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The Chief’s Maiden

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Border Series Book 3

by Cecelia Mecca

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

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Scottish chief.

An English maiden.

Their forbidden love threatens to destroy them both.

The Chief

The Scottish king gives Toren Kerr a dangerous but important mission—kill the English Warden. The man’s rumored corruption threatens to destroy the fragile peace along the border, and Toren reluctantly agrees to do his duty. When he travels to England to participate in the Tournament of the North as a cover for his mission, the last thing he expects is to find love, but he’s immediately drawn to a beautiful, mysterious Englishwoman. . . only to discover she’s the warden’s daughter.

The Maiden

Books are Lady Juliette Hallington’s escape from her sheltered life. Tales of romance are her favorite, and they’ve convinced her there’s only one reason to marry: love. When her protective father agrees to send her to the tournament with no guardian other than her married best friend, she recognizes her chance to avoid an arranged marriage. But after meeting Toren, Juliette begins to realize real life is more complicated than tales of love—and the very thing she wants most might consume everything she holds dear.

The Chief’s Maiden is the third book in a historical romance series set in 13th century Northumbria along the Anglo-Scottish border. If you like strong female heroines, alpha male heroes, and sizzling romance, you’ll love the third installment of the Border Series.



My Thoughts:

This is the third book in this series and I have read all of them. This one as with the others is well written and you never loose interest, however if I was going by the cover I may have never read this book. To me the artwork looks like a blow-up figure and was a distinct turn off. But if you get past the cover you are in for a delightful read.
Toren and Juliette are born enemies. She is an Englishwoman and he is Scottish by birth. Toren has been enlisted by the Scottish king to kill Juliette’s father who he is sure is responsible for the border unrest.
After meeting and falling for this beautiful woman will Toren still be able to carry out his mission?
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a warm sensual rating of 2.5 of 5.0 flames.
This is more a story of strife and resulting love than one of an intimate nature.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the author to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I have read and reviewed voluntarily.


The Series:

  1. The Ward’s Bride (Prequel Novella)
  2. The Thief’s Countess
  3. The Lord’s Captive
  4. The Chief’s Maiden

 


About The Author:

61gs669SGjL__UX250_A medieval romance author and former English teacher with a PhD in Curriculum/Language and Literacy, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages. She transports readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles complete with alpha male types and strong female heroines.

Influenced by authors such as Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught and Monica McCarty, Cecelia brings the 13th-century Anglo-Scottish border to life in the Border Series.

She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars or Harry Potter–again.

For new releases, sneak peeks and exclusives, sign up for the CM Insider by copy/pasting the following link into your browser and grabbing your free prequel novella.

http://www.ceceliamecca.com/insider



To Steal a Highlander’s Heart

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Highland Fae Chronicles Book 1)

by Samantha Holt

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Moray, Scotland, 1230

Alana sets eyes on Morgann for the first time in several years and what does he do? He captures her! But Alana refuses to go meekly with the sexy Highland warrior. Her kidnapping will reignite the rift that’s existed between the two clans since her father accused Morgann of theft and she doesn’t want to see her father harmed in the inevitable war that will ensue.

Unfortunately for Alana, the faeries seek to interfere with her plans to escape. The sidhe have a debt to repay and Tèile, the green faery, is determined to mend the rift between the clans for good. And that means ensuring Alana and Morgann marry.

Morgann has his own reasons for taking Alana and they are nothing to do with marriage or war. He wants to use her to reveal a secret from the past, the one that had him accused of theft. If only he didn’t find his childhood friend so attractive. When circumstances force them together, Alana’s life is threatened and war is imminent. Can Morgann reveal the truth without losing Alana? And will the faery’s meddling help or hinder his cause?



Highland Awakening

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A Highland Knights Novel Book #3

by Jennifer Haymore

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For fans of Maya Banks, Monica McCarty, and Sabrina Jeffries, the Highland Knights series continues as a tight-knit band of Scottish mercenaries make trouble on the mean streets of London . . . and under the sheets with England’s proper young women.
 
As the secret author of racy romances, Lady Esme Hawkins goes to great lengths to protect her family’s honor. Which is why she carefully disguises herself before entering a notorious bordello to do research. But when Esme comes face-to-face with a brooding Highland bodyguard, she can’t easily refuse a harmless kiss . . . a kiss that inflames desires ripped from the pages of her novels. Acting on them, however, would risk revealing Esme’s identity—and the fact that she’s engaged to another man.
 
As a Highland Knight sworn to protect the crown, Camden McLeod never expected to follow his client into a bordello—nor could he anticipate meeting a bright, innocent lass with lush lips and eyes the color of the sea. Instantly, Cam knows he must possess her. But to do so, he’ll need to give up his rakish ways, embrace his role as heir to his despised father, and snuff out a deadly threat to his brothers in arms. By comparison, winning Esme away from her insipid fiancé will be pure pleasure.
 
