Set in 11th century Wales(I think), this historical romance novella featured two attractive and compelling characters who take a chance on love and enSet in 11th century Wales(I think), this historical romance novella featured two attractive and compelling characters who take a chance on love and end up reaping the rewards. Mercia is typical of the younger and less attractive sibling with a yearning for adventure. Rhodri is the typical hero--highly attractive and powerful warrior with a head wound resulting in mild amnesia. What more can you ask for in a romantic novella? At least the author doesn't get bogged down in trying to make Mercia grovel when Rhodri catches her in her lie. Rhodri is the "I know what I want and I am not going to stop until get it" type of guy so desperately needed in a novella since there is little time to analyze or self-reflect how they got into their situation. A nice quick romantic read to tide one over until you want to read a full-length novel. ...more
I felt this medieval romance between a warlord (Finn) and wanna-be warrior princess (Lara) to be...romantic but wholly uneven. The growing mutual admiI felt this medieval romance between a warlord (Finn) and wanna-be warrior princess (Lara) to be...romantic but wholly uneven. The growing mutual admiration and romance between the characters in the first part was interesting especially as it centered around chasing down the villian. But by the time the couple finally reach Finn's estate, somehow the romance between the two characters seemed kinda boring, particularly as the characters take on their traditional roles as lord and lady. Aside from the brief interlude where Finn's men spy on the couple's training session, the re-appearance of the villian and Lara's subsequent mild amnesisa seemed like heavy-handed plot devices to spice up a rather bland marriage. In retrospect, I think I would have preferred if the characters got married at the very end because they were much more romantic and appealing when they were tip-toeing around each other. ...more
Set in 12th century Ireland, this anthology features some of the MacEgan children as they come together to celebrate the winter holidays.
In The BleakSet in 12th century Ireland, this anthology features some of the MacEgan children as they come together to celebrate the winter holidays.
In The Bleak Midwinter - 4 out of 5
I love how Arturo is patient enough to tread carefully with Brianna as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her husband the year before. Their romance is more like friends gradually falling in love with each other, except their story is sped up as opposed to being told over time.
The Holly and the Viking - 4.5 out of 5
Easily my favorite story in the entire anthology. I love the character of Kaall who is so determined to live on his own as an blind man and regain his daughter that you cannot help but not root for him. My heart nearly broke when he thought no woman would ever love him because of his disability. Hence, it was not too surprising when he told Rhiannon that her former would-be suitors were too weak and were simply not worthy of her. Sigh! So happy for Kaall as he deserved to find love and happiness after so much sorrow. My one quibble is that Rhiannon's and Kaall's story deserve a full-length novel.
A Season to Forgive - 2.5 out of 5
It probably would have helped if I had read the novella Lionheart's Bride prior to this anthology as my main complaint with this story is the lack of background regarding Liam's and Adriana's romance. I had a hard time trying to figure out why they were in love with each other. If anything, this story is more about Liam's ill-conceived notions about leadership/kingship that really could have been cleared up if he simply sat down and discussed his fears with his father, Patrick. Oh well. A missed opportunity. ...more
I freely admit that I don't quite recall what happened in the first two books of this series. Having being warned by a friend that this book was not oI freely admit that I don't quite recall what happened in the first two books of this series. Having being warned by a friend that this book was not one of Quinn's better books, I am a little surprised by how I stuck to it after reading the first 40 pages. Neither Hugh or Sarah are memorable characters. In fact, Hugh seems too indifferent and Sarah is too much of a ninny that I was at a loss at how Quinn could even contemplate them as a potential couple let alone write about them. It took another 60 pages before I could start liking them as friends before their "romance" officially took off. Once they realized they were attracted to one another, Quinn upsets her storytelling by adding a "monstrous" villain with a nefarious plan that still baffles me (e.g. Hugh's father wants a heir even though he has two sons already. What's the big deal? Is their a large inheritance involved? Is the land going to be given to someone else?)
Anyway, I give this book 2.5 stars that pushed it slightly towards the 3 mark. I don't think the characters in this series are as interesting and delightful as the Bridgertons, but at least, they are entertaining at times.