Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood. Highland Warrior, Book #2. 5 Kilts/Stars. Celtic Barb read this one in under 24 hours, a total masterpiece in my opinion!

Book:The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Series: (Highland Warrior #2)

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of Tartan Book Reviews and Celtic Barb's Tartan Book Review Blog

Book Release Date: December 6th 2016

Heat Rating: Sizzler

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

Scotland, 1387

Magnus Alwyn recently finds out his entire life has been nothing but an enormous lie. As he finds out he is Niall Kincaid's true brother  as they both have a tattoo as proof to their true identity. Magnus finds out he is actually Faelan Kincaid due to severe bump on his head as a child. He didn't even speak as a  young boy for a period of time. He soon learns the woman claiming to be his mother  is not his true mother. Yet, the woman had been a mistress to the Laird Alwyn so she passes him off as an illegitimate child of hers and the Laird Alwyn. Unfortunately, the man he always thought to be true father never even recognized him as a true son or anyone that mattered. On top of that his spoiled drunkard son, his half brother,  has always treated him with hatred, bullied and threatened Magnus his entire life! So he couldn't retaliate or defend himself due to being the Lairds legitimate true (heir) son or the results could be deadly for him!

On top of that Magnus/Faelan has always been a good and honorable man, defender of women and the weaker etc. He has to sleep with the lower serfs and their dogs, even as he became a warrior and came it his own. Now he chooses to be with his men in the pit.  Now after all this time he is finally being recognized for his accomplishments as a warrior and leader. Yes, is it too little, too late or are all bets off and is it time for revenge? Not easy to forgive someone who had murdered your entire family and clan! Or is it?

Heiress, Tara Ivernach has been made aware by one of nuns at the priory-her guardian,  Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan was here awaiting to visit her. A man too busy with his own self importance and ego to even notice her. Buchan, basically dumped her here five years ago and never looked back! Then to her shock and broken heart, she finds out her sister has died under mysterious circumstances! On top of that she is supposed to marry her deceased sister's betrothed! Now that would make anyone's head spin and stomach feel nauseas! Tara truly wishes she would wake up from this terrible nightmare unfortunately it was her life!

On her way to her new life at Alwyn keep Tara’s carriage is robbed by brigands. The worst of it is her mother's necklace her only heirloom from her loving deceased mother. Her savior is Magnus Alwyn   and this is also when she receives her first kiss though neither could see each other's faces in the thick of the night.  Though he did play a little trick on her,  due to his hatred toward his half brother.which he  soon regrets. As time goes on and Magnus gets to know Tara better realizing she hates Hugh and wants to escape! Though she won't do this until she finds out the mystery behind her sister's death. Tara feels the Alwyn people are keeping something from her.

 Now meeting her real betrothed for the first time she is less then thrilled considering Hugh vomits on Tara! Due to he being a drunkard and wastrel plus his added threats don't help! Hugh Alwyn is a piece of work and not in a good way in the least!All Tara wants to do is escape and start a new life!

 Until she see’s the beautiful man Magnus/Faelan truly is and they both seem to fall for each other fast and quickly. Yet it is never  easy and not without misunderstandings, jealousy, mistaken betrayal and miscommunication. As complications are not uncommon with any new relationship. Especially for a love that is so deep and true to the core. Plus they are both fragile and trust isn't easy for either one of them. Both being deceived and betrayed and destroyed so recently and soon both under false pretenses and misconceptions come to very wrong results. Can it be fixed? You will have to read and see, I can tell you it was a fabulous story from start to finish!  I absolutely and unequivocally loved this book!

Lily Blackwood does it again, in her second book in her fabulous  “Highland Warrior” series, which I absolutely loved!   The setting was magnificent, with  phenomenal flow with breathtaking dialogue. In addition brilliant plotting, that I found myself holding my breath with anticipation, not knowing what could possibly happen next!

It's one of those rare stories that speeds up the heart rate with lots of oohs and sighing. Anytime I read a book in under 24 hours I know it is going to be a rare, special, original. unique, and exhilarating read. Filled with a phenomenal  riveting adventure, drama, suspense, betrayal, intrigue, hatred, miscommunication, faith, trust and of course love and more…

You can't help but feel the empathy toward  both the hero and heroine, plus hoping they get the true HEA that they both so richly deserve!  After all each of them went through to survive. Will they? You will have to read this spectacular book to find out.

