Review: The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, Book 1) by Paula Quinn

The Seduction of Miss Amelia BellReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Edmund MacGregor will be damned if he allows Scotland to be ruled by the English and kidnaps Lady Amelia Bell as an act of defiance. He knows she is the daughter of a duke and also the chancellor’s beloved, but when he sees her, he is beguiled by her beauty and for a moment, he forgets why he kidnapped her in the first place. Amelia on the other hand is annoyed that her life has been disrupted by a Scotsman who is hellbent on ruining her marriage and her position. Beneath her demeanor, however she is a woman who would like to marry for love rather than duty, but that isn’t for her as she is expected to marry according to her station.

Review: This is the sequel to Conquered by a Highlander where Edmund MacGregor is adamant that the English he has fought for so long will not take over Scotland. If you thought it was too long since we had some sexy, sweaty, muscular-pecs drama and seduction, you were right, but that was before Paula Quinn did the right thing and wrote her sequel. Here Edmund might do something he will later regret – kidnapping the chancellor’s future wife can’t get more desperate than that, but if he can win her over, he might just make things right and his plan work. Once kidnapped, he doesn’t realise that she has the upper hand when he finally falls for her. The setting is just right, the characters are just as they should be; foolish at times and Like her father, demanding, but the real affection comes from Amelia letting down her barriers to Edmund and treating him like a real man, not a savage as she thinks he might be. Highlanders are proud, strong and know what they want, but he won’t hurt her, not when he sees that being heavy handed with her won’t get the best reaction.

Good bits:

  • It’s action packed
  • Well paced
  • The conflict and then make-up of Edmund and Amelia – it’s a delight to read

Summary: I have read Highlander romance before and noticed how steamy and erotic it was. My previous reads were the scintillating Rumors Among the Heather by Amanda Balfour and the seductive Desire in Tartan by Suz De Mello and both encouraged me to read more Highlander romance, hence me here reviewing this one and I’m glad to say I’m not disappointed. Amelia is typically beautiful but considered to be unlucky, but when she is faced with a devilishly handsome Scotsman, she wonders what will happen to her. I can’t give anything away, only that I did thoroughly enjoy this novel and look forward to reading more from Paula Quinn in the future.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs)

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Review: Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

I haven’t read a historical romance in quite a while. I’ve been reading a lot of erotic and paranormal romances. I’ve recently gone back to reading the historical romances and I’m glad that I did. Paula has grabbed my attention right from the first page.

In reading Tamed by a Highlander you can picture how all the characters felt, acted, and what they would have been wearing at that period in time. Paula has a way of making you feel as if you’re a part of the story. It’s as if you are watching her characters as their story unfolds. She is like a great fisherman. She keeps you hooked until the very end.

The heroine of this story is Mairi MacGregor. The story starts in the spring of 1685 and we see Mairi wanting to go to battle with the rest of her kin. Our hero is Connor Grant and for some reason Mairi doesn’t like him very much. We also find out why she is so passionate about fighting the battle.

As the story continues, you can just feel the heat between Mairi and Connor. The pages practically sizzle with the chemistry between the two. But as in all good romances, nothing goes smoothly. Lord Oxford, one of the minor characters, keeps coming between the two lovers. As you read, you wonder why he is so fascinated by her. Out of all the women at Court, what is the fascination?

Mairi has a strong personality which is unusual for the time period. She has certain beliefs and she is willing to defend those beliefs. She is like our modern women soldiers and would probably do very well in today’s society. But back then, women didn’t do those things. It was considered unacceptable.

I’m a reader that doesn’t usually like a book that I constantly put down and then pick up again. I lose my train of thought within the story. Usually when I constantly put a book down it’s because it just doesn’t hold my attention. I didn’t have that problem with this book. I couldn’t wait to see what Paula had in the offing for our lovebirds.

If you’re looking for a story that has a lot of sex in it, you won’t find it here. But if you’re looking for a sensual story with some action in it, this is the story for you. Circumstances always seemed to pull our lovers apart. Fans of great romances know that love conquers all. We know that the champion always overcomes any and all obstacles that will come between him and his one true love.

This is a book that I can’t wait for the next installment in the series to come out. I also look forward in to catching up with the series by reading the first two books. This is definitely a book that you want as part of your romance collection.

I give Tamed by a Highlander:

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Tamed by a Highlander, Tamed by a Highlander (UK)

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