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Guest Review: A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss by Paula Quinn

Posted October 6, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss by Paula QuinnReviewer: Tracy
A Highlander's Christmas Kiss by Paula Quinn
Series: The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #5
Also in this series: The Taming of Malcolm Grant
Published by Forever
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Scottish, Historical
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four-stars

A STRANGER'S SMILE

Christmas may be coming to Linavar, but Temperance Menzie is far from joyful. Grief-stricken over the death of her father at the hands of the Black Riders, she almost didn't see the wounded stranger in the woods. And now she's determined to give this braw, brooding Highlander the help she couldn't give her father. But there's a secret lurking in the depths of his blue-gray eyes. And Temperance won't rest until she uncovers it . . .

A LOVER'S KISS

A killer for hire. It's the last thing Cailean Grant ever thought he'd become, but being part of the Black Riders was his only way to survive. Now, his guilt grows day by day, along with his desire for the beautiful, brave lass nursing him back to health. As Christmas, the season of miracles, draws near and the truth of his identity threatens to come out, Cailean must risk the only thing he has left to lose-his heart.

Cailean Grant has hardened his heart and has cut himself off from feeling.  He has become a Black Rider – a mercenary.  His cousin Patrick has traveled with him and has stayed with him constantly trying to talk Cailean into leaving the Black Riders but Cailean refuses.  When Cailean and Patrick are on their way back to the castle that houses the Black Riders Patrick is shot with an arrow and Cailean is out for blood.  When he gets back to the castle the Lord’s son, Duncan, states that it was the Seth Menzie.  When Cailean hears this he believes it as the Grants and Menzies have always been at war.  That night Seth Menzie dies.

After Seth Menzie dies, Cailean goes back to Linavar hoping to catch a glimpse of Temperance Menzie, Seth’s daughter.  He knows he should get nowhere near her but he can’t help himself.  She’s a light in the darkness for him.  When he’s stabbed in the back and Temperance finds him she nurses him back to health.  Cailean falls in love with Temperance day by day.  She makes him see that all is not lost and helps him open his heart to love and life.  Unfortunately he has guilt to deal with.  When Temperance finds out he’s a Black Rider he knows she’ll never forgive him for the death of her father.

This was a great historical Christmas romance.  It was certainly a different kind of romance because of Cailean’s part in the death of Temperance’s father.  I can’t say that I would forgive a man that played a part in my father’s death, that’s for sure.

Despite my doubts of Temperance ever forgiving him I really liked the story.  It was wonderful to see Cailean brought out of that dark and horrible place he had been living in because of the deaths of those he loved.  He found something worth living for and though it happened slowly it was well worth it in the end.

Temperance was an amazingly strong woman.  She was just 19 (I think) and yet did much for her home, her father, her grandmother, her village.  I really enjoyed reading about her and was happy when she fell for Cailean.

The Black Rider issue was a nasty one and Duncan in particular was a right bastard.  I disliked him from the first moment he was on the page and that didn’t change throughout the book.  I was quite happy to see that he did not prevail in the end.

Overall this was quite a good love story and one I very much enjoyed reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Guest Review: The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn

Posted October 1, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula QuinnReviewer: Tracy
The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn
Series: The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4
Also in this series: A Highlander's Christmas Kiss
Published by Forever
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Genres: Historical, Scottish
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four-stars

AN ALLURING LASS

Emmaline Grey spends her days with her beloved dog, dreaming of the sea-until a brawling Highlander shatters her quiet life to pieces. Though her blindness prevents her from seeing his face, his voice is a warm blend of velvet and silk, and his rakehell ways unmistakable. Risking the wrath of a rival clan as she nurses him back to health, Emma soon realizes the real danger is the magnetic pull she feels to this half-naked Scot recovering in her bed.

A RECKLESS ROGUE

With his rugged handsomeness and wicked charm, Malcolm Grant wants nothing more out of life than whisky, women, and the occasional war. The only lass he’s ever trusted left him with more scars than a battlefield. Yet now at the mercy of this sweet stranger, Malcolm can barely resist the gentle hands that make him feverish with desire-until Emma, the one he will never have, is the only woman he wants . . .

