Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Lady and The HIGHLANDER by Lecia Cornwall, A Highland Fairy Tale, Book 3,5 Kilts. Celtic Barb felt this books gave off fireworks as one of her favorite reads of 2017!

Book: The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Series: A Highland Fairy Tale, Book three

Reviewed by Barb Batlan-Massabrook
Of Tartan Book Reviews, Purple Tulip Book Reviews and Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book

Heat Rating: Hot

Overall Rating: 5 Stars/Kilts

Sealgair is Hunter in gaelic, Iain Lindsay.
Laire is the Laird Fearsome Donal MacLeod’s daughter under his new wife Bibiana. She is drugging the Clan with potions and spells. All except Laire who only drinks water. Even when they try to force the drugged wine on this beautiful, brave young woman.

Glen Iolair, 1709

This book is Snow White with twist in which the hunter is called sealgair which is hunter in Gaelic. This sealgair is a servant to a bird witch who happens to be Laire MacLeod’s new step-mother Bibiana. As she is not what she seems at all and has Laird Donal MacLeod bewitched with her potions and spells.

As Laird Donal MacLeod has gone to Edinburgh to seek a wife, for a son and heir which he wants so badly. It is absolutely impossible as this wife and widow no one seems to know,  is much older than she appears. He has married 8 times and the only son which was Laire’s twin brother who died some years ago. It is the reason Laire only drinks water. As he suddenly brings her beautiful but evil step-mother home who also has been married previously 13 times. The husband’s children were never to be seen again. The husbands, men she married were a shell of the men they had been.

Bibiana brings her evil servants who makes all the servants leave the MacLeod Castle. They are all poisoning and drugging the wine. Where there is dancing and singing  all night and sleeping all day. Laire will drink only water for past reasons dealing with her twin brother's death. Laire notices the changes in her family and has been warned by Bibiana's sealgair it's too late and nothing she can do can save them. She knows something will happen in the Spring as the sealgair leaks it. Yet she is not sure what but she knows it's something evil and dark. Laire hates the dark too! The sealgair Laird Iain Lindsay is mesmerized by Laire MacLeod as she is a fearsome MacLeod and the most beautiful woman he ever saw! The attraction is on both sides. As she knows Iain Lindsay is a good man and can't understand why he is in service to such a horrid evil woman, her step-mother.

As the Sealgair was also bewitched years ago and enslaved, cursed and tricked by this witch! Bibiana finds Iain Lindsay a challenge as she cannot win him with lust like most men. Yet she can with the guilt and unforgiving himself from deeds in the past. His bargain is almost over all he had to do is kill Laire MacLeod and send Laire’s heart. Can he kill the women he loves? Plus he is supposed to look her in the eye as he kills her. This is something he never does to any of his victims! As her Frenchman is the assassin he just kills animals and livestock!  Bibiana is sure she can trick him and she will own her sealgair forever!

As Laire will do anything to save her family so she travels alone to find help and finds nothing but danger. She is saved from a life of prostitution from a young seven year old boy. He and his young friends bring her in a house they have been staying at and  call themselves “The Clan of Thieves”. All are orphans age six to eighteen,  they do what they have to survive as they are living in the tunnels of Laird Iain Lindsay’s home. Of course he has not been there in years serving his agreement with Bibiana. Laire becomes like a mother to them feeding, cooking them wonderful food,  caring and saving some from danger too. Most of the children start to love her especially Wee Kipper.

This book and story is so well developed paced perfectly and pulls on your heartstrings, so beware! The captivating plots and beautiful highland setting will steal your heart. It had so many oh no she didn't moments, that you can't help but anticipate what will happen next! It pulled so many emotions out of me, yet it was totally unique and brilliant! It is a riveting phenomenal adventure filled with treachery, witchcraft, mystery, suspense, sorcery, witchery,  spells, supernatural, hypnotic enthrallment, enslavement, betrayal, murder, paranormal, jealousy, desire, passion, honor, and love.

