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Audio Book Review: Gallagher’s Pride: Gallagher’s of Montana Series (Book 1) by MK McClintock

Title:  Gallagher’s Pride

Author:  MK McClintock
Series:  Montana Gallagher Series
Narrated by:  Alan Phillip Ormond
Publisher/Date:  Trappers Peak Publishing/ November 12, 2014
Genre:  Historical/ Western Romance
Format:  Audible Audio Book
Length:  5 Hours 57 Minutes

Book Description

She was a on a quest of discovery. 
He was on a quest for revenge. 
Together they would discover a second chance.

Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn’t know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family.

As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn’t need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn’t need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.


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Gallagher’s Pride is the first book I have read by MK McClintock.  I purchase the Kindle book a few years ago, but just never got around to reading it.  I won the audio version a few months ago, and decided to give it a listen.  Gallagher’s Pride is one of those books that I wish I had read or listened to sooner.

I enjoyed the story immensely, and I loved the characters!  I enjoy watching westerns on television, but never thought I would enjoy reading or listening to one.  I think that may be why I put off reading this book for so long.  

Brenna Cameron is a headstrong woman, and she is a Scot.   Those two things made me like her right off the bat.  Soon after her father dies, Brenna thinks she is alone in the world with no living relatives.  She soon discovers that she has family in Montana, so off she goes to Montana by herself.  

Once in Montana Brenna has a run in with a few unsavory characters, but she is no timid little miss.  She stands her ground, only to have Ethan Gallaher come to her rescue.  She is not sure how she feels about this, but something about him makes her trust Ethan.

Brenna finally meets Nathan Hunter, her grandfather, and understands why her mother and father never spoke of him to her.  He is a mean and cruel man, and has no desire to be a grandfather.Gallagher’s Pride is not a long book.  The audio book is only about 6 hours long, but in this short period of time the author made me care about what happened to the characters.  I felt invested in the story, and the plot.  The secondary characters, Maybell (house keeper, and cook, but more like family), and Ethan’s brothers made the story that much more enjoyable.

The narrator of the audible version is Alan Phillip Ormond, and he does an excellent job of narrating the story.  When you listen to an audio book, and the narrator is a good one, it makes the story come to life.  Well, at least it does for me.  He doesn’t speak to fast, and I wasn’t bothered at all when he did the female voices.  That is a big plus!

I will warn you though before you start reading this book, or listening to the audio version, that the story ends without resolving a few of the story lines.  I wasn’t too upset by that (I would have been normally), because I had the audible version of the 2nd book, Gallagher’s Hope.  If cliffhangers bother you, I recommend getting the 2nd book immediately.

This book does have some profanity in (damn, hell), but none are are vulgar.  I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys western romances, real cowboys, beautiful scenery.  This book had just the right amount of excitement to keep you listening.

I won an Audible copy of this book in a contest from the author.  All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.


Happy Reading!







 

About MK McClintock
 
MK McClintock is the bestselling and award-nominated author of historical western romances and historical romantic mysteries.
 
Born near the beautiful west coast and raised in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains, bestselling author MK McClintock studied business at BYU-Idaho until she decided culinary school was a lot more fun. Armed with a gypsy spirit and adventurous nature, MK traveled from coast to coast living in remote mountain towns and small New England villages, traversed rocky coasts, experienced fine Southern hospitality, and explored the Highlands of Scotland before returning home to the mountains.
 
MK spins tales of romance and adventure inspired by the heather-covered hills of Scotland and the majestic mountains of home. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.
 
 
 
 
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Findley’s Lass: Clan MacDougall Series (Book 2) by Suzan Tisdale

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Title:  Findley’s Lass
Author:  Suzan Tisdale
Series:  Clan Macdougall
Publication Date:  January 19, 2014, Suzan Tisdale
Pages:  294 Printed Pages,
Genre:  Scottish Historical Romance

She had won his heart without trying… and he can only hope for a chance to win hers.

When Findley McKenna returns after his battle with the English to offer Maggy Boyle a home amongst his clan, he finds only death and destruction instead of the young widow who has stolen his heart. With only his faith, his Highlander heart, and a bit of bloodied plaid to cling to, Findley vows he will find Maggy and her sons, no matter what hell he must endure.


How can she place her trust or her heart in the hands of a man she barely knows and maintain her freedom while keeping her secrets hidden?


Maggy has many secrets. Secrets that if uncovered, would tear her family apart. Fearful she’ll be forced into another loveless marriage, Maggy is able to keep her identity hidden and her family together for three long years. But after her home is destroyed and her young son kidnapped, those secrets begin to unravel, one agonizing thread at a time. How can she place her future, and that of her sons’ in the hands of Findley McKenna, a man she barely knows? And what would he think of her should he learn the truth?

My Review





Findley’s Lass is the 2nd book in the ‘Clan MacDougall Series’ by Suzan Tisdale.  I loved this book!  Suzan Tisdale writes like someone that has been writing for many, many years.  In truth she has only been at it for about 4.  I have said it many times before, but I am so glad that I found her books.  I have devoured each one as if they were my last meal. 

