Castles, Kilts, and Kisses by Tarah Scott, Ceci Giltenan, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Amy Jarecki, Carmen Caine, Lily Baldwin

ckak a bbSTORY: From medieval to the Victoria era, six full length, stand alone Scottish romances by six best-selling authors.


A STORM IS COMING… Although she faces tragic loss, Brenna will never succumb to grief or fear, nor will she surrender to the one man she despises–the very man who now has the power to control her destiny. Like the storms that rage unchecked over the moors, her fury is about to be unleashed.

A HIDDEN LOVE… He does not look at her or speak to her, and most importantly, he does not touch her. These are the rules Duncan set for himself long ago to ensure his affection for his best friend’s wife remained undetected. But under the weight of a land besieged by war, the walls he erected to shield his heart crumble.

Wed and widowed seven times, he had come to believe that sharing his name alone would consign a woman to an early grave. So, on the sunny spring day Cameron encounters a delightfully devious, bright-eyed lass selling charmed stones in one of Stirling’s alehouses, he tosses her a shilling, thinking only to steal a kiss. But it is a kiss that will change his life forever.

Her parents want a betrothal, but Mairead MacKenzie can’t get married without revealing her secret and no man will wed her once he knows. Tadhg Matheson admires and respects the MacKenzies.

While an alliance with them through marriage to Mairead would be in his clan’s best interest, he knows Laird MacKenzie seeks a closer alliance with another clan. When Tadhg learns of her terrible shyness and her youngest brother’s fears about her, Tadhg offers for her anyway.

Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son whilst penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love—the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield. Feisty, quick tongued and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the king…until she discovers what news he brings. In a sennight, she will wed the notorious Black Knight—her life is about to end.

London Heiress kidnapped by the Marquess of Ashlund, read the headlines. Yet no one tried to save her.
Phoebe Wallington was seven years old when a mass assassination attempt rocked Regency England. Her father was the only accused traitor to elude capture. Seventeen years later, the one man who could prove her father’s innocence is dead. Now as a grown woman and a British spy, she’s no closer to learning what really happened that day. Phoebe’s quest for the truth takes a sudden turn when she’s kidnapped by a suspected traitor. But Kiernan MacGregor, the Marquess of Ashlund, may not live long enough to stand trial. Someone wants him dead…and Phoebe stands in the killer’s way. The only way to save her reputation and protect Kiernan is to marry him.

SOME LIKE IT KILTED by Sue-Ellen Welfonder writing as Allie Mackay
A ghost’s home is his castle – and she’s about the storm the gates.
A woman’s heart needs a loving home.
Mindy Menlove lives in a castle that was transported stone by stone from Scotland to Pennsylvania. When her fiancé dies in scandal and Mindy decides to sell the gloomy estate, her plans soon unravel. She’s bound for the Hebrides, a place she’d hoped to avoid.

REVIEW: A wonderful compilation of Scottish stories! Two of the stories in this set I have previously read and enjoyed. HIGHLAND COURAGE by Ceci Giltenan and SOME LIKE IT KILTED by Sue-Ellen Welfonder writing as Allie Mackay. A definite must read for lovers of Historical Scottish Romance!

(Isle Of Mull #2)
Brenna, a widow of Duncan’s best friend, is a strong spitfire of a woman who finds herself confused by the feelings she has for Duncan because he seems so insufferable to her.

Duncan is a braw warrior who is in constant emotional turmoil when it comes to Brenna. He is deeply in love with her but hides it behind indifference, bordering on cruelty, from a misguided sense of honor to his deceased best friend.

Rona is a girl that helps Brenna out and I found her hilarious several times while reading even though she gets on Brenna’s last nerve. There’s a mystery to the story that centers around Brenna’s daughter, Nellore, which keeps you on your toes. This is a beautiful story showing that “meant to be” moments happen.

(The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series – #2)
All Cameron Stewart’s previous seven wives have died of one thing or another and now the King wants him to take another. Kate has lost her mother and sister to a fever and her father has lost his sight due to the same fever and his health is failing. Because the fever didn’t touch her, everyone has labeled her witch.

The story is full of court intrigue that kept me on the edge of my seat with all the danger going on around them. I despised a few characters which speaks volumes of Caine’s writing to bring that deep an emotion out of me, and I deeply loved others.

At one point my heart felt like it lay broken and things came together bringing a sense of healing back to my heart. This is the first I’ve read by Caine and it will not be the last!

(Duncurra #2)
This story had a ton of humor that had me Hee-Hawing. I love when I find my cheeks aching from smiling and laughing so much. The fact that Ceci Giltenan had me laughing one moment, in the “aw” mode the next, then directly into a feeling of rage, shows the depth of emotion in the story and her ability to make you ‘feel’ it too.

