The Highlander

the-highlanderLieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie was known as the Demon Highlander. He was known as a hard man but also a hero and a man to be respected. Liam wanted what was right for his children which was why he was searching for a governess. Though when Philomena comes he will be wanting to send her back as he felt an instant spark of desire. Liam knew to tread carefully with the governess especially as she was holding secrets.

Miss Philomena was on the run from her abusive husband and his sadistic ways. She will be rescued and given a new identity by her friends but she is unsure of where they sent her. The Laird looked dangerous but she will soon learn that he would never harm her or those he cared for.

The Highlander is the third novel to the series Victorian Rebels by Kerrigan Byrne. I really liked this one. There was a similar theme with the plot being darker and I was pulled in right away. The first two scenes that are written by the author are horrible and they tell how these characters have been treated. Both the characters had been misused and mistreated. Mena’s character has recently felt the mistreatment for the last five years while Liam had grown up with it. Mena was almost broken but she had been saved. I was happy that she was not broken and that she could stand up against the Laird even though he scared her at times. You got the sense that Mena was truly a strong willed woman, much stronger than anyone knew. Liam’s character you would think would have been cruel and he was to those on the battlefield but to those closest he was kind. Well he was as kind as he could be. It seemed that emotion was almost foreign to Liam, though with his childhood that could be understood. I really loved how Liam was with Mena. He was certainly in lust but he cared for her and wanted more from her than just a night together. He just had to get better addressing his feelings.

The bad guy was several people but the one that you wanted dead was certainly Mena’s husband who put her into the asylum.

The fourth book is coming out in February of 2017.

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Scandal and the Duchess

Scandal and the DuchessRose Barclay was hounded by reporters where ever she went. She was not good at dealing with them always but then Steven McBride will be there to help as he will provide a fake engagement. With Steven so close Rose will find herself falling in love with him.

Steven McBride was home for a mission which would only bring sadness to him and the receiver. Steven will delay the news when he stumbles upon Rose and will find it necessary to help her. Steven will find that with every moment he spends with Rose the more he will want her.

Scandal and the Duchess is a novella in the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures. This novella is number 6.5 in the series. I really liked this novella. It was quick and fun. I liked that Jennifer Ashley is continuing on with the extension of the McBride brothers.

Steven McBride is mischievous but you know that he is a good man. He works hard and is a man who understands honor. Rose is a young woman who has been through enough but she still finds herself able to help others. Together they are on a mission and things will get heated. It is lustful but there is a sweetness between them, and it builds to a sweet romance.

I liked the mystery of the two pieces of furniture that Rose’s husband left in his Will. I was intrigued with what the Duke had left for his wife and when you found out the mystery it melted your heart. I loved the thoughtfulness of the Duke, it gave Rose something in the end.

I am reading Rules for a Proper Governess next.

Highlander for the Holidays

highlander for the holidaysJessie Pringle had survived a brutal attack and came out of the attack with scars on the outside of her body and inside. Jessie moved to Maine to start a new life where she was not the victim. She will meet a man, Ian MacKeage, who attracts her and has her taking the next step. Though before she starts a new life there are questions that Jessie will start to ask about her tragic night as her memory lapse started to clear up.

Highlander for the Holidays is the eighth book to the series Pine Creek Highlanders series by Janet Chapman. I really liked this book which has finished up the series. I thought there was a little more mystery to the book especially with the tragic past which Jessie survived.

Jessie’s character intrigued me when I found out that she had a rescue dog. I wanted to know what had happened and why the dog was there to help her. I also wanted to make sure that she found her happiness with Ian with her going through so much and for her find out what really happened that night. Now Ian’s character I was confused for just a moment. For one moment thought he was the original Ian that was introduced in the first book. Well obviously that didn’t make sense as he would be an older man. This Ian was the son of Sadie and Morgan which is written into the story. I really liked Ian. He was a little laid back but very protective of Jessie especially when he finds out about her past. I liked that Ian was like his father and telling Jessie that scars did not matter. His kindness will have you cheering for him and Jessie to be happy.

The villain I had to say was predictable for me. I only guessed one person and I was right. There were many clues about the person that had murdered Jessie’s husband and had injured Jessie in the process.

I thought that Chapman gave a great ending for Jessie and Ian that followed well for Pine Creek Highlanders series.

Tempting the Highlander

Tempting the highlanderRobbie MacBain is a foster parent trying his best to help troubled teens who kept scaring away housekeepers. He will find help from Catherine Daniels who was on the run from her ex-husband who had abused her. There will be another burden thrown on his shoulder when the old priest tells him he has to save the highlanders from traveling back in time. Robbie will have to travel back in time to find a book of spells to stop the spell from happening. As Robbie travels through time Catherine will help keep the teens protected.

Tempting the Highlander is the fourth book to the series Pine Creek Highlander by Janet Chapman. I liked this book. I thought there was more action in this book with what was going on, which would make sense as Robbie was time traveling back to his father’s time.

