Highland Promise (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Book 1)

Highland Promise (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Book 1) by [McLayne, Alyson]Title: Highland Promise

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Author: Alyson McLayne

Series: The Sons of Gregor MacLeod

Print Length: 385 Pages

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

 


Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor…
Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can’t be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both
When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what’s rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

Highland Promise is the first book in Alyson McLayne new series, The Sons of Gregor MacLeod. Based on the title you will see that this is a Historical romance.
What caught my eye was the synopsis, but as I got into the story it was so much more than what was. The chemistry between the two main characters is what made the book enjoyable. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Highland Promise. The first chapter is just getting the introduction to characters. By the second is normally where I decided if the story is for me or not. I know for some that is not a good basis for judging a book. However, for me, two chapters is a good starting point. And for me to stay up late well past my bedtime to complete Highland Promise should say a lot.
With plenty of chemistry and fun dialogue, Highland Promise is one that any fan of Historical Romance should enjoy.


The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Series:
Highland Promise (Book 1)
Highland Bride (Book 2)
Highland Betrayal (Book 3)
Highland Captive (Book 4)
Highland Thief (Book 5)

What People Are Saying About Highland Promise:
“Suffused with witty banter, adventure and passion, Highland Promise is a thrilling debut novel Scottish romance readers will fall in love with!”—ELIZA KNIGHT, USA Today bestselling author of the MacDougall Legacy series
“Alyson McLayne heats up the Highlands in the Highland Promise.”—AMANDA FORESTER, acclaimed author of My Highland Rebel
“Heart warming and tender beyond measure, Highland Promise will brighten your spirit.”—MARY WINE, acclaimed author of Highland Hellion


Alyson McLayne

Biography

Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the West Coast of Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her prop master husband.

Alyson has been nominated for several Romance Writers of America contests, including The Golden Heart, The Golden Pen, The Orange Rose, Great Expectations, The Molly’s and The Winter Rose.

Her debut historical romance, Highland Promise, will be published by Sourcebooks in October, 2017. Highland Promise is the first of five books in The Sons of Gregor MacLeod series. Highland Conquest will come out in February, 2018.

Alyson and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but troublesome chocolate lab puppy named Jasper.

Please visit her at www.alysonmclayne.com and look her up on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AlysonMcLayne) or Twitter (@AlysonMcLayne). She loves chatting with her fans!

The Scotsman Who Saved Me (Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen)

The Scotsman Who Saved Me (Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen) by [Howell, Hannah]The Scotsman Who Saved Me

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Author: Hannah Howell

Series: Seven Brides/Seven Brothers

Print Length: 320 Pages

Publication Date: September 26, 2017


A brutal attack on Emily Stanton’s family has left her for dead . . . until she is found in the woods by a handsome stranger with a thick brogue who vows to protect her. There’s only one problem: As a woman with a noble English background, she has no business keeping company with such a man.

For Scotsman Iain MacEnroy, Emily’s high-tone accent is a bitter reminder of the oppressive regime he left behind. The last thing he needs is to be burdened by the needs of a beautiful, blue-eyed Englishwoman. But taking care of elegant, educated Emily begins to transform Iain in ways he never imagined. Could it be that the deep divisions from the old world no longer apply in the new—and

In the early 80s, I watch a program “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” which was made in 1954. The movie was a musical but that was okay, for I loved that movie.
In 1850, backwoodsman Adam Pontipee comes into a town in the Oregon Territory to search for a bride. Met with ridicule by some locals, he comes upon the local tavern where he meets Milly. Convinced of her worth by the quality of her cooking and her insistence on finishing her chores before she would leave with him, he proposes and she accepts despite knowing each other for only a few hours.

Well, welcome to Hannah Howel take on the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But in Emily Stanton’s story, her life was anything but cheerful and she certainly didn’t have anything to sing about. On the run with her orphan nephew when her older sister and husband was slaughtered. It was up to her to keep them alive. Until Ian MacEnroy along with his brother come along, to take them under their wings.

Iain MacEnroy has a long standing of protecting those who need it. When his family was run out of Scotland by an Englishwoman, and his mother and father died along the way. It was up to Iain to keep his younger brother safe.

The Scotsman who Saved Me was an excellent book. For a historical romance, you can’t get anything better than intrigue and mayhem. You will fall in love with all the brothers, and just like the movie, this one is classic.


Hannah Howell

Biography

Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below). She has also used the following pseudonyms: Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin.
Bio and photo from Goodreads.

 

 

 

Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Book 2)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Series: Highland Weddings #2

Print Length: 320 pages

Characters: Marcus, Helen

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Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He’s used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he’ll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant… Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.

It’s anyone’s guess who’ll win this battle of the heart…

Highland Vixen is the 2nd book in Mary Wine Highland Weddings series. This book can be read as a stand-alone which was good since I never read the first book in this series.

In Highland Vixen we are introduced to a strong will woman. A woman who knows what she wants and is tired of waiting for the man that she loves to finally realize that she is the woman that he wants.  So, with her friend that she became close with at the MacPherson they ran off to court.

