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Two 2017 RITA® Finalists Reviews

Historical Romance: Short!

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Taming the Highlander


a 2017 RITA® Finalist!

Historical Romance: Short

by May McGoldrick

a pseudonym for Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick

Originally Reviewed on Release Day

 September 06, 2016 

Length: 240 pages

Available For Purchase in Digital Format For $3.99 at:

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Publisher’s Description:

This historical romance from May McGoldrick pits one spirited lass against her biggest challenge yet: a Highland lord who has no desire to lose his heart.

Innes Munro has the ability to “read” a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages.

Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him.

As their passion grows, Innes fears that her gift is a curse. Conall could never love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides. But love can tame all fears. And as dangerous forces close in, they must forge a bond of trust that will save them both.

But can Conall ever love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides… and can love really tame all fears? As dangerous forces close in, Conall and Innes must take the ultimate leap of faith and forge a bond of trust that will save them both…or lose each other forever.

“Treat yourself to a copy of Taming the Highlander today. It is one that fans of historical romance and all things Scottish will not want to miss.”—Romance Junkies

My Thoughts: 

This is the second book I’ve read by this husband/wife writing team and I am looking forward to more.

This second book of the series was much less confusing to me than the first one “Much Ado About Highlanders”. In this case the storyline sticks mostly to the main characters and doesn’t jump back and forth at will from the villain’s story to that of the Hero and Heroine. This made the story flow so much better.

The characters are well developed and as I said there is an even flow to the storyline.
I look forward to book #3 of this series.( I did read and review all three books)
I gave this book a 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5 flames. This is a mildly sensual novel.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I have reviewed voluntarily.

Other 2017 RITA Finalists in Historical Romance: Short

Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

Avon Books    Tessa Woodward, editor

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt  Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Grand Central Publishing   Amy Pierpont, editor

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen  A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Grand Central Publishing, Forever    Alex Logan, editor

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley  Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley

Sourcebooks, Casablanca    Mary Altman, editor


Another 2017 RITA® Finalist!

Historical Romance: Short

The Study of Seduction

The Sinful Suitors Series, Book 2


by Sabrina Jeffries

Pocket Books   

Micki Nuding, editor

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Reviewed on March 23, 2016

Available in Digital Format and Paperback

Prices Vary by Retailer


Publisher’s Description:

A marriage of convenience ignites into a passionate love affair in the hotly anticipated second novel in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s addictive Sinful Suitors series!

When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the witty, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife…if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Yet he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.

Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker.

She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?

My Thoughts:

As per the usual Sabrina Jeffries has written a very enjoyable book. I have been reading her books since the early 2000’s and have yet to be disappointed. This one includes some intrigue, hints of sexual assault and very well developed characters.

We have come to know some of these characters in previous novels in this series. Although this is book 2 of this series this one could be read and enjoyed as a standalone. As always to my thinking Ms. Jeffries has done it again! She never disappoints this reader.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I reviewed voluntarily.

Playlist for The Study of Seduction



Chance Encounter

Chances Are

by Tess St. John

Digital Price Currently $0.99 at:

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Publisher’s Description:

51Ooj4vetvLWhile attending a masked ball, Miss Jean Green rushes into the dark study to share a kiss with her intended. As soon as their lips touch, she realizes she’s kissing the wrong man. She should break the kiss, yet she is so intrigued she deepens it instead.

Just having arrived in London to escort his sister for the Season, Mr. Liam Jacobson expects the events to be tediously boring. He has a change of heart when he’s suddenly being kissed by an angel. The woman is perfection in his arms.

That perfection is short-lived, however.

CHANCE ENCOUNTER is Book 4 in the Chances Are Series. Each book stands alone, but might be more enjoyable read in sequence.

The Beauty Bride

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Book 1
by Claire Delacroix

Digital List Price: $0.99

FREE For a Limited Time at:

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From a USA Today bestselling author: Strong-willed Lady Madeline is auctioned off by her 51V0M1Cj1vLbrother to notorious Rhys FitzHenry, who wants to marry Madeline in order to claim his estate. “Strong and likable characters and a satisfying romance” (Booklist).

Publisher’s Description:

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry.

Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her. She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’s past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent
— and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

This version includes an excerpt from THE ROSE RED BRIDE.





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