Lady Makenna Maclaren Brodie is on the run from her clan for the death of her husband and laird. Even though she is innocent, she and her maid run to the only safe place she knows...and right into the arms of the handsome French lord she'd met a year ago. But another man in her life is the last thing she wants or needs.
An unapologetic rake, Lord Julien Leclerc is focused on one thing—expanding his empire and increasing his fortune. Everything else is a distraction, including women. However, when the widowed Makenna arrives on his doorstep in the Highlands, all bets are off.
She wants nothing to do with men. He's sworn off all women. But with danger looming, the only safe haven may be each other's arms.
AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, most notably of The Beast of Beswick, “a smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance,” and one of O-The Oprah Magazine’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is the co-author of the #1 bestsellers in regency romance and Scottish historical romance, My Rogue, My Ruin and What A Scot Wants, and has also penned several young adult novels, critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Kid’s INDIE NEXT selection. Of Indo-Caribbean descent, she has written articles on multicultural fiction for The Portland Book Review and Ravishly magazine. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. Visit her at amaliehoward.com.
A Lord for the Lass was a phenomenal read about the love story between a woman on the run accused of murdering her husband and the outsider who gives her hope for the future.
Lady Makenna Maclaren Brodie is on the run after being accused of murdering her husband, the laird. While Makenna imagined killing her abusive husband many times, she’s innocent of the crime but is forced to flee with her maid. Makenna goes to the first safe place she can think of only to find Lord Julien Leclerc in residence. Having met the French lord a year ago, she knows he’ll assist her so long as she doesn’t pose a threat to the empire he’s building. But as the two grow closer, Makenna finds herself in danger of losing her heart in addition to her life.
Makenna endured an abusive marriage for nearly a decade before her husband’s death gave her the chance of freedom. Makenna was treated horribly by her husband as well as those in the Brodie clan, but Scottish law left little room for her to free herself from the situation. Despite her circumstances, Makenna never allowed herself to give up which I greatly admired.
Julien’s mother was the daughter of a marquess who disowned her when she married for love over title. In the early years after his father died, Julien and his mother fell into poverty prior to her second marriage to a wealthy man. Due to the conditions of his early life, Julien believes that love only causes heartache and won’t save you from ruin.
Makenna and Julien have a wonderful relationship and I enjoyed the times where the two got to be alone. Julien is incredibly supportive of Makenna and understood that she would be wary to trust anyone after the way her husband treated her. Initially while Makenna acknowledged her attraction to Julien, she didn’t want to put him in danger and so she tried to keep her distance. I loved that Julien slowly worked to gain her trust and they became great friends in the process. Once their relationship does move forward, it’s fantastic and the sex scenes are amazingly done with a lot of focus on consent.
The conflict with the Brodie clan and the new laird’s obsession with Makenna was very well done. I definitely enjoyed the way everything played out and loved how justice was served. We do see the return of characters from the previous book in this series as well as some characters from the authors’ other series, the Lords of Essex. I loved getting to see the previous characters again and I can’t wait for some of the other characters to get their own romances in future books.
A Lord for the Lass was a great read and I can’t wait to see the rest of the Maclarens find love in future books. I highly recommend this series as well as the connected Lords of Essex series for anyone looking for good historical romances.
**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
This is book two in the Tartans and Titans series. You can read it as a standalone as the authors give you key points from the previous book. But I think you might enjoy it more if you read book one first.
We met both of the main characters in book one, What a Scot Wants, and I could just tell from their appearance in that book that their story would be a good one. The UST (unresolved sexual tension) between Makenna and Julien was delicious in book one and things continued to heat up in this book. Once these two got together they kind of exploded – in the best way. This book is a great example of the way a story can be super sexy and provocative without being graphic and I loved it.
Makenna and Julien face more than one life and death situation in this story and for a while I almost doubted that all would end well. But this is a romance and it must have at least a HFN if not an HEA so I knew the authors would make sure that all ended happily. I loved the epilogue set a few years after the main story ended. There is no cliffhanger for this book but we did get just a bit of a teaser for the next book which will be about Makenna’s brother, Ronan.
I can’t forget to mention the wonderful job that Paul Woodson did performing this story. His French accent was delicious as was his Scottish brogue. I can’t wait to listen to What a Scot Wants.
In this story our heroine, Makenna, is accused of murdering her abusive husband by his even-more-unhinged cousin and flees her clan, seeking shelter at the estate of Lord Julien Leclerc, whom she had met the previous year at her brother's wedding. The story follows her very slow burn with Julien and her development and growth back into the person she was before she married.
**Potential slight spoilers ahead*** I got really frustrated with her after awhile for being stubborn and putting Julien in danger without really caring about it, when she could've gone to her extremely powerful family to remedy the situation, yet she wouldn't because she didn't want them to get hurt. So she was fine with endangering Julien and his family, just not her own. Makenna also showed some surprising naivete for someone with her experiences, which also threw me off. Even in the end of the book when Julien has shown himself willing to sacrifice everything for her, she still continues to doubt him and his feelings. I understand she had her own issues, but she just grated on my nerves after awhile with her unnecessary risks and selfishness, and at times just plain stupidity. Eventually she finally quit doubting Julien and after quite a bit of narrative, we get our dramatic battle climax and things got more interesting. The middle of this one lagged a bit for me, but it was still a quality story with a good hero and delightful secondary characters later on. If you can stick it out through the middle, you'll be rewarded. Overall, I would recommend it.
A Lord for the Lass by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan is book Two in the Tartans and Titans series. This is the story of Lord Julien Leclerc and Makenna Maclaren Brodie. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Makenna is on the run after her husband is murdered looking for a safe place to gather her thoughts and try to come up with a plan. Makenna heads to what she counted on being a safe place that ends up leading her to meet up with Julien again. Julien has not been able to get Makenna from his mind since their first meeting. But have sworn off relationships at this time but the more they are thrown together the more that doesn't seem to be possible...their feelings are getting to strong. Enjoyed their story.
Another fabulous story that I listened to on audio. That narrator does a great job. The banter and snark was fierce in this book. Mackenna Maclaren is fiesty and strong willed and is the perfect match for frenchman Julien Leclerc. There were multiple laugh out loud moments! Mackenna has been accused of murdering her husband and flees to what she thought was the empty castle of Julien. There are angry words, sly innuendo's, threats on Mackenna's life and a night in a tavern where we learn Mackenna cannot hold her ale. The three book series is a lot of fun but this one might just be my favorite.
❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 If someone is out to get you where do you turn? In Makenna’s case she turned to the one man she had faith in Julien . He’s the one who became her friend, someone she could talk to . Julien never thought to see her again but is so glad he did until he finds out the reason for her visit . Another great addition to the series by these talented writers , fun and adventure all the way through . Great read I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review
Publisher's Description: Lady Makenna Maclaren Brodie is on the run from her clan for the death of her husband and laird. Even though she is innocent, she and her maid run to the only safe place she knows...and right into the arms of the handsome French lord she'd met a year ago. But another man in her life is the last thing she wants or needs.
An unapologetic rake, Lord Julien Leclerc is focused on one thing—expanding his empire and increasing his fortune. Everything else is a distraction, including women. However, when the widowed Makenna arrives on his doorstep in the Highlands, all bets are off.
She wants nothing to do with men. He's sworn off all women. But with danger looming, the only safe haven may be each other's arms.
Each book in the Tartans & Titans series is STANDALONE: *Sweet Home Highlander *A Lord for the Lass
This is another seamlessly written co-authored book by these two authors. I have enjoyed every book I have read by them and this is another enjoyable book in this series. I was happy to see Makenna and Julien get their own story having been able introduced to them in previous books in the series. I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development. I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Premier livre de cette auteure (que je devrais rencontrer à la RARE si le coronavirus nous laisse en paix) et une très agréable découverte !
