Monday, August 11, 2014

The Highlander Audio Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the The Highlander audio tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for audio copies of Highland Rake. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Audio Tour: The Highlander by Terry Spear
Release date: October 13, 2013
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: The Highlanders #5


Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what’s a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest—but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!

Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his brother’s castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder—English or French—it does not matter.

Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder’s cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his brother requests of him—ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle—but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.



My Rating: 4 Roses

A delightful historical romance, The Highlander was a lovely read. With wonderfully sweet romance and the thrill of danger, this book was fantastic and I really liked it.

Anora was a strong heroine. In the midst of all the chaos, she never backed down and kept up with her highland warrior just fine. She was a kind, likable character and I thought she was great.

Niall was also wonderful. He was a formidable warrior, but also gentle and kind. He was very sweet, determined to protect Anora, and just adorable in general. I really liked him, as well.

The romance was great. Anora and Niall were a lovely couple. They were both strong and determined to be together, despite the odds against them. And, there was definitely some heat there, as well. I thought they were perfect together.

The plot was well paced and I was drawn in the entire way through. There was plenty of danger to keep things interesting. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was simply lovely.

The Highlander was a wonderful historical romance that I really enjoyed. With romance, and the constant threat of danger, this book was a delight. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

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

When the stranger twisted her in the direction of her bed, she struggled harder to wriggle free, fearing the worse. A half-naked barbaric Highlander wouldn’t ask permission to bed her. Not that she had known any personally, but the local laird had warned they were heathens to avoid at all costs.

Unable to loosen herself from the Highlander’s firm grip, she kicked his shins with her brown leather shoes, afraid that her struggles were doing nothing more than aggravating him.

“Quit fighting me.” His voice was still groggy with sleep and tinged with annoyance as he tossed Anora to the bed as if she was nothing more than a lightweight blanket to be cast aside.

As soon as she was free of him, she bolted from the mattress in panic, trying to get around him.

Trying to reach the door.

He was too near, too big, too very muscled and masculine, and standing in her path no matter which way she went. She brushed against him, felt his heat and hard muscles rub against her breasts, the raw power, the tensing of his naked torso, saw the feral glint of something more in his dark eyes.

He grabbed her shoulders and forced her back on the bed.

“Stay,” he commanded, like she was a dog.

He sounded like he was used to giving others commands, and they would obey him. She wasn’t his to command.

He studied her for a moment, as if calculating her next move, then before she could react, he pulled her sgian dubh from her belt and slipped it into his boot! He smugly smiled, as if dismissing her as a threat. She waited, like a caged animal, ready to bolt.

He turned to retrieve his sword. As soon as he leaned over to pick it up from the stone floor, Anora kicked at his hip as hard as she could, unbalancing him. He didn’t go down like she’d hoped. He didn’t budge but barely an inch.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 5 audio copies of Highland Rake.
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About the Author:
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USA Today Bestseller, TERRY SPEAR writes urban fantasy and Highland medieval romance: hot wolves, jaguar shifters, medieval Highlanders and lots more. She also pens young adult paranormal romance. She has over fifty paranormal books to her name, earned Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of the Year, and has been featured in The International Wolf Magazine, Woman’s World and BGS Book Review Magazine. She creates award-winning teddy bears in the heart of Texas and gardens. She retired from USAR after rappelling, mountain climbing, learning water survival, qualifying with a number of firearms, survived the obstacle courses, leadership reaction courses and confidences courses – and knows if she can do it, her characters can overcome any obstacle she puts in their path.
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