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In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

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How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
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Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle
True to the Law
Forgive the Wind
Crystal Passion
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Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl
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June 30, 2014

Book Review: A Highlander's Temptation
by Sue-Ellen Welfonder


Book 7 in the MacKenzie Series:

BLURB: Darroc MacConacher spends sleepless nights dreaming of a raven-haired beauty who makes him ache with desire. Then his dream comes true: the lady with her lush curves and fair skin appears shipwrecked on his shores. Darroc is immediately drawn to her strength and beauty, and from the moment she lays eyes on this powerful, broad-shouldered warrior, Lady Arabella MacKenzie knows she'll never want another man.

But theirs is a forbidden love. The MacKenzies drove the MacConachers from their lands and destroyed their honor. Now, Darroc can use this sapphire-eyed seductress to shatter his foes. Yet how can he deny the passion that burns between him and Arabella, and ruin the one woman who touches his very soul?


REVIEW:  For those of you who have enjoyed Sue Ellen Welfonder’s wonderful highlanders in the past you are really going to enjoy this one…it’s Arabella’s story!!! I have been waiting for this one as she has always been my personal favorite of Linnet and Duncan’s daughters, and it was well worth the wait let me tell you!

Arabella MacKenzie would seem to many to lead a very charmed life indeed! She is the eldest daughter of the Black Stag of Kintail, Duncan MacKenzie! And as such she has lived with her ever need and want (well for the most part) met from the time she entered the world. But all is not what it seems especially now that her younger sister Gelis is blissfully married and with a bairn of her own on the way, Arabella is feeling very lonely and the longing that she has been feeling for starting a family of her own has become more than she can stand! - Especially when every suitor that has made an offer for her hand thus far has been run off by her loving yet domineering and very well respected and might I add much feared father. So she has set her sights on making a journey to the mystical and fabled Seal Isles to make an offering and prayers at not only the cave of St. Egbert but also at the pagan “Giving Stone” to implore both the Christian God and the Auld ones to send her true love to her at last.

Her journey to the Seal Isles however is cut devastatingly short by the dreaded Black Vikings when they attack and sink the merchant cog that she is sailing on. Arabella narrowly escapes a watery grave that claims the lives of the others, but does fate have something special in store by this tragedy? Could this nightmare be the thing that finally brings her into the arms of her long desired love?

Darroc MacConacher can hardly believe his eyes when the bonnie raven haired beauty is rescued by him and his men, after the wreckage of a foundered ship washes up on the shores of MacConacher’s Isle. From the moment he pulls her from the waters he knows his heart and his life will never be the same after one look into those deep sapphire eyes. The lady is fair to the eye indeed but more than that she is kind and has a brave heart the likes of which Darroc has never seen before in any woman. But when he learns that she is a MacKenzie his soul is tormented and wrenched in despair… for the MacConachers and the MacKenzies have long been enemies and it has been Darroc’s life long goal to defeat the dreaded MacKenzies and see the MacConacher’s honor and name restored. However he can’t seem to get his heart to listen! And he can’t see Arabella as anything but desirable in every way….

Has fate brought him the one woman that he feels he can truly love only to be so cruel as to make her his clan’s worst enemy’s daughter? Can the budding feelings between Darroc and Arabella overshadow the years of war and bad blood that has passed between their two clans? Or is their love fated to be doomed before it can truly begin? Or can some otherworldly help nudge them in the right direction and into each other’s arms at last?

This is a wonderful story of a love that wasn’t meant to be, or is it? You will fall in love with Darroc and Arabella! I know I did. Sue Ellen Welfonder has crafted a beautiful lyrical love story between these two. The decks are so stacked against them and you find yourself really wondering how they can surmount all the odds that seem desperate to keep them apart. I loved the passion that burns between the two lovers and you get to revisit many favorites from past novels… Duncan (he’s back and at his blustering best lol), Sir Marmaduke, Linnet and Devorgilla, and there are many new and equally memorable characters that you meet in this one as well at Castle Bane I loved Connell, Darroc’s kind hearted and brave cousin- I do hope we see him return in the future! As always Sue Ellen’s love and passion for her beloved Scotland shines through on every page, and you feel like you are immersed in the breathtaking scenery of the Hebridean Isles as you read along. So if you love Sue Ellen’s stories or if you just love a good Scottish love story you want to be sure not to miss out on this one!





