Vaden Valmont has excitedly just arrived with her sister, Yvonne, out west to visit with her aunt and uncle. As the new guests are chatting with theirVaden Valmont has excitedly just arrived with her sister, Yvonne, out west to visit with her aunt and uncle. As the new guests are chatting with their kin, a tattered looking man with ink-black hair, worn blue jeans, and a torn white shirt rides into town. Vaden, infatuated by this inconspicuous man, notices that he has an untidy black beard that hangs nearly to his chest. The man’s face is deeply frowned, which is very intimidating, but that doesn’t stop Vaden from being intrigued by this quiet, but interesting man. As he stares at her, it's as if he was striping away her privacy and invading her true identity. This man, Ransom Lake, whom Vaden finds out is his given name, facinates her. Now Vaden isn’t a nosy chit, but she is definitely mystified with Mr. Lake. So much so that the mystery of Ransom Lake is a mission that she can’t pass up. She just can’t wait to find out everything that there is to know about the mysterious individual. It’s just so exciting to her! Vaden is not a rude person, in fact, she’s honest and truthful. And, holding back from speaking her mind is just not part of who she is.
Unfortunately, though, after committing herself to this mission, she attracks the unwanted attention of Jerome Clayton, a blonde-haired brown-eyed seemingly charming handsome young man. Sadly, though, Vaden has no desire to commit herself to Jerome Clayton. He’s just not for her! Jerome, however, has other plans, as he tries constantly to insinuate himself into Vaden’s life. But, it’s Ransom that always attracts her attention. It’s Ransom that she fantasizes about. She decides, therefore, that she could never love Jerome. It would be an effort to love him, and she needed to be in love. She knew that the man she truly wanted (Ransom) was out of her reach – too far away, and she didn’t reckon that she could bring him back.
But, will Ransom find himself thinking as much about Vaden as much as she thinks about him? And, will he eventually act on those thoughts or decide that it’s not possible that someone as precious as her could want someone as damaged as him? I really enjoyed this novel – may be one of the most romantic reads that I have ever came upon. Vaden was such a spit-fire – very comical and exciting! She really didn’t seem to be frightened of anything. And, some of the things she did, one couldn’t help but shake their head and laugh because of the hilariousness of it all. Now, Ransom, he was very scary when first introduced. But, when Vaden decides to rid him of his mask of fear, the repercussions are maddening. Veden, though, has no fear, and doesn’t let Ransom scare her. And, once those whiskers were gone and that long hair cut, the man was a sight for sore eyes. What an extremely handsome man! And, Vaden found herself in love with him – she feels him.
“It’s all about the kissing” – Marcia Lynn McClure.
And my, oh my...Vaden’s first kiss – with Ransom...sigh!! So, hot! So, intoxicating! So, passionate! I don’t think that I’ve read a first kiss being so scintillatingly sensual before...probably because the heroine was just so innocent. Wow! That Ransom is one romantic dude! Hopefully he will be able to get past the tragic memory that plagues his mind repeatedly, and re-unite with a long lost family member that could ultimately provide him with rehabilitating results.
