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Review: Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer

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FINDING FRASER
by K.C Dyer
Re-released February 26, 2016
by Berkley
388 Pages
Kindle Edition

“Jamie Fraser would be Deeply Gratified at having inspired such a charmingly funny, poignant story—and so am I.”—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series

Escape to Scotland with the delightful new novel that readers have fallen in love with—inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it…

On the cusp of thirty, Emma Sheridan is desperately in need of a change. After a string of failed relationships, she can admit that no man has ever lived up to her idea of perfection: the Scottish fictional star of romantic fantasies the world over—James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.

Her ideal man might be ripped from the pages of a book, but Emma hopes that by making one life-altering decision she might be able to turn fiction into fact. After selling all her worldly possessions, Emma takes off for Scotland with nothing but her burgeoning travel blog to confide in.

But as she scours the country’s rolling green hills and crumbling castles, Emma discovers that in searching for her own Jamie Fraser, she just might find herself.

 
 

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Finding Fraser is the first book I have read by K.C. Dyer.  I looked at it many times last year, but wasn’t sure about it.  I finally decided to give it a try.  I loved the idea of this book.  I am a huge Outlander fan of the books, and the Starz series.  While I feel that parts of this story was cute, and entertaining, parts of it seemed to drag a bit.  I really wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t.  I liked it.

 

Emma Sheridan is approaching her 29th birthday.  She has an unsatisfying job, and ex cheating boyfriend.  She is looking for something more in her life.  So what is a girl to do?  She sells everything she owns, minus her clothes, and her laptop, and buys a ticket to Scotland to find her own Jamie Fraser.  Makes sense, right?

 

“I haven’t told you the whole truth.  I’m not just a normal tourist.  I’m here– well, I’m chasing a fugitive… A fugitive from the past.  A ghost.  A person who has never existed, but is so real that I believe he must be here somewhere.  Here for me.”

 

I was cheering Emma on when the story started.  I am sure there have been many woman (yes, grown women) at some point in their lives that just wanted to sell everything they own, and run off to Scotland to find their our own Fraser.  As Emma’s journey gets started, she starts a blog to document her travels in Scotland.  Before she even gets on the plan to fly to Scotland there are a few mishaps, which were entertaining, and fun.

 

“You can’t start ticking things off your bucket list when you don’t  even own a bucket.”

 

Once arriving in Scotland it’s her plan to travel the route that Claire traveled  in Outlander.  There are a few references in the book to ‘what would Claire do.’  She would not have done any of the things that Emma did.  Along the way Emma meets a few shady characters, and some great people.  I like that the author described the places that Emma was visiting in Scotland (Inverness, Fort William, and the Wallace Monument).  I also enjoyed the descriptions of each standing stone sites that she explored.

 

I did not like Hamish, Emma’s newly found Fraser.  Hamish just didn’t do it for me.  He was childish, shallow, and only concerned with ‘getting to California’.  I felt that this part of the story dragged a little bit.   I did however like the secondary characters that Emma met along the way, Jack, Morag, and Gerald.  I wish that the author had added more interaction between Emma and her ‘happily ever after.’

 

“Ye have to love yersel’ first, Emma.  My greatest regret is that I walked away from Willie without chasin’ him down and showin’ him what he’d lost.  I’d hate tae see ye make the same mistake, lassie”

 

Through parts of the story I felt like I was reading about an 18 year old girl on her first Spring Break away from her parents.  Emma’s actions, and the some of the things she said just were not those of a grown woman.  All in all this was an light and entertaining read, and was written very well.  It was a story of self discovery, finding love where you least expect, and of course lots of talk about James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
If you like Jamie Fraser, Scotland, and reading about about self discovery then this book is for you.

 

I received a free eCopy of this book from the Publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest review.  You can read my Disclosure Policy here.

 

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K.C. Dyer resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals, some of them human. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.

