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Book Review-A Highlander’s Temptation

A Highlander’s Temptation
Mackenzie (7)
Sue Ellen Welfonder
Grand Central Publishing
Paperback
Published October 2009
375 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN:978-0-446-19530-0
Authors Website

Synopsis
Darroc MacConacher spends sleepless nights dreaming of a raven-haired beauty who makes him ache with desire. Then his dream comes true: the lady with her lush curves and fair skin appears shipwrecked on his shores. Darroc is immediately drawn to her strength and beauty, and from the moment she lays eyes on this powerful, broad-shouldered warrior, Lady Arabella MacKenzie knows she’ll never want another man.

But theirs is a forbidden love. The MacKenzies drove the MacConachers from their lands and destroyed their honor. Now, Darroc can use this sapphire-eyed seductress to shatter his foes. Yet how can he deny the passion that burns between him and Arabella, and ruin the one woman who touches his very soul?

My Review 

Arabella is not like her other sister, who is bold and daring when it comes to men or even going after what she wants. Arabella has more of a gentle nature, compassionate, and seeks to please her parents, whom she loves dearly. But she is desperate to go to a island, which belongs to her, and visit a shrine there so that she can make a wish, a plea to find a man to love and cherish and to have a family with. With a absurdly over protective father, she knows it will be near impossible to find a husband. But then with a verbal battle with her father, she gains permission to go. With four bodyguards, they head out on the sea toward her island. But then a huge storm along with a viking ship tears her ship apart, and she ends up the only survivor and washes up on shore. Then enters the hero, Darroc, who finds this woman, who is pale and injured, and takes her to his clan, and gives her the rest and healing she needs. From the first moment she wakes, there is a chemistry between Darroc and Arabella. Even though Darroc learns that she is the enemy’s daughter, he can’t deny his feelings for her, and knows that his heart belongs to Arabella from their first meeting and will fight to keep her at his side.

A Highlanders Temptation is a delightful story. I recently read the previous book in the series, which was Arabella’s sisters story. And I have had this one on my wish list ever since it became published. So I was super excited when I saw this one was finally available at my local library. So A Highlander’s Temptation is a sweet romance, and I read it under two hours (which is a record for me). I still can hardly believe that I could read that much, not skimming, and be so enthralled by this romance. The story begins with seeing Arabella’s start and Darroc’s start and a bit of a background. But not too much, since it picks up pretty quickly. Soon Arabella is in Darroc’s castle, and I was very amused by the beginning of their courting dance. Neither of them admits in the beginning how they feel about each other, but then Darroc just up and kisses her when neither of them expect it, and boy does things heat up. Even though there were only a few bedroom scenes, there was a bit of steam, but not over kill either. There was more of a focus on their relationship. I did feel like there should of been more focus on the relationship more. Most of the story seemed to be Darroc having avoidance issues (which was a bit humorous ), but once he got his butt in gear, their romance hit off and you start to really cheer for this couple. There is a bit of a magical element but not too much at all. Just a very light touch, to add character to the story.

The characters in this story were very riveting. There wasn’t anything super complicated to either one of them, in fact in was quite refreshing to have two characters that are more down to earth, and are willing to admit their feelings for each other. There was such a sweet feeling to Arabella and Darroc. Darroc is leader of his clan, and is looking for justice for his clan when they were raided viciously by Arabella’s grandfather. Darroc has many leader like attributes. He is confident, commanding, and his people are top priority until he meets Arabella. Arabella, is such a sweet heroine, so infectious you cant help but love her. Even though she isn’t as strong willed as is the norm, I found her endearing, and I couldn’t help but relate to her quite a bit. Arabella is innocent and strong in her desire to find a loving husband. I enjoyed seeing her growth in this story, and seeing how she gradually learns to fight for the man she loves. Their relationship isn’t full of roses and daises of course, there is some conflict, but this romance is a sweet story that you can just relax into.

Overall a extraordinary romance that will pull at your heart strings. Welfonder writes a beautiful highland romance that is a page turner and a story to captivate the heart. AMAZING!!

First Line 
“What do you mean you wish to see the Seal Isles?”

Favorite Quote 
He saw her as clearly as if he still stood staring down at her. As if it were only moments ago when she’d moved so sinuously against him, hotly entwined and firing his dreams in ways no other woman had ever done. 
She was a born siren.
She lay naked in his bed. 
Darroc shoved a hand through his hair, frowning. 
A man so long without a woman shouldn’t be presented with such temptation. 
A highlander never. 

