Healing A Highlander’s Heart by Keira Montclair – Review

healingahighlandersheart-keiramontclairReviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Healing A Highlander’s Heart by Keira Montclair is the second book in her Grant Clan series and features Lady Brenna Grant—a talented healer—and Clan Chieftain Quade Ramsay.

When Lady Brenna Grant is awoken in the night by a dark, mysterious warrior holding a knife and requesting she bring her healing supplies, her only thought was to save her sister from being harmed and deal with whoever needed her help. Little did she know she would be healing a Lowland Chieftain…in more ways than one!

Honestly, I wanted to love this book. It just wasn’t possible. It had so much potential, but unfortunately, the poor writing and weak hero left me sadly bored and wishing the author had rethought the use of ‘authentic’ dialect and a ‘telling’ form of writing rather than ‘showing’ through imagery. While Lady Brenna was interesting, strong and clever, her match wasn’t at all what I imagine a strong, in-charge clan leader to be. He lacked the in-charge attitude. He even backed down (in his thoughts) from Brenna’s brother Alex. He seemed resigned that Alex would best him. I just don’t see that. If he was a true highlander or lowlander of the time, I imagine he’d be well versed in warring/fighting and wouldn’t back down from anyone.

Besides my issues with the hero, there were other problem with the story. First, while the author apologies in a way at the end for having too many, it didn’t help. There were too many illnesses. One or two to show Brenna’s healing capabilities were enough. I had hope there would be more intrigue since it was hinted at so often. Really, it is a pitfall I’ve found in authors without much experience or editing. They tend to throw everything in but the kitchen sink, but don’t follow through. If you read about the daughter’s illness, then the ‘surprise’ persons (omitting so as not to spoil it for anyone) illness, plus the Chief’s illness…I’d say you were beyond tired of hearing how great or clever Brenna was at healing. Then throw in the Chief’s emotional baggage from his previous marriage—to which Brenna is the only one who can get through to him wasn’t his fault or a curse—and you’re probably done with the book before you begin to see there might be some intrigue around the corner. Some potential. You might be bored and miss the twist ending. I will admit I didn’t see that coming. But all the flaws took away from what could have been a great story.

Overall, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the book. I can say I found it difficult to read. I plan to find another by this author to compare this work with as I enjoy her thought process, if not her work.

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About the book…

Kidnapped at knifepoint in the middle of the night, healer Brenna Grant is spirited across the Highlands to heal a chieftain who’s near death. The last thing she expects is for her patient to be a handsome laird who steals her heart. Unable to deny him—or anyone who needs her talents as a healer—she travels to his clan to treat a mysterious invalid. Quade Ramsay awakens to find a beautiful healer at his bedside. He is powerless to fight his attraction to the lass who saved his life, but he’s vowed never to fall in love again. Convinced a family curse hangs over his head, he fights his feelings for Brenna. But the very woman he is determined to stay away from might be the only one who can save his young daughter. Will he let the beautiful healer mend his own broken heart?

Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte – Review

Reviewed by Larissa M.

Rating: ★★★★★

Marie Harte’s scored another hit with her third book in her sexy McCauley Brothers series, Ruining Mr. Perfect. Teaming up the efficient, nearly perfect yet socially awkward, CPA Vanessa Campbell and hunky, sensitive in a manly way, financial genius Cameron McCauley.

As with all the books in this series, Ms. Harte steams up the pages and gives you glimpses of how truly perfect these two are for each other. Cameron with his easy-going ways and sensibility are an exact fit for the socially unskilled Vanessa. From the moment the two give in to their attraction it would seem everything was perfect. The only downfall is Vanessa’s constant need to be right at all costs and her hidden fear that Cam will tire of her social skills and leave her. But that’s not the only secret she doesn’t share right away and this one is big enough to leave Cam feeling as if he’ll never breach her emotional walls. Only neither one are ready to give up what they share…but can they move past it and have their happily ever after?

I am totally in love with the McCauley brothers. Each has a different personality that fits into this testosterone amped family. Cam was no exception. He knows what he wants, he’s methodical in going about getting it, and his even temperament and finesse are what wear Vanessa down enough to give them a chance. Vanessa is a little harder to like in the other books, but once you get a little more in her head and add in her background you’ll see these to are perfect for each other.

