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#Review of Heart of a Highlander (a Real Men Wear Kilts novel) by Maxine Mansfield w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #timetravel #romance @LeekyShortz @WildRosePress

Heart of a Highlander

by Maxine Mansfield

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GENRE: Time Travel/Romance

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BLURB:

Staff Sergeant Ian Mackay didn’t care if he lived or died. He’d left what really mattered strewn across Afghanistan three years ago. All the self-help groups and doctors in the world couldn’t assuage his guilt. But when an accident takes his life and Fate steps in with an offer to fix what was once unfixable, he jumps at the second chance to save his men. Now he’s stuck in a strange land, in an even stranger time, and expected to bed his equally strange but desirable new bride. Healer Aila Gordan of the Sutherland clan thought her betrothed dead, had even seen his lifeless body the night before their wedding. Why then is her sworn enemy, Ian Mackay, standing before the priest, waiting for her to repeat the vows that would make her his wife? The fairies must have possessed his body, a frightening notion, indeed. But marriage to the handsome laird, possessed or otherwise, couldn’t be any worse than living in her brother’s castle where, like all women in 1643 Scotland, she has no freedom. And if the kiss at the altar is any indication, she could just steal the heart of a highlander.

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Excerpt Three:

“I’m from the future, Aila,” he spat out. “Almost four hundred years from now to be exact. But I’m not from this body you now see me in. You were right. The original Ian Mackay was dead that night you found him. He was one of my ancestors, you see, and we shared the same name and linage. When I died in an accident—in the future—Fate himself sent me back into the past and into this Ian Mackay’s body to correct a mistake that should never have happened in the first place.”

“What should nae have happened, Ian?” she asked.

He gulped. “Your death, Aila.”

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Yall this book.  I love a good time travel and this one is the best I’ve read.  There were things that I wasn’t expecting at all.  Let me explain if I can.

Fate is hilarious.  Great characterization and I felt the frustration that Ian had whenever he was trying to talk to Fate.  There is a saying that Karma is a fickle bitch, well, Fate at least has a sense of humor.  I loved how Ms. Mansfield used Fate to flesh out Ian’s backstory and his motivation to get back to his own time.

Ian is one of those characters that you just love from the first page.  He means well and has a heart of gold.  His issues with PTSD are real and are dealt with honestly.  He really did feel bad and thought they only way to help was to go back in time.  Little did he know how much Aila would change his life for the good.  I especially loved how Ms. Mansfield shaped their relationship as equals based on his parent’s relationship in the past.  Most often, historical writers still have their women as fragile women that can’t handle much on their own.

Which brings me to Aila as the heroine.  She was strong, smart and funny all at the same time.  Her belief that Ian was a fairy is hilarious.  The Scots are very religious and believe the legends that are passed on.  (Watch Brave, you’ll understand what I mean)  But what really stood out with me was her ability to believe Ian in the end and loving him no matter what.  Now her brother, Fergus was a tool in the beginning but towards the end, he ended up being a great character for both Ian and Aila.

But folks, this book is set in the Northern Highlands so some of the dialogue is Celtic (LOVE), and their way of life is brilliantly played out.  Ms. Mansfiled did her research and it shows.  She also doesn’t weigh the book down with all the very small details that some authors do when writing this time period.  She has a very deft hand and knows when to back off and just let her characters tell the story.

Again, this book.  It’s spicy and I love how Ms. Mansfield lets the characters own it.  It feels natural and not rushed.  Pick up this book and read it.  The ending is beautiful.  I wasn’t expecting it and I sighed and swooned in the end.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write erotic romance, be it Fantasy or Time travel from my easy chair in the great state of Alaska. A magical place where the summer days are long and bright, and the winter nights even longer.