June 29, 2014

Book Review: Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins


BLURB: They call her Dark Maggie for her thick black hair, but the name also has a more sinister connotation. As the lone survivor of an attack on her village, she was thought to be cursed-and unfit for marriage. Maggie is also gifted with quick wits and skilled in medicine, trained as a midwife. Venturing to the colonies as an indentured servant, she hopes to escape the superstitions of the old country-and find a home of her own. But what she discovers is a New World fraught with new dangers.

REVIEW: This is the first book from Christine Blevins and it’s a great start she grabs you from the very opening pages and keeps your interest till the very last page. It tells the story of Maggie Duncan a young Scottish woman who is shunned by those of her village and chided as Dark Maggie due to superstitions because of her survival of the massacre of her family and village at Bailebeg after Culledon. Taken in by the local midwife and raised up learning the healing arts from Hannah she is well skilled and has the medical knowledge of many twice her age. But when Hannah takes ill and passes away Maggie is left alone and in a world that is less than friendly to her. She decides to risk it all and travel to the Colonies after a chance encounter brings her into contact with a man offering indentureship for healthy workers to the Americas. Freedom and a start for herself after only 4 years sounds like a wonderful prospect compared to the future she is faced with at home so she sets off but little did she know what all would await her in the New World. Though it is beautiful and indeed a land where there are more opportunities for fit healthy young people there are also many dangers and hardships as well. And Maggie must endure the cruelty and dangers of this new continent along with all its vast differences in culture from what she has known and strive onward if she is to survive. Can she escape the grip of an evil and vile Viscount that is determined to own her at any cost? Can she find the start she was looking for? Will she find new friends, opportunities and possibly love in this strange new land?


Rich in historical settings and fantastic rich characters this is a great read for anyone who enjoys a good historical you will feel like you are taking a step back in time and Ms. Blevins does an excellent job of making you feel like you are there in the room with her characters as they struggle on their paths. There are even some laugh out loud moments, but be warned it’s not for the squeamish readers, in some parts it is very detailed at the horrors that some of the early colonists had to face, and does include one instance of a sexual assault in detail - which could bother some readers. This may be her first novel but I know it wont’ be the last! I would like to have seen the romance played up just a bit more there wasn’t as much romance as I thought there would be, but other than that this was a fabulous read. If you love a good adventurous historical do pick up the Midwife of Blue Ridge and enjoy!








June 28, 2014

Book Review: Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley



Book 1 in the Shifters Unbound series

BLURB: Twenty years ago, shape shifters of all kinds banded together and announced themselves to the world, only to be shunted to areas no human wanted ("Shiftertowns"). They are forced to wear Collars that control their hunting and fighting instincts (referred to by Shifters as "Taking the Collar").

Liam Morrissey is currently liaison between the Shifters of Austin, TX, and the humans of the city. Kim Fraser, attorney, finds herself in the unique position of having to defend a Shifter on a murder charge.

She ventures to Shiftertown to seek out Liam's help, and there stumbles across too many secrets the Shifters want kept secret. The un-mated Liam is forced to protect Kim against the wrath of his clan leader and his own father, and to his surprise he discovers a powerful attraction to the sassy, sexy lady.


REVIEW:  This is book one in the Shifters Unbound series by the very talented Jennifer Ashley, and my friends it is awesome! I have often been amazed at the very different worlds that Ms. Ashley seems to so effortlessly create, (and she writes in many different genres under her own name and several pen names as well) and my friends I think she has outdone herself again with this one!

The world has only known that Shifters walk among us in the human world for 20 years now, and there are still many prejudices against them, and fears abound. They are forced to wear Collars like animals to control their instincts and to keep them “docile” but even with these measures they are reviled and shunned by many and forced to live in towns apart from the regular population known as Shiftertowns. But attorney Kim Fraser is no wilting flower and when she is put on the case of a shifter who is accused of murdering his human girlfriend she is bound and determined to get to the truth. Kim is convinced that the shifter (Brian) is innocent of the crime, and she won’t stop until she uncovers what really happened and frees Brian.

