This was my first CP Smith novel and it won't be the last but it wasn't quite the hit I was expecting. I did love the characters and the humour but IThis was my first CP Smith novel and it won't be the last but it wasn't quite the hit I was expecting. I did love the characters and the humour but I think I failed to get the connection with the story and the people in the way I was hoping.
The narrative is very humorous told with witty asides to the reader which almost worked for me but just slightly missed. I've seen a lot of reviews comparing this authors style to Kristen Ashley and, while I definitely see the similarities, I was struck strongly just how similar this book is to one I read a few years ago.
Everything about Property Of reminded me strongly of that one which I would consider a 5 star read and can highly recommend but somehow I never seemed to fully connect with this one. I really did appreciate everything that the author was trying to do and I've heard really good things about her other books so I will try her again.
Well, after a promising start, this one ultimately fell a little flat for me. I loved the thrill and excitement of the beginning - Rhoslyn our widowedWell, after a promising start, this one ultimately fell a little flat for me. I loved the thrill and excitement of the beginning - Rhoslyn our widowed and grieving heroine is captured by our handsome hero Talbot St Claire who she has been betrothed to as she rides out to marry in haste to another man of her grandfather's choosing and is then once again abducted by another man only to be rescued by Talbot. It was all very exciting and breathtaking BUT I kind of then expected a beautiful romance between Talbot and Rhoslyn and, while we did get a bit of that, it ultimately disappointed me with it's lack of passion and feeling and, for me, it's all about the FEELS.
The second half of the story has so many extra characters thrown into the mix that I got thoroughly confused as to who everyone was and how they all fitted in and it all distracted me from the romance which I wanted to be up front and centre but really took a back seat to all the confusing action. Possibly my expectations were wrong but the cover really did lead me down that path and I felt a little let down by it all and rushed through the second half.
Also, the big drama that I'd been expecting and anticipating right from the first abduction of Rhoslyn happened 'off page' and I'd been dying to see that and howled in frustration at that point. Talbot was a great character that I liked a lot but he was pretty much the only one and I didn't care much for our heroine for large parts of the story.
2.5 sadly disappointed stars - probably not the right highland romance for me ...more
This was a delicious, erotic and highly sensual romantic treat from Kendall Ryan and, with the hint of more to come from the secondary characters, thiThis was a delicious, erotic and highly sensual romantic treat from Kendall Ryan and, with the hint of more to come from the secondary characters, this promises to be a series that will go the distance.
Our heroine Brielle has been harbouring an unrequited crush on her male best friend Kirby for many years but he only really thinks of her as not much more than a kid sister. She thinks they would be perfect together but lacks confidence as a seductress and when she happens on the following notice, she plucks up the courage to get in touch with this dominant gentleman.
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Hale, our gentleman mentor, takes one look at Brielle and knows he’s in trouble. He’s firmly against commitment of any kind due to bad experiences in the past and vows to not spend much more than the allocated time with her but he finds her highly tempting and considers Kirby to be an idiot of the highest order for not appreciating her talents!
I found myself thoroughly engrossed by this very engaging romantic story. The BDSM is there, mostly in the form of dominance and a little bondage, but it’s very light and what we have is a caring and very sensual dom without any real sadism and it’s an intoxicating mix. Hale is fairly stoic and resolute in his determination not to get involved with his new client but it’s easy to see just how much he’s falling for her and I found myself falling for him. Right along with Brielle.
Brielle is very naive and fairly lacking in sexual confidence and she could so easily have come across as an annoying doormat and it’s a fine line but Kendall Ryan does a great job of creating an engaging heroine that’s easy for us all to identify with. After all, looking back, I bet we’ve all had a few unrequited crushes over the years when the boy of our dreams hardly seems to notice us. I know I have. *Sigh* So, it’s easy to identify with her plight and follow her journey as she takes instruction from her gorgeous new dom.
Hale was just to die for – quietly commanding and impressively dominant, he’s just the kind of caring and nurturing dom I know I adore in romantic fiction. He’s a bit of a closed book to Brielle, only revealing his name by accident and keeps a lot from her and, as such, the mystery factor really adds to his appeal but all those skeletons in the closet will come tumbling out at the most inopportune moment and will this destroy any burgeoning happiness that they have?
This was a great series opener and, even though I really loved Brielle and Hale, there’s a few hints of what’s to come in the second book in this series with Hale’s best friend and BDSM club owner Reece and Hale’s little sister Macey. I’m very excited to read that one! So if you enjoy a very sensual BDSM lite romance with a dom to die for and a sweet, slightly naive heroine, this one will definitely work for you.
I am on such a MASSIVE Highlander jag right now thanks to Outlander - that show has totally rekindled my love for this genre but it's been difficult t
I am on such a MASSIVE Highlander jag right now thanks to Outlander - that show has totally rekindled my love for this genre but it's been difficult to find authors that work for me but, at last, I think in Amy Jarecki, I have found a winner. This is the second book of hers I have read and I've very much enjoyed both of them.
A Highland Knight's Desire has just about everything you could possibly want in a historical romance - a big burly protective as hell hero, a feisty kickass heroine, kidnap, murder, wrongful imprisonment, torture, daring rescue and wonderfully lusty 'chamber' scenes. The story romps along at a rate of knots with never a dull moment and I loved every second.
This time, our hero is Sir Duncan - eldest son and heir of 'Black' Colin, the hero of the previous book in this series. Duncan is part of the Scottish King's 'Highland Enforcers' - the author's version of Highlander Special Forces and fairly reminiscent of Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series. He's been tasked to rescue Lady Meg who has been kidnapped by an English Lord and return her to the safety of her brother's castle. Of course, it doesn't all go to plan and Sir Duncan ends up taking Meg back to his own keep for her safety before returning her to her brother. And, inevitably, he gets injured during the rescue, she tends to his wounds and one things lead to another and before they know it, they're falling in love - a forbidden love as Meg's brother is unlikely to approve the match.
We go on such a spectacular journey with these two - all over Scotland as they lurch from one disaster to the next. It's just SO much fun with plenty of humour as well as action and romance. Duncan is just a fabulous bear of a Highlander - gruff, totally hench, protective, possessive and 100% alpha male. What's not to love?? He does manage to get things very wrong where Meg is concerned many times which adds wonderfully to the angst but he does, eventually, more than make up for it. He ends up in really dire situations and I found it really hard to put the book down, even when I should have been sleeping, as the action and shocks come thick and fast. A very thrilling ride.
Meg was a fantastic heroine - she's absolutely no doormat. She's a strong, plucky Scottish lass, ferociously loyal and fiercely determined. She was an absolute tour de force and her determination to rush in where others fear to tread left me breathless and Duncan's big strong warriors pretty much in awe of her. It would be a foolish man that threatens this fiery redhead and those she loves.
Meg considers herself to be a poor candidate for a wife though as she has been born with a deformed left hand - just a thumb and forefinger and herein lay my only problem with the book. I wasn't bothered that she had this deformity but her insistence on referring to it as 'The Claw' constantly conjured Jim Carey in Liar Liar and I found it hard to get over that every time it was mentioned.
Other than that, this was a fabulous read. One thing I'm finding it hard to get used to when reading historical romance is the timescale that authors have to play with. It's vast and I sometimes find it hard when reading a series that the hero I have loved in a book, possibly only days before, is now an old man or, worse, dying! Also the last time I saw Duncan he was a young boy running around the keep and suddenly he's a HUGE warrior and more than just a little preoccupied in what is going on beneath his kilt. I think this is a problem peculiar to the contemporary romance reader venturing back into the midsts of time!
Another fabulous read from Amy Jarecki - can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
I do so love a Highlander romance but this whole genre can be very hit and miss for me so I can't stress how thrilled I am to have discovered an authoI do so love a Highlander romance but this whole genre can be very hit and miss for me so I can't stress how thrilled I am to have discovered an author who appears to be a really good fit for me. Amy Jarecki has given me exactly what I want and need in a highlander romance - an angsty romance, a steely hero, a feisty heroine, plenty of hot sexy scenes and a thrilling story to underpin it all. And, even better, she appears to have a fairly extensive back catalogue for me to peruse! Win Win!
We start Knight in Highland Armour in a moment of sadness. Colin Campbell, known as Black Colin for his fearsome prowess on the battlefields of the Crusades and for crushing the Douglas rebellion, loses his beloved wife in childbirth leaving him with a motherless infant son and a call up to join yet another crusade. Heartbroken but knowing he must arrange for his son's care in his absence, he petitions the King for a new wife. He expected a comely widow with an ample bosom and child-bearing hips but that was not what he got.
The King chooses Margaret Robinson, daughter of a Lord - very beautiful, very free-spirited and very happy go lucky. Not at all what he expected or wanted but he marries her anyway and, after a very inauspicious consummation, takes her to his castle to meet her new stepson and start her life as his new wife. Still besieged by grief and guilt, he doesn't want to care for Margaret but he cannot help be charmed by her enthusiasm, her joie de vivre and willingness to involve herself in every aspect of his estate.
