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Book Review-Once Upon A Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall

Title: Once Upon A Highland Christmas 
Author: Lecia Cornwall 
Series: Once Upon A Highland Season 
Format: E Book 
Release Date: December 9 2014 
Publisher: Avon Books 
Pages: 384 
Genre: Scottish Highlands

Synopsis

Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it’s much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn’t his to love, yet she’s everything he’s ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

But it’s Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Avon and Edelweiss for the opportunity.

Once Upon A Highland Christmas is another fabulous read by this author. I have just loved what Cornwall has done with this highlander series, and how each book is based on a season…this story, obviously is based on a Christmas themed setting. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one, since it is a bit of a forbidden romance theme but it was fantastic in every way and I have little complaints here.

The story begins with Alanna, is dedicated and loyal, and gave her word to marry a man that is twice her age but she feels duty bound to do so. The eve before her fiance’s arrival she goes to take a walk, and ends up lost, and a storm comes upon her, and she is found and rescued by Laird Iain MacGillvray. Iain is out hunting when he discovers Alanna, injured and freezing in the snow and he takes her to a cottage to help heal her injuries. Iain has just come into a English title, and knows that he will be expected to marry a English lass to help cement his arrival in society, even though its the last thing he would like to do. And the woman he feels bound to marry, is the opposite of Alanna in every way. With the storm, Iain takes her to his home, and the attraction that they have for each other is fiery passionate and wild, but both of them know it can never last because they other responsibilities. Will Iain and Alannna choose duty and obligation or a treasured love…

This story was very emotional for me, and I had a difficult time with this one, just because your heart just breaks to see these two find a way to be together. If you look back at the time period especially, honor and duty was everything. And this author does a great way of implementing that concept into the story. We have two people that fall in love, but their destiny may differ from their hearts desires. We have a bit of a conflict and villain–the Lady Penelope. Oh how I just wanted to toss her in a Scottish loch-hehe- I know that is mean, but she was quite the character, but she offers quite a bit of rivalry to the story. I did adore some of the other side characters, such as Iain’s sister and Penelope’s sister, and of course we do see Alanna’s older brother and well it is great seeing Alec and Caroline play a part in the story.

The characters were fun and adventurous and full of depth and true character that you can’t help but adore from the beginning. Iain is the type of hero I just love. He is more reserved and quiet, but he is strong and loyal and quite a lovely kisser…I wish I could melt in his arms. Alanna is a wonderful heroine, she also is full of strength and dedication, but passionate and just loves everyone. She has such a sweet personality, although I do kinda wish she had a bit more backbone at times, but overall she was quite a character, and she was really endearing and likable.

Overall a heart winning romance, a love story that will bring a tear to your eye, packed with plenty of strife, conflict, and a poignant love to win you over from the get go. I found myself flipping through this story as fast as I could get through those pages…definitely a HEART STOPPER!!!

My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order
Once Upon A Highland Summer (1)
Once Upon A Highland Autumn (2)
Once Upon A Highland Christmas (3)

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ARC Book Review-What A Lady Most Desires by Lecia Cornwall

What A Lady Most Desires
Temberlay (3)
Lecia Cornwall
Avon Books
E Book
Published August 2014
Acquired: Edelweiss
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9780062332400
Authors Website 

Synopsis
True desire always finds a way…

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all

My Review 

Delphine St. James, has known for Stephen for quite some time, having watched him from afar, she has admired him for years. She has never had a chance to show him of her true feelings until they dance together and when he is called away to war, they share a kiss that could rival fireworks. In the battle Stephen ends up injured, shot and blind, claimed a traitor and thief. His closest friend takes him in, with Delphine as his nurse and companion. Delphine is in love with Stephen, and has been for a long time. Now she has a chance to prove her devotion to the one man that holds her heart. Stephen has no idea where to go from here. He is being accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and he is injured and can’t see a thing. But as Delphine helps him slowly with his recovery, he learns that his desire for her is turning into something stronger…but he has no future and he refuses to take her down with him. But a woman in love is stronger than he imagined and could be his saving grace.

What A Lady Most Desires by Lecia Cornwall is one inspirational romance. Its the third in the series, and this book follows the previous one ‘Secret Life of Lady Julia’. It deals with quite a few issues, but I loved the way that Lecia creates a story in a way that really pulls you in, and from the beginning I was hooked on the story. About mid way through the story, it seemed as if the story really steps back and slows down. You really have to stick with it, but after that…it really picks up. I loved the way that this story really pulls together in the end…and what a story!! Worth every moment.

We see a connection with these two from their first dance and kiss, and then after Stephen gets injured, they are put together again…and the romance is very slow and steady for a while. We see them build a friendship which slowly turns into something stronger. The only problem I had with the story was wondering how Delphine loved someone she didn’t really know….but it was pretty amazing seeing this couple really come together and by the end….all I have to say is I am fully impressed with the way this story was handled….WELL DONE!! We see issues that had to be dealt with back in that time period and it was pretty emotional and stimulating!! A sweet and tender romance that won my heart!! CHARMED!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In Series 
How To Deceive A Duke
The Secret Life of Lady Julia

ARC Book Review-Once Upon A Highland Autumn

Once Upon A Highland Autumn
McNabb (2)
Lecia Cornwall
Avon Books
E Book
Published June 2014
Acquired: Edelweiss
384 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062328458
Authors Website 

Synopsis
Megan McNabb would do anything to get out of marrying a man she does not love—even handfasting for a year and a day with an English stranger.

