‘Cavendon Hall’ by Barbara Taylor Bradford

btb chSTORY: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England.

Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children. Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress who is in charge of the countess’s wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters.

For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor. Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of the Earl’s daughters, is about to be presented at court when a devastating event changes her life and threatens the Ingham name. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and betrayals will be set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again. 

Cavendon Hall is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best, and its sweeping story of secrets, love, honor, and betrayal will have readers riveted up to the very last page.

REVIEW: Cavendon Hall was finished being built in 1761 and the famous Lancelot “Capability” Brown created the grounds and gardens around the home.  Now, it is 1913 and the home is lived in by Charles Ingham, Sixth Earl of Mowbray, his wife, Felicity, and their six children which include two sons and four daughters.  For generations, the Ingham family has always been served, revered and protected by the Swann family.

One day, while walking on the grounds of her home, the lovely daughter, Daphne, was attacked and brutally raped.  While her attacker was wearing a scarf around his face, she managed to pull it off and saw and recognized who it was.  From the rape, she becomes pregnant and with the help of the level-headed Swann family and the love of her own parents, plans were made for her to take a grand tour of Europe while hiding out until her baby is born and then putting it up for adoption.  However, this is not necessary, for a cousin of Earl Mowbray has just returned from a long stay in America and Switzerland.  When Hugo and Daphne meet, they are drawn to one another and after she confesses the problem to him, they agree to a quick marriage. 

As World War I is threatening, the family is beginning to see changes coming and considers how this will affect them.  The Mowbray heir goes to war as does Hugo.  Cavendon Hall is so large that two wings are opened and used as a recuperation hospital for injured soldiers.  

Intertwined in the novel are side stories of how the Swann family looks after the Ingham family, sharing their secrets and keeping them safe.  Daphne kept the true identity of her rapist a secret letting her parents think it was someone else who was now dead.  However, danger is still there as incidents happen showing there is someone out there who wishes the family harm.  Will this person be caught?  How will the family and Cavendon Hall fare from the war?

Calling all Downton Abbey fans!  This is a novel you will not want to miss!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.  I’m hearing that there will be a sequel and if so, I eagerly await its publication.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by my Library.

‘The Bride Insists’ by Jane Ashford

ja tbiSTORY: When governess Clare Greenough learns she’s inherited a fortune, the good news comes with a catch: it will be held by her cousin until Clare can find a husband.

To stave off ruin, Jamie Boleigh, the seventh Baron of Trehearth, agrees to marry Clare under the condition that she keeps the money, a provision he hopes to overturn. Their passionate relationship becomes a battle of wills.

When the cousin tricks Jamie into betraying his wife, he’ll have to prove the truth or lose her forever.

REVIEW: Just when governess Clare Greenough thinks that her life will always find her teaching difficult and spoiled children, she gets word that she has inherited a sizable fortune from a distant relative. Thrilled, she heads to London along with an older woman, Selina Newton, whom she has hired to be her companion. When she discovers that her evil cousin, Simon Greenough, who denied monetary help years earlier to her and her ailing mother will have control of her fortune until she marries, she immediately seeks to find a man in need of an heiress for a wife.
James Boleigh, seventh Baron Trehearth, is just about to lose his family home and is literally penniless. He has spent too much time lolly-gagging with his friends in London, gambling and drinking way too much. When he learns about Clare, they are quickly introduced, find they suit, marry and leave for his ancestral home, Trehearth in Cornwall. Her companion, Selina, goes along with them.

As the home is in need of an infusion of money for repairs both inside and to the estate cottages, James jumps in to work on the estate repairs and Clare, with the help of Selina, begin to make changes and improvements to the inside. In addition, she meets James’ younger twin sisters who prove themselves to be a handful.

Both James and Clare are in for a great surprise. Clare plans to keep track of the finances and James thinks he should have complete control of all of it. They clash mightily over this. After a big fight, Clare flees in a huff to London leaving James on his own. Never having had a season, Clare meets a wealthy woman, friend of Selina, who welcomes them to stay with her and insists on presenting her to London. After some time apart and drowning his sorrows in alcohol, James goes to London to try and woo his wife back.

