forced a childhood memory that could destroy Lachlan.  Yet Lachlan was one of The Kings magnificent seven. His protectors as many would like to see him dead. 

Will his past relationship with King help or hurt him. Will Lachlan be able to open his heart to a lass whose clan killed his parents. Plus having a father-in-law that just wants him dead. Do these star crossed lovers even have the slightest chance at a marriage or will it end in a horrendous death? 

Again Gerri Russell absolutely blew me away with this emotional heartbreaking romance. I love that she puts true history in her novels as King James and his obsession with witchcraft in Scotland in the late sixteenth century is very true. I applaud this author for all the difficult but amazing research she did. It is truly a phenomenal novel that I highly recommend. If you love true Scottish history and a delightful romance. You don’t want to miss this exhilarating novel. One of my favorite reads of the year. 

Again the setting made my heart race, the dialogue was magnificent, and the characters were so captivating . Now there were several plots happening which was absolutely brilliant. As I was never sure what might happen next. This book is a total gift from start to finish! 

I have been read this authors historical novels for over thirteen years and I am never disappointed. Each and every book has been a masterpiece!

All the King's Men by Gerri Russell

1.Seven Nights with a Scot - Quinn & Vivian
2.Romancing the Laird - Reid & Lucy
3.A Temptress in Tartan - Lachlan & Elizabeth 
I can’t wait for book #4!

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


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Lord’s Highland Temptation by Diane Gaston. Five Kilts

Book: The Lord’s Highland Temptation
by Diane Gaston

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: Sweet.  No passionate or sexual content

Overall Rating: 5 Stars, 5 Kilts 

This is the story of two people who have had such sorrow, devastation, misery and pain in their  lives. Yet all they want to do is forget and escape from their horrendous circumstances….

Ayrshire, Scotland 

Englishman, Captain Lucas Johns-Ives, feels guilty for not protecting his elder brother Bradleigh, in Waterloo from their French enemies swords. He can not face his father, the Earl of Foxgrove, to tell him his heir has died. So Lucas kept running until he ended up wounded and sick in Scotland. 

As the young teenage Wallace children, Niven and Davina, discover Lucas in the standing stones, when all he wanted to do is die! As his guilt was eating him up! It turned out it was their older beautiful sister Mairi, who would care for him. As they were all the children of the Scottish Baron and Lady Dunburn.  Lucas decided he wanted to be unnoticed and not the son of an English Earl so he changed his name to John Lucas.  He didn’t realizes how petrified Mairi was of English men. As she had been sexually assaulted by an Englishman five years ago. No one know her deep dark secret. As Lucas recovers he sees how The Baron And Lady Dunburn are in dire straits and in financial ruin. He see that they  let go much of their staff, due to their exuberant spending on frivolous items. Mairi has tried to give them advice and is doing servants duties to help. Now Lucas is playing a servant for the family for saving his life. As he has seen the servants in his house perform various duties valet, cook, butler etc. Then a man and younger son by the name  Hargreaves, who wants to use them and take their titles and lands away plus marry Mairi. A man that Mairi can’t stand yet her family is trying to force the match. 

Now Mairi feels comfortable around Lucas, a man for the first time. Could this be love? Will the Dunburns ever see Hargreaves true colors? Can all of Hargreaves evil shenanigans force Lucas to show his true identity?  He knows as the servant he is portraying that he and Mairi can never have a chance at a future. He knows Mairi will be furious for keeping his true identity a secret. Do they even have a chance at a future together? 

A book historical readers will absolutely love. Another fast moving Diane Gaston novel that readers will absolutely love. It has all the elements that will captivate readers from start to finish. It is an emotional roller coaster with more than one plot. I know I could not put this book down. Feeling the emotions and heart break for both the swoon worthy hero and the beautiful caring heroine. 

Another Diane Gaston Book I highly recommend. 

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

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Rogue Meets A Scandalous Lady by Jennifer Ashley. Mackenzie and MacBride series, Book #11. FIVE KILTS! DAVID IS THE ABSOLUTELY SWOONWORTHY!

Book: A Rogue Meets A Scandalous Lady
by Jennifer Ashley

Series: (Mackenzies & MacBrides) Book #11

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: Hot

Overall Rating: 5 Stars/ 5 Kilts


David Fleming is Hart MacKenzie, Duke of Kilmorgan’s best friend. Though he used to be in love with Eleanor (El) Ramsay, who is now the Duchess of Kilmorgan and Hart’s wife. Though that was eons ago, now he sees Hart and El are each other’s soulmates and couldn’t be happier for them.  David never sees himself as the man he is, but the man he wishes he could be. He definitely has some self esteem and self worth issues. Unfortunately, now is in a drunken duel with a jealous husband, Oliver Griffin who accuses him of having an affair with his wife. Though his wife has cockolded her husband with plenty of other gentlemen, it has never been with David. Now got Griff’s stomach in a twisted knot! A man that David and Hart used to torment in school as young lads. 

