The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings #1 by Gayle Callen with Excerpt and Giveaway

The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings #1 by Gayle Callen with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for The Wrong Bride by Gayle Callen, the first in her new Highland Weddings historical romance series.  Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Three (3) Print copies of THE WRONG BRIDE by Gayle Callen.

Book Review

The first in a new highland romance historical series, The Wrong Bride is a wrong-place wrong-time situation gone horribly, or not so, awry.  Catriona (Riona) is visiting her paternal uncle’s home, staying in her cousin’s room. Her cousin, also Catriona, is sent off to the country by her father, in anticipation of some forceful means of collecting on a bridal contract. See, years ago, her uncle entered into a contract for his daughter’s hand in marriage to Hugh, the son of the McCallums, an abutting landowner. Now, as the time for the deal is coming Duff has arranged for his own daughter’s safety.  Rebuffed and angry, Hugh returns to capture his bride, taking Catriona from the room he knows is hers. Unfortunately, the girl in the chamber is not the promised one, and our story takes flight.

Needing Hugh to understand and believe the truth, Riona is relentless in trying to get the bullheaded Hugh to listen to her: sure their names are the same, but she knows that the dowry he expects, so desperately needed for his ability to help the clan, won’t come, and she wants little more than to return home. But, Hugh’s plans for the clan, and his determination to do right by them, combined with his protectiveness, and despite his inability to listen, show him in a new light: one that doesn’t include crazed kidnapping highlander.

With his realization of the truth however, a whole new set of questions are asked, and Hugh has decisions and doubts: will Riona, the one he has come to care for, take him, even if the contract was not for her. Well-developed characters who showed solid growth and growing connection, even as circumstances truly thrust the two together.  While the “mystery” of the wrong bride was instantly apparent to everyone BUT Hugh, the fun in this story is in his slow realization of the fact, and the author’s choices for resolution.

 

The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings #1 by Gayle Callen with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: The Wrong Bride
Author: Gayle Callen
Series: Highland Weddings #1
Also in this series: Highland Spitfire, Love With a Scottish Outlaw
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062267981
Published on: 27 October 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 47 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen creates an unforgettable story of mistaken identity and irresistible attraction in this first in a wonderfully engaging series set in the Scottish Highlands...

Shaken from sleep during the night and bundled off to the Highlands by a burly Scot, Riona is at first terrified, then livid. Hugh McCallum insists they were promised to each other as children to ensure peace between their clans. The stubborn laird refuses to believe he's kidnapped the wrong Catriona Duff. Instead, he embarks on a campaign of slow-burning seduction.

At first, Hugh cares only what their marriage can do for his people. Now he's starting to crave Riona for her own sake, but her true identity jeopardizes his clan's contract. And unless she chooses to risk all to be his bride, he'll lose the only thing he prizes more than the lands he's fought so hard to save—the passionate marriage they could have together.

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

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From Gayle: A first kiss is always such a fun scene to write. They’re usually filled with conflict and chemistry and confusion—the three Cs!

Riona shivered, but it wasn’t from the bathwater’s chill. It was from the frightening realization that there was something powerful between them, something that called to her, that made the risks Hugh had taken to have her for himself seem arousing, not just self-serving. There was a place inside her she’d never sensed before, surely a recklessness, a weakness.

“Ye’re strangely quiet, lass,” he murmured.

His gaze lazily moved over her face, dipping to her breasts, where the upper curves were displayed above the soapy water. Her skin felt … prickly, sensitive, even inflamed.

“I’m not done fighting you,” she said at last, almost wincing at how breathless she sounded.

A slow grin curved his mouth, even as he reached his hand to cup her face and tilt it toward him. The shock of his warm palm settling so gently on her skin made her tense, but she didn’t pull away, as if that would show that she’d given up, that she was afraid of what he could do to her … what he could make her feel.

He leaned over the tub and kissed her, his palm guiding her head. She wanted to show him he didn’t move her, that this display meant nothing to her. But his lips were warm, and glided over hers with purpose, parted gently as if he wanted to taste her. She’d never been kissed … She felt her head swim at the sensation that seemed to travel down her body, to her breasts, to the pit of her stomach and between her thighs as if he’d touched her in her most secretive places.

When his tongue traced her lower lip, she jerked back in surprise. He didn’t laugh, just studied her with those gray eyes that were considerably warmer. He kept his hand on her face, and his thumb caressed her cheek over and over.

“Our first kiss bodes well for the future,” he said.

He glanced down to her breasts again, and she stiffened. With a faint smile, he let her go and stood up.

“Dry off,” he said, back to ordering her around. “We have things we need to discuss.”

Not the topics she wanted to discuss, apparently, but she didn’t argue. He turned his back and went to the window, while she hastily dried herself and pulled on a dressing gown Mrs. Wallace had laid out for her, trying to forget the feel of his mouth on hers, and how instead of being afraid or disgusted, she’d felt … aroused. Her cousin Cat had told her one could feel overwhelmed when in intimate situations with a man, and Riona hadn’t been able to understand what she meant. She did now, and felt a new kind of fear—fear of her own reaction and response to this compelling persuasion of his.

 

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About Gayle Callen

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than eighteen historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.

 

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