The Epilogue brings it all full circle with a welcome surprise… or two… that left this reader very content. Thank you, Ceci, for the adventure!
If you’d like to read the full review I wrote when I first read this story, you can find it here.

(Highland Dynasty #1)
Colin, who is a Knight Hospitaller of the Order of St.John, has just lost his wife in childbirth and finds himself called by the Pope to fight in the Crusades for the third time. He petitions the King for a wife before he leaves so his son will have a mother.

Margaret is bid by the King to marry “Black Colin” and be step-mother to his son, Duncan. Their relationship is slow to start but they do fall in love before he leaves. He’s gone for seven years and, with no word from him, she starts to believe he’s dead. A neighboring Chieftain, who has forever been at odds with Colin, tried to weasel his way in to Margaret’s good graces. Will Colin make it back in time or will their love be forever lost?

Although there were a few times the story felt rushed or I would have liked to see more of their relationship outside of the bedroom, I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading the next stories in this series.

(Highland Lords #2)
I liked Phoebe and Keiran and their banter had me giggling many times. She’s a handful and he’s just the man to keep her feet on the ground. She’s on the hunt for her father and has her secrets to keep and just when Keiran thinks he has everything under control, she pops up smack in the middle of things. He never has a dull moment with her around.

There are two things that I found kept pulling me out of the story. I felt bombarded with too many characters in the beginning…character overload if you will. I felt almost as if I needed to read the previous story to fully understand this one so I’m advising reading MY HIGHLAND LOVE first. There were also quite a few places where the editing could have been better. Repeated words, lack of words, or words out of place in sentences would pull me out quickly. Even with these things, I really enjoyed the characters and setting and I’ll definitely be purchasing the previous book to follow Keiran’s father on his journey to love.

SOME LIKE IT KILTED by Sue-Ellen Welfonder writing as Allie Mackay
(The Ravenscraig Legacy #4)
Reading this re-issued addition brought back to me why this has always been one of my favorite stories. Oh, the laughter throughout, and the happy tears at the end! From the moment Mindy meets three hilarious ghosts who help her in the decision of returning the stones of a medieval castle back to it’s original home, I knew I was in love with this book. I even fell a little head over heels for Saor, Bran’s best friend, and oh my goodness at the sweetest of all beasties…. Bran’s dog, Gibbie.

Mindy and Bran’s story will pull at your heart until the very end when an old friend with red plaid shoe-strings help them find their heart’s desire with a little nudging in the right direction. Scotland at it’s finest with the mist and magick. If you love to laugh out loud, fall in love, and reach for what you desire, this book is for you!

Leah for b2b


Tantalizing Tidbits: 21 Short Stories to Make You Sigh, Shiver or Blush

tt21ss vaSTORY: A collection of short stories written by bestselling authors, representing an eclectic mix of styles and genres. In a word, this book is a smorgasbord; an opportunity to try a bit of everything.

In the spirit of the smorgasbord, the collection is presented as a menu and authors have shared recipes which accompany each story—some fitting, some funny, some simply old favorites.

Ranging from ultra-short but spine tingling, to meatier tales that are nearly novellas there is a little something for every appetite including comedy, tragedy, fantasy, werewolves, at least one ghost, life, death, and of course love.
Dig in. We hope you find at least one tidbit you enjoy.

Additional Authors: Mary McCall, John Robin, Ria Cantrell, Brenda Margriet, Stephanie Joyce Cole, Kimberly Comeau and Ted Grosch

NOTE: Some stories contain mild to moderate violence. Others contain explicit sexual content (including mild bondage, sensual spanking, and graphic sexual language) which some readers may find offensive. It is intended for mature adults. Stories with potentially objectionable content are clearly identified.

REVIEW: This is a collection of short stories written in different genres and I enjoyed the addition of the different recipes too.

THE MOTORCYCLE by Tarah Scott ~ Paranormal Fiction
A sweet story of friendship that runs deep and lasts forever even after one may no longer be on this earthly plane. A testament that soul mates do exist.

IDA AND THE NOR’EASTER by Victoria Barbour ~ Contemporary Fiction
Every day we have, and the life lessons we learn, make us who we are. It’s a constant ever changing thing. Ida finds, that even after 98 years, the power of love and family are the ties that ground us no matter what upheavals are thrown in our paths. Victoria has me wanting to visit all the Heart’s Ease books.

GARDENS by Stephanie Joyce Cole ~ Literary Fiction
Some times what we yearn for or crave in life is not what we end up with. We learn to adjust and carry on but we can always add some beauty to the monotony and bring our own rays of sunshine into focus. This story shows us to never forget to do things that make us happy, even if others are against it.

