Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: The Recruit by Monica McCarty

The Recruit (Highland Guard, #6)The Recruit
by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard (#6)
Published by: Ballantine Books
October 30th 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Rating: 5 Stars




     This is the story of Kenneth Sutherland, Helen's brother and Saint's brother in law, who has to prove that he is one of the best to be accepted into Bruce "phantom army". But Mangus "Saint" MacKay will do anything to see him fail and not take the place of his old friend and Kenneth foster brother William "Templar" Gordon. But Kenneth won't be deterred from what he want at any cost...or will he?

     Mary of Mar, widowed of the Earl of Atholl, was left with a broken heart what not even 6 months old her son was taken from her to foster under the household of King Edward. When her husband Atholl decides to turn "traitor" she is saved from harsh retribution from the crown by Sir Adam Gordon, "Templar's" uncle who is in love with her. Vowing never to put her life and that of her son in the hand of another man by marrying she is none the less attracted to Kenneth when she goes with the Bishop of St. Andrews to Scotland to vouch on behalf of her son for his lands and to keep the "peace truce" (although King Edward had other plans).

     When she sees how much like her late husband Kenneth looks she wants nothing from him but a night of passion and she lets him know in no uncertain terms how it's going to be. But not always we get what wish for and Mary was no exception.

     We get lots of action and even more lost tempers which it turns to many battles, be them of fists, swords, or wills. I love how McCarthy develops this books. I have yet to find a historical author that makes me feel like I'm right there in the battle field with the characters but specifically in the time in which the book is developed. I swear when I'm reading her books I feel like I'm in the 1300's with the characters and that is a treat not many authors have.

     In this story like the other Guards I felt the irresistible urge to smack the characters upside the head. But unlike the others I felt compel to do it to HER more than him!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Lean On Me by Cherise Sinclair

Lean On Me
by Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands (#4)
Published by: Loose ID
March 30th 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     Another awesome book of the Masters, with strong alpha males that are made more men for admitting to fault on their person and learning from those mistakes.

     Master Cullen, bartender extraordinaire, is the trainer of the Shadowlands. What this means is that he is one for all. And the one rule he has always stand by is to never let a trainee get attached to him.

     Andrea has being looking for a man who can make has wet with just one command. When she thought all was lost her best friend suggests she goes to the Shadowlands. There she is introduced to what she is looking for. A man secure in himself and arrogance enough to see past her ruse to the woman behind the tough facade.

     When this two characters get together, watch out you'll need bibs for your drool and Kleenex for your tears. Now on to the next one!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Raising Kane by Lorelei James

Raising Kane
by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (#9)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
June 29th 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     Well I think it was about time we got Kane to the mix. I think that from all the cousins he is the one who has learned the most. Not because it has boobs is yours to do as you want. Kane is trying to keep his distance from Ginger but she doesn't make it easy. And because his being burn by a Little Buddy's mamma once, he doesn't want a repeat performance. But as he passes more and more time with Hayden and learns more about Ginger his heart is engaged and he can't leave it behind.

     It is very heart wrenching seeing Kane struggle with himself and his feelings and with the things he has to do to keep them in his life. Again Lorelei has me keeping the Kleenex near.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ARC Review: Highland Wolf Pact by Selena Kitt

Highland Wolf Pact
by Selena Kitt
Series: Scottish Werewolf Shifter (#1)
Published by: Excessica Publishing
October 15, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Format: eARC
Source: Author

Rating: 5 Stars



     Two of my favorite genres are Scot Historical and Paranormal Romances. Put them together and what do we get? Highland Wolf Pact.

     Selena Kitt is a new author for me and I don't really venture into new territory often when it comes to Scottish historical books. Many authors don't know how to write historical Scottish books but I'm really glad I tried her. I love a book that can transport me to the era and time it's been written in and I got that in this book. Also it grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it throughout the entire book.

     We have Sybil, who is an English woman, that has been promised to a Scot laird. But like any marriage in that times it was an arranged one and not one made of love. He was man who thought himself entitled and saw her more of a possession, like a child with a new toy, than a woman and future mother of his children. For this reason Sybil decided to run away.

     The day she was to run away she was forced to defy Alastair, her betrothed, in order to save a pregnant wolf that he was planing to kill. And then she was rescued by Raife, a man she later realized was a Wolver or man-wolf.

     I liked that even when they knew they had an attraction to each other early on they didn't act on it quickly. Time passes on, days, weeks and months, before they get intimate with each other. Then of course things happen were Sybil has to return to the McFalcon clan and it puts a dent in Sybil and Raife's relationship but in the end all gets fixed.

     There just one thing that would have made it an even better book and that was if it had had another POV besides Sybil's. But everything else was amazing. I can't wait for the next book. I hope is Kristin's. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Immortal by J.R. Ward

Immortal
by J.R. Ward
Series: Fallen Angels (#6)
Published by: Signet
October 7th 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5 Stars




     J.R. Ward has a way with words. Her book are really down to earth and her artistic mentions are actually from this century. I don't have to google it because I was not born when that person, movie or song was famous.

     This is the end of an extraordinary series and although we all new the outcome of this war it was nonetheless an excellent read. It was full or oh-oh, WTF-is-wrong-with-you and oh-$h*t moments, and in Ward faction felt me siting on the edge of my seat nervous and exited and OMG I can't take it anymore!

     We also had all the loose ends that have been left throughout the entire series pulled together. From Eddie to Nigel and Collin. I really like that Mrs. Ward puts in several POVs in her books because this gives us more insight to the characters, their situation and their interactions with others. There is a lot of character development and it makes you fall in love not just with the characters who are the main focus of the book but with others as well.

     I feel sorry for Devina, after all she just wanted to feel loved but she should have listened to her therapist before it has to late. I am just sorry to see this series end but there are so many souls you can win in this game. Now what is left is to look forward to the next BDB book and J.R. Ward's new series Bourbon Kings.

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