The Longest Night

Mary Cameron, a Highland widow, was helping her best friends daughter get out into society. Mary missed her home in Scotland but she wanted to help. She will shocked to see Valentin, who was a man and something more. She had helped heal him back in Scotland and never thought she would see him again.

Baron Valentin, a Nvengarian bodyguard, was sent to be a bodyguard for an Ambassador and his wife of Nvengaria. He was on a mission but that will not take his complete attention away from searching for Mary. He wanted to find the woman he loved.

The Longest Night is the fourth story to the series Nvengaria by Jennifer Ashley. It had been a while since I read the other three stories from the series but I was quickly brought into the novella and enjoyed it. I wish it was a little longer. I wanted Mary and Valentin to get more to their story but what they got was enough to make a great story.

Mary was a widow and a woman in her thirties. She thinks she is over the hill and too old to be running away with a man. She was afraid to step out of place, but she was stronger than she knew. I liked that she became more brave and took that chance. Valentin was a bodyguard and a shapeshifter. He was loyal to the Prince and Grand Duke, although that was not always the case which was shown in the previous books. I really liked Valentin, he was a good match for Mary to shake up her stiffness and let her enjoy life and not be afraid of passion. It was also interesting to learn about him and the tragedy that feel upon his sister.

The mystery of who was shooting after who was intriguing and it kept me invested in the story. I wanted to get answers and find the villain. The Longest Night was a great addition to the Nvengaria series.

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The Stolen Mackenzie Bride

Malcolm Mackenzie was the youngest of the Mackenzie brothers and the wildest but that will all change when he sees Lady Mary. Mal will want Mary and will change his ways but it will be difficult to be together in the time of war.

Lady Mary Lennox was being the dutiful daughter but when she sees the wild highlander something inside her changes. Mary will find herself helping secure her sisters future and changing the path of her own.

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride is the eighth book to the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley. I really enjoyed this book. This series has been one that I have loved since the very first book with Lord Ian.

I thought this story was interesting with the history of the family that I had loved reading about. It was interesting to read that what the history was to believed over the years was not exactly as it was thought to be, especially when it came to the fate of the Mackenzies. Although, I will say that with all the brothers in the story it was a little distracting. I almost wanted to just focus on one brother which was Malcolm. Then again as the story progressed I became invested with the brothers.

Malcolm’s character was a man of honor even though he was a wild one. I liked that when he saw Mary, he knew that Mary was the only woman for him. Mal fought for his family and the ones he loved. Mary’s character was a proper daughter who did what she was told. I liked that even though she was that type of person she had a backbone, and that backbone grew with her interactions with Mal at her side.

I thought that this was a great finish to a series.

A Scot in the Dark

a-scot-in-the-darkMiss Lillian Hargrove was ruined by society’s standard. Knowing that she had only a little time before she was publicly disgraced Lily was planning her escape. The only problem was her guardian showed up and was insistent that she not run from her problems.

The Duke of Warnick hated everything English but he was determined to make sure his ward was taken care of. Warnick would make sure Lily was protected through a marriage. Though with feelings starting to form it was hard for Warnick to have Lily go with another.

A Scot in the Dark is the second book in the series Scandals & Scoundrels by Sarah Maclean. I ended up liking the novel. I thought it was cute but it was tough at times to keep with it, especially in the beginning.

Lily’s character was one that I grew to like. I thought she was interesting but she kept wanting to leave and express her misery. I understood why she was sad but it seemed that it went on a lot. She got better when she found herself challenging Warnick and really discovering what she wanted in life.

Warnick’s character was a man that didn’t want his dukedom. He was against it and against everything English. I actually really liked Warnick and wanted to know about his past as Maclean kept bringing up his shame. I wanted to know what he did that made him that shameful. The shame which kept getting brought up was a little much at times but once I found out what had happened Warnick’s character made sense.

The relationship between Lily and Warnick was driving me crazy. They were at some point arguing with each other, wanting each other and feeling ashamed for their own particular issues. All of these things are not bad, it was just expressed a lot. It helps when Maclean gives a little more explanation about the characters past.

The next book to this series comes out in June 2017.

The Highwayman

The HighwaymanDorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More was a known criminal and had made a reputation for himself. Dorian will be searching for Farah and will find her. He will take her to his home to protect her and to use her secret which she had guarded for her life. Though Dorian will want more from Farah. He will want her to be bonded with him but he doesn’t want to taint her with his life. To keep her safe Dorian will do what is needed.

Farah Leigh Mackenzie worked for Scotland Yard for many years and for all of those years she had been alone. As a widow Farah had a certain freedom but she had a secret and one that she hid from everyone. Though now the secret will be used by Dorian, a man that had kidnapped her and will be the one who will marry her.

The Highwayman is the first book to the series Victorian Rebels by Kerrigan Byrne. This is a new author for me and I will have to say that I really liked this book. There were parts that were yes a little slow but the author was creating the scene.

The beginning of the book intrigued me. I was taken back to a movie that my mom watched, The Saint, when he was in the orphanage. You knew right away there was no hope for them but you hoped anyways.