Her most recent novel—an Amazon #1 Bestseller in romantic comedy for grown-ups—is FINDING FRASER, first published in 2015, with a new Berkley edition slated for release in May, 2016 . For teens, kc’s most recent work is FACING FIRE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, published by Doubleday/Random House. kc is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

 
 

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The Master of Stathburn by Amy Rose Bennett

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The Master of Stathburn
by Amy Rose Bennett
May 15, 2016
Escape Publishing
260 Pages
Scottish Historical Romance
Format: eBook
 

A sweeping, sexy Highland romance about a wanted Jacobite with a wounded soul, and a spirited Scottish lass on the run.
 
Robert Grant has returned home to Lochrose Castle in the Highlands to reconcile with his long-estranged father, the Earl of Strathburn. But there is a price on Robert’s head, and his avaricious younger half-brother, Simon, doesn’t want him reclaiming his birthright. And it’s not only Simon and the redcoats that threaten to destroy Robert’s plans after a flame-haired complication of the feminine kind enters the scene…

Jessie Munroe is forced to flee Lochrose Castle after the dissolute Simon Grant tries to coerce her into becoming his mistress. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious and handsome hunter, Robert, in a remote Highland glen, she throws her lot in with the stranger—even though she suspects he is a fugitive. She soon realises that this man is dangerous in an entirely different way to Simon…

Despite their searing attraction, Robert and Jessie struggle to trust each other as they both seek a place to call home. The stakes are high and only one thing is certain: Simon Grant is in pursuit of them both…

 

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The Master of Strathburn is the first book I have read by Amy Rose Bennett.  I chose to read this book because of the subject matter, former Viscount, Jacobite fugitive meets lovely lass that gives him assistance.  The cover of the book is lovely too.  

 

Jessie Munroe and Robert Grants (Lord Lochrose) first meeting left much to be desired, but he showed her compassion and was nothing at all like the man from whom she was running from.  Although Jessie is unaware of Roberts true identity when they first meet, she is a smart lass and figures it out soon enough.

 

‘I shot her. In the arm.’
‘Ye truly have been away from the Highlands too long when ye mistake a lass for a hind. I’m astounded Miss Munroe would even speak to ye, let alone wed ye!’

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story, but it wasn’t what I got.  I enjoyed this book!  It had everything you could possibly be looking for in a Scottish, Historical Romance.  A strong, loyal, roguish/gentleman Scotsman.  (I loved the character of, Robert Grant!)A sweet, loyal Highland lass, with a gentle nature, but not afraid to stand up for the man she loves, or what she believes in.  There was a time or two that I would have liked Jessie to have not been afraid, but I got over it.  I liked her character.

 

‘When Jessie chanced a fleeting glance back at Lady Strathburn, the undisguised look of hatred that the woman shot her filled her heart with foreboding. She feared that when the viper struck again, it would be much worse than a barbed comment.’

 

I feel the author did an excellent job of giving us background information on Jessie and Grants characters, and fleshing them out.  This was a story about relationships, trust, and redemption.  It was not just about sex, as some historical romances may be these day.  Yes, there were some pretty steamy sex scenes, but those happened later in the story, and didn’t take up residence in our H&H’s minds every scene in the book.  I adore that the author gave me a story with some meat on it’s bones.

 

‘No mater that they had only spent a few days together. She knew she was in love with him as surely as night follows day. She decided then and there to do whatever was within her power to save Robert from a traitor’s death, even if that meant pleading with the Lord Advocate himself.’

 

I liked Robert’s father, he was a gentleman, and loved his son very much.  There were a few ‘nasty’ characters in this book, and I am glad that the author did not leave any loose ends where they were concerned.  While the plot moved along at an exciting and steady pace, it was predictable.  But in this case I didn’t mind a bit.  This was a truly heartwarming story.  The author even adds a few ‘real’ characters from history in this story.  It is all believable.  I just can’t believe that I haven’t read anything else from the author, and will have to fix that very soon.

 

I recommend this book to anyone that loves Scottish, Historical Romance, Scotland in general.  Wonderful Read! *I received an eCopy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

 

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Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favorite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after.

Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, and a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback. She has been a speech pathologist for many years but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling—writing romance.

