Author: Lecia Cornwall

Guest Review: The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Corwall

Posted April 5, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia CorwallReviewer: Tracy
The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall
Series: A Highland Fairy Tale #3
Also in this series: Beauty and the Highland Beast, When a Laird Finds a Lass
Published by Swerve
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Romance, Historical, Magic, Scottish, Fairy Tales & Folklore
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four-stars

Laire MacLeod’s father has married a mysterious widow who is a vain beauty that deals with potions and spells. Laire does not drink them with the rest of her family and is the only one who could see through her stepmother’s games. When Laire flees to find help from her Uncle the Lady’s huntsman follows her with orders to kill. Laire must survive in a dangerous new city and find the antidote to a poisonous potion before it is too late.

Iain Lindsay is cursed. He is bound for seven years to be the hunter of a Lady who uses him to bring back birds to use in her potions. When Laire MacLeod escapes the Lady’s nets, Iain tracks her to Edinburgh, where she’s found shelter with an unusual band of thieves, but he cannot bring himself to harm her. Instead, he finds himself falling in love with the MacLeod beauty.

But a Highlander’s oath is his bond, and the price for helping her is death, both his own, and of those he loves.

Laire MacLeod is frightened for her family.  She is one of 11 daughters – her father has been married 8 times.  Laire has loved all of the different women in her father’s life until he married Bibiana.  Laire knows that there is something strange going on with her.  Her sisters aren’t acting normal.  Her father is so entranced by Bibiana that he can literally not take his eyes off of her.  Laire decides that she needs to get away and seek help for her family before Bibiana does something horrible to them but Bibiana sends her huntsman after Laire.

Ian Lindsay, once a Laird in his own right, is bound to work for Bibiana for seven years.  That time is almost up and he wants desperately to get away from the witch, for that’s what she is, a witch.  When he is sent out to find Laire and bring back her heart he doesn’t want to do it.  He was attracted to Laire and doesn’t want to hurt her but he also knows there is no naysaying Bibiana.

Ian follows Laire to Edinburgh and plans to kill her but when he gets there he starts to see the potential of a real life and not one that involves Bibiana.  Laire is determined to find something that will stop Bibiana from hurting her family and she won’t let anyone stop her, no matter what it takes.

The Lady and the Highlander was a great book.  It was magic and fantasy blended so nicely with a Scottish highland romance.  The story was a take off of Snow White but I thought the way that Cornwall wrote the story was very original.  The “dwarves” weren’t dwarves at all and were actually child thieves.  I’m not sure what it was about the story that drew me in so quickly but I thought it was a charming story.  Yes, it was nutty as we didn’t really understand what Bibiana was doing to the people until later but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.

Cornwall definitely has a gift for rewriting fairy tales.  I’ve enjoyed her interpretations of Beauty and the Beast as well as The Little Mermaid as well as this book.  I hope she continues writing the Highland Fairy Tale series because she’s writes them really well.

Rating: 4 out of 5  

four-stars

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Guest Review: When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

Posted November 15, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia CornwallReviewer: Tracy
When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall
Series: A Highland Fairy Tale #2
Also in this series: Beauty and the Highland Beast, The Lady and the Highlander
Published by Swerve
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Medieval, Historical, Romance
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four-stars

She is his greatest enemy and his only salvation.

Malcolm MacDonald, a lawyer in Edinburgh, unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, forcing him to return to a place he hasn’t seen since he was a small child. To gain the trust of a wary clan, Malcolm must act upon their insistence that he cast aside his English betrothed and marry a Highlander.

However, they have one condition—no lasses of the barbaric clan MacLeod.

When he finds an unconscious woman in the sea, he brings her back to his clan but not before doing the one thing that could save her life—hiding her all too telling MacLeod plaid. When she wakes with no memory of who she is, Malcolm vows to keep the little he knows about her identity a secret. As new dangers threaten his clan, the mysterious lass teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird.

But secrets never stay secret for long, and when she finds her plaid, her memory returns and she flees. Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.

Malcolm McDonald is a lawyer and living his life when he finds men from the MacDonald clan in his rooms.  They tell him that his father has died and that on his deathbed he named Malcolm as the next Laird.  Malcolm and his mother left his home and father when he was just a young boy and he’s certainly not about to change his whole life now.  He appeases the men by agreeing to go to Dunbronach and he plans on making some changes, getting a steward and then returning to Edinburgh where he can live his life in peace.  He has NO desire to be the Laird of a clan.