ONE WHO WAITS by John Robin ~ An Epic Fantasy
A story about a boy who becomes a man and begins his destiny by losing one who is close to him. This is a prelude to a book John is writing called BLOOD DAWN. A worthy read for those who enjoy Epic Fantasy.

THE HOLE by Ted Grosch ~ Literary Fiction
I was a little confused with this one. Not sure if it’s about someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or if it’s about someone who is ready to plot murder when at the same time the other person is plotting against them too. Maybe it’s a mixture of both? It sure leaves you thinking, which I liked.

THE SPIRIT BOTTLE by Ted Grosch ~ Literary Fiction
A story reminding us to grow old and face our end when it comes with dignity.

THE SUMMONS by Ria Cantrell ~ Paranormal Romance
Sometimes our dreams speak to us what is in our hearts that the mind can’t comprehend. When you open your mind to possibilities that reach beyond the normal, your heart and soul may just find what completes them. Two souls reach through time, in dreams, to find their happiness.

THE SEVENTH SISTER by Sue-Ellen Welfonder ~ Paranormal Romance
This is a re-read for me and it touches me deeply each time I read it. I truly believe a part of Sue-Ellen’s soul is a bard as old as time. I believe her stories come from the other side of a thin veil and she puts to print what others want told. People like her are few and far between… those who are in sync with places, times, and people of olde.
It’s a beautiful story of second chances. Maggie and Conall meet in Ireland when Maggie visits the place of her ancestors right before she enters college. There is definitely a soul bond between the two. She goes back to the states and for twelve years they don’t see each other or speak until she revisits to let her past go and they find each other again. There is a beautiful story about the standing stones that weaves it’s tale around Maggie and Conall. Smack full of setting, atmosphere, and love.

FALLING IN TIME by Sue-Ellen Welfonder ~ Time Travel Romance
Lindy and Rogan. Two souls destined for each other and time cannot keep them apart. They keep feeling and seeing each other through dreams and when Lindy takes a trip to Smoo Cave in Scotland, time thins just enough to bring them together. I was left with a warm feeling in my heart when I finished this story.

CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON by Kathryn Lynn Davis ~ Historical Women’s Fiction
We have to remain true to who we are as we grow and steer away from what others expect us to be for we will never be happy with ourselves if we try to be what others want. Morna learns some life lessons that affect her deeply, on her journey of self awareness.

THE LADY’S PORTRAIT by Kate Robbins ~ Contemporary Romance
Gillian leaves behind turmoil looking for a chance to heal and finds that healing in a place she’s connected to in a deeper way than she could ever have guessed. She is, after all, in the Highlands of Scotland where faerie magick dwells.

HIS HARLOT by Natasha Blackthorne ~ Historical Erotic Romance
(Previously published as A Midsummer’s Sin)
A story of two people who find themselves loving the other but each are struggling with how to accept their differences. Once they let their pasts go, and look at what is in their hearts, their future becomes clear.

ONYX by HD Smith ~ Paranormal Fiction
Indecision and fear have Madison running. Can Onyx find her and right some wrongs that Madison has believed to be true for the last seven years? Communication is always key, no matter the situation.

THE LIFE SHE HAD BEFORE by Brenda Margriet ~ Contemporary Romance
A story of betrayal, lost connections, forgiving oneself or another, and whether it’s worth the fight for a second chance. This story pulls you in and gets you thinking.

MY NAME IS HAROLD by Kimberly K. Comeau ~ A Humorous Short Story
Who would have thought there would be so many ways to get peanut butter out of a jar… laughing here. A fun short story about addiction and the losses a person can go through dealing with the addiction.

THE JEWEL OF GRIM FORTRESS by Victoria Zak ~ Paranormal Historical Romance
A story of danger, death, magic, and visions. I’d love to see more of these characters in future stories. I enjoyed Zak’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her.

BEAUTIFUL STORM by KyAnn Waters ~ Erotic Romance
Chance encounters… sometimes they’re more about destiny. That destiny can also turn into a “beautiful storm.”

WHEN A ROSE BLOOMS by Tarah Scott ~ Historical Romance
A story of the struggle that comes with living while dealing with the loss of a loved one, the healing, and the decision to move on with life.

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLE by Ceci Giltenan ~ Memories Of An Irish Funeral
A beautiful, and can I say funny, story of Ceci’s experience at an Irish funeral. I think it’s wonderful how involved the family and friends are during the funeral and I’m thankful that she shared the experience with us. It’s always a blessing when you can find humor in the worst moments.

