My Highland Bride: Highland Hearts #2 by Maeve Greyson with Excerpt and Giveaway

My Highland Bride: Highland Hearts #2 by Maeve Greyson with Excerpt and Giveaway

Allow me to present the second installment in Maeve Greyson’s Highland Hearts series: a little bit of time travel, historic and contemporary romance all mixed up and dotted with hot highlanders!  Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Loveswept Mug, a Flirt Mug and a select eBook Bundle from Loveswept!

My Highland Bride

Another Sinclair sister heads off into the breech, as Kenna leaves her modern day Kentucky home to land in 13th century Scotland, on the pretext of visiting her sister Trulie (her story was told in book 1, My Highland Lover).  While you don’t need to read Trulie’s story, you wouldn’t go amiss doing so for some additional background.

Kenna is a thoroughly modern woman, and she’s not particularly thrilled about all this time jump will entail.  Completely understandable – I don’t want to return to limited bathing, cooking over fires, limited medicines and superstitions and beliefs that are often archaic.  Throughout the story, her observations are spot on, giving readers an insight into the time that sets the differences then and now quite solidly.  And, Kenna is funny: she’s got a wicked sense of humor, she’s solidly comfortable with “teasing’ others and will stand up for herself without hesitation.

Colum is the clan’s Lothario, famed for his bedsports and lack of hesitation when faced with a new lass.  As Granny had foreseen, Kenna will soon change Colum’s outlook, and he is completely unprepared for his new outlook on life, women and Kenna in particular.  It’s even more amusing as Kenna wants little to do with anyone (she’s still a touch pouty about being sent back) and her plans for a man include marriage, not bedding before.  With one casual touch, her senses are set aflame… and the games begin.

As in the first story, there is a villain and some conflict, but here the story of our couple does not take a back seat – Sinclair is grabby and determined to make life interesting for everyone else. With the development of the relationship, slow and steady is the name.  Kenna is unwilling to ‘engage’ Colum in his favorite pastime, and to prove his devotion, he must forego his habit of chasing other women while they wait.  Sweet and funny, with plenty of moments that butt modern sensibilities against the standards of old, this was a fun read with plenty of moments to smile.

My Highland Bride: Highland Hearts #2 by Maeve Greyson with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: My Highland Bride
Author: Maeve Greyson
Series: Highland Hearts #2
Also in this series: My Highland Lover, My Tempting Highlander
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553395084
Published on: 25 August, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 298
Rated: four-stars
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Perfect for fans of the Highlander novels of Karen Marie Moning and Janet Chapman, Southern sass meets Highland heat in Maeve Greyson’s scintillating new Highland Hearts romance.

With bedroom eyes and racetrack curves, Kenna Sinclair seems like just another pretty Kentucky girl. But she can also read minds, erase memories, and jump through time—a skill set that comes in handy when her matchmaking granny sends her back to thirteenth-century Scotland on the pretext of visiting her older sister. When she encounters the clan’s womanizing man-at-arms, Kenna instantly knows the gorgeous Highlander has only one thing on his mind. She vows to steer clear of him, but after a single electrifying touch, she finds that playing hard to get won’t be quite so easy.

Bewitched by the first lass who could ever resist him, Colum Garrison will do anything to prove his devotion, even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage—and swear off his chosen form of recreation until their wedding night. It’s a burden for a man of his thunderous appetite, but the sinful temptation is not his alone: Colum’s fetching bride-to-be is practically trembling with anticipation for a moment that can’t come soon enough. When she’s willing, Colum will be ready and waiting—with a love that lasts a lifetime.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

Colum stopped dead in his tracks. An uncomfortable sense of foreboding settled in his gut, then took to churning like a great serpent stirring the bowels of the sea. “Mother Sinclair, ye say?”

“Aye.” Galen solemnly nodded.

“And the Lady Trulie?”

“Aye.” Galen pulled up short, easing back a step as they reached the arch leading to the stairwell up to the chieftain’s private rooms. The man eyed the narrow doorway as though it were the gateway to hell.

