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Quickie Book Review-The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman

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The Highlander Next DoorTitle: The Highlander Next Door
Author: Janet Chapman
Series: Spellbound Falls (6)
Publisher; Jove
Release Date: September 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 413
Acquired: Barnes And Noble (Self Bought)
Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal/Time Travel Romance
ISBN: 978-0-515-15322-4

 

 

 
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Book Review-the Heart of a Hero

The Heart Of A Hero
Spellbound Falls (4)
Janet Chapman
Jove
Mass Market Paperback
Published March 2013
359 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-0-515-15320-0
Author’s Website

New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman welcomes her fans back to Spellbound Falls, where no one is immune to the magical powers of love…

Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. Fully embracing his life in the twenty-first century, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee, and is determined to keep her safe.

The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome and imposing as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. But strange things have been happening at the resort—and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems—and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart…

My Review
Summary 
Nicholas, as the director of security takes his job very seriously. When he see’s a young lone woman in need of his help, he is more than willing to help a lass in distress. He never expects that Julia would have such a secretive nature, and he finds her very intriguing and can’t help but want to pursue her, but it baffles him that she keeps running away from him every time he tries to get close to her. Julia, is determined to get herself and her sister out of their father’s house as soon as possible. Her father tends to be abusive at times, and Julia is the only one able to really protect her sister. But her sister still has to turn eighteen before she can go to college, and so Julia can work on getting a stable job and being financially free of burdens. When she first meets Nicholas he practically forces her into his truck to drive her home, but when he ends up kissing her, she is embarrassed beyond belief. However when he pursues her like a dog hunting for a bone, she knows she may be in deep trouble. Nicholas is the “hero” type, always out trying to rescue others. Nicholas plans on keeping Julia to his side and show her what a real man is, and desires her to fully love him.

My Thoughts 
As soon as Heart of a Hero showed up on the library shelves, I snatched it right up, I was so excited to get a chance to read Nicholas’s story. There is a certain magic touch to Chapman’s story, and I just have fallen madly in love with her most recent series. Ever since I took my first class at college, I have been so fascinated with mythology and its so great when you see certain authors incorporate it into their stories.

I have found that the Spellbound series, has a perfect blend of mythology and romance…that makes for a enchanting read. It first starts out with Nicholas being the hero for Julia, and practically picks her up bodily and forces her to take a ride home with him instead of riding her bike, which isn’t exactly a short distance away. Nicholas I found to be a very likable character. He never gives up on Julia, even though she keeps running away from him. Julia once left the mountain when she got married but she came back a whole different person, divorced and struggling to protect her sister. I found Julia to become endearing but she could be so stubborn at times. I did enjoy Julia though, she seemed to be the kind of heroine you find you can relate with easily. Julia hasn’t had it easy in any way but It was such fun to see these two struggle into their relationship. It definitely was full of a mountain of problems, the least of which being Nicholas’s heritage. There was also so many little things about this story that only made it for a easy and tender love story that can easily capture your heart. It has been wonderful reading this series, and see each book just get even better and better. We still see other characters that are involved in this couple as well, which is also a delight. I found Nicholas and Julia to be perfect for each other for a variety of reasons. One if they both are too stubborn by half, so they deserve each other. They each are willing to fight for those that they love, and even though in the beginning their relationship gets to a bumpy start, we see how these two come together when it really matters.   

Overall it seemed to make for a magic story that is full of a witty dialogue, charming characters, a plot to take you on a exciting ride, and a love story to enthrall you. A delihtful read that is not to be missed out on!!! Brilliantly done!!!! A truly unmatched story that is beyond memorable!!! A Must Read!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
Spellbound Falls
Charmed By His Love
Courting Caroline
For The Love Of Magic
 

Book Review-Courting Carolina

Courting Carolina
Spellbound Falls (3)
Janet Chapman
Jove
Paperback
Published September 2012
278 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN 978-0-515-15106-0

Synopsis
While building a wilderness trail for a new five-star resort in Spellbound Falls, underachieving playboy Alec MacKeage rescues a beautiful woman who is being chased by kidnappers and agrees to let her hide out with him for a few days. But when those days stretch past a week, Alec finds himself fighting his attraction to the mysterious Jane Smith—despite knowing the woman isn’t who she claims to be. Then again, neither is he…

On the run from her own life, Jane is really Carolina Oceanus—and she’ll do anything to avoid the six ancient-minded men her father has brought to Maine to vie for her hand in marriage. But as the maddening competition heats up, Carolina realizes that she’ll have to come clean to Alec, the seductive loner who’s managed to capture her heart…

My Review
Summary 
When Alec rescues a stranger from two brutes, he has no idea who she really is, since she claims to be a Jane Smith, which is obviously not her real name. When he takes her to his camp  to recover he reluctantly agrees to keep her for a few days. Carolina (aka Jane) has just escaped from her kidnappers with the help of Alec. For two years Carolina has managed to live a free life, free from her over bearing father, in hopes of finding true love, but has yet to find it. Then she comes across Alec Mackeage who treats her like a normal person. In all of her life, she has been treated like a priceless object, but for the first time in her life she is treated as if she really matters. As a few days turn into a week, she starts to have some deep feelings for Alec, but also knows that they may never have a future together. As her father is the king and leader of Atlantis, she knows she can never have what she truly desires…to be normal and to have a chance at a normal life, with a man she loves at her side.

