MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of
Tartans and Trysts
One of Five Novellas in
Enchanting The Highlander
Five new, enchanting, Scottish romance novellas by five bestselling authors!
by Eliza Knight, Terry Spear, Vonda Sinclair, Victoria Roberts & Willa Blair
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PROTECTED BY THE LAIRD by Eliza Knight
While on a siege, Laird Douglas Hay discovers a lass’ half-frozen body. Though she’s his enemy, he cannot abandon her. As his captive, she could bring a hefty ransom. He revives her, a task easier managed than dealing with her fiery temper, and the intense desire heating his veins. Taken prisoner by a brutish warrior, Lady Annora Comyn is determined to escape. Secretly, she believes the war between Scots is ludicrous, that the vying for the crown should have ceased when her royal brother was murdered. Annora struggles with the notion of letting men fight their battles, or offering herself as collateral to unite the warring Scots. After all, there are far worse things than having to kiss Laird Hay everyday for ever and ever…
VEXING THE HIGHLANDER by Terry Spear
Lady Aila MacIntosh hopes she doesn’t regret the king’s marital choices for her and her sister. Until one braw Highlander bumps into her at the king’s gathering. He’s as taken with her as she is with him, until she learns he is but a commoner, when she is a lady. The king would never make a match between them. Alban of the Clan Daziel meets a beautiful woman at the king’s court, only she is a lady and out of his reach. When the lady and he meet under awkward circumstances, they chance to overhear a plot to assassinate the king. Their lives spiral out of control and losing his heart to Aila is only one of his pressing concerns. Protecting her from those who wish the king dead—his greatest.
DEFENDED BY A HIGHLAND RENEGADE by Vonda Sinclair
When Lady Mairiana MacKerrick witnesses her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, committing a murder three days before their wedding, she decides she must run away. Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a secret mission, but when he finds Mairiana hiding in the stables, he decides to help her escape. He remembers the lovely lass from their one meeting a few years before. Though he was drawn to her, he always saw her as far beyond his reach. Mairiana finds her hidden inner strength and trusts the Highland renegade to protect her on their journey through the Scottish Highlands. On the way, they find an astonishing passion. But Alec will stop at nothing to reclaim his betrothed and destroy Darack, even pin a murder on him.
TARTANS AND TRYSTS by Victoria Roberts
Sorcha Gunn has realized the error of her ways and wants to make amends for everything she’s done. But when her cousin mysteriously disappears and Sorcha suspects her father is responsible, she needs to make a choice: betray the man who has given her everything or seek help from his enemy. As captain of the MacKay guard, Doughall Forbes will do anything to protect his clan from the ruthless Gunn laird. The last thing he needs is a wily female luring him into a nefarious trap. But he believes Sorcha, even though he can tell she’s holding something back. He’s determined to help her but soon discovers he’s the one who needs protection…from losing his heart.
HIS HIGHLAND ROSE by Willa Blair
Iain Brodie is a fierce warrior and passionate lover, but to prove he’s responsible enough to be the clan’s chief, he must find a bride—quickly. One of the three Rose daughters fills his mind—and heart—even when he discovers she is not who she claimed to be. Annie Rose doesn’t want to be a bride, not even deliciously and annoyingly sexy Iain’s. But her father wants an alliance with Iain’s clan, and he’s chosen her to forge it. Then Annie falls under Iain’s seductive spell at the spring known in old tales as the fairy pool. When her father suddenly decides against their match, Iain must risk losing everything he values—the clan he was born to lead and even Annie—his only love.
So far I’ve only read Tartans and Trysts by Victoria Roberts of this collection. I read it as a member of her Bad Girls of the Highlands Street Team, so this review is for this title only.
As usual Victoria does not disappoint us. This novella is well written and we grow to love the characters.
Our hero, Doughall and our heroine Ceana are an unlikely pair that are thrown together under mysterious circumstances. That is they are mysterious to everyone except Ceana. She is being slowly poisoned by someone. She knows who it is, but others do not suspect the guilty party until our heroine almost loses her life because of this treachery.
We as readers do suspect that we know who this person is. Why do we suspect this person? Why would the culprit want to kill this lovely girl?
