Review: Highland Games

Reviewed by Allison

I love this author and she knows that even though I don’t read a lot of Highlander stories, I’m always up for one of hers! This one is no different.

Piper Grant is a good friend. Instead of taking her long awaited surf vacation in Hawaii, she’s hopping on a plane to Ireland in her friend’s place as a favor to her. Little does she know – it’s a singles tour! Talk about awkward. But, even faced with immature frat guys, she convinces herself to enjoy the tour and find some fun. As they deboard the bus to revel in the Highland Games at Blair Castle, she feels hope for the first time. But once she’s off, she can’t shake the feeling of someone watching her.

As Colm MacRobert surveys Piper while she strolls the grounds, he can’t believe two things: that he finally found his soul mate – and that he had to go 219 years into the future to find her. Now that he’s found her, he only has a small window of time to convince her not only that they’re meant to be together, but that she needs to leave her entire life behind and come back to 1793 with him to get married and save his entire village. Piece of cake, right?

My favorite part of this novella was definitely Colm. He’s the epitome of the Alpha male without getting into Neanderthal territory. He knows how to kiss a woman and who could be that upset to leave the single life behind for a guy that swoon-worthy? Even if it’s 200+ years earlier. The only thing that drove me crazy was the timeline. I personally have a really hard time buying the whole love at first sight/ let’s get married within 48 hours thing. However, that being said, I really did love Piper and Colm together. They balanced each other out really well. He opened her eyes while she kept him grounded – because, well, Highlanders are notoriously bossy! Plus, did I mention he was a great kisser?

While short, it was a sweet story and I will definitely keep reading Ms. Hunsaker’s Magic of the Highlands series!

Rating: B+

*Book provided by author for review

Highland Games
by Laura Hunsaker
Release Date: December 28, 2012
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing

Review: Highlander Reborn

Reviewed by Jen

Laura Hunsaker takes two of my favorite genres and blends them together with this vampire Highlander novella.  I was little worried about how these two could go together, but it actually worked.

Nevin is a Highland warrior who began hunting vampires after they killed his wife.  He even went so far as to hunt the Vampire Queen herself, but his honor would not allow him to kill her unless she attacked first.  That intrigued Amalia and from then on, she developed feelings for him.  When Nevin was nearly killed on the battlefield, Amalia stepped in, turning him into one of her kind.  He fled after that, and for seven centuries, they stayed apart.

Now Nevin is a bounty hunter and he has never forgiven Amalia for changing him. But she has never let go of her feelings for him.  When she approaches him to help her track down a traitor, sparks fly. And Nevin must quickly decide what he truly feels for the beautiful queen.

I liked it.  It was a short story… less than 50 pages… but fast paced and verra sexy.  I enjoyed the vampire, Highlander fusion. Nevin is uber-hot. And the sex is great.  A few nitpicks though… I thought his about-face happened really fast. He went from hating Amalia to being her mate in the blink of an eye.  And even worse, they were throwing around the L-word after just a day or two in each other’s company.  (My Number One Romance Pet Peeve.)

If you are looking for a fast, sexy PNR short, though, this one fits the bill.  Just right for a lunch break read or hot afternoon diversion. (Plus, the door is open for the story to continue.)

Rating: B-

*ARC provided by author for review

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Highlander Reborn
by Laura Hunsaker
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Review: Highland Destiny

Reviewed by Jen

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit, a big part of me didn’t want to read this book.  I “met” Laura Hunsaker on Goodreads, having no idea she was an author.  We’re in some of the same groups; we chat about what we’re reading.  Then I won a contest where her book was the prize.  I was intrigued, but a little worried.  I mean, what if it sucks?  I put all my reviews on Goodreads. How do you tell someone who you like, that their book isn’t good? Thankfully, I knew this wasn’t going to be a problem, just a few pages into my read.

Our story focuses on Mackenzie, a modern-day American who is visiting Scotland with her friend.  She is approached by two wizards who whisk her back into the 1800s.  They say she is fated to marry a Scotsman named Campbell and to stop a war between two warring clans.  But before she can make it to her intended, she is kidnapped by Campbell’s enemy, Connor.  Sparks fly instantly.   Connor struggles to look at Mackenzie simply as a tool in his arsenal against Campbell.  But he can’t fight the urge to kiss her. Over time, those urges get stronger; their relationship grows more physical.

Mackenzie isn’t sure how much of her reality she should share with Connor, as she begins to fall for him.  And she is beginning to realize that the strange dreams she’s had all of her life have been preparing her for this trip back in time.  As the details slowly reveal themselves, the picture becomes clearer as to what her true destiny must be.

I really, truly enjoyed this book.  Mackenzie is a virginal heroine, but she is feisty and bold.  She deals with her trying circumstances with bravery and smarts.  Conner is, in a word, hot.  It’s easy to see how he makes her melt. Their love scenes are great; and so is their romance.  Granted, we’re not breaking new ground with a time-traveling Highlander story.  But this genre is popular for a reason. Because when the book works, the result is playful, entertaining, and sexy.  This book works. 4 1/2 stars.