While this was a nice story, my big complaint was the immaturity of James and Clare. Clare’s running away from responsibilities grew really old and I wanted to smack her. James’ clamming up and serious alcoholism were tedious. Both of them needed to grow up and fast. However, I would like to think that the author created these “flawed” characters just for that type of reaction from the reader.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by my Library.

‘A Beauty So Rare’ by Tamera Alexander

ta absrSTORY: Eleanor Braddock, a spinster–plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty–has long since dismissed any hope of marriage. But when a dying soldier whispers his final words, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. But this compassionate deed takes a harsh turn, and Eleanor finds herself dependent upon the richest woman in America and the most despised woman in Nashville–her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion. A clandestine act of kindness leads Eleanor to an unlikely path for her life–building a home for destitute widows and children from the Civil War. And while Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve.

Gerhard Marcus Gottfried, Archduke of the House of Habsburg and fourth in line to the Austrian throne, arrives in Nashville in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Collaborating with botanist Luther Burbank, Marcus seeks to combine his own passion for nature with his expertise in architecture. But his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widow’s and children’s home run contrary to the wishes of practical, frugal Eleanor, who sees his ideas as costly nonsense.

Yet as the construction project continues, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground–and a love neither of them expected. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor to marry, and even if he were, someone who knows Marcus’s secrets is about to reveal them all.

REVIEW: Eleanor Braddock is a fairly unconventional, tall, nearly 30-year-old woman who has served as a nurse during the Confederate War and has experienced much horror, as well as holding many men in her arms soothing them as they died of their wounds.  Now that the war is over, she is left to care for her widowed father, once a famous attorney, who is showing early signs of dementia.  As their funds are minimal, her wealthy Aunt Adelicia Acklin Cheatham has invited her to live with her at her home, Belmont Mansion, in Nashville Tennessee.  However, due to her father’s deteriorating condition, she is also having to admit him to the only place available to care for him:  an insane asylum.  While she is grateful to her aunt for providing her with a home, she is not interested in pursuing the daily engagements of ladies of society.  Her true wish is to be a cook and to that end, has put money down on a building in town she can rent to open a restaurant.

Marcus Geoffrey, who in actuality is the Archduke Gerhard Marcus Gottfried von Habsburg, is pursuing his dream to live in America before having to return home and take on his family responsibilities.  His true love is botany and he has been hired on by Lady Cheatham to care for her gardens, as well as to produce the perfect “sunrise” colored rose for her.  When Eleanor meets Marcus and they become friends, she thinks he is simply and under-gardner and has no idea of his real life.

When Eleanor finds that opening her own restaurant is not a possibility for her, she uses her meager funds to feed the widows and children of the town left on their own as a result of the devastating war.  Her works meet with some negativity by her aunt and other townspeople all shocked that a mere woman has chosen to undertake this task.  

With the help of Marcus and their growing attraction to each other, she is able to achieve her dream of a home for the widows and children where they can live in safety knowing they will be cared for.

This book is a saga.  The story is a long one but well worth ever page read.  Tamera Alexander has obviously put her heart into this book and I am so pleased to have been able to read it.  I hope others will do the same.  The history learned here is priceless.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher. 

 

‘The Viscount’s Vow’ by Collette Cameron

TheViscountsVow2_850STORY: Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

REVIEW: This is my first time reading this author and let me tell you, she is very good.

I loved the character of Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick. What a great hero! He starts off with a vengeance in mind, but as soon as he realizes his folly, he’s more than ready to apologies and set things right for our poor, misguided and beautiful heroine, Evangeline Caruthers.

This was an entertaining and enjoyable read from start to finish because of authors use of a range of emotions, from betrayal to forgiveness to love. Ian and Vangie were so different from one another, yet they were destined to be together. It’s those differences, once explored and accepted that brought these two together.

The story’s fast pace will keep you turning the pages while the sensual scenes of this romance will have you reaching for a fan.
If you’re a fan of ‘The Big Misunderstanding’ tropes, witty dialogue with some intrigue and villains running amok, Collette Cameron’s ‘The Viscount’s Vow’ is it!

Honestly, how can you pass it on, especially now that it’s on sale! 

*[NOTE: only today & tomorrow - 99 cents - 4/8-4/9 - CLICK on the COVER]!

Melanie for b2b.

Complimentary copy provided by the author.

Jenn LeBlanc’s ‘Absolute Surrender’ is here!