Unfortunately David is in trouble with the law,  because of the duel and false accusations. As David was quite inebriated and never even pulled the trigger of his gun, yet false accusations are made. David arrives at his longtime, friend, and mentor, Vicar Lucas Pierson, whose parish. This is in the far corner of Stropshire. A good place to hide out, until this last duel nonsense blows over. It’s a place David always finds peace, when his life is in pieces or waiting for the latest scandal to blow over. Except he was shocked to find Lucas beautiful niece, Sophie Tierney who also needed sanctuary for very different reasons. 

Sophie soon to be ex-husband is getting a divorce, a man only used her for her money or getting heirs. He went through her money with his extravagant lifestyle and she never achieved getting pregnant which he blamed completely her fault . Something she never achieved now he’s hired people to tell lies about her, saying she had affairs with them to ruin her and get an easy divorce. On grounds of adultety and in a very public forum. Yet it is he with a string of mistresses, he has found another rich widow he wants to marry for her money! Well when David sees this beautiful, kind woman he won’t have it . Plus he knows (Lackwit) Laurie Whitfield, the Earl of Devonport, a former classmate he and Hart used to torment.  Now David feels the need to help a damsel in distress with the help of his dear friend El, the Duchess of Devonport. A wonderful photographer and matchmaker who can dictate to whom society will accept. As she has wanted a woman for David forever and after meeting Sophie she knows she’s the one! Of course Hart wishes his wife wouldn’t mettle, yet that just goes against her nature.

 Even though Sophie is furious that David is putting his nose in her affairs, the two end up falling in love. Yet neither will act on it until Sophie is totally free. David loves that she is the first woman that is really interested in him for the right reasons. She doesn’t care about his physical looks or his money. Sophie cares for the man he is inside she knows he can be. Will David go to jail for attempted murder for dueling? Will Sophie be ruined with a scandalous divorce? Will these two ever get together or hide their feelings for ever? 

Another breathtaking Mackenzie’s and MacBrides by Jennifer Ashley that I absolutely loved. This is the eleventh book I have read in this marvelous series. Another Ashley novel I could not put down! I love some of my favorite characters from the series made appearances in this book too.  It felt like a mini reunion which I absolutely loved! I am a huge fan of this series and I don’t think that will ever change. As for Mr. David Fleming he is absolutely sweet, sexy and swoon worthy! A book readers definitely don’t want to miss! 

This book is another fast paced, page turning, romantic riveting adventure that will have readers gasping with delight. It has multi dimensional characters, heart warming plots, amazing setting and awe inspiring dialogue. Plus it includes all the elements that historical romance readers love from duels, betrayal, scandals, heartbreak, mayhem, blackmail, murder, hatred and love. 

A book I can’t recommend enough as Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie and MacBride series are always an extraordinary, phenomenal treat! A book readers don’t want to miss and I highly recommend!

You can read any of The Mackenzie novels as stand alone books too. Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: 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.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Highland Captive by Alyson McLayne. The Sons of Gregor MacLeod, Book #4, Five Kilts Celtic Barb says this is her favorite read for 2019!

Book: Highland Captive
By: Alyson McLayne

Series: The Sons of Gregor MacLeod, Book #4

Release Date: July 30, 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: 🔥🔥🔥

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

  BOOK QUOTE (Gavin says to Deirdre)__ 
“You’re a lovely lass, for sure, but you donna stare at me with lust in your eyes. ‘Tis not a swiving you’re after.”

Gleann Moireasdan, Scotland, 1453

Laird Gavin MacKinnon, has not been the same man since his two year old son Ewan went missing two years ago. He has been mean, rude, heartless, nasty, spiteful and offensive, making those around him who care for him most-the most miserable too. He barely sleeps and just searches for his missing son, his dead wife Cristel had taken him to the fall festival when he had forbidden them to go!  Yet Cristel wanted to show him off to some high titled peer lassies along with her nursemaids and bloody lost him! She didn’t even report that Ewan was missing for hours, which was par for the course! As she pretty much ignored him and only brought him with her was to impress some highborn lassies.

