Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Highlander Who Loved Me by Adrenne Basso 5 Kilts



This is book about a second chance at love as the Laird's Niece Lady Davina Armstrong  meets Sir James McKenna,  second son of Laird McKenna who has been been traveling with the Armstrong Clan. Davina and James meet spend time together and fall In love and  plan to marry. If you think that's the story you will sadly be mistaken. As some awful evil brigands attack them Davina is badly scarred on the inside sending James away and releasing him from their betrothal agreement . Davina has a big fears of men and leaving the house becomes a recluse and hides away at her Uncles cabin.

Five years later she says enough is enough and is sick of hiding away as James mother has been writing to Davina  for the past three years and invites her for Christmas. Davina doesn't worry about running  into James as he has been away on the Crusades for the past fives years. So they are both surprised and a bit shocked on seeing each other again which brings old feeling  burn bright to the front burner again. James sees right through this  new Davina and her unlikable behavior and understands the reasons. He lives with his own guilt from and not being able to protect her from harm at that dark and horrible time. He still loves her and has to convince her to be with him forever plus he has competition as his own brother Malcolm, though it is one sided. Davina does not return the feelings for his brother, though they do both seem to compete for her affections even though she still has a big fear of men she can't seem to get over.

Definitely have a box of Kleenex with this one as it is rather emotional and I understand Davina's behavior afterall no therapist and counselor to help work out ones fears and irrational behavior back in the day. I loved that James was so understanding and kind as that was exactly the kind of man Davina needs. As if she will ever come around and meet James half way I won't give that away. It explains the who and why of Davina's attack as well. You will have to read the story to find out but certain scenes definitely took my breath away!

Beautifully written that will pull your heartstrings as well as melt your heart and soften your soul. I really felt for both main characters and the agony they both had to confront and deal with. I highly recommend The Highlander Who Loved Me by Adrienne Basso an emotional and enjoyable read that has many twists and turns that will keep you guessing. I have been reading Adrienne Basso books for a couple decades and have yet to be disappointed I am always absorbed in her interesting and riveting plots that have me hooked right from the start. I look forward toward Ms. Basso' next highlander book as I hope she sticks to my favorite genre Scottish historical romance!

I was given this ARC from the publisher for an honest review through netgalley.com and appreciate

the opportunity.

Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York just released! Celtic Barb absolutley loved it! 5 Kilts!






Magnificent! Incredible! Remarkable! Brilliant! Sabrina Scot does it again with another breath taking,  rare, can't put this book down kind of read! Another masterpiece in my opinion! This is the second book in Ms. York's wonderful, "Untamed Highlanders" best selling series and as in the first book of this Untamed Highlanders series, Hannah and the Highlander.  Susana and the Scot, # 2 is the story about  the heroine, Susana Dounreay, who is Hannah's  sister.  We met the hero of this story in the first book too, Andrew Lochlannach, who is Hannah's husband Alexander's younger  brother.  As readers will see Andrew is a bit of a scoundrel and rogue, at least that's what he seems to want people to think though inside he has had been in mourning and broken hearted.  This is also a second chance romance as Susana is Mairi, who is the love of Andrews life, but thinks is deceased and doesn't seem to recognize her though he sees the similarities in appearances. So many unanswered questions that you must read this amazing and spectacular book to find the answers!

July 1813
Caithness Shire, Scotland

It starts of when Andrew is caught trying to seduce Hannah's sister Lana, due to a bet with his best friend Hammish's 100 kiss bet. His brother Alexander Lochlannach, the Laird of Dunnet, then exiles him as Hannah, Lana and Susana's Laird father has been nearly murdered through poisoning  by people who they  had trusted and welcomed and employed for the  Dounreay family. A traitor or a spy planted in the safety of their family home and lands is so disheartening as well frightening, now Susanna trusts meanly no one and has her guard up every second of the day.  Now thieves are raiding and trying to destroy thier lands so Andrew and his men are sent to keep the people, livestock and lands safe. This is when he first spots  the archer lad that he soon finds out is Susana, but feels something familiar about her though he can't exactly figure out why. He sees the similarities between his past love Mairi but sees the differences too. Still he can't pinpoint exactly shy see seems so familiar to him.

Andrew hasn't felt any stirrings towards a woman in over six year since the love of his life Mairi died until Susana  and is determined to have her. Susana is furious the the man she once loved  that doesn't even remember her! She is determined to get this rogue off her lands! Nor does she want him to get glimpse of her daughter, cough she did give birth nine after meeting him... just a wee hint who the father might be! Plus until now she had not realized her new brother-in-law is the brother of Andrew! Susana who convinced Hannah to marry Alexander feels more then a little guilty over this as she hasn't seen her sister since the wedding. Has she realized they were brothers she never would of done that and does not realize Hannah is happy and very much in love with Alexander.

The daughter Isobel is a definite scene stealer in this book! Funny everyone can see who she looks like except the father himself which I found hilarious! You can feel the emotions of these two main characters right from the start and so much misunderstanding too but all in all it made this an exceptional fun read. Again fast moving plots full of adventure, mystery, mayhem, abduction, deceit, betrayal, and of course romance set in a beautiful Scottish highland setting! Another Sabrina York book I simply could not put down I can't wait for Lana's story which will be the next book in this spectacular series that I have totally  enjoyed immensely.  I highly recommend you read Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York it is definitely one you don't want to miss, you can read this as a stand alone or in book order which is the readers choice. I recommend you read them both just because they are both fabulous and fun brilliant!

Another brilliant blew me away  read by the best selling multi talented author Sabrina York who is so gifted and so glad she is writing Scottish Historical's now! I sure hope she continues writing these fabulous Scottish historical romance stories  stays with this this genre for a long long time! Absolutely look forward to more books by the sensational Sabrina York!

I was given this ARC by  the publisher St. Martin's Press through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review and appreciate the opportunity. You can find my Reviews at NetGalley.com and my blog celticbarb.blogspot.com. my book group Tartan Book Reviews on facebook, Purple Tulip Book Reviews book page on Facebook, plus Goodreads, Amazon and all the normal book online bookstore reviews places online.


UNTAMED HIGHLANDERS BY SABRINA YORK

1.Hannah and Her Highlander - Hannah and Alexander

2. Susana and the Scot - Susana and Andrew

3. Lana and the Laird - Lana and Lachlan TBR 5/31/2016




Sunday, December 20, 2015

"The Rock" by Monica McCarty 5 plus Kilts! Comes out 12/29/2015. Book #11 and another powerful Highland Guard Novel!



Again Monica McCarty pens another spectacular brilliant read in book eleven of her phenomenal best selling "A Highland Guard Novel"  series that I have absolutely loved each and everyone including this one titled "The Rock". Monica McCarty is one of the most talented writers in the entire Scottish historical romance fiction genre in my opinion. I can't get enough of her riveting, fast paced page turners that blend true factional history and her own fictional adventure about Robert Bruce bid and holding on to his crown in which he cannot do alone. As he has help as now the English are coming and Bruce plans to be ready for them with his special secret elite and powerful fierce warriors called the Highland Guard. The hero of the story who some will know as  "Rock" eventually and of very humble birth will be essential and play a very key part for Bruce to soon to attain his goal moving toward the most significant battle in the near future.

The story begins in at Douglas Castle, Lanarkshire Scotland  in June of 1296 and ends  during the Scottish Marches era in 1314. . In 1296 this is when Thomas MacGowan known as wee Thom for when he is a lad and the son of the blacksmith and his father was the personal smith and armorer of Lord William Douglas. This is how he first meets Lady Elizabeth Douglas his wee daughter who to him looks more like a princess and this is how he first the child who would become the heart of his desire most of his life as he is only nine  and she was six years old at the time. Lady Elizabeth Douglas that those close to her call Ella or El,  is the heroine of this story.  Then the day Ella comforts Thom after his mum dies giving birth to his little brother Johnny. It turns out she too lost her mum when she was born for the same reason and from that day and on they become the best of friends not realizing about class difference he the Smitty's son and she the Laird's daughter. Then he also became the best of friends  with her brother  Jamie and his friend Joanna who was more of the sister he never had. This book circles a lot on the four of them how the class and social difference affects all four of them as they become adults.