Catherine’s character was someone I liked. She was abused by her husband but she kept going for her kids. She did not break down but made a move that would get them away from their past. Robbie helps Catherine by giving her the housekeeper job. Robbie’s character turned out to be a strong man with good morals and a kind heart. I think there was still some of the highlander teaching in him with being a little demanding but it wasn’t overbearing. There will be a romance building between Catherine and Robbie. My hope was that Robbie didn’t get stuck in the past so he could keep his relationship strong with Catherine.

I liked that Chapman had Robbie needing to time travel to save his family. There will be several surprises when time traveling happens. I am reading the fifth book next. I only have a few more to read to finish off the series.

Wedding the Highlander

Wedding the highlanderLibby Hart was running away from a shocking discovery. She healed two people but it was not from her skills as a doctor. She healed them with power that she never knew she had. Libby needed to get away and finds herself in Maine and letting herself live a different life with a man who was not from her time.

Michael MacBain had loved twice and was not in the mood to love another woman but his eight year old thinks differently. Michael will be setup with Libby and Michael can not be angry as he has immediate attraction towards this woman.

Wedding the Highlander is the third book to Janet Chapman’s series Pine Creek Highlanders. I have been enjoying this series so far and the third book is another fun book to read from Chapman. There is some humor and supernatural with the magic. I liked that the character Libby was a little different as well. She had a gift of healing which had her fleeing as it freaked her out. She doesn’t really embrace the powers but she will grateful for these powers later. I liked the character of Michael as he has become less serious. His heart has healed from Mary’s death and he was ready to find love again, with the help of his son. Though there is still that highlander attitude they all have but Michael wasn’t as pushy as some of the others. I liked that he didn’t really push Libby as he gave her time, at least some time.

This book jumped eight years later which meant that Mary’s and Michael’s child, Robbie, was not a baby anymore but a young man. He was very opinionated but his heart was always in the right place. Now from the description of the fourth book, I jumped ahead and looked at the summary of the book, I noticed that the character was Robbie MacBain. I am definitely interested in reading about Robbie who has become a man and how he turned out.

Now back to the third book there was a little more of magic mentioned. First with Libby and then there was always the priest who really was nothing but mischief. He is a character that really seems on the side but he was the sole reason the highlanders were even in the modern world.

I am reading the fourth book next, which is Tempting the Highlander.

Charming the Highlander

Charming the highlanderGrace Sutter was coming home to spread her sisters ashes and to give her sisters baby to the baby’s father. She will come into trouble when the plane she rides in crashes. She will be saved by a stranger who was another passenger, Greylan.

Greylen MacKeage was adjusting to his new life for the last four years all the while searching for the woman that would be his destiny. He will find that woman in Grace Stutter. He will want her the moment they meet and he will have to fight hard to win her hand.

Charming the Highlander is the first book to Pine Creek Highlander series by Janet Chapman. I thought this was a good book. The plot to me felt light and when reading the book I flew through the pages. This series has eight book which I have checked out from my library. I have decided to try out this series which was a long time coming. I have already read one book from this series but it’s been a while. I don’t exactly remember the plot but do remember that it was a series I wanted to read from the beginning.

Grace was a brilliant scientist but will have a tragedy hit her and throw her on a new path. I liked that Grace did not stop, she fought to do what was right. When she meets Greylan there is an immediate response that she has towards him and it only grows and gets pretty lustful. Greylan is a highlander from another time. He is old fashioned as that was the time he had grown up in, which can get a little overbearing when he wants something.

The magic aspect was interesting as it took these great warriors from their land to a modern day world. The magic really didn’t surround the book as I thought it would which was not a problem. I liked that these warriors were in present day and learning how to deal with the twenty first century.

I will be reading Loving the Highlander next.

Captured by the Highlander

Captured by the HighlanderLady Amelia Templetion was taken away from the safety of her bed by a mad Scot who wanted revenge against her fiancee. She could not believe what lies this man was telling her about her betrothed but as she spent more time in his presence she started to doubt what she knew.

Duncan MacLean needed revenge against the man, Bennett, who had beheaded his intended. If not for revenge for the sake of those around the murderer as Duncan knew that others would fall to their deaths around Bennett. He will take great pride in capturing the woman who belongs to Bennett but as he spends time with her he will find himself changing to a new type of man.

Captured by the Highlander is the first book to the series Highlanders Trilogy by Julianne MacLean. I don’t read tons of books with Highlanders as most of my romances do occur in the ballroom or the slums of England. I thought MacLean captures the mood of revenge well and makes it believable when the warrior will have a change of heart. Duncan was a good man and was a surprise as MacLean gives a little twist with his character. Now Amelia was the good English daughter who was brought up to be good and marry a man of worth. She does her part that is until she is kidnapped, but this good English rose changes over that course and becomes stronger. There is a drive to run from danger and Amelia will be good at that but sometimes that leads to more danger. As the danger becomes real, passion will still find its way between Amelia and Duncan.

So as far as villains go Bennett is pretty much one you wanted to see brought in for his actions. There were times that I wondered if Bennett was indeed the murder as he did not play the villain all the time but perhaps its was because his character did not have a lot of parts. Although when he does have his parts there are those moments when you can tell that he is not a very good man and indeed the villain that they have been searching for across Scotland.

With only two more books it wouldn’t take me long to finish this series that is it will when I find the other two books. I will have to request them but it might be a while since I have so many other books to read in my pile.