He would have punished his cold, heartless,   bitch of a wife severely, if she had not died of the Scottish plague. As this fall festival was the area where most died from the pestilence. In addition Gavin’s wife and his son’s black hearted mother, showed her true nature after giving birth to Ewan. She admitted only marrying Gavin for his title as Laird, no longer wanting Gavin touching her or even in her bed. She even had the balls to tell him to sleep with other women as long he never touched her again! Cristel felt she did her required duty of giving him the male heir that was expected of her. Gavin had been deceived thinking they were a love match like his parents and his foster father, Gregory MacLeod. It tore Gavin apart but at least he thought he had his sweet lad until he was then away from him. She had ignored Ewan and now she was dead from the plague! The other thing Gavin truly hated now was liars! He was about to meet one who lied about the thing he wanted most, his missing son!

Deirdre MacIntyre husband had demanded she go to this gathering. Perhaps trying to make up for all the time he had been away for the past several years. Optimistically, she thought this might be a second chance and a new beginning for them. Since he told her to leave their son Ewan home. A son she accepted since he is brought him home, claiming it was his child from a former lover and the mother was dead. Deirdre would never blame a child for his parents shortcomings, plus she knows what is like to be abused both mentally and physically by ones you should trust the most. Her family gave her to Lewis to marry as a fifteen year old child. It was as if her family just wanted to be rid of her. Lewis was kind but their relationship was platonic not one of a husband and wife, more like siblings.

Now Deirdre was happy she didn’t bring Ewan, as she was in shock looking at a Highland warrior and Laird that looks exactly like her son! As Gavin was hoping she had news of his son which she denied and packed up and left only to be abducted by the highland devil himself! Furious she kept lying not realizing how much she loves Ewan. In the beginning Gavin feels only jealousy and hatred for this woman who had two years he couldn’t get back with his son. At first, Gavin is angry yet is so physically attracted to Deirdre. He now realizes how nurturing and protective she is of his son and how they love each other like a real mother and son. Now he realizes he is falling in love with a married woman he could never have! A  woman he realizes who had nothing to do with his sons abduction and only loves his son, he soon realizes she’s the mother he always wanted for his son. As Ewans biological mother only ignored Ewan only caring for herself. Plus his son worships Deirdre and he soon follows his son’s foot steps, but her being married is a big obstacle. Ewan biggest 4 year old wish is for his parents could be married to each other.

As Deirdre thinks this Laird is the most handsome man in Scotland, who sometimes scares her is but is absolutely swoon worthy. She understands she has misjudged him and develops feelings she doesn’t understand. Will she ever become the brave lion she desires or always be the scared little mouse? In addition will Gavin ever find out who his true enemies are? Will he ever find out who truly wants he and his family dead? He knows if he doesn’t return Deirdre MacIntre he may be starting a clan war. Yet she might be the one to save him and his clan as well. Can she heal his broken heart after all. Will she be worth it? Or will he return her to her husband and keep her way from the little boy who captured her heart forever?

Get your Kleenex out for this emotional roller coaster ride, in this captivating Scottish historical romance! This is Alyssa McLayne’s fourth amazing book that will absolutely blow you away. It is a book I definitely couldn’t put down and cried through quite a few chapters too! I have loved every single book in “The Sons of Gregor MacLeod” series. Honestly, this book is one of the best books I have read all year! If this were a painting people would call it a masterpiece, as this novel was a total masterpiece from start to finish! 

Alyson McLayne is definitely one of my favorite authors and each book is even better than the last. Don’t get me wrong as I have loved them all, yet Gavin and Deirdre’s story really pulls your heartstrings, right from the start. You can read them as a stand alone, but your giving your readers heart a disservice if you do. Readers will understand the Laird brothership to each other and their relationship to their foster father Gregory MacLeod, much better if you do. Once you read each book and understand their goal, I think it gives readers a better understanding and clearer vision of all the Laird relationships growing up together since they were boys and their relationship to their foster father too. 

Men only seeking peace and harmony in the Highlands, though their foes and enemies are seeking quite the opposite. In this fast paced, action-packed, heart pulling, riveting, page turning, romantic, adventure. The setting left me breathless, the dialogue was pure genius and the plotting was absolutely brilliant. Every time I felt I got past one hurdle another plot twist was forming. This book will definitely keep readers on their toes and a hold on their emotions. It is a phenomenal read I can’t recommend enough! 

I absolutely and unequivocally recommend this exhilarating book that I imagine everyone like me will love!

The Son of Gregor MacLeod by Alyson McLayne

Highland Promise (Book 1)
Highland Conquest (Book 2)
Highland Betrayal (Book 3)
Highland Captive (Book 4)

I received this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca and Alyson McLayne 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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