Friday, September 22, 2017

Pursued by the Shadow Knight by Fiona McKellar. Book #2. Five Kilts

Book: Pursued by the Shadow Knight
By Fiona McKellar

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of 

1)Tartan Book Reviews
2) Purple Tulip Book Reviews 
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The heroine is Margarit Vaus, whom has been abducted and held against her will by a rival clan. Margarit is being forced to marry the eldest son,  Robe of Clan Colp. 

That is until swoon worthy highlander, Sandris (Sandy) Fynne, becomes her savior and saves her from this forced marriage! As Sandy attempts to get her back home, the Colp Clan continues to make repeated failed attempts to kidnap/ bridenap Margarit. 

They finally find a solution to get their ab
ducted bride back,they hire the frightening, fierce, bounty hunter - known as the Shadow Hunter. This also happens to be Sandy's biggest adversary who he deeply despises!  Now Margarit’s future is in even more danger! What will be their next move to keep her safe and free from these villains? 

Another wonderful page turning novella with so many twist and turns. So hold onto your seat, this is going to be another bumpy ride full of surprises. Another Fiona McKellar book that historical romance readers will absolutely love! Beautiful settings, colorful characters.  In addition plots where you find yourself holding your breath with anticipation, not knowing what could possibly happen next! 

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

Iain's Plaid by Skye Taylor. Five Kilts

Book: Iain’s Plaid by Skye Taylor
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of
1.Tartan Book Reviews
2.Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3. Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

The heroine of this  story is Dani Amico. An unhappy lass, who is offered a new and job and marriage proposal, but neither excites her. She wants some excitement in her dull and boring life! Dani decides to go through her lists of things she always wanted to do - yet never did. Some call this a bucket list.  The first was on her bucket list is to visit an abandoned Island.  Dani researched this island  while writing her senior thesis paper in college. As she is extremely intelligent and educated with a masters degree in American History.

While visiting  this abandoned island - Dani locates a tiny tunnel, then she suddenly stumbles in and wakes up 242 years later! The year now is  1775, Dani is then  found by swoon worthy, braw, Scottish merchant,  Iain MacKail. He discovers her in his cellar and due to her clothing she is mistaken for a boy.  However Iain is also suspicious she is a British spy for the customs agent. So he has no choice, but to take her on his ship. A ship that is stuffed to the gills with illegal contraband!

As time goes on and tides and feelings change with love in the air. Yet in dark dangerous  waters this is a pre-nnrevolutionary war time period. A dangerous time to be in Massachusetts.

 Dani remembers reading in her time  that someone was had betrayed  Iain with devastating results for Iain’s future! As all she knows is Iain vanishes forever never to be found or seen again. She starts to wonder is this the reason she was sent here in the past? Is Dani to be Iain's savior or share in his doom and gloom and disappear with him? Now she has to make a devastating decision to find her way back to her time or stay and protect Iain . Which will she choose? Try to save the man she
loves or go home in the protection and safety of her own modern times? Will she stand beside him or runaway?

I suggest you read this delightful book to find the answers. This is the first time I read a book by Skye Taylor. I must add I was absolutely blown away by this fast paced page turning novel. It weaves together all the elements time-travel romance readers could possibly want. Filled with riveting adventure, mystery, suspense, treachery, villain, danger, betrayal passion, heartbreak and love.

I received this book from the Bell Bridge Books publishers for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily promised to read, review and blog through netgalley. All words, thoughts and ideas are my own.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Must Love More Kilts by Angela Quarles. Must Love Series, Book #4. Five Kilts

Must Love More Kilts
By Angela Quarles

Series: Must Love, #4

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

Heat Rating:πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dungarbh Castle, Loch Garry
Scotland, 1689

You can read this as a stand alone book but I recommend you read book 3, “Must Love Kilts” first. As there are many character connections, plot lines and references to the main characters of this book. This entire series is absolutely a masterpiece!-Barb Massabrook of Tartan Book Reviews Https://

