Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Great Scots Blog Tour: Reviews + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for The Great Scots blog tour. This tour features The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn and To Love a Highlander by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. I have reviews coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $25 gift card and copies of The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell and To Love a Highlander. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the books:

The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #1)
Release date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #1

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

To Love A Highlander (Scandalous Scots, #1)Release date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Scandalous Scots #1

As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

My Rating for The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell: 5 Roses

A sweet, hot, and absolutely fantastic historical romance, The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell was a wonderful read. I loved this book! It was lovely from start to finish and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Amelia was a wonderful heroine. She was very loyal to those she cared about and often thought of their needs first (which was both admirably selfless and frustrating, when she got into her head that she needed to sacrifice herself for their happiness). She was stronger than she first seemed, particularly when she decided it was time to fight for what she wanted. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

Edmund was also great. He was so sweet and intensely loyal to what he believed in, but even more so to those he loved. He had his own code of honor and was noble enough to follow it no matter what. He was perfect and I absolutely adored him.

The romance was lovely. Amelia and Edmund were so sweet together. I loved how they instantly had a connection and simply understood each other. And, the chemistry between them was sizzling from the moment they met. There was definitely some spice to go along with the sweet. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few twists that kept me riveted. I loved all the secondary characters and I'm excited to read their stories in the upcoming books. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved this book and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating for To Love a Highlander4 Roses

A sweet and lovely historical romance, To Love a Highlander was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was sweet, emotional, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Mirabelle was a lovely heroine. She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to fight for it. She was kind-hearted and a truly likable character. I wish we had seen a greater scope of her, because we only really saw her character in relation to Sorley. But, overall, I thought she was great.

Sorley was amazing. In the first chapter, we see who he was as a young boy. As a bastard at court, he was treated with contempt and humiliated more than once. His story is really where the emotional depth was and it was well portrayed. I felt for him as the boy with a point to prove and the man who had found his place but still wondered if there was another for him. I really liked how it was done because I truly sympathized with him. On the surface, he seemed formidable (and he was), but he was also very sweet and kinder than he wanted anyone to know. I thought he was wonderful and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Mirabelle and Sorley were great together. There was some sensuousness in this book, but it was a mostly sweet romance and I thought it was well done.

The plot was good. I wasn't totally hooked, because there wasn't much actual conflict in the book. It was mostly Mirabelle and Sorley circling each other and taking each other's measure. However, I was still kept interested the entire way through and, when a new conflict about Sorley's father was introduced, I was drawn in. I enjoyed the story and the ending was very sweet.

To Love a Highlander was a lovely historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a sweet, truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card to one winner and copies of The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell and To Love a Highlander to ten winners. Ends April 9.
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About Paula Quinn:

New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

About Sue-Ellen Welfonder:

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.


  1. I enjoy the description of the country and the culture

  2. Hi Farrah! Thanks so much for hosting the tour and thank you for the marvelous review! I'm so glad you enjoyed The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell. I look forward to spending the day here!

  3. Hi Lisa, Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  4. Waving madly to Paula and Sue-Ellen! I really enjoyed the reviews. I like Scotland because of its beauty, loyalty of the people, their strength in trying to gain their independence, and of course, kilts!

  5. Hi Cathy, Thanks so much for making the rounds with us on this tour. You're the best! (((HUGS)))

  6. Happy to have you here today :)

  7. Hi Lisa, Scotland is beautiful, indeed, and the culture is well-kept to this day. I love that, and am glad you appreciate it, too. Thanks for looking in.

  8. Hi Farrah! Thanks so much for hosting us today and for the lovely review.

  9. Waving the pom poms for Sue-Ellen and Paula. *\ :) /* I've put these things to great use on the tour. Wonderful reviews!

  10. More wonderful reviews - well deserved!

  11. Ah, Paula, Sue-Ellen...I'm sorry this blog tour is over! It's been fun and I've found out more about the two of you and your writing, which is wonderful since I love your stories so much. Keep on writing and I'll keep on reading your stuff. Thanks for the tour! jdh2690@gmail.com

  12. I love the fact that they are all warriors, not to mention their accent!