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The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Overview
The Bite Before Christmas Large Print :HarperCollins Australia

Title: The Gift
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #15.5
In: The Bite Before Christmas (Lynsay Sands & Jeaniene Frost)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Christmas, Paranormal romance, Vampires
Dates read: 20th – 22nd December 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2011
5th sentence, 74th page: He’d worked with Mabel to try to find Elvi a mate, had planned and arranged local fairs with Elvi.

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Synopsis

In Lynsay Sands’ “The Gift,” Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget.

Thoughts

There is something wonderfully and beautifully simplistic about Sands’ writing. It is cute and innocent, with just enough adult-powered lust to keep your fingers tingling and a happy little smile on your face. This novella was no different. And, although it took place at Christmas, it mostly just had a calm and easy, if not completely pleasurable feeling to the whole story. Ultimately, not such a Christmassy story, but a fun one all the same.

I really love the idea of life mates in the Argeneau series. I mean, the worst thing I can imagine about being immortal is the fact that you are stuck alone forever, or you have to basically serial date multiple times. Instead, there are these life mates who not only are the perfect match for you, but also the only ones you can’t read like a book. I mean, alongside being immortal, how much would it suck being able to read everyone’s mind?

The Gift is a wonderful novella set in a white Christmas. Whilst it didn’t have a seriously Christmassy theme to it, it was still a really wonderful and fun story to be reading during the silly season. One that I thoroughly enjoyed and would love to read again.

<- The Bite Before ChristmasHome for the Holidays ->

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A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands

Overview
A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) by Lynsay Sands

Title: A Quick Bite
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal romance, Vampires
Dates read: 10th – 14th July 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2005
5th sentence, 74th page: Lissianna knew she should be grateful for the gift, but she’d really rather had had him for dinner.

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Synopsis

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau’s bed? He’s not dessert – he’s the main course!

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. but there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood… an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn’t hurt thtat this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger’s bedroom pretty quickly – once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That’s a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into… if he can just get Lissianna to bite.

Thoughts

This was everything that I enjoy in a good paranormal romance and a Lynsay Sands book – it was quick, fun and easy. Light-hearted and a little titillating. And just generally a great way to spend a nice portion of time immersed in another world. It wasn’t one of those books that will necessarily linger with me long after I’ve turned the final page. But it’s one that I will probably pick up again down the line with a sense of enjoyment.

I really enjoyed Sands’ take on vampires and vampire lore in this story. For starters, it uses nanos and advanced technology to talk about the advent of vampirism. Secondly, there is the fact that the lead vampire in this story – Lissiana, has a blood phobia. It actually left me laughing out loud. Who would have thought that such a thing would be in a vampire romance novel? I can’t imagine ever fainting at the sight of blood… the fact that it’s a vampire… well, I was actually laughing out loud throughout.

There is a scene in this book in which Greg describes his past relationship and why he ended it. And the focus of this is the fact that what he wants more than anything is a partner. Just like Lissi. There is a total focus on being partners, not enslaved to one another. That no one has greater power over the other. But rather, they just help each other out. I think that its such a beautiful sentiment and one that I would love to see more of in a lot of the romances that I read. It’s just… this is, to me, what a relationship is all about – partnership.

I never thought I would use the phrase “pleasantly titillating” in a book review. But I’m going to use it here. There was just something that was a little fun about those moments in which Greg and Lissi are caught in the more compromising positions. It adds a good level of humour and amusement to the story. It also gives a bit of a cringe-factor to some of the moments… definitely something that I found pleasant and fun in this story. I’m not quite sure how Sands managed to walk that line… but I really, really enjoyed it.

<- More Lynsay SandsLove Bites ->

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Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands

Overview
Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands

Title: Lady Pirate
Author: Lynsay Sands
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romancePirates
Dates read: 25th April – 12th May 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2001
5th sentence, 74th page: A seed surrounded by white and pink gook stuck to the end of his pink-stained finger.

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Synopsis

Valoree no longer has to masquerade as her murdered brother and scourge the oceans as Captain Red. She no longer has to command his pirate band in a quest to regain his birthright. She has been named heir to Ainsley Castle. But no execturo would ever hand over the estate to an unmarried pirate wench and her infamous crew – no matter to whom she’d been born. And the will distinctly states that in order to inherit, Valoree must be married to a nobleman… and pregnant.

