A Rose In The Storm (Scottish Medieval, #2)
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A Rose In The Storm (Scottish Medieval #2)

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Join New York Times bestselling author Brenda Joyce for an epic story of undying love and forbidden desire in the Highlands...

When Rivalry Becomes Passion

With warfare blazing through Scotland, the fate of the Comyn-MacDougall legacy depends on one woman. Recently orphaned, young Margaret Comyn must secure her clan's safety through an arranged marriage. But when an enemy i...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jill
4.5 amazing historical romance stars!!
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

I admit it has been a good number of years since I have read a Brenda Joyce book and right now I am kicking myself wondering why?
This author has true talent with words. She set the scene for this book, engaged my emotions, retained my interest and truly I was sitting on the edge of my seat right up to the end.
A Rose in the Storm is set at a time in Scottish history when everything is in turmoil. Men...more
Kari
3.5 stars.
The setting of this story is Scotland, 1306. A Rose in the Storm narrates the story of Margaret Comyn and Alexander "The Wolf" MacDonald, who are caught in opposite sides of a war. Alexander is a warrior of Robert the Bruce, and Margaret's family opposes Bruce and favours England. When they meet, Alexander is attacking Margaret's castle. They start off as enemies and remain that way for most of the book.

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The major conflict is Margaret's unwillingness to betray her family. She is caught...more
Mei
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

It's actually 3 and 1/2 stars, but for the research and historical value I've gladly upped it to 4 stars.

The book is very, very well written and historically accurate, even if (I think, but I'm not a historian) the MCs are BJ's invention.

Still, I couldn't connect with them. There was too much politics (and I don't like nowdays politics, so... *shrug*), too much war strategy...

I prefer to have a bit more romance in my romace books.

I underst...more
KatieV
On one end you have the wallpaper historical romances. The history is just a pretty set for a romance between people with very modern mindsets. The history is often non-existent, poorly researched, or just plain wrong. On the other end there is historical fiction, which ideally seeks to tell things as they were with lots of historical context and detail and make the fictional part seamlessly fit in. Personally I prefer my romance to be somewhere between the two extremes, leaning toward more hist...more
Jewel
3.5 stars

This review is for a free copy courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley

This book was full of history. Familiar historical names are interwoven with the fictional characters to produce a solid historical setting.

It is the year 1306, Robert the Bruce is at war with England, he has proclaimed himself King of Scotland. He is on the march to Scone capturing castles and gathering
supporters as he go.

Alexander MacDonald known as the Wolf is at the gates of Castle Fyne capturing it to gain its supp...more
Dana-Maria
Dissapointed, truly and thoroughly ... and I'm a big fan of Brenda Joyce's medieval works ... Conqueror and mostly the Promise of the Rose are among my all time favorite of the genre and I have to say, I was expecting it this to be as well ...
Now, don't get me wrong, it's very well written, the text flows and the depictions are great, but, MY GOD, it's terribly boring ... there's more politics and strategy here than romance ... it somehow seems inconsistent to me, I guess I better liked the old...more
Lover of Romance
Lady Margaret, has returned to her mothers home, at Castle Fyne, which is now part of her dowry. With Margaret betrothed to a Englishman, she knows she has little choice in the matter. She only hopes she will have a good match like her parents did. Right before she heads south to get married, she wants to visit her lands, remembering her childhood there. She and her brother arrive, and get a welcome she hoped they would receive. But shortly thereafter a army of hundreds come upon the Castle, and...more
Barbara

This is a story about a woman who is tested in her loyalties between a family she loves and supports and a love that she fights, but cannot deny. In a time when a country and a people are being torn apart by a war for a king and a kingdom. A time of political alliances and clan disputes when women were used as political bargaining tools and war was a way of life.
This is a great historical romance. The romance is plot driven and one aspect of the story, but not THE STORY. History is the story a...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
05/28/2013 --

Overall Rating = 3.5
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 4 / 4 = 4 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3.5 Stars
Character Development = 4 Stars
Story Appreciation = 4 Stars
Worth the Chili = 3 Stars [ARC, but will be $7.99 when released on Amazon June 25]

I remember reading and enjoying Brenda Joyce years ago. I came across this ARC and the blurb sounded really good. The cover was intriguing. I was in a mood for some Highland historical romance. This was a really good choice.

