The Rakehell’s Seduction

The Rakehell’s Seduction (The Seduction Series, Book 2) by Lauren Smith

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HE’S MADE A DANGEROUS WAGER

Ambrose Worthing is no gentleman. He’s a proud cold-hearted rake who’s determined to stay a bachelor forever. He enjoys bedding a different woman every night without the risk of falling in love. When he hears about a wager over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father’s best friend, he knows he must intervene. Committing himself to the bet, he agrees to seduce Lady Alexandra Rockford—for her own good. He never expected the lady in question to be a beautiful, fiery creature who has passions of her own that call to his guarded heart.

SHE’S VOWED NEVER TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

Alexandra Rockford has sworn off men, her heart still broken from the false promises of a childhood sweetheart who left her to marry an heiress. When she stumbles into Ambrose outside of a country ball, she knows the rake his trouble. His smile, his touch, his forbidden kiss are all too tempting but being with him would ruin her. Determined to enjoy herself without falling in love, Alex can’t help but let her defenses down with the too charming rake. But when she discovers Ambrose is seducing her to win a bet, it will take everything Ambrose has to prove to her that he is worthy to love her.

One of the reasons I love historical romance novels is that there are plot elements that could only happen in the past.  This book starts with a naughty and deceptive wager being struck.  A young lady is to be ruined for the sum of $5000 pounds.  While gambling and wagering are popular today, a wagering book at a gentleman’s club is a relic of the past.

Lady Alex is the young lady who is the target of the wager.  Ambrose reacquaintants himself with her father in order to find her in the English countryside.  He accepts the wager planning to seduce her and take her virginity, but he will make it good for her – magnanimous of him, isn’t it?  They meet, they flirt and a romance ensues…

Ambrose isn’t the only one with an agenda.  Other men are hot on his heels to ruin Alex.  While the romance between Alex and Ambrose is lovely and fun to read, things get really interesting when the truth comes out.  When disaster strikes, it was enjoyable because of the evolution of Ambrose.  I loved how he changes from an arrogant and entitled young man to one who was willing to bare his soul to save his relationship with Alex.

What I enjoy about Lauren Smith’s writing is the attention to details.  She works hard to create imagery that makes a scene come to life.  She also creates amazing conflicts.  I literally had to put the book down at one point because I was getting stressed out at the events, but in the best possible way!  This story moves quickly and what I appreciate is how tight the plot is.  Often there is pages of dialogue or descriptions that distract from the storyline, but with this book and so many of Lauren’s, things are tightly put together.

Definitely check out this story!  You’ll love the consequences of wagering!  Pre-order here.

Back Check

Back Check (An Aces Hockey Novel) by Kelly Jamieson

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Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

I have repeatedly expressed my love for hockey themed contemporary novels.  This series has been consistently great!  What works well is that the author understands hockey.  Not just the mechanics of the game, but the culture.  Growing up in Canada, it was pretty hard to miss how hockey was revered.  A favourite player being traded causes as much uproar as major world events.  Most children’s organizations and hospitals rely on their charitable work to brighten the day of those in need.  Kelly Jamieson’s books feature an understanding of the team dynamics, the adoration of fans and the impact of a hockey lifestyle.

This book features the reunion of Katelyn and Tanner.  They dated in college but split up when it came time for Tanner to join the league.  This is another example of the author really understanding the culture of hockey.  Many teenagers live away from home while playing in farm leagues and travel to new cities wherever they get their big break.  Tanner’s call up effectively ended their relationship since Katelyn wouldn’t go with him.

Katelyn is now living in Chicago and has been hired by a couple from a previous book to plan their wedding which puts her in Tanner’s sphere.  This story is full of the delicious dance two former lovers do – from shock to disdain to interest to lust.  It was exciting to read how they rediscover each other.

Kelly Jamieson writes really hot love scenes.  Tanner is the perfect blend of gentleman and dirty mouthed lover.  She puts those big muscles and tight abs to use in the bedroom.

There is a lot of depth to the characters and the past.  They have been apart for quite a while and the life events that have occurred are realistic.  While they may have lost years together, the past helps to shape their future.

Hockey season is in full swing.  If you are a fan of the fast paced, hard hitting game than you need to check out this series!

