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.

Lessons in Loving a Laird

Lessons in loving a laridShona Slayter has lived through her own tragedy when she was eight and saw most of her family die at the hands of her clansmen. Now as she will be close to turning of age where she can leave, she and her sister can look for their younger brother. Shona will find that her freedom will be tested by the new laird.

Conall is the new laird and will take pleasure knowing that he will get the better of Shona. He thought to teach her a lesson when he took her and her sister in to his household but she becomes more of temptation than he thought and she was not one to back down.

Lessons in Loving a Laird is the second book to the series Highland Knaves from Michelle Marcos. I liked this book. It was a simple plot and the characters were likeable especially Shona’s forwardness and Conall’s kindness with all that has happened. There were some villains that goes back to the time when Shona and Willow were marked. Now the villains were not like those  ultimate villains that do come through some novels, but they were pretty cruel regardless. There at times when the book was a little silly but overall I did enjoy the book.

At the end of the book you find that the younger brother might not have met with such a dreaded fate. I wonder if this is it for the series or will Michelle Marcos give the younger brother a story and unite all the siblings?

Werewolf in Seattle

Werewolf in SeattleLuna Reynaud was out of place most of her life as she was a half human half werewolf. Now she has found a place she belongs but with the unexpected death of her employer Luna hopes her future will not be in ruins when the new heir comes to the island.

Colin MacDowell had not visited his aunt in years and was astonished he was left the property. Knowing that he had no use of it his first thought was to sell. Meeting the staff and especially Luna he was rethinking everything.

I had grabbed the first two books to Vicki Lewis Thompson to refresh my memory of the series Wild About You. The nice thing is you can read these stories out of order as you will still hear about what had happened in the previous book.

Werewolf in Seattle is the third book to Thompson’s series Wild About You. True to the other two books Thompson writes these stories with humor and some quick wit with these characters. Its really the side characters who are probably the ones with the most humor among them but Luna and Colin will take part of that humor with the playful banter. You are pulled into this supernatural world easily as the story is kept fun and light with the exception of Luna’s troubling past and secret she holds.

The past from Luna or really her parents past was an interesting side story that develops Luna into who she is. I also liked the introduction of Duncan, Colin’s brother, who will be involved in the next book. He seems a little flighty so it will be interesting to see if he changes.

Highland Wolf

Now even though Highland Wolf did not bring in more of the Murray family Howell did bring back James. He is adopted by Eric Murray and Bethia Drummond (Jame’s half sister) and first mentioned in Hannah Howell’s third book Highland Promise. I was excited to read about James as he was taking us back to the original brothers.

Annora MacKay wants to leave her home as it is more like a prison but she stays for one person. Annora would do anything to protect Meggie, a five year old and supposed daughter of the laird. Annora knows the wrath of her cousin and she knows soon her fate will be sealed until a handsome woodcarver comes her way.

James Drummond wants his land back and his daughter. He poses as a woodcarver but will find an obstacle with Annora. He will soon find her a woman who could easily entice him. James will not resist desire for long as feelings get in the way. Now he must find a way for revenge all the while protecting his daughter and Annora.

From the last book which was alright to this I was happy to be brought back into the series. The characters were thought out and engaging throughout the book. The addition of Meggie was a nice touch. She gave the story a heartwarming feeling and something for the characters to protect from the villain. I really liked the little twist which Howell gives involving the crime James had supposedly committed.

Highland Wolf has brought back my interest in the series and I am eager to continue reading who Hannah Howell will write about next.

The Girl That Nobody Wanted

Going after the final and third book of the series the Devil of the Highlands I had to go to another library to find The Hellion and the Highlander. It was frustrating locating as I wanted to find out all about Kade and his journey he had taken in the Crusades, and of course the love interest in the book.

Lady Averill Mortagne is tired of being set up by her father. No Englishman wanted her due to her flame colored hair and birthmark but now there is a man she has interest in and he feels the same way. It confused Averill that her brothers friend who at the moment is injured has interest where no other man has not. Soon Averill is swept away by Kade and taken to his land.

Kade Stewart has been away at the Crusades, captured but he was able to make an escape. For three years he was from home and now he is coming back. But first he was recovering at his friends house and there he sees Averill. He knows she is the one for him and makes it happen. As Kade travels with his new wife Kade is happy to note that life will be good as soon as they find the person who is causing accidents.