There were placed in this story whe...more
Tanya
I was very nervous going I to this book initially. The reviews have been so mixed one way or the other. After reading it I understand both sides but maintain: this is a great story. This is not a sweeping "passion" book, it's more a deep romantic story based on historical fact and intrigue. If you're looking for something bawdy- this is not it! I really enjoyed it & would recommend it despite some of the flaws in the romantic sense (there's a few loose ends but nothing major detracting from...more
Arksongbird
Usually I love everything BJ does but this book fell a bit flat. It was too long and the main characters were not people I connected with. Margaret spent the entire book a bundle of nerves only showing spine during the siege at the beginning. She was immature and wishy-washy. Not my fave.

I hated knowing everyone else's age and never learning Alexander's. That just bugged me.
Harlequin Books
A new historical romance series!
"Scotland's complex history is as strong a character as the hero and heroine, and Joyce seamlessly merges the historical details of Robert the Bruce's rise to power with a captive/captor, forbidden love story. Highland history sings on the pages through Joyce's potent prose." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars
Rachel Gwin
Love this book.. It breaks my heart that theirs not a sequel about this couple, I want to read more about it! :)
Seffra
1.5/5 stars
Uhh yes, this book could have been WAY better. The story started with a promising love story but then it got drowned out by the war. There was also TONS of spelling and grammatical errors which really irked me. Once I saw more than 3, I was done, I only finished it because I hate leaving books unfinished. I'm giving this book 1.5 stars because of Margaret since she was SUCH a strong female character. I really didn't like how we spent no time with Alexander when the novel moved into a...more
Melody May
Posted on What I'm Reading

I don't know how many of you have read any of Brenda Joyce's books, but they can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. The last few books I have read by her would have been easier to just to rip my heart and serve it on a platter. Don't get me wrong, they are fantastic reads, just a little rough. However, A Rose in the Storm is a little different from the last few Brenda Joyce books I have read. Still a fantastic read, but a different type of roller coaster. Granted...more
Trudy Miner
Based on the time period when Robert Bruce first began his rise to power, this book is the story of Margret Comyn of the great Comyn clan who must secure Castle Flyne as part of her dowry and of Alexander "the Wolf" MacDonald of the feared MacDonald clan who now rides with Bruce and who intends to take Castle Flyne. Margret is seventeen, the only daughter, and one of two surviving children of this branch of the family; her brother Will accompanies her to the castle. When Alexander is spotted app...more
Farrah
This was a very "eh" book for me. I kind of liked it. It was an okay read. But, I definitely didn't love it.

Let me start by saying that I loved the historical detail in this book. This is set during a very turbulent time in history and the author portrays that very well. The betrayals, the changes in loyalty, the uncertainty of the future. It was all perfectly captured. And Margaret's role in all this was pivotal. She was very much a single rose caught in the storm of politics going on. The ric...more
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
This review and more can be found on my blog: The Muses Circle

It's been ages since I've read a historical romance novel and I am almost ashamed to admit it since I owe my love of history, romance, and even reading to this genre. I was recently searching for the perfect book to jump back into my first love when I came across A Rose in the Storm. When I learned that Brenda Joyce, one of my favorite authors back in the 90's, was the one who wrote this historical romance (set in Scotland during the...more
Tiffany
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I won this in Goodreads first reads.


I was in the mood for a good historical romance and I found one. I’m so glad I won this on Goodreads and had the chance to read this great story. The beginning was a little slow but it picked up once Margaret steps into her new home, the castle of Fyne. I was hooked from then on out. One war has just ended and another is about to start. I love battles and adventures…..and ROMANCE!!! Oh how I loved the romance in this book. Th...more
Cindy
A Rose In the Storm
Brenda Joyce
June 25, 2013
3 ½ stars