Another spellbinding book that leaves the reader wanting more from this spectacular  series by Lecia Cornwall. I have absolutely loved each book in “A Highland Fairy Tale Series”! I can't recommend this entire series enough, but can read as standalone books too.

A Highland Fairy Tale Series
by Lecia Cornwall

1. Beauty and the Highland Beast
2. When a Laird Finds A Lass
3.The Lady and the HIGHLANDER

I received 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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

When A Highlander Loses His Heart by Julie Johnstone. Highland Vows: Entangled Hearts 4. Totally blew Celtic Barb away! 5 Kilts its an unforgettable read! SPECTACULAR! BRAVO!

Book: When a Highlander Loses His Heart by Julie Johnstone

Series: Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, Book Four

Reviewed  by: Barb Massabrook, of Tartan Book Reviews and  Purple Tulip Book Reviews. Blogger of Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog
Heat Setting: mild

Overall Setting: 5 stars

1359, Loch Awe, Scotland

Isobel Campbell has been in a convent most of her life. Her father did not plan on releasing her until she turned eighteen summers. Although she has always felt her father and brothers cared and loved her. Until reality hits her in the face, her life has been one big betrayal and turned upside down. Yet Isobel is not a weak, kneed wimp as she is is smart as a whip , beautiful, intelligent, brave and kind.

The  hero in the story is Graham MacLeod an insecure warrior with many jealousies that makes him to act without thinking things through. He often speaks without thinking, that also gets him into trouble. This is all due to past betrayals, hatreds  and difficulties which makes it difficult for him to trust. He wants revenge against his biggest enemy,The Campbell clan. Graham definitely wears his heart on his sleeve or should I say his kilt!

He abducts Isobel for reasons readers will have to find out as both Graham and Isobel start to face some truths, lies and betrayals. All Isobel ever wanted was to be loved and cared for. She was told lies and betrayals about The MacLeods her Clan’s biggest enemy. Graham starts seeing Isobel for whom she really is and he can not be cruel and use her as his original plan. Now he only wants to protect her from his enemies and those wanting to harm her.

The love between these two only grows, but can it last? You will have to read this amazing book and find out.

Another fabulous Julie Johnstone which is totally magnificent and brilliant. Totally remarkable and what a phenomenal tale that Scottish romance readers don't want to miss! Another riveting romantic adventure filled with drama, suspense, mystery, devastation , heartbreak, clan war, betrayal, passion and of course love.

This is one of those books that will stay you long after you have read it. This is the fourth book in the fabulous Highland Vows, Entangled Hearts series. I recommend you read them all!  Although this novel can be read as a stand alone book too, readers choice.

I was given this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed and blogged this book. All words, thoughts and ideas are my own.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book: “Trusting a Highlander” by Keira Montclair

Series: (The Soulmate Chronicles Book 1)

Reviewed by: Barb
Massabrook of Tartan Book Reviews, Purple Tulip Reviews & Blogger of Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Setting: Mild

Overall setting: 5 Kilts

The Scottish Highlands, 15th century

As always another Keira Montclair book I absolutely loved. This is the first book in this new series The Soulmate Chronicles and it is just fabulous. I loved the soulmate and heaven plotlines, plus the storyline of reincarnation cycles. I found it different and refreshing and fell in love with Graeme MacGregor! As if who wouldn't !

Graeme MacGregor is a man who became Laird due to death and tragedy seven years ago. He was just a lad then and now a man! been waiting for revenge and retribution! The time to kill Englishman Henry Merrill and his warriors, woman, children, mother, sister, wife, nephew and heir is now!

Graeme being Laird, has been planning this out for years with his clan and warriors. As it has affected all his brothers in different ways! Especially his young brother Boyd who won't even speak to anyone besides Graeme and has withdrawn from life. As heard Graeme are the only children who wissed his parents and eldest brothers brutal murders by Henry Merrill.

