Thirsty For Romance Thursday Bargains, Freebies & Reviews

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My Pre-Release Review of

A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss

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The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #5)

by Paula Quinn

Publisher’s Description:

A STRANGER’S SMILE

Christmas may be coming to Linavar, but Temperance Menzie is far from joyful. Grief-stricken over the death of her father at the hands of the Black Riders, she almost didn’t see the wounded stranger in the woods. And now she’s determined to give this braw, brooding Highlander the help she couldn’t give her father. But there’s a secret lurking in the depths of his blue-gray eyes. And Temperance won’t rest until she uncovers it . . .

A LOVER’S KISS

A killer for hire. It’s the last thing Cailean Grant ever thought he’d become, but being part of the Black Riders was his only way to survive. Now, his guilt grows day by day, along with his desire for the beautiful, brave lass nursing him back to health. As Christmas, the season of miracles, draws near and the truth of his identity threatens to come out, Cailean must risk the only thing he has left to lose-his heart.

In the second half of the Highland Heirs series the tradition of trouble and lawlessness is still going strong in Callum MacGregor and Graham Grant’s grandchildren. Despite the proscription, Camlochlin’s heirs travel and live with fearless abandon.  Though they still protect their home and their name, many have decided not to join any political causes like some of their cousins before them. These lads and lasses fight on another kind of battlefield. Theirs are more personal journeys with roads leading inward to self-discovery, honor and absolution.

This continuation of the Highland Heirs series will feature four more of Camlochlin’s descendents. The stand-alone plotlines are set in the early eighteenth century. The MacGregor name is still proscribed, but that doesn’t stop our heroes from leaving the safety of home to find what will make them happy. Upon their paths they discover that what they’re searching for lies within themselves. They had only needed someone to lead the way.

In book one Cailean Grant needs someone to bring light to a dark path paved in anger, hate, and unforgiveness— dragons this Highland heir must face in the light in order to save his heart so that he could give it away.

In book two Patrick MacGregor, careless son of a gallant knight, needs someone to lead him on a path that will chip away parts of himself he is afraid to lose in order to discover that the power of love is worth any sacrifice.

In book three Mailie MacGregor needs someone who will teach this saucy Highland heroine, who is searching for a perfect hero, that the true wonder and beauty of a man are found in his imperfections.

 And lastly, in book four Adam MacGregor needs someone to show this Highland heir with little regard for his heritage what it truly means to be a MacGregor.

Highland Heirs is a four book series that spans the mountain ranges of Scotland to the deepest glens and highest peaks of four hearts about to discover the most powerful force running through their veins. Honor.

My Thoughts:
I could not put this book down. I love this series and this Christmas Tale of Cailean Grant and Temperance Menzie is an exceptional read.
Our Hero, Cailean is a man with a secret that he is afraid to divulge to our Heroine upon hearing her opinion of the men responsible for her father’s death.
Will he ever tell her the truth and if he does will Temperance carry out her vow of retribution or will she forgive him in this Christmas Season of Miracles?
The characters in this installment of Paula Quinn’s popular Highland Heirs series are engaging and unforgettable. The storyline is well developed and in this reader’s opinion makes this book one for the keeper shelf.
I would give this title a 4.75 star rating and look forward to reading the next book in the series which is currently untitled but in the works (book two Patrick MacGregor, careless son of a gallant knight).
I received a digital ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About The Author:

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Paula Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author and a sappy romantic moved by music, beautiful words, and the sight of a really nice pen. She lives in New York with her three beautiful children, six over-protective chihuahuas, and three adorable parrots. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She’s a faithful believer in God and thanks Him daily for all the blessings in her life. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

To date, four of her books have garnered Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. She has been nominated as Historical Storyteller of the Year by RT Book Reviews, and all the books in her MacGregor and Children of the Mist series have received Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Her work has also been honored as Amazons Best of the Year in Romance, and in 2008 she won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for Historical Romance.



Highlander’s Desire

The Matheson Brothers, #1

by Joanne Wadsworth

Digital List Price: $2.99

FREE for a Limited Time at:

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There can be only one…for both of them.

