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Book Review-Healing The Highlander

Healing The Highlander
Daughters of the Glen (7)
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket Books
Paperback
Published March 2011
355 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4391-9020-3
Authors Website

Synopsis 
ANDREW MACALISTER longs for a cure to free him from the excruciating pain caused by an old wound, but when he rescues a drowning woman, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. All Drew knows is that this mysterious woman is hiding secrets — and that he’s never felt such a consuming desire before. Yet he cannot deny her request for help, even if it means bringing the detested English army to his Highland clan’s home.

LEAH NOBLE MCQUARRIE still harbors a deep hatred of the Fae who tortured her eleven years ago, forcing her to escape back in time to the thirteenth century. A descendant of the Fae, Leah denies her heritage and her magical healing abilities. But the English army is holding her beloved adoptive grandfather captive, so Leah must seek help from the Fae — and the captivating man whose touch she craves.

Then Drew discovers Leah’s secrets, and he’s torn between old loyalties and trusting a woman who has the power to give him the future he’s sought — but could destroy his clan forever. . . .

My Review

Leah was once treated in horrid ways by the Fae, and managed to escape and made a life for herself in medieval Scotland. Even though she is from a more modern era, she has grown accustomed to life in Scotland, in the 1300’s. When her adopted grandparents find themselves in trouble, Leah is determined to save them. When their son betrays them, and takes over their home and clan, and about to force Leah to marry a stranger, she escapes. She heads north, to a clan, that are kin to her grandmother, and are the only ones that can help them. On her way, she slips in a river, and is saved by a highlander, who protects her and takes her to his home. When they are followed by English knights and soldiers, they have no choice but to go under a false pretense of being married. Before they realize it, they will have to go through a real wedding, to make the soldiers believe their feelings are true. Andrew, has suffered a most painful injury, and is searching for anything that will aid in his pain that he suffers every moment. When he finds the truth about Leah, he realizes that she is his salvation….but sometimes love gets in the way of intentions and can change the course of fate…

Healing the Highlander is a fantastic addition to the Daughters of the Glen series that Mayhue has created for us. This does have a bit of time travel aspect, but we don’t really see it, since it happens before the book begins, so its pure guess on what happens to Leah when she is younger, or maybe its revealed in a earlier book I have yet to read. The story starts off with Leah’s life taking a turn for the worse and she is forced to flee her home to aid in the safety of her grandparents. Leah is a very strong willed character, and is willing to do whatever it takes to save the people she holds most dear. Then she ends up being a “damsel in distress” and a highland warrior saves the day. Drew, doesn’t believe himself to be worthy of a wife or a family due to his injury. He has to work hard every day to make sure he isn’t a invalid from his leg injury. These two definitely need each other, but in a variety of ways. It starts out very simple, the hero saving the heroine’s life and they just go their merry way right? Wrong….the reader is thrust into a plot that is packed with twists that creates conflict against conflict, but only draws the reader fully into the story even more. The characters are such fun and I enjoyed seeing this couple together, and how they complimented each other. Each had their secrets, strengths and weaknesses, and toward the end you see how wonderful they are for each other. Reading this definitely made me want to read the rest of the series that I have yet to get my hands on.

Overall a romance that takes you back in time where history and magic prevail, where a conflict threatens to destroy all, and a passion that turns into a journey of love and adventure. A sweeping tale of love and magic!! PURE MAGIC!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other books In Series 
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband
Highland Guardian
Soul of a Highlander
A Highlander of Her own
A Highlanders Destiny
A Highlander’s Homecoming
Highlander’s Curse

Book Review-Warrior Reborn

Warrior Reborn
Warrior (2)
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket Books
Published November 2012
339 Pages
Time Travel Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4516-4088-5
Author Website

Synopsis 
Award-winning author Melissa Mayhue delivers once more with her second enchanting novel of the MacDowylt clan, featuring a captive Scottish seer who awaits the man from her visions to rescue—and love—her. . . . Former special ops agent CHASE NOBLE has been searching his whole life for the place where he belongs. As a descendant of Fae, he senses fate has more in store for him. And he will not rest until he discovers what his true purpose is. When he travels back in time to medieval Scotland, he discovers his mission is to save a beautiful woman—the same woman he is destined to be with.

