This was just what I needed tonight. A Highlander, a sassy Sassenach, and a guaranteed happy ending.
This novella starts out in London, where our heroine Lily is hightailing it out of town. There's a witch hunt brewing, and as a healer, the last thing she needs is rumors to point them her direction.
Taking what she can, she locks her shop, knowing it will probably be looted and destroyed if she ever makes it back, and she heads north to hopefully stay with a friend of hers.
She stowed away on a ship and ended up too far north. Scotland to be precise. And wandering around the countryside in the winter wasn't her brightest idea.
After being sent on an errand for his laird, Roderick MacDonald is happy to be heading back to the Highlands. His grandmother, the clan healer and seer, had warned Roderick that he would be bringing back the clan's next healer on this trip, and since she was getting older, they really needed her. And sure enough, he stumbles upon a very unconscious Lily, dressed as a lad. I love that he figured her out right off the bat, and I love that he took her under his wing.
He was traveling with Douglas men, and he wanted to protect her from them. At the first chance he got, he convinced them to head home, and he talked Lily into coming home to live with his grandmother. (Lily told him she wanted to learn from a healer, and he assumed she had a vision of his grandmother).
I liked this story a lot. It has a feisty, stubborn heroine, a protective and thoughtful hero, and a lot of passion. There's even an Easter Egg at the end (the hidden inside references to other series kind of Easter Egg, not the actual eggs) I see what you did there, Margaret Mallory. So for anyone in the mood for a short and satisfying Highlander novella, this is the perfect story for you.
This started out promising, almost as a suspenseful stalker ex trope (which I love), but even though that was indeed used throughout, it was such a light story that I feel the stalker ex was just added here and there when it was convenient. I mean, he was always in the background, but he only showed up when the plot needed forwarding, and when he did show up, he was all bluster until the very end.
I liked the hero/heroine and their romance.
Apparently at least one of the characters has to drive off into a ditch at least once per storm.
Everyone ends in a ditch. Not saying I don’t believe Scotland weather is that treacherous, because it can be, but this is a bit much.
I hated the whole wolves don’t have sex with other wolves unless they’re mating, because wolves mate forever. So what, either we have centuries old virgins, or they’re allowed to have sex with all the humans, but if they’re courting each other, no sexytimes unless mated? Neither one of those seems realistic? (yes, I know it’s a fictional world where I’m accepting werewolves as real, but you’re telling me that they live hundreds of years with only dry humping like awkward teenagers to satisfy their needs? Really?).
I realize that this is a series, a long-standing series at that, seeing as this is book #15. In fact I have some of Ms. Spear’s earlier books, but I don’t think you need to have read all of them, which is really nice. You see many of the previous couples but it’s not confusing and there’s no re-hashing of their stories.
This is a lighter read, but it should have stayed light. Either make it a romantic suspense, or make it a lighter Christmas read. I didn’t like it trying to be both.
That being said, the story did have some things going for it that I enjoyed. I liked seeing the interaction with so many characters, not just the hero and heroine and side characters when convenient. I liked the author’s sense of humor and the way she writes her characters. I loved the sense of Scotland that you get while you read. Ms. Spear really has a talent for bringing out the beauty of Scotland and showing it to the reader, instantly transporting you there.
I do think that if you’re for a paranormal romance with alpha wolves and stalker exes, this won’t necessarily satisfy you. It’s basically a contemporary romance where the characters turn into wolves sometimes. But if you prefer your paranormal on the lighter side, where it isn’t an all-encompassing world, then this might be for you.
In this installment of Vonda Sinclair’s Highland Adventures series, we see Torrin and Jessie’s story.
Torrin MacLeod is on his way to see Lady Jessie,In this installment of Vonda Sinclair’s Highland Adventures series, we see Torrin and Jessie’s story.
Torrin MacLeod is on his way to see Lady Jessie, to propose. Again. He met her 7 months ago and fell in love. But Jessie is having none of it. She’d been handfasted to Gregor MacBain in a trial marriage and it didn’t end well. She was returned. So she’s pretty much over men. But when Torrin meets her first husband on the way to see her, he’s instantly suspicious. MacGregor wants Jessie back, and he won’t let Torrin, or Jessie, get in his way.