This is the story of time traveler Fiona Campbell and Duncan MacCowan. Fiona and Duncan have handfasted but on their wedding night she see’s his scar and tattoo and runs away. She now  knows who Duncan is and the role he is to play in her families  ancestry history. As he is meant to murder her ancestor William Campbell. The very one she is to save and make her name a legend. As Fiona felt she was pretty worthless in her own time until she hears the legend of Fiona told by her Granpappy. The one thing she has in common with her parents was her love of their families ancestry, legends, myths and lore. She fully believes if she's the Fiona of the Campbell Legend, it will make her a heroine and give her life a purpose. 

Poor Duncan believes she was so repulsed by his scar she abandoned him and their marriage. Plus they had no witnesses so it was like it never happened. Duncan’s history with women has not been great. His heart has been broken too many times which caused has self worth and trust issues. He feels unwanted and never good enough for any woman starting with his mother. This makes him want to protect his heart and swearing never to fall in love again. 

Now another wants to make Fiona his wife will Duncan allow this to happen. Plus he knows this marriage would be good for the clan. Yet the jealousy in his heart cannot be denied yet if he he tries to claim Fiona it could put possibly start a clan war! Plus he has yet to face Fiona’s ancestor which will make her a legend.  What will Duncan do fight for the woman he loves or step aside for the good of his clan? Plus will Fiona accept Duncan and put her fantasies and legends aside? If he does kills her ancestor will she ever be able to forgive Duncan?  

Another spellbinding  breathtaking exhilarating read that will leave you wanting more. Filled with non-stop-actions, history, magic, adventure, suspense, betrayal, steamy passion, love and so much more.  

I have read this entire series which is absolutely incredible. I have loved each and every one. I love the mix of paranormal, history and romance. Any historical romance reader won't want to miss this phenomenal read! 

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Must Love Series
by Angela Quarles

1)Must Love Breeches
2)Must Love Chainmail
3)Must Love Kilts
4)Must Love More Kilts 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Scotsman Who Saved Me by Hannah Howell. Seven Brides For Seven Scotsmen series, book # 1. Five Kilts

Book: The Scotsman Who Saved me by Hannah Howell

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Series: (Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen) Book #1

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)

1)Tartan Book Reviews - Administrator & Creator

2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews - Administrator 

3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog - Blogger

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Again Ms. Howell pens a fast paced riveting Scottish-Western Romance that will blow readers away! - Barb Massabrook (Tartan Book Reviews)

Arkansas Ozarks, 1860

 The swoon worthy hero, Iain MacEnroy, is  the eldest of seven handsome Scottish brothers. He and his brother’s smell smoke. They knew their was no evidence of Indians, no arrows as Iain felt they were driven away with no sign of the natives returning. Yet there were lawless dangerous scoundrels sneaking about these hills. They did as they pleased and none of it good. 

They soon find a simmering cabin with a deceased man and woman's body. They were brutally murdered, both horrifically disfigured, plus the woman had also been raped and the man tortured. This was a brutal murder and it was personal as they didn't rob them leaving their gold wedding bands. Plus the woman had a gold pendant with miniatures of herself, husband and their bairn.  There was no evidence of the baby plus Iain was not certain how old the miniatures were. They bury the dead, as that is the Christian and right thing to do.  As these are honorable men. They would not allow this unfortunate dead couple be allowed to have their bodies be eaten by the animals or harmed by the elements. 

Soon they notice a blood trail that leaves them to find the dead woman's sister Emily Stranton and her three year old  nephew Neddy. A beautiful English woman the problem is the english accent reminds him of the hated English and the cruel authority and government back in Scotland. Plus he knew he was beneath her in social status as well. As Emily is the granddaughter of a Duke. Neddy is now the the heir of Duke. Their villainous evil cousin Albert want to kill them both To inherit. He has killed everyone who has tried to protect Emily and her now deceased sister. The reason they came to the new world to hide. 