I was ecstatic to see a new medieval period romance coming out. There are two few of them being released, so I pounced on the chance to review this. I started off sort of ambivalent as I felt, in my opinion, that the writing was a bit passive- heavier on the telling than showing side of things. Luckily the characters and story itself was intriguing enough to maintain my interest.
Margaret Comyn is enroute to her legacy, the dowry provided by he...more
Elis Madison
Margaret Comyn, niece of John Comyn, Earl of Buchan, is forced to defend her dowry, Castle Fyne, against a legendary warrior, Alexander MacDonald, the Wolf of Lochlaber. Unfortunately her forces are vastly outnumbered, and they don’t last long. Alexander, known to be a merciless enemy, orders that her surviving men be hanged, and in order to save them, Margaret does the only thing she can—she orders her men to swear fealty to him, and promises to do the same. Alexander accepts her men’s oaths, b...more
Judith
4.5 out of 5 One of those really really historical romance novels that gives the lover of history as much of a treat as loving the hot and lusty romance of the Medieval age. Anyone who knows anything about Scottish history knows that when they weren't fighting the English they were fighting for Clan supremacy or possibly for sheer survival. The heroine in this book has her own agenda but she is caught in the cross fires of some powerful political figures as well as the important player in a hot...more
Lisa
I give it a 3.5 star rating as I thought the story was well written and engaging. I wont go into the "Plot" as I would go on and on and you can get a feeling for the books plot with all the other reviews here.

She is a feisty one and seems to put him in his place more than once. He seems to really like that he has found someone that is not pushed around. I don't think you will be disappointed once you pick up this book.

I will tell you that in a couple places it did seem to lag a bit, not many an...more
Belinda
A Rose in the Storm by Brenda Joyce was an exciting and well written romance. The characters were passionate and strong. Enter one woman who will go through a lot of change in her thinking.
Margaret Comyn must secure her clan's safety through an arranged marriage. But that will change when an enemy storms her home and holds Margaret captive.
The notorious Wolf of Lochaber Alexander MacDonald rides with Robert the Bruce to claim the throne of Scotland. When Alexander holds Margaret prisoner, he me...more
Susanne
Honour, loyalty and duty are called into question but it is young Lady Margaret Comyn who makes the hardest decisions. Told completely from her point of view, Alexander, the Wolf of Lochaber, appears detached and cold when he takes Castle Fyne from her. But as she spends more time with him, his honour and fair-mindedness become clear, at least to her. He divides her loyalties and challenges her acceptance of her uncle's choice of English husband for her.

Set at the time of Robert Bruce and his b...more
Patricia Prates
Alana is a weak character, lost in time and space. Disappointed by the shallowness of the story. Brenda is one of my favorite authors and expected more after series like The Masters of Time.
Megan
This was a good romance but it felt slow moving and not in a slow build kind of way. I felt like Margaret was repeating the same mistakes over and over and over. She was loyal to her family- fine but they weren't loyal to her. They would sell her to the highest bidder to get whatever would benefit them. They only cared for her as much as you would care for any investment. It was disgusting. I felt like it would be a miracle for them to end together. It was just painful how many truly stupid thin...more
Sbatdorf
After I read the "Masters of Time" Series by Brenda Joyce, I was in love. Now I'm just in like. The story of Alexander and Margaret is a story of enemies that become lovers. While I liked the story, some of the story telling left me wanting more. Joyce skims over the passion and desire the leads Margaret to forsake her family and her loyalties to the English crown to become lovers with Alexander, a highland in Robert's Bruce fight for the crown of Scotland.

This is a wonderful story for those th...more
Gevera Bert
Didn't care for this book at all. More of a historical novel than a romance novel. Way too much politics. The most interesting character was neither of the main characters, it was a real historical figure I looked up after finishing this book and found the reality much more interesting.
At the end, when Margaret has everything she wants and is happy, she basically throws aside a person she championed through the whole book as someone she really cared about, finding the person has been imprisoned...more
Susan
I've always enjoyed Brenda Joyce's books and this is no exception. Set in Scotland during the time of Robert the Bruce, this romance is just what you expect. There are fights and battles, and even some involving actual warfare rather than just the two main characters. The historic backdrop is of particular interest to me. In fact, it was the reason I entered the contest for the first-reads copy.

There are some places where it would have been great if Joyce could have fleshed out the story a bit...more
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