CHRISTIANA MACDOWYLT possesses the gift of foresight. Prisoner of her evil half brother, Christiana has visions that show her that only one warrior can rescue her—a man she is mysteriously drawn to. The only problem is, he’s in the future. Now she must rely on the magic of a fairy to transport him to the past. And when Christiana finally meets Chase, the sparks between them set off a smoldering desire. But will the magic that brought them together also tear them apart?

My Review
Summary 
In the Present Day, Chase Noble, is the son of a Fae, and has always known that there is much more to his life than just existing. He knows that there is a purpose in his future, and he knows it will be spectacular, only he never expected that he would be sent back 700 years into the late 1200’s. He knows that he has no idea what to expect, or what fate has in plan for him. Christiana has always possessed certain gifts, one of those being the gift of foresight, and because of this, she has been a prisoner of her evil half brother who would kill her if she doesn’t do what he says. Christiana has seen that a strange man would come into her life and rescue her, what she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with him. Chase upon hearing of Christiana’s dilemma, knows he must do everything he can to protect her. Chase has his own gifts, and will do everything he can to use all at his disposal to save the one woman who is his destiny.

My Thoughts 
After reading “Warrior’s Redemption” I was really looking forward to Christiana’s story. I am a huge fan of this author, and I have to say this cover alone would probably get me to read it. I do love the mix of blue and silver and purple, and *drooling* the gorgeous man with the sword who just gets my heart rate up, is just so delicious right?  Well I was very excited to pick this one up, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. I found it to be a quick read and easy to get into but hard to put down.

It pretty much picks off right after the last one, (which I liked that aspect of it) where Christiana has just sent off her brother, and not knowing when she will see him again, she then returns to her home (if you could even call it that), and to her evil brother who always stays one step ahead of her. There isn’t much she can do to keep anything from him. However after her vision of Chase, she knows she must keep as much from him as possible, in order to protect the life of the man that would end up saving her soon. In present day Montana, we jump to Chase, who we see a man who is very eager to start his journey that is planned for him. Chase has always known that there is something special in store for his future, he just doesn’t know what or when. What he doesn’t expect is to be transported into the past, and still has no idea of his true purpose until he meets Christiana. Christiana doesn’t intend on finding such a instant attraction to Chase, she just wants to keep things simple. She soon learns that things never are simple when you need or expect them to be. There is so much intense emotion and even some dramatic scenes that definitely will give you the butterfly feeling. Not a dull moment.

I have to say that I just adored Chase and Christiana, both as separate characters and as a couple as well. In the beginning we see them both living their individual lives, and then we see them together and they are just perfect for each other. Chase is the type of man that is a “protector”, and he just loves women, but is not the rake type or to sleep around, but when it does happen with Christiana, I think I just want to gobble him up. He is what I would call the “magnifique lover”. Chase even though living in the present day, can still handle a sword (and quite well) and makes the transition to a contemporary world to a medieval one very smoothly for the most part. Christiana, has her own strength, but its more on the inner side of her. She isn’t the warrior woman type in any way. In this story we see how courageous she is and creative at times, and I loved her inner strength especially against her brother who is evil through and through. However she is the type of heroine that is in need of a knight in shining armor. She has a vulnerabilty and I liked how human that made her. She makes her share of mistakes, but she also faces the consequences and doesn’t hide anything from herself. I really appreciated her as the heroine, and liked her tenacity.

Overall a extraordiary romance that will send a thrill from head to toe. A never ending journey of adventure through time, a love that will melt your heart and a passion to make you want to swoon. I absolutely adored this time period that Mayhue takes us to, and the way she puts together such a magical tale of compelling characters, and a plot to only fill you with delight. A highly charged romantic tale!! A WINNER!

First Line 
Nothing was as it should be. 

