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Deception of a Highlander

I reviewed this book in April of 2015 prior to publication.


by Madeline Martin

Publisher: DiversionBooks

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“A promising debut.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Scottish Romance doesn’t get much steamier—or more dangerous—than a spy hunting her quarry, and losing her heart to him instead.

To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England’s deadliest minds. Aaron’s latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel’s young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt. If she fails, her brother will die.

What she doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.

About The Author:

Madeline Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (AKA Oldest Minion5161fSqB4wL__UX250_ and Youngest Minion). All shenanigans are detailed regularly on Twitter and on Facebook.
She graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and works for corporate America. Her hobbies include rock climbing, running, doing crazy races (like Mud Runs and Color Runs) and just about anything exciting she can do without getting nauseous. She’s also a history fan after having lived in Europe for over a decade, and enjoys traveling overseas whenever she can. Her favorite place to visit thus far: Scotland.
Writing has been a passion of hers since she was a child and now she finally gets to see her lifelong dream come true. 

My Thoughts:

I reviewed this book in April of 2015 prior to publication.

This is an amazing debut novel from an obviously talented author. I look forward to more!
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I honestly enjoyed “Deception of a Highlander”. From page one it grabs and holds the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go. It is fast paced with unpredictable twists and turns, very steamy passion, mystery, action, and romance. Both  Hero and Heroine are fighting for people they love most in the world yet strongly attracted to each other.  The sparks fly between them from the beginning but neither trust the other. She must call on her special skills without letting him see. No matter his powerful attraction to her, he tries his best to ignore the passion. She is also attracted to him so she doesn’t make it easy. When Mariel discovers who the two people actually are she faces making some difficult decisions as she grows to care for Keiran, but she must save her brother, herself, and Keiran.

I highly recommend Deception of a Highlander by Madeline Martin to anyone who loves to read Highlander tales, or loves reading romance. If you haven’t tried historical romance you will become a fan after reading this book. This author, after her first book, has been added to my treasured auto buy keeper shelf list. I will mark my calendar for every future release! 

I gave this book 4.75 stars.

I received a digital ARC of this book through Netgalley courtesy of the Publisher and Author in exchange for an honest review.             

A Taste of Honey

by Jane Bonander

Publisher: DiversionBooks

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“Ms. Bonander writes with an easy style that brings her characters and timeframe to vivid, entertaining life.”—RT BOOK REVIEWS

51oMZvejI7LSeeking one last night of passion before entering into a loveless marriage, Honey DeHaviland finds that and more in the arms of Nick Stamos—the very man tasked with delivering Honey to her betrothed. Although it is in Nick’s embrace that Honey finds the love she longs for, she knows that marrying a penniless man would mean her father’s financial ruin.
But when Honey discovers that Nick is indeed wealthy beyond comprehension, she knows that she cannot give in to her yearning to stay with him without appearing shallow and mercenary.
When he learns the reason for Honey’s arranged marriage, he vows to have her for himself. Will he convince her that he’s all she needs before he loses her forever?

About The Author:

519dKqv+fSL__UX250_Jane’s first historical romance, Secrets of a Midnight Moon, was heralded as ‘sensitive and sensuous, violent and tender.’

“I found the plot to my first novel in a little known history of Northern California Indians when I learned that Native Americans were being taken as slaves by the settlers, their families threatened with death and dismemberment if they tried to leave. Yes, one can weave a romance around such an appalling event!”

Since then she has published nine full length novels and four anthologies, all dealing with the perils and passions of romantic historical fiction.
She graduated from the University of Minnesota majoring in American and Russian History revealing that, “while all of my stories are set in the US, I had hoped one day to set one in Russia, though in my opinion, the best ones have already been written.”

Jane continues to write and also edits for Melange Books. She currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, Richard Noer.                

Proper Scoundrels

 by Laura Landon, Collette Cameron, Tarah Scott, Barbara Devlin & Lana Williams 

Eight hundred pages of historical romance from five best-selling authors.

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Brentan Montgomery, Earl of Charfield has one love – his stable of Arabian horses. When he’s offered breeding rights to the Marquess of Fellingsdown’s prize Arabian if he acts as companion to Fellingsdown’s sister, he doesn’t care if the reclusive Lady Elyssa has three chins and a dozen hairy moles. The prize is worth anything he has to endure. But when he meets the elusive Lady Elyssa Prescott, all thoughts of gaining a prize Arabian colt disappear. He realizes he’s met the woman of his dreams – if he can keep her from discovering his deceit and convince her that her imperfections don’t matter to him.

