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Book Review– The Scotsman by Virginia Brown

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Don’t Miss Virginia Brown’s Newest Historical Fiction Romance Novel!

The Scotsman is an entertaining, well-written and captivating historical fiction romance novel. The story takes place in England and Scotland, during the turbulent, warring years of the 14th century.

Although taking hostages is a common practice in wartime, that unfortunate fact, does not lessen the agony felt by affected families. Alex Fraser’s fourteen-year-old brother, Jamie, was in the hands of a ruthless Englishman, the Earl of Warfield. Alex knew that if he wanted to see his brother again, he’d need a hostage of his own, to negotiate with. He couldn’t believe his luck when he came across the Earl’s only daughter, Lady Catherine, alone. In theory, the exchange should have been simple. Unfortunately, the Earl didn’t care enough about his daughter to make the trade easy. Alex Fraser, the Laird of Castle Rock, however, found himself growing fond of the English violet-eyed, beauty. He realized, however, that although it would torment him, he’d have to give Catherine up, for his brother’s return.

Lady Catherine, the daughter of Earl of Warfield, was beside herself. She was outside, seeking solace from her callous father, when a Scottish brute of a man, snatched her up. As much as Catherine wished to be free from her father’s rule, she didn’t want to be a prisoner of the Scottish barbarian, Alex Fraser, Laird of Castle Rock. However, the longer Catherine remained in Scotland; the less terrified she became. And, what was even more, appalling to Catherine, than being held hostage, was that her traitorous heart was falling for her captor. Alex Fraser was not the cruel barbarian she was led to believe he was. The Laird was a force to be reckoned with, and fierce for sure, but he was also, loving, kind and thoughtful. In fact, Catherine had never been treated better by anyone in her life, except for maybe her brother. She did not want to return home. Catherine knew, though, that she had to, if Jamie were ever to be liberated, from her merciless father.

The Scotsman is a compelling tale. I quickly became engrossed and invested in the character’s lives. The Scotsman is an enjoyable adult historical fiction romance.

Thank you, Bell Bridge Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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* Hero In The Highlands*by Suzanne Enoch*5-Stars

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Hero In The Highlands is a well-crafted, emotionally charged, historical fiction romance. I became involved with the characters and cared about them, right from the start. The author’s ability to describe the Highlands and capture the essence of the Scottish people, their culture, and dialect, made this book come alive for me.

Fearless war hero, Major Gabriel Forrester, was known as the Beast of Bussaco. He was also recognized for his loyalty and was honored by his soldiers. Gabriel thought that serving in the Crown’s Army was the only thing that he wanted to do in life. But, that was before, he met Fiona, a beautiful, fiery, Scottish lass, near Lattimer Castle. At first, Gabriel wanted nothing to do with his newly acquired title, Duke of Lattimer. He had no use for polite society and their extravagant lifestyle. Gabriel thrived instead, on the life-pumping, adrenaline rush that fighting in a bloody war battle gave him. But, the inherited title of Duke, was now his, whether he wanted it or not. So, Gabriel established a new plan. He was going to set his acquired estates in order, starting with Lattimer, and then return to the life he was accustomed to, in the Army.

The condition of Lattimer Castle was deplorable and seemed to be more trouble than it was worth; yet, Gabriel couldn’t bring himself to leave it, or Fiona, Lattimer’s sassy steward. Although Fiona’s sharp tongue, was usually aimed at Gabriel, he still found the bold and flippant woman, irresistible.

Fiona knew that she was in trouble when she started to think of the Duke as a hero, instead of an English devil, who needed to be booted back, to wherever he had come from. Gabriel was the only man, though, who ever listened and valued her opinion. Fiona knew that she should be hating and conspiring against the Sassenach, but, she couldn’t stop herself from falling in love with him.

Hero In The Highlands is a delightful read, full of romance, witty banter, and well-developed characters. I loved Fiona’s kindness toward her tenants, and Gabriel’s willingness to do whatever was necessary to care for them. The book tugged at my heart and made me laugh. I loved every page of this humorous, well-written, and touching story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction romance. I look forward to reading more books written by this talented author.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Exciting Crime Thriller* Dead Eyed* by Matt Brolly* 5-Stars

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Dead Eyed is a compelling and well-crafted crime thriller that grabbed my attention from the very start. This gripping novel has an authentic feel to it and takes place in England. The characters are realistic, and their dialogue flows. The only thing that pulled me out of the story, was the UK police acronyms. Once I had them deciphered, my attention never strayed. Matt Brolly’s writing is sharp, tight and descriptive, without being wordy. I was surprised to discover that this was his debut novel. Kudos to Mr. Brolly for crafting such an intriguing and fast-paced novel.

Michael Lambert, a former DCI, forced himself out of his depressive state when an old friend, Simon, contacted him. His friend had been sent photos of a gruesome crime scene. They both knew that this was the modus operandi of a serial killer that had terrorized England, eighteen years ago. This cold-blooded monster would meticulously remove his victim’s eyes and carve an inscription into their chests while they were still alive.

Michael’s life and marriage have been in shambles since his daughter died, two years ago, but he needed to pull himself together now. This killer had to be stopped. Why did this serial killer start a murdering spree again after eighteen years? And why did he send crime photos to his friend? These were questions that needed answers and Michael was going to make it his business to find them.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this engrossing crime thriller and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a frightening but riveting novel. I know that I will definitely be reading more from this talented writer.

I received this book from Publishing Push LTD in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover