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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
 
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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.

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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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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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Book Review: Caelen’s Wife: A Whisper of Fate, Book 2 (The Clan McDunnah Series) by Suzan Tisdale

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Author:  Suzan Tisdale
Published: 
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Series:  The Clan McDunnah, Book 2
Pages: 
137 Pages
Format:  Kindle Book

Will Clan McPherson ever know peace again?

Long ago, Fiona McPherson made a sacred vow to never let her clan fall or be absorbed into. Honor will not allow her to break her oath. Devastated she leaves Caelen McDunnah heartbroken on the stairs of his keep — turning away from the only man she has ever truly loved. Still, she is determined to prove that Caelen is not behind the attacks.


Will Caelen McDunnah’s heart ever know peace again?


Wrongly accused, Caelen enlists the help of Angus McKenna, chief of the Clan MacDougall. Spies are sent far and wide to help uncover the truth. Undeterred by Fiona’s belief that they can never be together, Caelen must find a way to make Fiona his wife.


Will Fiona choose her clan over Caelen?

 

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‘A Whisper of Fate’ is the second book in the McDunnah Series, and it picks up right where the first one left off.  This second book begins with a kiss, and a giggle (from me) as Fiona declares, “Me womanly parts be broken!”  You will have to read the book to see why.

Fiona has to make a choice, will she choose Caelen, or her clan.  Caelen gets Fiona’s answer when awakens and she is no where to be seen.  He refuses to let go of the hope that she will so day be his wife.  So he sets off to get a assistance from a neighboring clan in helping find out who is responsible for the raids, and deaths on Fiona‘s land.

This second book was full of action, a little bit of mystery and romance.  I found myself laughing out loud in a few scenes.  I enjoy a little humor with my romance!  If you found yourself a little disappointed when the first in the series ended, this one will more than make up for that.

There are a few questions answered, and a few left unanswered.  You will not be disappointed in the ending.  I am looking forward to the third book in the series:  A Breath of Promise, which will be out on March 24th.  I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical romance, and a wonderful story.

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5/ 5 Hearts


Kissing- Contains a few heavy kisses
Sexual Content- Closed door sex
Cursing-Very few, if any



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Warrior and the Wanderer by Elizabeth Holcombe- Review, Spotlight & Excerpt

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Title– Warrior and the Wanderer
Author– Elizabeth Holcombe
Genre– Scottish historical romance/time travel
Publication Date– December 23, 2014
Length– 249 pages
Publisher–  Amazon Kindle
Cover Artist– Fiona Jayde Media Designs

Book Synopsis

An impossible adventure. A fierce, undeniable desire.

Infamous Scottish bad boy, Ian MacLean, takes a road trip to sort out his mess of a life and lands five hundred years in the past. He is taken hostage into what he is certain is a band of extreme Highland role players. The only bright light in this strange situation is his insanely beautiful warrior-princess captor who wields her claymore as well as her fiery feral charms.

To gain a strong ally for her clan, flame-haired Bess Campbell reluctantly married a powerful Highland chief who had no intentions of uniting the clans. After murdering her clan chief, he chains her to a rock condemning her to die in the rising tide, until a strangely dressed but startlingly handsome man emerges from the waves like a mythical selkie and rescues her. Bess learns her most odd savior has the same name as her murdering husband—MacLean—and makes him her prisoner.

Fearing she may have captured a madman, Bess forces Ian to journey through Scotland chasing down a killer. She finds Ian’s strange ways oddly endearing and uncommonly useful to her quest for revenge. Ian struggles to find a way back to his time, while being pulled deeper into his role in the past and his undeniable attraction for the fiery Highland warrior princess, Bess Campbell.

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Warrior and the Wanderer is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Holcombe, but it will not be the last.  I love a good time travel romance, and this one did not disappoint me.

Ian MacLean is used to getting what he wants by using his voice.  He is tall, good looking, and a very talented singer, and has the fame to prove it, at least he did.  One minute he was driving on a road in Nevada, in 2014, and the next he was slammed into a body of water in Western Scotland, year 1512.