Devil’s Mark

Devil’s Mark (The Devil’s Keeper Series) by Megan Crane

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Holly Chambless is tired of being the squeaky clean daughter of Lagrange’s holier-than-thou mayor. When her father is charged with corruption, she realizes that her whole life’s been a lie. Now’s her chance to do all the things she never dared, like scoring a job at a bar where reputations go to die, or reconnecting with the biker who sparked a secret hunger in her all those years ago. Holly isn’t a wide-eyed girl anymore—and this time she wants a taste of what has always been denied. 
 
Killian “Uptown” Chenier has no time for stuck-up princesses. He likes fast bikes and wild sex. Sure, he remembers Holly. He sent her running with a wicked smile and a lesson about prying eyes. And sure, she’s grown up smoking-hot, with a body he’d like to personally desecrate. But Devil’s Keepers business is real and intense. Her daddy stole from the club, leaving his pretty blonde daughter a walking target. And when Uptown takes aim at what he wants, he never misses.
I have a serious thing for motorcycle contemporary fiction books.  I don’t know exactly what it is – possibly the bad boy, alpha male thing?  Maybe too much Sons of Anarchy?  My obsession ramped up when I read The Wind Dragons Series by Chantal Fernando.  If you like a bad boy with a heart of gold on a motorcycle, you NEED to read this series.  In fact, I spent my Christmas Day re-reading my favourite books in the series.

This is the first book in this series that I have read.  It takes place in Louisania.  The deep south is such an interesting setting.  I love the imagery with the bayou and the tall cyprus trees.  I could almost hear the southern drawl jumping off the pages when the characters were talking.  The setting matters in this book as the class culture of the South is a large part of the story.  This is the good ole south, where Junior League, mint juleps and plantation homes abound.  It’s also the south of trailer parks, drugs and corruption.  The facade that the wealthy portray is exposed.

Holly is literally the darling of her parish.  Her father is the mayor and she has been the golden child her whole life.  She has never strayed off the path that was expected of her.  She has a challenging home life.  Her father is a dictator and her mother is a drunk.  While she lives in a mansion, she is extremely sheltered.

Enter Uptown.  He finds her at Dump Gator, the local crappy watering hole.  She is looking for employment at the most unsavoury bar in town.  Her father has been arrested on corruption charges and she is determined to make money – she just seems to be doing it in the most defiant way possible.

So begins the forbidden love story between Holly and Uptown.  He is raunchy and bold.  She is incredibly naive and sweet.  At times, I almost felt like she could earn the moniker ‘pollyanna’, but her tenacity and pluck surprised me.  She flirts and dances the game of seduction with Uptown, who is admittedly way out of her league.

The sex scene between the two is really worth waiting for.  They dance around each other, but the lust simmers and then starts to burn.  While they may be complete and utter opposites, they can’t and don’t deny the attraction.

The story explores the class divisions between the wealthy and the poor, the corrupt and the politicians, the law and the outlaws.  I found this to be a fascinating story of greed and manipulations.  While Holly is definitely a pawn by the men in her life, she doesn’t feel like a victim and it’s her free will that causes the actions in the story.

Another very good MC book!

Kill Without Shame

Kill Without Shame (Ares Security) by Alexandra Ivy

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Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.

Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves…

This book blends suspense and romance.  Mia is the subject of attempts on her life and in swoops her high school lover, Lucas.  The story takes place in the South USA and embodies all the class divisions and small town conventions you would expect.  Not only do Mia and Lucas have to deal with a murderous plot, they struggle to get figure out if the past is really the past.

Reunited lovers is always an intriguing trope.  The author is heavy handed with the force of Lucas’ reintroduction to Mia’s life.  He shows up one day at her office and insinuates himself into her present day – reminding her of the past they shared.  High school sweethearts, Lucas broke her heart when he took off for the military.  They have had no contact for fifteen years, yet when Lucas returns, romance is pretty high up on his list.

Not only does Lucas want Mia, he wants to keep her safe.  The suspenseful mystery was well developed and had quite a few twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who dunnit.  The author gives us enough insight into Lucas and his abrupt intervention into Mia’s life.  The reunion is not unexplained, which I appreciated as the reader.  The relationship between the two is strong.  While they may have changed over the years, there is still passion.  Mia doesn’t just fall into Lucas’ arms –  she makes him work for it, which is greatly satisfying!