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Devil In A Kilt
Knight in my Bed
Bride of the Beast
Until The Knight Comes
Bride For A Knight

Book Review-Seducing A Scottish Bride

Seducing A Scottish Bride
Mackenzie (6)
Sue Ellen Welfonder
Grand Central Publishing
Paperback
Published March 2009
364 Pages
Scottish Highlands Romance
ISBN: 978-0-446-19529-4
Authors Website

Gelis MacKenzie is one of the most desirable heiresses in all the Western Highlands. She is the youngest and much adored daughter of the indomitable Black Stag of Kintail, Duncan MacKenzie, who was the hero of Welfonder’s novel DEVIL IN A KILT. Unfortunately, Gelis has been branded unmarriageable, but not for lack of masculine interest. No matter how lofty the ancestry, how deep the purse, or how mighty the sword arm, nary a one of her suitors is good enough for her father. Although he loves Gelis fiercely and knows he must someday see her settled and wed, Duncan isn’t quite ready to let her go.

But now Duncan has received an offer for Gelis’s hand in marriage that he is honor-bound to accept-and it comes from the worst possible quarter. The suitor, Ronan MacRuari of Castle Dare, is the last man Duncan MacKenzie would wish for a son-in-law. Known as the Raven, Ronan is the scion of a dark clan that has been marked by a deadly curse.

Ronan and Gelis are instantly attracted to one another, but they are immediately estranged. Ronan’s last two wives have died abruptly and he doesn’t want to see his vivacious newly-wed Gelis suffer the same fate, so he distances himself from her as much as possible. In the meantime, Ronan searches for the Raven Stone, a fabled treasure that he believes holds the power of the curse over his clan. But Gelis has fallen in love with her new husband, and she’s determined to help him. Though Ronan doesn’t know it, Gelis also has the gift of second-sight, and she has seen a future in which she is destined to help redeem her cursed husband.

My Review

 Gelis has always dreamed of finding love and passion. She knows with her father, that may seem impossible; he tends to kick out her suitors left and right, with no hope of finding a loving marriage just as her parents have with each other. But then she has a dream or vision, where see see a man known as the “Raven”, who is in need of her and her love. That he is her future and she will find everything she ever dreamed of in his arms. So she informs her father that Ronan is the man she will marry and doesn’t fear the curse of his people. Ronan has lost two wives already, because his family and his clan are cursed and have been for many years. He doesn’t see how he can ever escape it. When his grandfather informs him that he will be married, he is resistant until he meets her, and all sane thoughts flee from his mind. All he notices is her beauty and grace, and her strong willed spirit that is full of passion and willing to fight for him and his people. In the beginning he agrees to marry her, but he refuses to bed her and accept their bond; but his bride has other plans for him. Gelis is at first hurt when Ronan rejects her and refuses to accept her as his wife. So she takes desperate action, and seduces her own husband. Gelis refuses to accept his will lying down, and will fight with every breath that their bond is true and the love they can have is powerful, enough to break any curse.

Seducing A Scottish Bride is the sixth installment in this series. I first read the first book a couple years ago, which is Gelis’s parents story (which I highly recommend). Its been a while since I have read her, and I have been wanting to read this one, ever since it came out. I know I have skipped 5 books or so, but the blurb totally drew me in and I knew I had to read it. I obtained a copy through my local library. I had seen some average rating for this book, and I was hoping it would be much better than a couple reviews I had read so far, and I was right. Seducing A Scottish Bride is a priceless treasure of a romance set in the beautiful Scotland countryside, where curses, magic and visions abound.  The story sets off with Gelis learning that just like her mother, she has some magical ability. She doesn’t know it unless she sees a vision of the man who is destined as her lover and future husband. She now has hope of finding passion and love despite her fathers best efforts to discourage many suitors that she has had. Gelis stands up to her father, and insists that she be allowed to marry this man despite the fact that he is cursed. Gelis doesn’t fear the curse very much, she accepts it for what it is, and her main focus is loving Ronan. Ronan is very resistant to any kind of effort that Gelis is putting forth, wanting to protect her. However he underestimates her will and strength, and Gelis is intent on seducing him. Ronan didn’t stand much of a chance to be honest. In the story, from the very beginning, I fell in love with Gelis. She doesn’t take a “No” for an answer. Within reading the first chapter I was hooked instantly. Normally its the hero I fall for first, but I am happy to say for the first time in a while, I admired the heroine first. She was tenacious, stubborn, strong willed, and has dreams that she will fight for no matter the cost. Especially considering the time frame the story is set in, the was very rare. And I loved the way the author doesn’t make the heroine overcome the circumstances too much. You see a gentler side to Gelis, who dreams of love, tenderness and desire; because she has grown up in a home where her parents radiated love. Ronan has the tortured hero characteristic down pat. He has lost two wives, his parents are no longer alive, and the only family he has left is his elderly grandfather (who is quite the humorous side character). Ronan is very against his wife in the beginning, the last thing he wants is for her to be hurt or killed because of the curse that he has lived with all of his life. But slowly Gelis shows him that you can’t fear the future or what may happen, but to embrace what you are blessed with.

