Book review: Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn (9781441774972, Audiobook)

Davina Montgomery is a lovely and caring woman and has a dangerous secret.  She is the eldest daughter of King James of England and has been cloistered away in St. Christopher’s Abbey all of her life.  Men close to the King have found out her hiding place and have sent an army to kill her.

Robert MacGregor is a rugged and brave highlander who happened to save Davina from a massacre at the Abbey and now no one will get in his way to protect her, not even the King.

Davina and Robert’s story is about obligation, sacrifice and most of all a love that knows no bounds.  They typically butt heads in the beginning, but realize the strength and beauty of each other and fall in love.

I liked the story, but not a lot.  I guess I am jaded in that I have read many highlander romances and found this one lacking the conflict between lovers that I like so much.  I felt that they fell in love too fast for my taste.  Perhaps it was also the narrator’s voice, Carrington MacDuffie, that I couldn’t quite get used to.  However, I liked the supporting characters, Finn and Will, and would enjoy reading their stories in the Children of the Mist series.

Book review: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (9780553714548 – Book on CD)

At Jamie’s insistence Claire fled  for her and her baby’s life back to the 20th century to escape the bloody fight at Colloden.  Twenty years late in the 1960’s Claire discovers that against all odds Jamie survived Colloden and she must go back without her daughter.  The reunion between Claire and Jamie is unforgettable and her initiation back into the 18th century brings surprises.

The third book in the Outlander series is  my favorite so far. The story has much more action and adventure than the first two with fewer love scenes for you non-romance connoisseurs. This trip takes us from Scotland to the Caribbean with a few familiar characters popping up here and there. Some will surprise you.

Diana Gabaldon is a master story teller. Her wonderful descriptions of scenery, characters and historical events are fascinating and with the help of narrator, Davina Porter, the book on CD will transport you back in time.

I can’t wait to listen to Drums of Autumn!

Book review: Betrayed by Claire Robyns (9781426890314)

Amber Jardin is young, foolish, headstrong and ripe for someone to tame her fiery temper.  She had no kin left other than her uncle who despised her and wanted to marry her off to the nearest ruffian to get rid of her.  As she tries to save her friend from sure death, she is kidnapped by Krayne Johnstone, “The Grey Wolf”, and held for ransom.

Krayne is known for his victories in battle and his hard resolve to punish Amber for being his enemy, but destiny brings them together for better or worse and boy, do the sparks fly!

Ms. Robyns leaves no prisoners with this action-packed romance.  I am a big fan of highlander romances and this one did not disappoint.

Thank you to Ms. Robyns, Carina Press and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this ebook.