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My Thoughts:

This is another well written Highland Knights Novel 

This is book #3 of this series. Book #4, “Highland Temptation” is set to release later this year. The series will be much better read in order, but they do work as Stand Alone novels. Reading them as a series, however will introduce you to all of the characters in the order they are first introduced.
This is a well developed book with believable characters.
I gave it a 4.25 of 5.0 star rating with a sensual rating of 3.0 of 5.0 flames. The intimacy level is just warm enough to heat up the pages somewhat.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

Originally Reviewed: July 29th, 2016

The Series:
  1. A Highlander’s Heart
  2. Highland Heat
  3. Highland Awakening
  4. Highland Temptation

 

I have read all except book one of this well written series and am always on the lookout for any thing new by this author.


The Highlander’s Conquest

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The Stolen Bride Series Book 2

by Eliza Knight

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BOOK TWO: The Stolen Bride Series

What is a Highlander to do when he falls for the daughter of his enemy?

Highland warrior, Blane Sutherland, has one mission: disguise himself as an Englishman, cross the border and retrieve Lady Aliah de Mowbray. Always up for a challenge, he agrees, pursuing his conquest with vigor—and trying to deny the powerful desire that eclipses him each time he touches his charge. A rogue of the highest order and a younger son, he has nothing to offer a lady but a broken heart.

And what is a lady to do when she cannot trust her heart?

Aliah is skeptical of the English noble who has come to take her to her father and sister in Scotland, but she pushes her doubts aside. Without word in months, she must make certain her family is safe, then she can return to England to join the convent to which she has sworn to pledge her life. But then her escort reveals his true self—he’s a Highlander and his kisses are more seductive than the sweetest of wines.

Surrender never tasted so sweet…

“An author with a natural gift for story telling…” ―Victoria Roberts, acclaimed author of Temptation in a Kilt

Check out the books in this series:

  1. The Highlander’s Reward
  2. The Highlander’s Conquest
  3. The Highlander’s Lady
  4. The Highlander’s Warrior Bride
  5. The Highlander’s Triumph
  6. The Highlander’s Sin

 



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The Lost Lord of Castle Black

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The Lost Lords Book 1

by Chasity Bowlin

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.

Publication Date: September 07, 2017

ASIN: B075GWPNTY

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An exciting new Regency Historical Romance series!

Graham, Lord Blakemore, was believed to be lost at sea as a boy. While his mother, Lady Agatha, has never given up hope of finding her son again, others—eager for the title and the wealth that accompanies it—have been conspiring to have him declared dead against Lady Agatha’s wishes. Her only ally in the house is her late husband’s ward, Miss Beatrice Marlowe.
But when a dark-haired stranger arrives on their doorstep claiming to be the lost heir to Castle Black, the plots and schemes of those who would have the castle for themselves take a dark and even more sinister turn.

An orphan when she came into the care of the late Lord Blakemore, Castle Black is the only home Beatrice has ever known. Its occupants are her family. This stranger, who claims to have lost his memory of his life there, threatens the order of all that she knows and holds dear. And yet, she is both drawn to him and strangely compelled to believe his claim. Beatrice finds herself torn between her desire for him and her belief that, if he is the lost lord of Castle Black, he is far above her reach.

Graham is no ordinary gentleman, bound by the rules of a society he has spent his life far removed from. He’s willing to face not just the danger that lurks within the walls of Castle Black, but anyone who stands between him and what he wants. He has returned to claim his destiny and, for him, Beatrice is part of that. While all else has been forgotten, he knows her to the depths of his soul. More than the castle itself, more than the strangely familiar and rugged land it sits upon, she is his home and he means to claim her.



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A Rebel in My House

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Civil War Romance Series

by Sandra Merville Hart

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Sarah Hubbard makes her living as a seamstress in her solitary home beside Willoughby Run, a creek near Gettysburg. Her loyalties are firmly on the side of the North so when Confederate soldier, Jesse Mitchell, seeks refuge at her home she cautiously agrees to help him.

Jesse promised his sister-in-law to bring her husband, Jonas, home safely. With all the death he’s witnessed fighting for “The Cause,” protecting Jonas has become a matter of honor. He is prepared to die for his brother and his country. He appreciates his luck in finding a caring woman behind enemy lines.

When Union soldiers spill onto their property, Sarah’s compassionate decision to conceal Jesse’s presence in her home leads to more hardships than she can imagine.

More than borders separate the couple. Can a Southern soldier and a Northern seamstress overcome the bitterness of loss and find the love amidst the horrors of war?

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May also contain some violence (V) certain readers may deem objectionable.

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