THE PERSONAL AD by Ceci Giltenan ~ Contemporary Sweet Romance
A quirky story with an ending you definitely don’t see coming that leaves you with a smile on your face.

Leah for b2b

‘To Desire a Highlander’ by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

tdah sewSTORY: An Unwilling Bride

Proud, passionate Lady Gillian MacGuire is known as the Spitfire of the Isles. She can take care of herself and hasn’t yet met a man who could impress her . . . especially not Donell MacDonnell, the odious older man she was promised to five years ago. She’s been dreading his return, but when her intended comes back to claim her, she’s stunned at how different he seems. The man she swore she would spurn forever now invades her thoughts, her dreams, and her heart.

An Unexpected Desire

When Roag agrees to assume the identity of the recently deceased MacDonnell chieftain, no one warns him that the man was betrothed. As a member of the King’s Fenris Guard, he is oath-bound to embark on whatever mission the crown gives him. Of course, he was expecting a battle—not a bride. Yet after sharing one kiss with Lady Gillian, the powerful Highlander becomes the one seduced and captivated. Now giving in to temptation could ruin them both.

REVIEW: Let me tell you, after I read the blurb, I honestly didn’t think this plot would work. I mean the hero is taking someone else’s identity! This can only go bad, right?! Wrong. I was so wrong. It all worked out unbelievably well, and I should have known better than to question Sue-Ellen’s power of plotting a tale that is passionate and fun.

As usual Sue-Ellen enchants her readers not just with a well told tale of love and woo, but what I find fascinating is that she never fails to paint me a picture of that long ago time in Scotland’s history by giving me a taste of the life her characters lived day in and day out.

With some intriguing and entertaining twists and turns, combined with plenty of humor, she weaves this beautiful love story to any romance lover’s satisfaction.

If you’re still in that dreaded #Droughtlander mode, you need to pick this one up!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder together on …

The Great Scotts Blog Tour!


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.

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?

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EXCERPT: here.

About Paula Quinn: New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three Paula Quinnbeautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo.

She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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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 .

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.

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About Sue-Ellen Welfonder: Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent

Sue Ellen Welfounder trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida. 

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‘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.

‘Bride for a Knight’ by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

BFAK SEWSTORY: On the eve of his return to BaldreaganCastle, Highlander Jamie Macpherson cannot believe his eyes: a golden-haired beauty haloed in the moonlight of St. Bride’s glade, so delicate and fair she can only be a faerie. With his desire rising like a wave, the knight longs to see her again. The next time is even more surprising: Aveline Matheson is the flesh-and-blood bride of his arranged marriage, a woman eager to discover the pleasures of wedded bliss. And woe to those who would stop their lovemaking!

Yet danger threatens the newlyweds. Jamie’s darkest foe has already murdered his brothers and now threatens to destroy every Macpherson. But the enemy hasn’t counted on one thing: Jamie will do whatever he must to keep his bride alive and in his arms forever…

REVIEW: This was a re-read for me and one of my favorite stories by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. Jamie Macpherson and Aveline Matheson have been calling to me for some time now and I answered their call.

The Western Highlands, 1325-

Jaimie is the 10th son of Monro, one of the lessor Highland Chieftains. His mother died birthing him which sent Munro into a deep depression. He named his son Jamie of the Heather saying it was where he was spawned and where he would return when he was old enough.


Aveline’s father, Alan Mor Matheson wants her to marry Jamie to make sure the future and fortune of Clan Matheson. Her older sister, Sorcha, was to have married Jamie’s older brother, Niall, who was killed along with the other 8 brothers when a bridge collapsed. Alan wants to keep the alliance with this new marriage agreement.

Sir Kenneth MacKenzie is Jamie’s liege lord. It’s here that he learns of the deaths of his brothers. He is shaken to the core. Jamie heads home with his aged dog Cuillin, a gift from his brother Niall years before, to see to his father and to stop and visit Alan Matheson about the alliance and marriage. Everyone is saying Munro had gone mad over the loss of his sons. Jamie thinks his father hates him and his feelings are all over the place about what he will find when he arrives home.

This starts the adventure that Jamie and Aveline must take to find their happiness and love. It not only is about a love sweeter than ever and full of passion but their journey is smack full of treachery and pain. Someone is out to hurt Munro and Jamie means to see it put to an end. There are ghosts and mysteries to uncover along the way. Through all the heartache and anger that have accumulated over the years comes an understanding that all things aren’t as they seem….that love and acceptance are there for all who open their hearts along with their eyes.

*Leah for b2b

Leah’s 2013 choices for…

Five Star Reads are:

XMTS VRI know we all have our favorite genres and our favorite authors. As for me, I read all types of historical books. Even a few contemporaries.