Marcus realizing that Helen has escaped the protection of his clan, headed to court to reclaim his lady love. But instead of rescuing Helen, it was Helen who had to come to Marcus rescuing when the Earl of Morton was going to force Marcus to wed and child. Now they have made an enemy that is willing to do anything to make Helen a widow.

Highland Vixen was different than your other historical romance. Where other authors will try to overload a reader with historical facts. Mary Wine has put sexual tension back into historical romance that it was a real treat to read.

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Highland Spitfire (Highland Weddings Book 1) by [Wine, Mary]

Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Book 2) by [Wine, Mary]

My Highland Rebel (Highland Trouble #2)

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Genre: Historical

Publisher: Loveswept

Sold by: Source Casablanca

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017

Series: Highland Trouble #2

Print Length: 416 pages

Characters: Cormac, Jyne

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Second in a passionate, fast-paced Scottish Highlander romance series from critically acclaimed author Amanda Forester

A conquering hero
Cormac Maclean would rather read than rampage, but his fearsome warlord father demands that he prove himself in war. Cormac chooses what he thinks is an easy target, only to encounter a fiery Highland lass leading a doomed rebellion and swearing revenge on him.

Meets an unconquerable heroine
Jyne Cambell is not about to give up her castle without a fight, even though her forces are far outnumbered. She’s proud, hot-blooded and hot-tempered, and Cormac falls for her hard.

It’s going to take all of Cormac’s ingenuity to get Jyne to surrender gracefully-both to his sword and to his heart…

Cormac was a man seeking knowledge and not like his father who is feared only by his people that he rules with an iron hand. No matter how hard Cormac tried, he is and would never be the son that his father wanted him to be. So, to outsmart his father he chose to take over what he presumed was a dilapidated Abbey.

These two characters had so much in common I think that is the reason these two was certainly mint for each other. Whereas, Cormac had to prove that even though he seeks knowledge that he was capable of defending himself and others. Jyne had to prove that she had the ability to be strong like her other siblings.  But together they went on to prove that presumption of others could and would always lead man to their downfall.

My Highland Rebel could be read as a stand-alone, it had a steady pace and well-developed and likable characters. This is one title that all lover of Scottish romance will certainly enjoy.

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Highland Trouble Series:
The Highlander’s Bride (Book 1)
My Highland Rebel (Book 2)

Highland Sinner (Murray Family #16)

 

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Genre: Medieval

Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition

Publication Date: December 27th, 2016

Series: Murray #16

Print Length: 384 page

Characters: Tormand, Morainn

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New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell returns to the stark majesty of medieval Scotland and the realm of the unforgettable Murray clan, as a seductive knight and a mysterious young woman unite to stop a murderous enemy…

Sir Tormand Murray is certainly a rogue, but a callous killer? Never. Yet he cannot explain how he came to wake up next to the butchered body of one of his former lovers. Someone is prepared to kill again and again until Tormand is found guilty and hanged. And his only hope of discovering the culprit lies with Morainn Ross, a reclusive, sensual beauty gifted with second sight.

Branded a witch, Morainn has never met a man who accepted her strange talent, much less one who could so easily enflame her passion. There’s no resisting Tormand’s rugged masculinity—and no escaping the enemy who grows more twisted every day. And even as logic decrees that a lasting union is impossible, Morainn knows her destiny is bound forever with the knight who has claimed her, body and soul.

  Highland Sinner book #16 in the Murray Saga is a re-released from the original publication date December 2008.

 Sir Tormand Murray was a man whore, if you wore a skirt, then Tormand would have or exceeded in sleeping with you. Maybe, that is why he is in the predicament he’s in now. Someone is going around killing all the women Tormand has slept with and if this person is not stopped than Tormand will meet his maker by the end of a rope.

Highland Sinner is a little gruesome. So, if you don’t like explicit details on the murder you might want to skip this book. However, if that doesn’t bother you than you would find this book interesting. Out of all the Murray’s book this was one of my least favorites. Not to say this book didn’t whole its own, I just didn’t like that the mystery over shadowed the Tormand and Morainn courtship.

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior #2)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Highland Warrior #2

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: December 6th, 2016

Characters: Magnus, Tara


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Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.

Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is thewrong eldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?

When it comes to Scottish romance I am all on board on reading one, I try to stick with the authors that I know. But reading the synopsis for The Rebel of Clan Kincaid penned by Lily Blackwood, I decided to give it ago. I am so happy that I did. The Rebel of Clan Kincaid was a fantastic story of treachery and revenge.

Magnus has always known that no matter what he accomplished he would always be his father bastard son. But the surprise was on him, when he learns that he wasn’t a bastard at all and that the clan he was raised to hate he was a part of.   He set out to avenge the wrong. Along the way, it comes upon Magnus to save a young woman virtue and life before both is taken by Laird’s Alwyn son.

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid was an exciting read from start to finish. All the characters that you meet in this adventure story was well developed. Lily Blackwood truly knows how to spin a tell of intrigue.

It should be noted that even though this is book #2 of the Highland Warriors series, this book could be read as a stand-along.