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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: To Love a Highlander by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

To Love A Highlander (Scandalous Scots, #1)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455526223
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
Series: Scandalous Scots
Challenges- TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's, B&N, iTunes


As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

My Review:

Beginning Babble-I must confess something. I read this book while in hiding at a child’s birthday party. I know. I know. Not nice. But it was either read the party away or collapse in tears and exhaustion. This book was a great companion. It kept me distracted and was an excellent read at the same time.


Heroine: Mirabelle-Mirabelle was one of those heroines that I really liked and for the life of me I cannot tell you a reason why. I just liked her. She was kind, smart and brave. I loved how she was willing to take her fate into her own hands. She wasn't willing to blindly marry the first creeper who chased her. The girl has moxy and I love that.

Hero: Sorley-Oh boy was Sorely an amazing hero. He was such a good guy. So sweet and gentle. Don't get me wrong. He had his rough and tumble side to but overall he was honorable to the extreme. I liked Mirabelle a lot but this book was all about him. He goes on my list of Life Ruining Heroes with Mr. Darcy, Gilbert Blythe and Derek Craven.

Chemistry- Mirabelle and Sorley were just...perfect. They worked well together. Their personalities complemented each other. They had a bit of a past together and that added a nice aspect to the build-up of their relationship. They had a bit of angst to them and I definitely loved that.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble-I haven't had a clunker of a book for a while and, to tell you the truth, that has me worried. Because when it happens, I have a feeling it is going to be epic. I did love this one. The writing was excellent. I love how vivid and lifelike Welfonder's characters are. The secondary characters are just as amazing and Sorley and Mirabelle. I love that there is also a bit of humor to balance it out. I sometimes need that bit of a chuckle when reading a book. Especially when you are reading a book in the middle of a children's birthday party and someone—not me although it was a close call-- is throwing a fit in the middle of the ball pit.

About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.
Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.
Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.
Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

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  1. Thanks for the review, look forward to reading this story.

  2. Great review for a great author and great writing. I just knew it, Sue-Ellen! :-) Can't wait to read about Sorley and Mirabelle myself!

  3. Excellent review - Congratulations, Sue-Ellen! Looking forward to reading this book.

  4. I am really looking forward to this one!! I already have my copy pre-ordered. <3

  5. Great review, looking forward to reading this!

  6. preordered my copy in January!! Can't wait. Good luck to all.

  7. Jean MP ~ So glad you enjoyed the review. (I sure did!! :) ) Hope you'll enjoy TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER.

  8. Janice H ~ You really made me smile! I wish I had that confidence in myself each time I sit here staring a blank computer screen, ready to start a new chapter.. I'm delighted you're so excited about this book. :)

  9. Karen C ~ Great to see you, old friend! So glad you're looking forward to the book. I'm thrilled with this review. It's one of the best, for sure. LOVE her 'Mr. Darcy' line. :)

  10. Ceci ~ You're such a true-blue friend! Love you bunches!!! :)

  11. Arizonadutt ~ It is a fantastic review, isn't it? I have been smiling all day. :) Hope you'll enjoy the book, too.

  12. Leah ~ My hero! I can see you grinning and sharing my joy at this lovely review. Love you so much!! XXXOOXXX

  13. Wow, Wendy! You just made my heart flip... you pre-ordered so early? A thousand blessings on you for that! Pre-orders are sooo important. Please know how much I appreciate it. I hope you'll love the book, too! Love you!!! (((HUGS)))

  14. Grace L ~ Thank you so much for your beautiful review. To say I am thrilled is an understatement. I loved your thoughts on Sorley and am so very happy you appreciated him so much. Loved the 'Mr. Darcy' line. That is one for my career record books! And I also really appreciated your comments about Mirabelle. I love (and always write) strong heroines and also believe they should/must be likable. For me, the ideal heroine is someone we'd love to have as a girlfriend. So your take on Mirabelle really brightened my world. Thank you so much!!!

    Must say, I absolutely love the name of your blog. It's beautiful and original. The banner art is stunning, too.

    Thanks again! Also for hosting us today. Paula and I good friends 'off the page' and we're having a great time touring together. But we couldn't do so without romance bloggers to host us and readers to be interested, so thanks so much!

  15. Great excerpt and review! Love your books, Sue-Ellen!

  16. Great review! Congrats on your new release Sue-Ellen!

  17. Great review and Tour. Looking forward to reading both books. Thanks so much for the chance to win. Wishing many sales to Paula and Sue Ellen.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com



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