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Guest Review: What a Lass Wants by Rowan Keats

Posted May 20, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: What a Lass Wants by Rowan KeatsReviewer: Tracy
What a Lass Wants by Rowan Keats
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
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four-stars

In the Highlands of Scotland, danger and desire can be found anywhere—but finding them may lead to something much more perilous and passionate than anyone can handle.

Lady-in-waiting Caitrina de Montfort is in a terrible bind. With her sister held captive by a henchman of Edward Longshanks, she has been forced to spy on the dowager queen of Scotland. But the resourceful young noblewoman has a plan to set her sister free—until the arrival of a charming but steely-eyed courtier ruins everything.

Bran MacLean has made his living by his wits for most of his life. After stealing a valuable treasure, he evades pursuit by donning a disguise and joining the queen's retinue. All goes well until the lovely Caitrina pilfers his loot and demands his aid in rescuing her sister. But their enemy is ruthless—and they soon find themselves facing a desperate choice between love and survival...

Tracy’s review of What a Lass Wants (Claimed by the Highlander #4) by Rowan Keats

Caitrina de Montfort is in a bit of a pickle. She has been recruited – under duress – into working for Edwards Longshanks and giving information to his henchman, Giric, about Queen Yolande of Scotland. She doesn’t want to, as she’s a Scot and giving the English secrets goes against everything she believes in, but they have her 15 year old sister held captive and she’s not sure what to do. Now not only is Giric demanding secrets, he wants Caitrina to actually steal the queen’s baby once she has it! Caitrina’s at her wits end until the new Marshal shows up at the manor where the queen and her entourage are staying.

Bran McLean is a thief. He’s not a man who has taken to stealing just to feed a family – he was pretty much raised to be one and he kind of enjoys what he does. He’s not always proud of the choices he makes when doing it but he soon manages to quiet his conscience. When the story begins he is riding to get away from the MacCurrans because he has stolen a crown that is precious to them. He decides to hide out and ends up playing the part of Giles Gordon, the new Marshal. He manages to pull it off without anyone the wiser until he decides that the manor is not a good hiding place for the crown decides to store it someplace other than his room in the manor. Caitrina happens to find it and deduces exactly what Marshal Gordon is – a fraud.

Caitrina then uses the crown as leverage to get Bran to help her with her sister. He agrees but knows that once he completes his initial task there will be more and more that Caitrina wants from him. As time passes, however, Bran finds that he loves being around Caitrina. Though he finds her a bit deluded as to what type of man he is, he also discovers that he wishes he were a better man so that they could be together.

What a Lass Wants was a different kind of story as we have a thief and a lady’s maid falling in love. It was unusual because Bran wasn’t really hero material when the book started and even throughout he wasn’t necessarily happy with the help he was giving Caitrina. That didn’t stop him from trying to be all that she wanted him to be. They fell in love even though the odds were stacked against them, knowing that they could never be together. I loved that neither actually expected an HEA. Though it was sad, to say the least, it was lovely to read about the love between the two of them.

Caitrina was a strong woman, no doubt about it and she played off of Bran’s character perfectly. The two were kind of a yin and yang despite their many differences. The story of an underdog like Bran coming into his own and liking the person he could be was definitely intriguing and quite entertaining.

I’ve really enjoyed Keats’ writing and this series so much. I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Signet. 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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Guest Review: To Kiss a Kilted Warrior by Rowan Keats

Posted December 16, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: To Kiss a Kilted Warrior by Rowan KeatsReviewer: Tracy
To Kiss a Kilted Warrior by Rowan Keats
Series: Claimed by the Highlander #3
Also in this series: When a Laird Takes a Lady
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: December 2nd 2014
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four-stars

Shunned by her village, weaver Morag Cameron lives a solitary existence in the woods—until the night she finds a sorely wounded Highlander by the loch. Under her care, the handsome warrior slowly recovers his strength, but his memories have disappeared. Morag is torn. For if she helps him regain his past, she may sacrifice a life with the man she has come to love...

Wulf MacCurran wants nothing more than to claim Morag as his own, but his past holds too many dangerous secrets—secrets that put them both in mortal danger. He must discover who attacked him and left him for dead. Traveling to Edinburgh, Wulf and Morag find themselves swept into a mystery with the power to determine the fate of their passions—and change Scotland forever...

