Love’s Revenge & Love’s Portrait, both by Monica Burns are a sumptuous, romantic delight! Here are two historical romances that will curl your toe...moreLove’s Revenge & Love’s Portrait, both by Monica Burns are a sumptuous, romantic delight! Here are two historical romances that will curl your toes and make your heart pound as you read about how love can conquer all.
In Love’s Revenge you will root for Sophie and Quentin’s happily ever after throughout the novel because you will come to admire their courage and bond. If you love a strong, brooding hero than Quentin Blackwell, Earl of Devlyn is your man. He starts this novel as somewhat of a dark hero, bent on revenge but Sophie slowly changes all that. Slowly, his characters’ dark side is peeled away to show a generous and caring man. He is fiercely protective and you can’t help but love him for it. Meanwhile, Sophie is looking for an escape and see’s Quentin as the opportunity she needs. What starts out as an unusual alliance, becomes something much more precious. Through this, Sophie finds the strength and determination she lacked in the past to stand up for herself. She is a great heroine and one you can easily admire.
The heart of the story shows the perfect reflection of the novel’s title. It is in their quest for revenge where Sophie and Quentin realize their own sense of justice may not be as important as their growing feelings for one another. The subtle changes and feelings between these two characters and the importance of their original goals seems to fade seamlessly into the the background. It is at that point the novel completely captures your attention drawing you into the characters developments and beautifully showing how two people can change one another.
In Love’s Portrait Julia and Morgan make an impressive pair. Julia Westgard and Morgan St. Clair are both defensive people with issues trusting others, but their attraction to one another seems to overrule their judgment. Morgan has a notorious reputation as a benevolent lover, always controlling how his affairs begin and when they end. Surprisingly, Julia is a woman he discovers he desperately wants yet can’t have. Watching his frustrating in this novel is entertaining and inspiring. Mainly because he finds it difficult to hide his emotions and becomes the man Julia can easily fall in love with. Julia on the other hand, has escaped from a bitter past and has finally gained her independence. Which is why any attraction she feels towards Morgan scares her. Morgan threatens the security she has finally found but her resistance is futile. Julia begins to realize trusting a man worth loving is the only way to completely regain her life.
It is a fun journey watching these two delicate individuals fall in love. This passionate novel features two strong willed, independent people expecting a simple dalliance in passion, yet find a complicated love they can’t deny. In an interesting contrast, the couple have a light-hearted banter that is constantly entertaining. Yet at the heart of the story is a dazzling romance. The hesitation to give in to their emotions only makes their desire for one another stronger and Burns delivers a well crafted romance that exceed expectations.
This is an absolute steal at $0.99!! In both cases, Burns pens a delightful story with a simple, yet entertaining plot line. The heartfelt emotions and passion the characters share make it a satisfying journey. So if you are a fan of historical romance like me, consider this the best $0.99 you’ve ever spent! (less)
The Circle Eight gang rides again in Emma Lang's latest installment, VAUGHN. Ms Lang delivers another grand romantic adventure featuring a formidable...moreThe Circle Eight gang rides again in Emma Lang's latest installment, VAUGHN. Ms Lang delivers another grand romantic adventure featuring a formidable heroine paired with a mischievous cowboy that is sure to provides tons of entertainment!
Elizabeth Graham has come to expect the unexpected at the Circle Eight Ranch, but she certainly wasn't expecting a naked, injured young man on her doorstep. Unable to abandon the poor soul, Elizabeth cares for the stranger as he recovers. From the minute he first wakes, Elizabeth senses something different about this handsome drifter. She wastes little time fussing over any beaus of her own, but Vaughn Montgomery stirs something inside her that she's never felt with any other man. What she doesn't know is that Vaughn is in a heap of trouble that he'll be hard pressed to get out of anytime soon. When Elizabeth gets caught in the middle, Vaughn knows he has to do anything and everything he can to make it right. For a woman that doesn't believe in love and a man that doesn't understand the value of family, Elizabeth and Vaughn find that they can give each other exactly what they have been missing.
If you are looking for the unique western heroine, look no further than Elizabeth Graham. She was tough, sassy and, at most times, painfully honest. She was the kind of character that fed the truth to you without sugar coating it. Her unique and direct boldness makes her really stand out from the other siblings. Vaughn, on the other hand, was a great tortured cowboy. Mainly because he had such a bad opinion of himself because of his actions, when everything he was doing was based on the primal need to survive. Of course, it didn't make what his actions right, but it also didn't mean he was a bad guy. Underneath it all, he was a lost but gentle and kind soul.
I love these characters, but of course, their romance is what sealed the deal. Elizabeth and Vaughn complemented each other extremely well. Elizabeth felt romantic love never had any place in her life, but Vaughn came along and showed her how completely wrong she was. He proved that she didn't need to try and do everything on her own and could bring her guard down every once in a while. Vaughn became her partner in many ways and gave her someone to rely on and trust, whereas Elizabeth taught Vaughn the difference in the value of material things versus the value of family. She made him see the importance of being truthful and living an honest life. They were two completely different people from two different situations but they fit together perfectly.
If you've been traveling with the Grahams as long as I have, be prepared for a little heartbreak. A few minor tragedies shake the family, but could never weaken this fierce group of brothers and sisters for long. As you would expect, the family unites together and becomes stronger than ever to make it through the rough times. While some chapters may leave you with tears in your eyes, the central point of the story is a delectable romance. VAUGHN is a romance full of passion, emotion and pure excitement that you will not want to end.
The obvious fact is that VAUGHN is another great addition to the fabulous Circle Eight series. VAUGHN delivers a rough and rowdy adventure that readers will love because of the western charm, beautiful characters and indestructible heart of this family. My love and appreciation for the Graham family seems to grow with each novel as another couple proves love can conquer anything. VAUGHN is a great example of this. Readers will love this western romance about a redeemable con man and the spunky young lady who won his heart.
ONCE UPON A TARTAN by Grace Burrowes is a great addition to the MacGregor trilogy. Unique and quirky characters along with an uplifting romance make t...moreONCE UPON A TARTAN by Grace Burrowes is a great addition to the MacGregor trilogy. Unique and quirky characters along with an uplifting romance make this a compelling historical romance you won't want to miss.
All Hester Daniels wants is a quiet life in the Highlands taking care of Fiona, her brother's stepdaughter, and recovering from a promising engagement that ended in disaster. Things are going smoothly until Fiona's long-lost Uncle Tiberius Flynn, English Marquis of Quinworth, rides in to spend time with his niece. Hester is immediately suspicious since Fiona's paternal relations have barely acknowledged her since her birth. Something is amiss, and Hester is bound to figure it out...even if it means spending a large amount of time with Tye. Armed with a fierce conviction, Tye knows what he must do. He will do whatever it takes to make sure Fee lives in London permanently, while attempting to avoid losing his heart to the inspiring Miss Daniels who stands in his way.
It took a little time to warm up to the hero. The classic first impression is that Tiberius is a cold, unfeeling English Marquis. He was quite boring for a bit and you do question why Hester is so fascinated with him. I found myself questioning his motives throughout this novel and wondering why his decisions were so complicated. The moral dilemma he endures as a result of his actions, or even intended actions, took far too long for him to figure out in my opinion. Eventually though, you do warm up to his character and have a better understanding of his personality.
Hester was a great match for our hero. She was shy and innocent in many ways, but she was never afraid. She was an intelligent lady always seeking out more knowledge and information where she could find it. Of course, above all she was protective and placed extreme value on the important things in life such as her family. Tye made her realize she could live life to enjoy the moment and let go of her troubled past. She certainly kept Tye on his toes, but ultimately they brought out the best in each other.
In this novel, ONCE UPON A TARTAN, Grace Burrowes has again displayed the elegance her writing can achieve. There is a subtle quality in her stories that easily allows readers to be transported and experience another time rather than just letting you read about it. The descriptions and dialogue lead you to become completely immersed in the lives of these characters even if the visit is only temporary. As if that isn't enough, Ms Burrowes creates two characters in this novel that light up the pages with their fabulous chemistry. The developing sensual relationship they share will keep you turning the pages eagerly anticipating more and not wanting it to end.
Which leads me to my biggest complaint. The ending wrapped up far too quickly for me. A few pages and a mere paragraph that served as an unofficial "epilogue" wasn't enough for me. I wanted a little more "fluff" in the ending. By the time I finished the last page, I could look back and see there was plenty of buildup, but the ending felt rushed.
Should you read this if you haven't read the first installment in the MacGregor trilogy? You can, but sticklers for reading a series in order might want to use caution. Ian and Augusta from book one play a pretty large part in this story so it may mean a lot for some to read this in order. It's not impossible to read this without the other book because it flows easily as a stand-alone, but you would have a better understanding of the family if you read them in order.
Overall, I enjoyed ONCE UPON A TARTAN immensely. I can't say it is my favorite Grace Burrowes novel, but it still contains the high quality storytelling fans have come to expect from her historical romances. There are some great secondary characters in this novel that will delight you and will literally make you laugh out loud. The occasional doses of humor only add more beauty to this story and succeed in fully engaging readers. Historical romance fans should not let any of Grace Burrowes' work go unread, ONCE UPON A TARTAN included.