Tracy’s review of The Taming of Malcolm Grant (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4) by Paula Quinn

 

Malcolm and his brother Cailean head to a brothel so that Caileen (age 21) can finally lose his virginity. Malcolm is quite familiar with the brothel as he and the owner, Harry Grey, once saved each others lives. When the two men arrive, almost immediately, Cailean has his eye on a red-headed beauty named Alison. Unfortunately she’s already spoken for for the night by a man from the Winther family. Unfortunately the man, Andrew Winther, treats Alison very poorly and Cailean takes offense. He throws the man out of the brothel but Harry is concerned as Andrew is the brother of the Baron of Newcastle and the Baron is a very vindictive and violent man. He had a right to be worried as Andrew returns that same night and brings extra men with him. After a fight Andrew is dead and Malcolm and Cailean are fighting for their lives.

Emmaline Grey, Harry’s sister, has been staying with her brother for a short time. She found him after many years – years that he thought she was dead. She is blind from the fever that Harry thought killed her but she’s smart and an independent person. She knows her herbs and loves healing – it comes second nature to her. She takes care of Cailean and Malcolm and she saves their lives. The women of the brothel speak of Malcolm’s beauty but Emma only sees the inside of the man and what she sees she starts to fall in love with.

Harry won’t let Malcolm and Emma spend time together as he believes Malcolm is the man that he was many years ago. Malcolm has changed however and in that changing has become a better man. He doesn’t believe in love – the love the men in the family spout on and on about – until it happens to him.

I started reading about the MacGregor’s and way back in 2007. I got distracted and didn’t end up finishing the series so I haven’t read a Quinn novel since 2011! This the 4th book in this part of the series but when I saw the blurb for this book I was enthralled by the idea of Emmaline being blind and snapped it up. Quinn didn’t disappoint. The story had all of the interesting and exciting elements I remember Quinn’s novels having and it was a very good book. I certainly didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not reading books 1-3 in this part of the series.

Emmaline was amazing. She was written so well and I loved almost everything about her. She was blind but certainly not stupid so saw underneath the skin of just about everyone. She knew by the tone of voice when the other women in the brothel were being mean or condescending. She tried to stay out of their way but when they kept going to visit Malcolm (while he was fighting for his life) she couldn’t completely avoid them. She loved healing but the woman who had taught her everything she knew had been accused of being a witch and was killed for it. This was a fear for Emma – that the same thing would happen to her – but Malcolm soon put her mind at ease. She was skilled and not afraid to use all of her knowledge to help anyone who needed it. Emma was just an awesome heroine and I loved reading about her.

Malcolm wasn’t too bad either for that matter. It broke my heart that he honestly believed that he was almost empty inside and not capable of love. He gave it with such vigor to his family so to not be able to give it to a woman confused him. Meeting Emma was one of the best things to happen to the man and he wasn’t afraid to finally show a woman his feelings. He treated her with honor and watching them together warmed my heart.

Overall this was a wonderful book and one I definitely recommend. Cailean’s story is next and since his part of Malcolm’s book ended in tragedy I’m looking forward to seeing who Quinn comes up with for him to love.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Forever Publishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 24, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 12 Comments

It was a pretty quiet week this week until we got to Saturday.  Apparently on Friday my father had taken my girls to a local drug store for some ice cream and while they were wandering while eating it they happened upon a pet supply.  In the pet supply they happened to have a 3 month old kitten that was a rescue that they were trying to find a home for.  After many hours of my girls bugging the ever-livin crap outta me…we are now officially cat people.  Yes, I caved – especially when I saw the kitten and saw how cute she is.  We brought her home on Saturday morning and so far so good.  The girls named her Echo and she’s incredibly sweet and lovable…and litter box trained (that was a must before I even said yes. lol)  Here are a couple of pictures.  They don’t really do her justice but they’re what I’ve got.  I think she’s camera shy because every time I try to take an up close picture she turns her head. 🙂

Besides that – a pretty quiet week. lol

On to what I read:

I started off the week with a romantic suspense novel called She Can Run by Melinda Leigh.  This story was about a woman who is running from her husband (for many reasons) and trying to protect her kids.  She takes a position as a caretaker at a home and falls in love with its owner.  You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Next was a novella called A Waltz at Midnight by Crista McHugh.  I normally don’t read books so very far in advance (ok, sometimes I do) but this one just spoke to me when I got it from Netgalley.  It comes out at the end of February from Carina Press.  The story is about a man who starts writing a woman that his father wants him to marry.  The woman is in love with someone else so her maid writes the man intending to dissuade him from writing again. Not only doesn’t she dissuade him but they end up corresponding.  The problem is, he thinks she’s someone else.  It was a really good story.   I’ll post my review next month. 4 out of 5

