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Historical Romance 101: What Makes a Great Heroine and Favorites

Historical Romance 101Welcome to another segment of Historical Romance 101!! Come and join along with myself, Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tales, Amanda @ On A Book Bender, and Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook. This is a special one, and I find one of my favorite things to talk about…our lovely heroines. Now we all know that it is more difficult to find a winning heroine than a hero. But it is such a special treat to find a heroine you can connect with.  Continue reading

Book Review-To Kiss A Kilted Warrior by Rowan Keats

Title: To Kiss A Kilted Warrior 
Author: Rowan Keats 
Series: Claimed By The Highlander 
Format: Paperback 
Release Date: December 2 2014 
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 388
Genre: Scottish Highlands Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-0-451-47086-7

Synopsis

In the Highlands of Scotland, love and passion rage as fiercely as the storms that sweep the land—and nothing comes between a clan and its laird, a lass and her kin, or man and his chosen woman…

Shunned by her village, weaver Morag Cameron lives a solitary existence in the woods—until the night she finds a sorely wounded Highlander by the loch. Under her care, the handsome warrior slowly recovers his strength, but his memories have disappeared. Morag is torn. For if she helps him regain his past, she may sacrifice a life with the man she has come to love…

Wulf MacCurran wants nothing more than to claim Morag as his own, but his past holds too many dangerous secrets—secrets that put them both in mortal danger. He must discover who attacked him and left him for dead. Traveling to Edinburgh, Wulf and Morag find themselves swept into a mystery with the power to determine the fate of their passions—and change Scotland forever..

My Review

To Kiss A Kilted Warrior is the third book in this stunning series. I found this author last year, and she has impressed me so much with this series. I have to say when it comes to Highlander romances, Keats knows how to write a solid and winning story that blows you away. As I look at her first book to this latest release, I have found that with each book her writing becomes even more flawless and more engaging than ever.

In To Kiss A Kilted Warrior, we have a story of two people that desperately are in need of love and affection and passion. Morag Cameron, once thought she loved a man, who gave her promises of marriage and commitment, but in the end betrayed her and named her a whore. Her village and the only family she has ever known, cast her out. But there was one man that saved her, and helped her build a new life a short distance away in a small cottage, Wulf MacCurran. Then she found Wulf injured and with no memory of his past, and Morag healed him, and even though he could return back to his home, he has stayed with Morag. He learns that his wife and son were murdered from poisoning. But when a attempt is made on his life and Morag’s, he needs answers and he has to find retribution for the murder of his wife and son. So he takes Morag up to Edinburgh, to discover the truth. Only without his memory, he has no idea of the deceptions and lies he will learn, or the danger he will be putting them in. There is one constant in his life…Morag, whose healing touch makes him feel alive more than ever and plans on keeping her no matter the scandal attached to her name.

To Kiss A Kilted Warrior is a powerfully written story and before I started reading this, I was very curious to see how I would enjoy it, and from the first few pages I was totally hooked. It didn’t take much, and this story is my favorite of this author. I really enjoyed the previous two books, but this latest release, really stunned me and I couldn’t put this one down!!! This book had so many elements that made it a beautifully written package that is guaranteed to keep any reader anxiously engaged. From the beginning of the story we have two people that in the way that they are written, they are likable and full of life, and you just want to know more.

Even from the first couple of pages, you sense the connection that they have. This connection they have just becomes even more cemented the more you read. Wulf, is one sexy hero, and I just loved him….he was everything you like in a kilted warrior. Despite losing his memory, you see his loyalty and honor, and I loved how he treats Morag. Even though he wants her, he also knows she deserves more than a toss in bed, I love how he treats with so much care, and even though it frustrated Morag to no end, I truly enjoyed how strong he resists her and with how she has been treated in the past, you see how he shows his love for her in the little ways. Their bond seemed so realistic to me, I almost felt like I had jumped into those pages and saw the events in real time. Morag was a great heroine, I adored her strength and stubbornness, and her passion for life and not letting anyone beat her down. She definitely has spunk and I loved seeing the unique qualities to her character come tot he surface and she kept surprising me.

I found that overall Rowan Keats weaves a genuine romance tale, with a mixture of adventure, mystery, passion and offers the rich depth of the highlands in a way you have never experienced. Excitement and intrigue on every page…not a story you want to miss out on! RIVETING!!

My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order
Taming A Wild Scot (1)
When A Laird Takes A Lady (2)
To Kiss A Kilted Warrior (3)
What A Lass Wants (4)

Book Review-When A Laird Takes A Lady by Rowan Keats

When A Laird Takes A Lady
Claimed By The Highlander (2)
Rowan Keats
Signet Eclipse
Paperback
Published May 2014
Acquired: Library
322 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-451-41608-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
In the Highlands of Scotland, honor and loyalty are worth more than life itself. But when a haunted woman meets a wronged warrior, love will prove more powerful than anything they have ever known.

Isabail Grant has had to be strong all her life. Over the years, she has lost everyone close to her, and now she’s seeking justice for her brother’s murder. But en route to Edinburgh to petition the king, she is kidnapped by a fierce warrior—and is shocked to find herself irresistibly drawn to her captor.