Loved both the hero and the heroine! They were meant to be together forever. Ms. McClure has written a passionately tender love story that is both mesmerizing and beautiful! Quite possibly could be my most favorite historical romance book ever!!! You will not be disappointed with this romantic tale of first love and captivating passion! ...more
My first read by author Julia Quinn was so mesmerizing and romantic! Colin Bridgerton, just love that name, is just so dashing with his stunning greenMy first read by author Julia Quinn was so mesmerizing and romantic! Colin Bridgerton, just love that name, is just so dashing with his stunning green-eyes and handsome face. Penelope Featherington had been in love with Colin for years – since the age of sixteen, to be exact. He, though, only looked at her as a friend. As a friend of his sister, Eloise’s, since forever, Penelope worshipped him from afar. Penelope was shy and ordinary – not very beautiful. But, what she lacked in those features, she made up with in character. She was kind and smart, and could at times, have someone in stitches when saying the wrong thing. And, to make matters worse, her mother often chose her clothes for her, which were the most dreadful colors – not flattering with her brown eyes and shade of reddish hair. But, there was nothing that she could do, so she just went along with her choices – knowing full well, that she would someday be a spinster anyway. So, what’s the sense of arguing? Her future fate was sealed. Colin, however, was always there lurking in the shadows, and when she tells him that she’ll never ever probably experience her first kiss, he decides to take on the task, which to his astonishment, erupts with explosive results. What will happen now that Penelope has received Colin’s undivided attention? This was just one of those whymsical and tender love stories. Penelope just breathlessly in love with her friend’s brother, and Colin realizing that love was standing right in front of him all along. I was rooting for them to stay together...hopefully leading to a love everlasting. Penelope deserved Colin’s love after patiently waiting in the wings for years on end...just hoping for him to notice her other than just a friend. Ms. Quinn makes you fall in love with the hero while absorbing his smoldering heat and delictable charm. Looking forward to continuing with Ms. Quinn’s Bridgerton series:) ...more
So Monica McCarty has done it again with another spectacular Highland Guard novel. Loved the hero, loved the heroine, and loved their story of learninSo Monica McCarty has done it again with another spectacular Highland Guard novel. Loved the hero, loved the heroine, and loved their story of learning to trust, learning to need, and learning to love each other. Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi (great name) is the epitomy of danger. His look is dangerous, his demeanor is dangerous, and most of all his outlook on life is dangerous. He is sent to rescue the Countess Isabella MacDuff. Hanging first from a cage for her betrayal to the English crown, and now imprisoned in a small room high in a tower, Bella vows to help the now crowned leader of Scotland, Robert the Bruce. Bella is the wife of Earl John Comyn, an unfeeling and dispicable ass that has no regard for her as a person. He’s tried to embarrass her and break her spirit. But nothing that he ever did, allowed him to break through that outer shell of strength and courage. She was a survivor, and a survivor she would be for her young daughter, Joan, who eventually she has to leave behind to protect. Out of all the books that I have read so far in this series, I have enjoyed this one the most. Staying up long into the night to be mesmerized and entranced by the love story, along with the excitement of their adventures in and out of being captured, I saw some new emotions developing beween the two charcters. Neither character knows what it’s like to fully love. Both have been betrayed and treated horribly by their spouses. At first I didn’t know if I was going to like the character of Lachlan. He was sarcastic and crude – dangerous and rough around the edges. He definitely spoke his mind, not hiding exactly how he felt. But he was exciting and breathtaking. A person that you would want at your back with full control - constantly thinking ahead of the unexpected. The man just rippled with muscle and scorching hotness. And, I just was in awe with the author saying just how good he always smelled...gotta love a guy who smells scrumptious!! The character of Bella was a little more hard to read. Okay, of course, she was beautiful, but first she wanted him, then she didn’t want, then what the hell, she couldn’t deny her feelings anymore. She was not afraid when things got tough, and proved to Lachlan over and over again just what a caring and compassionate woman she really was. I liked how Ms. McCarty let their intimacy simmer through their eyes and occasional touches, even though they both were lusting after each other. It was a back and forth longing from the very beginning, and when they finally did come together, it was explosive, and their feelings were just laying there right in front of them. Both were so afraid to take that chance on the other given their past experiences, which is easily understood. There were some little comical scenes thrown in the book as well. I have learned to be pleasantly entertained with the bantering back and forth between the warrior brothers. They all seem to be able to assess each other pretty well – giving jabs of humor and poking fun when the other is in a awkward situation. It’s very funny!! Can’t wait to see what is in store in the next novel...The Saint...sure to be just as romantic and gratifying as the others in the series....more
As author, Monica McCarty’s, saga continues with the specialist band of warriors comissioned by Robert the Br***POSSIBLE SPOILERS PRESENT IN REVIEW***
