Author Interview & Review: My Highland Bride (Highland Hearts, Book 2) by Maeve Greyson (Giveaway)

My Highland Bride
Highland Hearts, Book 2
by Maeve Greyson
Releasing August 25th, 2015
Published by Loveswept 
262 pages
Format:  Net Galley eBook
 
Book Blurb
 
Perfect for fans of the Highlander novels of Karen Marie Moning and Janet Chapman, Southern sass meets Highland heat in Maeve Greyson’s scintillating new Highland Hearts romance.
 
With bedroom eyes and racetrack curves, Kenna Sinclair seems like just another pretty Kentucky girl. But she can also read minds, erase memories, and jump through time—a skill set that comes in handy when her matchmaking granny sends her back to thirteenth-century Scotland on the pretext of visiting her older sister. When she encounters the clan’s womanizing man-at-arms, Kenna instantly knows the gorgeous Highlander has only one thing on his mind. She vows to steer clear of him, but after a single electrifying touch, she finds that playing hard to get won’t be quite so easy. . . .
 
Bewitched by the first lass who could ever resist him, Colum Garrison will do anything to prove his devotion, even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage—and swear off his chosen form of recreation until their wedding night. It’s a burden for a man of his thunderous appetite, but the sinful temptation is not his alone: Colum’s fetching bride-to-be is practically trembling with anticipation for a moment that can’t come soon enough. When she’s willing, Colum will be ready and waiting—with a love that lasts a lifetime.
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Me:  Could you please tell us a wee bit about yourself? 
MB:  Hmm…I never really know what to say when I’m asked about myself. You see—my characters are so much more interesting. I’m an introverted daydreaming animal lover who can often be found tiptoeing through the woods that make up our five acres, trying to catch a picture of the wild turkeys, the deer or the ground hog (his name is Hamish) that pilfer out of the bird feeders. I’m a mom and a ya-ya (grandma). I highly recommend grandchildren. Now, I get to be the beloved hero who supplies toys and candy and their parents get to be the bad guys!

Me:  What inspired you to write your first book?
MB:  I started writing short little bits of what-not when my mother’s health failed and she sorely needed an escape from reality. I never wrote a full length book until I was trying to pass the time while waiting for one of my favorite authors to release her next book. I love a good series but I have NO patience and I gobbled up the stories entirely too quickly back then—especially since that was well over twenty years ago when consecutive books in a series might release each year or two, if you were lucky. So, I busied myself with creating my own world in which to disappear.

Me:  How do you go about choosing names for your characters?
MB:  Baby name books and websites for unusual names helps. Usually, I’ll start writing the story before I choose a name and just put “xxx” throughout until my character tells me, “Hey! My name is ‘Chieftain MacSexy’…stop typing xxx!”

Me:  What kind of research did you do when writing the Highland Hearts Series?
MB:  I wandered, or actually re-lost myself, in all the photos I’d taken of my trip to Scotland several years ago. *sigh* Then I brushed up on the thirteenth century in the Highlands and made sure my Celtic and Wiccan reference books were still on my shelves. Sometimes I loan out my books and they don’t find their way back to me.

Me:  Do you have a favorite character from this book, or the Highland Hearts Series?  Which one, and why? 
MB:  I think Granny is my favorite. She’s fearless, loves her family fiercely and would battle heaven and earth to protect them and also to make them toe the line and do what she tells them to do. 

Me:  Do you currently have any works in progress, and if so, would you mind sharing a wee bit with us?
MB:  I’m in the process of editing book three of my Highland Hearts series with Loveswept, MY TEMPTING HIGHLANDER. I’m tweaking and finishing up book four of that series and several other stories are tussling in the back of my mind trying to see who wins the battle to be written next. Picture several brawny Highlanders elbowing each other out of the way while shouting, “Pick me, lass! I wanna be next!”

Me:  Where do you write?  
MB:  Most of the time, I write in my office until Jasper, my fourteen year old rat terrier / Chihuahua mix decides he’s tired of sleeping beside me in the chair and then we move the laptop to the couch. 

Me:  Do you have a daily schedule, or do you just write when the mood strikes? 
MB:  I have a full-time day job in addition to writing so I’m up by 2:30am or 3:00am to write and “stuff” before I go into work. Then I write in the evenings and on weekends. 

Me:  Is there a question you have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?  If so, what is the question, and what is the answer? 
MB:  Question: What would you want written on your headstone to describe you to future generations?
Answer: She was kind.

