Saturday, June 1, 2013

Highlanders by Brenda Joyce, Terri Brisbin, and Michelle Willingham

Highlanders by Brenda Joyce, Terri Brisbin, and Michelle Willingham
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (June 2013)
244 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $6.15)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Pink/Red Heart

The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce
Scottish Medieval Series, Book 1
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Pink Heart
Juliana and Alasdair are on the opposite sides of the struggle for the Scottish crown, but the lines between them begin to blur when Juliana is taken as his captive. I found Alasdair to be very engaging, a strong and somewhat mysterious, stoic man who knows what he wants and is willing to fight for it. Juliana, I felt, was a bit too idealistic and much too quick to jump straight into bed with Alasdair without a second thought or any promises from him. An enjoyable read nonetheless.

The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin
The MacLerie Stories, Book 9
Book Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart
James and Elizabeth accept the risks and embark on an elopement to seal there forbidden love before they can be torn apart by James's impending nuptials to a betrothed that loves another herself, only to be caught in a Tess of the D'Urbervilles scenario, when James realizes that Elizabeth comes to him previously deflowered. Luckily James quickly comes to his senses, on a renewed course of determination to see them bound together irrevocably before anyone can stop them. Great story with a bit of humor sprinkled here and there!

Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham
MacKinloch Clan Series, Book 3.5
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart
Dougal was broken-hearted when Celeste left him two years ago, choosing to follow her gold digger's needs instead of trusting in true love, but now she is back and he is rightfully leery of the reason. I had a really hard time relating to or liking Celeste, her motives often not what I thought they should be and it took her plenty of time to finally see reason. I felt bad for Dougal, feeling he had been yanked around enough already and didn't need any extra aggravation, but eventually I just wanted his happiness even if it had to be with her. I guess everyone deserves a second, and perhaps third, chance if they have truly seen the error in their ways and I wouldn't begrudge Celeste that in the end, and I was pleased with the way things turned out.

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