Favorite Quote 
It was him!How she had not known it from the moment he’d entered her door was beyond her. She’d never clearly seen his face, but those eyes! She’d been lost in them too many times not to know them now. Her whole body tingled with reognition, a physical reaction to their first meeting she’d never forseen or imagined possible. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Warrior Redemption
Warrior’s Last Gift
Warrior Untamed

Book Review-Warrior’s Redemption

Warrior’s Redemption
Warrior (1)
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket Star Books
Mass Market Paperback
Published January 2012
372 Pages
Time Travel/Medieval Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4516-4087-8
Author’s Website

Synopsis 
Will the magic of modern romance help him defeat an evil ancient power?

MALCOLM MACDOWYLT sees himself a failed warrior, haunted by the death of the woman he married to become laird of Clan MacGahan. Neither his Viking heritage nor his claim to descend from Norse gods can restore his confidence in his ability to protect his people. His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead. The last thing he needs is more responsibility, but that’s exactly what he gets when his Faerie mother-in-law arrives seeking justice for her daughter in the form of an enticing woman from seven hundred years in the future.

DANIELLE DEARMON has waited fifteen years to discover the life she is supposed to live. She just never dreamed she’d end up in the thirteenth century with a handsome Scot bent on saving everyone but himself.

With the lives of those most dear to him hanging in the balance, Malcolm sets out to battle a powerful evil Magic, only to learn that the redemption he seeks exists only in the arms of the woman he loves.

My Review
Summary 
Malcolm, has recently lost his wife, and blames himself for her death. Along with that, he is Laird of the Clan of MacGahan, and his sisters life is in danger from his older brother and he plans on rescuing her as soon as he can. Even though he is a descendant of Norse gods, he doesn’t know how he will be able to protect his family and his clan from harm. Danielle has always believed in fairies. Ever since she was a little girl and read a book about fairies, she has, every day, for the past fifteen years, brought out some milk for them, no matter what is going on in the day, or the weather, she has remained constant in her belief in them. Dani believes that there is a purpose in her life, and that one day it will be revealed to her. She just has no idea what that purpose is. When Malcolm’s mother in law comes for a visit, he questions why she would, since she is considered to be a fairy. But when she comes to the mortal world wanting to know the true reason of her daughter’s death, she realizes how much Malcolm loved her daughter and tried to protect her. So as a reward to him, she decides to bring his soul mate to his side. On the evening of Halloween, which is the one moment you can commune with fairies Dani, goes through a ritual which lands her 700 years in the past and being rescued by Malcolm, who is determined that he doesn’t fail Dani. At fist he wants to deny their attraction and the strong connection that only gets stronger. However he has certain obligations but he can’t deny the true love he feels for Dani, but will he be strong enough to keep her from danger and at his side forever?

My Thoughts 
Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed reading from this author, my local library has only a few of her books, so I haven’t read much of her. But when I was browsing the shelves this past week, I saw that they had both of her newest books, and I just had to snatch them up. Melissa Mayhue has such a talent to bring out such beautifully written stories where the reader can’t help but be swept away in the magical tales she writes. I fell in love with this from the beginning and it didn’t take me very long to read it, and when that happens, you know its amazing!! Definitely easy to get into, and a quick read that is a bunch of fun and adventure.

Warrior’s Redemption starts out with this reader seeing both worlds of Malcolm and Dani. We see Malcolm trying his best to protect those he is over as best he can. But with the death of his wife, he blames himself and bears a whole world of weight of guilt on his shoulders. With worrying over his sister’s welfare, and knowing he will have to marry a woman he doesn’t know for a alliance that will bring justice for his older brother’s wrong doings, he feels like his hands are tied. Then we go to Dani’s side of things, who has been faithful in her devotion to the fairies no matter how many people ridicule or criticize her. She is a cook and works long hours that puts a roof over her head, but she wants more for her life. What she doesn’t expect is to be brought in the past 700 years and to a medieval dominant man who makes her blood stir with passion. I enjoyed seeing these two develop into a relationship. I have always adored time travel romances, and this one is by far one of my favorites. I loved seeing the conflicts and how true love does conquer all. In this story, this couple are known as soul mates, which is the strongest union, and I also enjoyed the sense of magic that was played out in the story. It wasn’t overly strong where it was the focus of the story, it was more like cream on top of a dessert, only added more flavor and deliciousness.