Jessie has her own reasons for saying no to Torrin, and it’s not just because she had been in a bad marriage. She believes she saw Torrin kill her foster brother when she was a teen. She has heard rumors of this man, and she sees how he carries himself. He’s dangerous, he’s a warrior, and she has seen firsthand just how deadly he can be.
Torrin knows Jessie is leery of him, but what he doesn’t know is why. He can’t get her out of his head. Unfortunately MacBain, the man who used her and returned her, is constantly getting in his way. Torrin sets himself up as her protector until her brother returns, because not only is MacBain a threat, but there is another storm brewing. McMurdo, a mercenary who we’ve seen from other stories, is still stalking the woods, and some threats are closer to home than they think.
I like how hard Torrin worked to win Jessie’s heart, he quickly learned not to take anything for granted, and he tried his hardest to show Jessie that he was in it for the long haul. I totally understand why Jessie couldn’t put her faith in Torrin at first, but oh I just wanted to shake her at one point and tell her to wake up! He really loves you and doesn’t care about the big thing I can’t say for fear of spoiling ; )
I love how this series has been going. This author bravely pits brother against brother, and sometimes brother against sister.Starting off with a bang, My Notorious Highlander delivers a seductive and suspenseful story packed with vivid description and likeable characters. I highly recommend this series for all Scottish Romance lovers, and all Historical Romance lovers.
Steven McBride is an army captain on leave. He has a duty to perform that he’s been procrastinating, so of course, he is spending his time in London drinking and gambling.
In his incredibly drunken state, he can’t remember where he’s staying, so he sort of wanders around outside until he literally bumps into a beautiful lady.
Rose is being accosted by paparazzi, as usual, because although she’s a duchess, she’s a widowed duchess whose stepson is trying to have her title stripped, marriage to his (older) father annulled, and is tying up her inheritance and money in a horrible legal battle. And unfortunately that means she’s a gossip rag cash cow (or the Victorian equivalent).
Scandal follows Rose everywhere. And Steven makes it worse by drunkenly falling on top of her, and then being unable to untangle himself from her. Rose is able to smell the liquor on him, and she sees a disheveled soldier. So she tries to help him out by taking him in and giving him a meal.
But she has nowhere to stay, herself, and no money. But she’ll make do.
When Steven wakes up, Rose has brought him breakfast. They’re in her coachman’s home, and she is beside herself that the gossip has picked Steven as their latest target. As she’s apologizing, Steven realizes just how rare and sweet Rose is. So he tells her that in order to restore her reputation, they’ll tell the journalists that they’re engaged.
What follows is a sweet and super sexy story about their false engagement becoming a real one. With a visit from many of the Mackenzies that we already know and love, this novella was awesome! We see Steven’s brother, hero of the next book Rules For A Proper Governess, who helps Rose find a solicitor who will untangle the legal mess her stepson has tied her up in. We see a wonderful story with wonderful characters develop, and we see a wonderful happy ending.
Seriously, I loved it. It’s a long novella (like 160 pages!), and it’s wonderful from the first scene to the last. This book has all the magic and romance that you expect when you pick up a Jennifer Ashley book.
***ARC courtesy of the publisher via netgalley...more
I met Catherine Bybee this summer when each of us had a book up for the RONE award, and let me just say, she's hysterical. now I've read the first booI met Catherine Bybee this summer when each of us had a book up for the RONE award, and let me just say, she's hysterical. now I've read the first book in this series called Binding Vows and I liked it, so I definitely wanted to read this one. Plus, hello, time travel and Highlanders? That's my specialty ;)
Gavin Kincaid is fighting a battle in the 17th century, and his job is to protect the MacCoinnich line. He has druid powers to help him. While he's fighting, he notices a portrait of a women and not only is he drawn to her, he's incredibly curious seeing as that painting isn't in the castle in his time (2231). Once back in his time he begins searching for that painting.
Amber MacCoinnich is living in the 21st century, but she's not from our time. Her druid gift of being able to feel what everyone is feeling and thinking is slowly killing her.
Gavin is thrown back to the 21st century and finds the woman from the painting on the verge of death. Can his powers heal her? And what would be the cost?