You will just have to read this newest novella by Victoria Roberts to find out the who done it of this well written story.
I would give Tartans and Trysts a 4.25 star rating for characterization and story development and a 3 for heat.
I received a digital ARC of this book compliments of Victoria Roberts so that I may review this title on the release date. This in no way has any affect on my opinion.
As I read the subsequent stories I will update this review.
ANOTHER NEW RELEASE
Publication Date: November 1 2016
The Legendary Lord
Book # 6 of The Playful Brides Series
by Valerie Bowman
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Romance
Contact: Justine Sha
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“A sweet and fulfilling snowbound romance.” −Publisher’s Weekly
“Graceful writing enlivened with plenty of dry wit, a charming cast of secondary characters, and a breathtakingly sexy romance between a perfectly matched couple make Bowman’s latest addition to her Regency-set Playful Brides series another winner.” −Booklist
Bestselling author Valerie Bowman returns this fall with the highly anticipated sixth installment in her Regency-set Playful Brides series.
In THE LEGENDARY LORD (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, November 1, 2016, $7.99), a fan-favorite bachelor finally gets his own story that readers have been clamoring for. Add in a blizzard and a sexy Scottish setting, and this twist on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is sure to be a hit!
THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…
When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the town while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…
As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?
(My review is from my previous posting last week)
I love Valerie’s Playful Bride Series!!!
It is as simple as that. This entire series in this reader’s opinion is not to be missed.
The scheming plots and antics of Lucy Hunt (Duchess of Claringdon), Cassandra (Countess of Swifdon) and Jane carry over into this story to make it riotously funny at times. Throw in a caretaker, Mr. Fergus and his little dog Fergus II ( description makes you believe he is a Scottish Terrier) to top off this very funny delightful story by a favorite author. It is impossible not to become totally engaged with the characters and storyline.
This romance has more of a sweet, funny plot than a sex filled one. You want to laugh more than cry. If you like your historical romance filled with humor rather than torrid sex scenes this is most definitely a book I feel you will enjoy.
I gave this new “Playful Brides” Book a solid 5 star rating for storyline and characterization. As always I look forward to more by this author.
Heat Level 3of 5 (medium)
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of this title.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is also the author of the Secret Brides series, starting with Secrets of a Wedding Night, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.
Taming A Duke’s Reckless Heart
Taming the Heart Series Book 1
by Tammy Andresen
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With her mother gravely ill, Piper Baker’s situation grows desperate in a world unfriendly to women. Time and money dwindle to naught, and marriage is Piper’s lone option. Although potential suitors circle her skirts, none but Barrett Maddox, Duke of Manchester, captures her heart, after he saves her from a band of thieves. It is just her luck that the man Piper wants is the only one she cannot have.
For wealthy, titled bachelor Barrett Maddox, the first rule in life is to avoid marriageable virgins, at all costs, and he has been successful thus far. That is, until he rescues the delectable, auburn-haired Piper Baker. For some unfathomable reason, or in a temporary fit of insanity, he agrees to broker a match for the unfortunate lady, in the target rich New York society. While he easily thwarts inept suitors, can Barrett keep his hands to himself?
Entangled in a web they conspired to create, Piper and Barrett are left to wonder if there is anything more reckless than love.
The Seasons Series Book 3
by Denise Domning
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Desperate to avoid a forced marriage to Sir Gilliam FitzHenry, the man she claims killed her father, Nicola of Ashby stages a daring escape attempt. To no avail, even though she uses all the warrior’s skills she learned at her father’s knee, including wielding her sword with deadly effect against a pack of thieves. She cannot elude this knight who is as much her match as her mate.
A fourth son, Gilliam FitzHenry had no hope of ever having his own home or a wife in his arms until he besieged Ashby and claimed its folk as his own. With winter approaching he must take Nicola as his wife and return her to her place as Ashby’s lady if his home and folk are to survive the hungry season. Once he’s done this, he dared to dream he might one day make this deadly and dangerous woman a wife in more than name only, a task that will demand every bit of his natural talent for taming wild creatures.