Now lets talk about my favorite aspect of the story….the characters. Now I just adored all the characters in this story, there was so much depth to them (even the evil ones). Malcolm, is very alpha type but not too overly much either. He is from the late 1200’s, so very medieval, but the honorable type. Pure yumminess, I just wanted to gobble him up. Where can I find my own fairy right? There was so much that I liked about him.A Warrior, has a tattoo( and a beautiful one at that), but has a few weaknesses that made him so real to me. I just wanted to kiss away all the sadness from him. Dani, hasn’t exactly had the best luck in her life. Her aunt was her mother and raised her, but when she grows up she still believes in magic and fairies, and I found Dani to be a bit predictable at times, but I loved how she would fight for Malcolm. She doesn’t ever back down from a fight, and risks her own life for him. I really admired her tenacity and devotion. She was a very likable character.

Overall I found the story to be heart wrenching, and yet a beautiful tale of true love that bring two people that can’t be more opposite and from two entirely different worlds. A riveting story from beginning to end, that made it a MUST NOT PUT DOWN read. Mixed with great humor, adventure, magic, and endearing characters that were deeply moving to the point that you can’t help but fall in love all over again. A captivating love story that will take you on a adventure of a lifetime. A Magnificent start to the most recent series from this stellar author. A WINNER!!

First Line 
Howls echoed through the forest of Wyddecol, so protracted and pain ridden they tortured Elesyria’s eardrums.

Favorite Quote 
With his thumb, he gently stroked the fine dust from her cheek, his fingers resting at the bast at her jaw where her pulse beat against his skin like a drummer in the heat of battle. Before he knew it, he was on his knees, his mouth lightly covering hers. She made no move to pull away and he deepened the kiss, his tongue running across the contours of her lips, sampling the taste of her. She might have groaned, but he couldn’t be sure; the rhythmic pounding of his own blood echoed in his ears, driving out all sound.
Oh yes, at this very moment he could think of many things worse than spending his life with a woman like this.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books in The Series 
Warrior’s Last Gift
Warrior Reborn
Warrior Untamed

Book Review-Highlanders Curse

Highlander’s Curse
Daughters Of The Glen (8)
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket Books
Paperback
Published Apr 2011
373 Pages
Time Travel Romance
ISBN978-1-4391-9032-6

Synopsis
When COLIN MACALISTER is cursed by the Faerie Queen and ends up in the bed of a twenty-first-century woman–who also happens to be the most beautiful creature he’s ever laid eyes on–he’s torn between anger and lust. Colin is determined to see Scotland free of English control and must return to the fourteenth century, yet he cannot forget the woman who haunts his dreams and stirs him with scorching desire.
ABIGAIL PORTER can’t believe her luck. After making a wish to find her soul mate, she wakes up to find a gorgeous man in her bed Can he really be a medieval Highlander summoned by her Faerie Magic, however? It seems crazy, but when Abby discovers someone wants to enslave her because of her Faerie heritage, she agrees to flee with Colin to 1306 Scotland to avoid capture. Thwarting danger at every turn, Abby and Colin surrender to an irresistible passion. But is the magic of true love powerful enough to save them?

Summary:
Abigail Porter has a deep love and fascination with Archaeology and even though she hasn’t married or had a family yet she feels like she has her whole life ahead of her and is about to embark on a dig in Scotland which has always been a dream of hers…until one day she makes a wish and the next morning a man ends up in her bed and they share a passionate kiss which is only the beginning for Abigail and Colin. Colin is shocked to find himself 700 in the future and knows that the Fae are to blame. He is determined to return back to his time, and when there is a danger to Abigail they go back in time to his time period where it is more dangerous than ever…and only when they work together and their magic will they be able to save them both.