 

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Haunted Warrior (Highland Ghostbuster Series, Book 1) by Allie MacKay

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Haunted Warrior
Highland Ghost Busters, Book 1
by Allie MacKay (Sue-Ellen Welfonder)
Re-edited Version May 20, 2015
343 Pages
Paranormal Romance, Scottish
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When spirits rise, love soon follows…

Kendra Chase earns her living as a ghost whisperer. Cajoling disgruntled discarnates isn’t easy, so she’s been looking forward to a vacation in Edinburgh. But before she can tour the castle or even try haggis, an unexpected assignment sends her to Scotland’s rugged north coast. The tiny fishing village of Pennard is being excavated for a historical restoration project, and the living locals aren’t the only ones upset by the plans.
 
Supernatural protests have been reported.

No one knows better than Graeme MacGrath that his seaside village is more than North Sea nostalgia, peat smoke, and plaid. Bound by a centuries-old legacy to keep the region’s peace, MacGrath is the fiercest opponent to the development project. The renovation work has disrupted the protective veil that shields this world from the ancient, half-mythic past. And though he doesn’t have time for dallying with fetching American tourists, when Kendra arrives, desire flares between them. They join forces to save Pennard, but can they stop themselves from the one thing they can’t risk – falling in love?

 
 
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Haunted Warrior by Allie MacKay, aka Sue-Ellen Welfonder is about the third book I have read by this author.  This version of Haunted Warrior is the re-edited version of this book, and is supposed to have a lighter feel, with more myth and legend.  I didn’t read the previous version, so I can not compare the two.

 

Kendra Chase is a ghost whisper, she helps those spirits that haven’t moved on, or still have unfinished business. She is sent to Pennard Village in Scotland to see if she can help some discontented spirits that have been causing mischief in the village.   The village is scheduled for restoration, and some of the residents, and ghost residents are not to happy about it.

 

“She might see and speak with ghosts, but she wasn’t yet one of them. She could feel the hard beat of her pulse, her stunned amazement at the kiss’s ferocity.”

It is on this trip to Scotland that Kendrea meets Graeme MacGrath.  Graeme has roots in Pennard that go back for centuries, and it is his job to protect the village, its residents, and his family’s relic with his life.  He doesn’t have time for an American woman that speaks strangely, and can scarcely drive on the roads in Pennard.  Against his better judgement Graeme starts to fall for Kendra, and there is nothing his heart can do about it.  It is up to Kendra, Graeme, and Jock to save the residents of Pennard from the evil of his families foe, Ramsey.

 

“The Shadow Wand, a fabled length of jet and amber said to have been in my family’s possession. Anyone who wielded the relic held untold power.”

First let me say that I have read the first two books in the Ravenscraig Legacy, and enjoyed them.  Scottish Paranormal Romance is probably my favorite genre to read.  This book had a great beginning.  I liked the residents of Pennard, and the disgruntled spirits that Kendra met throughout the story.  I loved Graeme, and Jock (Graeme’s dog) was probably my favorite.  Yes, I am partial to animals.  Sue-Ellen did an excellent job of ‘showing’ me the village of Pennard.  The story had a light, airy feel to it, full of celtic lore, and colorful characters. I could smell the sea in the air, hear the laughing gulls, and see the sails of the fishing boats out at sea.  It felt as if I was there, and I wish I had been.  I even despised Graeme’s long time foe, Ramsey.

 

“His interest in Pennard will go deeper than carving the village into one foot square lots to sell to Scotland loving tourist.’

The author has a way with words, and of drawing you into the story.  I am not sure what happened about 3/4 of the way through the book.  It seems that the climax that you knew was coming ended in a paragraph.  I could not believe it, and I had to go back and make sure I didn’t skip any pages.  It just seems that it was to easy. It also seemed that the hero, Graeme’s character changed.  He said a few things like, “great leaping gods”, which he didn’t say anything remotely like that in the whole book, until toward the end. He went from acting the warrior, and all masculine to something different. The tone, and feel of the book changed when there was only about a fourth left to go.