 

Tracy’s review of To Kiss a Kilted Warrior (Claimed by the Highlander #3) by Rowan Keats

Morag has no desire to travel with Wulf to Edinburgh but he’s worried for her safety so she finally relents. They go under the guise of selling her cloth which she weaves but things don’t exactly go their way. The person they enlist to help them instead shares their whereabouts with the one man they are seeking. This wreaks havoc with their plans and soon Morag and Wulf are fighting to stay free and together as well as fighting for their lives.

Morag believes that even if Wulf says he loves her that he will eventually leave her. She has been shunned as a harlot and he is cousin to the Laird. She knows that their time together is short but she wants to make the most of it that she can. Wulf knows that he loves Morag and no matter what happens he WILL be with her.

I really enjoyed this third installment in the Claimed by the Highlander series. It was a sad story at times but as everything worked out in the end it was all good.

I loved Morag and Wulf together. I thought that the pair were both incredibly stubborn and that made their pairing all the better. They were each willing to fight for what they wanted. Morag was an incredibly strong woman after all that she’d been through and I admired her inner strength. Wulf had been dealt a hard blow by life but he hadn’t given up – even without his memories.
The intrigue in this story was quite good and I was happy to see things resolved for those involved.  I’ve really liked Keats’s writing in her first three books and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Signet. 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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Review: When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats

Posted May 2, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan KeatsReviewer: Tracy
When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats
Series: Claimed by the Highlander #2
Also in this series: To Kiss a Kilted Warrior
Published by Signet
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
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four-stars

Isabail Grant has had to be strong all her life. Over the years, she has lost everyone close to her, and now she’s seeking justice for her brother’s murder. But en route to Edinburgh to petition the king, she is kidnapped by a fierce warrior—and is shocked to find herself irresistibly drawn to her captor.

Aiden MacCurran is an outlaw. The laird of a small clan, he’s been falsely accused of killing the king’s courier and stealing the Crown’s property—and the key to clearing his name and redeeming his clan lies in Isabail’s memories. But Aiden and Isabail must first weather deceit and treachery before they can find the truth and claim the love that’s growing between them.

Isabail is on her way to Edinburgh when her party is attacked. Some of her guards are killed, some are left alive but the only ones that are taken are Isabail and her maid, Muirne. Isabail doesn’t have a clue as to why she’s been taken but soon discovers that the Laird wants information. He’s accused of stealing from the King and he and his people are run out of their homes – a ton of them killed. The Laird, Aiden MacCurran, wants the info that he feels sure that Isabail has so that he can get to the bottom of who actually stole the necklace, as he did not, and clear his name. He takes Isabail to the place that some of his people are staying and lets her know that as soon as she hands over the info he’ll let her go.

Isabail doesn’t believe that Aiden will let her go (she thinks he’ll kill her instead) and refuses to give him the info he seeks. A day or so after she’s kidnapped a man who used to be her deceased brother’s lover shows up. He asks her to search for the missing necklace and has her believing that maybe Aiden was the thief – except, he has honor and she’s torn as to who to believe. When matters come to a head she’s betrayed by someone she believed to be a friend and almost killed.

Rowan Keats certainly knows how to spin a story. She did a great job with WaLTaL and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Aiden and Isabail are perfect for each other and their interactions were mostly serious yet sexy. The romance in the story took a back seat to the intrigue but it was still wonderful. It seemed that neither Isabail nor Aiden were afraid to put themselves out there and their hearts on the line and it made for a very open and communicative relationship.

The intrigue was a bit confusing at times – especially in the begining – and I was sad that some of the story was left open-ended as Aiden never actually cleared his name. I would have loved to see that done but maybe the author has another story that will let us know what happened. Overall it was a good medieval romance.


Rating: 4 out of 5

Rowan Keats

four-stars


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What I Read Last Week

Posted April 28, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

It was a hot one in So. Cal last week, lemme tell ya.  Cooler in the mornings and then got up to the 80’s and even the 90’s.  Yikes.  It’s not even MAY!  This is NOT supposed to happen. lol  It makes me think we’re gonna have a viciously hot summer and frankly that’s not something I’m looking forward to.

