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Guest Review: Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands

Posted December 30, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Series: Highlander series #4
Also in this series: The Highlander Takes a Bride
Published by Avon
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Scottish
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three-half-stars

Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.

Murine Carmichael has seen a lot of death in the past few years.  Her brothers and her betrothed were killed then her mother died not long after that.  Her father then was ill and but had died just when she thought he was getting better.  Her half-brother, Montrose, picked her up and told her that he was now her guardian.  While Murine wasn’t thrilled with the idea she dealt with it.  She even managed to deal with it when Montrose gambled away her dower.  When Dougall Buchanan and his brothers show Montrose fine horses and he can’t pay for them he tries to bargain with them.  Dougall’s not interested.  Then Montrose gets desperate and offers his sister as payment – to use until he gets tired of her.  Dougall, his brothers and Murine are all shocked and disgusted at this suggestion.  Obviously Dougall refuses and leaves.

After hearing another suggestion by Montrose about offering her up to one of his neighbors for coin, Murine decides it’s time to get the hell out of dodge.  She knows that traveling alone is extremely dangerous but figures facing death is better than what Montrose has planned for her. She heads off on her pet bull, Henry, to try to reach one of her friends.  Not far from her brother’s house she runs into the Buchanan brothers.  They are nice enough to hide her from his brothers and agree to take her to her friend, their sister, Saidh. Along the road there are many perils and accidents that beset the group and mostly directed at Murine. During the course of the travel Dougall and Murine get close and lust ensues that soon turns to more.  Unfortunately with Montrose trailing the Buchanan’s and Murine will they be able to stay together?

This was a cute story.  I really liked a lot of the book and was pulling for Dougall and Murine throughout.  The camaraderie between the Buchanan brothers was another plus to this book as they were close but still had scuffles like most brothers do.

I really liked Dougall in this book.  He was stubborn and strong-willed but protective and kind as well.  He had morals and was a decent guy whose parents had raised him right.  Murine took a bit of getting used to.  She was kind of oblivious a lot of the time which annoyed me.  She didn’t seem the type to be oblivious so when it happened it was frustrating. Examples…she was running from her brother but when she was traveling and saw people in the woods, she never said anything? She thought she heard someone in the house she was in by herself but never mentions it to Dougall when he comes in right after?  There were so many things that she questioned to herself but never once said anything to Dougall or his brothers.  What the hell?  Why not? She was trying to get away from her brother but she sees random people or hears random things and shrugs it off? Uh, no, don’t believe it for a minute. In most Sands historicals the heroine always ends up doing some crazy things but this just takes the cake. Now, that being said she was strong when she needed to be.  She saved lives when there was a fire as she had saved Saidh’s life in a previous book.  She kept getting hit in the head and kept getting up.  She got shot by an arrow but took it like a trooper.  She was a good person for the most part, really.

Overall it was a good story that I had some issues with.  It certainly won’t stop me from reading more of Sands’ historical novels as their more on the fun/slapstick fun side and I like that about them.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Posted September 20, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Immortal Nights by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #24
Also in this series: Immortal Ever After, Runaway Vampire
Published by Avon
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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three-half-stars

Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…

Tomasso Notte is being kidnapped – for what reason he has no idea.  He is drugged and put into a cage then onto a plane.  On that plane is Abigail.  She’s with her friend, who is the pilot of the plane, just so they can have a little vacation.  Abs needs one desperately as she’s been taking care of her mother – who just recently died.

The men who chartered the plane stated that they wanted no one on the plane but the pilot, but Abs was already on it.  She hides in the cargo hold but when she looks under the tarp and discovers a naked man with an IV she’s shocked.  She takes out the IV and helps him but she wasn’t prepared for him to jump out of the plane with her in his arms.

Tomasso gets Abigail safely to a beach but he really has no idea where he is.  Abigail had hit her head on the way out of the plane so she’s not with it.  Tomasso needs to get to a phone to contact the Argeneau’s and to get blood.  Unfortunately there are no villages in site and he has no idea if the kidnappers will come after him.  He wants to keep Abigail safe because he’s a nice person but also because he’s realized that she’s his life mate.

When the pair finally get to civilization – after some pretty funny things happening – Tomasso is able to contact his people and get what he needs.  Unfortunately the kidnappers aren’t about to give up on their quest to kidnap immortals.

This was another cute story in the Argeneau series.  I thought that Abigail and Tomasso were very sweet together and I loved their interactions.  Tomasso, as we’ve read in previous books in the series, is a huge guy but he isn’t a brute.  He’s kind and caring and I loved how well he treated Abigail.

