Tag Archive | Highland Historical Series

Virtual Tour and Review: Highlander’s Hope by Collette Cameron

NBtM Highlanders Hope Banner copy

To those who comment, Collette will be awarding a gift basket that include a gift card, blue rose tea cup, blue rose soap, vintage looking cameo pendant, shortbread, tea, and other goodies to a randomly drawn commenter during the Virtual tours.

HIGHLANDER’S HOPE by Collette Cameron

Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn’t dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He’s determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn’t recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London’s docks, but Lord Sethwick’s passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife—without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, “I do.” Will Ewan’s manipulation cost him her newfound love?

 MEDIA KIT Book Cover

EXCERPT:Highlander’s Hope Excerpt – Carriage Scene 

Peeking at him from beneath her lashes, she reached up to straighten her bonnet. It hung askew off the side of her head, like a giant drooping peony. She shoved it back into place but the moment she removed her hand, it flopped over once more.

The stranger’s unrestrained laughter filled the carriage.

“Oh, bother it all.” Yvette’s patience with both her rescuer and the silly bonnet were at an end. She had no choice but to remove the dratted thing to reaffix it. Several strands of hair tumbled to her shoulders when she removed the cap from her head. Suppressing a shriek of annoyance, she placed the hat beside her. She then set about securing the wayward curls. Pinning the last strand in place, her eyes met those of her companion.

Momentarily forgetting her unanswered questions, she stilled, as did the world around her. The air hung suspended in her lungs. Her eyes widened in disbelief, her stunned gaze riveted on his face. “You exist?” Her voice was husky with awe.

Raising an ebony eyebrow, a flicker of humor softened the nobleman’s features. “So it would appear.”

A voice, deep and dark, caressed Yvette’s heightened senses. She stared. Her gaze roved across his handsome features returning, as if compelled by some unseen force, to his eyes.

Those eyesFringed by thick lashes, the mesmerizing turquoise pools gazing back at her sent her senses reeling in recognition. Her mouth dropped open. No, it couldn’t be. “Am I dreaming?” Giving a quick shake of her head, she lowered her eyelids for a moment. Lud, but she was befuddled. “Who are you?  

Review by: Lee Anne

RHL Classifications:
Time and Setting: England and Scotland, 1815
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

Fleeing for her life in the middle of the night, Yvette Stapleton left Massachusetts for England. Once she arrived, she felt her life was endangered yet again so she took off, running through the streets of London. As her pursuers gained on her, a handsome stranger in a beautiful carriage saved her.

Due entirely to events out of her control, she ends up sharing a room with the noisy, bossy, Mrs. Pettigrove. Yvette breaks into the room next to hers in order to find a little peace and quiet. Only when she wakes the next morning, she finds herself in bed with a naked, handsome stranger. From there, things only go downhill.

She’s running for her life and she keeps getting caught in a calamity of errors. Errors that will ruin her reputation. Her handsome stranger, Ewan McTavish comes to her rescue again, claiming they are betrothed. In time, Yvette learns they met at her cousin Vangie’s wedding two years ago. He’s the man of her dreams. Literally. She’s been dreaming of him ever since their one dance at the wedding.

As time goes on, things only gets worse as the lies get deeper. As they flee England for McTavish’s land in Scotland, they find themselves truly married, only Yvette doesn’t know it! Ewan has to keep her safe, tell her they’re married, solve the mystery of why Yvette’s being pursued, AND find the traitor in England’s war office. A walk in the park, right?

Collette Cameron’s writing weaved a fantastic story set in post Napoleonic England. Spies, traitors and espionage were the order of the day. The story of Yvette and Ewan is steeped in deception, espionage, and treason. Through it all Ewan has vowed to keep Yvette safe, while wooing his way into her heart. The passion between flares white hot, but they must resist. It’s difficult for them both, but Yvette’s reputation demands it.

Yvette was an interesting character to me. She was extremely knowledgeable, well educated, feisty and yet still a lady through it all. She was a delightful mixture of being fiercely independent without being a harridan. She knew when she needed help and wasn’t afraid to take it.

Ewan was almost perfect. He’s a typical alpha male in that he gave orders to Yvette when he felt she was in danger. He did it out of love, a need to protect her. He was also man enough to realize that Yvette needed more from him and he was willing to give it to her.

I’m so excited about this new to me author. Her writing is superb and I can’t wait to read more. We had a very nice set up to another story from this family and I’m hoping that Ms. Cameron is busy writing it, I’ll definitely be reading it!

**At the time of the review, this book was available from Amazon for $2.99**

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MEDIA KIT Author Photo

A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.

A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.

Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and going on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc.