And to do that Kim sets out to the very intimidating and very taboo area of Shiftertown to meet with one of the local Shifters trusted leaders Liam Morrissey. Little did Kim expect to find that Liam Morrissey was Mr. Tall, Dark, Drop Dead Gorgeous! Even more surprising is the fact that Kim is immediately drawn to Liam and not just for his sexy looks but for his caring and fiercely loyal and courageous persona.

Liam is the eldest son of Dylan Morrissey who is the head of the Austin Shiftertown and as such he is the best bet Kim has to get into the world of the Shifters and try to find out not only more about their culture and what makes them tick, how they live and think etc. and by doing thus she will have a better idea of how to build Brian’s defense. The sparks immediately fly between Liam and Kim and by several surprising turn of events Kim finds herself put under the protection and “marked” by Liam. Liam never expected to fall in love especially with a human but the more he is around Kim the more he wants her for his own. But there is someone that wants to see Brian go down no matter the cost, and Kim with him if she persists in pushing forward with the case. And that's not all there is the rash of Feral Shifters (those who haven't taken the collar) who have been causing major mayhem and death, plus the head over all the local Shiftertowns Fergus (who is a major baddie and not in a good way) is causing trouble for both the Morriseys and Kim (whom he wants for his own). Can Liam protect Kim from whoever is out to get her? And could this sexy strong human woman be the perfect mate for Liam? Could it be that even though they are from two totally different worlds that they will find that their hearts don’t care?

This one has it all it is full of suspense, passion, adventure and strong characters that you will be dying to see again and again. There are all kinds Shifters to enjoy in the series - felines wolves, and bears oh my! (Sorry I just couldn’t resist but honestly this one is not cheesy in any way shape or form.) Jennifer Ashley has really created a fascinating new world full of unforgettable characters that will make any readers inner cat purr… If you love a hot paranormal romance with very hot alpha males you are going to love this one!

I fell in love with Liam right off and his brother Sean is no slouch either let me hasten to say (I’m dying to see him find his own love in the upcoming books) and Dylan and Conner and their friend Ellison (who is a funny and sexy wolf shifter) so there are plenty of sexy shifters stories still to come! And I just can't end the review without saying that I LOVE the cover to this one. Is that not awesome? I'll definitely be buying the rest of this series! 




  



June 27, 2014

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I have many exciting things coming up here at Romance P.S. in the next few weeks including several upcoming author interviews! Check out this great line up...

Paula Quinn

Sue-Ellen Welfonder

and 

Caroline Fyffe

These wonderful authors are also going to be giving away some fabulous free reads! 

There will also be several more contests coming up soon for free books and DVD's! So be sure
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Book Review: Desiring the Highlander by Michele Sinclair


Book 3 in the McTiernay Series

BLURB: Set in the early 14th century Scottish Highlands, it is the story of the third McTiernay brother, Cole, who saves Ellenor Howell, an Englishwoman haunted by a horrible mistake, from a lonely life, only to realize it is she who needs to rescue him.

Ellenor Howell’s perfect world unraveled in one terrifying night and she vows to piece together a new future, one that is safe and far from the reach of any man. Attempts to marry her off have failed and she is weeks away from fleeing England and her nightmares, when a hulking giant arrives, determined to take her to his brother’s home. With each ploy she devises to escape her captor, the infuriating Highlander is one step ahead, and her desire to leave the safety of his arms wanes. For inexplicably, whenever the man is around, her fear of being touched disappears and she remembers what is like to be wild and carefree. She wants her freedom, but with each minute that passes in the scowling Highlander’s presence, Ellenor begins to realize that what she really wants is the one thing she can’t have…his heart.

Cole has good reason to despise Ellenor Howell. She is not only English and someone he is honor bound to hate, but she is proud of it. She is also aggravating, stubborn, and enjoys challenging everything he says or does. It should have made it simple for him to stay away. Instead, he finds himself drawn to her, as she continually understands him in ways no one else does. But as he helps free her from the memories of her past, his desire for the tawny-haired beauty grows, and he rediscovers pieces of his soul he thought forever dead. As their time together draws to an end, he must make a choice…forsake a solemn promise he made long ago committing him to a solitary life, or make a new one to his sworn enemy who has the power to open his heart and heal his wounds with love.



REVIEW: Desiring the Highlander is the third book in Michele Sinclair’s Highlander’s series. I have to say this is the first book that I have read by Ms. Sinclair but it will definitely not be the last! (And I hasten to add that although it was the third in the series I didn’t have any problem at all following the story line at all. The only problem is now I’m dying to get my hands on the first two as well LOL.)

We travel back to the 1300’s Scotland where Cole McTiernay is a man who is not only haunted by his past but bound by it as well. Since the day the English killed his best friend Cole has vowed that he will avenge his death and his hatred of all things English runs as deep as the marrow in his bones. So when his brother and Laird ask him to go to England to fetch an important parcel for his wife it’s the very last thing that Cole wants to do. But being the ever dutiful and honorable man that he is he sets out to play courier.

But oh what a surprise Cole has in store for him. Imagine Cole’s surprise to find out the “parcel” he has gone to get is indeed not a thing but a very “English” woman! He doesn’t know what to make of the wild hellcat that is Ellenor Howell she tries to appear to be mad to all those around her but Cole knows from the very first that it is nothing but a clever rouse. But what could she be hiding behind this elaborate mask that she wears to keep others away?

As much as Cole loathes all things English he is drawn to this enigmatic beauty more and more with every passing hour. Could it be that the one thing that personifies his greatest enemy could be the thing that he has needed all along? Could the budding feelings between he and Ellenor be the very thing that could free both of them from the demons of their past, and be the road to true love and happiness for them both? Believe me you need to get this one and find out you won’t be sorry!

Michele Sinclair has created a brilliant portrayal of the Scotland of yesteryear and two unforgettable characters that you fall in love with from the start. Cole and Ellenor’s story had me riveted to the pages I literally I couldn’t put it down. Her writing was deep and stirring and I could practically see the characters throughout the entire story in my minds eye that is something that you can’t do to often and it’s always wonderful to find one like this! (Just a personal note but I kept seeing Tom Welling and Erica Durance as the main characters in this one. I think it was because the hunk on the cover looked a lot like Tom to me and it just went on from there! LOL) But all of her characters even the secondary characters were so well formed, stark, and real and full of emotion that I devoured this one and loved every minute of it! The romance and passion between the two is so heart touching and sometimes wrenching as well that you can’t help but fall in love right along with them. As I said this may have been the first book I’ve read by Ms. Sinclair but will not be the last! She is now on my list automatic to read authors. Give it a try and I bet she will be on yours too! :) Now the only reason I didn't give this one a straight 5 stars is that I did feel that the language could have been a little more Scottish sounding in the reading of it at times. But other than that the story was excellent and everything was perfect. It could just be that I've gotten use to reading "hearing" the Scottish tongue in Diana Gabaldon's books that I felt that way, (Jamie's and the other Highlanders have a very deep brogue) but either way its a fabulous read!




Movie Review: Unfinished Sky

Stars:  William McInnes and Monic Hendrickx
Directed by: Peter Duncan

Blurb: The film is a story about an Outback farmer (William McInnes) who takes in an Afghani woman (Monic Hendrickx) after she escapes from a brothel. The film is a romantic drama but also takes on many hard topics - human trafficking and the sex trade.

Review: I saw this movie first on Amazon Prime.I found it just by browsing one day and thought I would give it try after reading the blurb and watching the trailer. I am so glad I stumbled across this gem of a film. After I finished it I had to go right out and get it on DVD for my collection. I LOVED it! It is the hauntingly beautiful story of an Afghan woman Tahmeena who escapes a brothel where she had been kidnapped and sold into sex slavery and stumbles bloody and broken through the outback and onto the sheep farm of John Woldring. John is a broken man himself who has been little more than a recluse since the death of his wife. He takes the woman in and the two of them start to try to piece together their broken lives. It's even more interesting that Tahmeena doesn't speak english. So the two have to find ways of communicating when they don't know the other's language which ends up having some really funny and sweet moments because of miscommunications between the two. 