Thom has been in love with Elizabeth ( Ella)  since the first time her and has had her on an unrealistic pedestal since they met as children. Also how Ella's brother Jamie and Thom, who had been the best of friends become bitter enemies, but you will have to read this story to find out the details to the why and when. Jamie now Laird Douglas, also plays an important key part in King Robert Bruces's war and and reaches hero status as well not that this changes Thom's opinion of Jamie no matter how high he climbed! Thom opens his heart to Ella and when Thom saves her from a mishap on a tree as a child Ella claims she will marry him one day! Sadly, when he is twenty and  three and she twenty-one he opens his heart and assumes they really will marry one day, yet Ella only sees's their class difference and has only seen Thom as her very dear best friend. Plus the fact Ella has a fear of starving and not having a roof over her heard due to a dark time in her families past which again you will have to read this  marvelous story to find out why. This rejection and heartbreak prompts Thom to join Edward Bruce's army to and raise his status to become a man-at-arms.

It's been three years and now Thom is considering marrying a titled and wealthy widow who has taken a shine to him. Ella is considering a betrothal to the handsome nephew, of Robert the Bruce and one of the richest men in the realm. Then Ella's teenage brother Archie is taken prisoner  by the English! The only man that will be able to save him  and able to climb that high rock of his prison is Thom, with his special cliff and rock climbing abilities.  This also does not go unnoticed by King Robert Bruce  and his elite warriors, the Highland Guards. Son of a smith or not Ella finally opens her eyes and realizes the most handsome and honorable man in Scotland has always been there right in front of her,  but is it too late with her betrothal about to be announced? Will she break Thom's heart once again? Will she choose social status and all that comes with it or take a chance on love? You will have to read this  beautifully written exquisite, fast paced riveting  adventure, lined with factual  history, betrayal, jealousy, heartbreak, prejudice of classes, suspense,  drama, honor,  sizzling passion and love and more  to find out.

This book just dazzled me and honestly just  took my breath away. I can't recommend it enough as its a story you won't be able to put down, that will pull at your heartstrings and you won't forget as it will  stay with you long after you have read it. Sadly, only one more book in "A Highland Guard Novel" series! The next  called The Ghost is book 12  TBR  5/31/2016. This is the last and final story in this exceptional, beautifully written,  heart-melting series.  A series that I plan to reread again and again. As each and every Highland Guard Novel has been a reading heaven for me, all memorable and such a joy and privilege to read, I can't thank Ms. McCarty enough!

Absolutely and unequivocally loved  "The Rock" by Monica McCarty which was another absolute masterpiece  in my opinion!


***I received this ARC  from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through netgalley.com.***




Thursday, December 17, 2015

An Oath Sworn by Diana Cosby release date 12/22/2015 5 kilts



This is the third book in the Oath trilogy by Diana Cosby which I have read and loved each and everyone and this  An Oath Sworn was no different. Another riveting fast paced read, lined with adventure, murder, mystery, abduction, deceit, betrayal and romance that sizzles.






Scotland 1299

Lady Marie Alesia Serouge escapes who had been kidnapped by the evil and corrupt English Duke Renard in Scotland. Marie is the French King Philip's bastard daughter. King Phillip supporting Scotland as the English want it to look as rebel Scots did it to get King Phillips and France to no longer support Scotland. On her escape she sees a man had been shot by the arrow and also pursued by the same English men. As Marie is also a healer so it's in her nature to help the injured, the man is non other then Colyne MacKerran, Earl of Strathcliff as readers of this series will remember from An Oath Taken as his heart was broken when Elizabet chose Nicolas as her husband instead of him.

They both have secret and ironically they don't realize how they both involve each other. As due to being a daughter of the King Marie is fearful and gives her middle name so Colyne has no idea who Marie really is. As the English are trying to make it look to make at as the Scot's are doing all these evil deeds and bloodshed when it is the English doing it. Colyne had a letter from Robert the Bruce explaining this for King Phillip, he believes Marie is a mercenary names Alesia. Marie is tired of men only want her for financial gains, titles and lands due to her stations. Colyne is the first man to care for her for herself although the she is an independent beautiful woman. Colyne does not share his knowledge with Marie either plus he ironically  has men looking for King Phillip's abducted daughter.

Also as things get heated Colyne does not realize that Marie also has a betrothed but things are not what they seem to be and there is a traitor amongst King Phillip's trusted close circle. Marie has a lot of reasons to keep the truth from Colyne but one is to save his life as she know her father with never except him as a suitor.

Lots of plots within plots in the this marvelous fast moving tale with lots of twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Will poor Colyne just have his heart ripped apart and broken again?  Will sad Marie have to accept a political loveless marriage as many nobles do?  You will have to read and found out in this phenomenal story. I absolutely loved this captivating story and  a lot of heart wrenching moments for this couple. I highly recommend this action packed, breath taking, spectacular read!  It actually makes me sad that this is the last book in An Oath trilogy which I have absolutely love them all. Highly recommend an Oath Sworn you won't be able to put it down! It is that amazing!

***I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through netgalley.com***

You can read An Oath Sworn as a stand alone or in series order.


An Oath Trilogy by Diana Cosby

1. An Oath Taken
2. An Oath Broken
3. An Oath Sworn

Monday, November 30, 2015

HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOT BY CHRISTY ENGLISH RELEASES TOMORROW 12/1/2015! DELICIOUS REGENCY HISTORICAL 4 KILTS📚


This is  "How To Seduce A Scot" book one in Christy English's  new "Broadswords and Ballrooms" brand new series where each book is centered on the Waters siblings. At least that is how I see it so far. In  this book it is centered  on Alex Waters story. The next book following is scheduled to be released on February 2, 2016 titled "How to Wed a Warrior"will focus on Alex's older brother Robert ( Robbie) will be the second one in the series.

London, 1820

This is the story of the beautiful English woman Catherine Middlebrook. Catherine whose father died five years ago and due to her mother's frequent and extravagant spending, Catherine does what she has to for her family, before they are ruined and loose everything! As they are are living on their last 500 pounds, so she does what any dutiful, caring daughter what do in this situation,  that it find a  respectable and wealthy English husband! Best place to seek one is at the famous Almack's in London.

This is where she meets her new friend, Scottish Mary Elizabeth Waters, the sister of hero of the story. Where Catherine is quiet and reserved the typical English rose - Mary Elizabeth is outspoken and untamed.  The trouble is she keep focusing on her brother,  the Scottish barbarian,  Alex who is totally unsuitable for her. Yet she can't help but keep staring at this handsome Scot! They are two wallflowers no one has yet asked to dance until Alex asks her to dance, a man that never ask anyone to dance! Well They ignore Catherine due to her financial status and Mary Eizabeth being Scottish . That is until one handsome Scot asks her to dance the only woman he chose and that starts an interest on the fickle young English lords and suddenly both Catherine and Mary Elizabeth seen to be the belles of the ball! Alex is attracted to Catherine immediately as soon as he first spots her across an English ballroom dance floor at Almacks. He and his sister are snubbed due to their being filthy Scots as some cruel English would call them. Also due to the fact he is in trade which Alex is very proud of his families accomplishment and success. The English dandies feel he should be ashamed by his families financial success.

 Alex longs to get back to the sea, but must find his wild sister a husband if only she stopped talking about what some would he manly pursuits like fishing, archery, swords. He just needs to find Mary Elizabeth a husband and get back to the sea the only place on earth he'd rather be. Yet when he looks at his angel Catherine it is like a gift from heaven as he has never seen such an angelic vision in his life!

The attraction is immediate and even though they fight it with some obstacles thrown in to keep things interesting, yet  some things are just simply meant to be. Fate as some would also call it! Alex was no dummy he sees what Catherine's goal is  and why. Both show a lot of stubbornness so  it was fascinating to watch the couple both relent, change their original reasons and listen to theirs and open their hearts. Of course Alex was everything of a sexy honorable Scotsman as well. I found Alex's sister amusing as well so some laughter too which is always great as well !  I had a lot of empathy for Catherine and was thrilled she has some backbone as well! Yet will Catherine be able to really consider an in appropriate Scottish barbarian for a marriage prospect? Not to mention a man who has no interest in marriage and longs for the sea. Will Alex be able to change his beliefs and watch his angel marry another? You will have to read this wonderful  book to find the challenges they both overcome and the answers in How To Seduce A Scot!