Some of Collette’s favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading.

Author Links:

Website: http://collettecameron.com/

Blog: http://blueroseromance.com/

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/collette.cameron.5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Collette_Author

Google+: https://plus.google.com/110459897284342875390#110459897284342875390/posts

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/collette-cameron/60/17a/667

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/colletteauthor/

Soul Mate Publishing Author’s Blog: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Wee William’s Woman by Suzan Tisdale

 Wee William's Woman

Published: March 8, 2013

Publisher’s Blurb:

Scotland, 1345

They call him Wee William. Though he stands nearly seven feet tall, with arms and legs the size of tree trunks and hands as big as buckets, there is nothing wee about him. His scowl alone is enough to make most men’s bones rattle with fear. And women, rather than swooning, tend to run in the opposite direction.

The giant Highlander is a self-proclaimed bachelor who has sworn for years that there isn’t a woman in all of Scotland worth shaving his beard for, and for good reason. Years ago, after a bonny young lass broke his heart and left his dignity in shreds, he swore never again to put it in such peril. As a testament to his sincerity, he vowed never again to shave his beard.

Then he met her. In a single heartbeat, Wee William was lost. Forever lost to a brown-haired beauty with gray-blue eyes brimming with tears — a woman in need.

On her wedding night, Nora realized she made a terrible mistake. She had agreed to wed Horace Crawford when he promised her younger siblings would live with them. He soon broke his word and sent them away. Horace soon proved a harsh, cruel husband who owned no heart, nor a shred of decency.

On a dark, cold winter’s night, when Nora had almost given up hope of ever saving her siblings and herself, God answered her prayers in a most peculiar way. Through a band of fierce Highlanders on a mission to retrieve small but priceless treasures. Treasures she had unwittingly harbored.

Little did the Highlanders know they would return with more than those treasures… They would return with Wee William’s Woman.

Tags: Romance, Historical, Scotland, Highlander

Time Frame: Scotland 1345

Heat Level: 1

REVIEW RATING : 5 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

There’s something about a man in a kilt that will make me swoon. Kilts are sexy any way you cut it! Add in a Scottish brogue and I’m a goner! But the icing on the cake? A Scottish Highlander who’s fierce in battle, gentle with the ladies and playful with the kids. How could I ever resist?

Wee William is such a man. He’s dreamy, he’s sexy, he’s fierce and he’s a dreamboat with a wall around his heart.  Wee William has his heart broken as a young man and as a result, he’s refused to shave his beard until he finds a woman worthy of his heart.

Nora married out of necessity. The man she ended up marrying is the worst sort of man. He’s cruel, he’s harsh, and he cares only for himself.

Wee William storms into Nora’s life one night. With these words “Would ye like to become a widow this night?” he alters her life forever. She becomes a free woman. She resolves to get her brother and sister from Firth and start a new life with them.

Wee William, being the honorable man he is, goes with her to Firth. And so it begins. Wee William doesn’t stand a chance.

This was awesome. I love how it ties back to the first story in the series, Laiden’s Daughter. It feels like coming home to revisit that story. It’s fitting. It’s perfect.

Suzan Tisdale does an amazing job of drawing you into the story. You feel like you’re there with the characters and can feel every heartbeat, every breath they have. I love the way she carries the Scottish Brogue through the entire story without missing a beat. It adds to the experience.

I get sucked in so much that when my DH asked me a question, I answered him with “Aye”. He looked at me, blinked, shook his head and muttered, “reading about men in skirts again.” “They’re kilts honey, and it’s sexy.”

I’m really looking forward to the next one in this series, Rowan’s Lady. I’m excited about each of them getting their happily ever after. They’re warriors, they’re fierce and they deserve some lovin’.

**At the time of the review, this book was available from Amazon for $2.99**

ABOUT LEE ANNE:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.

Unwanted (Highland Historical #3) by Kerrigan Byrne

Unwanted by Kerrigan Byrne

Published: June 13, 2012

Publisher’s Blurb:

His heart was made of ice…
Born a nameless bastard into the Berserker horde, Finn is the measure of strength, ferocity, and brutality at the Temple of Freya. Sent to the Highlands bent on revenge and murder, he stumbles on an infant deserted in the snow. What he chooses next may seal his fate.

Her life was cold and empty…
Rhona McEwan has lost everything. Her husband, her child, and soon she fears she must relinquish her dignity in order to survive the bitter Highland winter. When the most fearsome, mysterious, and breathtaking man seeks the help she can give to the child in his arms, she’s unable to turn them away. Even though she’s not certain he’s entirely human.