This is a fast paced romance with some excellent suspense!

Wild Wicked Scot

Wild Wicked Scot (The Highland Grooms) by Julia London

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Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s passionate embrace. But as their respective countries’ fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.

Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran’s beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.

This is a great book!  It has all the elements you want in a book featuring a Highlander – lush setting, politics between England and France and a brawny man.

What works so well in this book is the writing.  Julia London creates delicious conflict between the characters.  As the reader, you may not like the actions of the characters, but they are so well developed that you relate and understand their motivations.  Margot was like an English hothouse rose.  Only thinking of her next soiree or ball.  Very young, Margot is married off to Arran as a political tactic.  She is transported to the Highlands in Scotland where everything is foreign to her.  She doesn’t behave well.  In fact, it was easy to cringe at her histrionics and actions.  What makes this book so worth reading is the evolution of Margot.

Arran is the typical man – while he tries to placate and appease his young bride, his life doesn’t really change due to marriage.  However, that is because he is a Laird and must take care of his clan.  His frustration is palpable on the page.  The only place the two seem to find some common ground in the bedroom.  For all her faults, Margot shares her passion and body with Arran without reservations.

The story picks ups after Margot fled three years previous.  She has been sent to Scotland to spy on her husband.  In order to find out what is happening, she must reconcile with Arran after she left him so abruptly.  Through the reconciliation we get to know more about Arran and Margot.  Seeing things through Margot’s eyes definitely doesn’t lend a romantic view of Scotland and daily life in a castle, however she learns valuable lessons in humility and reality.

This book has a great relationship between two very interesting characters.  The passion between the two is hot and captivating.  The story is so well developed and is still resonating with me days later.  Highly recommend checking out this book!

On the Line

On the Line (A Hometown Players Novel) by Victoria Denault

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He had total control of his game–until she changed all the rules . . . As one of the best players in the NHL and the “golden boy” of the league, Avery Westwood knows he has to keep his cool–on and off the ice. His whole life is a carefully constructed image of perfection for the media and his brand sponsors. Of course, that means he can never let his true feelings show. But when it comes to the sexy sister of his former teammate, Avery might be willing to make an exception . . . even if it means breaking all his own rules.
As far as Stephanie Deveau is concerned, having a thing for Avery is the equivalent of psychological napalm. Très bad idea. Then he moves in next door, all sexy smiles and a deliciously hot body that she can’t resist. Something’s happening between them–it’s intense, a little (a lot) out of control, and real. Only Avery doesn’t know everything about Stephanie’s past. And the one exception to his rule might just be the one girl who could destroy his career.

It’s hockey season here in Canada.  You literally can’t walk into any bar or restaurant without hearing a hockey game blaring on the televisions.  It’s not a surprise that the author, Victoria Denault, is a Canadian as she just has such a knack for capturing the culture of hockey.

This is a great series.  I have really enjoyed the books to date and this one was excellent.  It seems odd to have a hockey novel taking place in San Diego, but that is the reality of hockey expansion.  Trust me – the fact that Las Vegas is getting an expansion team and not another team for the Greater Toronto Area gets LOTS of press time in the news.

This story features Stephanie and Avery.  We met them in the previous novel.  Avery was the captain of the Seattle team where Stephanie’s brother plays.  Avery is a hot commodity in the hockey world and has his choice of contracts.  What is not hot about Avery is how tightly controlled he is.  His father is his agent and has drilled into Avery the way to navigate the hockey lifestyle.  No hook ups, no girlfriends, no controversy, no bad influences, no drunken nights out, etc.  In the previous book, we learned that Avery turned his back on his friend who struggled with drug addiction because it may harm his reputation.  Avery is nicknamed ‘the Monk’ because he lives a life way beyond reproach.

Stephanie is outspoken, adventurous and has a past.  She has a friendship with Avery and is probably one of the only people who calls him on his shit.  She has a tough past and has resisted getting into a relationship because she wants to focus on her well being.  But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get all tingly near Avery and imagines what it would like to be in bed with him.

What this book has going for it is the great chemistry between Avery and Stephanie.  When Avery can unbend for a moment, he has some really great lines and can melt panties off Stephanie with a look or a smile.  The bedroom scenes are awesome!  You know how it’s always the quiet ones that are the wildest?  When Avery makes his intentions known to Stephanie, I thought that I was going to explode!  I definitely enjoyed the sex scenes in this book!