Upon learning that, the virgin captain is ready to return to the seas – but her crew has other ideas – and for those rascally cusses she would do anything. If they could find a way to put on her a sweet face that would fool the ton, she would handle the rest, even with a drunken prostitute as an “aunt” and her merry cutthroat crew as “servants”. But to herself she swears one thing: she will only marry a man who fires her blood, a man who is not afraid of a…
Lady Pirate

Thoughts

It took me a little while to get through this… not that I wasn’t in love with the story, but I did find that it didn’t completely grab me like the other books I’ve recently read by Sands. Once I got halfway through the book though, I was completely hooked into it. I mean, you knew that Valoree and Daniel were going to end up together, so it wasn’t such a get hooked into it book… but once I got there… wow. I just demolished it.

The idea of a clause in a will stating that you must be married and expecting was a new story plot that I wasn’t expecting. I actually felt a little bit mad at first, but then realised that both man and woman were in this position, so it wasn’t so horrifying. Still a stupid little clause. Which of course, when it started appearing that they were finally going to be getting the upper hand, I started to get sucked in.

For me, the standout point in this story is the pirates. Alright, the romance is sweet and beautiful. But, it’s the awkwardness of the pirates trying to fit into the nobility and make Valoree become something more that really hit me in my happy place. It’s that great image of bright pink livery that seems to sink into my subconscious whenever I think about this novel.

There is such a great, easy, good feeling, little read. Alright, there area few moments where I felt kind of irritated. But, mostly, it was just cute and simple. A nice little story that made me feel that nice, gooey feeling full of love and hope. Alright, love is never this damn simple… but it is sometimes nice to think this way. Plus, there is also that great little Sands twist at the end of this story that makes all those final moments just fall together.

<- A Lady in DisguiseLove is Blind ->

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The Highlander’s Promise by Lynsay Sands

Overview
The Highlander's Promise (Highland Brides #6) by Lynsay Sands

Title: The Highlander’s Promise
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #6
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceScottish romance
Dates read: 15th – 23rd April 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: Aulay spent all of his time with her once Mavis had helped her with her ablutions and such and left the room.

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Synopsis

In a spellbinding new Highlands story from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, the laird of the Buchanans finds the one womann who is his equal in passion and courage

Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife…

Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?

Thoughts

I’ve been waiting for the story about Aulay since he was first mentioned. After all, he’s probably the most unique of all the Buchanan brothers – he has a whopping great scar cleaving down his face. I didn’t realise that I would enjoy meeting him just this much though. He’s so dark and broody compared to the rest of the brothers, and I definitely much prefer that persona to the happy go lucky versions… although I do love them too…

Memory loss does seem to be a bit of a common trope in storylines – after all, if someone doesn’t remember who and what they are, then they can be anything. It’s actually kind of liberating in some ways. Yet, Jetta’s memory loss feels like the most genuine version I’ve so far had the pleasure of reading. Parts and fragments return to her as time passes, but nothing intense and lightning bolt-like. Well, that is until someone from her past comes to visit. But you’ll have to read the book to find that moment for yourself. The little parts of a person that are left even when the memory is gone work really well in this story and, honestly, I found Jetta’s memory loss to be the most believable version I have thus far come across.

This is a great story on what it actually means to love someone. On what you really need in a relationship – love, acceptance and a lot of laughter. I absolutely adored how Jetta fell for Aulay (and Aulay her, but men falling in love don’t enthral me so much). I love that it’s her continuous acceptance of him and her need to make him happy that highlights her feelings. I also love the very many funny moments in which she attempts to act like a wife… whilst Aulay tries to keep her at bay and be a gentleman… I was definitely laughing out loud at those moments. This is yet another great, easy and intriguing read. Another one of Sands’ books that I find beautiful and unforgettable. I absolutely adored this story and didn’t want to put it down. But, once I finished it. I managed to feel like it had completed and everything had ended beautifully well. It always makes me so excited to pick up her next book…

<- Surrender to the HighlanderThe Wrong Highlander ->

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Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands

Overview
Surrender to the Highlander (Highland Brides, #5) by Lynsay Sands

Title: Surrender to the Highlander
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceScottish romance
Dates read: 29th March – 11th April 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: The mud was sucking at her feet, sapping her strength.