When he’s at Dunbronach he gets away one morning to think on things and finds a woman unconscious on the beach and wrapped in a MacLeod plaid.  He’s been told that the MacLeod’s and the MacDonald’s have been enemies for four centuries – but of course nobody remembers what the original argument was about.  So when Malcolm finds this woman with the MacLeod plaid he hides the plaid and takes her to the healer.  When she awakens she doesn’t know who she is or why she was on the beach.  She stays at Dunbronach and soon she’s falling in love with Malcolm and he’s falling in love with her and everyone else is falling in love with her as well – too bad they have no idea she’s a MacLeod!  So what happens when the truth comes out?

I always love a good amnesia story and this one was definitely good.  I loved Ronat (the girl that couldn’t remember her name) so much.  (She was named Ronat because it means “seal” and one of the girls in the clan is just sure that she’s a selkie.)  Ronat steals your heart and that of Malcolm as well.  The story was fun and interesting and I loved reading about the pair falling in love.  Malcolm had horrible guilt because he knew she was a MacLeod but he was busy trying to save his place as Laird.  Yes, he had finally decided that that was where he was supposed to be but one of his clan members had called in a distant cousin to take over who was a right bastard.   Between trying to keep the women from his cousin, Maccus, from the women cuz he’s know for raping them when he gets drunk and trying to woo Ronat without letting her know that he knows, vaguely, who she is, Malcolm is kept very busy indeed.  Of course all secrets get found out and when Ronat finds out Malcolm’s secret she’s not sure she wants anything to do with him anymore…but maybe?  Lol

It was a good story and I liked all the ins and outs of it.  It was never a dull book by any means and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Guest Review: Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

Posted June 21, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia CornwallReviewer: Tracy
Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall
Series: A Highland Fairy Tale #1
Also in this series: When a Laird Finds a Lass, The Lady and the Highlander
Published by Macmillan, Swerve
Publication Date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical, Scottish
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three-half-stars

Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Daire is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.

When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Daire’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.

Although Daire does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Daire let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?

Dair Sinclair was once a man who would took risks like no man his clan had ever seen.  That brought his clan great wealth and they all loved him to pieces.  Until of course he came home after being captured and tortured and sent home a broken man.  Nothing his father does will break Dair out of his ravings and his wounds don’t heal properly.  The Laird (Dair’s father) sends for the local healer who doesn’t have a clue what to do.  She states, in a moment of fear, that only a virgin bride will heal Dair, the Laird sets off to find one.

The Laird ends up at the MacLeod holding after he hears that MacLeod has a load of daughters he needs to marry off.  He meets Fiona who goes by Fia while there and asks that she come try her healing on his son.  Fia agrees and heads off to Carraig Brigh with Dair’s father and her sister Meggie.  When she arrives Dair is up and about with his physical wounds healing but his emotional ones are still bad.  He had to watch his cousin get raped, tortured and hanged and he relives it every night.  He scoffs at Fia being able to help him but he finds that she does.  Of course someone who doesn’t want Dair to get well spreads rumors that Fia must be a witch because that’s the only way that Fia could have helped Dair.

While Fia was only brought to help Dair and Meggie supposedly to marry him, Fia finds herself falling in love with the man.  Of course Dair doesn’t believe he can have happiness and that puts a damper on things but it can’t stop him from falling for Fia as well.  The each have physical and emotional scars to deal with but together they can conquer anything.

This was a sweet story.  Yes, it’s a fairy tale but it was done well.  Though it was the Beauty and the Beast story I liked how she made Fia have scars as well.  They didn’t take away from her beauty and that beauty was from within as well.  I loved Dair and Fia together and how they worked through their differences time and again.

The villain in the story was quite obvious from the get go.  I didn’t like the person from the first time they were introduced onto the page and that continued.  There weren’t any surprises in the story but it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next in Lecia Cornwall’s fairy tale series.

Rating: 3.5/3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: How to Deceive a Duke by Lecia Cornwall

Posted March 28, 2016 by Whitley B in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: How to Deceive a Duke by Lecia CornwallReviewer: Whitley
How to Deceive a Duke by Lecia Cornwall
Published by Avon
Publication Date: November 27th 2012
Genres: Romance, Historical
Pages: 384
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two-stars

Lecia Cornwell wowed readers with her historical romance debut, Secrets of a Proper Countess, which Publishers Weekly called a "seductive read." This hugely talented author has launched an enchanting new series with How to Deceive a Duke, a captivating Regency romance featuring a lady who stands in for her runaway sister as the Duke of Temberly's bride—a deception the duke will exact a passionate price for from his new wife!

Writing in the tradition of bestselling authors such as Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Hoyt, Lecia Cornwell is sure to satisfy fans of sensual and smart historical romance.

This book started off great, I loved it so much. I especially loved so many things about Meg. But then, about halfway through the book…it became pretty clear that what you see on the summary is about all the book has. Once the deception/wedding night goes down, the rest of the book just sort of flounders around aimlessly, grasping at subplots.