Abigail was in med school at one point in her life before she dropped out to take care of her mother.  She is a care-taker by nature and likes to take charge of a situation.  When Tomasso pulls some stupid stunts to stop himself from getting excited when he’s with her (prior to reaching civilization) Abigail is there to take care of him.  It’s so ridiculous but hilarious at the same time.  I also loved how Abigail handled the whole immortal thing.  She realized quickly that she wasn’t a soulless monster and dealt with it.  I liked that about her because she was so practical about it all.

The thing I didn’t care for about the story is that there just wasn’t a ton of depth to it.  Yes, it was a fun book and I understand that’s what it was supposed to be but I just wanted more.  I guess I’m greedy that way.

The story was a nice addition to the series.  We got to hear a bit more about why the immortals are being kidnapped (only a bit though!) and then we were left hanging without knowing anything in depth.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and read the next book in the series to find out the info – which definitely won’t be a chore. 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Posted February 4, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #23
Also in this series: Immortal Ever After, Immortal Nights
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Romance
Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Contemporary
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four-stars

Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate.

The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger.

Dante is running away from the men who had kidnapped him and his twin, Tomasso, when he runs smack dab into Mary’s RV.  He manages to pull himself into the RV and hide in the back but eventually Mary finds him when she stops to get gas.  She runs for help but soon everyone is leaving the RV saying that Dante’s injuries weren’t that bad.  She’s confused but then the naked man who she thought was at death’s door is up and around.  What?  He of course was mind-controlling them but he soon finds that he can’t read Mary which is a sign that she could be his life mate.  He soon finds out that she definitely is his life mate and he’s not about to leave her on her own since the kidnappers can identify her RV and might come after her.

Dante knows he needs help to find his twin but he’s not about to let Mary be on her own.  Trying to get her to believe that he’s an Immortal and that she is his life mate isn’t easy as Mary is justifiably in the non-believer category.  Dante finally convinces her but at the same time they’re running for their lives and the dangers they face will change Mary’s life forever.

Dante Notte is one of those characters that’s been in several different books along with his twin as secondary characters.  I’ve been anxious to get their life mate stories for a while and was SO happy when I saw that this was Dante’s book.  He’s definitely the strong silent type but he was open and loving with Mary and it was wonderful to see another side of his character.

Mary was a funny woman.  Some of her thoughts when she first met Dante had me laughing out loud (he was naked and trying to cover himself with a loose weave afghan).  I kept imagining her as someone who looked like Blythe Danner who is in her 60’s and still looks great.  Of course we all know (if you’ve read any of the books) that she gets turned into an immortal and this was of course, in my mind, Gwyneth Paltrow.  Don’t judge – it worked in my head! Lol.  Anyway she was a fantastic match for Dante and his quiet ways and I loved them together.

This was another good story in the Argeneau series.  I keep thinking that I’m going to get sick of the series eventually but Lynsay Sands keeps me coming back for more every time.  🙂  I can’t wait to read Tomasso’s story and find out what happens when he meets his life mate.

Reading Order:

A Quick Bite
Love Bites
Single White Vampire
Tall, Dark & Hungry
A Bite to Remember
Bite Me If You Can
The Accidental Vampire
Vampires are Forever
Vampire, Interrupted
The Rogue Hunter
The Immortal Hunter
The Renegade Hunter
Bitten by Cupid
Born to Bite
Hungry for You
The Reluctant Vampire
The Bite Before Christmas
Under a Vampire Moon
The Lady is a Vamp
Immortal Ever After
One Lucky Vampire
Vampire Most Wanted
The Immortal Who Loved Me
About a Vampire
Runaway Vampire

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Guest Review: The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

Posted August 14, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands
Series: Highlander series #3
Also in this series: Falling for the Highlander
Published by Avon Romance
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genres: Historical
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four-stars

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband... until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she's far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel's looks, a warrior's temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he's more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Tracy’s review of The Highlander Takes a Bride (Highlander #3) by Lynsay Sands.

Saidh was raised with her seven brothers and her mother pretty much gave up on her being a lady. She is who she is and she enjoys it. She knows she probably won’t ever get married because of her rough ways but she’s ok with that.

Four years earlier Saidh had been at her cousin Fenella’s wedding. The groom ended up getting killed, by Fenella, and Saidh helped her with a cover and made it look like bandits killed him. Saidh’s at a friends house when she hears that Fenella’s fourth husband, in four years, has drowned. Saidh hadn’t seen Fenella since her first marriage and hadn’t been aware that she’d gotten remarried – four times! She’s suspicious about the deaths because of the Fenella’s first marriage and decides to visit her cousin to see if she can figure it all out.

When Saidh arrives she meets the new Laird, Greer. They are almost instantly taken with each other. They can’t seem to take their hands off each other but Greer wants to do things right. That doesn’t make her brothers happy when they show up for the wedding that Saidh knows nothing about.