Boyd has PTSD, of course back then no diagnosis or psychologist or therapist to help in the 1500’s. Until a woman named Catherine entered his life. This warm sensitive passionate woman who he meets by Graeme saving her life on Merrill lands. Of course he doesn't realize that she is Henry Merrill’s wife. A woman who hates her husband with a passion! An abusive man who keeps his sick 4 year old daughter Isbeil in the cellar and resents his wife for his not getting it up and for not bearing sons. He beats his wife and never visits his daughter and spreads lies about his own wife.

Catherine's father was just like Englishman Henry Merrill and sold her like an animal and he also bears his wife. The only reason she meets Graeme is she ran away to find a healer for her daughter Isbeil. She has only a few who are called friends at The Merrill Castle and that is her manservant Benneit, maid Dolag. Even Merrill’s sister Margaret and her six year old son are kind and loving and friends to Catherine and her daughter. Unlike his cruel mother which is very much like Henry cruel and wicked.

Catherine Merrill has never trusted and found kindness in men and when she finds this in Graeme MacGregor. A man who is honorable, kind, loving, protective to those he loves and cares about.

Will Graeme forgive Catherine for being the wife of the man he despises more then anyone. Will a clan war start? Can Catherine love a man that wants to kill her husband but even worse wants to kill servants and family members she cares about.

This riveting romantic adventure is absolutely fabulous that you won't be able to put it down. A definite must read in my opinion. I can't wait for the next book in this series, it is absolutely brilliant. Keira Montclair is a magnificent writer as I have loved all her historical series! Her books are so addictive and wonderful. I highly recommend “Trusting a Highlander” a book romance readers will love and if you love Scottish romance even better! Get a copy today!

I voluntarily received an advance copy by Keira Montclair, the talented author. All words, ideas and thoughts are entirely my own.

Trusting a Highlander (The Soulmate Chronicles Book 1) -

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Highlander Husband by Cindy Pennick, The Clan MacLaren, Book One, 5+ Kilts. It totally wowed Celtic Barb! Beautifully written, just amazing true history with a fabulous fictional romance is the best!

Book: My Highlander Husband by Nancy Pennick

Series: The Clan MacLaren, Book Book One

Reviewer: Barb Massabrook of
Tartan Book Reviews  and
Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Setting: Mild

Overall Setting: 5 Stars

1715 Scotland

Times were insecure with whispers of another Jacobite rising and war coming soon.  The English King felt the only way to secure alliances  was through marriages and bloodlines. In other words wealthy English heiresses marrying Scottish Laird’s or their first born son. The next to be Laird. Now the English daughter of the Duke of Norchester, Lady Juliet Anna Marie Kingston,  already had a love in England. Whom she said, goodbye to, as she understood her duties. She also wondered: why she was the only nobleman's daughter being chosen to marry a Scottish Lairds son?

It wasn't easy her trip to Glenhaven in Scotland. As she heard the whispers and shouts to leave! Go back to England Sassenach! Except when she met her betrothed it was love at first site for the Lairds son, Ross MacLaren and Juliet! Both were attracted to each other physically and mentally right from the get go!  

Juliet eventually wins the entire MacLaren familie’s, respect and love,  but Ross’s parents  Donnach and his wife Fiona. His Laird father ends up using Juliet which breaks her heart, but agrees to save the MacLaren Family!

Well this did not play out the way you think, as Juliet’s former beau comes into play. Being a wealthy Duke's son he buys a commission and has the Kings ear. This can put the MacLaren Clan in extreme danger!  

The Laird MacLaren is not thrilled having a Sassenach daughter-in-law, but feels he can use her and send her back if needed. The German English King wants to avoid a Jacobite uprising! Rumors of war, as the old pretender Scottish King might be back on Scottish soil. This time to lead his Scottish Warriors for a Jacobite rising!

Juliet's former beau threatens to blackmail The MacLarens. Stating they are Jacobite supporters and traitors! When Laird Donnach asks John what he wants? The answer was easy -  Juliet, or all the men in his clan would be killed or imprisoned as traitors! Wasn't really much of a choice, but it was the reason the Laird agreed to the marriage in the first place.