I found this love story a very tender and sweet and yet passionate and suspenseful at other times. Despite the title, its the bride that is doing the seducing and what a amazing job she does too. Seducing A Scottish Bride  is a magical tale of two people that need each other, and that their love they keep inside is more powerful than any curse. Once again I am amazed with Welfonder’s talent of shaping a story that will bring a tear to your eye and keep you in suspense the whole way through. GUARANTEED TO STEAL YOUR HEART!!

First Line 
“Let us speak plainly, my sister. What you would have us do is pure folly.”

Favorite Quote 
“Lass, lass! You are more desirable than any woman I have e’er known.” He drew back to look at her. “E’er, I say, do you hear me? Ne’er have I been more tempted!”

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Devil In A Kilt
Bride of the Beat
Only For A Knight
Until The Knight Comes
Bride For A Knight
A Highlanders Temptation

Book Review-Bride Of The Beast

Bride Of The Beast
Mackenzie (2)
Sue Ellen Welfonder
Warner
331 Pages
Published Jan 2003
Scottish Highlands

When passion is fierce, resistance is futile.

A HEADSTRONG LADY, A BATTLE-TORN KNIGHT, AND A LESSON IN TEMPTATION!

Twice wed and twice widowed, Lady Caterine Keith has no need for a champion. She can fend off unwanted suitors on her own and guard her Scottish stronghold without the help of any man. But her sister, knowing better, sends a make-believe husband–a knight with a battle-scarred face almost too frightening to behold. Sir Marmaduke Strongbow has a secret ambition. He wants not Caterine’s land but her hand in marriage and her heart to own. With tantalizing caresses, he will show her how a real champion lays siege…and how love is impossible to fight.

MY REVIEW

Summary:
Lady Caterine Keith has already been widowed twice and isn’t eager or willing to go for a third time. Thre is a unwanted suitor who only desires to get a hold of her Scottish stronghold. One whom repels her so and se is stunned when a battle scarred Knight come sto her as a protector. Sir Marmaduke Strongbow is determined to show Caterine the path of her passion….and a everlasting love, where he goes about to claim hold of her heart and her love.

The Hero (Marmaduke Strongbow)
Marmaduke once handsome, is now scarred and desires to find love of a woman and once he meets Caterine, he is ever more determined to lay siege and claime her as his own. Marmaduke is a real champoon and a talented warrior and aches to find a love that his closest friend has found for himself.

The Heroine (Caterine Keith)
Caterine, after outliving two husbands seeks peace and solitude. But then her sister sends her a champion who wants to marry her. Even thoug she sets up defenses to resist Marmaduke; is caresses slowly break them down and she finds herself, falling for the knight who despite being scarred has a heart of gold.

My Thoughts
Bride of the beast is the second book in the Mackenzie series written by Sue Ellen Welfonder. I have recently discovered this author, and have just loved what she has written so far, which includes Bride of the Beast. Since I love the first one so much I thought I would try and see how I would like this one, and I just fell in love with it. I truly enjoyed reading Marmaduke’s story…it was enchanting. I found the interaction between the characters engaging and filled with a emotional intensity that will take your breath away. A most entertaing read!!!

My Favorite Quote
Smiling through her tears, she turned her full gaze on him-the open gaze of a woman who never lied “And, yes, my lord, I wear the ring because you had my heart, ” she told him ” Fully, irrevocable, for all our days and beyond,”

My Grade On This Book
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
Devil In A Kilt
Only For A Knight
Until the Knight Comes
Bride For A Knight
Seducing A Scottish Bride
A Highlander’s Temptation