The Hero (Colin Macalister)
Colin,  has been cursed by the Fae, and ever since he has been able to see certain things that he wished he never had to. And only when he finds his soulmate will he be released from his curse. In his time, he is close to his family and having seen his siblings find their love has made him wish he could make time for his true love, when he finds her and he knows in his heart that woman is Abigail…

The Heroine (Abigail Porter)
Abigail, after receiving her degrees and making a start on her dream in Archaeology…Abigail has always wanted to work in Scotland where she feels a connection there and always has, as if its vital that she go there on the dig she is offered. Even though her boss creeps her out, and she keeps having run ins with the one man she keeps dreaming about, she wonders when she ends up in the past what is really going to happen in her future.

My Thoughts 
Highlanders Curse is the last in the series, and I thought that I might be a little lost at times, but for the most part it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would. It was a enjoyable story, even though it didn’t feel like much of a romance story the first half of it, but the second half was way better and well worth waiting for.  I really am starting to just love this series, especially since I have a weakness for time travel, but I also enjoyed the excitement and danger aspect of the story as well. Even though Highlanders Curse was a delightful read, it was far from my favorite book since it didn’t run as smoothly as I expected, especially since I just loved the first book in the series, but I hope the others books are alot better…

My Favorite Quote 
“We are fated to be together. Together from the beginning of time until the end of time,” he whispered before losing himself in her kiss. The sensation of his kiss felt like the world dropped out from under them, and they fell, endlessly locked in each other’s arms. Abby could imagine no better way to go forth into forever. 

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband
Highland Guardian
Soul of a Highlander
A Highlander of Her own
A Highlanders Destiny
A Higlanders Homecoming
Healing The Highlander

Book Review-Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband

Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband
Daughters of the Glen (1)
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket Books
Paperback
Published July 2007
356 Pages
Time Travel Romance
ISBN 978-1-4165-3286-6

SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he’s vowed never to marry, that’s exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on.
DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day — she just discovered her fiance with another woman Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.
But nothing’s simple when Cate is trapped in the thirteenth century. The wedding’s delayed, someone’s trying to kill her, and in the middle of all this, she realizes she’s falling in love with a man who can only be her husband for thirty nights.
Summary:
Caitlyn is having one of the worse days of her life, her fiancee is having an affair with his secretary and has no idea what she should do and feels like she is losing a part of herself. Then drowning her sorrows with a good glass of wine, after she puts on a pendant, and mysterious and yet sex stranger appears in her bedroom asking her to return home to him to Scotland 800 previous to marry him and save his sister,,,and Caitlyn does it knowing that life couldn’t get much worse than being married for thirty days. Only once Caityln arrives things just go from average to worse, her life  is in danger, the wedding has been delayed, and she knows she is in love with a man that can never love her in return…

The Hero (Connor MacKiernan)
Connor, lives only for duty and honor to his king. Connor is a descendent of the Fae, and he is desperate to save his sister even to go to the future and marry a woman who is a complete stranger to free his sister. Even though he doesn’t trust any women since he fully believes all they want is money until he meets Caitlyn who is very very different from the women he knows. And even though he tells himself he can’t ever love her, his heart starts to soften toward her even when there is a danger that is surrounding him and all those he cares about.

The Heroine (Caitlyn Coryell)
Ever since Caitlyn got engaged, she knew there was something off with her fiancee, and as the date to her wedding gets even closer and then when she finds the truth about him, she is shocked to the core, and when she leasts expects it she finds the man that she really loves only he lives in Scotland 1200A.D, but she is willing to do whatever it takes to hold on to true love.

My Thoughts 
Thirty Night with a Highland Husband is the first that I have read by this author and I can hardly wait to read more by this author. I have heard some good things, but I didn’t know if I would like her books, and now I know that I really love her style of writing. This story was charming and tender and I will admit I got a tad emotional at times. This book has such a magical touch to each page that I couldn’t escape from the pages and I just fell in love with Connor and Caitylyn, I also have a love for time travel romances and this one tops the list in my book!!!

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Highland Guardian
Soul of a Highlander
A Highlander of Her own
A Highlanders Destiny
A Higlanders Homecoming
Healing The Highlander
Highlanders Curse