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Review: Highlander Mine by Juliette Miller

Posted January 26, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Deep in the lush Highlands, a powerful laird with everything to lose must risk it all for the lass who storms into his keep–and his heart.

Raised on the debauched margins of society, Amelia Taylor depends upon her quick wit and fiery spirit to survive. When danger closes in on her already precarious home, she flees into the Highlands and finds refuge in the iron-strong circle of Clan Mackenzie. There, her lack of propriety and intriguing beauty draw the attentions of their formidable leader. But to remain safe from pursuit, she must conceal her identity, even if it means deceiving Laird Knox Mackenzie.

A fiercely guarded and staunchly moral warrior, Knox never expected a ravishing stranger like Amelia to reawaken his desires. Yet as their heated confrontations unlock untold passion, temptation proves impossible to resist. So when Amelia’s tapestry of lies begins to unravel, the secrets from her dark past threaten both his Clan and a future they can only dare to dream of…

Amelia and her 9 year old nephew, Hamish, are on the run.  Her brother-in-law, who partly owns a gambling hall in Edinburgh is off making an illegal smuggling run and the man who has the controlling interest in the hall wants Amelia.  He’ll not take no for an answer and will rape her if she won’t comply.  He even goes so far as to threaten to harm Hamish which puts them on the run.  Amelia’s sister refuses to leave without her husband but so Amelia does what she has to do.   

Riding hay carts to get to the highlands the pair end up at a tavern where Amelia thinks she might find work until three noble ladies and their very large highlander guards enter the tavern.  Hamish is transfixed by the guards and when the ladies ask their story Hamish tells a tale of being accosted by bandits who then killed the driver of their carriage and their now searching the highlands on foot to find a cousin.  The ladies offer to take them to their keep so that their brother, the Laird, can help them find their cousin. 

When they arrive at the Kinloch Amelia is fascinated by the beauty of the area.  She feels she’s found paradise and never wants to leave – even though she knows she must.  The Laird, Knox, comes looking for her and when their eyes meet they are both smitten. 

After talking to both Amelia and Hamish Knox knows that their tale is far fetched but he puts out word about the cousin anyway.  During the next few weeks Knox and Amelia become closer and Hamish finds a place in the clan.  Amelia, who always wanted to be a teacher, starts to teach a couple of the clans children.  Amelia is in love with both Kinloch and Knox but she knows she must go back to Edinburgh to save her sister.  

This story had definite pros and cons for me. I really liked the story which I found to be sweet, sexy and intriguing.  I didn’t, however, care for the execution of the story.  

Miller has a way of writing that really took some getting used to. The inner thought and ruminations of Amelia (which were the only thoughts we got as this was 1st person POV) were in plentiful supply.  The dialogue was mostly broken up by thought.  One person would talk and then we’d get many paragraphs of thinking and then a reply – then the cycle would start again.  It was incredibly frustrating as, like I said, I really liked the story.  I wanted Amelia to just stop thinking for a while and have a regular conversation.  I think there was enough “regular” dialogue to keep me reading but only about a 1/4 of the time.  

I can’t remember the last time I read a historical romance where it was 1st person POV and I found that to be a hindrance to the overall love story.  I think having Knox’s POV would have added so much more to the book and I was disappointed that I didn’t get that.  

The characters in the book were great, I must say.  Knox was a wonderful man and fierce Laird.  Hamish was a fun and loving 9 year old boy.  I just wanted to hug the little thing time and again.  Knox’s family were interesting additions and the soldiers of Kinloch were also loyal and kind.  Amelia was a great aunt and sister as well as she would do anything for their safety and I loved that about her.  

Overall the story was a good one and one I’d recommend reading but with a warning that there is a plethora of inner thought that you have to wade through.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Juliette Miller

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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 20, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

Happy Monday!  I know it’s happy for me as I’m not working today (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the states) so that’s nice.  

The week was a weird one as I had shoulder and neck muscle spasms all week that were causing massive headaches.  I have no idea what caused the spasm, I just want it to go away now, thank you very much. lol  

Still getting ready for my daughters 16th b-day party.  It’s on Saturday, the 25th so I only have a few more days and then it will be here…and over! lol  Hopefully the next time I plan a sweet 16 party (in 5 years) it will be easier as I’ve done it before. crosses fingers

So on to what I read this past week:

I started off the week with the continuation of the YA series Pushing the Limits and read Dare You To by Katie McGarry.  This story was about Beth and Ryan.  Beth moves to live with her uncle who she has seen in years and she definitely has some animosity towards everyone.  Ryan is a guy who originally takes a dare to go out with her but then ends it when he finds he really likes her.  It was a fantastic story and I loved it.  You can read my full review here. 5 out of 5

Next up was Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews.  I have no idea why I didn’t get this book when it first came out but I finally got it and loved it.  Kate and Curran are off across the sea with a contingent of shifters to babysit a pregnant woman.  They know it’s a trap of some kind but they have no idea how huge of a trap it is until they arrive.  Things start to go a little weird with Curran but all is well in the end.  I loved the action in this one as well as the characters and the writing.  I laughed, I gasped, I cried – the story was just so good.  So good.  5 out of 5

Next up I read some freebies on Ilona Andrews website called An Ill-Advised Rescue parts 1 & 2.  This was Kate saving Samin from some kidnappers along with Derek and I liked both of them.  Part 1 got a 3.5 out of 5 and Part 2 a 4 out of 5

Another freebie story on Andrews’ site is A Questionable Client and this is the story of when Kate is hired to protect and meets Samin.  It’s an interesting chain of events and was really good as well. 4 out of 5

Bare Essentials by Jill Shalvis and Leslie Kelly are 2 companion novels (short novels) that are both in the same book.  The stories are about two cousins, Cassie and Kate, who each return to the hometown that looked down their noses at them when they were kids and now it’s time for revenge. I liked Kelly’s book more than Shalvis’.  I’ll post my review of this one next week.  Overall rating is 3.5 out of 5 

Highlander Mine by Juliette Miller was the first book that I’ve read by this author.  This about a girl and her nephew who escape an lowlife villain in Edinburgh and managed to be rescued by a group of Mackenzie clan.  Amelia and her nephew lie about their reasons for being stranded.  The laird knows their lying but can’t figure out what the reason behind it is.  This doesn’t stop the laird, Knox, from falling in love with Amelia.  I’ll post more in my review later this week. 3.5 out of 5

Last for the week was Believe by Erin McCarthy.  This story follows Robin as she meets Phoenix who just got out of jail after spending 5 months inside.  Robin has a secret she has to keep from her friends and Phoenix is the one to bring her out of her self imposed prison.  I’ll post my review for this one on Wed. 3.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Happy Reading!

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