As author, Monica McCarty’s, saga continues with the specialist band of warriors comissioned by Robert the Bruce to take over Scotland, we next encounter Erik MacSorley - extraordinaire-at-sea. The man has a great sense of humor and smolders with that twinkle-in-your-eye intensity. And, that’s exactly what Lady Elyne de Burgh witnesses after being captured while swimming near his boat off the north coast of Ireland. MacSorley is commissioned to slip undetected past an English patrol ship while continuing on his way to Dunluce Castle to meet with Irish mercenaries. After her capture, he refuses to let Ellie go because she might have heard what their glorious group of bandits has planned. But, he just can’t kill her! He loves women – every woman! Uggh! And, to make matters worse, she’s trembling and pale! In other words, scared to death! Oh, damn! What does Erik, “The Hawk”, do with her now? Well, she’ll just have to stay with them until he finishes his mission - then he’ll decide just what he’s going to do. Poor Ellie! How did she get herself into this mess? All she wanted to do was go for a swim! Now look at the danger she could be in. When she first meets Erik, she is totally entranced by his mesmerizing blue eyes, sculpted handsomeness, and powerful muscular physique. But, she can’t resist seeing him for what he really is - a pirate, a warrior, a rogue gone bad. She tries to make him see that it was only a mistake that he had come upon her. But, there’s no way that he’s going to let her go. Who knows what she had heard them talking about? He just can’t take that chance – for the good of Robert Bruce and The Guard. And so begins Erik and Ellie’s romantic quest to find true love – a passion not bound by dowrys or titles, but by honesty, trust, and devotion. Two amazingly strong characters that were tied together by a cause so vital - each honorably obligated to the opposite side. What will these two characters find together? Will they survive the hardships of a war only to decide that “the cause” is more important than their relationship? Or, will their love be that strong that they will find some sort of compromise so they can be together forever? Erik and Ellie were great together! I loved both of them immensely! Erik was a funny guy – great sense of humor and just radiating that intense heat. Couldn’t help but love him to death! While Ellie, was, of course beautiful, but feisty and not afraid. She had a backbone – always standing up for what she believed in. And happily, in the end, she believed in Erik. Within him was where her heart was entombed – forevermore to stay. Great book! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series, The Ranger! Ms. McCarty does it again!!...more
So glad that Monica McCarty keeps writing about this group of superior warriors that just always happens to capture some innocent young woman’s heart.So glad that Monica McCarty keeps writing about this group of superior warriors that just always happens to capture some innocent young woman’s heart. Another stellar hero to swoon over! Creeping panther-like, silently scouting out his mission, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is there and gone without the wisest of people knowing that he was once among them. His latest tryst, as he inconspicuously works for the English crown, while actually supporting Robert Bruce, the man trying to claim victory from the English and be crowned the Scottish king, has him hiding in the shadows to witness an attack as Bruce’s men try to capture near fifty pounds of silver while it changes hands between the English. What he doesn’t count on happening, though, is the realism that a young woman is now en route on that same road, and without his interference, she will get caught in the crossfire, and probably die. Oh, what should he do? Make it like it is none of his concern - she was just at the wrong place, at the wrong time? Or save the innocent lass from harm? As his decision is final, and he takes a chance of trying to save her, to his surprise, he is recognized by one of his Highland Guard brothers, Gregor MacGregor. With a reunion between the comrades taking place, Arthur’s sense of the enemy is soon alerted. Not wanting to be caught, the Highland Guard band disappears into the night, the lovely young lass hurries into the arms of a priest who is outside the nearby church, and Arthur silently slips into the dark unnoticed. The two don’t meet again for a whole year, and when finally they do, both are surprised and riddled with cold distaste. Ms. MaCarty’s heroes are sensual and bold – brimming with rugged good-looks, intimidating poise, and grandiose stature. Arthur was mysterious and hard to read. But, he was loyal and honest – especially to his family and brotherhood of warriors. So, when he realizes that a member of Anna’s family is responsible for his family’s past tragedy, he is bound and determined for revenge. Only, the relationship between Arthur and Anna intimately intensifies, and both are ultimately attracted to the other. The character of Anna was another one of Ms McCarty’s beautiful heroines that was strong and fearless, but yet so vulnerable when it came to Arthur. She trusted him, but was torn between the loyalty of her family – not wanting to admit to the truth surrounding her father’s duplicity and torturous activities. Will both, Arthur and Anna, ultimately declare their true love no matter what the cost? And, if they do, will their love survive when the two are on opposite sides of a battleground that threatens to desolve part of a nation as they know it? Can’t wait to read about the next hunky highlander that continues in this adventureous male-intoxicating series! And, I’d just like to say, Ms McCarty puts the hottest specimens on her covers...WOW...smokin’!!!...more
Tormod MacLeod was a big man. And his hulking physique scared people - along with his ice-blue eyes radiating coldness and intensity. But the man behiTormod MacLeod was a big man. And his hulking physique scared people - along with his ice-blue eyes radiating coldness and intensity. But the man behind the dark helm and long plaid that had lost both his parents at a young age, and then inherited the title of “Chief”, was loyal and protective to the ones he served. He was more than able to keep his emotions and verbal comments under control. That was until he met, and was forced to marry, Christina Fraser under false pretenses. Robert the Bruce is striving to be king of Scotland so that the country can break away from English rule. He solicits a band of highly elite warriors to forge together secretly and fight for this independence to occur. And as its leader, he wishes Tor to command this secret brotherhood. And so begins, author Monica McCarty’s first installment of the Highland Guard.