Dorian’s character broke my heart. He was so cruel and broken, he became a shell of a man that he used to be. Though through all of that he still knew that Farah was the one he searched for, the one he protected. There was kindness there, he just didn’t know how to show it towards her since he had known cruelty for so long. Farah’s character was a woman who was strong and lonely but she did what she could. I loved that she was devoted to the boy that she loved so many years ago and still loved. She was a strong woman who held her ground and was just overall compassionate. There was also a secret that Farah kept which was about her past that I found interesting. That will come into play later in the book. Together Dorian and Farah should not work but together they are perfect for one another especially as she begins to heal the man that is buried deep inside of Dorian.

I am reading the second book to this series next.

Undressed

UndressedColin Rosemoor is a very good man but has some problems with not knowing always when to quit gambling, which will lead to his ruin. Colin was out for revenge but there was little he could do about it that is until he meets Brenna.

Brenna Maclachlan had been taken from her crib when she was a infant and was raised in Scotland. Twenty six years later her real parents will find her and want her back in England where she belonged. Brenna will return with them but knows that England will never be her home that is until she meets Colin and her feelings start to change.

Undressed is the third book to the series Undone by Love or Ashton/Rosemoor by Kristina Cook. I really love these books. This was another great one to read. I had not been expecting the beginning of the book where Brenna is taken by two people from Scotland who wanted an heir. They had taken the wrong twin but they kept Brenna and raised her as their own. In turn she because a very capable woman who could manage her keep and help her tenants. Brenna will be brave and go to England to have a season but she fully expected to come back to her home.

I liked Brenna’s character because she was independent. She looked out for herself and others. She had a passion and a curiosity but some times did not use her judgment to the best of her abilities. Colin’s character was a gentleman and to be thrown out of his club it destroyed him. His reputation was in ruins but he was out to get revenge against those who wanted to see him ruin. I liked that he didn’t just sit and do nothing but Colin’s character was a little of a “woe as me” kind of guy at times. He will get it together and with the help of Brenna who he doesn’t always deserve. Colin will become a better man but it takes him losing the one thing he truly wanted/loved to become that man.

I wasn’t a fan of her parents I will have to say. I get that what they wanted was their daughter back to them but they did it the wrong way. They threw her into society thinking that she would just get by. Brenna was not like them. If she had not been taken then she would have been like any normal debutante and had been married already.

Their were two villains. One had been Sinclair who had made himself known in the previous books but the other one was a surprise. I knew something was up with the character but I wasn’t really sure. You know they were a pretty nice person though things change. I kind of wanted more done to these two villains as they got away with doing some wrong deeds, well their reputation was ruined which will cause many doors to be shut on them.

So I have one more book to this series which looks to be a prequel to the series.

A Slip in Time

A Slip in TimeJulia Hargrove was from England, the year was 1893. She was going with her family to Scotland to the Dunraven castle. She will not want to be at castle especially as her room seems to be haunted. Julia will find out that it is not haunted but that time shifts and she comes face to face with a warrior, Rae MacKinnon, back in 1390.

A Slip in Time is a book from Kathleen Kirkwood. I was impressed with this book.

So I don’t read many time travel books just because I am not always interested in them. It usually is that the writing is not that great or the style of how the book is written. Well I had no complaints when I read the book from Kathleen Kirkwood. I was immediately pulled into the story and did not want to stop reading.

Immediately I liked Julia’s character, I thought she was written well. I liked that was scared and heartbroken, but she had a backbone when it came to doing what she needed. Then there was Rae who was a man that was a laird of his clansmen. He was a warrior but not just all brawn, he was smart and cautious. He was also very sensual especially when it came to Julia. I loved the romance that bloomed between them but in the back of my mind I wondered how would it last when you knew that the slip in time would eventually close.

I thought that Kirkwood wrote the time traveling parts very well. I was intrigued with how she made the time traveling happened, how it progressed and that it had happened before. So for those who want a very well done time traveling book try A Slip in Time.

Surrender to Me

Surrender to MeAstrid Derring will be finding herself taking a journey to find her husband who had left five years ago. She had to stop him from marrying another and ruining the girl’s life. She will find help from a man, Griffin Shaw, that had risked his life to save hers.

Surrender to Me is a book from the Derrings series by Sophie Jordan. First off I am not sure the order of this book. I have seen two websites that contradict each other. Other than that little confusion I liked the book. It’s not my favorite of Sophie Jordan’s but it got my attention and I enjoyed it.

Astrid was cold yes but that was to protect herself. She needed to be strong because in life she was left with very little. Now Griffin I wasn’t a big fan of all the time. He had his great moments but the way he acted was not always good. I did like Astrid and Griffin together for the most part. They brought out anger in each other but also lust that grew to something more.

So the plot was simple but there are some twists that come about in the book. When the first twist happened I immediately wondered where the story would go next as that had been a big shift in the book.

I am reading Too Wicked to Tame next which will conclude the series.