 Exceptional and captivating read full of surprises,  although it reads more like a wonderful regency historical romance then a Scottish historical romance in my opinion which is fine too. Just want readers to be aware: that if you are looking for factual Scottish history mixed with fictional romance this won't have it. Of course if you want a delightful  delicious regency with an attractive steamy, hot Highlander then this is definitely it!  All in all - it was an excellent regency historical with a great flow that I had a wonderful fun time reading and plan on reading the next one in the series and any others that follow. I became quickly absorbed and found it a delightful tale! I recommend you read "How to Seduce a Scot" by Christy English as I am sure you will enjoy, I know I did!


***I received this ARC copy from the publisher in an exchange for an honest review through netgalley. This does not enhance my opinion in any way, as always my honest opinion and always a pleasure to review.***

Please look at all my reviews  and author interviews at Celtic Barb's Blog at celticbarb.blogspot,com and my book group on facebook "Tartan Book Reviews" which gives you updates on all new historical released in Regency, medeval, time-travel, fantasy and paranormal historical romances. Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

WRW BLOGHOP WITH BEST SELLING AUTHOR JOANNA BOURNE INTERVIEW



Welcome best selling author Joanna Bourne who lucky me got to meet in October and chat with at the Washington Romance Writers of America luncheon for bloggers, readers  and authors.  Yes a total fan girl moment  for me and I was gushing and in awe  a definite thrill me!

So I was so honored when multiple RITA winner and best selling author Joanna Bourne agreed to honor me with an interview as she is what I call one of my Queens of historical romance which is the only genre I read who is stopping by today at Celtic Barb's Blog to chat.

Joanna has written a wonderful selection of books we all love set during the Napoleonic wars such as The Forbidden Rose, The Spymaster's Lady, The Rogue Spy, My Lord and Spymaster, The Black Hawk and also  Her Ladyship's Companion which was her debut in 1983. I don't think a lot of people who discovered during her first Spymasters series realize as I myself thought it was new release until I did a little research.

I am also giving away a free book giveaway mass paperback copy of Black Hawk  as I know this a busy holiday weekend so I will give you all a week to comment and winner will be picked randomly all you have to do is say hello to Joanna in the comment section of this interview.

Joanna lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat.

She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She's fascinated by that time and place -  Joanna says such passionate conviction and burning idealism ... and really sexy clothes.

Joanna's website - http://joannabourne.com

Joanna's Blog - jobourne.blogspot.com

Joanna Facebook -  Joanna Bourne

Joanna Twitter - @jobourne






Welcome Joanna Bourne and thank you so much for stopping today at Celtic Barb's Blog for an interview I can't thank you enough. This is totally a fan girl moment for me as I have been a fan for close to twenty five years!









CB: What is your favorite novel you have written and why is this novel so near and dear to you?


JB: Blast. I have to make the same answer I’ve seen other authors make. My favorite story (and the one that most frustrates me and drives me nuts and delights me) is the one I’m working on.


JB: The thing is, I don’t look back. Once a story is told I move ahead to the next one. I never read the old books again. I don’t think about them unless I need to backreference in the new story.


JB: My favorite hero is Doyle. My trickster. My strong, stoical one. My wise man.
JB:My most difficult character to write was probably Lazarus. Hard to make a villain charismatic and dangerous, ruthless and yet appealing.
JB:My favorite heroine is Justine, who has the longest journey and the longest wait for her Happily Ever After.
The character I’d most like to jump in bed with is Hawker. Because . . . well . . . Hawker.



CB: What characteristics do you look for in your male heroes and female heroines?


JB: All my heroic characters have strong principles. They believe in something or someone. They care passionately. They have the bravery and strength of will to do what’s right.



CB: The first romance novel you ever read and loved and put on your keeper shelf?


Joanna: I was in my teens before I started reading Romance. Probably my first Romance keeper was Shanna. Not my first keeper book, by any means. But my first keeper in genre Romance.



CB: How much time do you spend in your "writing cave" per week?

Joanna: Ooohhh. That’s a hard one. I can write for about six hours in a good day and then my mind dries up. I have to stop. I manage to write most days. If I called my job a 40-hour week, I wouldn’t be far off.



CB: How long does it typically take to write and finish a novel before sending off to proof readers, editors etc.?


JB: A year. That is, a year going downhill with the wind behind me, God willing, and the crick don’t rise.



CB: Last novel you read and loved and your favorite place to read?


JB: The most recent book I really enjoyed was Tony Hillerman’s Coyote Waits.


JB: As to where I like to read
Do I get to say ... Paris

JB: More seriously, I do love to curl up in a big comfy chair in front of the woodstove. Snow on the ground outside. The wind howling at the window. A shawl wrapped around me to keep out the drafts. A hot cup of coffee at my hand. My dog snoring at my feet.
Heaven.

CB:With so many books going in the route of Hollywood these days would you like any of your books to become a motion picture, cable television series, or mini television series or even a Broadway play?

JB:Let’s make it Spymaster’s Lady. That one has lots of good dialog. I think the action would work out well in a movie.



CB:What made you choose your profession to become an author and why did you choose this genre with so many other genres in romance?

JB: I love Romance. I love history. Historical Romance makes a nice match with my interests, doesn’t it?


JB:'I always wanted to be a writer. I rather expected I’d be writing Science Fiction though. That’s what I mostly read growing up.

CB: Do you have a mentor or another author friend that gave you advice when you decided to become a writer and write your first novel?


JB:Not really. My mentors were the books. That’s where I learned the love of writing and sorta unconsciously picked up the techniques.

CB: What advice would you give to aspiring writers today?


JB: Just go ahead and do it. Trust yourself. You’re storyteller, part of an ancient tradition. Don’t worry about technique or what will sell. Just tell Your story.”

CB: Thank you so much for stopping byCeltic Barb's Blog tonight Joanna and giving us some insight on how those multi talented creative juices flow! I was a total honored  as I have been a fan since Spymaster's Lady as I have found each and every book has a little of everything in them mystery, suspense, adventure, drama and love plus lots of twist and turns where your just never quite know what the result will be. I am looking forward to more of your books in the future as I know your readers as well. Keep writing those fascinating stories your readers like myself all love. Thanks again I really appreciate you taking the time.

Now for the giveaway all you have to in make a small comment in the comment box bellow and you will be automatically entered. The contest will be open through December 6th 12pm winner will be picked randomly on December 7th.

I will announce the winner here at also at my book group Tartan Book Reviews. A place I do a lot of promoting authors in historical romance genre too, talk history and all kinds of fun stuff. Also do Free giveaways there as well.  Thanks again this was so much fun and remember continue on the WRW BLOGHOP lots of bloggers will be interviewing more authors in every genre in romance after all everyone wants to fall in love! 😀❤️


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HIghland Heat ( Highland Knights) by Jennifer Haymore 5 kilts










I have always  enjoyed Jennifer Haymore regency books, I was super excited when I heard she was writing a new  Scottish historical series ( A Highland Knights) my favorite genre! You can read in series order or as a stand alone book. 


June 1815, The Waterloo Battlefield

The kind hearted Lady Grace Carrington is the heroine of the story and meets Army Sergeant, Duncan Mackenzie on the last day of the Napoleon war at Waterloo where Bonaparte is finally defeated but probably the bloodiest battle! As she decides to see if she can be aid in a field of corpse she trips over Duncan landing directly in his lap! Duncan the father of a sheep farmer in Scotland and Grace the daughter of a wealthy English Earl. Even what priority demands she ignored and gave her given name and took Duncan under her care. As he had been hurt and unconscious thinking at first Grace was only a dream a dream he didn't want to wake up from! 

As the story goes in Duncan and Grace keep getting thrown in situation where they are together and alone. You see as the attraction grow and Grace who has accepted a lifetime of spinsterhood just wants to at least feel love once in her life thought she knows it will be short lived and has to be.a secrets due to her family and her own reputation. Not that she cares much about the ton but didn't want to hurt her family. So what shall she do stay a virgin forever or take caution to the wind and go for it. 