Today we’re excited to share Jenn LeBlanc’s newest illustrated romance, ABSOLUTE SURRENDER. This book, like THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE: Redux, has gorgeous images to enhance the story.

Meet Jenn:

Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.

Born and raised in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wears shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 300 romance novel covers, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My first novel THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE: REDUX is doing its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the time travel charts on Amazon, where it took up residence for over a year. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

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‘Desiring Lady Caro’ by Ella Quinn

eq dlcSTORY: Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother’s palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she’s come to the wrong place. And she’ll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis…

Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson’s mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear - and embrace what they can no longer deny…

REVIEW: Here comes the fourth Ella Quinn novel in her Marriage Game series and out of all four, and thanks to Ms. Quinn’s wonderful characterization of both hero and heroine, this was my favorite.

Poor Huntley! He watches as his friends one by one succumb to the ‘parsons noose’ and the only way he could escape this inevitable fate is to run as fast and as far as he possible can, in this case Venice and a visit to his Aunt, Lady Horatia.

Fate, however, has something and someone in store for him, and poor Huntley will not know what hit him as he meets Lady Caroline Martindale who had her own reasons for leaving her homeland a few years ago to stay with Lady Horatia, her godmother.

From the first meeting between the two, you could feel Huntley’s interest in Caro and wanting to unravel the enigma of her. Caroline’s aloofness to all the male suitors in general and one in particular, was intriguing to him and as soon as he realized the danger she was in, he did anything he could to protect her.

As they flee the villain, we’re treated to their fast and furious flight, their acquaintance turning into a warm friendship and finally culminating in one of the best romances I’ve ever read. Talk about heroes! Huntley was such a great one and I’ll remember him for a long time. He was kind, caring, patient and protective. He knew how to treat a woman who was filled with fear of men and he never once doubted the decision he was forced to make in order to save Caro’s life and reputation.

I enjoyed their flight across the continent and especially the places they stopped at while on the run. Ms. Quinn did some great research as I got treated to the landscape they passed and wonderful fare they ate [risotto with mushrooms; chocolate torte with ground almonds; spinach filled ravioli; apple strudel with vanilla sauce; roasted pork with sauerkraut; tiramisu]. I’m shocked Caro didn’t gain 50 lbs! If that was me, I’d be at least 10 lb’s  heavier  and by the time we arrived at our destination, I’d need a new wardrobe! 

Another great surprise in this novel was the wonderful secondary romance of Aunt Horatia and her Captain, which was so sweet and unexpected to the reader as much as it is to this strong and independent widow. 

If you haven’t read Ella Quinn’s series yet, I highly recommend you pick it up and give it a go. All the books are sweet and sensual, fast paced and well written and plotted with strong characterization and wonderful prose.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

‘The Headmaster’s Wife’ by Thomas Christopher Greene

tcg thwSTORY: An immensely talented writer whose work has been described as “incandescent” (Kirkus) and “poetic” (Booklist), Thomas Christopher Greene pens a haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst.

Inspired by a personal loss, Greene explores the way that tragedy and time assail one man’s memories of his life and loves. Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, bringing to life the tight-knit enclave of a quintessential New England boarding school, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, The Headmaster’s Wife stands as a moving elegy to the power of love as an antidote to grief.

REVIEW: When I started reading this book, I was completely drawn in by the interesting story and cozy way the author wrote it.  As I got into the novel, I found that it was not only a quick read but one that the reader cannot put down.

Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Lancaster School, an élite prep school in Vermont.  Like his father and grandfather before him, he has become the third generation of Headmasters of Lancaster. Arthur and his wife, Elizabeth, both scholars, have settled into their life at Lancaster.  After some years, they find themselves parents to a son named Ethan.  Arthur thinks that Ethan will become the next Headmaster and pass the tradition on down the line.  However, Ethan has different ideas for what he want to do with his life and chooses to join the military after the devastation of September 11th.  Completely flummoxed by their son’s decision, they worry about him but accept his decision.  When word comes that Ethan has been killed in battle, they are devastated and express their grief in their own way.  Elizabeth chooses to sit in Ethan’s room rocking in a chair and remembering him as a child.  Arthur’s reaction comes in a more psychologically frightening way that lands him in jail.

