Book Review

Spotlight on May McGoldrick’s Scottish Relic Trilogy

Much Ado About Highlanders

maah-mmBOOK BLURB: In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.

Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn’t expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna’s past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.

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REVIEW: There are a couple of reasons I decided to read this book. The first one is obvious, at least to my bookworms. Someone mentions a man in a kilt, and I am there!

The second is the “author” May McGoldrick. I was surprised to learn that this pseudonym was actually for two people and one of them is male. How cool is that?

Not many authors can pull this off with success and I really hoped that these two would be one of those that did. And guess what? They did it, and very well at that.

What I loved the most about this story was the characters, especially the hero, although the heroine was a very close second.

Besides being everything you’d expect a Highlander to be, I thought he was such an understanding man, with a deep understanding of who his mate really was and the reasons for him needing to let her go in order for her to come back to him willingly. And it didn’t hurt that the man had a great sense of humor.

As far as heroines go, this one was one of those I liked from the start. She was strong, capable and astute, not to mention beautiful. Every scene with the hero was entertaining and fun to watch. The chemistry between the two was off the charts!

Plot wise, this was fairly simple plot and the “gift” our heroine possessed was something that added to it.

I am happy to recommend this read and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Taming the Highlander

tth-mmBOOK BLURB: This new historical romance from May McGoldrick pits one spirited lass against her biggest challenge yet: a Highland lord who has no desire to lose his heart.

Innes Munro has the ability to “read” a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn.

Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him, however neither can deny the growing passion that ignites with every look, every touch.

But can Conall ever love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides… and can love really tame all fears? As dangerous forces close in, Conall and Innes must take the ultimate leap of faith and forge a bond of trust that will save them both…or lose each other forever.

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REVIEW: Even though these books can be read as stand alone, I really think you’d be better served if you read them in order. The reason for it is that you’d be better informed about some of the plot points that are weaved through all the books.

Again, the attraction of this story for me, was its hero. I am a sucker for a broken down hero that is in a need of rescuing, even from himself.

To be honest, these two were so similar that I just didn’t see how they could be together, yet once i got to know them better, I was pleasantly surprised and thought they were made for each other.

Once more, I recommend this wonderful tale to all of you that are firm believers of happily ever after.

Tempest in the Highlands

tith-mmBOOK BLURB: Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.

Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.

Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to the Scottish Relic Trilogy.

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REVIEW: I must say that all three stories in this series have had a fast pace to it, but somehow this one was even faster, or it might be just me. I feel that this one was a bit more adventures, or maybe that was because much of the action takes place on a ship and an island. Regardless, I enjoyed the suspense and action it offered, as well as the romance.

As the previous two stories, this one also focuses mainly on the hero and heroine, while it features once more a special “gift’ of our heroine.

If you love men in kilts, strong and smart heroines that are blessed with certain “gifts”, and enjoy fast paced stories of the Highlands, these books are just for you.

I highly recommend this entire series, but do recommend you read it in order. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it more.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copies provided by the publisher

nikoo-and-jimAUTHOR BIO: May McGoldrick
(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

Two peas in a pod, a pair of halfwits, the Laurel and Hardy of romance fiction…Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick were married in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 68 years ago before a worldwide television audience. After a honeymoon tour of their oil fields in Iran, they embarked on a writing career that has produced dozens of New York Times bestsellers, two Academy Award Winning film adaptations, and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After all this, fortune FINALLY smiled on them and they won the New Jersey Lottery. Taking their two sons, Nikoo and Jim spent a year backpacking through Africa and then seven years in Tibet, teaching the Dalai Lama the subtle intricacies of Scrabble. Upon returning to the States, these two storytellers wrote thirty adult and young adult novels, two of which were RITA finalists and three which were NJRW Golden Leaf winners. They have also written two nonfiction works. Nikoo picked up an engineering degree somewhere along the way, and Jim has a PhD in 16th Century British literature.

These two write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey and now reside in northwest, Connecticut.

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