“And yer certain ye’ve no idea of what it might be?” Colum glanced toward the winding stone steps leading up to the MacKenna’s solar and swallowed hard. With the Sinclair women plotting against him, he’d feel more at ease going to the gallows.

Galen gripped Colum’s upper arm, then hurriedly motioned the sign of the cross over his chest. “I dinna ken. But I will say a prayer for ye and I’ll also make a sacrifice to the old gods as well. Here’s to the hopes that all the entities watch over ye. I feel ye’ll be a needin’ the lot o’ them.” Galen jerked his chin toward his chest, squeezed Colum’s arm one last time, then turned and barreled back down the hallway.

Colum watched Galen disappear through the arch. A deep-seated sense of survival strongly advised him to follow the man. Nay. Colum shook free of the urge. He’d saved the MacKenna’s life several times; surely his chief would protect him from whate’er the women plotted.

He traced his fingertips along the cold rough stones of the tower wall as he slowly climbed the winding stairs. Aye. The MacKenna will protect me. A delayed flash of pride surged through him. What the hell is wrong with me? Afraid of two women? Colum sucked in a deep breath and took the remaining steps two at a time. Nay. I’m no’ a coward. As soon as the words crossed his mind, he felt a bit sheepish. He sounded as though he was trying to convince himself of his own courage.

Colum sensed the tension in the room as soon as he walked through the door of the chieftain’s private solar. He paused a moment, wiping his damp palms against the coarse wool of his plaid. Well, mayhap not tension—’twas more like the gut-tightening feel a man got the night before battle. There was damn sure somethin’ ill a stirrin’, and he didna care for the feel of it at all.

Gray MacKenna, chieftain of Clan MacKenna and Colum’s best friend since they were both snot-nosed lads, lounged comfortably on one end of a pillowed bench with an unreadable look on his face that could only mean trouble. His wife, Lady Trulie, sat at his side, one hand slowly stroking her great rounded belly as though comforting the child within.

“M’chieftain,” Colum greeted him, nodding as he studied Gray’s expression closer. He couldna pinpoint exactly what it was. What the hell was the man thinking? Verra strange. More oft than not he knew Gray’s thoughts before the man e’er spoke them; they’d fought side by side that long. But he had no idea what the man was thinking this time. Sucking in a deep breath, Colum turned and politely bowed to Lady Trulie. “M’lady.”

Lady Trulie didn’t say a word, just lowered her chin in a polite nod and continued rubbing the wool-covered mound of her belly.

Colum got the uncomfortable feeling he was being sized up for prey. He widened his stance, sent up a prayer for divine protection, and hoped like hell Galen was in fact making that promised sacrifice to the old gods.

Gray blew out a noisy exhale and shifted among the pillows. He still didna speak, just appeared to be struggling against some inner turmoil. Whate’er it was had to be serious. The man looked as though he was about to explode. What the devil had come o’er the chief? Had the clan been attacked? Was the king on the rampage again? If that was the case, why would the Sinclair women intervene? Had the Fates sent them one of their visions?

Colum caught a subtle movement out of the corner of his eye. Senses on edge, he jerked and faced it. Nothing moved but the slight shifting of the MacKenna colors hanging beside the great stone fireplace. Lady Trulie’s huge beast of a dog, Karma, rolled to his side on the hide stretched before the hearth and groaned in his sleep. Colum swallowed hard. Damn them all. What the hell was afoot? He turned back and faced his chieftain.

 

 

About Maeve Greyson

No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them. That’s been Maeve Greyson’s mantra since she was a girl. When she’s not at the full time day job at the steel mill, Maeve’s writing romances about sexy Highlanders and the women who tame them. Tucked away in a five acre wood, Maeve listens to the wind singing through the trees and hears her characters telling their stories. Her work is proofed by her sharp-eyed dog, Jasper, and her greatest supporter is her long suffering husband of over thirty-five years who’s learned not to throw away any odd sticky notes filled with strange phrases.

 

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