Optimist Duncan knows he has nothing to offer Grace but can't seem to resist to her but he is an honorable man. He sees the class difference and knows they can't have a future as much as he wishes it were different. He has the attitude of live each day to the fullest and worry about tomorrow later well that is until his status has changed but still not good enough for an Earl daughter.He has no choice but to break her heart.

Also a side story of Grace’s sister Claire is estranged from her husband  who is having marital problems due a past tragedy. Her husband Robert is also Captain to Duncan and brother-in-law to Duncan. He is also the reason for Duncan eventual Status claim. 

This was fast paced about the problem and prejudices of class difference is still here today in my opinion. I am sure Prince William didn't have an easy time marrying Kate. Maybe not a ton issue today but you still have to fight paparazzi and other villains. Some other aristocrats  like Duke of Windsor, gave up his title for the woman he loved, as he did for the divorced Mrs. Simpson! Although the world finds this very romantic, that these romantic aristocratic men defied all in the name of love, as for the women I imagine this was not easy marrying men from such royalty status.

It also has a mini story of Graces sister Claire and her husband Rob who is also brother-in-law to Grace and also Duncan’s Captain in the Army. The couple have been estranged and due to a past tragedy, you will have read this wonderful book to find the details. Also fans of the series will remember them from book one (A Highland Knight Novel) series in Highlanders Heart.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series though this is book two and my first in the series I plan on reading book one and keep following the series. In other words you can read in series order or as a stand alone book. Highly recommend it was a delightful read! 

The HIGHLAND KNIGHTS series:

(1) A HIGHLANDER'S HEART (Lady Claire and Major Campbell)
(2) HIGHLAND HEAT (Lady Grace and Mackenzie) TBR 4/24/2015
(3) HIGHLAND AWAKENING (Lady Esme and Macleod) TBR 3/29/2016
(3.5) HER WICKED HIGHLANDER (novella in Captured By A Celtic Warrior Collection (Aila and White) TBR
(4) HIGHLAND TEMPTATION (Lady Emilia and Stirling) 


Note....The characters from the Highland Knights appear multiple times throughout the books, but each book can be read as a stand-alone.

***The is an arc I got in exchange for honest review from netgalley.com***



Saturday, November 21, 2015

THE QUEEN OF SCOTTISH HISTORICAL ROMANCE DOES IT AGAIN WITH "STRIKER" A HIGHLAND GUARD NOVEL BAZILLION KILTS COMES OUT THIS TUESDAY 11/24/2015

MONICA MCCARTY BLOWS THIS REVIEWER AWAY WITH HER NEW MESMERIZING, MAGNIFICENT AWE CONSUMING MASTERPIECE NEW BOOK THE STRIKER #10 WILL BE RELEASED THIS TUESDAY 11/24. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE IF YOU LOVE TRUE FACTUAL HISTORY  AND COMBINED FICTIONAL HISTORICAL ROMANCE!  YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH EOIN AND MAGGIE AS I DID!  CELTIC BARB GIVES BAZILLION STARS AS IT BLEW ME AWAY FOR REAL!❤️📚❤️📚




The Striker ( a Highland Guard Novel) by Monica McCarty

Reviewed by Barb Batlan-Massabrook

Note: This book will be released 11/24/2015 this Tuesday and I can't recommend it enough worth every penny! 😀

Bazillion stars is my rating😀

Oh my this book gave me chills and simply just took my breath away. Honestly 5 stars the maximum reviewers are allowed to give does not seem enough in my opinion bazillion stars sounds about right. It was absolutely magnificent, brilliant spectacular! I really don't think there are words in the English dictionary to praise it enough. If this were a painting I would call it a masterpiece! Not surprising I was absolutely blown away since Monica McCarty wrote this awe-inspiring, superbly written novel who is definitely one of my favorite authors on the planet!  I being a huge fan of Scottish history, partially due to my Scottish ancestry, am a huge fan of the Scottish historical romance genre. I am a tremendous fan of true Scottish history weaved in a fictional romance, there is no combination I love better! This is the tenth book in "A Highland Guard Novel" series  and I have loved them all, but I now think The Striker is my favorite, of course I say that with every book she releases. Fans will be extremely delighted  with this truly brilliant novel, on that I have no doubt!

The Striker timeline is a wee bit tricky  as the book opens in 1313 on the time after William Wallace's execution and before Robert Bruce's makes his bid for the crown , but then quickly goes back to 1305 when hero of the story "Striker"'Eoin MacLean first meets Margaret "Maggie" MacDowell whose father was the leader and Chief of Clan MacDowell, the Southwest province of Galloway. In 1313, MacDowell, becomes a hunted man and as they were responsible for some of Bruce's biggest defeats and family members deaths, plus over seven hundred deaths of Bruce's men! Bruce now needs his elite Highland Guard force to finally capture this enemy and traitor ! Yet it is also personal  for both men. Striker with a wife who betrayed him in more ways then one! She is about to marry another, has a son he never knew about.of course Maggie is under the impression he has been dead for the past six years. So you might say Maggie is more then a little shocked to see her dead husband comes back from the grave! Vengeance and visiting past ghost is never an easy thing.

Stirling Castle 1305
Eoin MacLean ( Striker) meets Margret (Maggie) MacDowell and not in the best way as she ruined a chess as she has moved all day he pieces on the shape of a heart!  not realizing she just destroyed an ongoing marathon match that had been going on for two days! Bruce calm him as Eoin is one of those serious lads and is thrilled to be asked to be considered as one of his secret elite force. As he get to know Maggie she interest him as no woman ever did before even though his family is trying to set up w betrothal with a Nobel, biddable and  proper  lady he can't seem to control his attraction. Maggie is a force to be reckoned with as she is wild, free, with her uncovered hair, unadorned gown, uncovered beautiful but untamed hair and casual carefree attitude. He could help but fall in love and secretly marry her after a night of passion that took his breath of away!

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Of course thing do not go easy for Maggie and he is not allowed to tell his a Highland Guard under any circumstances as since her father is the enemy is not to be trusted, his cousin Robert the Bruce forces this vow from Striker. This is partly what crumbles their marriage as being away months at a time and not giving his wife any details. Plus the fact having no friends or family that like her! Striker's family treats her like the devil reincarnated as does the rest of his clan. Things just get so bad she runs away back to her family where she has friends and people who love and care about her. Then when Striker secretly goes to retrieve her after some passionate love making she tried to get him to share his secret life,but he still refuses! Trying to have her understand it is not just his secret. Maggie had enough and tells him never to return she can't live like this anymore! He makes her promise to never tell anyone he was here under any circumstances, Maggie agrees and is heartbroken!When her best friend Brigid upset due to her state of misery, open laces dress, having just made love in the barn with her husband. Her friend thinks she was raped and threatens to tell her father if Maggie doesn't explain. Unfortunately she tells Brigid thinking she will keep her secret, but She tells Maggie's brother who tells her father. This is why over seven hundred Bruce men are killed so she thinks filled with guilt and heartbreak and is told Eoin was also killed and body seen burned with the other dead corpses. 

Durham England, 1313

Maggie lives in darkness and guilt for a long time if she hadn't found out she was pregnant she would of taken her own life but her little boy who looks exactly as his sire is now her first priority.  Their son is the light in her guilt ridden life and thought she was finally happy finding a man who made her laugh again until she sees's her dead husband again, Maggie's feelings are confused as much as she thrilled he is alive she is furious he never let her know this little bit of information! Now all the love has turned to hate as far as Striker is concerned! Although surprising after things settled down Bruce defended Maggie stating it was not all his wife's and his fault. Bruce never let all the fault go on Maggie! Bruce explains, her father had been ready, prepared and waiting for quite some time for the invasion. In the beginning Bruce was furious at Striker and punished him for that enormous and tragic mistake not that Eoin didn't feel he didn't deserve that and more. Striker now wants a divorce and be done with that treacherous bitch he married, but after he sees Maggie and learns he has a son he slowly learns things are not that clear and black and white as Striker first thought. These six years have built a huge wall for Eoin, but Maggie who is honest enough to realize he must hate her and she lives with the guilt everyday for trusting her best friend. Right now her only concern is her son ,who her father has taken in his escape and rebellion. Maggie  has changed too although she knows she will love Eoin until her last dying breath, but knows with secrets they don't have a chance, plus the fact that he despises her or does he?

