Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction

Alec Mackenzie was in search of his brother, Will. He disguised himself as a French painter who was to teach Lady Celia, whose father was thought to have information on his brother. Alec was to get that information any way but he found that he could not use Lady Celia. Instead he will help her and surprisingly she will help him

Lady Celia had lived through scandal and was suffering the consequences. She was instructed to learn to paint portraits and she was to learn by a Mr. Finn. Celia will soon learn that all was not what it seemed when he it came to Mr. Finn.

Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction is the ninth book to the series Mackenzie’s and McBrides by Jennifer Ashley. I really loved this book. Though whenever I read anything with the Mackenzies I will almost always love the book.

Alec was a warrior and playing a part to help find information on his brother who had been captured. Alec is a good man who will do anything for his family. Though he does stop before any harm could be done to Celia. I liked that he did not lie to her for long. They made a good team as they worked together to find Alec’s brother Will. I loved that Alec really did treat Celia as an equal. Celia was a good daughter. She was not the spoiled girl that everyone thought. She had lived through years of her mother ordering about and a scandal that had happened because of her mother. Celia tried her best but I was happy to read that she was spreading her wings and taking chances. I did not want her to be weak because that was how English ladies were supposed to act.

The mystery behind Will’s capture was intriguing and of course it sets up for the next book which will feature Will Mackenzie.

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Highlander in Her Bed

Highlander in Her BedMara McDougall has lived in Philadelphia but soon finds herself owning a castle in Scotland. There will be a problem though which started with a medieval bed where a man is very rude. She will be seeing this man more and more, and find out that he is not exactly real.

Sir Alexander Douglas is not exactly a ghost as he is not exactly alive or dead. He is there to guard his bed and will find himself going back to Scotland with the bed’s new owner. He will despise the owner because she is a McDougall but he wouldn’t be able to stop his feelings for her.

Highlander in Her Bed was a book that was sitting on my bookshelf in my to be read pile. It is the first book to the series Scottish-set paranormals. I found the book different, I liked it but it was certainly a little strange with the ghost but not ghost Alex. I got into the book fairly easy and it was entertaining with Alex and finding out about the curse and feud between the two families. The different realm was a little strange but once you got into the story it was entertaining to read. Mara is a character you liked and Alex was someone you wanted to have him find his absolution. I figured out how the ending would be shaping out to be but it was fun nevertheless.

I am interested in finding out more on the other paranormal men that were introduced in the first book. So I know that I will be checking out Allie Mackey for more of her books from the series.

Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen

Sophie Dunston knows all too well how dreams can kill.  As one of the nations’ top sleep therapists, she specializes in the life-threatening night terrors that her ten-year-old son, Michael, suffers from.  But she is also an expert in another kind of terror-the kind that can turn on a dream life into a living nightmare in the the blink of an eye.

Someone is watching.  He’s a shadowy figure from out of her darkest fears and he hasn’t gotten her.  In one shocking moment of violence, he’d shattered Sophie’s world forever and left her with only one thing to life for: her son.  But the nightmare isn’t over for Sophie Dunston.  It’s just begun.  He’s been waiting.  Sophie was supposed to die the first time he’ll make sure that not even a miracle will save her.

It wasn’t a miracle that saved Jock Gavin, but it was pretty close.  A semiretired hit man, commando, and jack-of-all-deadly-trades, he knows what Sophie is up against-and that she’ll need help.  But the man he’s chosen for the job is an unpredictable as he is dangerous.  Matt Royd is a wild card-hard, cool, merciless-and putting him into play changes the game completely.  But to whose advantage?

Sophie will soon find out.  She will have to trust Royd because she has no choice left.  Because the bogeyman haunting her dreams is all too real and he’s on the hunt again.  Because the nightmare he’s got planned for Sophie won’t end when she wakes up screaming.  I won’t end. Ever.

Reading Iris Johansen I have come to love her style of suspense and action mixed with passion which is built up until it is ready to burst.

Killer Dreams was intense to read.  I love the scientific aspect with the formula to help night terrors.  I thought that was interesting.

It was fantastic to read about Jock and Jane.  They are two of my favorite characters in Johansen’s books.  They are repeated and it is fun to read from when they are younger and to see how they are developed through the books.  Jock’s role is intriguing in the books.  He plays the mercernary with a heart but still very confused.  Because of this his character is enduring.

Royd and Sophie’s dynamics were perfect together.  They hated each other but there was so much passion there on the surface.  It was fun reading to see how long that tension would last.

A lot of action and sabotage.  And the beginning of the book gave you a preview of just how intense the book would become.

The Magnificent Rogue by Iris Johansen

When Princess Kathryn Kentyre is snatched from a life of captivity by the mysterious Black Robert of Craighdhu, she is torn between absolute terror and soaring hope.  He had been chosen to protect her from the dangers surrounding her, yet the moment he swept her away she knew this rogue of a Scottish laird would prove a greater threat than any she faced from her enemies.

Sensuous as sin itself and wild as his native Scottish Highlands, Robert MacDarren had no intention of settling down with one woman.  Yet the agreement he’d stuck to keep the peace required he marry the orphaned beauty and bring her back to his castle at Craighdhu for safekeeping.  It was to be a marriage in name only-and only for one year.  He never suspected that the meek hostage he had been promised would prove to be this firebrand of a woman who would challenge his mind, arouse his passion, and lay siege to his hear.

This was a very enjoyable to read.  There was romance, sensuous, adventure, tragedy, emotions running wild, deception and love.  A true romance.

I liked that this was not the atypical romance.  Johansen takes it further with the characters and gives more depth.  Each character has a strong dynamic attribute which  makes the story interesting and compels you to move on with the story.

Kate’s strong attitude is enjoyable to read and Roberts undenying honor to those people he love.

I like the fact that historical figures are brought into the story which gave a little something more.

The Magnificent Rogue is a book that you will want to check out.

MacGregors: Daniel

Getting to know the children you find out that the parents were very much in love but now you get to know how Daniel was able to get Anna to be his wife, and it was not an easy task.  Nora Roberts brings us Daniel and Anna’s story in For Now, Forever.

The Plot of For Now, Forever:

Daniel MacGregor has and always will be a charismatic man who had nothing and built everything he needed.  Anything he wanted he found a way to get.  As Daniel was now getting to his thirties and was very wealthy he found that he needed a wife.  A smart woman to have a conversation, pretty and confident.  Someone that would challenge him.  Daniel found that in the woman Anna Whitfield.

Anna Whitfield was a student finishing up her college to get her degree and go into medicine to become a doctor.  She wanted nothing more than this.  When Daniel MacGregor found Anna she knew that she was in trouble.  He was a strong, tall man that she knew would get what he wanted.  He professed that he already wanted her and that scared her.  She knew that she would want him, come to love him but she couldn’t.  Her career had to still be number one but she wanted him as well.

Daniel pursued Anna and finally she gave into him but not to all his demands.  He told her over and over that she would marry him and be his wife, but he didn’t accept her career.  That infuriated her and kept her from going further.

It will take some strong advice from others that will bring the two together but ultimately Daniel and Anna make their decision to have everything.

The fifth book of the MacGregors was fantastic to read.  I loved to see that Daniel was still as bold and stubborn in his youth as he is later on in his life.  The prologue was intriguing as Daniel was in a crash which promoted the memories of Daniel and Anna’s first encounter.  I longed to see them finally together even though you know they would have a happy ending, but it was nice to read about it.  By far one of the best books of the series, The MacGregors.