A mysterious letter draws Lord Kit Rossington to Scotland in search of a lost treasure. But the marriage-minded females he avoided in England follow him to the Highlands, and he’ll do anything—even a temporary marriage with a Highland lass—to keep his freedom while he solves a mystery that’s haunted Glen Dorian for almost a century.

Legends say a curse lurks among the shattered stones of Glen Dorian Castle. Will the love that is beginning to grow between Megan and Kit be able to withstand fate? For only the living, those with bold hearts and true love, can restore peace to Glen Dorian at last.

My Review

Megan McNabb, is desperate to get out of her mothers plan for her. Megan has fallen in love with a man who has left to get his fortune so that they can have a future together. Then  Lord Kit Rossington, come to her village, in search of the mystery behind the legend of Glen Dorian Castle. Kit, is intrigued with the curse surrounding the glen, and living in a small run down cottage, he feels more at peace than he has in years. When he meets Megan, he senses are stirred. She is passionate and fierce, and seems to dislike him and any other male that comes across her path. Then she approaches him with a plan, a plan that will help them both. He reluctantly agrees to hand fast with her for a year and a day. What neither Meg or Kit expected was to fall in love within days, but will they be able to discover the secret to breaking the curse of the Glen.

Once Upon A Highland Autumn is the second book in the McNabb family. The first book I really enjoyed, so I was pretty excited to see what would happen in this story. The beginning was steady paced, and this author has a great way of bringing in the reader into her stories. I have been a big fan of Lecia Cornwall, her writing is similar to Sabrina Jeffries and Karen Ranney. She writes compelling romance that win your heart. Once Upon A Highland Autumn was no different. I really loved the plot and layout of the story. There is a sub plot of the story involving the curse of the glen, so we see a bit of historic relevance that relates to the rest of the story.

The characters were fun and easy to love. Kit and Meg were just wonderful together, and what a pair they make. In the beginning they tend to quarrel back and forth, and it is quite amusing. There is tension, but in a good way, you see that they both like each other, but are too proud to admit it. Both Kit and Meg were endearing and the more I got into the story, the more excited I got to see these two really connect fully with each other. There is quite a focus on the mystery of the curse, and I felt like there could have been a strong focus on the relationship. But in all honestly, it was a fun and light read. A winner for a summer read that is for sure. It has everything you might need for a enjoyable and romantic highland romance. A magnificent blend of sensual heat, a mystery to solve, charming characters and a plot that keeps you involved….a gem of a historical romance!! I am excited to read more from this author.

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Once Upon A Highland Summer

Short Book Review-Once Upon A Highland Summer

Once Upon A Highland Summer
Lecia Cornwall
Avon Impulse
Epub Book
100 Pages
Published November 2013
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062328434
Authors Website

Synopsis
A lush Scottish historical romance in the vein of Karen Ranney and Karen Hawkins.

An ancient curse, a pair of meddlesome ghosts, a girl on the run, and a fateful misunderstanding make for the perfect chance at true love.

Lady Caroline Forrester is on the run from her brother’s scheme to marry her off to the highest bidder. An escape to Scotland offers a chance at employment as a governess and freedom from an unhappy marriage—it’s the perfect solution. But Caroline wasn’t prepared for the feelings that her new employer brings out in her.

Alec McNabb, the reluctant Earl of Glenorne, never expected to return home to Scotland. But now that he’s there, he realizes he has obligations that he cannot escape. Alec needs to marry well, and quickly.

When a case of mistaken identity—coupled with the sensual, magical atmosphere of Glenorne Castle—results in a passionate encounter, Caroline and Alec must decide whether their attraction is enough to overcome the problems of their pasts, or whether this one chance at true love was over before it began…

My Review 
Once Upon A Highland Summer is a single title by Lecia Cornwall. Its a short novella, about 100 pages, and I received a copy from Avon through Edelweiss. I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one, since it was a novella, and I tend to be a tad picky with the shorter stories. However this story just cemented my desire to read more from this author. I was impressed with how well structured the story seemed to be considering the length. I didn’t feel at all like it was too short, it felt quite perfect. The characters were well developed and it was fun seeing these two fall in love admidst the highlands in the sweet summer days. As with most stories typical of this era and style, there was the usual conflict of the hero being engaged to someone else, and a mistaken identity, and having to choose duty over love. But there was a little side story of Alec and Carlonline’s grandparents that added a certain hitch to the story. The way that Lecia Cornwall put in her descriptions of the surrouding were so details and vivid, I almost felt as if I was there in the story, smelling the beautiful scents and seeing the breathtaking scenery. A great story that I would recommend to anyone that love a solid romance with the romantic setting of the highlands and a sweet love story to tug at your heartstrings. A Tale you NEVER should wish to miss out on.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

ARC Book Review-The Secret Life Of Lady Julia

The Secret Life Of Lady Julia
Lecia Cornwall
Avon Books
E Book
Published May 28 2013
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 9780-06-220245-1
Author’s Website 

Synopsis
Just a year or so ago, Julia was a lovely earl’s daughter, celebrating her betrothal to David, the Duke of Temberlay and set for a life of elegance and luxury.