After Emily passes out, Iain makes the decision to bring her to his home to heal, even with his hatred toward nobility. After she begins to heal she proves to Iain she is not some spoiled wealthy noble and can work as hard as any other. As Iain he had an attitude toward the titled as his Laird’s wife treated them like garbage and threw them off their clans land. She being a noblewomen and they being illiterate and uneducated not being able to read or write. A status Emily changes as she teaches them which is such a heartfelt moment.

They soon open their hearts and sparks ignite. To find true love but not without a price. As her evil cousin is upto his evil treachery and wants Emily and Neddy dead! As Iain finally opens his eyes to the woman he has fallen for. Will Iain be able to save them or is it too little too late? Does Iain even initiate a search and rescue attempt? You must read this marvelous book for the answer one I am certain any reader would enjoy! 

Another breathtaking,  heart tugging emotional read that you can't help but love. As Ms. Howell  again delivers another riveting,  non stop action story. It is filled with adventure, suspense, mystery,heartbreak,treachery, betrayal, hatred, prejudice, passion and love.  Another Hannah Howell novel readers won't be able to put down. 

I highly recommend as I absolutely loved The Scotman Who Saved me. The first in Hannah Howell’s brand new series Seven Brides/Seven Scotman.

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Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins. Made to Marry series, book #1. Five Kilts! Celtic Barb says this book made her laugh, giggle and cry!

This is the First book in Karen Hawkin’s brand new series. This had me captivated from the very first word to the last. -Barb Massabrook of Tartan Book Reviews Https://

Book: Caught By the Scot
By Karen Hawkins

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Series: Made to Marry, Book #1

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

Heat Rating:πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sadly the Duke of Hamilton wife Anna dies in childbirth. She was a beloved sister and surrogate mother to her three brothers. Anna’s dying wish is for her husband to find wives for her three bachelor brothers. The short time-line is to find them mates for life in three months. If they do not agree they forfeit and lose their inheritance.

The hero of this book is Conner Douglas, Anna’s middle brother. Conner is furious he is being forced into an unwanted marriage. Then he realizes not much of his life has to change just because he's married. He will still be able to carry on with the married women of the ton. As this is accepted behavior for married men. A wife who will turn the other cheek for his indiscretions.What Conner needs is a mousie biddable wife and he knows just the lady!

Connor heads to a childhood acquaintance now a spinster, English woman, Theodora “Thea” Cumberbatch-Snowe.Yet when he goes to get her he finds out she's run off to marry a local farmer! Conner being egotistical and thinking Thea is a sure thing is running late and has a month to secure this marriage. He thought he didn't have to rush and she would be available, willing, able and would feel like the luckiest woman in the world to be his wife! As if he is the man of her dreams.Well he wasn't about to let this perfect opportunity to obtain the perfect, biddable, wife getaway!

What Conner doesn't realize is Thea has been in love with him for years. She knows Conner doesn't think of her anything more than a distant friend.  Tired of waiting she decides to marry someone else. hoping it will be a good match. She doesn't expect to find the man of her dreams charging after her!

Again Karen Hawkins pens another delightful tale from start to finish. I have been reading Karen’s novels for years and they always are captivating and breathtaking. Books that are unforgettable with all the elements historical romance readers love! Caught by the Scot is no different. I absolutely loved this charming read it made me laugh and also made me cry. It brought so many emotions out of me and I could never put it down. A book I highly recommend that any romance reader does not want to miss.

I received this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, publishers for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review, blog and promote through netgalley. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sadie's Highlander by Maeve Greyson.Highland Protector Series, Book one. Five Stars. Celtic Barb loves time-travel!

Book: Sadie’s Highlander 
by Maeve Greyson 

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Series: Highland Protector Series, Book #1

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews 
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog 

Heat Rating:πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eons ago...
Of all the Druid clans, the strongest was the goddesses of the MacDara bloodline. More devoted and trained by the warrior goddess. MacDara men and their sons mastered the four relic weapons sword, hammer, shield  and spear. No better archers could be found but MacDara females. 

Yet the MacDara clan were gifted with the highest honor. That is to guard and protect the blessed Heartstone. This is an ancient relic that contains a special unique energy that made every human’s life special, unique and worth living. To love, hope, evolve and live, without this gift civilization on earth would not be the same. Plus eventually the world would cease to exist. Yet as time went on the meaning of the stone and the lore was forgotten, lost in the circle of time and the mist. Though not forgotten by all existing by the Druid clans.

The MacDara descendents know exactly the cost. As in the tenth century they were brutally attacked and knows what it nearly cost their existence! Yet the three goddesses save Alec MacDara, his three brothers, his parents, younger sister and bring them to North Carolina in the twenty-first century . The MacDara’s will protect the blessed stone at any cost. As they know they must thrive and never cease to exist! No matter what century the goddesses place them in to save and protect. 

North Carolina present day 2017.

Highland Warrior and time traveler, Alec MacDara and his three warrior brothers travel forward in time.This is to protect the sacred ancient relic Heartstone. They masquerade and keep under complete secret and under the guise and deception as owners and operators of a theme park. The park is called Highland Life and Legends.

As of late the chairman and CEO of the theme park, Alex has been ignoring and refusing request to film on its lands and premises. Then he meets gorgeous Sadie Williams, the sister of the motion picture company owner.  It is the first time he can put away his 10th century Scottish home out of mind. He agrees to allow her to film as long as she reports to him every day. 

As Alex can't help but be extremely attracted to this beautiful female. A woman who doesn't realize her self worth  or full potential due to her evil sister Delia. Delia who had always treated Sadie as if she was something beneath her shoe. Due to Sadie being adopted,  this cruel treatment Sadie has to endure gives self esteem and confidence issues and always feels like an insecure mouse. As her job is lonely assistant but her dream is to become a brilliant confidant screen writer! 

Then this irresistible Highlander is a major confidence builder. Just exactly what Sadie needs to be the woman she was meant to be. As the sparks between these two fly and build into something remarkable. The question is will these two and their feelings be enough to build a bond strong enough to last forever?

A beautiful enchanting story,  that will warm time-traveler fans  hearts and leave them spell bound. Some major heart pulling moments so have your tissues ready. As a fan of Maeve Greyon’s  page turning exhilarating reads, I  highly recommend you check this and her previous “Highland Hearts” series which is absolutely fabulous. I wonder which brother and what relic weapon will belong to Grant, Ross and Ramsay as the sword is Alec’s relic weapon. I also wonder if the youngest sister will get a book as an expert archer. Well I guess us readers have no choice but to wait and see. 

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The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne. Victorian Rebels series, book #5. Five Kilts! Celtic Barb says this is one of her favorite books of the year! Wowsa!

Book: The Scot Beds his Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

Series: Victorian Rebels, Book #5

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1.Tartan Book Reviews
2.Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3.Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating:πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of lady’s man Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne. A highlander known to be a rake and ladies man but a man with a dark childhood. Gavin covets the lands of Erradale Estate that  Scottish heiress Alison Ross owns. Yet things don't go a smoothly as he expects. As this Casanova is not used to rejection in any shape or form whatsoever from the fairer sex. It was obvious this lass was no damsel in distress!

Samantha “Sam” Masters kills her husband, saving the life of her new friend Scottish heiress,Alison Ross. Then they make a deal, as Alison doesn't want to leave America. Been living in the States since she was a child plus having a fiancΓ© in San Francisco. They know both know  the law and the Masters brothers are going to go after Samantha. As one of the brother’s witnessed the murder of her husband,their brother. This was unknown to Sam until after the murder was done.

Sam needs to get out of Dodge and fast! She is realizing she rather be hung by US Marshals, than have the diabolical Masters brothers deal with her! They would want revenge and torture to make Sam suffer for their brothers murder. Then Alison comes up with a plan for Sam to switch places with her! Killing two birds with one stone per say...

