Review: Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying I have read other books by Julia London and have enjoyed them. I say that so you know it’s nothing I have against the author when I say how abysmal I found this book. This is the story of Rabby MacKenzie, a Scotsman being forced into marriage with a young English miss, then falling for her governess. I hated every minute of it.

Let me tell you about Rabbie. He is the most morose, maudlin, douchebag of a “hero” I’ve read in ages. To be fair, the love of his life was killed in the Jacobite rebellion. He’s got a reason to be sad and to hate the English, but this guy is miserable for the entire book. Not only that, he is thoroughly awful to everyone around him. He only agreed to marry Aveline because of some convoluted land issue that would allow his family to keep smuggling. OK. But good grief, he is constantly contemplating suicide. He is a boor, not only to his betrothed, but his entire family. And when he falls for the governess, Bernadette, he becomes no more likable. [Read more…]

Review: Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London

Reviewed by Ronelle

On his deathbed, Daisy Bristol’s husband imparts his final edict; after his death, she must remarry within three years or forfeit their son’s inheritance. News of Lord Chatwick’s command sweeps through London like wildfire, leaving the newly widowed Lady Chatwick with more suitors than she can shake a stick at. It might not be so bad if any of them were truly courting her, rather than the purse they would gain by marriage.

She has all but given up hope when she receives a letter from her long-lost love, now a captain in the British Royal Navy. Hoping to give him time to reach her and pledge his suit, Daisy takes her cousin and young son to her Scottish Highland estate. She doesn’t expect said estate to come with a powerful, breath-taking laird as a neighbor. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Reviewed by Ronelle

Born into the lap of English luxury, Margot Armstrong was raised for balls, soirees, and sophisticated society. Her future would be one of wealth and privilege… or so she thinks, until her father forces her into marriage with Baron Arran McKenzie, who then carts her off to the Scottish Highlands. Unable to cope, she flees her husband and returns to her father’s estate in England. [Read more…]

Review: The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London

scoundrel debutanteReviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but I’m sad to say that this third installment was not as much of a win for me.   I’ve never been a fan of insta-love, but the romance here happened at such warp speed, it left me shaking my head.  Three days. They were in love in three days.  They were getting busy even before that.  I understand that our heroine was trying to have a little adventure, but this story just trampled all over my suspension of disbelief with her behavior, which fit neither with the character nor her setting. [Read more…]

Review: The Trouble With Honor by Julia London

trouble with honorReviewed by Jen

After reading and enjoying the second book in this series, I wanted more. So I jumped back to this earlier title, hoping for more of the same magic. For me, it was there. There were some rough parts that kept me from loving it quite as much, but overall, I liked it and found it worth the read.

Our heroine is Honor, one of four sisters about to lose their fortune and security with the imminent death of their stepfather –and the mental decline of their mother. Honor and her sister Grace have been belles of society. Finding a man was never a problem.  But now, if the elder sisters fail to make a quick match, they will lose their chance.  After all, with a mad mother and without a large dowry, how far could their beauty take them? [Read more…]

Review: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

devil takes a brideReviewed by Jen

This is my first book by Julia London, and after this, I will be checking out some of her other titles. I really enjoyed this story. It had some mild bondage, which isn’t really my cuppa tea, but I was really ok with how it was done and its context in the story. This is the second installment in the Cabot Sisters series, and it held up just fine as a standalone (though I will be going back to read book 1.) [Read more…]

Review: Return to Homecoming Ranch by Julia London

return to homecoming ranchReviewed by Shelly

So lately, I’ve been on a kick and reading a lot of new to me authors – Julia London fell right into that. This story is Book 2 in her Pine River series and I didn’t read the first one so I’m not sure how this measures up. Once I started reading, it seems that this series is going to be about the 3 daughters of Grant Tyler. Unfortunately, not all the sisters are well known to each other, nor are all the sisters interested in being a sister, creating a nice juxtapose for sibling personality. In Book 2, happy go-lucky Libby Tyler gets her heart broken by her live-in boyfriend. After kicking her out of his home, Ryan Spangler does what not a lot of men will do – take out a restraining order again his ex-girlfriend Libby. Sheriff Deputy Sam Winters is the unlucky guy who gets to rein Libby back in when she knowingly breaks the law. [Read more…]