Ruining Mr. Perfect also gives you more of the brother’s parents and their breakup. It’s so emotional and sad, yet a wonderful compliment to the current book. I found Vanessa’s interference refreshing…even if others might not appreciate it. The other characters are showcased as well (from the previous books noted below), as well more Del! I can honestly say I believe the last book will be the best in this series if for no other reason than the hero/heroine are going to be so explosive!  But anyway, while this one (Ruining Mr. Perfect) isn’t my favorite it is a great read, plus it gives you glimpses of the other characters and how they’re still holding on to their romances. A must read for sure!

WWR REVIEWER NOTE:  If you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out each of the books in this series. While all are standalone, they are SO much better when read as a set!

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Backwoods by Jill Sorenson – Review

backwoods-jillsorensonReviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★★

Backwoods by Jill Sorenson is a thrilling dash against time while dealing with crazy  family problems, even crazier mad men, and the backwoods terrain!

For those following Jill Sorenson’s Aftershock series, Backwoods is book 4! You might also recall that in the shortest of the stories, Island Peril, Abby Hammond was the heroine’s sister and Brooke was her niece. In this installment Abby’s daughter Brooke is set to have a family vacation with her father…only past experience makes Abby leery of letting her go along in case her ex decides to cancel at the last minute. Instincts are on point as Brooke’s father does just that leaving Abby, her stepbrother, and his current wife’s ex, the ever sexy ex-ball player Nathan Strom alone for the weeklong trek into the backwoods. Nathan and Abby find themselves dealing with two headstrong teens who are determined to make the best out of the situation and hike regardless of the adults. So the adventure begins and the four set off on a long hike only to encounter a scary situation where Brooke finds herself kidnapped by a killer and his son.  Only Abby refuses to leave her daughter and the trail left for them to follow. It’s do or die and time is of the essence.

I loved this book. I find myself drawn to the series/interlocking books. I’m eager to see how the characters find their mates. Jill Sorenson is a master at intertwining a good story with an exciting situation. You often wonder while reading if she enjoys torturing her characters! I have not been disappointed. Well, mostly not. I loved Abby’s strong character. Her need to protect her child while still giving her a small amount of independence. And Nathan, hmmm…sexy, strong, a recovering alcoholic. He had to lose everything to come out of the bad situation he put himself in. And in doing so he found a stronger woman to spend his life with. One that he would give his life to protect. All I can really say about him is…Yummy! The one down side to this story was the teens. They’re steps and have a strong relationship. Only they have feelings for each other that are anything but sibling like. And when they act on them, they become idiots. I’m just really not sure about them being together. I’m also not sure about Brooke’s thought process near the end and how she deals with one of the situations surrounding her kidnappers. But, overall, the story was about Abby and Nathan and I adored them and see them making a go out of their life together.

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About the book…

The more you trust, the more you risk…

When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke’s stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction that’s growing more complicated with every step through the picturesque woods.

Nathan’s wild-card reputation lost him his career and his family. After years of regret, he’s ready to fight for what truly matters—and that includes Abby’s hard-won trust. When Brooke goes missing, Nathan knows he’s her best and only hope of rescue. But the deeper into the rugged mountains they go, the more dangerous the territory will prove—for their safety and for their hearts.

Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett – Review

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: **Warning: This book is a wild, sexy beast of a read. 18+** NOTE FROM US: Please note this is an explicit read. The review is more tame but…the description and book are not!

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Oddly enough when I was asked to review Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett, I was almost hesitant. The description and cover led me to believe it might be more erotic literature than romance. Frankly, it was certainly eye opening. In the days when Fifty Shades of Gray are the norm, I thought, ‘why not?’ and agreed. Man, oh, man I am glad I did. For no other reason than it was a unique, sexy read that left me wondering ‘what if’. What if there was a boy left behind and raised in a different culture? What if he was forced back into a more restrained society? How would he cope? How would he reconcile the two? Would he stay in civilized society or return to what he’s known for so long? And besides curiosity, I’ve always been a fan of Tarzan and Jane and this book rang into that theme.

In Ms. Bennett’s story, you’ll get one version of how that might be. You’ll also find yourself hoping there is a happy ending for Dr. Moira Reed and her ‘uncivilized’ man, Zacharias. And by the end, you’re wondering how there could be. First, I didn’t hate this book. It was super hot. Almost porn quality hot, but unrealistic. Even for a man with Zach’s obvious stamina and thirst for knowledge of all things sex, the constant sex acts of some kind were a bit much. I also found the storyline to be a tad unrealistic once it got going. The initial chapters where Moira was getting Zach out of the Amazon also had a confusing tent as they were told in a shifting fashion between a remembrance and a present day situation. On the flip side there were a few good lines here and there that were romantic and inspired…in a deviant sort of way. All in all, though, just couldn’t see the happily ever after. I did give it 3 Stars, however, because if you can suspend reality the erotic portion was worth the read. So the question is whether I’d recommend it. And the answer is yes if you don’t care much about anything other than sex in your story.