Ce que j'ai particulièrement aimé : - les personnages attachants avec leur humour (Julien et ses fringues colorées xD) mais aussi leur passé douloureux (Mackenna et son passé de femme battue) ... - du drama avec un méchant psychotique et ses complices (j'avoue j'avais deviné qui était le complice assez tôt ...)
Bon alors oui historiquement c'est plein d'incohérences et y a pas mal de situations irréalistes mais c'est tellement bien écrit ...
Bref, une romance historique légère et amusante et j'ai hâte de lire les autres ><
First book by this author (which I should meet at RARE20 if the coronavirus leaves us in peace) and a very pleasant discovery !
What I particularly liked : - the endearing characters with their humor (Julien and his colored jackets xD) but also their painful past (Mackenna and her past as a battered woman) ... - drama with a psychotic villain and his accomplices (I must admit I had guessed who was the accomplice quite early ...)
Okay so historically it's full of inconsistencies and there are a lot of unrealistic situations but it's so well written ...
In short, a light and funny historical romance and I can't wait to read the others ><
Lady Makenna Maclaren Brodie is on the run from her clan for the death of her husband and laird. Even though she is innocent, she and her maid Tildy run to the only safe place she knows...and right into the arms of the handsome French lord she'd met a year ago. An unapologetic rake, Lord Julien Leclerc is focused on one thing expanding his empire and increasing his fortune. Everything else is a distraction, including women. However, when the widowed Makenna arrives on his doorstep in the Highlands, all bets are off. This is the second book in the series but whilst it’s easily read on its own I’d recommend reading the earlier books about the Maclarens. Julien & Makenna featured in the previous book in the series & as they seemed perfect for each other I hoped they would have their story. This is another well written well paced story by the authors, the characters are well fleshed, the chemistry between Julien & Makenna sizzles but both profess to be happy in their single state. As well as the growing friendship & romance between the pair there is also a murder to be solved & Makenna to be cleared of suspicion of murder, throw in a vengeful heir & I was happy to lose myself in this book
My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
I was given this book by netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
From the very beginning to the very end, I was completely wrapped up in this book! I do not know how I haven't read the first book in the series yet. The cover of the book is what drew me in at first, but as soon as I started the first few pages I could not put it down. The storyline was great it flowed so well, the pace of the book was fast and never really slowed down until the very end.
I felt connected to the characters with how well they were described and how detailed their feelings were. I loved Makenna's strength and how much she cared for her family and friends. There were times that I hated when her pride would take over and she became stubborn, but still a great character. Julien is an English/French Lord that any woman would probably swoon over. He has been hurt by family in the past but he realizes he can forgive and move on. The two of them together were definitely a force to be reckoned with. Their love is so strong and plain as day but neither of them want to give in to it.
I definitely have to say I want to read more from these authors, their work is some of the best I've read in a while. I highly recommend this book to any romance lover.
Another wonderful story in the Tartans and Titans series! Whats a woman to do when she is accused of killing her husband, the laird of the Brodie clan? Escape with her maid and get away as fast as possible. Lady Makenna fled to the home of Lord Julien who she had met over a year ago and hoped that he would help her. She knew everyone would be looking for her soon . I loved Makenna and Julien. The slowly became friends and although the last thing Makenna wanted was another man, Julian slowly was able to gain her trust. Be prepared to be pulled into this tale with strong characters and a great storyline with a few twist and turns that will keep you guessing. Cannot wait for the next in this series!
Good, compelling story, but way too long. I found my interest waning as the story dragged out. The length of time Mackenna took to decide to go seemed odd. The fact that she was only a half day away from her enemies seemed implausible that she wasn't intercepted. The number of times that this couple was interrupted when they were being amorous is amusing and it was surprising it took so long for them to finally cross that line. The authors took too much time describing every single emotion and thought this couple had and it weighed the story down.
Another exciting adventure in the Tartans and Titans series, this is book two.
Lady Makenna Brodie is on the run after being accused of murdering her husband the Laird, she hides out at the home of Lord Julian Leclerc and though they both have sworn off the opposite sex, they succumb to their attraction, all they need to do now is escape the danger they are in and prove Makenna's innocence.
I received a copy from Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion
The summer reading slump has come upon me with a vengeance & thus it is time for some fluff. I greatly enjoyed Howard's The Beast of Beswick a couple of years back & we unfortunately don't have the sequel at work and so my sights fell upon the Tartans & Titans series. I enjoyed A Lord for the Lass for it's chemistry and snarky banter but, like many other reviewers, found the plot to be a bit plodding and overwrought. Some spoiler-y plot specific musings : All that said while A Lord for the Lass may fall short as a mystery, it succeeds where it needs to, which is to say as a romance novel.
Omg, this felt so long. Very little happens, drowned out by over-rehashed inner dialogues with stretched (at best) logics and overplayed drama.
Well... overplayed in strange places, because there was also a lot of very justified drama to be had, that was really not addressed at all.
The way trauma is treated in this book is at best unrealistic and, too often, borders on silly. When the story starts, the heroine has been subjected to very violent abuse for around 9 years... but then, for all intents and purposes, her current everyday life is pretty much unaffected by it. She does say it was awful and she does look pale remembering it a couple times, but over than those utterly superficial displays, she's pretty much unscathed.
Julien actually feels more traumatized by ever having been poor, than she seemingly is by years of vicious abuse! Hell, if it wasn't for the other women around, I was tempted at times to forget that there was even more than just an unhappy marriage, there.
The authors were apparently more at ease with hinting at unseen horror than dealing with the actual consequences of it, in their heroine. Problem is, the plot centers around that part of her life, so it becomes very hard to over look this writing flaw!
But this not the only time this book commits the "tell, don't show" capital sin of narration. Other than love, depictions of human feelings are rather botched.
The mother-son bond:
Makena and her family:
Actually, to be honest, even the romance could could have been done better. This was more a case of out-of-nowhere attraction than real romance - if budding feelings there was, then they probably happened in the background of the first book, because we see little more than sexual tension here. At one point, I couldn't remember who had said "I love you" to who, or whether anyone actually did, that's how much I was caring...
As for the male lead... At first, Julien seems to think Makenna would have only needed to be reminded she was strong to have dealt with abuse. She does tell him a couple times that women have no recourse and are basically owned by their husbands in their society, but there's never any kind of follow up to that statement. Julien's absence of reaction to it is not used in any meaningful manner either. I kept thinking that was maybe the point - showing that men could be oblivious to the vast disparity of their condition compared to that of a woman, I kept waiting for him to realize that and have a sort of paradigm shift down the line… it never happens. Why even bring up that theme then? It's a shame really, and all the more so because Julien was such a likable and interesting character in the other books of this series, but comes out as flat as a crêpe in his own story.
Conclusion: writing well about extremely complex subjects, such as psychological trauma, is hard. Not every author can do so masterfully from the get go, but then one shouldn't embark on a whole story solely about abuse! Half-assing it ruins any credibility and makes it all look like it was just for cheap drama in the background. It's a shame, really.
Also, one could tell who was the murdered from the first time that person made an appearance in the story... that certainly didn't help making the plot feel any less excruciatingly long to resolve.
Book: “A Lord for the Lass” By Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan aka Page Morgan
Series: Tartans and Titans, Book #2
Release Date: 10/22/2018
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of) 1)Tartan Book Reviews 2)Celtic World of Historical Book Reviews 3)Purple Tulip Book Reviews 4)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
5/5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ or 5/5 KILTS
Scotland, 1829 Book Quote: She wants nothing to do with men!
He's sworn off all women!