Things are not all roses.  Avery has a huge stick up his ass and as much as he has changed, he still falls back on how his father has raised him.  Stephanie was worried about getting involved with Avery because she feared he would let her down.  The conflict between the two was emotional and well developed.  It certainly got me feeling emotional – angry, sad, conflicted.  I LOVE it when a book does that!

Hockey is front and centre in this story.  I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the politics of hockey.  I also really loved that the characters were Canadian and would occasionally break out into French.  Oh la la!

Intended for Bristol

Intended for Bristol (A Second Chances Novel) by L.P. Dover

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Trying to live down his very public indiscretions, Carolina Cougars kicker Jaxon Reed feels like the most hated man in the NFL. When he’s traded away, his new teammates in California don’t waste any time making his life miserable. Unfortunately for them, Jaxon’s no easy target. As payback, he sets his sights on the quarterback’s sister: a sultry brunette who’s curvy, confident, and sexy as hell. But what begins as a revenge fling turns into so much more.
 
Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids. But when his deep laugh and deeper kisses break through her walls, she becomes the target of a fan who’s obsessed with Jaxon. Now she needs to know that Jaxon has her back . . . because he already has her heart.

I have a huge crush on sports themed romance books.  While I don’t know a lot about football, I was eager to read this book.  Jaxon and Bristol are well developed and interesting characters.

Jaxon is the asshole of the team.  He has a beef with a player and decides to mess with him through his sister.  This is not the first time that Jaxon has interfered in the lives of his team mates.  After some disastrous consequences in the past, you would think he has learned his lesson – but he hasn’t.  It’s not that Jaxon is a bad guy.  His actions are explained through his competitiveness and inability to let a slight go.  One beef I had with the book was that it seemed to go overboard in making him a complex character.  Not only is Jaxon a star kicker and at times a complete jerk, he has a sensitive side that he lets shine through painting and mechanical engineer.  At times, it just seemed a stretch that he has the inner thoughtfulness to express himself on canvas.  What did not seem to be a stretch is the compassion and grief he feels for his mother.  This was an unexpected plot point, but worked really well to start the change in Jaxon’s behaviour.

Bristol has dated the professional athlete type in the past.  She was badly burned, so she wants nothing to do with her brother’s teammates.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t realize that ‘Jack’ is actually the team jerk that her brother complains about.  A whirlwind romance ensues.  Jaxon is charming, sexy and interesting.  He woos Bristol and they find they have a lot in common.  They definitely connect in the bedroom and the passion between them is well worth reading.

The big issues between the two occur because of the lies that Jaxon tells Bristol.  The shit hits the fan when she finds out that he is a football player and on her brother’s team.  It happens around the half way mark in the book, so I was curious about how the rest of the story unfolds.  There had to be more drama coming, right?

Well, some of Jaxon’s playboy past catches up with him and pulls Bristol into danger.  This was another great plot twist that I didn’t see coming and found to be really effective.  The heightened challenges the two face bring them together and they become a team.  Through the conflict, there is a path to resolution.

This is the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed it.  The writing was well done and the plot held my interest.  The characters were intriguing and at times relatable. I will definitely check out the other books in this series!

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

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LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD

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?

The feeling I had while reading this book was tension.  The story starts off with revenge, fear, suspicion and politics.  Magnus has come to learn that he is the lost son of the Clan Kincaid, a line that has been thought to be extinct since they were slaughtered by neighbouring clans.  Magnus has unfinished business before he can reunite with his brother and take his place in the newly formed Kincaid clan.  He must avenge his family against Alwyn and Buchan who wreaked the havoc on the Kincaids.

We meet Tara as she is being escorted from the abbey she has called home to her new home at castle Alwyn.  She is full of trepidation as her sister has recently passed and she is to replace her as bride to the Laird’s son.

The grim beginnings lead to many challenges for Tara and Magnus.  Tara is determined to get away from the horrible Alwyn’s and find the truth about her sister.  She is locked into a tower and threatened by Hugh, her intended.  Her only hope is Magnus.