While reading Findley’s Lass, I alternated between reading it on my Kindle, and listening to the Audible audio version.  Brad Wills does a stupendous job narrating the audio version!

Findley’s Lass picks up where ‘Laiden’s Daughter‘ ended.  Findley and his men are searching for the reivers that have stolen their clans cows, and that search leads them right to Maggy’s door.

Maggy is strong willed, loyal, smart, and the mother of 5 boys.  She is trying to raise her boys to be honest, and noble men.  Having suffered cruelty at the hands of her now dead husband, Maggy is determined that she will never suffer through another arranged marriage.  She believes that no man ever does anything for a lady, unless there is something in it for him.

Findley McKenna is a Highlander.  A big, handsome, strong, honest, stubborn, and noble highlander (sigh).  So when he and his men offer to help Maggy get her youngest son back, she doesn’t believe that he only wants to assist her out of the kindness of his heart. Maggy accepts Findley’s help, but she doesn’t fully trust his motives.  After all she has some secrets of her own.  I adored Findley, and I believe he is my new favorite.

Findley’s Lass has an easy to follow plot, and it is well developed.  I was never bored while reading this book.  There were many times that I laughed out loud, parts of the story brought tears to my eyes.  Suzan writes beautifully!  I adore that she brought a few of my favorite characters from Laiden’s Daughter into the story.

There were times when I wanted to pull Maggy’s hair, because of her constant doubts of Findley and his motives.  I understood why it was hard for her to trust him, considering her past, but I still found it a little frustrating. 

There are a few curse words, and a closed door sex scene in the book.  There is also a few battle scenes, but nothing that was to graphic.  If you love Scottish Historical Romance, and excellent fiction, then this series is for you.  

Happy Reading!

 

Book Review: Laiden’s Daughter (Clan MacDougall Series, Book 1) by Suzan Tisdale

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Title:  Laiden’s Daughter
Author:  Suzan Tisdale
Publisher/Date:  Suzan Tisdale, December 5, 2013
Series:  The Clan MacDougall
FormatKindle Book & Audible Audio Book


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She believes men are not honorable nor are they kind-until she meets one that changes her heart forever.
Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed. 

She is everything he never knew he wanted in a woman…. 

As a fierce highland warrior, Duncan McEwan has survived numerous battles, bed countless women, and survived a horrific storm at sea. He has scaled mountains and even survived hand-to-claw battle with a cat-o’mountain. But none of that could have prepared him for how his life forever changed one fateful spring day when he rescued a lass from a freezing stream. He will do anything to keep her as his own and will risk everything to keep her out of the hands of the English.

My Review


Laiden’s Daughter, is the 1st book in the Clan MacDougall Series, but it is the third book I have read by Suzan Tisdale, and I enjoyed it immensely!  I wished I had discovered Suzan’s books years ago.  For a first book, by an author, this one had everything that I love in a Scottish Historical Romance.  It has romance (of course), a little mystery, humor, action and of course handsome, strong Scotsmen!

The heroine, Aishlinn doesn’t trust men, and believes all of them have an agenda of their own.  She doesn’t realize her own self worth, having lived with a cruel step father and brothers her whole life.  She hasn’t hasn’t known true happiness, since her mothers death when she was a little girl.  

Duncan McEwan has a loving family, and clansmen.  He is a strong, compassionate man, and feels that women should be respected, and held in high regard.  He will be leader of his clan one day, and works very hard for the good of the clan.  That is until he meets Aishlinn, and is thrown off balance by his developing feelings for her.

The story opens with the Earl of Penrith severally beating, and abusing Aishlinn because she would not submit to him.  This goes on for a bit, with him beating her, and her refusing to give in to him.  Aishlinn does finally escape the Earl by stabbing him with his own dagger, and fleeing the castle on horseback.

Days later she is found by Duncan McEwan , and his men by a stream.  They help her and take her to their clan at Castle Gregor.  The clan accepts Aishlinn after a bit, and nurses her back to health.  What follows is a story that did not leave me bored for a moment!  

I truly liked Duncan, and Aishlinn.   I feel that their characters were well developed, and the author did a wonderful job of letting the reader know why they thought and acted the way they did.  The romance between Duncan and Aishlinn was a little slow in developing, but well worth the wait. 

I will admit there were times when Aishlinn’s insecurities about her looks made me want to whack her.  I had to change my thinking on that though, because men have told her her whole life that she was worthless, ugly and that no man would ever want her, and she believed it.

I rushed through reading this book, because I was anxious to know what would happen next.  When it ended I immediately started reading the next in the series, Findley’s Lass.  Laiden’s Daughter contains some kissing, and one sex scene, but it is tastefully done and not at all crude.  If you love highlanders, Scotland, strong hero’s, and a darn good story, then this book is for you!

Happy Reading! 

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