Tor wants nothing to do with this proposal of Bruce’s – only wanting to be sole leader of his own clan, Chief of MacLeod. Eventually, though, having been duped into a loveless marriage after a night of compromising Christina of her virginity, Tor has no choice but to marry her and accept an alliance with Bruce and his supporters. Christina is totally disgusted with her father’s participation in wanting her to ruin herself for the sake of political control. But, she has no choice, and now she is stuck with an extremely intimidating and very angry husband. Through time Christina keeps a guarded eye on her husband, and gets jealous when she thinks that is bedding another woman. But, in reality, Tor really has eyes only for his wife, “Tina”. Christina thrives on trying to please her husband – wanting to help him and make him proud of her. But, Tor is curtly adament about not needing her “help” because she could possibly stumble upon knowledge of his leadership of the secretive brotherhood that would put her, his clan, and the warriors in extreme danger. She just doesn’t understand why he wouldn’t want her help, and how can he be so cold and unattached. She feels this way until the surrounding small village near their castle is attacked, and Christina realizes that Tor must bury his emotions to protect himself against the most gruesome and sorrowful scenes. She also realizes at that point, that she must be more patient with the man that tries so desperately to shield friends, comrades, and family members from a pain so horrific and crushing. As time goes on, Christina finds herself falling for the compassionate clan leader, but does he return the sentiment?
Oh, what a great group of heroes this series will be about! I’m already finding myself envisioning all ten warriors with their massive muscular bodies and breathing of fierce alpha-male manners. This definitely has the potential to be a memorable collection of books with its stellar cast of highlanders that specialize in their own distinguished fighting skill. We also get a small glimpse of some of the clans they came from and the relationships they formed within the brotherhood.
The character of Tor was insufferable at times to his family members, but as a leader to his clan and his band of warriors, he was superior. The man just had to learn how to be a little more open and trusting. And, low and behold, his wife eventually showed him how. Christina was just too nice a person – always willing to trust and obey. She longed for Tor’s attention and affection. The intimate love-making scenes between the two were compassionately sweet and scorchingly hot – the author, not skimping on the intensity and passion. Finally in the end, they were both honest and supportive, especially when Christina finally realizes just what her husband is up against. This is definitely a great start to an impressive series, which does not beg to disappoint!! ...more
Jim Kinney is a deaf and mute un-educated man trying to fit in amongst the elite in a small Nebraska town, while Catherine Johnson is the town’s schooJim Kinney is a deaf and mute un-educated man trying to fit in amongst the elite in a small Nebraska town, while Catherine Johnson is the town’s school teacher who has just newly moved to Nebraska from White Plains, NY, which obviously is a city so much more advanced than the little town of Broughton in 1901. When Catherine first encounters Jim, he is being accosted by a trio of drunken troublemakers. Injured and needing immediate medical care, Catherine takes it upon herself to nurse his wounds tenderly. She then decides that Jim must make more of himself and approaches him with the subject of educating him in reading and writing, while also learning the new communcation form of signing. After many classes of instruction between the couple, the attraction has been building until they are spying on each often just to get of glimpse of each other during each and every day. Why is there such an attraction between an educated female like Catherine and a simpleton male like Jim? Will their love withstand the social class differences between a well-off woman and an underprivileged man? And, what is the corrupt crime that is taking place within the midst of their town that is finally revealed? I really liked the innocence of Catherine, which was kind of surprising given the fact that she was the more established character of the two. She was definitely the less experienced of the two in the intimacy department, however. Jim was such a caring and compassionate man who just had such a hard time expressing his feelings and thoughts due to his disability, which thoroughly angered himself. This novel is full of intimate and sensual sex scenes mixed in with a sweet romance between two giving and tenderhearted individuals searching to fit in and be loved by that one special someone. My first read by Bonnie Dee, which won’t be my last!!!