Sigh! I just adored Colin even though he behaved badly more than once. Here is a man who has just lost his beloved but can't help his growing love for his new wife even though he badly wants to resist it. He's very conflicted and I so loved that there was no 'insta-love' here and that their love grew slowly throughout the story. He's very concerned with doing the right thing and is torn between his duties as a new husband and father an as a soldier of the crusades. He's very stoic with a steely resolve and a completely frozen heart that Margaret is slowly beginning to thaw.
Margaret was such a refreshing heroine - no shrinking violet, she's determined to help Colin build his new castle and settle his accounts. She's bright and feisty and just what he needs in his life even though he's far too obstinate to see it for a long time. I often felt very sorry for her - this must have been a lonely life, taken from her family to start afresh with a man who refused to even entertain the idea of falling in love with his new wife but she relishes the challenge and throw herself wholeheartedly into it all.
This was wonderfully written - just enough description to bring to life 15th century Scotland without overstepping the mark and turning it into purple prose. Colin, Margaret, their castles and the supporting cast all came vividly to life in my imagination and the whole thing played out like a movie to me. I was completely lost and devoured the book in less than a day. It's also very sexy and I'm happy to report that there was real passion to be seen here - something I often miss in a Highland romance when I'm far more used to reading contemporary erotic romance.
This was a highly-consuming romance full of passion, intrigue and very real characters as it's all based on true events in Scottish history. The story held me rapt through to the very end as their love is severely tested over the years as fate and villains attempt to intervene and separate them. Thoroughly engrossing, I can highly recommend this one.
Amy Jarecki - you're my new queen of the Highlands!
It really doesn't give me pleasure to leave negative reviews but I firmly believe in HONEST reviews and this book was not at all to my liking soOh my!
It really doesn't give me pleasure to leave negative reviews but I firmly believe in HONEST reviews and this book was not at all to my liking so, if you're the author who's just happened on my review, I urge you to look away now. This is NOT going to be pretty!
This really was THE most overblown, melodramatic, sentimental piece of romantic claptrap that has been my displeasure to read these past couple of years. It is seriously cheesy and I mean MASSIVELY CHEESY and it has the feel of something Mills & Boon might have churned out thirty years ago without any consideration for the expectations or sensibilities of the modern reader. There are some really good Highlander romances out there and this ain't one of them!
I will give credit to the author that the idea of the story was good but the way it panned out was fairly preposterous. The characters were so one dimensional and wholly without depth that I hardly knew them by the time the story limped towards it's ridiculous conclusion and, for the most part, I just wanted to bitch slap the heroine. There's not great attention to historical detail either which I could just about live with until the author referred to 'garbage'. That's such an Americanism, it's not true, and it's not even a word commonly used in the modern day British vernacular let alone that of medieval Scotland.
The story begins with our heroine Madeline MacDonald living with her step-brother, Kenneth, the Laird after her parents have died. Kenneth wants her to marry a neighbouring Laird, Niles Comming, and she refuses and he regularly beats her to within an inch of her life for her refusal. In fact he's almost killed her twice we find out as the story continues. Niles has subjected her to a tortuous rape and Madeline just takes all this stoically without a whimper, accepting this as her lot. I think this is meant to show strength of character but she just comes across as a doormat. She's painted so good, so kind and so gentle that she just irritated the hell out of me - she's so amazingly wonderful and without fault that she should be sainted. She even rescues a couple of fallen children through the agony of a broken arm. *rolls eyes* I did mention the melodrama, right? I wanted to rip her halo right off and batter her with it.
Her hero, another neighbouring Laird, Alexander Grant rescues her from her step-brother and intends to claim her as his bride. He, of course, falls in love with her sainted beauty the minute he sets eyes on her but I really couldn't see what he saw in her. He's portrayed as the big, alpha, protective hero and she is such a wimp - she would hardly be suitable for him. Of course, he's shown as wanting to claim and protect this delicate little flower. I never really felt that I got to know Alex at all - he's yet another one-dimensional character in this sorry saga.
And, as for the villains -purrlease! Both Kenneth and Niles are bad to the bone, bad for sake of being bad and the nearest thing to a pantomime villain that I think you'll find in romantic fiction. They're pretty much like a stereotypical ACME villain from a looney tunes cartoon. They appear to have very little motivation for the extreme evilness, they just want to torture our poor feckless heroine and, when that motivation is finally revealed, my eyes just rolled out of my head! GAH!
Books usually play out vividly in my imagination as I read like a movie but this one completely failed to do that for me - they were just shadowy figures that never really took shape. There's absolutely no character development and the entire story revolves around Madeline and her plight and absolutely nothing else. Everyone either wants to batter her or adore her and no one else has any background to their story other than her. It all feels horribly contrived and it's totally a cookie-cutter historical romance - alpha hero, delicate heroine who must be protected from the evil henchmen on her trail.
As you can probably tell, it really didn't work for me.