Lady Elyssa Prescott knows what it’s like to be ridiculed and shunned. But when Brent Montgomery lets her glimpse a world where her limitations aren’t important, she believes it’s possible for her dreams to become a reality. Until she discovers the man with whom she’s fallen in love was ‘hired’ to offer her everything she’s dreamed of having.

The cruel reality of a love built on deceit shatters both their dreams and threatens to destroy their lives forever.

WAGERS GONE AWRY by Collette Cameron
Brooke Culpepper resigned herself to spinsterhood when she turned down the only marriage proposal she’d likely ever receive to care for her family. After her father dies, a distant cousin inherits the estate and becomes their guardian but permits Brooke to act in his stead.

Heath, Earl of Ravensdale is none-too-pleased to discover five young women call the dairy farm he won and intends to sell, their home. Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to go, Brooke proposes a wager. His stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue.

Brooke loses, and her devastation is compounded when the cousin arrives, intending to haul the Culpepper misses off to London. Heath astounds himself and proposes in order to apply for guardianship of the other girls. Does Brooke dare marry the handsome stranger who’d been bent on compromising her? Will Heath regret his impulsive gesture, or will unexpected love flourish?

Love is always sweetest the first time around…

A harmless attraction leads to a friendship that forces Lady Annabelle to choose between the two men who love her. One saved her from a killer. The other is her future husband.

James Waterson, newly titled Viscount Ruthven, is hunting a killer. When Lady Annabelle steps into the killer’s sights, James will do everything in his power to protect her. Even if that means letting her go.

Book Three in the Brethren of the Coast Series.
Woo a young lady with a fishing rod and a bucket of worms? Oh-so dashing–but untitled–Everett Markham seeks a bride, and he has charged the field of Miss Sabrina Douglas, a woman who prefers trout to truffles.

Unabashed and unapologetic, Sabrina sets her cap for a second son, one who will smile patiently when he comes home to find she’s misplaced their children. But marriage changes her in ways she never imagined, as the awkward debutante surrenders to a very real, very womanly, all-consuming love.

An irresistibly handsome English rogue, Everett plots his future with ruthless detail, but his future wife is anything but predictable, resulting in the zaniest courtship London society has ever seen. When a family tragedy upends his life on his wedding day, he must chart a slippery course with his most unlikely lady–as the new Earl and Countess of Woverton.

LOVING THE HAWKE by Lana Williams
Two wounded souls, a wallflower and a war hero, stumble upon each other time and again in slums and ballrooms, realizing they fight a common cause and share an unbridled passion. Will the curse they fight be their downfall? Or will love win the day?

Fortune’s Flower

by Anthea Lawson

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From USA Today, RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson comes this full-length Victorian romantic adventure full of wit, adventure, and plenty of passion!

Miss Lily Strathmore has made a desperate bargain. One last adventure abroad with her botanist51V4L9IdOyL uncle and his family, and then she will do as her parents bid and wed the proper (and boring) viscount her mother has selected as Lily’s ideal husband.

James Huntington is on a mission. Retrieve his grandfather’s lost journals from the wilds of Tunisia, and win the estate and fortune he so desperately needs. This quest will be the making of him—or his ruin.

Thrown together on a botanical expedition, James and Lily’s attraction is immediate, and impossible. Despite every reason to keep their distance, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together as they race to reach a hidden valley before their enemies can bring all their dreams crashing down.

“A lush, exotic tale of romance and adventure.” – Sally MacKenzie, USA Today bestselling author

About The Author:

USA Today bestselling author and two-time RITA nominee~81Tn8TZbHsL__UX250_
Anthea’s books have received starred reviews in Library Journal, and Booklist named her “one of new stars of historical romance.”

Anthea lives with her husband and daughter in the Pacific Northwest, where the rainy days and excellent coffee fuel her writing. In addition to writing historical romance, she plays the Irish fiddle and pens award-winning YA Urban Fantasy as Anthea Sharp.

Contact her at anthea at anthealawson dot com, and join her mailing list,, for all the news about upcoming releases and reader perks!                

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