Catherine's signature sense of humor, and intense storytelling shine through in this latest installment of the MacCoinnich Time Travels....more
This is definitely my favorite Hannah Howell book. It features one of the many Murrays, and a lady laird. Lady Triona has been having a bit of difficulty with her neighbor Sir John since her husband died leaving her the laird. Many in her village had been ill and died, those who survived were mostly women. Her dowry was spent updating the keep, and her people were starving. The men were offered an opportunity to fight in France for money to bring home to their families, so they took it.
But it’s been almost 2 years now, and they haven’t heard back from the men, have had no money, no letters, not even wounded or dead have been sent back. Even Triona is beginning to wonder if her men really went to France. But where else could they have gone?
Triona has been doing the best she can, which is actually pretty well. She has enough food and wool, great lands, and even though her neighbor Sir John has been asking for her to marry him, really she’s been fine. Until he ups the ante. He’s had his men setting fields on fire, letting livestock loose, things to force Triona to see that she needs a man to help her and to take care of her. Triona wants to never marry again.
Enter Brett Murray. When Sir Brett Murray comes to stay for a short time with his men and his friend’s wife (who has run off in a fit of anger to stay with her distant cousin Triona), he notices immediately the lack of warriors and the noticeable amount of women and children. He decides to stay and ferret out what’s going on with this small village, and it has absolutely nothing to do with a lovely laird named Triona.
In classic Hannah Howell style, there is a small intrigue, some humor, and a sweet romance.
Any fan of the Murrays will like this addition. Any new fans who haven’t started the series but see #19 as an intimidating prospect, don’t worry, this reads really well as a stand-alone.
***ARC courtesy of Zebra and Kensington Books...more
Here on Goodreads, I’m in a Highlander Group (of course, because, hello, Highland Hussy for a reason!). ThThis review is posted on Got Fiction? books
Here on Goodreads, I’m in a Highlander Group (of course, because, hello, Highland Hussy for a reason!). The group recommended What Happens in Scotland to me, and since it was on sale for a buck, I couldn’t resist. It was touted as The Hangover, you know, they wake up and can’t remember what happened the night before and have to backtrack to figure it out. It’s supposed to be funny and light. We have a super proper and serious widow, and a Scottish barrister who is trying to make his own way after a split with his father, the earl, it sounds like hijinks will abound!
But there are a few things that didn’t work for me. The first of which is that the hero and heroine don’t really interact for over 100 pages in. I didn’t think this worked at all because the whole story takes place in like a day and a half. I’m all for insta-love, truly I quite enjoy that trope, so having them fall in love in a day is not far-reaching for me. However, for that to be believable I feel like they need to actually spend time together.
I feel like the heroine’s sideplot with her cousin was so obvious that it dropped my opinion of her since she didn’t see it. If we had been told what was going on differently it would have worked, but we saw it unfold as she did, and she didn’t pick up on it until the very last few pages.
I don’t know, I loved the H/h when they were together, but I feel like so much more could have been done with this plot. I mean it has so much potential! Waking up in Scotland with no memory of how you ended up in bed with a strange Scotsman, and then finding out you two were married? It’s a fabulous concept! And definitely right up my alley. But the delivery kept it from being a 5 star book. I liked it, it had its funny moments, and I definitely say it’ worth the read, but it wasn’t as wonderful as I’d hoped.
I have this author’s next book “Summer is for lovers” which I am looking forward to reading, hopefully it’ll work better for me than this one....more
I thought this was a cute, sweet and fun little romance.
Everything happens very quickly, but as it’s a novella, I was okay with that.
So this one opens up as a Princess from a small area near Austria is traveling through Scotland. She’s widowed, but her uncle, the king, wants her remarried. Alexandra is unimpressed with the nobles she’s had paraded through for her. In fact, Alexandra’s secretly been in love with the idea of Scotland forever. One of her tutors was a Scot, so she’s secretly looking for a husband while she’s in Scotland.
And one by one, her plan seems to fall right into place.
And then we meet the hero.
I loved his first scene. The man is completely drunk and trying to stay on his horse. That made me laugh, because how often do we have a hero who’s not only a drunk, but also likeable? It was fun and funny.