51fniauddrlIn the twelfth century, a man named Gilleoin was gifted with the ability to shift into a bear. His clan was called Matheson, and when he mated with a woman carrying faerie blood, they created a line shrouded in secrecy, yet still, far into the future, whispers would abound…

For five long years, Isla Matheson has run from the one man her fae ancestor prophesized would be hers, but now her time for running is done. Her shifter mate is closing in and when he captures her and takes her home to his clan, she can no longer deny either of them. She chooses to merge with him in all ways, and in doing so sets a twelfth century prophecy in motion, one that sends her hurtling back through time to when their clan first began.

Highland warrior shifter Iain Matheson has fallen under his mate’s spell. She’s the one woman he would die to protect, and when a portal opens and takes her from him, he dives in after her. He’ll never allow her to escape him, not even when he becomes embroiled in one of the greatest feuds raging at that time.

Now they have a mission, to save their future line from extinction, to give hope to their people, both in the future and the past.

THE MATHESON BROTHERS SERIES
Highlander’s Desire, #1
Highlander’s Passion, #2
Highlander’s Seduction, #3

CLAN MATHESON SERIES (Spinoff from The Matheson Brothers Series)
Highlander’s Kiss, #1
Highlander’s Heart, #2
Highlander’s Sword, #3

THE FAE SERIES (Spinoff from Clan Matheson Series)
Highlander’s Bride, #1
Highlander’s Caress, #2
Highlander’s Touch, #3



 Call of the Wild Wind

Waterloo Heroes Book 2

by Sabrina York

$0.99 at Amazon

51zzw181t3lThough the world is convinced that Lady Britannia Halsey’s fiancé perished on the fields of Waterloo, she is certain he is still alive. And she is determined to find him…before her twenty-fifth birthday.

When the Earl of Wick sees a portrait of her beloved Peter, and claims he looks just like a wounded warrior working on his highland estate, it only seems logical to hie off to Scotland and meet this man.

To Britannia’s annoyance, she finds herself traveling with the Annoying Earl of Wick, a man who is far too attractive for her peace of mind. A man determined to seduce her…

Sequel to Tarnished Honor by Sabrina York

Includes the prequel to the Lucius Ring legend by Kathryn Le Veque



His Perfect Bride

The Brides of Paradise Ranch – Spicy Version Book 1

by Merry Farmer

Digital List Price: $2.99

FREE for a Limited Time at:

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(Please note that this is the spicy version of Corva: The Perfect Bride)

51qcl2sl2alFor Corva Collier, life as a mail-order bride in the quirky town of Haskell, Wyoming is her last chance for escape. She longs for a peaceful life away from the darkness of her past where she can create the paintings that are close to her heart, and where she hopes she can grow to love her husband.

But how do you love a man who was persuaded to marry you against his will?

Franklin Haskell never planned to marry. What woman would want a man who was crippled due to his own arrogance? But when he is offered the chance to help a woman in crisis, he agrees to wed. Corva is so much more than he expected, and when a baseball game gives her the chance to shine, he loses his heart.

But how do you tell a woman you love her when she deserves so much better?

The game of love has never been so hard to play…or so worth winning.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level = HOT
If you would like to read this story without any “scenes,” check out Corva: The Perfect Bride


Corva

The Perfect Bride

The Brides of Paradise Ranch – Sweet Version Book 1

by Merry Farmer

Digital List Price: $2.99

FREE for a Limited Time at:

Amazon ~ B&N

Please note that this is the sweet version of His Perfect Bride)

For Corva Collier, life as a mail-order bride in the quirky town of Haskell, Wyoming is her last 61hsud1-vflchance for escape. She longs for a peaceful life away from the darkness of her past where she can create the paintings that are close to her heart, and where she hopes she can grow to love her husband.

But how do you love a man who was persuaded to marry you against his will?

Franklin Haskell never planned to marry. What woman would want a man who was crippled due to his own arrogance? But when he is offered the chance to help a woman in crisis, he agrees to wed. Corva is so much more than he expected, and when a baseball game gives her the chance to shine, he loses his heart.

But how do you tell a woman you love her when she deserves so much better?

The game of love has never been so hard to play…or so worth winning.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level = Sweet
If you would like to read a version of this story with “scenes,” check out His Perfect Bride.                

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