Alison realizes Samantha does have experience on ranches with cattle,riding horses and mathematics. All the things necessary to sustain her lands. As Alison has had o put her wedding on hold due to this offer on her Scottish estate. She has to return to her Scottish estate as she made a promise to her dad before his die. Never allow a MacKenzie take their lands! So of course Gavin St. James is the one to covet her family's ancestral lands! The elder Laird now dead MacKenzie’s demonic father! Plus she must live on her estate for a period of time to prove she has not abandoned her families estate.

Gavin thought this was to be an easy purchase, but than he realizes again his father even dead is ruining another thing for him. Plus he can't help but be attracted to what he thinks is a spoiled heiress. He uses duplicity to attain his lands to put him in a charming light. He is used to women falling at his feet, but realizes the tides have turned in this scenario. As it is he who has fallen for the American raised chit!

Samantha knows the Masters brothers will never stop looking for her. Marriage is her only answer. Gavin who want both the woman and the lands is more than ready. Yet as always lies, betrayal and deceit have a way to catch up with you. Will this star crossed couple stay together with love in their heart. Will they go their separate ways with feelings of hatred and betrayal or just a shredded heart? You must read this

Lots  of major surprises in this action packed captivating nail biter! Flawed characters with dark pasts that you can't help but adore! It is stored with all the memorable elements historical romance readers love. Another beautifully written heart puller that readers won't be able to put down. Also a major compelling teaser for The Rook, which will be book #6 in this powerful  Victorian series that I can't wait to read!

As always in this sensational unforgettable series….Ms.Byrne pens another page turning fabulous book. The type of book readers will want to revisit and read again and again. I know for me her stories stay with me for a long time after I have read them. Only the outstanding and remarkable novels do this to me. Her books seems more real to me, as I know cursing is in my everyday life. I am sure people cursed in the 18th and 19th century too. I actually love the cursing in  her stories.

Kerrigan Byrne, is one one those rare  extraordinary authors, whose stories bring every emotion out of me! That is  from giddiness, to tears,to cursing, and to gasping for air! Her books are pretty incredible to me and I can't recommend this wonderful author enough! It is a definite book you don't want to miss! The

1)The Highwayman
2)The Hunter
3)The Highland
4)The Duke
5)The Scot Beds His Wife

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I received this book From Saint Martin’s Press publishers for a fair and honest review. I voluntarily agreed to read, review, blog and promote through netgalley. All words, ideas and thoughts are my own.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Highland Flame by Mary Wine Series: Highland Weddings, book #4. 5 KILTS! "Celtic Barb says", this book was heaven in earth!!!

Book: Highland Flame
by Mary Wine

Series: Highland Weddings, book #4

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)

1)Tartan Book Reviews - Administrator & Creator

2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews - Administrator

3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog - Blogger

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Again, Mary Wine pens another action packed book I simply could not turn away”! It is absolutely brilliant…Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Gordon Land, Scotland

Diocail Gordon is the hero of this  story. He has recently been awarded title of Laird from his neglectful dead Uncle. With his sorry, neglected, crumbling, castle and muddled disorderly clan. Diocail isn't sure if being the new Laird is an award or a curse! He also realized he needs a wife and helpmate at his side. Yet what woman would want him with the sorry state the clan and broken down castle are in! He doesn't expect love nor even wants it, yet wants someone to help clean up this mess his Uncle left for him. His intention is to be a good Laird so that his clan will believe in him and never suffer again. However can he achieve it goal? It is obvious that most in the clan do not trust or believe in their new appointed Laird.

Lady Jane Stanley is paying for her dead husband’s bad habits and mistakes. He was a gambler and drunkard, but now all the money he owed his creditors expect Jane to pay. With money or her body, it does not matter! Money she doesn't have, yet she will never be any mans whore!

Jane trying to escape back to her family in  England, but walks right into the viper's nest in only a shift, without even shoes! Diocail Gordon’s has muddled warriors, however as muddled they might be, they are an honorable motley crew.