Can these two strangers who couldn't be from more different backgrounds put the pieces of their fractured lives back together again with a little help from the other? Or will the evil men that kidnapped Tahmeena finish them off before they get the chance?

This diamond from down under totally blew me away! I loved it so much I hated to see it end. It is the remake of a Dutch film called the Polish Bride. After I saw this one I wanted to see if the first was anywhere near as good as this one was. In my humble opinion Unfinished Sky eclipses the original version in every way possible. Though the story is very similar there are very big differences in the two versions with Unfinished Sky being the much more hopeful and beautiful version. Another interesting fact is that Monic Hendrickx played the female lead in both versions. That doesn't happen to often and it was really cool to see her play for all intents and purposes the same part nine years apart and it seem so different in so many ways. There is interviews and behind the scenes footage on the DVD as extras where Monic talks about playing the part twice and why she did. It was very cool to hear the insight on that and why this film strikes such a nerve with so many people. 
The film was nominated for 10 Australian Film Institute Awards at its 2008 ceremony. It won three, including Best ScreenplayBest Actress (Monic Hendrickx) and Best Actor (William McInnes) and it deserved everyone of them they did a outstanding job.
This to me is a little known movie treasure and I'm so glad I found it and was able to add it to my collection.

It would have gotten a perfect 5 were it not for 2 tiny things...it needed just a touch more romance to be perfect and one thing involving the dog that I won't mention as it would be a spoiler. 




Rated: 
Some language and violence


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Movie Review: The Lucky One


Stars: Zac EfronTaylor SchillingBlythe Danner
Directed by: Scott Hicks


 Blurb: U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Review: The movie is based on Nicholas Sparks' bestseller The Lucky One. It revolves around Logan Thibault a sergent in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been through three tours in Iraq and during his last mission he and his unit are ambushed. While many of his unit didn't make it Logan does and when he finds a photograph of a young woman in the rubble outside he is enthralled by the beauty of the woman's smiling face. He tries to find the owner of the photograph, but when no one claims it he carries it with him and begins to feel that this mystery woman is his good luck charm. Upon returning home he feels that he no longer fits in with his family or anyone else. Logan is suffering badly from PTSD. His body is back from combat but his mind and emotions are still extremely raw from all that he has witnessed. After an incident with his nephew he decides it would be better for everyone involved if he left. 

Logan decides to try and track down the woman in the photograph to find out more about who it belonged to and to say thank you for being his "guardian angel" and helping him make it through one of the hardest times in his life. 

When he finally does find Beth he is drawn to her even more than he was her photo (which was a lot). But he can't find the words to tell her why he is really there and after she mistakens him for an applicant for the job at her families kennel he decides to take the job to get to know her better. 

Beth is extremely wary of Logan at first and tries to keep her distance but her grandmother Ellie likes him from the start and sees in him a good hard working young man who just might be what her granddaughter has been needing all along. 

Beth and Logan do finally start to hit it off (especially after how Beth sees how good Logan is with her young son Ben). The feelings between the two grow steadily and when they finally realize that each of them is falling in love is right when things start to hit the fan with Beth's ex-husband who is also a sherriff's deputy decides that he wants Beth back and he doesn't want Logan around his son and he makes his feelings well known to both Beth and Logan on the matter.

Can Beth and Logan make it past all the obstacles around them that seem to be working against them to finally be together. Or when Beth finally finds out how Logan really came to be in her life how will she react? There are several more twists and turns but I won't go into those because I don't want to give any of the rest of the plot away. But this movie is not to be missed by anyone that loves a good love story. 

It's a great movie with two great young actors who's chemistry together is amazing. They were so convincing onscreen in fact that there were rumors for a while that the two might have been an item in real life when the cameras stopped rolling. Once you see the movie you will understand why. They really do sizzle together. 

I highly recommend the Lucky One. In fact if you like romances I would say skip the rental and just go ahead and buy this one because you will definitely want to add it to your movie library. 