But with danger looming, the only safe haven may be each other's arms…..by Amalie Howard & Angie Howard
Lady Makenna MacLaren Brodie is in prison. She had been falsely accused of killing her husband. Not that he was any Prince among men by any means. Laird Graeme Brodie was a mean abusive, vicious, brutal, merciless, barbaric tormenting bully. The evidence turned up a dagger in the heart which had been a total setup! A gift from Makenna’s brother Naell that someone obviously framed.
Makenna knows it’s Graeme’s cousin Colin. A man even more vicious and brutal and extremely jealous! He is obsessed with having his wife something that make Makenna frightened and physically ill. Plus the fact they are starving her with no food or drink. Luckily she has an unusual benefactor that helps her escape!
Makenna decide to go to the wealthy Frenchman’s estate Lord Julien Leclerc she met last year at Naell and Ailsa’s wedding. She thought he would be on the continent busy with business deals. So she thought Duncraigh castle would be a place Colin would never find her. To her surprise the master was home. A master who had been obsessed with this fiery redhead since the day he met her a year ago.
Of course his honor wouldn’t let him seduce a married woman. Yet now all bets were off! Of course Makenna, the ginger spitfire, could of included her family and they would of come to her defense in a moment! Not to mention so many alliances through marriage. The stubborn minx wouldn’t do it, feeling it might cause lives and start clan wars.
Plus the attraction between Julien and MaKenna only grows. Yet Julien has slept his way through the continent with many beautiful women with no attachments. He won’t apologize for any of it, but something he can’t understand occurred on meeting MaKenna. A fascination for redheads that couldn’t satisfy him unless it was the real thing.
Now he has the real thing with no plans of letting her go. Like all good things come to an end Makenna feels it time to move on out of the country to keep Julien and his sweet maman safe. Yet is it too late with a huge bounty for Makenna!
Find out what is in store for the French rogue and sassy lassie? Will it be a life of slavery for Makenna under the obsessive violent behavior of Colin Brodie? Will Julien and Makenna finally realize they are soulmates for life?
I definitely recommend you read this awe-inspiring book! I couldn’t put it down! Including breathtaking setting, magnificent dialogue, amazing characters plus secondary characters like Lady Eleanor Haverille, young Malcolm and Maxim that you can’t help but love. The plotting was absolutely brilliant with so many twists, turns, ups and downs. I was holding my breath with anticipation, not knowing what could possibly happen next! It had me glued to my seat, a definite nail biter! The type of story historical romance readers dream about!
Including all the elements romance readers love. From a riveting page turning adventure, a mystery in a “who done it” style and suspense. Then there is betrayal, attempted murder, murder, abduction treachery, abuse, brutality, abduction, viciousness, humiliation, betrayal, protection, heartwarming passion, trust and love. In addition so many more surprises and much more!
A book you don’t want to miss! I absolutely and unequivocally loved this story so much!
Bravo Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan ( Page Morgan)
Buy Links: A Lord for the Lass - Entangled Publishing
I received a complimentary ARC copy from Entangled publishers through netgalley. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog an advanced copy of this book. All opinions, ideas, words and thoughts are my own.
Lord Brodie is dead. Even though his wife, Lady Makenna Maclaren Brodie, imagined murdering him many times it wasn't her who did the action. Wrongly accused of this barbarous crime, Makenna escapes her temporary prison in order to save her life. She's a proud woman and does not believe to put this burden onto her family's shoulders so instead of looking a shelter with her siblings she gets away to the place no one is going to find her. French Lord Julien Leclerc, who couldn’t stop thinking about her for the past year, after meeting her on his best friend’s wedding, agrees to give Lady Makenna protection but he doesn’t know yet the bittersweet price that it’s going to cost him.
It all sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Intrigue, crime, romance – all I could be looking for in a good book and that’s what I thought I was going to get but imagine my disappointment when after reading for half an hour I found myself bored more than when I was watching a documentary movie about forks. I don’t blame it on the plot and idea, I actually loved it, that is why I decided to ask for the advanced copy, but the overall execution made this story unreadable and boring. My excitement evaporated very quickly and I was waiting for the story to be over.