Kintare is trying to avoid feeling any pain, and well, he’s trying not to feel anything at all, to be honest. He lost someone he loved once, and not only blamed himself, but refused to let anyone close so he would never feel the pain of them leaving him. It’s a sorry state he’s in, but then he gets snowed in with Alexandra.
This was a fun and steamy novella, and you definitely have to suspend belief to a certain extent, but I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
***ARC courtesy of edelweiss and Pocket Star ...more
This book is a true case of this book didn’t work for me, but it may work for you.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. I found the writing to be repetitive and frustrating. It wasn’t easy to jump into this story and there were a lot of extra side plots that absolutely didn’t need to be there.
There’s a ghost sub-plot. It is woven in pretty well, but I hated the ghost Drangar, so it kind of ruined it for me. He is an ancestor of the hero Alasdair, and he is a big fat jerk. He cheated on his wife, and she went to commit suicide for attention, but he is too late. Her skirts get tangled in the water and she drowns. The two of them spend several centuries lamenting their mistakes. At one point, though, Drangar is bemoaning his afterlife, and he says something like, “Oh but if she only had loved me enough to suffer instead of killing herself.” Wait, hold up. She should have loved you enough to suffer your cheating?! That’s a little victim-blaming right there. Ugh.
There’s a Viking sub-plot. This could have been super cool. Like amazing knock your socks off cool. Instead in fizzled out at the end leaving me holding my Nook and scratching my head thinking, “That’s it? All the build-up and that’s it?” Quick recap: The heroine has a foretelling dream of her death at a Norse lord. Said Norse lord is in talks with her brother Kendrew for Marjory’s hand in marriage. At the end, there is the makings of an epic battle. And then the Vikings turn away. That’s it. Done. No kidnapping, no fiery funeral pyre, no battle. Nothing.
Now the romance itself was sweet. I wish more time had been spent on it. Marjory has wanted Alasdair for a year or so now, and thought the feeling was mutual. He comes back from being gone for a while, but he’s a changed man—he’s harder. Not to mention her brother Kendrew and the man she loves hate each other. This was going well at first, but after a while, I felt Alasdair was just being petty and childish. He didn’t work as a responsible clan chief. He read like a petulant child whose pride had been hurt.
Kendrew then has a super abrupt about-face and lets Marjory and Alasdair marry and sends the Vikings on their way. It was so quick and so out of character that I didn’t buy it. If at one point Marjory and Kendrew had spoken and she’d said “Oh but I love him. Let me marry him.” He could be the doting big brother, and say yes, then it would have worked for me. But it was so random and out of the blue.
That being said, many of her fans will love it. Some of these things won't bug you at all. But for me it just didn't work.
Ending on a positive, I will say that fans of Sue-Ellen Welfonder won't want to miss her latest in the Highland Warriors series. With everything from Highlanders to Vikings, ghosts to curses, there's something for everyone. You won't want to miss this third installment in a series full of adventure and romance.
***ARC courtesy of Forever Romance and netgalley ...more
"The Perfect Gift" was a great read. It was like a gift to all the readers who would love to see what the holidays with the Mackenzie claQuick Review:
"The Perfect Gift" was a great read. It was like a gift to all the readers who would love to see what the holidays with the Mackenzie clan are like.
I loved it, and Ian really says the sweetest things.
Ian bought another one of his priceless Ming bowls and Beth accidentally broke it. The whole family pitches in to try to replace it. We see each couple from previous books, we see Daniel growing up, and we even see the newest Mackenzie brother Fellows.
This was my favorite Christmas read so far. ...more
I have read several of Maya Banks’ books, and I have yet to like one. I find that her heroines are doormats, or broken, aReview posted on Got Fiction?
I have read several of Maya Banks’ books, and I have yet to like one. I find that her heroines are doormats, or broken, and they need the big strong man to save them. But I’ve heard her Highlanders are different. I think that’s just how she writes, though, because while I liked this one way better than any others I’ve read, I still had the same issues.
The Montgomerys and the Armstrongs are very large, powerful, successful clans. Both are friends to the king. However, they are also sworn enemies. No one knows how it started, but the current Montgomery laird Graeme’s father was killed by the Armstrongs, so feelings are still running high. But the king is sick of his two most influential clans fighting. To broker peace, he forces a marriage between Graeme, and Eveline, the Armstrong laird’s daughter.