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Synopsis

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ captivating romance, a lass targeted by an unknown foe is saved – and seduced – by a bold Highlander

Edith Drummond owes her life to Niels Buchanan and his brothers. Waking after an illness to a castle overrun by rugged Highlanders is disconcerting, but so is learning that she’s slowly being poisoned. Niels insists on staying by her side, and Edith soon discovers that even more dangerous is her wild attraction to the fierce warrior.

Niels has never met a more courageous – or enticing – woman than Lady Edith. The idea of such a bonny lass being forced to enter a nunnery is more than any red-blooded Scotsman could bear. He’ll gladly marry her himself. But while sweeping her off her feet is easy, it’ll take all his skill to defeat her family’s relentless enemies and convince her to surrender to his sweet embrace…

Thoughts

Each time I pick up one of the Highland Brides books, I just fall a little more in love with the writing. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful. And they’re just so damn cute and sweet. Plus, I just love the interactions between the Buchanan brothers. Starting this story with Saidh being ridiculously pregnant and sending her brothers to check up on one of her best friends was just brilliant. Not only did I get to revisit characters that I kind of loved, but it just continued to tie in everything so damn neatly. It’s a great universe that Sands has created here.

Niels and Edith have had the least difficult and insane courtship of all the relationships so far in this series. Really, although there was danger to Edith, there was nothing in the way of them getting married. There was no attempts at love, difficulties in the formation of their attachment or really anyone trying to argue against their marriage (themselves included). It was kind of nice to not have to worry about one or the other making stupid decisions in an attempt to be “good”. After all, that does get a little old after a while.

From the beginning, I guessed that the villain in this story was probably going to be a woman. After all, it starts off with Edith being poisoned, and that tends to be a woman’s method of murder generally. Yet, it was really difficult to figure out exactly who that was going to be. Particularly when the red herring was so obviously a red herring and I just couldn’t figure out who else would have a motive… it was intriguing. And I seriously loved the moment of big reveal at the end of the story.

One of the things about this series that I love the most is that the person who is normally being horrible, running around killing everyone isn’t inherently evil. They’re jealous, or prejudiced, or in the case of the villain in this… kind of insane and seriously selfish. Actually, they’ve all been selfish so far. It’s a little bit more human and makes the final moments when the good guys win not such a great, amazing moment of joy, but just a little bit tragic and all the more intense.

<- Falling for the HighlanderThe Highlander’s Promise ->

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Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands

Overview
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Title: Falling for the Highlander
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #4
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceScottish romance
Dates read: 9th – 12th February 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2017
5th sentence, 74th page: Saidh had spoken often about her brothers, claiming they were, every one of them, fine men with good heads on their shoulders and true hearts.

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Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands welcomes readers back to the Scottish Highlands, where a gallant warrior vows to protect a beautiful runaway…

Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort – the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgussted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lasst glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her – with his life and his heart – if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.

Thoughts

This Scottish romance is the first in the series which feature the Buchanan brothers. Ever since they were mentioned in To Marry a Scottish Laird, I’ve been fascinated by Saidh’s mention of them. And, then, when she features in the next novel and her brothers come in to steal the show… I just wanted to know everything I could about each of the brothers! So when Dougall featured in this, with three of his brothers as a sidekick… I got seriously excited! The fact that Murine was also introduced previously and is such a sweetheart… it was hard to stop thinking about this book whenever I put it down.

It’s true that opposites attract. Just look at most partners that I know… so having Murine as this sweet, beautiful and tender-hearted woman. Against Dougall who is kind of communicationally broken, tough and independent… it works. She is kind of reckless and definitely won’t be cowed by a strong, dominant alpha, and he just kind of gets swept along in whatever adventure occurs.

I also love that he quickly recognises that Dougall has feelings for Murine and wants to marry her. There isn’t any trickery or forcing into the wedding in some way to take the decision out of the silly mans’ hands like most historical romances. He actually acknowledges his feelings early on and makes moves to be who he wants to be. Nothing like most of the lead males I read, they’re normally kind of annoyingly thick-headed to be honest.

Every story thus far in the Highland Brides series has somebody out there trying to do damage to the lead female. It’s a nice, different mechanism to use to create a problem in the relationship. I’m enjoying that it’s normally an external stressor, not an internal one. Sometimes I’ve been able to guess just who and why they’re acting as they are, sometimes I don’t. For this story, it was obvious of the motives fairly early on. And the danger was a lot more overt, I loved the variation in the story and the power of this tale.

<- The Highlander Takes a BrideSurrender to the Highlander ->

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The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

Overview
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Title: The Highlander Takes a Bride
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceScottish romance
Dates read: 5th – 9th February 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2015
5th sentence, 74th page: Saidh let loose with a string of curses that would have made even her brothers blush, though they were the ones she’d learned them from.

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Synopsis

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands.

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue – definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband… until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Thoughts

Saidh has intrigued me since I met her in To Marry a Scottish Laird. After all, a Scottish lady who is a little more course, with seven brothers who she frequently beats up? I’m going to be in love with that kind of woman from the very mention. The fact that the next book is all about her… well, I loved it even more. She refuses to conform to expectations, and, even when her brothers are pushing the issue a little, she still maintains her own sense of identity and self.

Greer’s acceptance of Saidh and his love for her because she is different is kind of glorious. It’s also the kind of love that I’ve always wanted. An acceptance for everything you are, not what you could be shaped into. The fact that he’s just as coarse and intense just made the chemistry and relationship between these two that much better. And more amusing. Plus, Saidh doesn’t try to change Greer and his ways either…

As I’m discovering with this series, there is always an evil being lurking somewhere, causing havoc. And now, when I open a book in the series, I’m keen to see what shape and form they’ll take. And just why they’re trying to destroy the new couples’ happiness. I didn’t expect the villain in this story. Where the other villains have been bad people and a little insane, the culprit in this just seemed WAY worse. I’m not entirely sure why. But I was so uncomfortable at the explanations for the motives at the end.

Finally, the other part of this story that I seriously, and dearly loved was Saidh’s brothers. They are everything that I wanted, and I can’t wait to read Falling for the Highlander, which features one of them as the leading man! I’ve always dreamt of having brothers, so now I’m just going to pretend that these seven belong to my family…

<- To Marry a Scottish LairdFalling for the Highlander ->

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To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands

Overview
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Title: To Marry a Scottish Laird
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Scottish romance
Dates read: 24th January 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2014
5th sentence, 74th page: And then it was as if something snapped inside her, some string she had never known existed, and in snapping it released a wave of pleasure so strong she briefly shimmied and convulsed under it.

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Synopsis

New York Times bestsellig author Lynsay Sands returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new historical romance yet!

Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn’t count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan… with the most sinful of curves.

Joan promised her mother that she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling alone is dnagerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved… until he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that prover her disguise hasn’t fooled him. As their passion ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding… and lead to a love she’s never known?

Thoughts

I wasn’t expecting 20 years to have passed between An English Bride in Scotland and To Marry a Scottish Laird. But it did work perfectly. Not only is this yet another brilliant, fun, easy to read romance (as shown by the fact that I read this in just one night), but I also got to revisit Annabel and Ross to see if they got their happily ever after. They did. It made me incredibly happy. To Marry a Scottish Laird had that same gorgeous sense of innocence and sweetness as the first one that made it completely impossible to put down. It also had a bit of a mystery going on that completely intrigued me.

A woman masquerading as a man seems to be a fairly typical plot line. Which, why wouldn’t it be? Many women, especially in history were subjected to some serious atrocities when their gender was discovered. What better way to keep themselves safe? The fact that the couple then falls in love when he discovers he gender is pretty predictable. Yet, I still love that fun predictability. Especially if its in a book that I’m going to sit up reading until 1am…

As with An English Bride in Scotland, this storyline is a great reminder of how important it is to actually communicate with your significant other. There were a few moments in this that could have been fixed if Campbell and Joan had just actually spoken to one another. Although, they did eventually find their way back to one another and find a way to make their relationship work. Even when someone was hell bent on destroying their new found happiness.