The Hero (Alec Mackeage)
Alec is here in Spellbound Falls to work on the trail in the woods. Alec also has a past that he has had to keep from everyone, including his family. Alec knows he can never be able to love someone fully, so he knows having a family is not in his future. When he hears a woman screaming for help, he leaps to her aid, and takes her to safety. He offers her shelter for a few days, and even though he finds himself starting to care for her, he also knows he has no real future to offer her.

The  Heroine (Carolina Oceanus)
For most of her life, Carolina has felt boxed in, with no control over her life. She loves her parents, however she needs a life of her own. For the past two years she has managed to escape her fathers clutches, in search of a normal life. When she gets kidnapped, she knows she is deeper trouble, she barely manages to escape with the help of a stranger who awakens every sense she has. She has always wanted to find love and passion, but never thought she would find it in Alec.

My Thoughts 
Courting Carolina is the third in the series, which is Carolina’s story. After seeing her in the past two books, I was very much looking forward to reading  her story. It starts off with a very exciting scene, that only entices the reader for more. I really enjoyed this story, probably more than the last one. It didn’t have as much magic in this one as the other did though, so I would consider it more under the contemporary style. Although there is a fun dose of magic to liven things up. I really liked Alec, he is the certain type of hero you want to hold close to your heart. Alec has gone through a hard time, and doesn’t believe in love in the beginning. But I just loved seeing how he fought for Carolina, in very creative ways too. I think I was just cheering him on for trying to prove himself. Carolina has always been sheltered, at times too much, and wants freedom. And I loved how she fought to stay at Alec’s side and show how strong she really was. I loved the charm, the witty humor, and the tender romance that blossoms, it seemed to me to be a exciting yet magical love story that will bring a tear to your eye! If you haven’t yet read this author, you are missing out on some amazing works!!!

 My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm 

Other Books In The Series 
Spellbound Falls
Charmed By His Love
The Heart Of A Hero
For The Love Of Magic

Book Review-Charmed By HIs Love

Charmed By His Love
Spellbound Falls (2)
Janet Chapman
Jove Publishing
Paperback
Published 2012
296 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN 978-0-515-15090-2

Synopsis 
New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman takes you back to the magical town of Spellbound Falls, where Duncan MacKeage is about to uncover great love with hidden dangers…
All Duncan MacKeage wants is to keep his crew building roads and bridges up the mountain to the fancy resort overlooking Spellbound Falls’ new inland sea. He doesn’t want anything to do with his own family magic or with the beautiful widow, Peg Thompson, and her tribe of little heathens. But when Duncan is tasked with keeping an eye on the widow Thompson, trouble starts.

Because of a family curse, Peg fears that giving in to her desires will mean killing off another lover. But Duncan—the strong, handsome man buying her gravel—is unbelievably tempting and determined to take care of her. Torn between her head and her heart, will Peg find the strength to break free of her black-widow curse? Or will pursuing their attraction put these lovers in harm’s way?

My Review

Summary 
  Peg Thompson has no room in her life for a man in her life. She is busy with four children, and she has a suspicion her family is cursed and dares not fall in love again. So she tries to distance herself from Duncan, who has recently surfaced in her life. Duncan MacKeage comes from a family of magic, however he doesn’t possess any. Duncan is busy building new roads since the change in Spellbound Falls. But then he comes across Peg and her four children who create chaos. However he finds himself charmed by this family, that is led by a woman of incredible beauty and inner strength. She is feisty and strong and protects her children like a mama bear, but he knows there is a inner passion in her just waiting to burst free, and he knows he is up to the challenge of helping her let go of some of her inhibitions. He also wants to show her the power of true love and the magic of his family can overcome any curses and prove to Peg how true his feelings are for her.

The Hero 
 Duncan comes from a family that despite their supernatural abilities, also is very old fashioned. When he first meets Peg, he is practically attacked by her four children and herself. To say he is charmed is a understatement. He finds himself intrigued by Peg and her heathens. Duncan however doesn’t know if he truly is the man for her, despite what Mac tells him. But when he finds that he truly wants to keep Peg in his life, he is determined to prove to her his love for her….no matter any protests she may make, he is a Mackeage after all.

The Heroine 
Peg, lost the love of her life due to a horrible accident, that she felt was not worth his life. Now she is alone and raising her four children all on her own. She believes that she is cursed, along with all the female members in her family, of never being able to hold onto the men that they love. So now she is determined to build her dream home, raise her four children, and live a life alone if necessary. But when Duncan comes storming into her life, he changes everything she has planned. She also knows he is the only one that can truly protect her from the danger that threatens herself and her children.