This isn’t unusual, except Eveline is considered to be daft.
Three years before, she was nearly killed after a nasty fall down a ravine. The head injury left her deaf. Or, mostly deaf, as she can hear lower tones, and some very loud sounds. She was engaged to an evil man who had everyone fooled, so when she woke from her accident a couple weeks later, she was confused, and didn’t know what was going on. However, she knew that her fiance wouldn’t want her if she were damaged, so when people said she was daft, she went with it.
This is where I started to have a problem with the book, or more specifically Eveline. I get it, I do. She was young and scared. But she continued the charade for years. How selfish. She’s incredibly close to her family, and yet never even shares with her brothers or mother. She’d also very childishly look away from people who were speaking to her if she didn’t want to hear what they were saying to her. She played up her reputation so she would literally walk out on people talking to her, and they’d shrug and say, well, that’s just Eveline. She’s touched you know. So rude.
“..she purposely didn’t look at him, because if she didn’t see what he was saying, then it didn’t really happen.”
I also felt like the fact that she hadn’t spoken for years, but hadn’t even spoken alone, on her own, in her room? Not to even attempt it? It seemed odd. She also hadn’t made a grunt of surprise, or a squeal at being startled? Not a single vocalization? I don’t know. This is where I wasn’t so sure about her being able to speak totally fine later on.
Some people have said her deafness, and subsequent speaking are unrealistic, however the author said Eveline is based on her husband, so I can’t speak to how unrealistic it would or would not be. BUT, I do feel that her lip reading skills and speech would be affected. It wouldn’t be perfect, and that should have been shown. Also, she could read lips of groups of people from far away. That seemed, well, I don’t know, wouldn’t you think she’d make a mistake every now and then? She must have amazing eye sight.
Graeme for his part, is perfect. Like seriously perfect. He was able to overlook their enemy status, he came to terms with their relationship quickly, he defended her as an innocent amongst his not-so-welcoming clan, he defended her to his brothers, things like that. I’m glad he figured out she was deaf, not daft, but I think it should have been sooner. it was so far into the book, that I was like finally!
On the positive side, I think the actual plot of this book was fantastic! The storyline of the blood feud between the Armstrongs and the Montgomerys was very well-done, the idea of a deaf heroine was actually really great! I don’t have any issues with that, but I do have issue with how she abused her reputation of being crazy. I actually look forward to the next book, and Bowen’s story. I just hope Ms. Banks doesn’t have a childish or doormat heroine. Those seem to be the only two types I’ve read by her.
I enjoyed it. It was a sweet romance (which was the best part of this story-a very romance-centered story) and it was plenty steamy for even this Highland Hussy.
This story starts out with English Lady Arabella on her way to Stirling in Scotland to be married to an English baron named Sir Stewart. But on the way some Scottish rebels attack her people. One of the barbarians sees her fighting for her life and plucks her from her horse to sit with him. Little does Arabella know that he is not a rebel. He has saved her from the rebels.
Laird Magnus Sutherland has just delivered his sister to her soon-to-be husband when he comes upon a lady being attacked by some of the rebels. But the men who are going after Arabella’s party aren’t going to discriminate that she’s not a warrior. She is English and that’s enough for them to hate her. Magnus swoops in and saves her, but he then sets things into motion he never would have thought of before.
Even one of his own men attacks Arabella because she’s English. Magnus’ solution is to marry her, that way she’ll have his protection and his men will be honor-bound to protect her as well. It doesn’t hurt that this way he won’t have to marry the neighboring clan chief’s bratty daughter (this will, by the way, come back later to bite him in the bum).
I think this was a very romance-centered book. This is good because you don’t see too much of that any more. I truly enjoyed Arabella learning that not all Scottish men are brutal barbarians, and I liked watching Magnus fall in love with his English wife. His fall was the best because at the beginning he couldn’t understand how any man could allow a woman to mean so much to him. Ya gotta love when those kinds of heroes fall in love.
I had a small temper tantrum with this book at one point where Arabella did something so dumb I wanted to throw my nook across the room. I settled for turning it off and grabbing a glass of wine ;) After she realized how stupid it was of her, I went back to liking the book again. Oh, and the ending was cute. I really liked Arabella’s father, even though he didn’t get much page time, he was a good character.