I don’t want to share too much more of this story but suffice to say that there are big surprises as you get toward the end.  

I started reading this book one evening and could not put it down until I had finished it.  That’s how compelling the story is and it will not let you go until you too have finished it.  I would be interested to see the reaction that others have to this novel.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by my Library. 

‘Unwed and Unrepentant’ by Marguerite Kaye

mk uauSTORY: Burned by love and fearful of being trapped by marriage, headstrong Lady Cordelia Armstrong is furious when her father manipulates her into a betrothal with his business partner, and her one-time lover, Iain Hunter.

Understanding Cordelia’s reluctance, Iain proposes a pretend engagement. For now they will make believe, but there is no need to fake the attraction that still burns hotly between them. As they travel to magical Arabia, the lines between fantasy and reality blur. Will either of them really be able to walk away once their deal is done?

REVIEW: Lady Cordelia is a young woman with a past.  Nine years ago, she ran away with a young man of her choosing to get married.  Her father had dictated to her whom she would marry and Cordelia completely rebelled against his tyranny.  As it turns out, Cordelia never did marry she ran away to meet and has since become a very wealthy woman on her own.  Now, she has returned to her father’s home to face him hoping to finally mend fences with him and be reunited with her sisters.  During her “exile,” her sisters had not been allowed to have any contact with her at all.  Two of her sisters have married Arabian princes and she wants to journey to their homes to visit them.  As her mother had passed away many years ago, her father was now remarried with more children added to the family.  However, her father is still using his manipulative powers by introducing Cordelia to Iain Hunter whom he has employed to buy some Arabian ships for him.

They undertake a long journey for Cordelia to visit her sisters and for Iain to buy some ships.  Their togetherness soon leads to an attraction that progresses to a love affair.  Where will it lead?  Will there be a happy ending?

I thoroughly enjoyed this delicious novel by the great Marguerite Kaye.  Her in-depth research before writing this book is obvious as her account not only of the legs of the journey, but also her delightful descriptions of the scenery, flowers, weather etc. made me feel like I was right there in the moment.

I hope readers will be sure to get a copy of this wonderful novel when it is published on April 16, 2014.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

‘The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell’ by Paula Quinn

pq tsomabSTORY: A Highland Rogue

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss . . .

An Adventurous Lady

Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

REVIEW: Another great romance from Paula Quinn and a great start to the new series, The MacGregors: Highland Heirs.

Highland and highlanders are one of my great weaknesses, and I’m ready for MacGregors. Bring them on Paula!

We start with Edmund MacGregor, a man of principle and strong beliefs in the cause for his beloved Scotland. He will risk his own life before he gives up on them, and to keep his country out of English hands, he comes up with a plan to thwart the men who would be signing a treaty that would see Scotland come under English rule.

Amelia is the niece of the Duke of Queensberry, and the one that our hero plans to abduct for ransom, but what he doesn’t count on is how beautiful, sweet and innocent she is. It was not in his plans for him to fall to her many charms and now he needs to figure out a way to honor his principles and keep Amelia.

Our heroine has the same problem. She is betrothed to the Lord Chancellor of Scotland but soon after she meets our hero, she realizes that she loves him, and she must decide which to honor, her father’s wishes or her love for Edmund.

There is a lot of action and intrigue, passion and intensity in this story that it made for a very enjoyable and fun read. The heroine was cute, charming and innocent while the hero was strong, conflicted and protective.

As usual Ms. Quinn gives us an interesting and fast-moving plot intermingled with historical events, believable three-dimensional characters and villains we can’t wait to get their well deserved demise. I swear the end of this story came way too soon for me. I wanted this story to just keep going and going. It made me laugh and chuckle so much I never realized I hit the end! Highly recommending it to all, but especially to those that love a man in a kilt.

Melanie for b2b.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

‘To Love a Highlander’ by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

sew tlhaSTORY: A Tempting Proposition


As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer . . .

An Unquenchable Desire

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

REVIEW: Duncreag Castle

Long ago, Archibald MacNab was driven from court never to return. He sired four base born sons with four of the King’s mistresses. He knows they are somewhere in Scotland but was never allowed to see them or know them. Someone is determined to bring them into his life.