This novel is super sad at times as Juliet has to even leave her maid and best friend Eva. As she falls in love with one of Ross’s brothers. John is determined to get Juliet back or put all the MacLaren’s in danger!

This story is spectacular it has all the elements historical romance readers love. It is filled with arranged marriages, death, dying, heartbreak, betrayal, illness, remorse, abduction, true factual history, treachery, mystery, suspense, passsion and true love! It is a fast paced phenomenal read that readers will love. Readers will fall in love with three year old Alec, Ross’s nephew and other secondary characters. For example  like his sisters Heather, Greer, and Glynis. Juliet’s former maid Ava and Ross’s brother Duncan too. I look forward to the next book in this spectacular MacLaren series! I can't wait as this author definitely has a gift with Scottish historical romance! I hope she sticks with my favorite genre, as she writes beautifully.

This is a first read by this author Nancy Pennick for me. I absolutely loved this book, it is super fabulous! It has true history and a beautiful fictional romance! Yet there is sadness and sorrow throughout the novel too. So have those tissues handy lassies! Of course there is true love and happiness too and how Juliet and Ross achieve it!

Breathtaking settings, with dialogues that is total perfection. The plots within plots, makes the reader wonder what will happen next-with anticipation! A total nail biter for sure!

I voluntarily reviewed this  ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. All words, ideas and thoughts are srtictly my own.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book: The Reluctant Highlander by Amanda Scott

Reviewer: Barb ☘️Massabrook
Tartan Book Reviews
Purple Tulip Book Reviews
Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: hot

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

Another spectacular novel by the gifted Amanda Scott.

The North Inch of Perth, June, 1431

Lady Fiona Ormiston is forming an alliance with the last man she would pick! A barbaric Highlander despite getting protection.  Yet by request of the King she must marry Sir Adham MacFinlagh. A total stranger and unlike anyone she has met before. Though he is to be her husband and hopefully he will shave and bath more often and be more clean and sanitary.

She is shocked when she finds out her new husband is a tender and a wonderful and caring bed partner.

Then she gets some shocking  horrible news! Her new husband's family could be traitors and enemies of the King. Things are now exactly how they seem ,but can Sir Adham trust his new wife? The Knight must make a decision allegiance with blood ties  that is enemies of the King? Perhaps  stand with bride that took his heart so quickly, but he seems to trust her overnight? He will have to pick a side. Which side will it be? His loving wife or blood relatives? Fiona is also an advisor of the King. It is like standing or sitting in between a rock and a hard place.

I love how Ms. Scott puts true factual
history with fictional historical romance in her novels. It makes the read so much more interesting and fun to read! I highly recommend this brilliant book! I read in a day - as I was sitting at the edge of my seat wondering what could possibly happen next!

This fast phenomenal,quick paced page turner, filled with royal intrigue, plus riveting adventure,mystery, suspense, betrayal, forgiveness, passion and love!

This book is filled with all the elements Scottish romance readers will absolutely love! It is a book you definitely don’t want to miss. I have been reading Amanda Scott books for years and I absolutely love each and every one! I highly recommend “The Reluctant Highlander” by Amanda Scott

I voluntarily reviewed ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.

Book: How To Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Series:Broadswords and Ballrooms #3

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

Heat Setting: Mild

Overall Setting: 5/5 Stars

Northumberland, 1820

This is the third book of Christy English’s Broadswords and Ballrooms series. I have enjoyed each and everyone although I would call the genre Scottish regency.

This story is about Mary Elizabeth Waters who will do anything to avoid marriage. She has the typical mother who wants her English daughter to marry an English titled gentlemen! Mary Elizabeth just assumed to avoid the entire marriage trap period! Plus her mother feels her Scottish daughter needs to calm down and get settled already! Only an Englishman will be able to handle this and settle her down.

The last thing Mary Elizabeth wants is to be settled down! She has been able to avoid two betrothals already. Plus she is proud of her Scottish heritage which she is terribly homesick for. Plus she feels Englishman want to control her like an animal on a leash. Almost like she would be caged or locked in.