"The Striker" is am exceptional novel that will capture your attention right the start through the epilogue. Ms. McCarty  definitely knows how to  get your attention  capture both your heart and soul in this mind blowing read! I found myself both laughing, crying  and grinning throughout this read. Plus fans of the series will be happy to see a lot of heroes her previous books so for me it was like a family reunion ,but if you are a new reader to her work you can read this as a stand alone book too. I highly recommend to read the entire series as I have loved each and every book in (A Highland Guard Novel) series unequivocally absolutely magnificent and delightful reads each and every one! I look forward to "The Rock", which will be released in only a month in December and then in the spring of 2016 "The Ghost". Sadly, it will be the end of this outstanding series. Ms. McCarty's books are more then just another historical romance, you actually learn a lot of true factual history especially Scottish history which I am very obsessed with and find fascinating.  My only issue is I wish they would never end,,,,lol

I can't recommend "The Striker" A Highland Guard Novel enough!  This riveting charming , captivating, fast paced, emotional, action packed book filled with mayhem, adventure, history, mystery, suspense, politics, secrets, betrayal, murder, hate, jealousy and all consuming-all soul touching love and more. Lots of bumps, twists and turns in this one! So hold onto your seat as you will be loving this amazing exhilarating ride!

The Queen of Scottish historical romance does it again! Monica McCarty pens another awe-inspiring  tale with a beautiful historical Scottish setting and backdrop, handsome Scottish eye candy, and a story that will melt your heart and soften your soul ! Just be prepared to fall in love! It is a book you don't want to miss nor will you forget. One of those rare books that always stays with you! I love, love, loved it, just to be clear! ❤️

**** I was honored to be given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review throug netgalley.com for an honest review that I give with pleasure****


Friday, November 20, 2015

Highlanders Heart by Joanne Wadsworth 5 Kilts, book 2, Clan Matheson















Joanne Wadsworth does it again with another notch in her belt! In this time-travel tale that will leave readers feeling the magic, as if the universe stood still and you have been transported to another place and time! This is book two, in her fabulous Clan Matheson  series. I know reader will be totally as enchanted as I was and feel the magic in Ms. Wadsworth written words....

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This books heroine is Layla whom has the power of telekinesis which is to move things with her mind and levetate but can also move people. which  be a wonderful fearsome gift in time s of war and battle. Due to her special gift she has been betrothed since childhood to a fierce highland Warror Donnan MacDonald from another allied Clan. Layla understands this is due to her special gift to help them n battle and understands its just a political marriage not uncommon and knows she must marry a man she feels nothing for a political alliance and knows her duty.

The hero is this story is about warrior shifter Tor Matheson who come f0rom the 21st century to find hos one true love the thing is he does not know who she is and has bit can only do this during a full moon. He finds he is in a jeep of trouble when he senses the one who is betrothed to another and might be putting his life in jeopardy if he tried to claim her! Plus you can feel electricity as Layla must decide who she must pick the one she loves or the one she feels nothing for but  would be breaking a betrothal agreement and betraying her clan. She also knows her betrothed is son of one of the greatest highland Chiefs so this decisions and betrayal is not as simple as it may seem. Layla knows the marriage is only wanted for her gifts as she is wanting more since Tor comes I Ot her life. Not to mention the danger this puts her beloved Tor to go against one of the most fearless warriors her betrothed. Love on the battlefield and who is going to win and which will Layla pick duty or love?

You will have to read this fast paced, enchanting,  riveting page,  turner that will sweep you off your feet and leave you feeling spellbound and breathless in this captivating romantic story!  Another Joanne Wadsworth weaves another tale full of magic, action, adventure, suspense, passion  and romance which  with lots of twists and turns that will have readers at the edge of their seats not knowing  what to expect! I highly recommend Highlander's Heart by Joanne Wadsworth a totally delightful read!







MATHESON SERIES
Highlander's Kiss, #1
Highlander's Heart, #2
Highlander's Sword, #3

The Crusaders Hearts by Claire Delacroix 5 Kilts








Wulf did not seem overjoyed leaving his post as he is a Templar Knight and knows an upcoming battle is coming and he wants to fight. Also he did not seem all the likable as he does not honor the monk vows as his brothers do and goes to prostitiutes for sexual release. We also learned Christina did not choose to be a prostitute but after losing her husband In a foreign land and it was always obvious from the way she carried herself she came from no nobility. It was obvious to the me she was just trying to survive it was that or death in a foreign country that was starving, I really felt a lot of empathy for Christina and understood why she chose to follow as this woman had suffered so much and would do what she had to to survive. I also had a feeling she wore a strong armor and that there was a vulnerable woman inside who would break at the seems soon as she had been through hell and back as every human being has their breaking point. Honestly it was Christina's back ground that Piqued my interest as I wasn't completely thrilled with Wulf at that point. I have a feeling Ms.Delacroix wrote him in this way for that very reason, as I have been reading her books for years and she is very clever like that and knows how to draw readers in. I really want enjoyed The Crusader"s heart and was happy to see the gruff Wulf as how he seemed it Crusaders Bride really do have a heart and vulnerability as well. This is Wulf and Christina's story and their point of view, which really surprised me and completely changed the opinion I previously had.





Venice 1187


Wulf the hero of this story, is a man with a chip on his shoulder. He is a Templer Knight, whom was given orders to leave the city of Jerusalem just whe he feels his sword arm is needed most. As war is about to break out and he has to go on this ridiculous errand to deliver a message and a precious relic as if that is not bad enough he is not even in charge of this mission. Gaston whom he calls a former Templar was chosen as leader as he this Templar had chosen to leave the order with his chosen wife on his way home and this is his last mission. Another thing he resents, but a a Templar Knight you must accept with whatever orders are required by the Grand Master as that is part of thier oath as Templar Knight and Wulf wants to finish this quest as soon as possible as return and defend the Temple of Jerusalem. So to let of some steam he decide to find s brothel of sexual release an other oath he breaks as a Templar Monk they make an oath of celibacy but it's is an oath many break except the perfect Gaston that is.

Christina came here for a better life once she was a woman with a husband so full of hopes and dreams but was ripped out of her life with little choice even of she attempted to leave they cut the women where they are scarred for life. So she wouldn't be able to make a living In the worlds oldest profession as a courtesan, prostitute, whore no matter how you sugar coat it. Not the life she would of ever chosen or saw in her future coming from nobility but it was that or starve to death! She hates this life but she is survivor and finally during unusual circumstance she sees there might be a light at the end of this very dark tunnel she has been living It is the same making a living by selling your body to men. This is how she meets Wulf but then he saves her life and chooses to stay by his side until the debt is repaid and Wulf is not exactly thrilled by this outcome.Christina sees this as an opportunity and rescue out of this nightmare she has been living.


I really enjoyed watching Wulf and Christina angle POV of the story who had both had a had a difficult life come together but of course there is more to this fast moving story with a riveting , action , adventure, espionage, mystery, suspense, passion and romance that will sweep readers off their feet. I found the different points of view from the choices will have to me made bit what will Wulf choose duty or love? You will have to read this exceptional story and find out. I absolutely was delighted and loved this story.

(The Champions of Saint Euphemia Book Series)

The Crusaders Bride
The Crusaders Heart
The Crusaders Kiss - TBR 2016
The Crusaders Vow - TBR 2016



Reading Progress

10/20marked as:currently-reading
11/19marked as:to-read
11/20marked as:read

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Highlander's Kiss by Joannne Wadsworth Five Kilts ( Stars)




This is book one in Joanne Wadsworth new Clan Matheson series "Highlander's Kiss"  is a historical paranormal time-travel and a spin off from her previous Matheson Brothers series. I recommend that you read that series as well,  if new to Ms. Wadsworth books not to worry as you can always read her books as stand alone too. I just find its more fun to connect the dots per say and know the history, but that is the readers choice. Either way reader will be totally enchanted by this wonderful story.

It's the story of how 21st century bonny bear shifter, fierce warrior  Clan Doctor Tavish Matheson  travels to the past to find and claim his mate. Of course plenty of bumps in the road to keep this plot interesting and not as easy as it sounds. The problem is the 0ne he wants to claim is resisting him and how is he to convince her especially with so much danger at every turn?