My Thoughts 
Charmed By His Love is the second in the series, and after just loving the first one I had a lot of expectations for this one. Even though I really enjoyed it, I didn’t exactly fall in love with everything that happens. It took a bit of time to get fully into it, but once I did, it was almost near impossible to put down. I found myself charmed by this story, and even though the whole “Curse” thing really didn’t fly with me, I found the rest of the story enchanting. I really loved Duncan, who is a ‘ he man’, but I also loved the way he was around Peg. She is what you would call feisty and stubborn, but Duncan handles her really well. I found this to be such a fun read, with witty humor, and a sweet romance that will charm any reader. A Delight to read!!! Looking forward to reading more from this series…..

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
Spellbound Falls
Courting Carolina
The Heart Of A Hero

Book Review-Spellbound Falls

Spellbound Falls
Spellbound Falls (1)
Janet Chapman
Jove Publishing
Paperback
Published March 2012
325 Pages
Paranormal Romance

Synopsis 
Maximilian Oceanus arrives in Spellbound Falls just in time to save Olivia Baldwin from an overly aggressive suitor, only to find himself attracted to the beautiful, if rather aloof, widow. And although Mac has come to Inglenook to get a handle on fatherhood, his newly discovered six-year-old son has set his sights on finding his father a wife.

Olivia, however, is busy getting Inglenook ready for its new season, so she doesn’t have time to deal with her growing attraction to the dangerously seductive Mac. Besides, weird stuff seems to happen all around him. Take the fact that her seatbelt keeps getting stuck in his presence, or locks magically open for him without keys, and that he seems to have a talent for sensing things. Never mind the three lost albatrosses walking down the road in the middle of the night. Since when are there albatrosses in Maine?

But despite Olivia’s resistance to falling under the sexy man’s spell, Olivia is having trouble fighting her longing. Because she knows Mac is just the man to unlock the powerful passion deep within her…

My Review
Summary 
Olivia Baldwin, is barely making it, trying to make Inglewood Camp be successful, and saving up so she can own it herself one day. Then one day one of her co workers attempts to attack her, but then finds herself rescued by Mac, who finds himself very protective of Olivia, who needs his protection. Olivia is strongly attracted to Mac, but she doesn’t know if she feels worthy enough to be with him. But when he kisses her, she stops thinking and only feels…Olivia also senses that there is something strange going on with Mac and his son. They aren’t even close to normal, and there is something about Mac, that makes her want to run from him at times, because she senses a power about him. Mac, has recently discovered he has a son, and so he decided to come to Spellbound Falls, for some much needed bonding time with Henry. But then he meets Olivia, who intrigues him and even though he knows he could never truly love Olivia, he vows to unlock a hidden desire deep within Olivia, not knowing that he will find the love he thought he would never be able to have…

The Hero 
Maximilian Oceanus, is the son of the king of Atlantis, and has certain abilities that makes it so he connects with nature, and especially the sea. After discovering that he has a son, he is determined to guide his son and raise him, but has no idea how to truly do that. But then when he meets Olivia, and knows there is something unique and special about her. Mac knows that even thought their worlds are very different..but he wants to show Olivia not to hide herself, but to make the passion burn within her like it is burning in him.

The Heroine 
Olivia’s only motivation in life is to try to find a life for herself here in Spellbound Falls, and to raise her daughter on her own. Olivia was a orphan, but found a older couple who treated her as their own daughter. So she has stayed here to be close to them, but then, six years ago her husband died, and now is a single mother. Even though her marriage wasn’t exactly a dream come true, she did what she could to make best of the situation. Now she is barely keeping the Camp together, scrimping as much as she can so one day she can own it. Then when she gets rescued by Mac, she knows her world is changing. She doesn’t know if she feels worthy enough to be with this gorgeous specimen of a man, who is so protective and caring towards her and her daughter, and without wanting to, she knows she is falling in love with Mac and wants more than anything to be a part of his life….forever.

My Thoughts 
Spellbound Falls is the first in the most recent series by Janet Chapman. I have to say I can’t believe I fell behind in this author. When I discovered this book in the library, I knew I just had to read it. Ever since I discovered this author, I have just loved the tender romances and witty humor found in her works, and now I have found another story that I have fallen in love with. Spellbound Falls is a bit different than her other books. It brings in what I would call “New Blood” where the hero is very powerful, royal and is from Atlantis, and is also known as a wizard. I really loved the way the story was put together, and it seemed a bit different than her other books. Spellbound Falls is a enchanting romance, filled with witty humor and a sense of fun and adventure. I loved the creativity and appealing story line that just draws you in instantly….A Magical Read!!!!

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
Charmed By His Love
Courting Caroline
The Heart Of A Hero (Coming Out March 2013)