Rated: 

Some scenes of war time violence, some language, and sexual situations.
The love scenes are pretty steamy in this one. They aren't overly explicit but are hot enough 
to cause some parent's to balk at their young teens watching it.


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June 26, 2014

Book Review: Highlander In Her Bed by Allie MacKay


Book 1 in the Ravenscraig Legacy series

BLURB: She's fallen in love with an antique bed. But the ghostly Highlander it comes with is more than she bargained for... Tour guide Mara MacDougall stops at a London antique shop-and spots perhaps the handsomest bed ever. Then she bumps into the handsomest man ever. Soon Mara can't forget the irresistible-if haughty-Highlander. Not even when she learns that she's inherited a Scottish castle. Spectral Sir Alexander Douglas has hated the Clan MacDougall since he was a medieval knight and they tricked him into a curse-the curse of forever haunting the bed (the very one that Mara now owns) that was once intended for his would-be bride. But Mara makes him feel what no other MacDougall has-a passion that he never knew he'd missed.


REVIEW: This is the first book from Allie Mackay (pen name for best selling author Sue Ellen Welfonder) in her paranormal Scottish romance series. I devoured this one from start to finish, couldn't put it down.

When tour guide Mara MacDougall spots an antique bed in a London Antique shop little did she know that her life was about to change in BIG ways. She is enchanted by the unique bed and has to have it what she didn't know was that there is a ghost attached to the bed, and not just any Ghost but that of a drop dead sexy Scottish warrior Sir Alexander Douglas.

Alexander has hated all MacDougalls since they brought about his untimely death, and he was cursed to spend eternity haunting the bed that none other than another cursed MacDougall has now purchased! But from the start something calls to him about this particular feisty and beautiful MacDougall. Indeed Mara is more than Alex had ever bargained for, and it isn't long before the sparks start to fly between them. Will haunted soul finally find the love of his life with the ancestor of his mortal enemy? And will the two of them end up sharing the bed that brought them together?

This is a must read in my opinion I truly enjoyed it more than I have a ghost book in a long long time. Great characters, funny laugh out loud moments and a ghost that makes me wish my own bed were haunted! I think I need to go antique shopping! :)








Book Review: Tempting the Prince by Patricia Grasso


Book 2 of the Flambeau Sisters
Book 5 of the Kazanov Series

BLURB: Beautiful Belle Flambeau relishes her independence even as she dreams of a family of her own. When a vicious attack leaves her with an ugly scar, Belle retreats from society, her hopes of love and courtship dashed. Yet the darkly handsome, wounded stranger who seeks shelter on her property seems intent on proving otherwise, beginning a seduction that is slow, delicious, and utterly scandalous...

Prince Mikhail Kazanov wants - nay, needs - a loving, nurturing wife, not one of the shallow, empty-headed fortune hunters vying for his attentions. Drawn to Belle, Mikhail uses subterfuge to woo her. But though their heated attraction explodes into sensual bliss, the truth drives Belle away - and into danger's path. Now, as an enemy makes his violent intentions known, Mikhail must find a way to win Belle's trust again. For with their love - and her life - at stake, he cannot afford to fail...


REVIEW:  Belle Flambeau is a scarred woman both figuratively and now unfortunately literally. Her world is forever changed when a man attacks her in her own home and slashes her face leaving her scarred for life. After her beauty if permanently blemished her rat of a fianc‚e cries off and Belle is convinced that all of her hopes of a family of her own now lie in ruin. What she needs is a handsome and good-hearted prince to see past her scarred visage and love the woman beneath. and fate is about to bring her just what she needs.

Prince Mikhail Kazanov needs a wife! And his four-year-old daughter desperately longs for a mother since the death of his wife a year ago. Yet he cringes at the advances of the empty headed (and empty hearted) society women that are practically coming out of the woodworks in pursuit of him and his royal title. When his friend and business associate the Duke of Inverary's daughter catches his eye sitting solemnly in a garden looking so lonely and forlorn he is immediately enchanted with her. He soon devises a plan that will tell him what kind of woman she truly is and once he meets the good hearted and gentle and nurturing Belle he knows he has found the woman who will heal his heart and fill his home with love and happiness. But can Mikhail convince Belle that she is so much more than just a scarred woman but the woman is in truth the woman of his dreams?

