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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 The Virgin Club by Kayley Wood w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance

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Challenge: Lose my virginity before my 24th birthday. Time Left: 23 days.

Appletinis, a semi-meltdown, and a ‘Lose My Virginity Challenge’ post. That’s all it took for my little blog to go viral.

I’m going to be fine. I’m anonymous. I can just delete the post and pretend it never happened. No big deal, right?

Wrong!

My co-worker crush, Logan—gorgeous, yummy and out of my league—found out about my secret deadline-driven cherry popping quest.

Humiliated would be an understatement.

Fortunately, my besties come to the rescue with a brilliant plan that involves my trending blog. If all went smoothly, I’d not only win over the untouchable Logan but also live my dream of becoming a full-time writer.

The plan isn’t just brilliant, it’s perfect… until my new boss, Alexander Freeman comes into the picture with his Brooks Brothers suit and Tom Ford briefcase.

So what if the Stiff is hot? I will not ruin my one chance with Logan or my dream career.

But I’m in more trouble than I originally thought.

Turns out Alex has a few intentions of his own and a huge secret I’m totally unprepared for.

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Group Text
To: Jada, Lauren
From: Emma

E: Logan knows I’m the author of The Virgin Club which means he knows about my stupid Virgin Challenge!!!

E: He was working at Freeman Foxx when I broke my nose. I told him it was me and I totally forgot I wrote a post about it.

L: OMG

J: Wow!

E: Yeah, been through that stage already. What the hell do I do now??? How can I go into work tomorrow and face him? That’s it. I’m quitting my job. Hey Lauren, if I lose my apartment can I take your spare room?

L: Of course you can.

J: You’re not quitting your job or moving out! Take a deep breath and let’s take this one step at a time.

E: Ok. I’m semi-calm now. So what’s the first step?

J: Are you sure he knows it’s you?

E: Yes, he sent me a message. It was definitely him and he obviously found the blog because my dumb Virgin Challenge post is trending.

L: Was his message flirty?

E: Yes, like he was teasing me with it.

J: Is he still with that obnoxious girl who needed a smack upside the head?

E: No. They broke up a few weeks ago.

J: Well this is interesting news 🙂

L: I can almost see the light bulb going on in your head lol.

E: Oh no. What?

J: Confession time. Do you still like Logan?

E: I’ve already been there. I’m not embarrassing myself again. Logan knowing I’m a virgin is bad enough.

J: Answer the question, Emma. Do you like him or not?

E: Yes.

J: Enough that you would welcome him “taking on your over-expired V-card”?

E: Yes, but I obviously suck at reading signals. I don’t even know if he’s interested, single or not.

J: There are ways to get around that and they start with your blog.

E: My blog? No. Absolutely not.

J: FaceTime me. I think once you hear my plan, you’ll change your mind 🙂

L: Count me in too! I am NOT missing this.

E: Ok, but it better be good.

J: It’s not good. It’s brilliant.

New author to Harlie and boy, I’m a glad that I read this book.  I know that this book is not listed, per se, as a contemporary romance (at least on Amazon) but I would definitely put it in the categories of a rom-com, New Adult and maybe, chick lit.  This book is a lot of things and as an older woman, it resounded with me.  I understood why Emma thought that she HAD to lose her virginity.  Society has a way of saying that you have to lose it before a certain age and that’s just wrong.  Having sex is a very personal thing that NO ONE should tell you when it’s okay to do.  I lost mine early in high school and actually went through a Born Again time period before I met my husband.  Do I regret my choices?  No, but I’m from a completely different era.

That said, watching Emma with her friends find love is tough.  I’ve been there and the t-shirt is a rag but through that, I found myself and learning to love yourself first is more important than finding the “one”.  But Harlie will get off her soapbox right now and tell you why I loved this book.

  1.  Emma – is stronger than she thinks.  Sure, she is young and naive but once she figures out what she really wants, she goes for it.  I loved at the end of the book when she finally has enough with the villains and lays into them.  Girl power!
  2.   Alex – is a dream.  I could totally understand him and why he kept Emma at arms lengths at times.  It made sense and I applaud him for his choices.  Plus, his secret is one of those moments that defined not just him but his relationship with Emma in the end.  Plus, putting his heart out there, in the end, is heartbreaking but also took courage.  And then his brother stepping up for him.  Alex wasn’t as damaged as he thought he was.
  3.  Logan – is a douche but he is crucial to the relationship of Emma and Alex.  You just have to read the book to understand.
  4.  Claire – we have all worked with a Claire.  Again, read the book to understand.
  5.  Jada, Lauren, Rachel, and Vin – friends to the end.  The group texts and times that they are together are gold.  You can never have too many friends like them.
  6.  Emma’s mom – oh my.  She is all kinds of awesome and doesn’t ever make Emma feel like a child.  She helps her see her ways and is there for her no matter what.

Ms. Wood has a written a wonderful book about friendships, finding true love and working with people that are just flat out awful.  The work scenes are well written and bring back some pleasant and not so pleasant moments.  At times, the book can be cringe-worthy but other times, swoon-worthy.  Ms. Wood writes her characters with true flair and an understanding of what young adults yearn for and what they go through.