I hope to read more by this author, and I really think anyone who wants a romantic medieval story will love this one.
I really enjoy Donna Grant's Dark Sword series (paranormal druid Highlander series, folks, it's pretty good), so I was excited when I saw this one for only 99 cents.
I love the idea of the plot, but I'm not sure I loved the delivery. If this is a prelude to a series of novels, I think it works really well. But if it's a bunch of novellas, I'm not sure how it will work.
A quick little summary is that Cassie is leaving the States and moving to Scotland to a property her brother owns but never uses. Her trip there is horrible---lost luggage, brother doesn't show, 3 days with no sleep---you name it, it happened to Cassie.
Well, her brother Dan isn't there to pick her up, but he's left a car for her. She also has to get his dog. There are several mentions of no one being able to get ahold of her brother, she sort of hints that he might be with his wife in England. But no one really knows. Seriously, the amount of attention drawn to his being gone, I was really mad that at the end, we still don't know what the crap happened to her brother!
So Cassie makes the harrowing drive to her brother's cottage, and gets that far just to not be able to get into the house. The hide-a-key has a code, and she doesn't have a code. She nearly freezes to death, but a neighbor, Hal, finds her and gets her in. The two of them have some sparks, but go on their way. I thought that Donna Grant did a great job at creating the insta-lust and molding it into attraction between the H/h.
But Hal can't let himself get too close because he's a Dragon King. He and a couple of his brethren (also Dragon Kings-each rules over a color of dragon) are stuck on earth guarding the Silvers (also dragons). They can't share their secrets with humans, but meanwhile, their old enemy is supposedly harmless (but is he really?) and a new dragon is created. The man literally falls from the sky.
There's a lot of plot packed into this novella, which is why I felt that this series needs to be full-length to really shine.
I didn't care for the heroine too much, which is odd, since there's nothing not to like about her. But maybe that's my problem? There was nothing to dislike, or to like, or anything. She was very bland.
The hero was good, but I wanted to know more, and I think that's my biggest complaint about this novella. I just wanted to know more than what was hinted at. We never found out what happened with Dan, we never found out why the Silvers moved, we never found out what happened with the knew dragon king, and we never found out why Cassie can see the tattoos move.
The dragons are a fantastic addition to highlander books, the heroine was a little too perfect, the hero was cool, and the story that we did get about the dragons was awesome. I hope the next story is longer and more in-depth....more
When I first picked this book up, I was surprised at how quickly it captured my attention and then I remembered that it’s a Vonda Sinclair book, and wanted to smack myself, because DUH! Of course it sucked me in, she’s a fantastic writer.
I think the intensity of this book is increased because it’s not just a simple love story, it’s not just a simple rescue, and well, to be honest, NOTHING is simple in this book.
Isobel has been dodging advances from her soon-to-be brother in law while her fiancé is away for a few weeks. It comes to the point where Isobel has to fight for her life, and after knocking the jerk out, she thinks she’s killed him. Not knowing her fiancé too well, she assumes she’ll be hanged for killing the brother of the laird, and she runs.
Dirk McKay is actually the heir to his clan, but he’s been in hiding and using the name MacLerie. Soon he’s pushed into going home, though, and he’s not sure that is a good thing. His stepmother tried to kill him so her sons could inherit. And while his father has recently died, the stepmother still holds sway over her sons.
The trek north is time enough for Isobel to know that she wants Dirk, whether it’s for one night or more, she wants him. But she doesn’t want to bring him trouble, either, so she asks to be sent home to her brother. Dirk finds he can’t let her go, but he doesn’t want to marry her, because as newly appointed laird of the McKay clan, he doesn’t want to start a feud over stealing another man’s bride. Yet he can’t keep from thinking about her, and the wee devil can’t keep her hands off him.
With one laird on the hunt for his wayward bride-to-be, and another laird looking for his sister, what can Dirk and Isobel do to stay together? And can they survive the many attacks on their lives?
I love this series, and Vonda Sinclair has a way of writing that catches you right from the beginning and doesn’t let go until well after it’s ended.