There were lots of wrongs with this book; firstly, we can consider feelings of Lady Makenna towards Lord Julian. I have asked myself a question: how a woman who was repeatedly raped, abused, verbally and physically, could know what passion and desire is? Shouldn’t she be taught those things? Shouldn’t she be against these things simply because she didn’t know them and needed to be shown? Our heroine recognized lust straight away and there was no discovery in the subject- this only shows the unauthentic character development. I believe that if the right course of action was preserved it would also make the story more interesting. I think a novel reaches that extra, higher spot when heroines and heroes learn things and change their characters due action and lived experience. Does it make any sense?
When reading this book I felt like it was written by two different people and I understand that we have two authors here working together (Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan) but we shouldn’t have seen that difference between the writing styles when one book is created. Too extensive line of thoughts and landscape descriptions made first 75% of book way to long and tedious. I am glad I’ve survived though as the last part was quite absorbing, completely changing the whole novel. But once again it only shows divergent nature of this literary work. I would also like to draw attention to grammatical errors in many chapters- I hope editors will notice them before the finale draft is published. The biggest error (that I cannot stop thinking about) was on the last page when Lord Julian says ‘He or she will be the third most perfect thing I’ve ever laid eyes on, after you, Malcolm and sweet Innis’. Can you see it?
Overall I have fallen in love with the plot but the execution of this book was poor and didn’t encourage me to pick up other titles written by this duet. It’s a pity as I really love good action romances and this was overwritten and thoughtless.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MY FIRST BOOK BY AMALIE HOWARD, AND IT WAS ENJOYABLE BUT STILL SOMETHING HELD ME BACK. I CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL THAT IT WAS AN AVERAGE STORY.
JULIAN has never forgotten the brazen beauty he met one year ago at a wedding but she belonged to another. Then one night, she comes bursting into his home in a disheveled state, declaring that her husband is dead, yet there is more that she's hiding from him. Until Julian can get her to trust him enough to help her, he abides his time by giving her a job as his steward and getting under her skin. Julian cares for her deeply, it shows in his thoughts and actions although he refuses to dissect his feelings. Whenever Makenna jeopardizes her safety, he's there, and when her life is in danger, he's willing to give up all his wealth for her life. Having seen his parents' marriage shattered by love and throwing him as a boy with his mother into deep poverty, Julian has little confidence in love and doesn't want to marry for anything but materialistic wealth. That changes when he meets Makenna who rouses up all kinds of emotions that he's never imagined to feel before.
MAKENNA is a woman held under the thumb of an abusive husband for at least 8 years. When her husband was found murdered in his bed, she was accused of it and thrown into the cellar. Luckily, someone is on her side and helps her to escape. The only sanctuary Makenna can think of is Julian's home except she never expected him to be home with his mother. Life gets entangled when she somehow pulls Julian into the water as the danger rises and someone is out to assassinate her without remorse. Makenna loves her family too much to risk a war, afraid of death so she keeps everything bottled up inside and shoulders the brunt herself. This is where Julian comes in and he sees through it all, wanting to ruffle her feathers and set her free as she can be quite uptight.
OVERALL it was an average highlander meets Frenchman romance. I'll admit the coupling is quite different and a nice welcome. Plot wise? I'm not sure I was truly engaged by it nor was I swept away by the MC'S chemistry/passion.
This addition to the series is nicely paced. It's an engaging read with vivid descriptions.
After losing everything that he is entitled to, Julien worked hard to create his empire. He now concentrates on cashing in on his business. His mother's welfare is the most important aspect of his life.
Makenna has been through a bad arranged marriage. She is now running for her life as she is wrongly accused of murdering her husband.
