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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Seduction of a Highland Warrior by Sue-Ellen Welfonder + giveaway


So things are a little different today darlings! We're actually doing a joint tour for two lovely authors. Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Margaret Mallory who bring so much yummy Scottish goodness you'll be one very satisfied and contented reader. 

So, here's the deal. I split the reviews up into two posts with one joint giveaway that you can enter. I hope you'll visit each of them because really they were both awesome reads. So, check out the reviews, leave a meaningful comment on each and enter the rafflecopter!

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At the King's request, chieftain Alasdair MacDonald has sworn to preserve the peace in the Glen of Many Legends. Though he's handsome and fearless, his warrior's heart belongs only to his beloved land-until the fair sister of his oldest enemy shatters his defenses, branding his skin with a single touch, and sealing his fate with one stolen kiss . . . 

Lady Marjory Mackintosh will do anything to unite the warring clans, even seduce Alasdair MacDonald. She has loved the rugged Highlander since she first saw him and now, as temptation leads to surrender, Marjory dares to possess him, body and soul. But a dangerous new menace enters the Glen, and he will stop at nothing to strip Alasdair of his honor-and the only woman who can claim his heart.


Type: Historical Romance (1398), light PNR (ghosts)
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Seduction of a Highland Warrior was indeed seductive. I haven't read too many historical romances set in the 1300s  and Welfonder has me convinced I need to change that and change that quickly. Starting with the rest of her backlist <g> From amazingly strong and sexy characters to a rich, magic laced storyline and even a new favorite swear it was a fantastic read all around and has me eager to explore more of the world Welfonder created.
Favorite swear? "Come here, you flat-footed he-goat!"

First off, I really liked the premise that makes up the trilogy of three women making a pact to marry into each others warring clans in order to bring peace to their lands and pretty much forcing the men to get along with one another. Marjory is the last of the three to seduce her man and she's having a hell of a time with it what with her brother trying to marry her off, danger lurking, visions and just the two of them being...them.

Alasdair and Marjory were a really fun couple to watch. She's a little prickly around him and he can't seem to do anything but lose his head around her. The two were wonderfully frustrating as they danced around each other. Okay, so, secretly I really wanted him to go all cave man on her and just toss her over his shoulder and have is way with her but the way they went about it was pretty great too.

Alasdair was a hero that was just easy to adore. He's fierce and has the sexy Highland Warrior thing going on but has a very soft side as well. Really ladies. The man rigged a special cart for his senior pup so he could still go on adventures with the warriors. *cue aws* I think I fell in love with him that very instant.

And Marjory was an excellent heroine. She's bright and strong and knows what she wants even if she doesn't always recognize what's actually happening right in front of her (that wonderfully frustrating thing). I really liked that she's a tough woman and wasn't just going to accept what the men in her life planned for her.

There's a little paranormal-ness going on in Seduction of a Highland Warrior with ghosts and dream visions and the like but because of the location and the story being set in a time when people believed in magic and felt it around them it really felt right and natural and was a great addition to the storyline. There were a few scenes that really gave me chills I'd gotten so wrapped up in the story and their experiences. It really was so incredibly easy to lose yourself in the world Welfonder created. I will say, though, that if you're not used to this particular time period to give it a little time. Some of the phrases and wording used can take a little adjustment but it's well worth it holding out just a little while :)

Seduction of a Highland Warrior really was a fantastic read and one that I wasn't ready to let go of. The ending had me smiling and very excited about going back and checking out the rest of the series. If you love a good historical romance set in a lesser used time period with hot blooded, passionate men with swoon worthy Scottish burrs and determined lasses that will do anything to save their clans then this is one trilogy you'll want to grab up and jump into!

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The giveaway will have 2 winners. Open INT
One will win an ecopy of the Chieftain and one an ecopy of Seduction of a Highland Warrior. 

Be sure to check out both reviews and leave meaningful comments for extra entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

40 comments:

  1. I'm always up for hot highlanders. This series sounds very interesting. However did I miss it? Thanks for adding to my book addiction!;)

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    1. I love them, too, Lisa. Sexiest men on the planet, aren't they? No, make that the universe...
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  2. Morning, Anna! Thank you so much for the lovely review and such a beautiful feature. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Must say (as I know I do often), I really adore the name of your blog. It's so cute!! And always makes me smile.

    I'll be away from desk this afternoon, but will look in again this evening or later tonight to say hello to everyone.

    One thing to note - my ancient pc often freezes when I visit Blogger sites. No idea why, but it happens a lot. So if I vanish and don't comment again, that will be the reason.

    Have fun everyone! And good luck in the drawings!

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    1. LOL Thanks Sue-Ellen!

      I can't wait until I have a little free time and can meet the other couples and find out their stories :) Hope you have a great afternoon!

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  3. I like the idea of women trying to bring peace to their homes. It sounds like a lovely story.

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    1. Isn't that a nice one? I really liked it as well. First time I remember reading anything quite like it :)

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    2. Thanks, Maureen. I love writing strong, determined heroines.

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  4. Love the highlamders, but the strong women in this one make it sound even better!
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thanks, LM. Strong heroines are always a must for me. I love them.