They are disgusted a husband would leave his wife in such dire straits! Even to offer to bid sexual favors from her to pay off his debts! They could tell she was of noble blood. In addition proved to her there are worthwhile professions she could pick, without stepping into prostitution. Especially with her fine talent with a needle and thread.

Jane knows she needs this warmhearted braw highlander and soft hearted warriors to protect her. The problem is can she protect her heart?

Now Jane is hiding in Scotland away from her husband’s creditors. Diocail decides to do anything to help Jane, as his best laid plan is to keep her hidden in his rundown fortress. Now what will she do once she sees his state of affairs and wreck of a castle? Plus danger at every corner, not everyone is thrilled with Diocail as Laird and that Jane is from the hated English! Is she safe? Will Jane want to stay or escape even more ?

Diocail wants this woman to want to stay, but how can he convince her? He also wants her to pick him.

After such a bad first marriage Jane is in no hurry to remarry. Though as a fourth daughter, she knows that is exactly what her father will do. Pick another useless cruel husband! This Scottish Highlander is not the the cruel savage she had always been told. He is is kind, honorable and gives hot passionate fiery kisses  like she's never had before!

With matters of the heart this is never easy. A definite read you don't want to miss! Filled with all the elements Scottish romance readers love. A riveting adventure, drama, treachery, murder, arranged marriage, jealousy, betrayal, deception, anger, forgiveness, passion, love and so much more.

 I have read each book in this series, that has been absolutely exhilarating novels! It has been a delight to read from start to finish.

Scottish historical romance readers will love the swoon worthy hero, plus a heroine who knows what she wants. The chemistry sizzles right off the pages! Magnificent setting, brilliant dialogue and superb plotlines! Plus the fact of never knowing what to anticipate next. I can't wait to see what comes out next!

Highland Weddings
by Mary Wine

1)Highland Spitfire
2)Highland Vixen
3)Highland Hellion
4)Highland Flame

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy Release Day Angela Quarles! Must Love More Kilts, Must Love Series book #4

A choice to make...

Highland Games fanatic Fiona Campbell believes her only value is her family's history, myths, and legends. So when she travels back to 1689 Scotland and discovers she's the Fiona of family legend, you'd think she'd be excited. And she is. Except that the legendary warrior she's to save her ancestor from is the hottie in a kilt she just handfasted.

A heart to heal...

Duncan MacCowan once trusted his heart to the wrong woman, but when a strange lass drops into his life and pries opens his heart again, he impulsively handfasts her. Yet before he can finish spinning fancies of their domestic bliss, she flees on the night of their wedding, leaving him even more convinced that he can't trust his instincts where his heart is involved.

A family legend that will tear them apart

Fiona wants to shake her fist at Fate--she finally meets the man of her dreams but can't have him because of the family legend? Not cool, Fate, not cool. Duncan believes he's just terrible at picking women and destined to be alone. But as the heat of their attraction flares, how far can they tempt Fate for love?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mad for the Marquess By Jess Russell Series: Reluctant Hearts, Book #1.Five stars. "Celtic Barb says, Dark, Dangerous and Delicious! A divinely lethal combination!


Book: Mad for the Marquess
By Jess Russell

Series: Reluctant Hearts, Book #1
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯

Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Scottish Highlands, March 1863

The heroine of this story is Anne Winston, an orphan from the Ardmore school until she is accused of witchcraft. Now  heads to the Ballencrieff Asylum for the position of ladies companion/nurse for two women there. She comes in just in time to witness a chaotic scene,  where a beautiful  man is covered in blood trying to escape his captors. Ann can't help but feel empathy for this man, feeling   like shouting, “run”-”run”-”run!”

Ann Winston  is an innocent with no experience with men, yet the attraction and chemistry to this patient  is full blown and  immediate. Not realizing some men might take advantage of such an innocent female. However Anne thinks she can save Devlin from his enemies, as well as himself. Does she even realize she could be used for his own mean and or ambitions?   