Bess Campbell was saved from a most certain death, by a man that dropped out of the sky.  The tables turn, and Ian MacLean is now her prisoner.  Beth assumes that Ian is kin to lying, murdering husband just because he shares the same last name.  She needs him to testify on her behalf, so she can rule her clan as laird, and rid them all of the ‘devil disguised as a man’.

The first 50 pages of this book were a little slow to me, but after that the plot picked up and took off running.  I love the fact that this Time Travel Romance differs in the fact that it is a man being sent back in time, and not a woman.  I also applaud the author for the way she had him travel back in time.  That was different too! 
The attraction between Bess and Ian was fun to readHe made his feelings for her plain, and she fought her attraction every step of the way (for a while).  The conversations between the characters kept me entertained, as did the plot.  It hummed right along, and was filled with action, and a little of the unknown. 
I especially love how the story ended.  The author has done a wonderful job with this book.  She changed it up a bit, and it wasn’t just your regular ole time travel, and that is a very good thing!
 
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Time Travel Romances, and that is looking for one that’s a little different.  You can not go wrong with this one.
 
Cursing: there is a few, like shit and damn.
Sexual Scenes:  kissing, sexual scenes, but not vulgar or explicit.
 
Happy Reading!

 


She knelt at his feet and began smoothing the plaid across the cold stone floor, felt him watching her every move. “Ye’d best pay close attention,” she said, “because I’m no’ gonnae do this for ye again.”

“Too humiliating?”

“Should be humiliating for ye, to have me show ye how to properly dress yourself.” “Actually, I find it charming, in a weird sort of way.”

Bess ignored the last comment and folded the bottom third of the plaid into thick pleats. She slipped the rope under them.

“Lay on the plaid,” she said. “Place yer waist at the rope in case ye’ve forgotten.” “Oh, yer sarcasm tears me apart, Blaze.”

“If it would help to tear down yer arrogance then we’d be better served, and stop calling me Blaze.” He grimaced as he folded his body down to kneel beside her.

“Your wound…,” she began.

“Is nothing,” he said behind clenched teeth as he lowered his body on top of the plaid.

He rested supine before her. Bess drew in a deep breath. She hovered over him, grasped the ends on the rope in her fists, tied it about his waist, and then adjusted the pleats under the belt.

Ian moaned from far back in his throat. Perspiration glistened across his forehead.

“Ye claim your wound is nothing, d’ye?” she chided, loosening the rope belt. Ian gave her a small forced smile.

She continued to dress him. Her fingers smoothed the wool over his hard waist, over his lean hips, and down the ridge of muscle on his thighs. Feigning indifference was the most difficult part of her task.

“Ye may stand now,” she said. “I’ll help ye.”

“No thanks,” he said struggling to sit up, “you’ve done quite enough.”

She ignored his protest.

“Bursting your stitches is no’ a sign of bravery, ’tis a sign of stupidity.” She took up his left arm and placed it over her shoulders. “Stand with me.”

“I can do it on my own,” he said.

“Ye’re just another arrogant bastard, a typical MacLean,” she said helping him anyway.

“Have you ever thought that all MacLean’s aren’t forged from the same iron as your husband?” he asked.

“Ye betrayed my trust, so aye, I do think all MacLean’s are alike,” she said.

“But what sort of man would I be if I didn’t try to escape?” he asked.

She paused. He had her there. Of course she expected he would try to escape. That was why she had chained and tied him up in the first place.

Ian on his feet, Bess took a step backward. She could not help but allow her gaze to fall down the long length of his body and discovered her task was not complete.

She bent down, and scooped up the rest of the plaid dangling from his waist and tossed it over his shoulder. He remained silent, a blessing, as she tucked the end of the plaid under the rope belt. Task done, Bess surveyed Ian, and her knees suddenly weakened.

Dear God, she thought, he’s the Highlander of my dreams, of my heart. He is the one who could make love possible, if he wasnae so arrogant and odd, and I wasnae so bound to my clan. If ‘twas another time…


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About Elizabeth Holcombe

Elizabeth Holcombe’s background includes Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts and Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in her hometown of Richmond. She has taught elementary school and adult education courses on architecture in Rochester, Minnesota, and then worked as a fine arts museum registrar at the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan.