This is the first book I have read in this series, but I can safely say it will not be my last. I was completely enthralled in this book from the very beginning and was actually sad to see it end. It has everything great and memorable characters that you will fall in love with and intrigue and adventure as well. For there is also a serial killer within their midst and can they find the Slasher's true identity before he strikes much to close for home? Wonderful and again I commend Ms. Grasso for her big hearted and loveable main characters Belle and Mikhail you just don't see enough of this type of characters anymore. Tempting the Prince is a keeper and I am looking forward to more in this series (and will be going back to find the ones I have missed so far as well.)





June 25, 2014

Book Review: Some Like it Kilted by Allie MacKay


Book 4 in the Ravenscraig Legacy series

BLURB: A woman's heart needs a loving home--

Even if it's a little bit haunted.

Mindy Menlove lives in a castle that was transported stone-by-stone from Scotland. But when her fiancé dies in scandal and Mindy decides to sell the gloomy estate, her plans unravel. She must travel to the Hebrides, where she's confronted by the castle's original builder-who happens to be maddeningly irresistible and seven hundred years young.

Bran of Barra was a legendary chieftain. Since then he's enjoyed his ghostly pleasures, until Mindy's appearance disrupts them. Now, if the roguish Bran doesn't change Mindy's mind about his bonny homeland-and himself-neither of them will ever find any peace.


REVIEW: Some Like it Kilted is the fourth book in Allie Mackay’s wonderful Highland Ghost series. For those of you that have enjoyed the series so far - this is one that we have all been waiting for; this is Bran of Barra’s story! (For those of you that have not read this series before it would make a great stand-alone and I think will have you rushing out to get the others as well!)

Mindy Menlove lives in an authentic Highland Castle that was transported stone by stone to the US. She resides in modern day Pennsylvania…in a castle that was owned by her fiancé. When her fiancé Hunter meets an untimely but very deserved death (he was a cheating scoundrel) the castle is willed to Mindy. And while this would be a dream for most breathing females, Mindy is not at all in love with the Highland castle and its dark and broody atmosphere. In fact she is done with all things Scottish after Hunter’s betrayal. She wants nothing more than to sell the castle and to head for the beaches of sunny Hawaii to sip fruity drinks and enjoy the good life as far from the memories of castles and MacNeil's as possible. But it seems that a host of very Scottish ghosts that reside in the castle have much different plans in store for Mindy. They intend to see their beloved ancestral home back on Hebridian soil once more… and they will stop at nothing to make sure that it does!

Bran of Barra is a MacNeil through and through and too the very marrow of his bones. This proud and braw 700-year-old Highland chieftain has enjoyed his life and his afterlife to the very hilt! Everyone in ghostdom knows of Bran and his Island Castle of delights where food and drink flow unceasingly and women are warm and always willing. He has been entertaining and rollicking at his beloved Tower for centuries with a host of ghostly revelers coming and going on a regular basis. Aye he has lived the high afterlife as it were undisturbed for centuries… but all of that is about to change. Bran has his world turned upside down when a feisty American lass enters his realm claiming that she has come to restore his castle back to its original state and place it back on the Isle of Barra. Bran has long said that he wants nothing to do with the modern world or the modern American women. He doesn’t want to end up like several of his ghostly friends who have recently fallen blissfully in love. But from the moment he sees Mindy he knows that fate as well as the fabled Heartbreaker sword at his side have other plans for him and this 21st century lady. 

Though Mindy has sworn she will not let the handsome highlander and his homeland anywhere near her heart she has a hard time living up to that vow when every moment that she spends on Scottish soil and close to Bran makes she and her heartburn with passion. Could it be something more? And can this centuries old rogue truly reform his philandering ways and find happiness at last?

