Scotland

B+
A Scotsman in Love

For me, comfort reads often involve a lot of angst. Something about the theme of love as redemption, and seeing love heal characters and help free themselves from their suffering reaches me on a deeply emotional level. That's one of the reasons I enjoy Karen Ranney's work; she does tortured characte ...

C+
Master of the Highlands

Like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t resist the lure of another time travel romance set in Scotland. Maybe I’m looking for the Holy Grail of Romanceland (read: Diana Gabaldon writing under a pen name to fill time between Outlander novels). Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. I wouldn’t ...

B
Rivals for the Crown

While the title Rivals for the Crown adequately captures the major historical backdrop for this book, it somehow does not do complete justice to the rich tapestry formed by the lives of Isabel de Burke, Rachel de Anjou, Henry de Boyer, Rory MacGannon, and Kieran MacDonald. From the opening scene in ...

C
The Great Scot

The picture on the cover of The Great Scot is a wonderful bit of eye candy and I wouldn’t mind having a poster of it. The story inside the wonderful cover is okay, but I never lost myself in it as I often do in a particularly good one. Erin McGregor is the location coordinator for Your Prin ...

B-
If You Desire

One of the major topics surrounding romance lately - and one of the challenges facing the historical genre - has been the heat factor. When dealing with strict societal rules, how does one sex up a story? Kresley Cole chose to do so by making the heroine of If You Desire a hellion, part of an ...

C-
Beloved Warrior

Patricia Potter has all of her Ts crossed and Is dotted in the final installment of her Beloved series. There can be no argument that she can write well, with wonderful description, good pacing, and three demensional characters. However, in romance, if there isn’t a spark between the leads, and th ...

B-
Moon Awakening

Lucy Monroe really sets the stage in Moon Awakening with an interesting background for her shapeshifters. The mighty Picts with their blue tattoos are more than legendary warriors; their tattoos identify the animal they can become. Their king betrayed them, and they eventually joined the clans in Sc ...

C-
Autumn in Scotland

Autumn in Scotland is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, Ranney's usual sure hand is at play in her creation of complex characters and stirring emotions. On the other hand, these characters are done a disservice by a couple of inexplicable and extraneous plotlines. Charlotte dutifully mar ...

B-
On a Highland Shore

Margaret MacDonald is two weeks away from her wedding day in Kathleen Givens' On A Highland Shore when she finds her betrothed in bed with her best friend.  Heartbroken, she swears she will not marry Lachlan, but he is cousin to King Alexander and her family needs the alliance her marriage will bri ...

C+
Much Ado in the Moonlight

Don't you just love it when a big, braw, kilt-wearing, Medieval laird is knocked for a loop and completely flummoxed by a small, feisty redhead? I know I do. But when the laird in question has been dead for 700 years, romance becomes a very complicated proposition. Victoria McKinnon, who produc ...