Me:  When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read?  
MB:  I love a great story, no matter the genre. I’ll read everything from fantasy, sci-fi and young adult adventure to regency romances. I’ve got three basic rules for books I read: 1. No animals better die or be hurt. 2. It has to have a happy ending. 3. No cliff-hangers. Cliff-hangers make me crazy.

Just for Fun
Me:  If time travel were possible, and you could travel back in time, where would you go, what time period?  Why?
MB:  Scotland, of course.  The Highlands.  And anywhere between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, because those were the centuries when he clans were strong and tradition ruled the Highlands.
 
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4/ 5 Hearts


My Highland Bride is the second book I have read by Maeve Greyson, and the second book in the Highland Hearts Series.  If you haven’t read the first book, My Highland Lover, I would suggest you read that one first.  You don’t have to, but I like to read series in order, that way I know who’s who.

I enjoyed reading this book.  It was fun, and entertaining.  I have to admit that at first it had me thinking, is that all these people ever think about is sex?  I have to admit though that if Colum was standing in front of me every second of the day, my mind (and body) may wonder there also.  

If you remember in the first book Trulie was sent back in time, because it was her turn (time) to find a husband.  In this second book it is Kenna’s turn, so when Granny calls her through the fire pit she knows she has to go.  Even if she doesn’t want to.  

When Kenna goes back in time to Scotland, the first person she sees if Colum.  He was sent their my Granny Sinclair to meet her grand daughter, and bring her safely back to the castle.  Colum’s first feeling when he sees Kenna, is one of pure lust.  He sets out to charm her, and when that doesn’t work with the headstrong Kenna he sets out to bed her.  After all it shouldn’t be to hard.  He’s a ladies man and has never had trouble getting a woman to come to his bed, and he has had many.

Kenna is not falling for any of it.  She knows what Colum is after, and his type.  She is in lust with him, but that soon changes into stronger feelings as time goes on.  He seems so determined to prove to her that he can change his womanizing ways.  Then a powerful chieftain from another clan sets his sights on Kenna too, and this is where all the fun begins.  This new chieftain is not at all what he appears to be.  Here is where a test of will, and love is set into motion.

This book was my favorite kind of read.  It takes place in Scotland, it’s historical, has time travel, paranormal elements, and is full of Highlanders.  The first 1/4 of the book moves a little slowly, then picks up and doesn’t stop right up to the very end.  

Maeve Greyson has given us some spunky, and no nonsense Sinclair women.  My favorite kind of heroine!  There were a few things in this story that caught me a tiny bit off guard, and that’s what kept it interesting.

My favorite character in this story is Granny Sinclair.  She is smart, cunning, strong, funny, and when she says something everyone does it.  She reminds me a little of granny from the Beverly Hillbillies.   I enjoyed Kenna’s character, she was also strong female lead, but I feel she gave in just a tad bit to easy.  Colum was a big teddy bear, and I just wanted to hug him.  He was also somewhat of a beast too, which made me like him all the more.

I gave this book 4 hearts, because the beginning just seemed to move a tad to slowly, but by the end I was ready to start reading book three.  We get a glimpse of the third book at the end.  It is going to be an exciting one, I would imagine.  

If you enjoy reading about Highlanders, time travel, paranormal activity, with a few laugh out loud scenes, then this book is for you.  

Happy Reading!

 

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*I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley on behalf of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All thought and opinions are my true, and my own.  
About Maeve Greyson
 
No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them. That’s been Maeve Greyson’s mantra since she was a girl. When she’s not at the full time day job at the steel mill, Maeve’s writing romances about sexy Highlanders and the women who tame them. Tucked away in a five acre wood, Maeve listens to the wind singing through the trees and hears her characters telling their stories. Her work is proofed by her sharp-eyed dog, Jasper, and her greatest supporter is her long suffering husband of over thirty-five years who’s learned not to throw away any odd sticky notes filled with strange phrases.
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4 Comments

  1. August 22, 2015    

    Thank you for hosting MY HIGHLAND BRIDE and Maeve!

  2. August 22, 2015    

    You're very welcome!

  3. August 26, 2015    

    Thank you for spotlighting MY HIGHLAND BRIDE! I'm so glad you enjoyed Kenna and Colum's story. 🙂

  4. August 26, 2015    

    I loved reading your answers for the interview. Thank you for writing such a wonderful series! I can't wait for the next one.

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