I had many 4 – 4 1/2 star reviews this year but I thought I’d post about my 5 star reads and you will see by my list just where my heart lies when it comes to genres, which doesn’t mean that I won’t give high marks to contemporary novels.

I gave a very high 4 1/2 to ‘Spin’ by Bella Love.  I am hooked! You can check out my review here.

Now, back to my FIVE STAR reads and so, here we go….

Julianne Lee and her Tenebrae series

‘Knight Tenebrae’, ‘Knight’s Blood’ and ‘Knight’s Lady’.

“Trapped in a place not their own, two strangers find the only thing they can count on is one another”.

Follow Alex and Lindsay as they travel back through time to 14th century Scotland. All three books take you on their journey. I was simply full of emotion throughout all three books. Read Mel’s reviews for the series here.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder and her Highland Warriors series

 ‘Sins Of a Highland Devil’, ‘Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel’ and ‘Seduction of a Highland Warrior’, along with SOTC PBthe novella, ‘Once Upon a Highland Christmas’.

I can tell you that Sue-Ellen brings medieval Scotland to life for me every time I go into one of her stories. They are full of humor, mystery, highland magic, warfare, and love. All are filled with history bits that will keep all history buffs happy. You can read my reviews for the series here, here & here, with Melanie’s review for the novella here,

Monica McCarty and ‘The Hawk’

It is part of the Highland Guard series and I highly recommend it. They all received high marks from me but Eric “Hawk” MacSorely stood out above the rest. She is another auto-buy for me. You can read my review here.

Diane Darcy and ‘She Owns The Knight’

I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed this book! I am sitting here smiling from ear to ear as I write this. If you love 13th century England, laughing, and watching as two people learn what love is all about, this story is a must buy! You can read my review here.

Victoria Roberts and ‘X Marks The Scot’

TH MMcCThis is #2 in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series and I waited patiently for Declan and his story and was so excited when I finally got it in my hands.

I knew there was a wonderful man behind the rogue. Laidain is just the woman for him too, one who won’t let him hide behind his blether, and one who is strong enough to stand her ground with him and everyone else for that matter.

This story is packed with treason, danger it seems around every turn, secrets discovered that condemns some and saves another, and laughter…..tons of laughter!

Patricia Bracewell and ‘Shadow on the Crown

Loved this story! From the history to the direction Patricia took this story in, her writing had hooked me in!

I felt for Emma as she accepted her lot in life and smiled when she stood for herself when needed. King Aethelred was constantly suspicious of everyone and because of his guilt, found himself tortured by visits from his murdered brother’s ghostly shadow. He also blatantly carried on with Elgiva, his mistress. I enjoyed the way Ms. Bracewell took the story line with Athelstan, the King’s son and his relationship with Emma. Through her words she brought OUAHC SEWcharacters into my life to love and hate, and added with the history, this became one of my most favorite reads this year. I cannot wait for the next on this series to see what she brings us next!

Kris Kennedy and ‘The Conqueror’

This author’s words move me. Period. I feel a deep connection while reading her work and urge you to give her a try if you haven’t yet. You can read my review here.

Margaret Mallory and ‘The Chieftain’

This is book 4 in the Return of the Highlanders series.

From beginning to end she had me captured in their world. My heart-felt warmth as I read the epilogue. I enjoyed watching their love come to fruition and talk about HOT!! I loved the mystical parts of this story. Tearlag and Ilysa and their sight, the fairy glens and the chants… ghostly sightings and the legends surrounding them all call to my heart. Scotland is full of lore and Margaret Mallory does an TIW KKexcellent job of bringing it to life.

She left me aching to walk the fairy glens, graveyards, and hills with standing stones. You can read Melanie’s review here.

Tanya Anne Crosby and her Highland Brides series. 

‘The MacKinnon’s Bride’, ‘Lyon’s Gift’, ‘On Bended Knee’ and ‘Lion Heart’ were re-reads for me that kept calling for me to pull out. Screamed at me actually. ‘Highland Song’ is a new addition to the series and stole my heart just as swiftly as the others did.

I found Tanya when I started reading 20 years ago and she was instantly catapulted to the top of my favorites list.

To me, her writing pulls at my heart and wraps me solidly within its pages.

You can read my reviews for the series herehereherehere, and here. You can now get the first 4 in the series in a boxed set…Cheaper that way, only $9.99!

So, there you have it! The stories that hit 5 stars for me this year and in no particular order. I would love to hear what everyone else read this year that received a 5 star rating. Feel free to share with us and give us your recommendations.

Now, I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings into my reading world.

*Leah for b2b