Buckle Down by Eve Cassidy was the story of Ty who has a police record who has moved to help his brother start the rodeo that he purchased.  He is attracted to Dane the sheriff but the sheriff thinks that Ty had something to do with a local robbery.  The story of the two men being attracted to each other when they were so opposite was compelling but the sheriff thinking that Ty had something to do with the robbery with absolutely NO supporting evidence really drove me a bit nuts.  Ty knew he was innocent so he took it with a grain of salt but STILL. Ug.  In the end it was a bit too pat for me as it all got worked out. 3 out of 5

Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn was my next read and I read this one for The Book Binge.  A great story that wove political intrigue (back in the 1600’s) and romance really did it for me.  The heroine drove me crazy at first and I almost stopped reading but in the end the book ended up being really good.  The hero, Connor and heroine, Mairi had fallen in love and promised to each other but then Connor went off to fight for England.  Feeling betrayed Mairi started to hate Connor and though he wrote and begged her to come to him she refused.  Now she’s in England for a coronation and they see each other after 7 years’ separation.  Love blossoms once again (after a bit of viper biting on the heroine’s part) and all seems well – until the King and Queen get involved. 4 out of 5 You can read my review here.

She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath was my next read.  This one I really liked – you can read my review on Wednesday.

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Enforcer by Lauren Dane.  I can’t tell you how long I’ve had the Cascadia Wolves series and haven’t read it.  Shame on me.  Lex is watching Nina in hopes that her brother, Rey, will surface.  Rey is a werewolf and ran when some bad shit went down.  Nina and Lex end up together but Nina has to deal with some weird werewolf rituals and she’s not all that pleased with it.  I really liked Lex and his brother, the Alpha, Cade.  I liked the supporting characters the story.  I really had a problem with Nina’s mouth.  Yes, she was incredibly strong and intelligent and she distrusted werewolves on principle…but, she was so forthright that there were times I just wanted to tape her mouth shut! lol  3 out of 5

Next up was Safe Harbor by Derek Adams. This story was about Mike Vickers who had his life planned out after high school when he gets sideswiped by the fact that his ex-girlfriend finds herself pregnant with his daughter.  During the summer he meets Eric who is an artist and though they come from different backgrounds they form a friendship.  That friendship turns into becoming lovers but when they are discovered by guys in Mike’s high school he turns on Eric as well.  10 Years later Mike and Eric meet again and try to form a relationship.  I liked the premise of the story but I just didn’t get to see the two men reconnecting as much as I would have liked.  Yes, we get to see some but not enough imho.  I loved the daughter in this one.  3 out of 5

How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes was next up and it was a historical romance about a woman who had her heart broken and bounced back.  I’ll post my review for this later this week.

Last for the week was Reluctant by Lauren Dane.  This was a short about Lex and Cade’s sister Layla.  She heads out for the night to have some fun and ends up with a mate that she doesn’t want.  Not that she doesn’t want Sid himself but she has a plan for herself professionally and it certainly doesn’t include a mate.  The story of Layla coming to terms with having a mate was pretty good.  I will definitely keep reading the Cascadia wolves. 3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Posted January 23, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Tracy’s review of Tamed by a Highlander (Children of the Mist #3) by Paula Quinn

A LOVER’S PROMISE

Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king’s army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary-both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he’s never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.

A LADY’S DESTINY

The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance, she journeys to London in search of information . . . only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she’d never trust again. Though Mairi’s body still craves Connor’s touch, she can’t forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor-even if it means losing her heart to him again.

Mairi MacGregor is in England for King James’s coronation. She wants to leave before Connor Grant returns because the last thing she wants to do is see the man she one loved again. She hates the man with a passion for betraying her love when she was but 15 years old.

Connor has loved Mairi for what seems his whole life. When he left the Highlands he begged Mairi to leave with him but she refused. His many letters home still begged but all Mairi told him was to never come back. Heartbroken Connor threw himself into his service to the king and tried to live the best he could. Now that he’s seen his one and only love once again he wants nothing more than to be with her in every sense of the word. But loves path never runs easy and they end up having more obstacles than ever to be together.