This is the 6th book in Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series, and it’s an intense ride. This book, like the last, is extremely emotional, and extremely realistic.
At age 14 Mary is married to her knight in shining armor, the Earl of Atholl. It isn’t long before his armor starts to dull. Mary though, ever in love with him, tries her hardest to get him to love her. To Atholl, she was a child bride, and he never really stopped seeing her as a child. He was a champion, he was famous, he was a hero. His courtly ways entranced Mary from the get-to. But her childhood infatuation was crushed when she found out he wasn’t ever in her bed because he was in, well, pretty much every other woman’s bed.
And then he is branded a traitor and hanged, his head placed on a pike. Mary’s twin Janet comes and tries to take her back to Scotland, but that ends with disastrous results-Janet is swept away after a bridge explodes, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Mary is stranded in England, widow of a traitor, has to find a way to survive. And she does. And she does it in England to stay close to her son. She keeps her head down, she stays off the king’s radar, because the last thing she wants is another marriage, and she tries to make her own way. (all of this is before chapter 1!!!)
She’s doing alright, until she’s asked to go to Scotland and spy on the Bruce (her brother-in-law). This is where we see Mary start to come to life. She meets Kenneth and one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read happens and I was entranced.
Mary is trying to forget Kenneth and go back to her normal life, while Kenneth is trying to become one of Bruce’s elite warriors and going through hell to prove himself.
And then they meet again.
Wow, the emotional toll this book took on me was insane. I felt both exhilarated and drained at the same time. The intensity of the war going on, that any minute Kenneth could be caught, of the secrets between them coming out...
You don’t want to miss this one.
The ending was wonderful. I loved it, I loved the way Kenneth and Mary came together, and I really reallyreally loved the ending. An amazing story full of the rich history of the time, The Recruit is one of my favorite books of the year.
***ARC courtesy of netgalley and Random House ...more
I was re-reading this in preparation for Dark Skye, and I realized I never reviewed it.
First things first, this hero is an alphahole hero, but most of hers are, so that might not be news to you.
We all know the Lykae twins, Hot and Hotter aka Uilleam and Munro. This is Will’s story, and it’s a doozy. Kresley has written a tortured hero worthy of Sherrilyn Kenyon with this one. Man, at least Lothaire was crazy, but Will? Your heart just breaks for him.
Nix sends him to an auction where the witches are auctioning off a human. Webb, the guy in charge of that facility that bagged and tagged then vivisected immortals had a daughter. And believe it or not, this chick is Will’s mate.
Gotta love that tricksy Nixie.
Chloe is an all-star soccer player preparing for the Olympics. Her dad has disappeared and now she’s going through some. . .changes. And her father knew. He KNEW and didn’t tell her. He tossed the Book of Lore at her and bailed. Next thing you know, she’s being kidnapped for her father’s crimes. Dear old dad is colonel Webb. The one who likes to vivisect immortals.
Will’s damaged. Hard core.
***SPOILERS*** Ye be warned.
He was sexually abused as a child by a succubus, and it was pretty bad. She made him think she was his mate, so 9 year old Will fancies himself in love. When his parents confront her, she’s with a vampire, and has him kill his pregnant mother. His father kills her, but Will is not only confused, he’s trying to help her, and yet she wants him to fight his own family for her.
This is where Will has issues with Chloe. She turns out to be a half-breed succubus. He flips. He’s a total dick. I mean I’m talking pretty horrible to her. But his whole lykae clan loves her by this point and they tell him he’s an arsehole.
Not only that, but his twin Munro keeps pointing out that she’s not trying to use him, or to use anyone the way his abuser had. Chloe even nails him in the junk with a soccer ball at one point and I was DYING! She’s the exact opposite.
The only thing I didn’t like was that the part where he finally realizes he’s being a gigantic ass to his mate who is actually pretty awesome, is too close to the end. I like when he has a bit of time to make it up to her. But I did like how he found out. Made him realize how big of a bag of dicks he was.
I love how Kresley Cole writes. This woman has an amazing talent and the world she’s built is one I’d love to live in. I wish I could never leave her head. Well, that sounds kind of stalkerish, but aww hell, I’d totally stalk her if I had the chance. ...more