On top of that there’s someone out there who is trying to kill Saidh and no one can figure out who it is or why they would want to kill her in the first place.

This was another fun historical by Sands. I really like her historical novels as they have so much humor in them and while some of the scenarios are unlikely they seem to work for me. In this book there wasn’t too much angst between the hero and heroine and I appreciated that so much. The author let the mystery of who the killer was be the big issue, besides Fenella’s possible involvement, and it was nice to have a simple romance come out of it all.

I really liked both Saidh and Greer a lot in this story. Greer didn’t think he would ever, or could ever, love a woman but he soon finds himself swayed by Saidh. She is just herself and doesn’t put on airs and he loves that about her. The fact that he fell for her hard and fast warmed my heart. Saidh was kind of thrilled to actually be married as she never thought she would be. She was wonderful with Greer and of course her many brothers. I loved the family dynamic and enjoyed seeing Greer fit right in.

In the end it was a pretty fast read with not too much angst, a little mystery, and a lot of lovin’. Good stuff.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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

four-stars

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Guest Review: Taming the Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands

Posted June 25, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 5 Comments

Guest Review: Taming the Highland Bride by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Taming the Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands
Series: Devil of the Highlands #2
Published by Harper Collins, Avon Romance
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Genres: Historical
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four-stars

She was ready to let her heart run wild . . .

Merry Stewart has had enough! Enough of her brothers, whose behavior would make even the most improper lady blush. Enough of their Highland home, which would surely have fallen to ruin were it not for her. She dreams of escaping into the arms of her betrothed, Alexander d'Aumesbery—even though they haven't yet met. But when they do, Merry is devastated. It seems he's no better than the men in her family.

So beautiful, so brazen . . . From the moment he meets Merry, Alexander is determined to make her his. Desperate to convince her he's nothing like the members of her roguish clan, he will prove he is every bit the well-mannered gentleman. Yet, beneath it all beats a heart as intense and uncontrollable as hers. And finally, when his life is threatened, Merry realizes he's the husband she's been waiting for . . . and their passion becomes the one thing that cannot be tamed.

Tracy’s review of Taming the Highland Bride (Devil of the Highlands #2) by Lynsay Sands

Merry Stewart was given the name “the Stewart shrew” by her brothers of all people. That’s because after her mother died her 2 youngest brothers and her father became raging drunks. She tried to control everything, as they did nothing in their drunkenness, and they therefore thought of her as a shrew. When they hear that her betrothed, who has been in the Crusades, has finally returned they are anxious to get her gone so that they can have control of their whiskey.

Merry’s not sure what expect when it comes to her betrothed. They have been betrothed since birth but have never met. She just hopes that he isn’t a drunk like the men in her family. When she arrives Alex is so drunk he falls flat on his face. Then for the weeks following he slurs and stumbles and she’s positive her husband is just as bad as the Stewart family. Then as they travel to visit Alex’s sister several incidents occur that have people who work for Alex suspecting that Merry is trying to kill her husband. When Alex and Merry actually talk they discover that someone is not only dosing him with something that makes him randy as hell but that someone – not her – is trying to kill him.

I really love Sands’ historical novels, I must say. This was another great one as it had me completely intrigued but laughing as well. I swear, the descriptions she comes up with to describe sex in her historicals cracks me up. In this one she has Alex’s step-mother talking to Merry about what to expect on her wedding night and describing a man’s penis. OMG, I found myself laughing pretty darned hard:

“Well,” Edda said finally. “You see, men are built differently than we women. The man has a…” She paused again and chewed on her lip briefly before brightening and saying, “Have you ever been in the kitchens at Stewart while your cook was preparing a chicken?”

Merry blinked at the question, not at all sure what a chicken had to do with this, but said, “Aye.”

“Well, think of the neck when the cook has plucked and cut it off to throw it in soup. A man has one of those between his legs.”

“Sort of,” Edda said with dissatisfaction. “’Tis straighter. At least ’tis when they are excited. And it does not have the bony ridges and it may be a tad bigger than a chicken neck.”

“Oh,” Merry said faintly.

Edda nodded solemnly. “’Tis most odd-looking. It sticks out from their body like a misplaced nose, but you must not laugh when you first see it,” she cautioned, and nodded to emphasize the point. “They become very offended. For some reason they are very proud of their chicken neck.”

Hilarious!

Merry was a great heroine and perfect for Alex who was a wonderful hero. I thought they fit together perfectly and I loved that despite everyone else’s suspicions Alex never believed Merry capable of harming him. Definitely points in his favor. Their love story was very sweet and I loved reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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

four-stars

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