Julien and Makenna met a year ago and not knowing where to run, she decides to go into hiding in his castle. She thinks that he is in France and doesn't expect him to be in his Scottish residence. When she arrives with her maid, none other than Julien himself greets her and agrees for her to stay. He is not fully aware of the reasons for her escape. He has been drawn to her in the past, but as she was a married, he lived in his fantasies. Does this mean that he has a second chance in exploring what it is about her that intrigues him?
A Lord for the Lass is full of suspense. Whilst Julien and Makenna are getting comfortable with each other, Makenna finds herself in mortal danger on more than one occasion. They suspect that there is a spy amongst them, but knowing who is trying to kill her is difficult.
The relationship between Julien and Makenna is playful. Although, he is not interested in a relationship, he is becoming more and more attracted to Makenna. After everything that she has been through with her husband, Makenna learns how to trust again.
I like Julien's dedication to his mother and how he is willing to sacrifice everything he has for Makenna. Their interactions are fun and their romance is heartfelt. The story ends on a very satisfying note.
I was kindly issued with an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
This book was.. Torture. Gah. I finished this book in one sitting because I was legit biting my nails off at all the drama going on.
I requested an ARC of this book for review from Netgalley because I was going through serious Jamie Fraser and Outlander withdrawals knowing I was sooo close to the new season and when I saw this book and read the summary, I just knew it would stave off some of those feelings but NOPE. Now, Julien is no Jamie Fraser but this French man captured my heart from the get-go and you guys have absolutely noooooo idea how crazy I went over the course of this book. I was literally texting my best friend over the course of this because I just couldn’t cope! Lol.
Now, sure I wanted to strangle both main characters because this has to be one of the slowest burn books ever, but as my best friend made me see, this only makes the story that much better and trust me when I say, it did. After everything Makenna went through in her first marriage, she had to slowly develop that trust with Julien and even then it would take a lot more before she was ready to actually trust another man with her body and heart after the treatment she’d faced at the hands of not only her ex husband but also his cousin. I’m so happy that Makenna got her happily ever after, and if you want to know just how that comes to be then all you have to do is pick up this book and dive into it full heartedly like I did. And trust me when I say, I don’t think anyone can regret reading this book after that first line from Lord Julien 😍😍
Stars 4 (Caroline Lee, Lynsay Sands, Donna Fletcher)
my personal markers for a great read...1. smart and engaging writing, 2. Humorous, 3. sexy interactions and 4. stories with family/friends.
I love series around family members or a group of friends. I love the series even more when the author intertwines those characters throughout the book series (it’s a pet peeve when authors don’t do that because what’s the point of the series and introducing the characters if they are not going to interact throughout the series). You get past book characters in this story, usually in the beginning and the end.
I loved the writing around the women empowerment (it wasn’t over the top for me). Badass women rock.
Movement of the book flowed for the most part. Book writing/conversation engaging. The Scottish dialogue wasn’t difficult to follow. Action packed writing alongside a good sexy romance.
Laugh out loud humorous moments.
Romantic /sexual content (kissing, oral and love making scenes) was throughout the book. Nothing over the top, some ‘dirty’ words intertwined rightly in the story telling. 2.5/5 hotness and steam.
Totally recommend author.
Will read the next book by the author.
You don’t have to read the book in order however I think you miss the true story of it’s not read in its order.
I loved Makenna and Julian's story! After reading the first book in the series, I was really hoping that Makenna would be rid of her husband so that she and Julien could make a go of it. You could see the heat between them even then!
Makenna's husband has been murdered and she has been blamed for it. With nowhere else to run, she heads to Julien's home hoping to stay for a few days to gather her thoughts and form a plan. She didn't count on his being in residence when she arrived. She doesn't want to bring him into this mess, but with not wanting to get her family involved, she doesn't have any other alternatives.
Julien met Makenna a year ago and since then he can't stop thinking about her. When she ends up on his doorstep needing his help, he promises to do everything in his power to help her.
Neither of these two are looking for a relationship, but sometimes the heart knows differently. Can these two prove that Makenna didn't kill her husband and get their HEA?
