Usually, I don't rate anthologies very high-- average rating, about a 3.5 or so is common for me. But with Highlander Christmas, there was no doubt in...moreUsually, I don't rate anthologies very high-- average rating, about a 3.5 or so is common for me. But with Highlander Christmas, there was no doubt in my mind that it would receive a 5 Star rating when I finished the last page!
When you get three very talented, very popular authors together, and have their stories all published in one book, you're sure to get one spectacular novel out of the deal! And with Highlander Christmas, that's what happened!
I don't even know where to begin-- all three stories were great, and I so loved reading each and every one!
Dawn's story, the first in the novel, could quite possibly be my all-time favorite of the three, if I had to choose. I almost forgot that her story was supposed to be a novella, part of an anthology, and therefore shorter in pages than usual-- you can't even tell! Why? Because the characters came alive in the pages, flourished and developed, and the connection, the love, between hero and heroine was clearly there, and very well done. Something that, usually, can be a bit challenging to accomplish in a shortened novel.
But Dawn, well, I already knew from her previous work that she could do it, and once again she managed to grab me from page one, and wrap the magic of her story-telling around me until the very end. Touching, passionate, and witty, I loved her "Winter Heat", which will definitely help to keep a reader warm during the upcoming winter evenings, snuggled up by the fire with this book!
Next up was Sophie's "Yuletide Enchantment". Now, I've not yet read any of Sophie's contemporary romances, but I've been anxiously awaiting her upcoming paranormal series-- and this short novel is a bit of a prequel, I guess you could call it, for said series.
After reading this one, my mind was still a bit numb-- wow! I thought the plot/theme alone was very unique, not the usual ones filling the shelves today, and the story flowed nicely-- again, I almost couldn't tell it was a novella instead of a full length! The only problem, if you could call it that, is that the story teased me, leaving off at the end, and torturing me until the first novel, Velvet Haven, comes out this next year! *Cries* Otherwise, the characters were well done (and the hero, by the way, is very yummy!), there was plenty of romance, action, and a good dash of magic to captivate the reader!
The last story was Cindy's "A Christmas Spirit". I've read one of her books before, and I did enjoy it, so I had a fairly good idea of what to expect in this one-- and again, I wasn't disappointed. Although, to be honest, out of the three I would have to say this one would receive my lowest rating on it's own (but no lower than 4 stars, if that!), it was only because I didn't quiet feel the pull between the hero and heroine in her story. It was there, but it felt like it was a bit, well, rushed, like most novellas, and it only came in stronger at the very end. But I do enjoy her writing still, I always find a few witty areas and more than a few "Aw!" ones as well.
5 STARS! Over all, these three well-known authors worked their magic over the reader, pulling them in, and holding them in thrall until the very end. Wonderful, enchanting, and passionately written, these three paranormal Christmas novellas will leave you wanting only one thing: the hero to have as your own! Move over, fated heroines, you're going to have competition soon! (less)
This is book 10 in the bestselling Morganville Vampires series. The excellent storytelling by Rachel Caine hasn't dwindled one bit. Last Breath is just as thrilling and witty as book one, and twice as captivating!
There's never a sane (or dull) day in Morganville, Texas—that's something you learn quickly once you become a citizen. But when suddenly the vampires in the small town are concerned, even frightened, by a sudden message from a neighboring vamp community, one thing is clear: trouble is coming, and it is worse than anything Morganville has seen before. And frankly, that's saying something!
In between the chaos provoked by the message, another problem is brewing, this time between the two factions of the town. Eve and Michael have plans for their future, and it begins with the sound of wedding bells. But if the citizens, from either side, have their way, it will end in blood instead. Despite the sides, they both have the same core belief: Vampires and humans should not mingle, beyond one providing a meal for the other. Even Amelie, the town Founder and ruler has taken this side, for “the sake of the town”. Needless to say, neither Eve nor Michael will accept this answer, and so the fight begins!
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I really need to stop jumping into the middle of a series. After finishing Haunted Laird I knew that...moreOriginally posted on TBQ's Book Palace
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I really need to stop jumping into the middle of a series. After finishing Haunted Laird I knew that this was such a series where I should have read the previous books. I felt a little lost, and many things were mentioned in passing that had happened in the first books. Despite this, I still liked this book, and I think I'll go back and start the series in order some day soon.
Cursed Scottish warriors? Um, yes please! :) Padon definitely made my heart pound a little harder, and all but made me melt a time or two. Every time he called Lynn “mi wee one”, a sigh escaped my mouth. I want my own Padon!
I do wish that we could have seen a bit more of the relationship between Padon and Lynn... It felt rushed, as if within the few days that they knew each other, everything was set and they knew they'd be together forever. No problems, no questions asked. On the one hand, I like the whole “I just met you but I can't live without you”, but on the other hand I want more than just insta-love holding the couple together. I'd like to know how things are going to work out for Padon, suddenly living in modern times, and he was born a few hundred years ago. His new life will not be a walk in the park!
3 STARS! This was my first time reading any of Tara Nina's books, but I don't think it will be my last! I have book one, which I picked up while it was a freebie from BN a while back, and I may have to start it soon. I liked the idea behind this series, and I loved the spicy heat to the story, but I think the only thing missing was a bit more connection between the hero and heroine before their HEA. All in all, a good book, and one that I read quickly. (less)