I have really liked all of Paula Quinn’s books and once I open them I never have a problem getting right into the stories and wanting more, more, more. This book was not like that. Mairi made me want to dive through the pages, slap her upside the head and do her some damage for being such a pig-headed woman. I seriously considered putting the book down and not picking it back up. As I was putting the book down I argued with myself. I thought – you know, Quinn hasn’t ever let me down before, maybe I should give the book more time (granted I was already 100 pages in but whatever). I decided to keep reading and let me say that I’m glad I did.

Mairi felt betrayed by Connor. They had sworn there love for each other and then he went off and left her. I understand how she might be heartbroken but she was so stubborn she never had faith in Connor and told him to just never come home. Connor wanted to make Mairi happy and so stayed away – in the meantime making himself miserable. Mairi’s heartbreak turned to hate over the years and this is what really got me. I understand heartbreak and loneliness and feeling betrayed but for that to turn so strongly in to what she considered hate was just beyond me. Dislike the guy? Sure. But hate? IDK it just didn’t set well with me. Now Mairi truly didn’t hate him but if Connor hadn’t decided that enough was enough she might have gone through her life being a miserable sod.

Connor was a romantic. He was just a big beefy guy that had the equivalent of hearts and rainbows coming out of every orifice but damn, it worked for him. I think what I loved most about him was that he loved everything about Mairi, despite her surliness. In fact when she was a spitfire it made him smile. He didn’t like her fighting but what man wants to see the woman he loves hurt in a battle? None I know.

During all of the romance there was some political intrigue going on and while my knowledge of English royalty is kinda sketchy I was able to follow along just fine. (Luckily I was a bit familiar with King James and his issues). The romance is definitely the key in this book even with the politics swimming around in the background. Connor and Mairi had a tough road but it all worked in the end. I really liked the book and would definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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This book is available from ForeverPublishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Posted August 31, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments


Tracy’s review of Seduced by a Highlander (Children of the Mist #2) by Paula Quinn.

Sins that can’t be forgiven

Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tongued seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he’s dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king’s court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan’s greatest enemies.

Passion that can’t be denied

Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She’s horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel’s body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she’s sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?

Tristan MacGregor was raised by his father but spent summers with his uncle. That uncle taught him love, honor and honesty. When Tristan’s uncle is killed by the Fergusson’s, and Tristan feels that it is his fault, he turns his back on everything he had been taught and come to believe in. When he meets Isobel, Tristan sees someone who makes him want to be his old self. The man he was before he crushed it beneath a façade of seduction and indifference. Tristan sets out to seek Isobel’s favor but he’s not sure he can ever get it.

Isobel Fergusson is beside herself when she finds out that the man she met in the king’s private garden is part of the family who she has loathed, and feared, for years. When Tristan shows up at her families home and tries to win not only her favor but the friendship of her brothers she is beside herself. Her sharp tongue and hatred go far in keeping Tristan at arms length. But after a time Isobel begins to see Tristan for who he really is and she begins to not only like him, but love him.

This is a wonderful story of family loyalty, feuding, honor and justice. The story is told in such a way that you feel the pain and anguish that both the MacGregor’s and the Fergusson’s feel from the losses that they have suffered. Ms. Quinn tells a great tale and my heart truly ached for the two families.

I liked Tristan a lot. We didn’t get to personally see too much about his antics prior to meeting Isobel, but we heard about them and they were plentiful in mischief as well as seduction. I liked the fact that the author didn’t have use a huge portion of the book to prove to us that he was a rogue. Even without a huge background on him you could tell, even with his past that he was a good person. He cared about people and yes, small children and animals as well. lol But he was still a strong male who could fight with the best of them. My kind of hero.

Isobel had a mouth on her that just wouldn’t quit! She made me laugh on more than one occasion in the book when she would spout something off to Tristan of one of her many brothers. She was a strong female but you could see the love she had for her family, and yes, she could be softer at time – but never weak.

Although the title makes you think that Tristan is just trying to get Isobel into bed, which even he may think is his goal at first, the true seducer is actually his honor and goodness.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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This book is available from Forever. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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