It’s a shame, because that first half is so good. It has, hands down, the best virgin sex scene I’ve read in this genre. Meg was getting married out of desperation, but also from the start she was eager and curious when it comes to marital relations. And on the night in question, she, ah, carried on with the curiosity. ^_~ I loved her mix of ‘learn-by-imitation’ and naivety.

Nick…Nick had some interesting potential. I really loved the internal conflict set up for him – he was a layabout wommanizer but after going off to war and growing up he finds he’s chaffing under his old reputation. He gets himself in a lot of trouble by churlishly assuming everyone else is assuming things about him. That’s a fun set up to play with. But he…just was way too mean to Meg at the start for it to be just a bout of peeves, as the book wants to imply. And then after the wedding, he only got worse and worse, treating Meg like crap and even abandoning her! (For the war, but still! You don’t! Go to war! Without! Telling! Your WIFE! Who you supposedly love by this point!)

So, yeah, Meg will always be one of my favorite heroines, but I wish she’d been given a better book to play in.

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars

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Guest Review: Once Upon a Highland Autumn by Lecia Cornwall

Posted June 18, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Once Upon a Highland Autumn by Lecia CornwallReviewer: Tracy
Once Upon a Highland Autumn by Lecia Cornwall
Series: Once Upon a Highland Season #2
Published by Harper Collins, Avon Impulse
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Genres: Historical
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four-stars

Megan McNabb would do anything to get out of marrying a man she does not love—even handfasting for a year and a day with an English stranger.

A mysterious letter draws Lord Kit Rossington to Scotland in search of a lost treasure. But the marriage-minded females he avoided in England follow him to the Highlands, and he'll do anything—even a temporary marriage with a Highland lass—to keep his freedom while he solves a mystery that's haunted Glen Dorian for almost a century.

Legends say a curse lurks among the shattered stones of Glen Dorian Castle. Will the love that is beginning to grow between Megan and Kit be able to withstand fate? For only the living, those with bold hearts and true love, can restore peace to Glen Dorian at last.

Tracy’s review of Once Upon a Highland Autumn (Once Upon a Highland Season #2) by Lecia Cornwall

Kit Rossington is anxious to leave his home as his mother has invaded it. In fact his entire family has invaded one home or another and Kit just wants some peace and quiet. He heads to one of his homes that’s being renovated but it’s so loud with all the construction going on around him that he can’t stand it. When going through some ancestors possessions during renovation he comes upon a letter that talks about a treasure that a woman had hidden for her love who was arrested after Culloden. Kit is ready to get some peace and quiet and have an adventure so heads to Scotland to find this treasure. He finds Glen Dorian, a ruined castle that supposedly has a curse on it. He also finds that the marriage minded women who wouldn’t leave him alone in England are just as present in Scotland.

Megan McNabb’s mother is determined to find her three daughters English Lords for husbands. She dresses them in styles that are all the rage in London, hires a tutor to teach them the proper way to do things in England and even went as far as changing their names to make them sound more English! What a gem! Not. Megan just wants to go back to her home and live the life she’s used to. Swimming in the loch and walking in the hills is what she wants – not all the dancing and balls and dresses. She’s also in love with a man back home who left to earn his fortune so that they can be together. The last thing Megan wants is to be married to someone else.

Megan’s mother finds out that Kit is in town and her mind starts reeling. She invites him over for dinner and about 2 minutes after he meets Megan he’s proposed to by the girl’s mother. He reacts badly, practically insults Megan and ends up walking out. When he’s inundated with woman vying for his hand and Megan has had enough of her mother, Megan comes up with an idea. She gets Kit to agree to a handfasting that they can both get out of after a year and a day but it will be enough to keep the wolves at bay. Being handfasted means that they need to spend time together to keep everyone off their backs but it also helps them get to know each other and they actually decide that they like what they learn.

This is the second book in this series and while it’s been a while since I read books 1 & 3 (yes, I read them out of order, don’t faint) I had no trouble getting right back into the McNabb world. The book stands alone well so even if I hadn’t read book 1 I wouldn’t have had a problem keeping up.

I really liked this story. I thought that it was fun and playful while still being series and intriguing. The characters in the story were well written and enjoyable to read about. Megan was just a simple country girl at heart and while Kit was more proper than Megan he still loved a good adventure.

The book had flashbacks having to do with Glen Dorian and how it got its curse. Mary was the main character in theses flashbacks as she’s the one who lived in Glen Dorian. The story was about her and her husband and how he was arrested after Culloden even though he had nothing to do with the fighting. Kit’s ancestor helped Mary even though they were on opposite sides. The love story involved was great but definitely bittersweet.

Overall this was a lovely historical romance.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Avon Impulse. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars

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