Fae blooded Julia is the one Tavish is determined to make his, she has  the ability to read minds as she reads people's auras and know what they are thinking in a heartbeat.  Julia is extremely loyal and protective of her family and Clan, will do anything to keep them safe. It is another one of her endearing qualities. When Tavish claim they are meant be as one she thinks he is wrong as she cannot see it! Will he be able to convince her or go their separate ways?

As of Julia's life is not complicated enough an enemy clan wants to start marriage negotiations for an alliance between clans Julia not seeing things clearly or the true intent name duplicity of this enemy Clan!  As her parents are captured and I prisoned! Julia will do anything to have them set free and rescue them! Will she be in time to rescue them or is it too late? Then things get really dicey as Julia gets abducted  wil'l Tavish be able to get to her in time?

Will  Tavish be able  to convince Julia of their connection and how they are meant to be together! You will have to read this quick paced,  fabulous romantic tale and take a trip to historic Scotland and find out. Plus fans of Ms, Wadsworth books might be delighted  and reunited with characters from her precious Matheson Brothers series characters,  which is always an extra perk in the story.

I was totally enchanted as Ms Wadsworth weaves another magical tale  in  a beautiful Scottish setting with  non stop  plots of action, mayhem, abductions, adventure, betrayal  passion and romance that will have readers totally mesmerized! I can't wait for Highlanders Heart the next Clan Matheson book in this exceptional riveting series!



CLAN MATHESON SERIES
Highlander's Kiss, #1
Highlander's Heart, #2
Highlander's Sword, #3

Monday, November 16, 2015

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“Ye bring the wildness out in me.”
“Good. But keep yer wildness only for me, Ceana, a ghràdh.” He kissed beneath her ear and gave a tiny thrust again. “Wildness can get ye killed. Save it for me, wildling. Can ye do that?”
She nodded.
“Promise me, Ceana.” He took the moment to withdraw and thrust deeply, sending sparks through her body. “Promise me.”
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Blane gave her an unsteady kiss and rocked forward on a groan.

FIVE KILTS (Stars) "FOR A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING" BY JENNIFER ASHLEY TBR 11/17/2015









One of my favorite reads of the year as Jennifer Ashley pens another riveting beautiful heart-melting story that you wish would never end! It will give you chills and melt your heart at the same time! Loved this quick paced,extraordinary, unique and  extremely entertaining read I could not put down!


Scotland, 1892

All the Mackenzie's and MacBride's were getting ready to travel to Kilmorgan Castle which is Hart Mackenzie, the Duke of Kiomorgan's residence to celebrate Hart's Birthday the following week. So far his youngest brother Ian, his wife Beth and children and a skeleton staff were the only ones in residence. Ian, the one some cruel or ignorant people refer as mad or crazy, of course if it was present day it would be called Asperger's syndrome or ASD. Unfortunately, it is still only the 19th century and it will still be quite some time when physicians and the medical community can give people like Ian, the correct diagnosis. This always impresses me  how Ms. Ashley brilliantly and also tenderly tackles the subject and of course Beth his wife is his biggest supporter, his salvation, his everything!  I think also, this is why Ian is definitely the favorite Mackenzie among readers. Through Ian's special qualities and his senses he hears things and and is in-tune to sounds most are not. Why he wakes up alert and hears the intruders, he knew it wasn't the usual sounds in the house he grew up in  and he naturally goes after them to protect his family and nearly gets himself killed in the process. Unfortunately Ian feels responsible as the intruders makes off with a good portion of Hart's priceless art collection! Ian decided to go after them, especially when someone tampers with Ian's distillery where they make the profitable Mackenzie malt whiskey.

As things were not already topsy turfy enough,  Beth invites her missionary brother-in-law of her deceased first husband whom has a secret agenda! He tells Ian secretly that he can cure him of his madness or at least try. Ian has dreams of being what he calls normal for Beth he has yet to understand that she loves the man he is and always will and does not want a different man. What will it take for Ian to finally accept or understand this and let go of this unfounded guilt he has. I personally blame his cruel father for a lot of these feelings besides the ignorant finger pointers calling him insane throughout his life. Except we all know Ian is not mad or insane! Lots of action, adventure, drama and heart pulling scenes that gives readers chills.  Beautiful of course, seeing how Beth and Ian still love each other as much as ever of not more with their three children who adore him, being together over a decade now. I had goose bumps and tears rolling  down my cheeks during certain scenes as Ian and his family definitely does that to me and I love how Beth is ready to fight for her man no matter who it is. I also love how Beth has taught him so much about love, life and what really is important. Ian now  understands a stolen art collection, even his Ming China collection,  are just objects and objects can be replaced, people cannot. He understands the safety of Beth and their children Jamie 11, Belle 10 and Megan 7 is all that matters. Afterall it is what completes Ian and make him whole.

Lots of action, surprises, mystery, suspense, adventure, love and emotion as always and of course fans of the Mackenzies and MacBrides will truly delighted with this spectacular story centering on  Ian and Beth. Being a long time fan of the series I was not disappointed or surprised and another superbly written story that touched my heart and captured my soul.  I read this in one sitting and be prepared to fall in love with Ian Mackenzie all over again!

I absolutely loved this riveting, charming, amazingly brilliant page turner and highly recommend "A Mackenzie Clan Gathering" by Jennifer Ashley. I can't compliment it enough as I was completely dazzled and enchanted as I totally loved it! ❤️

** I was given an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.**

Chronology and Reading order:
The following is the order in which events in the series take place, which is more or less publication order.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (1881)
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (1881)
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (1882, September; Epilogue, June 1883)
The Duke's Perfect Wife (1884, Spring; Epilogue, June 1885)
The Seduction of Elliot McBride (1884, June)
A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (1884, December)
The Untamed Mackenzie (1885, April)
Scandal and the Duchess (1885, November)
The Scandalous Mackenzies (Print edition of Untamed Mackenzie and Scandal and the Duchess)
Rules for a Proper Governess (1885, December)
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (1890)
A Mackenzie Clan Gathering (1892)

Eighteenth-Century Mackenzies
(Can be read before or after the Victorian Era Mackenzies)
The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (1745-46)


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Warrior of Fire, book 2 (Warriors of Ireland) series by Michelle Willingham release date 11/17/2015


Michelle Willingham's  pens another phenomenal  book in  "Warrior of Fire"  book two, in her spectacular Warriors of Ireland series which I absolutely loved!  It is filled with mystery, adventure, suspense,  passion, heartbreak, betrayal and love. If  you are fans of Ms. Willingham's MacEgan series you are in for a special treat as the King Patrick and his brothers also make appearances in this story which I was thrilled again to see. I read this in one sitting as it is one of those I can't put it down books. Lots of twists and turns so hold onto your seat and enjoy another wonderful trip into historical Ireland and fall in love!

Ireland, 1172

This is about Lady Carice Faolin who decides to runaway since her father Brian Faolin  is forcing her to marry her betrothed,  Rory ÒConnor one of the high Kings of Éireann. He is also of same age as Lady Carice's father and has the reputation of being a very cruel and brutal man. Carice wants nothing to do with this marriage,  plus she is dying and just wants to die in peace, as she can't eat food without having horrible pain. Her father is not interested in her desires or even if she will be safe in this marriage. He only cares about his own ambitions and status and his daughter is the pawn. Carice desides to go west to live out her remaining days with her deceased mother's family.

This is how she meets the hero of the story Norman warrior Raine de Garene as on her quest she needs to find shelter or she is going to freeze to death. So she goes to ravaged Abbey but due to a recent fire all the monks and Priest had died.  Raine was only their to bury the bodies. He too had a sad story his parents both died of violent deaths caused by King Henry of England  then  he had been black mailed into service  by this evil English King too!  Not only has King Henry taken his families lands, but took both his young sisters in captivity as blackmail so Raine will do whatever he asks.He is nothing but an assassin  as his last mission to release his sisters from captivity  is to murder the high King Rory ÒConnor , Lady Carice's unwanted betrothed.