Web site: www.maxinemansfield.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Highlander-Real-Wear-Kilts/dp/B07HFHGHMG/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxine.mansfield.9

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#Review of Sun Storm (the Gathering Storm series #1) by Marlow Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @marlowkelly1

Sun Storm

by Marlow Kelly

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

In Montana to prove her portable solar panel can solve the world’s energy problems, naïve scientist, Dr. Marie Wilson must first fight to survive and then expose the powerful businessman intent on destroying her life’s work. 

Ex-special forces soldier, David Quinn is haunted by the horrors of combat, and yearns to be left alone with his beehives, but agrees to do one last job for his old mentor.

When the scariest man she’s ever met becomes her savior, Marie discovers a heart of gold beats beneath his surly demeanor.

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Excerpt Three:

“You’re the one who broke into my cabin. I didn’t make you associate with criminals. And for the record, my life hasn’t been all sunshine and flowers since you crashed through my door,” she shouted back, shocked by her own reaction. What was wrong with her? She never argued, raised her voice, or confronted anyone. David was making her crazy. It was the only explanation. For some reason, she had no problem arguing with him. Maybe it was because he was so aggravating.  

She pointed a finger at him. “And I’m really sick of you forcing me into cars.” It was as if all her fear and stress were curled in her chest waiting for an outlet, and he was it.

“What?”

“I’ve known you for less than twelve hours, and you’ve pushed me into a vehicle three times.” She knew she was being unreasonable, but couldn’t stop.

He rolled his eyes. “Where are my manners? The next time someone’s trying to kill you, I’ll just politely ask if you’d like to get in my truck. Do you want me to curtsey while I’m at it?” He shouted the last part.

“There’s no need for sarcasm.” She sat straight, folding her hands in her lap, hoping if she gained control over her body, then she would gain some much-needed restraint over her emotions.

“I think there is, and do up that window. It’s freezing in here.”

She did as she was asked, but only because her fingers were numb with the cold.

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Wow.  Just wow.  This book has it all.  Thrills, lots of suspense, romance, very fast paced, a plot line that makes perfect sense, and more twists than a mountain trail.  Seriously, this book is everything I’ve been craving in a romantic suspense book for a while now.  This book moves very quickly.  Don’t even try to catch your breath and be prepared to start it and have the need to finish it in one sitting.

David and Marie are some of the more mismatched people that an author can come up with as a hero and heroine.  Sure, we’ve all read the alpha Special Forces hero to the rescue of the naive, sheltered scientist but Ms. Kelly gives them qualities that they didn’t even think they had themselves.  Marie does not come off as helpless, just confused.  David is the biggest marshmallow and he knows it.  He just doesn’t like to admit it to many people.  Also, their backstories are powerful and lend themselves to the overall arc of the book and to the relationship.

I wish I could go into the plot with a lot of detail but that would spoil it.  Let’s just say that Ms. Kelly sets up the whole story up from the beginning with most of the major players in place.  You know the major plot points but Ms. Kelly has a way of throwing you off guard and decides she needs to add a person or two to really shake it up.  I’m looking forward to her other stories in this series to further explore that.  And yes, I can’t talk about it because, well, you just have to read the book and trust me, you will be gobsmacked.  In fact, in some ways, it’s still processing in my head.

I can not tell you how much this book meant to me.  It surprised me, left my neck hurting not to mention my fingers wrapped around my Kindle and can’t wait to dive into the next one in the series.  Ms. Kelly is just brilliant in her storytelling, characterization and taking the romantic suspense/thriller genre to a whole new level.  I can’t believe that I’m just finding out about her and the books that she has written.

Don’t do what I did and find out about her too late.  You will definitely be sorry and kick yourself for it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. She enjoys writing suspenseful, fast-paced romance stories that always feature strong women.  

 

Marlow is an award-winning author and a member of the Romance Writers of America.