Sterling Castle – Summer – 1386

Sorley, the Hawk, is 14. He’s in the Great Hall and has just been turned down for a dance with a knight’s daughter because she deemed him unworthy being base-born as he is. Mirabelle MacLaren sees this and walks up to him asking him for a dance. He is thinking she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen and soon finds Mirabelle shunning him when a woman and one of her father’s guards approach telling her to end the dance and leave. She fears the guard will hurt Sorley if she doesn’t shun him so she leaves. He swears that day never to trust Mirabelle’s schemes again. She knows this day that she will never forget him. So starts their story.

He feels the Highlands calling him. He’s always felt his father was a Highland Chieftain that didn’t want a bastard son. His mother died when he was young and no one ever spoke who his father was. He knows in his heart that he will one day head for the hills and find his place in this world.

Sterling Castle – Summer 1399

Sorley is now 27. He awakes to find Mirabelle in his chamber. She’s there to proposition him. She wants him to ruin her so she doesn’t have to marry an older man who is determined to take her to wife. He refuses and even feels offended when she offers to pay him. He learns the man that wants Mirabelle is John Sinclair, one of Sorley’s greatest enemies, and he finally agrees to compromise her in front of everyone in the hall one night knowing that once John thinks she’s been ruined that he will leave off with wanting her.

I really enjoyed reading as I watched these two accept the fact that they have loved each other for years. There were obstacles along the way, some dangerous, that they both grabbed by the horns and overcame. Sorley had my heart melting when it came to a kitten named Little Heart. Only a real man would do what he did and I was falling in love with him myself along the way, always with this huge grin on my face.

There is Rosalind, the Pink Lady, who is a ghost and her story itself broke my heart. Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch and his mistress, Lady Mariota de Athyn, walked their way right into my reader heart as well. What a couple, these two, not to be messed with and God forbid you made an enemy of them for you will surely wish you never had. The Fenris Guards and the story behind them… Roag, Caelen, and Andrew, men that Sorley grew up with who have stories of their own I’d love to hear. William the inn owner. Maili, one of Sorley’s closest friends. All these people warmed my heart along the way and gave greatly to the story.

Grim MacIntosh…. my heart just bursts with love for this man. He comes down from Duncreag Castle on a mission and as soon as he walks into the inn looking for Sorley, he has the women falling all over themselves. There also comes a time where he is needed with his battle ax and just the sight of him in my mind as I read the instance had me sitting here in awe of the man. My favorite two lines in the book were about Grim. The first is when Sorley is talking to one of his best friends, Maili, and she’s telling him that Grim had asked about him. She was describing him as this fierce looking warrior and this is Sorley’s thought to that…..

“He also bit his tongue rather than tell Maili he didn’t care if the man had the Norse God’s lightning bolts shooting out his arse”.

Sue-Ellen never fails to have me howling in laughter with some of the responses and lines her characters have or say. They are unique and hilarious! The next line helps describe how Maili was going on and on about Grim….

“Have done, lass!” Sorley scowled at her. “There’s more to a man than his burr.”
Maili sighed dreamily. “Say you.”
“I do. I’ll also say I’m surprised you aren’t in a hurry to race back to the Red Lion. If this Grim is such a paragon” —- Sorley didn’t hide his annoyance —- “I’d think you’d be eager to return to his bed. Sakes, you look close to needing to fan your face each time you speak of him.”

Now if you’ve read anything about Grim, we all know how deeply he loves his lady wife, Breena, and that he would never be anything but true to her. I’m here to tell you that I, myself, have to fan myself when Grim comes on the scene. Needless to say, he stands with Sorley to right wrongs. Sorley finds himself with several wrongs righted in this story and each and every one lead him to realize all these years he has been a worthy man. Mirabelle has spunk and knows how to use it. I say that smiling. I love her strength and the way that her and Sorley compliment the other with their strengths.

Again, I was taken in with Scotland and it’s beauty, for I can see it in my mind as I read Sue-Ellen’s words. The people, the land, castles, and inn….the food, the clothing, the battles, all of it imprinted clearly within. One of my greatest loves about her writing is the way she describes things so clearly and it comes from her love of the place, the times, and the people. This is one book that you won’t want to put down until you’ve finished. I am so excited to continue this series following these Scandalous Scots!

Leah for b2b.

Complimentary copy provided by the author.