Three of the world’s Unwanted…
On a snowy Solstice night during the magical Yuletide season, their need for each other may alter their destines forever.

In the third installment of the best-selling Highland Historical Series, Kerrigan Byrne weaves a tale of blood and vengeance, of love, redemption, and the bonds that make a family.

Tags: Romance, Historical, Highlander, Paranormal, Short-Story

Time Frame: Scottish Highlands, Winter, 1411

Heat Level: 3

REVIEW RATING : 5 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

Kerrigan Byrne writes the most amazing Scottish highlander/berserker stories ever. She weaves the myth of the Scottish Berserker into a wonderful erotic love story that transcends time.

She never ceases to amaze me as she creates these wonderful characters that pull at your heartstrings and make you want to read more. This is the third in the Highland Historical Series and I’m hoping it’s not the last. I would love to get yet another of these wonderful stories.

Finn is an unwanted Berserker. He’s not welcome at the temple to Freya and those in power at the temple send Finn to his death. They send him on a mission to kill the impure Berserkers in the highlands. Little does Finn know he has a connection to these Berserkers.

Along the way, he rescues a wee bairn and finds a mate. It’s a wonderful love story that is filled with tension, battles and acceptance.

 Unwilling is currently available at Amazon for $2.99.

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.

Unwilling (Highland Historical #2) by Kerrigan Byrne

Published: June 13, 2012

Publisher’s Blurb:

He should never have kissed her…

Laird Connor MacLauchlan doesn’t want a wife, but he finds his Berserker mate in the heat of battle. Though he fears for her safety from the darkness that lurks inside him, fate dictates he must take her and make her his…

She was meant to be his enemy’s bride…

Noble beauty Lindsay Ross has been sold to the highest bidder. On her way to meet her vile betrothed, a savage and mythic warrior slaughters her entire vanguard. Now she’s his captive and he seems determined to claim her body for his own. Connor promises to keep her safe from the evil warlord she was to marry, but who will protect her from him?

Tags: Romance, Historical, Highlander, Paranormal, Short-Story

Time Frame: Scottish Highlands, August, 1411

Heat Level: 2.5

REVIEW RATING : 4 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

Connor was supposed to kill the tyrannical laird MacKay in order to free those people from tyranny and fear. Instead he ended up finding his mate in Lindsay Ross. Connor never wanted a mate, but his berserker claimed Lindsay the instant he saw her.  Now he just has to convince her to accept him.

Lindsay is a formidable heroine. She refuses to simply accept her fate and decides to orchestrate her own outcome. She’s strong and independent in a time when women were nothing more than chattel to be bartered to advancement of men. She does this without being a shrew. Connor is an alpha male who is the laird of  his clan. He’s accepted his berserker and has no plans for a mate. He’s stubborn and in typical male fashion, doesn’t understand women!

From their very first encounter, their passion burned hot. Lindsay and Connor would never be the same. Connor’s berserker claimed Lindsay but how will Connor get Lindsay to claim him and his berserker.

Kerrigan Byrne weaves a fantastic story filled with romance, magic, and passion. This is the second book in the Highland Historical Romance and it’s every bit as good as the first one! I’m hoping she will continue with this series or possibly write other highlander stories.

 Unwilling is currently available at Amazon for $2.99.

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.

Unspoken (Highland Historical #1) by Kerrigan Byrne

Published: Marcy 24, 2012

Publisher’s Blurb:

He’s cursed with eternal silence…

Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he’s incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.

Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow’s battle and knows they’re on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she’s never been able to defy destiny. 

Tags: Romance, Historical, Highlander, Paranormal, Short-Story

Time Frame: Aberdeen, Scotland 1411

Heat Level: 3

REVIEW RATING : 3.5 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

Unspoken is the first book in the Historical Highland series by Kerrigan Byrne and what a start it is! I was hooked into this story from the very beginning.

Evelyn ran from England and ended up a bar maid in Scotland. A war is being waged around her town and the warriors are in her tavern the night before a big battle. One of the warriors accosts Evelyn causing Roderick to come to her defense. Later that night he rescues her once again by asking her into his bed. And what a night they spend!

Evelyn has what is called “the sight”. She can see the future of other people. She decides to warn Roderick that he is in grave danger. Instead she ends up in danger herself, again.

I really enjoyed this short story and was disappointed it ended so early. I would love to read more about Evelyn and Roderick. I found their passion to be hot and intoxicating.  I would have liked to know more about the battles and what the fighting was for. There was also potential to expand on the treachery that Roderick faced.

Overall this is a very good short story and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. Unwilling is the next story in the series and seems to deal with another Berserker in the family.

Unspoken is available on the Kindle at Amazon for $2.99.

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.