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  5. Looks like a really good read. Great cover. Another one for the TBR list.

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    1. Thanks, Divavixenqueen. I hope you'll enjoy the book. I love the cover, too.

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  6. I love Sue Ellen's books. Infact I have collected most of them over the years and a lot of them have been reread many times. So glad that you have her on your blog. I think that's awesome :)
    Thanks,
    Lori

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    1. Thank you so much for your good words, Lori. I really appreciate them and they made me smile tonight. Thank you!

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  7. nothing like a hunk in a kilt

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  8. The premise of this series caught me right away, a sisterhood determined to end clan war. It's been fun to see these "pig headed" strong highland chieftains fall ;-) Nice blog post and review Anna

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    1. Thanks so much Glittergirl :) I loved watching this one fall and really am pretty excited about going back now and seeing the others crumble. LOL

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    2. I'm so glad you're enjoying the books, Glittergirl. Isn't this a neat blog? I absolutely adore the name.

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  9. I have not read Sue-Ellen before. But this sounds like a fabulous idea for a series. The women of course are usually is charge anyway, even if the men don't realize it. But I love this idea. I love reading highlander stories and I would love to try this author out. lisakhutson(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. LOL Right? Just takes them a while to realize that's the case! I hope you enjoy it Lisa. I really liked the whole thing :)

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    2. Well said, Lisa. Absolutely!! I hope you'll enjoy my work. I always write strong heroines and really love them.

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  10. Oh, I will concur that you need to go back and read Sue-Ellen's backlist, I hope you will enjoy the stories. Good quote to pick! Don't enter me as I already own this wonderful book. Just wanted to say hello to Sue-Ellen.
    Z

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    1. Thank you so much for looking in here, Z. It's so good of you to do so. (I know how busy you are) (((HUGS)))

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  11. I love Sue Ellen's Highlanders! This would be an awesome addition to my TBR pile :)

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    1. Hi Betty! Thanks so much for your good words. Good luck in the drawing. :)

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  12. Thanks for reviewing this. I love Highlanders, there is something about that accent. Anyway, sometimes authors are missed and I thank you for showing different types and making me look for their works. Thanks

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    1. Hi Sheryl! Thanks for looking in. I agree - it's hard to beat a Scottish accent, especially a Highland one. I hope you'll enjoy my work.

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  13. Awesome review. I have a couple of the authors books on my shelves (all unread) so I think I beter start reading them! I love me a good old highland romance.
    Great review!

    P.S. Next time Mr. Turning the Pages makes me mad I'm so going to use "Come here, you flat-footed he-goat!" to get his attention :D

    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. Thanks for the chuckle tonight, Kimberly. "Flat-footed he-goat" should work like a charm. ;) I hope you'll enjoy my books.

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  14. Anna, I love the name of your blog. What a wonderful review! After living in the Glen of Many Legends these past 18 months, I was sad to see the end. Sue-Ellen always puts you right in the story.

    Please don't enter me in the drawing, I am Sue-Ellen's blog partner. I just stopped by to say hello.

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    1. Hi Kathy - Thanks so much for looking in here. I adore the name of Anna's blog, too. It ALWAYS makes me smile. :)

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  15. Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read, i love a swoon worthy Highlander *rawr*
    Happy Valentine´s!
    //Linda
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for the good words, Linda. I love a wild and hot Highlander. too. I hope you'll enjoy the book. :)

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  16. Anna, what a wonderful review! It left me smiling that you love her work and that you can't wait to read the others. I splurged yesterday on Amazon and got the last two books that I needed to complete my S-E library :) and they were two of her Allie MacKay books that are no longer in print. I found them gently loved and that's okay too because I know someone else has enjoyed them.

    About your new swear word....she sure throws some funny ones out there, doesn't she? And my personal favorite is when she talks about someone getting all "moony-eyed". I just love that!

    I'm not entering but just wanted to stop by and wave the pom-poms for Sue-Ellen. *\O/*

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    1. Thanks so much for looking in here, Leah. As always, you made me smile. That's good - I can go to sleep with a smile in my heart tonight. :) So glad you found my oop Allie Mackays. I really love those books. Love you, too!!!

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    2. Anna ~ THANK YOU for the beautiful feature and fantastic review. You really, really brightened my day/night today. Your feature will remain a highlight of the tour for me. Thank you!!

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  17. I like that they don't get along because their arguments and the heroine being prickly makes them seem real and the banter really fun.

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  18. Absolutely love all your books that I've read. Can't wait to read this one I'm going on Amazon ASAP. Keep up the great writing.

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  19. I've had a thing for men in kilts for years, but it was only until the past couple years or so that I started reading "Highland" romance. I have to admit, I usually don't read much romance unless it has paranormal or fantasy elements (and the occasional time-travel or historical romance). But after being introduced to the worlds of literary Scottish hunks by my mom (of all people!), I see a half-naked man in a kilt on the cover and it automatically goes on my TBR list.

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  20. This sounds like a great book, I have such a weakness for seductive Higlanders! Love the cover as well!

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