Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #2)

What it's about
AN INNOCENT STOWAWAYAs the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception . . .


For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart.

Kathleen's Review

Story Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars
Action Level ~ 4.5 Stars
Ending ~ 3.5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd is a passion filled action adventure on the high seas!

I really enjoyed this book; it commanded my attention from beginning to the end. Take a spirited, stubborn Highland lass and then add in a sexy, swashbuckling pirate, and you get a VERY entertaining read.

The heroine, Caitrina Grant, longs for adventure, but her father has other ideas. He's finally decided that Caitrina has denied too many suitors for  her hand in marriage, so he's decided on a man for her to wed. This idea does not sit well with her, she doesn't  want to settle down, she wants to experience life and travel to exotic places. Then Alexander Kidd, a pirate, shows up to get a treasure map that his father left in the Grant's care until he can come  to claim it. Caitrina is very intrigued by him, she’s never met a pirate, and a sexy pirate at that! Caitrina decides to go on his ship just to take a look while no ones the wiser, and her cousin and best friend, Kyle, follows her on board . They end up hiding so the crew doesn't find them and then they fall asleep only to wake up after the ship has set sail, and is far out to sea. Of course, once Alex finds out that Caitrina and Kyle stowed away on his ship, he thinks they are after his treasure map. He plans to drop them off at the closet port in France, but before he can do that something happens that makes it impossible for the ship to stop there.

There was plenty of fast paced action that made it an exciting read. I loved reading about the sea battles that took place and all the places they stopped on the way. Paula Quinn did an excellent job of describing the battles, places and people, I could easily envision all these things as I was reading.

All the characters were wonderfully written, my favorite being Caitrina. She was a VERY STRONG HEROINE. I LOVED reading how she practically turned into a pirate herself as the story moved along. She never cowered and faced fear head on. She didn't let anyone tell her what to do, and never backed away from her decisions.  She saved the day many of times during the story, and the whole crew was in love with her before the end.

Alexander was a really good character too. I loved reading about him struggling with his feelings for Caitrina. He was an excellent hero; sexy, brave, confident, strong, caring, and honorable. He was also a fantastic leader and took being the captain seriously.

I definitely felt the attraction between Caitrina and Alex way before they acted on it. The sexual tension leapt off the pages until they couldn't deny themselves any longer. The loves scenes were nicely done, and added the spiciness I always crave in my romances.

There was one thing that I felt could have been done better...the was rushed. I wanted more details on finding the treasure and what it consisted of. I also wished an epilogue would have been added, it would concluded the overall story in a better way.  

In closing I want to say that Paula Quinn wove a spectacular story, and I think historical romance readers would love this book. I urge them to grab this book and give it a try. 

 Even though this is book two in the series it can easily be read as a standalone.

*A copy of this book was provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Immortal (The Fallen Angels, #6) by J.R. Ward

What it’s about
From J.R. Ward, the #1 New York Times bestselling author who has kept readers on the edge of their seats with her phenomenal Fallen Angels novels, comes one of the most heart-stirring and eagerly anticipated events in that acclaimed series.

This is a world where sin and salvation collide. This is a world where a cynical fallen angel struggles with the seven deadly sins and seven chosen souls. With the spellbinding Immortal, the riveting series that “changed the face of paranormal romance” ( comes to an epic close as mankind’s reluctant savior struggles with his greatest challenge yet...

Dorsey’s Review

3.5 Fallen Stars!
I have honestly really enjoyed this series, and this being the final Fallen Angels book, J.R. Ward has tied everything up nicely. Sadly it fell flat for me, it was good, but not as great as I was hoping it would be ( and thought it could be in my opinion ). It just felt sort of anti-climatic.

Jim is supposed to be the “Savoir” in this war of Good vs Evil/God vs Devil, and yet he was ready give up the fight with Davina because "If Sissy can't go to heaven there's no sense in winning the war." Really?!…So all of humanity is to go to hell if one girl cannot get into Heaven?!

I have enjoyed the ongoing storyline between Jim and Sissy in all the previous books, but there was just TOO much Jim and Sissy. I love HEA’s and I always want one, but I was a bit uneasy with this one, as Jim is much older and Sissy is very, very young. Regardless of what she has been through, it was hard for me to get past the age difference and see them as a couple.

It also bothered me that it seems Davina was all of the sudden from “the hood”…. WTH was up with all the slang/street talk?! And, I just have to say I think my lovely friend Karla would have been screaming at her Kindle with all the products, name brands, and labels dropped in this book…repeatedly (that kind of bugs her about JRW’s books...LOL...). I normally don't mind her shout outs, but it was rather excessive in this book.

Lastly, I loved Eddie and Ad throughout the series, we get plenty storyline about them, which I really enjoyed, but would have liked to have more of, along with Nigel and CoIin. Lastly I was giddy with the mention of Lassiter and getting some info on my beloved BDB’s own personal Fallen Angel.

Not a bad read, but I had hoped for so much more as a series ending.

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