Yet this tender warriors cares for Carice as she sees as he keeps her warm, feeds her and tries to make her as comfortable as possible, but he also sees he can use her as a means to get close to Rory ÒConnor! So he can murder the high King Rory and finally release his sisters. He knows Carice sees him as an honorable good  caring pman but he is a man who lives with much guilt due to his past but wants to save his sisters. As time goes on you see the young couple getting close  no matter how much Raine tries  to keep this beautiful kind women with a big heart at arms length. The problem is if he doesn't listen to the Norman Commanders orders his sisters will be murdered. Plus the fact Carice's father is looking for her and the MacEgan's have promised to help Carice too.


Carice knows she is falling in love with Raine but will he break her tender heart as much as he tries to put up walls between them to can see they keep coming down and he is falling for her too no matter how much he tries to deny it.Will Raine break Lady Carice's tender heart or will he chose love over duty and put his young sisters lives in jeopardy? You will have to read this riveting, quick paced page turner to find out.  I highly recommend as this book has non stop action, mystery, suspense, adventure, steamy passion, betrayal and love and all the element you love. Overall a spectacular read and can't wait to see what Michelle Willingham puts out next!


Note: Also recommend  the first book in this series "Warrior of Ice"  which was about Carice's brother Killion also High King Rory OConnor's son. You can read as stand alone or in series order. I find more fun in order but that is up to the reader as characters from Warrior of Ice is also in this book. Happy Reading


Thursday, November 12, 2015

THE WINTER LAIRD BOOK 1 MISTS OF FATE BY NANCY SCANLON AN IRISH HISTORICAL TIME-TRAVEL 5 STARS TBR 11/17/2015



 Boston. Present Day 2015

This is a lovely inspirational time travel and this is a new author for me that I absolutely enjoyed! In present day the man in her life Matthew treats her like crap in my opinion and blames her for all his short comings. Brianagh O'Rourke is a successful matchmaker for the rich and famous. Her clients are fooled thinking she is in this perfect passionate relationship like a happy endings fairy tale, but it is far from the truth. The relationship very stale and bland, she even accepts his proposal just because in my opinion because it's safe . Definitely no fireworks and passion as you can tell from her very bland ok answer. No words of love or tears of joy and happiness. Her only escape from this hell is in her dreams where  Mr. Right is her dream man, the perfect knight in shining armor. Then  her lovely dream turns deadly into a nightmare as her Prince Charming of male perfection is killed. From there she decides a vacation is just what she need from reality and night terrors to clear her head per say. Her destination is Ireland to look up her ancestor history of Clan O'Rourke .

This is when things gets really interesting as she discovers her ancestral family are actually time passage keepers which she has heard the stories her entire life, but is stunned to find out it is all true! Then Brianagh is suddenly wisked into 15th century Ireland. As if that is not shocking enough she comes face to face with male perfection himself! The man from her dreams who is very much alive and right in front of her!


Ireland, 1457

Nioclas MacWilliam has been dreaming about the same dream woman for years, his brother's makes him believe that those dreams are a sign or message  from their mother's spirit. As she who was wrongfully murdered with the rest of her clan by her own Laird husband when Nioclas was only a boy. Because of his father's cruelty evilness and drunk with power, Nioclas then exiles his father from the clan and demands he leave immediately! He being the heir becomes laird in his place. Nioclas was only twelve years old at the time and  the same age when he is promised to marry O'Rourke's daughter. It has been 20 years and still O'Rourke's daughter is still missing and he must have a wife as it is necessary and required to lead the clan,. Then in the middle of a rescue mission the woman he had been dreaming about for years shockingly is right in front him. The same person he had been promised when he first became laird as a boy all those years ago.. It has been twenty years but Brianagh feels she needs to go back to her own time so a deal is struck she remain for three month married as his wife. Well a lot can happen in three months! Will Branagh leave her dream man and go back to her successful business and her bland no sparks relationship or stay in another time where she has met and possibly discovered a relationship that has all the sparks and passion missing from her present life with a man the treats her the way she thought only possible to attain in dreams and fantasy? What would you do? I know what I would do. You must read this riveting fun filled page turning  novel to find out.  I look forward to future books from this author Nancy Scanlon and plan to continue to read more books about hot sexy Irish warriors in her wonderful Mists of Fate series.

** I received this free ARC  from the publisher through netgalley.com for an honest review which I gave gladly with pleasure!**

Mists of Fate
1. The Winter Laird -TBR November 17, 2015
2. An Enchanted Spring - TBR April 5, 2016
3. Once Upon A Summer Night - TBR August 23, 2016



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Highland Angels (Fated Hearts, Book 3) by Ceci Giltenan just released today and Celtic Barb's 5 star review



This is the third book in Ceci Giltenan's Fated Heart series and again I absolutely loved the a book about love, forgiveness, guilt, shame,  and perhaps its bet not to believe the worst about a person or a clan. It's a book about human emotions we all go through and hopefully eventually moving forward. Highland Angels is centered  around two feuding Clans the MacKay's and MacLeod who had been brought up since birth to  hate the rival clan. This is a stand alone book though it is part of a series really  won't effect of you read the others or not. I have a joyed all the books in the Fated Hearts series immensely.

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This books heroine is Anna MacKay  just had a fight with her brother, Laird Eoin MacKay,  who she is furious when he threatens to marry he off to a horrible man!  Even if he will be Laird one day on the Isle of Lewis  which is faraway from her family. Anna walks to burn off steam not realizing she was so close to the MacLeod territory. She sees a young lad go under on the ice and saves him in the frozen loch. Yet when his father and Uncles see they accuse her of abduction and imprison her in their dungeon for her act of heroism and threaten her with death. When they realize they were wrong and Anna did exactly as she claimed as Davy gives the same precise details all The MacLeod feel even worse plus the face she gets deathly sick being in the cold dungeon fm being in the cold loch and not sure she will survive due to their carelessness and cruelty and faithlessness, As Anna MacKay had just saved the life  a seamstress named Eve MacKay is the name she gives as she knew that if they knew her real name it would be even worse. All Anna want is to do home but once they find out who she is the Old Laird see as an opportunity to generations of hate and war between clan and there is only on way to do that and that is with marriage. The problem os neither the bride nor the groom he has picked want to marry.

As Andrew has vowed never to marry again as it has been four years and he is still mourning from loss of his wife and knows he could never love again. The thing is he has closed himself to everyone including his own son. Anna think she hates and fears this Clan  though she love his son and fourteen year old sister. Plus she want a marriage like her brother has one about love plus feels this Clan has betrayed her in thinking she was going home. So what will happen can two people from enemies clans work together as lifemates with so many forces working against them? One with such an open heart and one with a closed one but the one thing they both love is an adorable little,dragon chaser names Davy who want a new Mama very much.

Highland Angels was really beautifully written and better have some kleenex around and some parts were very emotional but I loved how a lass from an enemy clan opens the hearts of everyone around her.  It's a story about letting go, forgiveness, love and of course angels. Davy was definitely a scene stealer and the scenes with him and Anna are so  heart wrenching and beautiful.


I highly recommend and I suppose you would call this inspirational as there is no sexual love scenes in this book. I have been a fan of Ms, Giltenan's work since her debut with Highland Solution and as always she weaved  beautifully written fast paced page turner.  It is a fascinating story but with conflicts, miscommunication, lots of twists and turns and  usually more then one plot which is full of surprises. I absolutley love her unique style of writing with positive morals which always melts my heart and softens my soul. I look forward to her future books as I am always left feeling a bit in awe !


Fated Hearts Series

1. Highland Revenge
2. Highland Echoes
3. Highland Angels

Monday, November 9, 2015

5 STAR REVIEW OF CONQUEROR'S KISS BY HANNAH HOWELL




This is a 1991 and 2006 a wonderful re-read for long time fans of Hannah Howell like myself or a great author to discover for new readers as it is a win/win. All her books for me are  action filled, heart melting fast reads in a beautiful Alba ( Scotland)  setting as I can never put them down and read them from to cover and absolutely  love them and this book "Conqueror's Kiss" is no different.



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This spectacular story is set during Scotland and England's Border Wars. Jennet Graeme a young orphan girl who lost both her parents at a young age as her mother was raped and killed. Jennet thinks her is father has been murdered  as well. Jennet has been physically and mentally abused in years of service so she decided to join a nunnery thinking that is the safest routine during these times of war, bloodlust, famine and sickness. Well even nunneries and convents are not out of reach in these dangerous times.