The Marquess of Devlin, James Drake is found drenched in blood over the body of a dead servant. The problem is he has no memory of what happened. He has a timeline deadline as well, either remember within a year of what happened to prove his sanity.  If he does not gain his memories-he is to remain a permanent resident of the mad  asylum forever! As his father the duke will have him fully committed!

Devlin was previously a talented artist until he fell into the dark world of debauchery, gambling, sex, drinking and recreational drug use. Now he has someone ( Anne)  he can use as a pawn for his freedom, or can he? As he is starting feel things for this gorgeous tender hearted woman. Can he possibly use and ruin  her for his own means?  Will he protect and save her, even if it means his own personal destruction of being a prisoner forever? You will have to read this amazing book to find out.

This is the second historical regency I have read from this delightful author, Jess Russell. As the Dressmaker’s Duke is also another exhilarating read as well. I have 5 starred reviewed that novel as well. A definite must read that historical romance readers will absolutely love. It is a little darker which made it that much more exciting and captivating for me. I definitely highly recommend! Bravo Ms. Russell another heart stopping, page  riveting adventure from start to finish! Loved - Mad for the Marquess!

Disclaimer: I was gifted with an advance reader’s copy from the author. I voluntarily agreed to do an honest, fair  review and blog. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Wolf of Kisimul Castle by Heather McCollum Highland Isles Series Book #3, 5 Kilts, Celtic Barb was totally dazzled. A definite heart melter!

Book: The Wolf of Kisimul Castle
By Heather McCollum

Series: Highland Isles, Book #3
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯

Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Scottish Highlands, 1523
It was supposed to be Mairi Maclean’s wedding day. No, she did not love her betrothed Geoff, the new  MacInnes chief, since her elderly husband Fergus MacInnes death.  That marriage was forced by her father, now her brother Tor is chief. Tor explains, Mairi does not have to marry anyone except for love. She feels the ties with their clans would make them so much stronger. Mairi knew her insecure groom - was sending his most handsome warrior to kiss her as a test. If she really wanted to marry him she would still meet him down the aisle. So when the most strapping, handsome,  warrior she ever met gave her the most passionate kiss of her life! What is she to do? Than she realizes a decision has been made for her. Her warrior escort is taking her in the opposite direction of the chapel!

The man Mairi mistakenly took as one of Geoff’s men is actually their enemy! It isLaird Alec MacNeil,  known as the Wolf and Chieftain of Kisimul. A man who decided he was going to get his revenge. Even though Fergus is dead, but he killed his wife, so he will replace her with a new wife, Fergus’s wife. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a bride for a bride, all is fair in love and war! Plus Alex needs someone to mind his children besides his close  warriors friends and dogs. It  was a shame Fergus MacInnes was already dead or he would of run him through. It was only fair, yet Mairi is not the docile lamb he was expecting! Nor can she be forced to do anything against her feisty, independent, will! Alex thinks a week in his dark dungeon will change her mind. Mairi does take notice of her abductor, who  is kind to dogs,  extremely gentle and caring with her person.

Laird Alex takes her to his rundown empty cursed Kisimul Castle, the Castle everyone thinks is cursed and  leaves. Everyone leaves except his children and a couple of his men. As many believe in the curse especially after his wife was murdered. His own mother deserted him as a teenager, thank God Millie cared for him.

When Mairi refuses his marriage offer he thinks a week in the dungeon will change her mind. He doesn't realize his own children betrayed him, giving  her all the comforts of a Queen! Then the tides change as Mairi starts to feel things for this gentle giant.  Also his motherless children, his young son gives his puppy so she won't feel alone. His daughter Mairi gives cooking tips and the young lass makes her flower crowns.  So she can't help  feel anything but love for the wolf’s young children . Even the puppy his son gave her she has grown to love.

Plus the location of Kisimul Castle is inescapable so what can Mairi possibly do. Yet her brother Tor is searching for . She has no doubts her family will discover her whereabouts sooner or later. Will she stay or leave like everyone else? Readers will have to read this dazzling, memorable, story that is absolutely breathtaking and unforgettable!

