Friday, June 12, 2015

Another mind blowing heartstopping absolutely spectacular read by the talented Michelle Willingham in her Duet Series Warriors of Ireland. There are not all that many historical romances about Ireland so I found this story both refreshing and unique as well. As always by Ms. Willingham captured my heart and soul. If you are a fan of the Disney classic "Beauty and The Beast" though the stories are nothing alike,you will see what I mean as the hero is male perfection and the heroine had a horrible thing happen to her as a child and has facial scars for life.

Also if you are are a fan of Michelle Willingham's Irish "MacEgan Brothers" series then you are in for a real treat! A few of the MacEgan Brothers tribe will be in this book, which just thrilled me to pieces!  I am a major fan of the series , as it is how I discovered this multi talented author so many years ago, as I have read and loved each and every book in that series. If you haven't read this wonderful series I highly recommend you do, they are all excellent books!

Ireland 1172....
In this story Lady Taryn Connelly will to do anything she can to save her father, King Devlin of Ossoria,who has been arrested and charged with being traitor and sits in the high..Ard-Righ, King Rory O'Connor's dungeon in Tara awaiting his death sentence. Lady Taryn feels  all these charges are all unfounded and lies and she will do anything to rescue her father from the being executed. The problem is her cold unfeeling mother, Queen Maeve feels her father deserves death and she has a total different image of this man then the image Taryn has. Where Taryn feels he is a good, strong ruler and Queen Maeve sees him as a cruel, self serving man that only cares about himself and getting ahead and isn't worth saving. Plus everyone hears the cruelty and wickedness of King Rory and fears for her daughters life. Taryn refused to abandon her father and is determined to save him!

Lady Taryn's life has not been easy as everyone looks at her like she is some sort of monster due to her face being scarred from a tragic accident as a child which was the same day her brother died. Although Taryn was only four years old and has no memory of what had happened to her. No nobleman wants to marry her due to her facial scars and her heart is scarred as well. Taryn knows what's she looks like, but still wants a husband and family although she knows if is not in her future. She knows many would marry her for her title and lands, but she wants more then that.  Now she knows she needs a warrior to help help her reason for going to Carrickmeath  and meeting warrior Killian MacDubh whom she asks for help. Killian will do anything to help his sister whom is not a sister by blood, but in all other ways that matter.

Killian MacDubh is the hero of this store a very handsome warrior, the bastard son of the high King yet he isn't even allowed to sleep on a pallet on the Castle. He sleeps in the barn with the horses and dogs. All he want is land of his own and be a slave to no man. As his mother had ran away from The high King as she did not want to marry King Rory and ran away to Carrickmeath and the Cheiftain allowed his mother and Killian to live on Carrickweath but once his mother Iona dies he becomes a servant and as he had nobody. For some reason the Chieftain despises Killian especially after Rory O'Connor won't even recognize him as his son. The only person Killian cares about is his sister Carice Faolin though not sister by blood and she is dying as she can't seem to eat and hold anything down. When Taryn make an off to help free her father in exchange for taking Carice  to MacEgan Tribe where they will hide her as she is betrothed to the high king as everyone knows of his cruelty and plus the fact he is old enough to be her Grandfather plus the fact she is dying. Killian knows he has to get his sister away from the place. As Brian Faolin is in denial about his daughters health and wants this match just to line his own pockets!

As they make their escape to get Carice out of Carrickmeath and away from Brian Faolin things go wrong since they are being followed by Taryn's mother, who Killian is not sure if she is friend or foe wanting her husbands execution and claims only wanting to protect Taryn. He suspects her from keeping secrets and wonders if she is the one who gave Taryn the scars? Then things don't go as planned and Taryn and Killian end up traveling alone together after she get the Chieftain to agree and that's when things get really interesting as she sees and treat Killian not as a servant but so much more and he sees the beauty of Taryn and so much more they just don't see themselves as so much more. Plus no one has ever treated him as an equal and cared about him was his sister. At first Killian doesn't know what to make of it plus Taryn also feel she is too ugly and disfigured for a man like Killian. He is the most attractive man she has ever seen!

 So many touching scenes especially how the animals all love Killian and how Taryn is fearful of the beasties and one special cat named Harold is a major scene stealer!

This book is amazing is about two people who have been hurt but not just on the outside but the inside as well. It is also about being brave, showing courage and of course love,  and breaking down walls as they both built around their hearts to protect themselves from emotional hurt. Will they be able to break down the barriers or just keep them up and never finding what they both need, to trust someone who will love them forever?

I highly recommend this book it was hard for me to put it down as it was just amazing and I fell in love with both of these tortured souls! I can't wait for the next book in this Duet which is titled Warrior of Fire which will be Killians adopted sister Carice Faolin can't wait to read it as it is a must read on my TBR list. Warrior of Ice comes out July ist 2015.

Warriors of Ireland

Warrior of Ice....7/1/2005
Warrior of Fire... 12/1/2015

Also by Michelle Willingham
MacEgan Brothers Series
The MacKinloch Clan Series
Vikings Duet
Secrets In Silk Series

Monday, June 8, 2015

Book review An Oath Broken by Diana Cosby will be released 6/23/2015
My first Net Galley Review ever...awesome read highly recommend :)

Diana Cosby is one of those rare author whose books stay with you long after you have read it and still remains clearly in your head and heart. This book was exactly that another page turning phenomenal book to be sure, this is the second book in Diana Cosby's Oath Trilogy.

In this book Lady Sarra Bellacote is being forced to marry her worst enemy in the world a dirty, filthy Scot! The ones she blames for murdering her parents  and now she is being forced to marry one of them! The last thing in the world she wants, plus she feels she is being forced into this farce of marriage for political advantages which she is totally against too beside marrying s disgusting Scot
for her desired wealth. So it is just her luck that the Knight hired to force her against her will is another nasty Scot that is too handsome for his own good  and possibly her own good too! Plus there are other against this marriage except the only problem is they seem to want Lady Sarra dead!

A Knight in disguise? As for the Knight dragging Lady Sarra is actually the Earl of Terrick, Giric Armstrong who is not happy with his assignment but is doing it for his people to keep food in their bellies and a roof over their heads as his castle is need of repair as well plus the generous amount is being paid but soon he wonders if it is all worth it. As it seems others much like the bride to be herself are not happy about the marriage and will do just about another thing to prevent it even murder! What Giric didn't expect was this lady to get under his skin as he is falling for a women who is expected to marry another man if she can live that long!

What an amazing thrill ride of a book with so much action and adventure and of course love and romance. I just couldn't put this book down absolutely loved it. The sparks between this couple are so intense you can feel their deep chemistry. I have been reading Diana Cosby since her debut and have loved every single book release her sa very gifted and talented author.  I highly recommend an Oath broken I would recommend you read in series order but you can read as a stand alone book as well too.  I am looking forward to the conclusion of  the Oath trilogy with An Oath Sworn the next release by Ms. Cosby.

The Oath Trilogy Series by Diana Cosby

1. An Oath Taken - Available now

2. An Oath Broken - 6/23/2015 release date

3. An Oath Sworn -  12/23/2015 release date

Don't forget the wonderful MacGruder Brothers series another fabulous set of books*

This was a Net Galley review for my honest opinion which I gave gladly :)