Although she’s been writing since age ten, it wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began penning book-length fiction. A past president of Washington Romance Writers, Elizabeth has also organized two highly successful seminars on romance for The Smithsonian Associates.

Elizabeth’s first published Scottish romance novel, Heaven and the Heather (originally published by Berkley/Jove of

Penguin Putnam), was a finalist for Best Historical Romance in the Holt Medallion, nominated by Romantic Times

Reviewer’s Choice for Best First Historical Romance and the Dorothy Parker Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Elizabeth lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and son. She is also the proud owner of Dime Store Chic, ranked in the top 50 for vintage shops on Etsy.com. When not writing or crafting her mixed media creations, Elizabeth frequents local estate sales and flea markets.

 

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How I Fly & How I Fall by Anne Elliot- Book Tour- Review & Giveaway




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How I Fall by Anne Eliot

Series:  Yes, Book 1
Published: 
June 14, 2014/ Butterfly Books, LLC
Pages: 
369
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WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?


Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.


WHAT IF YOU COULDN’T RESIST?


But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.

WHAT IF YOU KISS?

What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, but… 

WHAT IF YOU HURT HER?

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How I Fall is the first book I have read by Anne Elliot, and it was a real treat.  Young Adult books are not my usual read, but I do enjoy some of them.  It all depends on the blurb on the back.

How I Fall is about a 16 year old girl, Ellen, who has Cerebral Palsy, and how she deals with all that goes along with that, high school, friends and first love.  Ellen, is not your typical teenager.  She tries to be, but sometime her CP gets in the way.  She is constantly tripping and falling down, thanks to one weak arm and one leg that sometimes does not cooperate with her brain.

I adored Ellen!  She was strong, brave and funny.  She had this constant dialog in her head about every situation she was put in.  Yes, she talked to herself, which to me made her character stronger.  I could just picture her in my head, and hear what her voice sounded like.  She has had a crush on Cam Campbell for as long as she could remember.  She thinks that he doesn’t notice her, after all he is a star football player, popular, and could have any girl he wanted.  What Ellen doesn’t realize is that he wants her!

Cam is a star football player, smart, over 6 foot tall, and is in love with Ellen Foster.  I liked Cam for many reasons.  The main reason being is that he genuinely cared for Ellen, and wanted to protect her.  He took up for her, when the kids at school teased and laughed at her constant falling.  He took up for when his parents were talking about her and calling her ‘the handicapped girl’.  

I did not like Cam’s parents.  I wanted to actually whack them a few times.  What grown person is constantly putting down another child, especially a partially handicapped child that they don’t really know.  It really irked me that his mother was constantly talking about Ellen like she wanted to have CP.  

I enjoyed how Ellen and Cam’s friendship blooms into love.  It was sweet.  I enjoyed the secondary characters of Patrick, Ellen’s best friend, and Laura the new girl at school.  Besides Ellen, Laura was a favorite of mine.  She is from Ireland, funny, friendly, and a little quirky.  I would have loved to have had a friend like that.  She was always looking at the bright side of things.  She brought Ellen out of her shell, even if that did involve a lot of glitter.

How I Fall is very well written.  The story held my interest right up to the very end.  You are left with a little cliffhanger at the very end, but then the book will pick back up in the next one, How I Fly, in the series.  I will defiantly be reading the next book in the series, and anything else that Anne Elliot writes.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sweet, teen romance.  

Kissing:  light kissing
Sexual Content:  None
Cursing:  A few, but nothing vulgar

How I Fly by Anne Elliot
 
Series:  How I Fly, Book 2
Published: 
January 2, 2015/ Butterfly Books, LLC
Pages: 
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WHAT IF IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON…?

Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past.

WHAT IF IT ALL GOES PERFECTLY…?

Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly…
WHAT IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT…?

When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends?

WHAT IF…?
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I am not quit done with this one, but I will be soon, and will add my review here when finished.  I did not think it would be fair to write a review til then.  So far it is excellent! 

 

About Author Anne Eliot 

Anne Eliot is the author of the, How I Fall/How I Fly two book series, and bestselling, young adult teen issue romances, Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she’s devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves.

Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, two teens of her own whom she adores (an some teens near and far thanks to hosting many exchange students) who are all growing up too fast.

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Highland Storm (Guardians of Scotland, Book 2) by Victoria Zak- Review & Book Tour

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Title:  Highland Storm
Series:  Guardians of Scotland, Book 2
Author:  Victoria Zak
Genre: Scottish historical Romance/ Fantasy
Publication Date:  Jan 13, 2015
Length: 234 Pages/ 384 KB
Cover Design: JAB Designs

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A long forgotten Ancient kingdom has been awakened and threatens to change the Dragonkine world forever.

Can passion weather the dragon’s storm?

The only true pleasures in life Conall Hamilton yearned for were to marry a good woman, raise a family, and hide away into seclusion to live a normal life away from battle and war, not an easy task for the Dragonkine warrior and Clan Douglas’s second in command. Assigned to investigate an allied clan, he vows upon his return to marry his love, Effie. That’s until the Dragonkine warrior finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit, murder. Imprisoned, he must find a way to escape not only to save his own life but to save the life of the woman he loves.

In time the past will catch up with you…

Effie Douglas is a survivor. Though not born a Douglas, Effie leaves her old life behind to seek safety within Clan Douglas. For five years Conall Hamilton has been her secret lover and savior, helping her pick up the pieces of her damaged past. Hiding the true nature of their relationship from their clan had become a burden for the red-headed lass and now she desires more. She wants Conall’s name. When Effie is summoned home, she is plagued with unwanted memories, treachery, and new found information that will change her life forever. Will Effie have the courage and strength to weather the storm that rages around her?

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Highland Burn by Victoria Zak is the 2nd book in the ‘Guardians of Scotland’ series.  It is also the second book that the author has written.  I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed, Highland Burn, the first one in the series.  The cover of this book it hot!

Conall Hamilton is a storm dragon, and able to shift into his dragon at will.  He is a strong, fierce warrior.  He is also afraid to love again since his wife died, but that changes whenever he is around Effie.  

Effie has been living among his clan for 5 years now.  When she arrived 5 years ago, she had been beaten and battered.  Sharing what happened only with one person.   Conall and Effie have developed a special relationship, one as lovers and as friends.  Effie loves Conall, and is determined that Conall is going to make an honest woman at of her, or else.

I am glad that Effie and Conall have gotten their own story.  They are perfect together.  They have one thing in common, they are willing to protect each other at all cost!   Victoria did a wonderful job with writing Effie and Conall’s story.  The story line moved a long smoothly, and at a steady pace.  I was not bored for one second.

I am also glad that Victoria showed us more dragon action in this book.  The Dragonkine warriors are like brothers, and they help each other if the need arises.  In this book it did, and there wasn’t a dull moment.  I love the chemistry between Conall and Effie.  There are several steamy moments in this book, but they were done in a tasteful (yet hot) way.  

Victoria Zak has a way with words, and I can’t wait for the third book in the series.  There are a few questions left unanswered in this book, but I am sure we will get the answers in the 3rd one.  I recommend this book to anyone that loves historical romance, and has a need for a dragon! 

 

AUTHOR BIO

Growing up in the sister city to Stirling, Scotland, Sottish flare was abundant throughout Dunedin. From her High School band to the annual Highland Games that took place right across the street from her childhood home, the bagpipes beckoned her toward her calling. It seemed only natural for Victoria Zak to want to write in the Scottish historical romance genre. Add to the fact, she was also a paranormal romance junkie, there was no doubt that her influences would be the driving force behind her stories.

Although, she never sought out a writing career, her desire for the written word grew the more she read. Her love for Scotland, curiosity of history, and passion for romance has inspired her to write her first book, Highland Burn. The Guardians of Scotland series continues this winter with Highland Storm.

Now, Victoria Zak lives in the sunshine state with her husband, two beautiful children, and three furry friends. Living in paradise, being a stay at home, and to be able to share her stories has been a blessing.

Victoria loves to hear from her readers. You can connect with her through FB, Twitter, G+, and her website, www.victoriazalromance.com.

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