Again, Heather McCollum pens another remarkable riveting action packed novel, that readers won't be able to put down. This is the third book in her magnificent “Highland Isles” series. It has all the elements Scottish-historical-romance-reader’s love! It includes a swoon worthy hero,  stubborn, independent and kind
beautiful heroine. If you're a dog lover like myself you will absolutely love this novel. Any mother will love Alec’s motherless children too. There are many facets and parts to this novel that had me totally captivated and mesmerized! It totally melted my heart!

This book brought so many emotions out of me from laughter to heart tugging moments as well. A beautiful superbly written novel that readers won't be able to forget. Definitely one for your keeper shelf to re-read. I found it a total delight! I highly recommend this as you can read as a stand alone or in series order. It is always such an enormous treat when I see a new “Heather McCollum” release.

Highland Isles by Heather McCollum
1)The Beast of Aros Castle
2)The Rogue of Islay Isle
3) The Wolf of Kisimul Castle - Releasing 8/15/2017

I received an advance reader’s copy from Entangled Publishing. I voluntarily agreed to do an honest, fair  review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Ward's Bride by Ceceila Mecca. Border series prequel novella. 5 Kilts.

Book: The Ward’s Bride
By Cecelia Mecca

Series: Border Series Novella Prequel

Reviewed by Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: hot

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Coldstream, Scotland , 1245

Due to tension during peace talk among the borders there was an attack. To make amends it is decide English Knight, Sir Adam Dayne will wed Scottish Cora Maxwell. She is the daughter of the Scot’s  Marcher Warden.

Neither Adam or Cora find this forced marriage appealing. Cora hates everything English and plans to dissuade his decision. Cora wants to return home to Scotland to see her family again. She doesn't want to be abandoned in some forlorn keep in Southern England!

Even though it was a forced marriage Adam is an honorable man and very protective for those he cares for. He knows he is going to have to court his wife to keep her. Yet will it be enough?

A beautifully written novella that I absolutely loved from start to finish. This is my first book by author Cecelia Mecca but definitely won't be the last. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

I received a complimentary reader’s copy that I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

Highland Dragon Warrior By Isabel Cooper, Dawn of the Highland Warrior, book # 1. 5 Kilts. Celtic Barbs says "Dragons and Alchemists",oh my beating heart!

Book: Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper

Series: Dawn of the Highland Warrior, Book #1

Reviewed by Barb Massabrook (of)

1)Tartan Book Reviews - Administrator & Creator

2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews - Administrator

3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog - Blogger

Heat Rating: πŸ”₯

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Cathal MacAlasdair and Sophie Metzger.

1304, Scotland

Laird Cathal MacAlasdair is a dragon/human shape-shifter, the dragon laird. He is furious the Sassenach controls the highlands ever since Scotland fell to their rule.

As legend claims the highland dragon's took an oath ”Freedom at any Price!” Yet he's frustrated that not even he can keep his people safe.

He needs a ferocious, relentless, savage, warrior, that won't fear anything or anyone! This would keep his clan safe from enemies. Yet also a warrior clever enough to outsmart his foes, be more beast than human.

Than shortly after her meets Sophie he realizes she is exactly what he both needs and wants. He and Sophia have joined together to battle, win and conquer over evil and darkness! Will they also join in the carnal sense as well or part company. Will they Dragon lift his claws and hot breath to even allow it!

Sophia Metzger is a scholar and an alchemist, but can feel the land at Loch Arach is rejecting her and wants her gone. She came here to learn,  not to fight as a warrior does.  Of course she never expected to be attracted to a dragon or ride in the clouds on his back!

This captivating book has all the elements Scottish historical paranormal romance readers love. It is filled with murder, magic mystery, shape-shifting, fantasy,  healing, faith,  passion, betrayal and love. An attraction that grows from respect to love.

A spellbinding enchanting story from start to finish. Absolutely delightful read,  loved it.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

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