Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Forever Historical Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!!!!

Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn:
Desire knows no bounds... — A LOVER'S PROMISE — Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king's army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary -- both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he's never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.
The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance, she journeys to London in search of information... only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she'd never trust again. Though Mairi's body still craves Connor's touch, she can't forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor -- even if it means losing her heart to him again.

My Thoughts:
I adored this book. Years ago, Connor left Mairi to fulfill his duty and serve the king. Brokenhearted, she took up some questionable (to him) pursuits. Mairi has tried to cut him out of her life, her thoughts and her heart but being in the same place with him after seven long years of separation has weakened her resolve. She realizes she is more in love with him than ever, but he CHOSE duty over her so she knows she can never trust him again....or can she?
I loved how the characters 'danced' around each other through the whole book. It was a good one step forward, two steps back relationship. Connor is a strong, powerful man but with Mairi throwing his 'competition' in his face, he has to question the desire he sees burning in her eyes. Mairi is best friends with Connor's mother so that is a wonderful character relationship and the characters in this book are wonderfully developed. I enjoyed the underlying plot of Kings as well!
I rate this a 5/5. A good, fun read.

Lady of Seduction by Laurel McKee
It's a mad, ill-advised journey that leads the usually sensible Lady Caroline Blacknall to the legendary isle of Muirin Inish, off the windswept coast of Ireland. Even so, she doesn't expect to find herself shipwrecked and then rescued by a man she believed she would never see again. A man who, long ago, held her life in his hands . . . and with it, her heart.

Reformed rake Sir Grant Dunmore knew he could never forget the beautiful woman he once endangered nor will he ever forgive himself. But history seems doomed to repeat itself, for as long as Caroline stays on the island, she is trapped in a secret plot that could forever free Ireland-or turn deadly for all. And yet, now that she is in his arms again, how can he dream of ever letting her go?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book. Caroline is determined to get to Grant Dunmore, even if it means nearly drowning herself to do it! Her husband is dead and in her latest pursuit, she needs something Grant has. At least she believes that is the reason she runs to her former captor. After she gets there and Grant has her in his arms, she starts to wonder.
I liked Caroline. She was strong, determined and stubborn...a wonderful combination. Grant was haunted by his past and trying to make up for it in the here and now. The author did a wonderful job with her characters, each one of them were written splendidly! The story line with the subplots kept me interested throughout.
I rate this a 4/5. A good 'by the fire' read.

Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel by Sue-Ellen Welfonder:
The second book in the Highland Warriors trilogy, in which three heroes make a pact to insure that a rival clan doesn't take over their glen and cause destruction. At the same time, three women will plot to marry these heroes to help insure peace.

In TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL, Kendrew Macintosh's reputation precedes him: he wields an ax with deathly precision, strikes fear into his enemies, and lusts after beautiful women. But Kendrew has never met someone whose passion rivals his own-until an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that the vixen is Isobel Cameron, daughter of an enemy clansman. Their relationship is forbidden and Kendrew breaks away immediately. Isobel has her own scheme. She has lusted after Kendrew for some time and plans to draw the fierce warrior back into her arms. But in the darkness, villainous forces are at play--an enemy is determined to keep the two lovers apart, even if it means death.

My Thoughts:
This was a good book. After the King's decree of a fight to the death, three women make a pact to save their clans from being demolished. Since it has already worked out well for her friend & brother, Isobel is determined her choice will be next. She has chosen the warrior Kendrew. Isobel knows the match will help keep the peace between the clans but also has a personal interest in seeing her match made...she is completely infatuated with him and determined no matter who or what is trying to stop her!
Kendrew isn't the typical highland hero. He is a rogue and determined things will be his way or not at all. Isobel is just as determined as he is and with the pact she and her two friends made, she has a worth cause too ;). I can't wait to read the third in this trilogy!!
I rate this one a 4/5. It was an intense read!

Thank you to Hachette for the review copies of these books. I received these book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Hachette, I have 3 copies of this book to giveawyay! Here are the rules:

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  1. These books sound great! Can't wait to read them!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  2. Good review! as with all Sue-Ellen's book I am having trouble waiting for my copy of Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel to arrive. Reading all these great reviews is making me very impatient.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these books! I'm looking forward to them as well, so thank you for the chance to win them! :)

    GFC follower


  4. Hi Ashley ~ Thank you so much for featuring my new book, Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel on your blog. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the story.

    Everyone else... Have fun. I'm wishing you good luck and Highland Magic!

  5. I would love to be entered to win these. They sound really good. Ecept for Miss McKee, I have not read these authors!

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  6. I really want to read this book! I love the looks of it, the cover and the plot. Thank you so much for the giveaway! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  7. what a great set of books :)

  8. Great giveaway.I'd love to win these.


  9. Thanks for the giveaway! Count me in.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Awesome giveaway.

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  12. Thanks for this great giveway.

    I'm a follower.

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  13. These all sound great.. I've read the first two in Paula's series and enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them.

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
    Sounds like the two main characters are going to be awesome to watch


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  15. Thanks for the great giveaway!