Magnus finds that his chivalrous nature is called upon when he meets Tara.  He is drawn to her and takes her cause up as his own.  For such a sheltered young woman, Tara trusts her instincts with Magnus and not only relies on him to save her, she falls for him as well.

You would think with such dark and desperate times, there wouldn’t be much to smile about.  Tara and Magnus find special moments that belong to just them.  I could completely imagine them in Tara’s tower room discovering each other and spending frantic moments plotting their future as well as their passion.

The nefarious villains in this book are SO good.  Lily Blackwood is able to make the characters evil and terrifying.  While the story is not black and white, the politics are engaging and force the reader to examine the nature of humans and their propensity to support evil or fight it.

I found this book to be really interesting.  At the heart of it is the bond that Magnus and Tara build to fight back against the people that would oppress them.

This is the second book in the series.  Read my review here The Beast of Clan Kincaid

Nico

Nico:  A Mafia Romance (Ruin and Revenge Series) by Sarah Castille

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In Nico, the first book in the Ruin & Revenge series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille, Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

This was a really great book!  What I liked most about the story was the realistic portrayal of the mafia.  The author really researched the connections mafia families have, the inner working and the impact on lives within the families.  I was a casual watcher of the Sopranos, so I didn’t have a lot of knowledge of how the organizations worked, but after reading this book, I feel very informed.

The story has almost a Romeo and Juliet feeling to it – minus the tragic ending.  Nico and Mia are from enemy families.  She has been promised to his cousin in marriage to unite the families and end the feud.  The politics are complicated and intriguing.  The story is well written and engaging for the reader.  While there is violence (trigger warning) in the typical mafia fashion, there is also violence within Mia’s family that increased the tension and stakes in the story.

Nico and Mia have a complicated relationship.  The forbidden fruit aspect is a heady attraction between them.  Mia is a punk princess who balks at being the perfect mafia lady.  Underneath his suit, Nico is unconventional and paired well with Mia.  The passion sparks brightly and as they tease and circle each other, it is exciting to read.  Nico is the kind of lover that Mia has been longing for, but she didn’t expect to find it in a mafia boss.

This story blends an interesting love story with the power dynamics of a Mafia run town.  I found it to be a highly engaging story that kept me interested and excited to read more!  The next book looks really good too!  A great start to a new series!

 

Tempest in the Highlands

Tempest in the Highlands (Scottish Relic Series) by May McGoldrick

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Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.

Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.

Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to the Scottish Relic Trilogy.

This is the final book in the Scottish Relic Trilogy.  It has been a wild ride with some really great plot and characters. Each story features a young Scottish woman who has a stone that gives her a power – heal the sick, see the future, speak to the dead.  These powers are being hunted by rogue English soldier, Sir Ralph Evers.  Time is winding down and this is the final story that will resolve the lingering issues from each book.

Miranda has lost her mother and been given her powers. She is to look for a man named Hawk as he is her only hope.  She steals aboard his ship and ends up saving his life.  They wash up on the Isle of the Dead and things are not what they seem.

Miranda has been pretending to be a boy.  It takes a while for Hawk to realize this, so the relationship between the two is one of master and employee for a good while.  This is a good thing in the book.  It is because you get the measure of Hawk’s temperament and thoughts as he thinks he is speaking to a subordinate and a boy.  It’s sort of like how it is important to see how your date treats the waitstaff at a restaurant. The author gives the reader time to decide if Hawk is just a pirate or a man worthy of Miranda and her powers.

The island adds a paranormal aspect to the story.  Strange things happen on the island and there is more to fear than being stranded there.  Miranda and Hawk spend their time battling the elements and the mysterious inhabitants of the island.  Since the characters are stranded on the island, there is little interaction with the outside world and for the reader to see them in a different setting.  While isolating, it does create intimacy for the two.

Miranda and Hawk fall in love pretty quickly once he realizes that she is not a boy.  They share their hopes and disappointments, finding common ground over their difficult fathers.  A remote, hostile island in Northern Scotland doesn’t sound like the most romantic setting, but they manage to find a way.  There isn’t as much steamy action as the other books, but that is because there is a huge finale to come.

The story wraps up all the storylines of the trilogy.  The women who hold a relic all meet on the island and confront the evil Evers.  I won’t spoil the resolution, but it was quite rewarding and exciting!  A fun, engaging historical paranormal romance!

Read review of BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO Taming the Highlander