You can read as a stand alone book or in series order. I highly recommend you read both The Beast of Clan Kincaid, book #1 and this book, The Rebel of  Clan Kincaid, book #2. As they are both exquisite and brilliant  stories in my opinion. Plus so much more fun connecting the character dots!

I highly recommend this masterpiece of a novel “The Rebel of Clan Kincaid”  by Lily Blackwood! It was an absolute treasure and delight to read!

I was given this e-arc from the publisher and have voluntarily left an honest review through netgalley.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

when a LAIRD FINDS A LASS by LECIA CORNWALL, BOOK 2, Highland fairytale series 5 Kilts. Celtic Barb loved this read!

Book: when a LAIRD FINDS A LASS by Lecia Cornwall 
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of Tartan Book Reviews and Celtic Barb's Tartan Book Review Blog 
Heat Rating: mild
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Scotland, 1707
This is the the story of Malcolm Ban MacDonald and Marcail MacLeod who are from enemie clans. This rift started so long ago no one even remember the reason as to why. Malcolm is a dull lawyer in Edinburgh with a fiancĂ©e and gets a surprise visit from the elders of his father's clan of Dunbronach. He and his mother left his father's clan as a young child when he nearly drowned. Now he finds he has inherited his father's Lairdship, who had recently passed away. 

He also finds out he can only marry a highland lass as not other will do. So overnight Malcolm's entire world is changed. He is not exactly overjoyed by this news. 

The story is also bittersweet. As half the MacDonald clan had been lost from the ailing disease. In addition realizing how his deceased parents really both felt about each other and never recovered. Plus a treasure his father would of hidden and told his heir where it was hidden, except he hadn't seen his father since he was a boy!  

Ar first Malcolm is not exactly thrilled about this new responsibility, but as the story moves along he starts to open his eyes and falls in love with both the people and the land. Then one day while walking the beache he finds lass. A lass with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Except she is from the hated Clan MacLeod, tha barbarian clan! So to save her life Malcom hides her clans plaid and keeps the secret from the MacDonald’s . Of course it might just come to haunt him later, that's always the problem with secrets.

His clan is also obsessed with their new Laird finding a wife with the exception it can't be from the hated MacLeods. Plus he is set to do a ritual on Beltane and has to swim to this sea isle and make a wish. Except one problem Malcolm can't  swim! 

Daughter of the fearsome MacLeod as my heart really went out to Marcail MacLeod. As she  keeps opening her heart and being betrayed by the wrong men. Finding no man is faithful and all are liars! She is traveling with her betrothed John MacKay she finds he is as unfaithful as Colin MacLeod had been. Colin was the first to break her heart. Plus MacKay has secrets of his own, Though she isn't in love with either man, but the idea of love. She decides she won't marry this fool! A split second decision: jumps of the boat, as Marcail has always swam like a fish or some would say a selkie.

When she wakes up battered, bruised, plus  she has no memory of who she is or where she came from. Yet she does remember how to defend herself. When the MacDonald women are faced with a new danger that sends them into hiding. Marcail teaches them the art of weaponry. As the story moves along you see the bond between Marcail and Malcolm grow stronger and deeper. Yet Malcolm holds back being a man of honor not knowing if there is a man or family already in her future. Marcail who the clan call Ronat is ready to move on, fearing she will never remember her past. Plus being the free spirit she is and just accept things as is  and move forward. 

This book is absolutley spellbinding and enchanting to the core I absolutely loved it! 

Will this couple find their HEA? This book is filled with riveting adventure, clan foes, rejection, intrigue, suspense, drama, betrayal, abduction, memory loss, passion, forgiveness, love and more! 

Omg let me just start with saying this book totally blew me away in a good way of course. It's absolutely magnificent. So anyone who reads this wonderful book filled with gorgeous breathtaking settings (I swear I could smell the sea), plus action packed plotting and dazzling dialogue! You  are in for an exquisite treat!  This is the second in Ms. Cornwall’s (A Highland Fairytale) series which is absolutely spectacular! Plus  with a wee bit of magic that makes it that much extraordinary in my opinion. 

I absolutely recommend “when a LAIRD FINDS A LASS by Lecia Cornwall book #2  as its one Scottish and historical romance readers definitely don't want to miss!  

Note: You can read in series order or as a stand alone book. 

A Highland Fairytale by Lecia Cornwall

1)Beauty and the HIGHLAND BEAST

I was given this arc from the publisher and have voluntarily left an honest review through netgalley.