Sunday, June 9, 2013

Highlanders by Brenda Joyce, Michelle Willingham, and Terri Brisbin + Featured Freebie

Highlanders: The Warrior and the Rose\The Forbidden Highlander\Rescued by the Highland Warrior (MacKinloch Clan, #3.5)Get swept away by the romance of the Highlands in three historical romance novellas from Harlequin!

The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce

Lady Juliana MacDougall prays for her loved ones to survive battle against Robert Bruce…but the battle comes to her when her lands are attacked by a band of Highlanders, including a man wearing the colors of her clan’s worst enemy. Taken hostage by Alasdair Og, Juliana quickly learns he’s as exceptional a lover as he is a ruthless warrior. But how can she ever love Alasdair when he’s her blood enemy?

The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin
Honor-bound by an arranged betrothal, James Murray never anticipated falling in love with his intended bride’s dearest friend instead. The passion between James and Elizabeth MacLerie is undeniable, but they are torn between love and loyalty to their clans….

Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham
Celeste de Laurent is determined to never again live in poverty. After sacrificing love for a secure marriage, she now stands to lose everything as a widow. Her only hope is to bear an heir—and what better man to father her child, and save her from a terrible fate, than Dougal MacKinloch, the only man she ever loved?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Highlanders was a wonderful highlander anthology. Hot Scottish warriors and wonderful romance...what's not to like?

"The Warrior and the Rose" was a prequel to The Rose in the Storm. Juliana was an independent heroine who knew her own heart and wasn't afraid to follow it. Alasdair was a wonderful hero who was loyal to his cause, but even more loyal to the woman he loves. The romance was sweet and clean. I really liked this novella.

"The Forbidden Highlander" was a story of forbidden love. This one was a little shaky for me. For a couple who was in love enough to defy a betrothal, they weren't sure of each other's love. It seemed like they doubted each other very quickly. But, other than that, it was a romance about the overwhelming power of love. The romance was steamy. And, in the end, I like the story.

"Rescued by the Highland Warrior" was a story of second chances. I wasn't sure what to think of Celeste at first. I didn't get why she would give up Dougal. I know she wanted to protect her sister, but why did she doubt that Dougal would be able to do just that? And I thought she had a lot of never to ask (or force) him to help her after rejecting him. So, I stared off not liking her. But, throughout the story, she humbled herself and realized how wrong she was. I ended up being okay with her. Dougal was lovable immediately. The romance was well done. And, after getting over my initial frustration with Celeste, I enjoyed the story.

Highlanders was a wonderful highland anthology. If you like sexy highlanders, you'll want to read this.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a historical novella that was absolutely wonderful: Brash by Margo Maguire. Go forth and get it for free!

When Lieutenant James Norris’s closest friend is killed in a horrible accident, he realizes life is far too short to spend it all in the post-Napoleonic navy. He decides it is time to marry, and he knows just the young woman he wants as his wife. Lady Virginia Barrington is charming and beautiful, and James travels to her family’s manor to ask her the most important question of his life.

Lady Stella Barrington was lame and sickly for much of her life. Now she walks with barely a limp, and she is ill no more than anyone else. She has been in love with James Norris for as long as her elder brother’s friend has been coming to visit at Barrington Manor. Stella cannot doubt that James has come to see her lovely but shallow sister. But Virginia is away, and if Stella wants to win the man she loves, she can be nothing but brash…

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