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uncivilized-sawyerbennettAbout the book…

Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I f*** with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.

Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.

Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

Stranded With The Rancher by Janice Maynard – Review

Reviewed by Lacey M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard is another installment for the Texas Cattleman’s Club: After The Storm novel series. The rancher in question? Billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell. A man who’s day starts with the usual argument with his determined neighbor, Beth Andrews. But within minutes, the two are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They two—who have spent the better part of a year or so bickering—call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss. But when the two emerge from their dark haven, will their passion be enough to move past the obstacles that have kept them apart…until now?

While mostly romantic, I found this book a bit slow and disjointed. I didn’t feel the characters meshed well (any of them) and their reactions were a bit off. The brothers (Jed and our hero, Drew) were the best of the lot and the only time I really enjoyed them is when they were with each other…not their women! I found the heroine, Beth, to be too emotionally stunted and unsure. She had too many contradictions and her interaction with Drew seemed more forced than I would have thought if the two had secretly liked each other for a long time before actually giving in to their feelings after a major disaster. I would hope the other authors helping to write this series did a better job bringing the characters to life and making you care about them. The most intriguing and memorable thing about this book is the pregnant girl who is now in a coma!

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Everywhere She Goes by Janice Kay Johnson – Review

everywhereshegoes-janicekayjohnson‘…a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present…’

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Janice Kay Johnson’s Everywhere She Goes—the next book in her The Mysteries of Angel Butte series—is a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present for Cait McAllister. On the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Cait runs home to the brother who was always there for her as a kid—the same one she feared after her mother ran away with her at an early age. But deep down she trusts him and she needs him to feel safe.

But the past has a way of catching up with you, and Cait finds herself not only in danger from the abusive ex but a new threat that stems from the past. In the midst of her turmoil, she finds herself embroiled in a relationship with her boss!

Noah Chandler has emotional scars that keep him from believing in happily ever after. But there’s something about Cait that tugs his heart-strings and his protective instincts. Throw in a complicated relationship with her brother and there’s a lot going against these two. But love has a way of conquering even the most stubborn fears making way for the sweetest of futures.

I adore Ms. Johnson’s writing style. Her characters are always realistic and down-to-earth. She has a knack for intertwining a mystery into her romance that keeps you guessing and making her stories thrilling page turners. Everywhere She Goes encompasses almost all of her superb writing, plot and character development. It kept me wondering and on-edge. You felt for the heroine and her brother, the confusion over the past and the need to make a future relationship solid between the two, and you found the hero very appealing.

There were a couple of negatives in this one (that I’ve never had with her others). First, I despised how everyone referred to the hero as ‘ugly’ rather than ‘ruggedly handsome’ or some such. It is one thing for the hero to have some self-esteem issues and worry about something mentioned in his past, something that may have tainted the view he has of himself. It is so another to have the brother of the heroine basically say he is ugly. That wasn’t appealing as a reader and made me feel kind of negative to the brother (who is a hero in another book and very likeable). Then again the brother has reasons to despise the hero, so maybe it was born from that but still not something I liked reading. The other thing is that the heroine and hero walked a fine line in their relationship and were okay with basically lying about it while still sort of flaunting it. I realize the marriage statement near the end was real on the hero’s part but it was almost a shock to the reader because I didn’t feel like anything led up to that…but all is forgiven by the end because the hero and heroine and brother all make peace and there is so much that happens you can tell these two are meant to be together!

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About the book…

Standing between her…and danger

Returning to her hometown is Cait McAllister’s chance to stand on her own. That means taking a break from men and relationships. Then she meets her new boss, the intriguing Noah Chandler. As the mayor, he’s got bold plans for Angel Butte. As a man, he’s so tempting that Cait’s vow of independence is in jeopardy.

The most persuasive part of him, however, could be the way he looks out for her. Because when a threat from her past puts her in danger, Noah is there to protect her. And there’s no way she can resist a man who has so much invested in keeping her safe.