If you want to know if Emma loses the v-card, you will have to read the book.  The ending is sweet and I actually sighed out loud when I finished.  Do yourself a favor and read this book.  You won’t be sorry.

About the Author:

Kayley has three simple rules in life:

1. Surround yourself with some incredible, kick-ass women you call friends.

2. Don’t worry about failure or mistakes. It’s how you respond to them that makes all the difference.

3. An appletini is never complete without two cherries.

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#Review of Where Sleeping Lies Lie by M. Naidoo w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #historicalfiction @authormnaidoo

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“Two men… two worlds… one desperate promise…”

If Anna had only known how the simple push of a button would turn her life upside down, she would never have pressed ‘Play.’

Just 22 seconds into the recording she’s hit by the realization that, if the voice in the thick German accent is right, she has been living with an unthinkable lie for the past thirty years.

There is only one way to find out: Follow the instruction left by a dead person and head back to Germany, to a life Anna has next to no conscious memory of.

To her surprise, she finds an unexpected ally in Peter, an old childhood friend whose law degree and language skills prove to be more than useful. Besides, he has the most gorgeous blue eyes and the uncanny ability to push Anna’s buttons without the slightest effort. At every turn, their search for answers is littered with more lies and revelations.

Anna must ultimately decide whether even the noblest of ends, truly justify the means and whether some secrets should better stay buried.

“Mystery, history, and a twist at every turn. Brilliant characters and prolific storytelling… irresistible!”

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“God, I can’t even imagine.” The weight of what Martha had lived through had made Anna feel queasy. She needed water.

“No, you can’t.”

She hadn’t noticed how Peter was leaning forward, rubbing the back of his head, or how his voice had taken on a frigid undertone.

“Losing a child? I mean how do you get up in the morning?” Anna picked up her glass from the table.

“You don’t—not for a long time.” Anna froze. As she turned to look at Peter, his eyes, blank and dark, were fixed onto the candleholder in the center of the coffee table. She let herself fall back onto the sofa under the weight of the realization.

“When?” As if it would make a difference how much time had gone by.

“Nine years ago, in August.” He turned his head to look at her. Anna didn’t know what to say. What could she say?

“Her name was Sophie, the happiest, smartest, funniest, most loving three-year-old you will ever meet. One minute she’s running and laughing, the next she’s hooked up to machines with doctors telling you she won’t ever wake up again.” The pain she had felt in his voice had turned to bitterness.

“I’m so-”

“Sorry for my loss?” He finished her sentence. “That’s what they all said, doctors, nurses, family, friends… everyone.”

“What else were they going to say?”

“Nothing. Because there wasn’t anything, anyone could say that would have brought her back. Words were just a waste of time.”

“What about her mom?” Anna couldn’t help but ask.

“Gone.” He paused. “Without Sophie… we couldn’t pick up the pieces.”

Harlie did a thing.  She read a historical fiction book and will review it on the blog.  There is a touch of romance but it is very little.  What this book is a wonderful historical fiction book set during World War II and secrets that could make or break a family apart.  Let me tell you some of the things that I really liked about it.

  1.  The modern characters of Anna and Peter.  Anna and Peter are old childhood friends from a time that Anna doesn’t remember much of anymore.  She was born in Germany but moved to the United States before she was 10 years old and really connect back to the old country.  Peter is the person that is helping her on her discovery of her family secrets and to why she moved.
  2.  The Germany setting of old.  Quite fascinating the way that Ms. Naidoo describes Germany right after World War I and right up to after the Second World War.  She doesn’t hold back on the plight of the every day German who is just trying to work and raise their family.
  3.  Ms. Naido uses the journals that Anna has been left from her grandmother, Martha, as the chapters to read.  Very easy to read and follow along.  Keep in mind that there are two storylines going on the book but trust me, you will not get lost at all.  It’s just engrossing how she managed to weave both stories together.
  4. Martha, Anna’s grandmother and the true protagonist of the story.  Wow, just wow.  There wasn’t much that she didn’t endure with her husband (grrr), her children and the ravages of war.  Did I agree with all of her decisions?  No, but I understood them.
  5. The non-romance in the book.  We kinda sorta get one with Peter and Anna.  I thought it was very rushed in the end but their friendship will always be there regardless of what happens after the book.
  6. The pacing of the book is fantastic.  I read this book in just two settings and that’s only because I had to go to sleep.  I literally couldn’t put it down, it was that good.  I just HAD to know what was going on.

So there you have it.  Harlie did a thing and she is a very happy girl because of it.  I will tell you that there are some intense parts to the book in Martha’s time but that is to be expected.  I’m sure that I missed some small details in my first reading so I will definitely re-read this one again.  Yes, it was that good.

About the Author:  M.Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. Born and raised in Germany, she was able to draw on a wealth of memories and passed down stories for Where Sleeping Lies Lie.

When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out storylines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach – her proverbial ‘happy place’. M’s love for the shoreline and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in her debut novel The Pelican.

“Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time ‘real’ job has its challenges. I don’t get to spend half as much time as I’d like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!”

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