I did guess who the culprit was this time (unlike in An English Bride in Scotland). But what I enjoyed the most was the fact that it introduced Saidh (the heroine in the next novel) and just generally embraced women’s kinship. Yes, there is a lot of nastiness and bitterness with some of the women… but ultimately, even Kate’s daughter is forgiven for the past and entered into the loving fold. Definitely made my heart skip a beat.

<- An English Bride in ScotlandThe Highlander Takes a Bride ->

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Knight of My Dreams by Lynsay Sands

Overview
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Title: Knight of My Dreams
Author: Lynsay Sands
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 9th January 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2014
5th sentence, 74th page: Are you chilled?

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Synopsis

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynsay Sands comes a classic short story of a knight in need of a bride…

Lady Alice knows she is not the type to entice a man. She’s too voluptuous, too intelligent, too strong minded. Why, she even reads! But then Jonathan, Earl of Fairley, arrives at court. Tall, dark and handsome, the knight is any woman’s dream. And he has just been ordered by the king to find a bride… and Alice is to help him!

Jonathan has been evading his mother’s matchmaking schemes for years, so why does she insist that Lady Alice isn’t for him? Alice is only to aid in his search for a bride, yet Jonathan can’t help but be distracted by her glorious hair – the color of a sunset – and a figure that is like a lush berry about to burst to full ripeness… Has Jonathan fallen prey to love?

Thoughts

This is a fantastic novella. It is a quick, easy read. It’s fun, cute and actually incredibly romantic. Plus, there is this insanely meddlesome mother who I am completely in love with. Meddlesome mothers who just have their sons’ best interests at heart? That’s just perfect. Especially when you discover her machinations at the very ending of the story and realise that every moment in this novella has been carefully orchestrated.

Finishing this novella had me quite merrily giggling away. There was a great sense of humour throughout this story. I love that it’s a tale which takes you to another place, but with the same battles we face today. Namely, men who are stubborn and silly and refuse to take control of their lives. I have a man like this in my life, and there are certain things which I approach in a really, really roundabout way. Just to make sure that the outcome is the what I desire… I probably relate a little too much to the mother in this story…

There is nothing really revolutionary that I can say about this novella. It was just a great, easy read that I didn’t want to put down. I was kind of sad that it ended so quickly… but I do have another Lynsay Sands standalone novel in my pile to read this month… I look forward to another story that is simple, light and fun.

 <- The Key ReviewA Lady in Disguise Review ->

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An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands

Overview
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Title: An English Bride in Scotland
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Scottish romance
Dates read: 29th December 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: Annabel supposed this was how ladies were treated… when they weren’t oblates in a nunnery.

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Synopsis

She never expected to marry

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home… so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed.

He never expected to fall in love

From the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride… and the fact that she’s blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he’ll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel’s not the bride he planned for, she’s the only woman he desires…

Thoughts

This was my first full-length Lynsay Sands novel. I’ve now read a few of her novellas which were absolutely brilliant. Plus, I’ve been a little obsessed with historical fiction in the last month or so, so it was kind of a perfect fit. Which is quite obvious, since I read the whole thing cover to cover in one night. It only has a different start and finish date because I read it overnight when I should have been sleeping… should probably stop doing that.

There is something that seriously draws me into Scottish romance. Yet, like Lynsay Sands, this is my first ever full length Scottish romance. I’m probably so incredibly drawn in because my ancestors were Scottish. Finally something I connect to a little more strongly. Having said that, I have never been to Scotland, and most likely never will. This story just reminded me how much I want to discover more about my past. How much I love stories like this. They’re easy, cute and give me a weird hereditary nostalgia.

Although this story was primarily about the love between Annabel and Ross, it was also very much about discovering who was stalking her. Normally in stories like this, it’s kind of obvious, or even known by the characters. And the tale is more about getting revenge and escaping the evil creature. Not so much in this. I honestly had no idea who was the culprit, and, more importantly, why they were trying to kidnap the English bride. It made an interesting point of conflict. And not one that I often find in romances.

Normally in romances, the central point of conflict comes from some misunderstanding in the relationship. I thought the whole nun thing would be a point of contention and that would definitely show itself in the sexual relations. Not so. The main issue for the leads in this was the stalker. I loved that there was an external point of conflict and that neither character was unbelievably stupid. It’s great in stories, but a departure from this trend is also brilliant.

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