Aiden MacCurran is an outlaw. The laird of a small clan, he’s been falsely accused of killing the king’s courier and stealing the Crown’s property—and the key to clearing his name and redeeming his clan lies in Isabail’s memories. But Aiden and Isabail must first weather deceit and treachery before they can find the truth and claim the love that’s growing between them.

My Review

Isabail on route to see the King in order to make a plea to find justice for her brothers murderer, finds herself kidnapped and at the mercy of  a outlaw, Aiden MacCurran. The man who is known as a traitor and the man who murdered her brother. Aiden, was framed and now he and the few people left from his clan alive are just trying to stay ahead of those that hunt them. Aiden needs the information that he knows Isabail is keeping from him and he will do anything to get those answers. Imprisoned and  not knowing what is in her future, so doesn’t want to trust Aiden. Even though Isabail is a prisoner, a slow and burning passion builds between herself and Aiden. A Desire so fierce that she starts to believe in a future together, with a man that has made her believe and trust again. Isabail and Aiden although enemies, find a more powerful love than anything they could have dreamed.

When A Laird Takes A Lady is the second book in the series, and it continues on right from where the last book leaves off. The three books are all connected to each other from what I gathered from reading this one and the previous book “Taming A Wild Scot”. In When A Laird Takes A Lady we see Aiden’s story. Aiden is the MacCurran clan’s laird. Aiden feels responsible for his people, and has a week to get the answers he needs from Isabail so he can get his land back and have his people safe again. There is one thing he doesn’t count on. the way that Isabail would turn his world topsy turvy in one day. I enjoyed the first book, but boy did I enjoy this one even more than the previous book. Rowan Keats knows how to write a good highlander romance. There was a feeling of passion and history involved in the story, and I loved the sweet romantic note to the story that just sings to you as your reading it. The characters in the story are moving and full of emotion. There is a way that this author weaves a story and with Aiden and Isabail at the helm, you see such a level of sensuality and a rich story line to keep you engaged until the very end.

Overall a stunning display of romance, history, and a story full of flavor and spice. GUARANTEED TO CAPTURE YOUR HEART!!

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Taming A Wild Scot
To Kiss a Kilted Warrior

Book Review-Taming A Wild Scot

Taming A Wild Scot
Claimed By The Highlander (1)
Rowan Keats
Signet Eclipse
Paperback
Published November 2013
346 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romnace
ISBN: 978-0-451-41607-0
Authors Website 

Synopsis
In the Highlands of Scotland, plays for power are fought without rules, treachery and intrigue hold court, and, in one woman’s heart, danger stirs as relentlessly as passion…

Wrongfully accused of murder and left to die in a hellish Highland dungeon, Ana Bisset has lost all hope of freedom. But the beautiful healer’s luck takes an unexpected turn when a hooded stranger appears as her rescuer. After a harrowing escape, Ana settles alone in a quiet village where no one knows her past or her reputation. The last thing she ever expects is to meet her mysterious savior again…

Niall MacCurran is no hero, but a warrior on a dangerous mission to expose a threat to the realm. After his decision to free Ana, he now realizes that it is he who needs her help—willing or no—to advance his quest. But his growing feelings for the delicate yet resilient beauty soon jeopardize their safety—and not even Ana’s healing gifts may be enough to protect their love, or their lives

My Review

Taming A Wild Scot is a romance set in the medieval time period of Scotland around the 1200’s. This is one of my all time favorite historical time periods to read in. Many prefer the regency era, however I find this time frame full of passion and a zeal that is hard to find in other time periods. Taming A Wild Scot I found to be the perfect title for this style of story. I was able to obtain this book through my local library, which was really surprising considering it just came out a couple months ago. This author has been on my watch list ever since I found a blog tour on her a little while back. Now I was very excited while reading this, it definitely was near impossible to put down. The story is about a brother to a Laird that is on a mission in aiding his brother, he must obtain a certain object, and Ana is the best way for him to accomplish his mission. They met a year previous when she was in the same jail as his brother, and as she came close to dying, he saves her life. Now she has made a life for herself as the healer, but when Niall claims to be her dead husband, she has no choice but to accept him in her home and life for now. Soon Ana gets pulled into Niall’s charm and fierce passion for her. Will Ana choice a life she has made in this village or a passionate love for a man who makes her burn with desire?

Taming A Wild Scot is a wonderful historical romance. From the detail and descriptions in this story, it is evident this author has done quite a bit of research. Atleast on the culture of the time and area of this period. I enjoyed seeing Niall and Ana together, this couple definitely got the blood pumping. They definitely were the type to deny their feelings for each other, when its clearly evident how much they care for each other. But both characters are more stubborn than a ox, so of course the relationship is going to get bumpy. But I found those bumps to be very exciting at times. This story definitely had a mystery element to the plot and I found it very addicting as I was reading this book. There were many characters I enjoyed getting to know. Of course Niall is very Alpha Male of his time. He likes control and order, and Ana is a threat to that. Ana is strong willed and a stubborn “lass”. Which is the most amusing of course, when you get the most stubborn of characters together in the mix, especially when there is a romantic relationship involved. The side characters added a unique quality to the story. There is a side story of Niall’s brother- Aiden and Isabell (who are the next story in the series).

Overall a stunning medieval romance that sets your heart to pace, a memorable tale of danger and passion!! PURELY SENSATIONAL!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In Series 
When A Laird Takes A Lady