This is where Jennet meets Sir Hacon Gillard in the service of Robert the Bruce and who is immediately taken by Jennet though she has no trust of men. Even thought he takes her by force he
never forces himself on her. He is actually saving her, though Jennet doesn't see it as such. The reader will find that Hacon has no choice but to follow the orders. If Hacon is ever to get back what was rightfully his, but wrongfully taken from him as to many others. Hacon is hoping he will be rewarded with his lands and home returned and given back to him as a reward,  for being in service to Robert the Bruce for so many years. As he has seen other warriors being rewarded this way. Convinced this will be his ultimate reward.

When he meet Jennets  though immediately taken by both her beauty, intelligence bravery and courage, but has no choice but to claim her as his his plunder. Though he know he wants her in his bed but willingly never by force,  Unlike the other warriors he and his men are not cruel, do not rape or murder as other troops do. Soon Jennet starts to develop tender feelings for this tender Knight, but not without some bumps in the road. Lots of action,adventure, mystery, suspense, betrayal and of course ever lasting true love. All the elements you look for in an exceptional historical romance.In
this riveting story that  keeps you on the edge of you seat never quite certain what will happen next.

I really enjoyed watching this couple as Hacon understand Jennets resentment and no trust  toward all men for good reasons especially warriors and how he slowly inches his way into her heart, he claims her as his plunder,  but it is his way of protecting her so no others can harm her. Again Ms, Howell pen a fabulous story in her unique style that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Hacon does not agree has no taste for war of the way they are claiming victory but has no choice if he is ever to get his home and lands back. Jennet also comes to realize she has no real choice, but to remain at his side and soon realizes this man is different from the other men she has known. Can she open her heart and find happiness, love and forgiveness? Is it even possible to have a future with a man she that represents everything she despises? Will she never be able to trust and open her heart to this man and all he stands for? You must read this marvelous book to find the answers.


I highly recommend "Conquerer Kiss" by Hannah Howell as it will  definitely conquer your heart with this beautifully written story. I could not put this book down and it's another Hannah Howell story that will stay with you long after you have read it! Absolutely loved this book and Hannah Howell is just a brilliant author in my opinion.

**This was given to me an an exchange for an honest review from netgalley.com  which I give with pleasure.**




Monday, October 26, 2015

The Crusaders Bride by Claire Delacroix 5 stars!




Wow! Wow! Wow! Been read this spectacular author since the early 90's as all her Books are exceptional, quick page turners, that quickly engage you in the characters plots and  and some true history. Also mixed in  a beautifully written loves story with a bit of adventure, mystery, suspense and of course amour - everlasting love. The Crusaders Bride by Claire Delacroix is exactly that!  

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This is the story of Gaston and Ysmaine. Gaston de Châmont- Maine is one of the Templer Knights, a third son by his father's third wife and yet he had just recieved message his older brother has died and he must do his duty and leave the order and take his place as A titled lord and Baron. Now the life Gaston has known since age fifteen summers when he first joined the order is to return home to take his brothers  place. Yet before he  leave he must complete one last mssion which involves a missive and a secret relic to be relocated. Now with all reports of Saracen movement before he can even request to leave the order a last journey. He also knows he must find a wife and  perhaps have heir or two to secure the future of his family when he takes his brothers place as a Lord. He decided to find a woman at the Pilgrimage as he had no family here to find him a match plus not exactly his expertise. As Templer  Knights are pledge to be chaise to celibate. Though some do break this vow and go to houses of ill repute for sexual release. Not honorable Gaston. He is an honest honorable man and took all his vows seriously. So now he must find a bride as he watches this thin beautiful woman at the convent praying each day.

This where he find the starving Ysmaine yet when he tried to give her coin well at first she thought he thought her a harlot but when he tells her to eat she explains she wants to use the coin for apothecary to save her ailing maid. The problem is Gaston spent most of life among men and does not know  how nor does he have the time  to woo and court a woman. He only knows how to be straight forward and gets right to the point. This was the last thing Ysmaine expects or wants, after all she believes she is cursed being a widow twice before the bedding nuptials even occurred as she is still a virgin!

Ysmaine is In dire straits as her maid is so very ill and she does not have the coin to get proper herbs from the Apor. This pilgrimage has been a nightmare as her guard and family friend is murdered. So she is without coin and protection and reduced to begging.  As she is from noble family but bad luck seems to find her as they were robbed to get here and having widowed twice on her wedding night and still a virgin. Now even her sisters can't find husbands due to her curse, She thought going on the pilgrimage might help to release this curse as everyone believes she is cursed as her father can not even get he another match. Ysmaine  accepts she will never marry again but wants happiness for her sisters future and will do anything to remove this curse,

Ysmaine is as honest as Gaston and explains her curse but Gaston does not believe in curses and persuade her to marry him . Will he survive the curse? Will all the secrets be revealed? It was so much fun and fascinating watching Gaston and Ysmaine get to know each other and how they both quickly fell for each other but not with some bumps in the road too. Gaston also had little sexual experience and has no clue how to please a women and some male chauvinist views as well that Ysmaine is determined to show that she is just as valuable as his horse her competition! Also they have an imposter in their party who wants the relic and it is discovered Ysmaine has recieved wolfs bane from the Apothecary which is poison

Ysmaine at first. idea what Gaston has in mind and does not trust nor accept his generously when he gives her coins for food and apothecary to help nurse her maid. She knows there is also a price and when she find out it is for a wife  she is more then a little shocked!  Ysmaine does believe she is  curse having two husband dies before the wedding night and now even her father can't find matches for her younger sisters. Her reason for this pilgrimage to be free of this curse that is attached to her. It was fun watching these two fall in true and what they will and sacrifice too. As they have a mission to bring a Templer relic to Europe to deliver and this is when he meet Wulfe and Christina secondary characters in this story but will be the main characters in the next book Thr Crusaders Heart. Plus it is a dangerous time in Jerusalem then again even today it is a dangerous time  just different  foes and in some ways they same reasons too over religious politics. This is a time when infidels were at war with each other each wanting to gain power and control and being at war with the Christians too. War was breaking out as Gaston and Ysmaine are trying to leave the city and there is also a villain thief among them. Yet who is it? Will he cause Gaston and Ysmaine harm and possibly death?  Plus it is discovered Ysmaine has recieved wolfs bane from the Apothecary which is poison! Is her story about a curse the truth? Or perhaps she is that cuts   all her precious husbands lives short? What exactly is this relic and why so important to take so many risks for the order? You must read this magnificent  book to find out.

Also the hero and heroine of her next book Wulfe and Christine are I introduced and bit more then secondary characters too. Wulfe is a Crusader's knight and Christine is a prostitute so the following book The Crusaders Heart is going to be  amazing too and I plan to read next. Duncan's story The Crusaders Handfast  will be book three thought done in a different format then the other books in the series. This book will be done in monthly installments. The fall book will be released in July 2016. Followed by Gaston's squires book  in The Crusaders Kiss  and the last book  in the series will be The Crusaders Vow which is The Scotsman Fergus storyOf course I plan to read this entire series  all secondary characters in this book as Gastons squire will be book 3 and of course my fav is the Scot in book 4! How can you not continue this amazing riveting , thriving,  fast moving adventure!

Wow this book is absolutely mind blowing and so much of true history mixed in this fictional this story! Claire Delacroix really did a phenomenal job with this spectacular book! The reason I love read Historical romance! I highly recommend you read The Crusaders Bride and follow with The Crusaders Heart  too as this is one series you really don't want to miss. I read and reread this book two times as I absolutely fascinated and ensnared with this captivating story!  Loved it!!!





Personal note* Sadly Israel which still has its share of problems today as it did so many centuries.  In a sense not much has progressed a country still in turmoil, where no one compromises and this has been going on for over a thousand years!


(The Champions of Saint Euphemia Book Series)
by Claire Delacroix

1. The Crusaders Bride - Available now
2. The Crusaders Heart - Just Released 10/20/2015
3. The Crusaders Handfast- first installment December 2015 see review fir details.
4.The Crusader's Kiss  - TBR in 2016
5..The Crusader's Vow - TBR in 2016