Review: Kill or Be Kilt by Victoria Roberts

kill or be kiltReviewed by Jen

This is the third book in Victoria Roberts’ Highland Spies series, and while I could definitely see threads of the prior stories, this book holds up just fine as a standalone. Generally, I’m not a fan of an overly young heroine, especially when the hero is almost twice her age. And I don’t love it here, either. Elizabeth is only 18 year-old, and while the book constantly reminds me that she is an adult of her time, 18 is, well, 18. And the hero is decidedly full-grown at 33. That being said, there were parts of the dynamic between them that I liked. I’ll get to that in a moment. [Read more…]

Review: Highland Heat by Jennifer Haymore

highland heatReviewed by Jen

This book delivers on one of my favorite tropes: a hero so beneath the heroine in social status, they believe they can never make it work.  Duncan is a Scottish soldier, injured at Waterloo. Lady Grace is sister-in-law to his superior officer. They are light years apart in station, but from the moment she tended him on the battlefield, they were like moths to a flame.

Grace doesn’t consider herself “too good” for Duncan. She is attracted to him and is fascinated by every word he says and every action he makes. She thinks she’ll never see him again after that first day –that first kiss– but circumstances bring him into her life over and over again. And she couldn’t be happier. Stolen moments grow into heated touches and a real emotional connection… all while reality insists they can never have a future. [Read more…]

Review: A Mackenzie Clan Gathering by Jennifer Ashley

mackenzie clan gatheringReviewed by Jen

I have to admit that I was a little worried about whether I could love this story after The Stolen Mackenzie Bride was such a miss for me. But Jennifer Ashley brought the magic back with the Mackenzie clan we know and love. All the brothers, wives, and children are here, but this is really an Ian story –and we get the chance to see the man he has become with Beth and his children in his life.

It’s been a dozen years since The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Ian and Beth now have three children and life as a husband and father has given our hero a joy and stability he had never believed possible. Beth is still his salvation and his world, but their children have widened the bubble of domestic happiness to include them as well. The thing is… Ian is still Ian. The autism or Aspergers he has still exists; he just has learned coping mechanisms that make life better. [Read more…]

Review: Some Like It Scot by Suzanne Enoch

some like it scotReviewed by Jen

Och. Grab hold of yer kilt and git reddy… brogues abound in this Highlander romance. In fact, it has even a little more brogue than I would find ideal, and that says a lot, since a brogue is usually a big part of the fun in these kind of books. But it can be a bit much at times, to the point it becomes distracting.

Overall, this was a fairly ok read for me. It’s book four in Suzanne Enoch’s Scandalous Highlanders series, but as a new reader, I didn’t feel lost. It was the blurb on the book that drew me in. The hero is a brawny, protective Highlander, with the nickname Bear, who falls for an unlikely heroine. Catriona is tough as nails, hiding herself and her sister in the MacLawry lands.  For the first time in Bear’s life, there is a woman who doesn’t fall at his feet. She is independent and strong, but he knows she needs him. And he is determined to take care of her, whether she likes it or not. [Read more…]

Review: The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley

stolen mackenzie brideReviewed Jen

I love this series. I really do. So much so that when I got my hands on this book, there might have been a small amount of dancing. Sadly, I may have celebrated a bit too early. This was a very difficult book for me to connect to. I found myself wanting to skim and even put it down at times. This was such a far cry from my favorite MacKenzie books, it almost like it was from an entirely different author.

This story doesn’t feature the MacKenzie men we know and love. It jumps back in time to their ancestor, Old Malcolm, and told his story set during the Jacobite Rebellion. I’m ok with an unknown hero, but what I really did not enjoy was how heavily she emphasized the historical elements throughout the book. It’s not that I don’t appreciate historical accuracy. I don’t want things to be wrong. But beyond that, I don’t care. I don’t enjoy my romance steeped in a history lesson. That is how I felt reading this, and I just wanted to get ahead to the “good parts” (ie. The romance.) [Read more…]

Review: The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn

taming of malcolm grantReviewed by Jen

I’ve read a couple of Paula Quinn’s Highlander books here and there, but I’ll admit, when I saw that huge birth chart in the beginning of this story, I was a bit intimidated. But fear not, you don’t have to be a longtime reader to jump into this book. It works just fine as a standalone.

Malcolm is a known rake who believes himself incapable of love. For a long time, he was content to love ’em and leave ’em, but for the past few years, he has taken a step back from his promiscuous ways. The flings only left him feeling emptier, so now he is trying celibacy on for size. That doesn’t mean his younger brother has to suffer the same fate, though. As the story begins, Malcolm is taking Cailean to his old favorite brothel to, at long last, lose his virginity. [Read more…]

Review: Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

hannah and the highlanderReviewed by Jen

I have to say I really liked the hero of this story. Alexander is a man of few words, but he is also smart, loyal, and passionate. He is outwardly scarred by years of childhood abuse and he has a stutter, so he would simply rather not talk if given the choice. You’d never know his struggles from looking at him: he is strapping and strong… and the first man our heroine has ever really been attracted to. [Read more…]

Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

when a scot ties the knotReviewed by Jen

I loved this book! It is funny and charming, sexy and romantic.  The characters are fabulous. The pacing is spot on. There’s a love story I can believe in and an ending that totally satisfies. What more can you want?

Madeline loves living a quiet, solitary existence. She doesn’t need to be alone necessarily, but she hates to be surrounded by people. Crowds make her panic and the idea of coming out amid crushing balls simply terrifies her. So she invents a foreign paramour who conveniently has to leave the country and serve as a soldier before anyone in her family can meet him. She picks a name out of thin air: Captain Logan MacKenzie, and she precedes to write him letters to keep up appearances. She thinks the missives will end up in a dead letter office, so they become a diary of a sort, sharing the details of her ruse, and later, her life.  Of course, she has no idea there actually is a soldier by that name, who comes to receive every single one of the letters she sends over several years time. [Read more…]

Review: Dangerous Highlander by Donna Grant

dangerous highlanderReviewed by Jen

When one of my blog readers suggested I try a Donna Grant book, I looked her up on Goodreads and was pretty impressed to see how many books she has with a four star rating or above. So I picked up this first installment in her Dark Sword series.  Though it had some engaging moments, I am sad to say that this book wasn’t a big hit for me. I liked the concept, but it suffered from a classic case of insta-love, paired with characters which felt more built in a mold, than uniquely forged. [Read more…]

Review: Unspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

unspokenReviewed by Jen

I really loved the idea of this book and I think its length was the biggest hindrance to its ideal execution. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it. But I believe that with a bit more development, it could have gone to the next level.

Roderick MacLauchlan is a mercenary Berserker. He is huge, gorgeous, powerful and mute. Evelyn is an orphaned Englishwoman who works in a tavern in Scotland. She has a little bit of precognition, but it has only ever caused her problems. When she “sees” Roderick’s death, she isn’t sure what to do. Can she change his fate? Does she even want to get involved? All of her past experiences tell her no, but she is drawn to him in a way she can’t ignore. And once they share a night together, things change even more than she could have ever expected. [Read more…]