What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Hellion And The Highlander

The Hellion And The Highlander
Lynsay Sands / Historical Romance

Only one man could set her heart ablaze...

Lady Averill Mortagne learned to control her fierce temper as a young girl. But if her father insists on parading her before one more English lord who looks askance at her flame-colored hair, she'll simply scream! Her only respite is the time she spends with Kade Stewart, the wounded Scot her brother brought home from the Crusades. Who could have imagined a Highland warrior would be the only gentleman around?
Lady Averill helped save his life, and for that Kade is truly grateful. She is also almost unbearably beautiful, but he could never subject such a sweet and gentle lady to the rough life of a Stewart laird's bride ... or could he? When she braves an unexpected danger by his side, Averill will prove to Kade that her heart is as fiery as her hair... and that submitting to their scorching passion would be heaven indeed.

(click on the title to read how I felt about the book)

OMG !!! I loved this book so much that I ranted about it for DAYS !!! After a surprise read from another series (Brenda Joyce's Masters of Time) I have been completely obsessed with all things Highlander. Whenever I get a book in the mail, my hubby will look at me as if to say "So babe, what is it? Vampire? Werewolf" and then after seeing the look of giddiness and me almost SWOON, he adds, "Oohhh Highlander". I'm a big fan of  Lynsay's Argeneau Vampires series (I own them all) and have loved her previous two Highland romances (Taming the Highland Bride and  Devil of the Highlands) This book was HILARIOUS. Like "Oh my goodness, soda just shot out my nose I'm laughing so hard and OUCH I just hit my head on the chair as I catapulted off it in hysterics"  Don't get me wrong, this book is FILLED with plenty of deep sigh and romantic gush moments (hello?? It is Highlanders we're talking about) but the author wrote some scenes that I will FOREVER laugh over. Imagine if you will, living in a time where you don't sit around with your girlfriends talking about boys and what you'd like to do with them. You don't live in a time when watching TV can be considered sex education in and of itself or most importantly, you don't have the pleasure *cough* of watching Lady Gaga strut her stuff in scandalous and provocative "clothing". Sex was a private matter, with ALOT of misconceptions surrounding it and for poor Averill on her wedding night, she must rely on the servant women for her "education". This instructive conversation ALONE is worth reading the book for!! But where the book becomes priceless is when you read how Averill applies her new knowledge - much to the shock, horror and amazement of Kade, her new husband. Let me just say that milking is for COWS and telling a man that his "piffle" is handsome is more likely to get you laughed at than ravished.The humor used in the book was VERY much appreciated because honestly, for some of us, wasn't our first times just a little awkward because we just weren't sure what to expect? (that's not to say I'm admitting anything because.. just so you know I WAS FABULOUS lol) It made Averill endearing and her inner dialogue kept me glued to the pages.  I very LOUDY share that this is a MUST read for Highlander addicts and for anyone who loves a good chuckle with their romance.

Rating:    5 stars

1 comment:

The Book Hour said...

Great review! I love Lynsay Sands historicals and I haven't read this one yet but it's now on my mental 'get one day' pile! I don't feel the same way about her Vamp books though, they just don't have the same sense of drama I guess. There's too much farce in them for me. If you like vamp/werewolf books then you should also check out early Sherrilyn Kenyon, early J R Ward, and early werewolf books by Susan Krinard! :-)