For more information about Marlow’s books check out her website at www.marlowkelly.com

 

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#Review of Navy Seal to the Rescue (Aegis Security #1) by Tawny Weber w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TawnyWeber #harlequinromsuspense @HarlequinBooks

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Injured in the line of duty, navy SEAL Travis “Hawk” Hawkins retreats to paradise. But R & R takes a turn when he runs smack into a beautiful blonde who just witnessed a murder. Travis offers to help, only to find himself equally taunted and titillated by irresistible Lila Adrian. Can the wounded warrior protect Lila and take down a deadly crime ring?

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Sun, surf and sex.

Once upon a time, Travis Hawkins would have called that heaven.

Now?

Now, he was convinced it was hell.

He strode out of the silken warmth of the Caribbean, his feet sinking in the wet sand. Wincing, he adjusted his stride when the sand turned to powder, taking the weight off his throbbing knee.

He noted the sexy little blonde standing on the edge of the beach. She’d poured her petite curves into a pair of white pants that stopped short of her ankles and a silky red tank that fluttered intriguingly in the light breeze. With her hair clipped up and back, he couldn’t tell its length, but he was imagining it was long. Mostly because he had a thing for long blond hair.

Just like he had a thing for confident women. He could tell this one was just that from the way she stood there, dangling her shoes from one hand while the other shaded her eyes. The better to check him out, he supposed. No harm there. He was checking right back.

And what he saw was intriguing.

But he wasn’t in the market to be intrigued.

He was in the market to decompress. To make decisions. To figure out the rest of his damned life.

Once upon a time, he’d take the blonde up on the obvious interest on her pixie-like face. He’d have strode on over for a little conversation, a little flirtation. He’d gauge the ground, assess the heat level and if it felt right, he’d have swept her off her sexy little feet and into his bed.

But his sweeping days were over. Hell, all the fun was over.

I’m a life long fan of Ms. Weber.  I cut my teeth on her Blaze books.  No one can write SEAL’s like her.  I’m excited that she is writing for the suspense line for Harlequin.  I think that the two will fit just nicely together.  That said, while I loved the overall book itself, I felt like that there wasn’t enough suspense until the very end.  Let me explain.

There was no gunplay in the book.  When you mentioned kidnapping and a SEAL, I want some gunplay.  Maybe a fight scene or two but with this one, we don’t get any of that until the end.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a bunch of nonsense when it comes to anything violent but watching a stakeout isn’t for me.  I wanted some more action in the book.  The overall actual suspense element was great.  I never figured it out.

Travis is a great hero.  SEAL’s are supposed to be overprotective, overbearing and used to running the show but he also had a softer side to him and that was Lila.  And not just in his bed.  He genuinely liked her.  Got to know her but in the end, was an idiot (aren’t they always).  I especially liked how he didn’t placate her in the end either.  He actually talked to her, understood her concerns and reassured him of his intentions.

Now Lila was a bit more interesting to get to know.  I liked her but at times felt like she really did a babysitter.  I’m all for NOT letting a man tell me what to do but at times, she didn’t listen.  Let’s hope that she really did learn from it.  I didn’t think that she was a true damsel in distress but I can understand her need for protection.  The scenes with her dad and brother, Lucas, were great.  She finally grew a spine and told them no.  Speaking of Lucas, that was an AWESOME twist.  I especially liked the “talk” before the op.

While Ms. Weber is known for her hot scenes, in this line, it is toned down a bit.  Ms. Weber still delivers the goods but don’t expect a Blaze scene.  I did enjoy the romance between Lila and Travis.  It is slow building but in the end…*swoon*.  Overall, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.  Lucas’ book should be a doozy when it comes out.  He’s got some issues, I’m sure like his sister, that hasn’t been told.

 

 

About the Author:

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty books, Tawny Weber loves writing about sexy heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. Her sassy, emotional romances are filled with men dedicated to being the best—and women determined to have the best. Tawny credits her ex-military alpha husband for inspiration in her writing, and in her life. The recipient of numerous writing accolades, including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and in addition to the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Tawny has also hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A homeschooling mom, Tawny enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs in her Northern California home.

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