Friday, July 25, 2014

Song of the Highlands Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Song of the Highlands book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Song of the Highlands: The Cambels (The Medieval Highlanders)
Release date: May 3, 2014
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance

Morgana Cambel harbors only one wish: To have one night of ecstasy with Robert MacVie. So, when she is offered such a chance—a secret switch—she determines to take it.

Robert MacVie, desperately plots to ensnare his heiress lover into marriage in order to gain her dowry and pay his King the debt his late father owed. But a last minute switch changes the course of his life—and his heart—forever.



My Rating: 3 Roses

An overall enjoyable historical romance that had sweet and steamy romance and quite a few secrets, Song of the Highlands was a good read. It wasn't perfect, but I liked it and enjoyed reading it.

This book started off strong. I was totally engaged in the story and the characters. Morgana was stronger than she appeared at first glance. And, she was kind and an overall likable character. Robert came off as a jerk at first, tending to be blunt and coarse and seemingly unconcerned that he had ruined a lady and left her to reap her consequences for too long before he stepped in. But, as the book went on, he made up for it, showing that, beneath that tough exterior, he could be very sweet and adorable. The mystery of Morgana's past was interesting and had me curious. And, the romance was great. Morgana and Robert were very sweet together, though they seemed an unlikely match at first. Not to mention the scorching hot chemistry between them. Very hot and super steamy.

My issue was that, after a strong start, things took a dip before they got better at the end. Despite having a strong relationship at first, Morgana and Robert fell into a ridiculous trap of misunderstanding and miscommunication that could have been avoided had they actually talked (or wrote, in Morgana's case) about what was bothering them. The whole situation with Morgana's past was still interesting but it felt like it needed to be tightened up. There wasn't a moment of revelation or anything and it became underwhelming. And, finally, I couldn't understand how Morgana could even like Vika (her cousin) anymore after everything that selfish woman did. Vika deliberately did things that hurt Morgana, not out of maliciousness, but out of selfish reasons. She wanted to make her own life easier and didn't particularly care that it hurt Morgana. And, after finding out about it all, Morgana still acted like they were friends. It just didn't make sense to me.

Despite all that, I still liked this book. Even when I got annoyed with Morgana and Robert, I was still engaged in their characters and wanted them to have a happy ending. And, even when the plot took a dip, there wasn't a point that I got uninterested. I was drawn in the entire way through and I truly enjoyed the story.

Song of the Highlands was a lovely historical romance. Regardless of any issues I had, I still liked it and enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out.

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

Morgana lifted the lid to the pot she had hooked to the spit over the hearth and took out a spoonful. She walked over to him and pushed it under his nose. His eyes crossed trying to look at it, but she didn’t give him time, instead simply shoveling it between his teeth.

“Mmm. ‘Tis tasty,” he said between chews. “Rabbit?”

Morgana nodded. She’d been assigned to the kitchens at the nunnery, a thing, it turned out, that pleased her well. For she loved to cook and she loved to feed those she cared for.

He took hold of her other hand and raised it to his lips, placing a kiss in its palm. “Lovely.”

Morgana trembled. Was he talking about her? Or the rabbit stew?

After the night she’d just shared with him, her heart had grown ever fonder, and she craved to know that he might be feeling a bit of the same hopeful joy that she was feeling now.

She leaned down and kissed him on the lips. ‘Twas a bold move, she knew, a romantic gesture. For, she knew, much deeper feelings could be relayed in a kiss than in the act of copulation of which so many at court partook.

Her heart warmed when he returned the kiss in like fashion. She smiled into it, then grinned when he did the same. He whacked her on the bottom, saying, “Finish cooking my meal, woman, else I’ll not have the energy to finish where we left off last night.”
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About the Author:
K.E. Saxon
K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She has two cats, a 26-year-old cockatiel, and a funny, supportive husband. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write humorous, sexy romances.


14 comments:

  1. Goddess Fish PromosJuly 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    thank you for hosting today

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  2. I loved the excerpt. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Thank you for the excerpt.

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  4. It sounds very entertaining! I'm Trix on the 'copter...

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  5. woop! nice excerpt!

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  6. Song of highlands sounds like a wonderful book. I would enjoy reading this book.

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  7. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and thanks for your honest review too.

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  8. Beautiful cover art!

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  9. The cover is great, and the excerpt!! love the tasty is it rabbit....
    thanks for the giveaway

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  10. I really enjoyed the excerpt!!

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  11. I loved it all, as usall, it is great thank you

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  12. Very helpful review, thank you.
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