Loved this story so much!! The tension between Makenna and Julian was so think you could have cut it. Their past experiences kept them from wanting more, but thankfully their hearts won out in the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Makenna McLaren Brodie was accused of killing her husband. She had thought about it, he was such an abusive and cruel man. He was not even faithful. Right now she was in a cell under the keep. The new Laird, Colin, was even worse than her husband. He was cruel, envious and so jealous. Someone helped her escape and she ran with her maid who could not stand staying there either. Lord Julien LeClerc and his mother had just moved to Scotland from Paris to Duncraigh Castle. It was a little run down but still in decent shape. and of course, he would repair what was needed. When she fled, she knew of nowhere else to go, it was suppose to be abandoned. Julien takes them in. The characters were well developed and interesting. The plot kept you on your toes and made it tough to put down. There was some intrigue and action. The author kept all the little pieces, so it would make sense and I really loved the story.
I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
I loved it from the first page when Makenna was accused of murder, imagine being thrown into jail for a crime you didn’t commit! You have no friends or family near, you’re a woman with no rights, and the new Laird wants to have his way with you, everything is against you. Escaping the first opportunity she gets she runs to Dunncraigh Castle, knowing that it’s not occupied. She’s surprised when Lord Julien Leclerc greets her and offers his assistance. Makenna and Julien had an attraction in Sweet Home Highlander and in this book they get their happy ending. I LOVED IT! This had everything, fantastic main characters wonderful plot with plenty of intrigue, twists and turns plenty of romance and suspense in every page. I started this at night and I have to say this kept me up way into the morning!
I recieved a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my unbiased honest opinion.
Makenna is on the run from her clan after being accused of killing her husband, after escaping from the dungeon where they were keeping her. She and her maid run to Dunncraigh Castle where the owner is presently in France, unknown to her, Julien has brought his mother to the castle to help improve her health. He was happy to see Makenna when she appeared on his doorstep and offered his assistance. The story tells of the abuse Makenna endured at her husband’s hands, a young child thought to be her husband’s, a maid who supposedly cared for her and the new love that is developing she and Julien. There is a HEA but there is a lot that happens before this occurs. There is a lot more to the story which makes it a great read. I would highly recommend this book.
In the last book, I thought Julien was a no-care in the world dandy. He proved me wrong in this story. He is strong, loving, kind, gentle, kind of badass with the claymore and definitely not a dandy. His care for the feelings of others including his mother, Malcolm and Makenna make this an outstanding story. Both Makenna and Julien sacrifice and that sacrifice will make you tear up a bit…just saying. The colorful cast of characters from the first story are abundant in this one as well. I really enjoyed the journey with Makenna and Julien.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
This was another great read in this series. Makenna and Julien were two strong and engaging characters. Makenna and Julien meet again through unfortunate circumstances. There are a number of different tensions through the book, the sexual tension between Makenna and Julien and the ever present menace of the Brodie laird, Colin. There are a few twists and turns, some exciting action and of course, romance. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series, hopefully it will be concerning Makenna’s oldest brother, Ronan. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY ..... Phenomenal! A superb read that just keeps making you want more! From page one to the final, I was totally engaged, captivated , enthralled and just plain delighted! I love books that keep giving and giving and giving. This one had nothing for me to downgrade. It had fantastic writing, superb characters, a plot line that made it very interesting. Twists, and turns and more! Romance, suspense.... you could not add anything to delight me more unless ...... you have number three ready to go_ .... I was given this ARC via NetGalley. ALL OPINIONS written here are my own. Buy the book and sit back and be prepared to be entertained. Regards, Anna
Makenna and Julien’s story has been a long time in the making. Julien has been a favorite character of mine from his appearance in a previous book from this author. Both characters are wounded in different ways but are getting a second chance to find themselves. There is lots of intrigue, love and hot Highlander sex appeal. Malcolm and Max are great fun. Everything resolves in surprising ways and Makenna and Julien find lasting love.