I loved Averill’s character. She was soft spoken and considered not attractive in England. Of course in Scotland she was more than pleasing with her red hair. She grew confidence with Kade helping her.

With Kade he was a warrior you couldn’t help but love. Having him attracted to Averill was an obvious choice but I loved that he wanted her after seeing her fiery side.

Sands creates the villain was not known until the very end. All Sands gave were small hints but nothing really concrete.

With all the books Lynsay Sands gives humors but here you will be laughing at how Averill will go about pleasing her husband and all the advice she is given.

As the end of the trilogy I really liked how Sands finished the story. This series was fantastic to read with strong warriors and strong minded woman. Its a series you will want to read curled up on a couch.

Taming the Shrew Didn’t Prepare Him For This

Merry Stewart has been taking care of her family since sixteen years old and now her chance of getting away and starting her own family is so close. What Merry hoped the most did not happen. Her soon to be husband was just like her brothers and father, drunks. She dreaded the marriage but soon found out that all is not what it appeared to be. But now Merry will have to survive her new marriage between drunken nights and accidents which kept happening.

Alexander d’Aumesbery hates the thought of indulging alcohol but it appeared he had lack of self control once he found himself with his new bride. All his manners left him and he acted like a drunken fool. Soon the thought was planted that there was sabotage going on as Alex knew he would not indulge. With helping survive the attacks and keeping his wife happy it was a long journey to see his sister.

The second book to Lynsay Sands series Devil of the Highlands is Taming The Highland Bride. From reading the first book I was anticipating what would come from the second one. I was happy with the result of the blend once again with the Scottish and English.

Merry had her fiery temper and was referred to as a shrew. In a way I guess she was but only to have certain things come her way which was always placed on her shoulders. I liked Merry as she was able to find a way to let Alexander help her through the book, as he took a few loads off her shoulders. Now Alexander you knew what you were getting with Sands description as he was a very loyal man and wanted to do right by most people. I liked that in his character. Then of course together they blazed up the pages and only left you wanting more.

Now as with the plot it was engaging but you were left wondering who the villain was. Of course throughout the book I was shouting its Edda as she could not have changed her spots that quickly, but then came the question of how could she when she was on English soil. The villain was the one responsible for all of the attacks on the road so it had to be one person who was blending in. Sands gives the identity of the attacker with a good twist that you saw coming but not with whom helped.

Now I can’t wait for the mysterious Kade to have his own story in the third book of the trilogy the Devil of the Highlands.

Go With The Devil Or Stay Away

Drifting from one series to another from one author can get sometimes confusing but I guess I am lucky that each series from Lynsay Sands is completely different (Highlanders, Vampires and Regency). I got the first book surprisingly from the series Devil of the Highlands, the book itself is also called, Devil of the Highlands.

Evelinde did not know what to do. She was set to be married to the Devil of Donnachaidh. If she denied her stepmother she would punish her but Evelinde wondered if the Devil was so bad especially after they kissed. Evelinde knew she was going to go with the Devil himself but what she did not expect was the man beneath the name.

Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh is known as the Devil. He bears the name well but those who know him best understand the man underneath. He does not speak much but his actions show the true man inside. Cullen is happy with the choice of brides but what confounds him is how to make his wife happy. He wants her to trust him but she wants him to open up. They will bump heads but danger will be around the corner and another accident could happen.

Starting the book I was completely immersed into the stories dialogue right away and intrigued about the Devil himself, Cullen. I liked how Sands made him a man of action and not much on talking. But what was even a better transition was how the character Evelinde was able to make him want to change.

Evelinde from the first page was your strong heroine who you wanted to cheer on and have her find happiness away from her stepmother. You wouldn’t think it was in the arms of the devil.

The banter between the two was fun and I liked that Cullen was a good man. It was nice not reading about a laird who was angry all the time. Sands keeps the story light with the few accidents which happen in the book and you will find out the truth about those accidents that made Cullen the Devil to some.

I am interested in reading the next book of the series, Taming of the Highland Bride, where Evelinde’s brother will be fighting his way to win the heart of a Scottish woman who he is betrothed.