But at her betrothal ball, she meets a stranger, a man who makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world—and when your fiancé thinks of you more as a little sister than a bride, that kind of attention can certainly turn a lady’s head.

Thomas Merritt is a thief with a secret past of his own. He attended Julia’s betrothal ball to steal her jewels, but ended up leaving with far more, utterly bewitched by the beautiful, innocent Lady Julia. After their one glorious evening together, Thomas leaves London, knowing he can never be part of her world again.

Julia’s steamy encounter with Thomas Merritt changes her life. Now, she’s no longer an earl’s daughter (disowned), or a duke’s bride-to-be (deceased). She’s an outcast and a mere paid companion to a lady who used to be her equal.

But things are looking up. She’s on her way to Vienna on a breathtaking adventure, and her employer’s handsome brother seems more than willing to overlook Julia’s scandalous past. Love is in the air, dear readers!

Julia and Thomas meet again in Vienna under most inconvenient circumstances during the great peace conference meant to determine the fate of Europe now that Napoleon has been defeated. All the crowned heads of Europe are in attendance, and at the lavish parties, salons, and grand balls, secrets lurk behind every fan, under honorable military tunics, and beyond every half-closed door, and Thomas is not the only thief in town. When Julia discovers a plot that could destroy her new life, Thomas Merritt is the only man who can save the day, and only she can save him from certain death.

And at yet another betrothal ball, they meet again…

My Review
Summary 
Lady Julia was engaged to the Duke of Temberlay, whom she thought of as a good man but didn’t truly love him like a woman should love the man she is about to marry. On the evening of her engagement ball, she ends up dancing with a Thomas Merritt, where she feels passion for the first time. They share a beautiful night together, and she doesn’t see Thomas again for quite some time. She ends up pregnant, and her family disowns her, and she ends up as a companion for a woman who is close to her age but has lost her child and husband. So she ends up in Vienna, during a peace conference after Napolean has been placed on a secluded island. Through a certain set of circumstances she comes face to face with Thomas Merritt once more, and all her hidden feelings for him come rushing back and she wonders if she can say good bye once again.

My Thoughts 
I was given a copy of this book by Edelweiss and Avon books in exchange for a honest review. This is the first time that I have read from this author, and I was a bit apprehensive because I didn’t know what to expect or if I would have a hard time reading this. Surprisingly I found it to be a easy to get into read, and was quite unique for a historical romance set in the regency era.

Julia has been betrothed to her fiancee since she was seven years old, she has known him forever. He is nice, and a good man, and she loves him like you would care for a friend. But its not deep intense love that takes your breath away.  Then she dances with Thomas Merritt, and even though she doesn’t know him, she feels like she could fall in love with him very easily, he brings a desire to her that she has never felt before. Then after sharing a very sensual night in each others arms, she doesn’t see him again, and decides to be honest with her fiancee and her family. But they end up throwing her out to the wolves, with no family or home. She ends up being a companion to a young woman, who is deep in her grief, and needs someone to assist her on their trip to Vienna. When she comes to Vienna, she finds herself embroiled in a variety of circumstances. It is hard to know who to trust, with secrets laying beneath every corner, and despite the glittering ballrooms and the royal dignitaries, Julia knows she is in way over her head, especially when she comes face to face with Thomas Merritt. She finds herself being slowly seduced by him once again. She knows that she will have to make a difficult choice soon.

Thomas Merritt, has been abandoned by his family, through a misunderstanding. Now he and his valet, survive by being thieves of jewels. I found Thomas to definitely not the typical hero you find in this type of scenario. Despite his occupation, he does have some admirable qualities that only make him more appealing. Julia has been thrown into a hard set of circumstances herself, and does what she can to make the best of it. I loved how strong willed she was,  and I felt like she was a good match for Thomas. We don’t see a whole lot of interaction, just both sides of their different lives that eventually lead up to finding each other again.

There were some things that I enjoyed about this one and a couple of aspects that I didn’t enjoy so much. I didn’t like how through the majority of the book, we don’t see much interaction between Thomas and Julia. They are apart for most of the story, which was a bummer for me. I mean it was still a fun and like able read, but I always like more interaction than less. And things start to really escalate once they get together again, and I just had such a exciting time with the secret plots and intrigue and passion that plays out in the end. And as a plus there is quite a bit of good history here, its apparent that the author did good research (which is always something I admire in historical fiction authors)I found it to be a unique play of events and it definitely caught my attention. A story you don’t want to miss out on, and I definitely plan on reading more of this author.

First Line 
When she looked back on the events of her betrothal ball, Lady Julia Leighton blamed it on the champagne. 

Favorite Quotes 
“A woman should feel like there are stars coming through her blood when a man kisses her properly. Even if it is the simplest brush of his lips on hers, she should feel it in every inch of her body.”

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm