Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

Book: The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Series: A Highland Fairy Tale, Book three

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

Heat Rating: Hot

Overall Rating: 5 Stars/Kilts

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

Glen Iolair, 1709

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Highland Fairy Tale Series
by Lecia Cornwall

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

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

Book: When a Highlander Loses His Heart by Julie Johnstone

Series: Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, Book Four

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

Overall Setting: 5 stars

1359, Loch Awe, Scotland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book: “Trusting a Highlander” by Keira Montclair

Series: (The Soulmate Chronicles Book 1)

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

Heat Setting: Mild

Overall setting: 5 Kilts

The Scottish Highlands, 15th century

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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