It was a slow reading week for me as I had some lovely oldest daughter issues.  Aren’t teenage daughters fun?  Ugh. Not. If I could stop my 11 year old from getting any older I’d do it in half a heartbeat.  Who needs to age anyway. 🙂

I didn’t get much read but this is what I did read…

First up was What Happens in Ireland by Whitney K-E.  The story follows Australian Kate as she takes a job in Ireland.  She loves it there but she really enjoys her boss, Jack.  There are sparks flying all over the place and Jack pursues her persistently but Kate pushes him away.  She was burned by a previous relationship and isn’t willing to trust again.  She almost lets a good thing get away.  I liked this first novel by Whitney.  It was well written and nicely descriptive without overdoing it.  I didn’t really care for Kate holding back so much.  Jack did everything he could think of and Kate still wasn’t willing to budge.  I guess I thought she held out for way too long.   3.75 out of 5  (read for Book Binge)

Next up was When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats.  Scottish Laird kidnaps a woman who he believes has information that can lead to the clearing of his name.  He’s accused of stealing from the King and his clan has been kicked out of their home and off of their land – many killed.  Of course the pair fall in love but I really enjoyed the getting there.  4 out of 5

Survive to Dawn by PJ Schnyder is the third story in the London Undead series. This story is about werewolf medic Danny who gets involved with human scientist Deanna.  Deanna is there with a team to try and figure out a vaccination for the zombie virus as well as trying to find her twin sister.  She finds more than she thought she would and finds love as well.  This was cute and pretty entertaining.  The couple fell in love quite quickly, which is normal for this series, and that was ok but the romance didn’t have that extra spark the other books had.  3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Romancing the Runaway by Wendy Soliman was last for the week.  Miranda runs away from her guardian after he insists that she marry his odious son.  She tries to escape but almost dies from the cold.  She’s saved by the brother of a marquess and he ends up helping her in her quest to get her childhood home back.  It was a very cute story and I liked it a lot.  I did have an issue with Miranda at times as she was just 18 but acted like she was 14 at times.  Wanting to be independent but then acting rashly and immature instead.  Frustrating.  Still a good book. 3.75 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid

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Guest Review: Taming a Wild Scot by Rowan Keats

Posted December 10, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Taming a Wild ScotTracy’s review of Taming a Wild Scot by Rowan Keats

Wrongfully accused of murder and left to die in a hellish Highland dungeon, Ana Bisset has lost all hope of freedom. But the beautiful healer’s luck takes an unexpected turn when a hooded stranger appears as her rescuer. After a harrowing escape, Ana settles alone in a quiet village where no one knows her past or her reputation. The last thing she ever expects is to meet her mysterious savior again…

Niall MacCurran is no hero, but a warrior on a dangerous mission to expose a threat to the realm. After his decision to free Ana, he now realizes that it is he who needs her help—willing or no—to advance his quest. But his growing feelings for the delicate yet resilient beauty soon jeopardize their safety—and not even Ana’s healing gifts may be enough to protect their love, or their lives.

Ana Bisset is accused of murder. She didn’t kill anyone but that doesn’t stop her from being thrown into a dungeon and starved. Luck is with her though when someone comes to free the person in the next cell. That rescuer, Niall, makes a quick decision and frees Ana as well. He leaves her in the forest so that he can escape and Ana barely gets away from her accusers.

The story picks up 3 months later when Niall and his clan mates are in a village to try and retrieve a necklace that was stolen from them that will clear their family name and return their lands to them. Niall sees Ana and decides that she will be helping him in his mission. He acts like her long lost husband and this gains him entrance to the Baron’s manor house as he thought it would.

Ana is a healer but not just a normal one. She has special healing powers that she tries to hide from people. She knows that her time is short in the village she lives in but she must stay until the baron’s wife has given birth.

With Niall constantly on her heals, the local priest determined to make her see that she’s a sinner and the constant surveillance she and Niall are under, Ana’s about at her wits end. Niall makes things better with his body but even though they both believe it’s just sex the pair get closer and closer and Ana is soon falling in love. Niall tries to fight it until Ana is accused due to her magic and he has to make a decision between saving his family name or saving Ana’s life.

A great first novel by Rowan Keats, I must say. I found the beginning to be exciting and couldn’t put the book down. Ana made a great damsel in distress even though in truth she was a very strong female. She had been on her own for years and planned on staying that way. She really just wanted a place to call her own so that she could live her life and plant her garden. Unfortunately her healing powers made this a bit of an impossibility and tended to get her in trouble.

Niall’s story was a bit more complicated. I found the explanation of who had died in his family, and why to not be stated plainly and I had to go back a time or two to get it all down. Despite that the remainder of the story was quite clear even though we didn’t get a solid conclusion for either Niall’s or Ana’s stories. Niall was a bit of a bastard to Ana at first but I viewed him as a typical untrusting highlander. I really liked him despite his gruff exterior and loved seeing him giving in to Ana’s charms (even though she didn’t know she was putting them out there).

I thought the book on the whole had a good plot that seemed to merge both Ana’s and Niall’s stories. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series to see what happens next.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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This title is available from Signet. 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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