This was a great read. I have wanted to read more about Bran from his appearance in Allie’s very first book Highlander in her Bed. He and Mindy couldn’t be more different in every conceivable way but they are perfect together and I loved watching this very determined NON-Scotophil being converted every step of the way! And I especially enjoyed seeing many of the characters from the previous stories making guest appearances. We also get to meet a group of many brand new characters that I certainly hope to see again and learn more about!

Most of you know that Allie Mackay is really Sue Ellen Welfonder. I didn’t until way after I had read her first book, but if you love Sue Ellen’s books you should definitely give her alter ego here a try. And ANY true paranormal fan would love this series especially if you are a die hard Scottish fan like me! :) If you want a fun and passionate ghostly love story look no further than Allie Mackay!





Book Review: Homecoming by Jill Marie Landis


BLURB: Jill Marie weaves an unforgettable story about a young woman adrift in two worlds, and her courageous journey to discovery, belonging, and love.

Tell me who I am, Tell me where I belong. I am a woman without a name, without a home…

For the first time, Eyes-of-the-Sky prayed to the white man’s God. One look in the mirror told her she was not a Comanche…yet she remembered no other life. She watched the whites who had taken her after her “rescue,” the mother, Hattie, and her handsome son, Joe, and wondered what her life had been like before her childhood abduction. She looked at Joe, who had suffered much and forgave little, and knew a longing in her heart.

But questions remained: What am I? Who am I?

  
REVIEW: This book is a first for Jill Marie Landis in the Inspirational Genre I have long been a fan of her romances and I have eagerly been awaiting the release of her new novels. She has not disappointed here with Homecoming. Kidnapped by the Comanche Indians when she was a child Eyes of Sky lived a happy and content life among her captures. The Comanche way is all she can remember, but her tranquil world is destroyed in one horrible day when the dreaded Blue Coats of the US Calvary ride into her tribes encampment and kill and burn their way through until nothing is left.

Eyes of the Sky expected to be murdered by the whites like the rest of her family but one look in her blue eyes and she is swept away from the world of everything she knows and thrust into the foreign world of the whites.

Hattie Ellensburg and her son Joe are the sole survivors of a vicious Comanche attack on their ranch home near Glory Texas. Hattie who was ravaged and nearly scalped during the attack is now left scarred and dealing with the deaths of her beloved husband and little daughter. She has turned to God for her refuge in this storm of life but her son Joe is a very different story.

Joe (who was away at the time of the attack) can not forget that night or forgive himself for not being there to help his family and save his mother from the savages that attacked the Rocking E. Now they are outcasts from their neighbors and all the people of Glory who look down upon the scarred Hattie as a tainted woman. Joe has turned his back on God and almost everyone else and is a bitter young man with nothing but hatred in his heart for all the Comanche. So when they are unexpected asked to take in the rescued Comanche girl Eyes of the Sky until her family can be located the Ellensburgs are brought face to face with the demons of their past.

Hattie sees in Eyes of the Sky the path that just might heal the wounds of them all from that terrible night. She sees the girl as a gift from God and she hopes that caring for the abducted young woman might begin to chip away at the ice that has so hardened her son’s heart.

Joe who was so against taking in the Indian girl soon finds himself drawn to her not only for her beauty but for her spirit and her courage.

Eyes of the Sky soon cares deeply for the Ellensburgs who have taken her in and taught her so much. But she agonizes over the loss of her Comanche brothers and sisters. And she is torn between the two worlds that she is from. Will she find out who she truly is and where she belongs?

Can Hattie and Joe find salvation and the desire and live again in helping this lost and confused young woman? Will love be able to heal all of the broken pieces of these three broken souls?

This inspiring story is one that you shouldn't miss! I can’t remember when a story left me feeling more uplifted and made my spirit soar as I read of the plights of these amazing characters that Ms. Landis has created. The story touched me deeply on many levels and it teaches that no matter how low life’s circumstances bring us, that there is always hope, and that it can come from the most unexpected places when we least expect it. This is a truly outstanding story of Faith, Love, and Courage that you won’t soon forget. Anyone who loves a great story of the old west and believes in God will love this one! I highly recommend this wonderful book for anyone!


There should be more books like this and I hope to see more from Ms. Landis like this in the future!