Now her mama got them invited to Harold Percy, the Duke of Northumberland’s house party. Mary Elizabeth just knows her mama is scheming for she to marry this English Duke. She just wants to return to Scotland, roaming on the heather and thistles and swimming in the cold refreshing loch or burns!

At the Dukes party she mistakenly thinks the Duke is the stable boy. Finding the English ways strange,  calling men 30 summers old boys! She makes a friend not realizing it's actually the Duke. Harold, the Duke, knows he will have to fess up and tell the truth eventually and hopes Mary Elizabeth will forgive his fib. The Duke is just tired of constantly being chased by these mothers and their daughters for a marriage offer. They don't even know him! He likes being unrecognizable and unknown by this Scottish beauty. It is quite refreshing and a wonderful change.

Will Mary Elizabeth forgive this English Duke? Possibly will she be furious, being played with like this?You will have to read this wonderful book to find the conclusion.

It's hilarious, Mary Elizabeth always carries blades on her, riding circles around any man. Yet she dances Scottish reels and Harold Percy, the secret Duke knows he must have her! She is the wild Scottish Thistle of his dreams!

Another fast paced page turning, it will make you laugh and make you cry. Wonderful plots wondering what the conclusion will be! This is my favorite book in the series filled with laughter, surprises, betrayal, forgiveness, trust, passion and love!

I read this phenomenal novel in one setting. As it was that magnificent! I highly recommend How To Train Your Highlander, by the gifted author, Christy English. Another book full of fun and enjoyment that I highly recommend!

This is a voluntarily advance ereader given by the publisher through NetGalley. All words, thoughts and ideas are my own.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Book: Highland Vixen by Mary Wine

Series: Highland Weddings #2

Reviewer: Barb Massabrook of
Tartan Book Reviews, Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog
Purple Tulip Book Reviews

Heat Setting: Sizzling Hot

Overall Setting: 5/5 Stars

Marcus MacPherson is the highland war chief of Clan MacPherson
Nancy Grant will definitely be a challenged. She was taken by Marcus as a way to avoid a clan war or going against his clan as he feared. As it Is an arranged marriage which does not make Nancy happy. She also does not plan on making things easy on Marcus.

As most of his Warriors fear him and the women of his clan can't even look at him without getting the shakes. Everyone fears Marcus MacPherson well everyone except his wife Nancy Grant. She plans on showing him what she is made of.

As Nancy is gutsy, fearless,stubborn  and intelligent. It definitely is not fear as actually they are a couple made for each other. They just don't realize it yet!

I love Mary Wine books and how she puts true history in her fictional historical romance tales. It has all the elements Scottish romance readers are looking for misunderstandings, betrayal, riveting adventure, endangerment, risk taking, fast paced page turner, betrayal, drama, passion,
Clan protection, passion and love!

You will remember this couple as secondary characters, in “Highland Spitfire”, the first book in this series.

Once Marcus realizes Nancy left due to the mistreatment from his own Clan. Plus Marcus is understanding his true feelings for Nancy, but doesn't know how to woo her. As he has ever wooed any woman in his life.

Love is definitely a battlefield in this novel! Who will win is anyone's guess. Both are so stubborn and strong willed. Whose heart will be captured first?  Though he knows he wants his wife backs and now understands why she left. He isn't accustomed to wooing. So this powerful war chief must put this puzzle together! That is before he loses the pieces and his wife forever. Can it be done? You will have to read this fabulous book and find out.

It is fast paced page turner, riveting adventure filled with suspense, mystery, betrayal, forgiveness, hope, passion and love. Beautiful breathtaking setting, plots that make you wonder with anticipation what could possibly happen next. Is it doom and gloom for this couple, or ecstasy and bliss? You will have to read this spectacular book and tale to find out the conclusion.

I highly recommend and voluntarily reviewed this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. All the words, thoughts and ideas are my own.