 

This will not dissuade me from reading the rest of the books in the series.  I enjoy the voice that Allie MacKay (Sue-Ellen Welfonder) writes in, and will continue reading her books. There is some kissing in this story, and a little steam, but nothing else.   I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

 


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“Mackay is a master at penning magical tales of love across the ages.” -Fresh Fiction

Allie Mackay is the pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder who won Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award for her debut title, Devil in a Kilt. Many of her books have been RT Award nominees, and most have received RT Top Picks and K.I.S.S. Hero Awards. She is thrilled to be an Amazon All-Star Author, and a winner of InD’Tale’s RONE Award. Her favorite reader compliment is that her stories transport them to medieval Scotland, the setting of most of her books. She has three grand passions: Scotland, the paranormal, and animals. All can be found in her fun and sexy, light-hearted paranormal romances.here

 

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Dragon Knight’s Axe (Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3) by Mary Morgan


DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE
Order of the Dragon Knight’s, Book 3
by Mary Morgan
Published by The Wild Rose Press
June 26, 2015
310 Pages


Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. 

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archaeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay. 

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

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Alastair MacKay’s powers come from the land.  Yet, he will take to the ocean in self-punishment, mocking the God of the Sea.
Cursed and battle scarred, he is feared by many.  They say he is two men.  One part angel–one part monster.  One would only have to look at his face to distinguish between the two.
Nevertheless, his day of reckoning grows near.
Alastair MacKay will have to battle the demon he created, for the love of a woman who is brave enough to love them both.
In the end, on must die.
 
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Dragon Knights Axe is the third book in the, Order of the Dragon Knights Series.  In this third book, we get to read Alastair MacKay’s story.  I do believe that Alastair MacKay has stolen my heart.  While I like all three brothers, he is by far my favorite!
 
After the death of his sister, Meggie, Alastair MacKay takes to the sea, refusing to stay on land for only short periods at a time.  He does this to punish himself for the death of his sister, by denying himself the power of land.  He is a battle scared warrior, and he believes that he is not worthy of redemption.  He is feared by many, and has few true friends.  The later of which is of his own choosing.
 
Fiona O’Quinlan is a research assistant, and it is a job she loves with a passion.  Some might say she is obsessed.  If she is doing research on a relic or a find, she does not leave any stone un-turned.  Fiona has a tendency to speak her mind, and she is no timid lass.  She also has a few demons of her own that she is fighting.
 
After working on a dig all day in the hot sun, Fiona decides she is going to take a break, and a short nap.  She goes to find a cool place, and accidentally walks into a grove of oaks (she was told not to go into this part of the dig).  She starts to get dizzy, falls to the ground, and sleeps.  When she awakens she is nearly 800 years in the past.
 
I am not going to say anymore about the plot or story, because I don’t want to spoil the ride for anyone reading this review.  I loved, loved Alastair and Fiona’s story.  Alright, so Alastair made me want to pull his hair a few times, because he is a very stubborn man.  I put those feelings aside, because I knew everything he had been through.  
 
He and Fiona have great chemistry, and there are a few steamy scenes in this book, but they are tastefully done.  The story moves along at a nice pace, and there is just enough tension to make you keep reading to find out what happens next.  There are a few of the same characters in this book that were in the previous two books.  I love it when an author does that.
 
There were a few scenes in the book that had me a little misty eyed.  You know an author is just as good at showing as they are telling a good story when that happens.  Mary Morgan has outdone herself with Dragon Knight’s Axe.  I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good romance, with time travel, paranormal elements, great story telling, and a strong H&H.  
 
If you are going to read this book, but haven’t read the first two, I recommend you read those first.  It will make this story more enjoyable.  You will know who’s who, and what happened that made the Dragon Knight’s go their separate ways to start with.  If you don’t mind not knowing, then I would jump into this book with both feet.
 
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About Mary Morgan 

a constant daydreamer and I have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid.


Pure bliss!

I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, “My heart is in the Highlands.” I believe I have left it there, or maybe in Ireland.

When not writing, I enjoy playing in my garden-another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.


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