From the get-go this story gets the heart hammering. Vivid language and a unique ghost mystery keep you turning the pages. Eagerly awaiting books two and three!
Although Mary Morgan arrived on the publishing scene not too long before self-publishing soared, this traditional author has left her mark with tales full of heroes who are handsome, but in no way perfect. Her heroines are gutsy, and in a lot of cases are time-travelers who can hold their own with archaic but kind warriors. It is not only her characters who shine, but her love for anything historical when it comes to Scottish or Irish lore. As by now, you probably can tell I’m a fan of Ms. Morgan’s, and her latest release Magnar is romantic, filled with excellent characters, and fortunately for fans, is the 1st book in The Wolves of Clan Sutherland Series.
Magnar MacAlpin’s future is unclear. Just as the past he thought he knew had become blurred. His responsibility of being the leader of the Wolves of Sutherland, and an unwavering supporter of King William of Scotland could be questioned if the lie his parents told ever comes to light. The injustice of their deceit will haunt him until he finds the brother he never knew. But before he can attain permission to begin his quest, he is tasked with a mission from his king.
Elspeth is gutted when her brother is murdered, but her duty is now to the new chieftain, her young nephew. She and Erik are running for their lives. Her goal is to keep him safe and to reach the king. She knows she can trust the Scottish ruler—not like those who came in peace and then slaughtered the people of Stein. Her path for safety takes an unexpected turn, but she does end up succeeding in her goal. Not only will the king protect them, he will make certain her nephew will have a guardian until he can function as chieftain on his own. Magnar is unlike any man she’s ever known. His handsome looks are a foil against his heathen ways and brash manner at times. But there is something about him that calls to her soul. Magnar isn’t happy with the king’s edict, that he wed Elspeth, a woman who tugs at his heart, to prevent her from being forced into wedlock with an enemy of the king, but will not disobey his royal liege. Elspeth is of a like mind, she has no choice, but to be truthful, relishes the idea of finding out more about the warrior’s wolf.
If you are looking for a romance filled with anticipation, unexpected twists and turns, and an ending that will surprise and delight you, run don’t walk to get Magnar on your-to-be-read list. You will not be disappointed.
New to me author Ms. Kowalyshyn pens a story of love, betrayal, and murder. The main character, Karlee, knows she is different. She knows this because she recalls her parents arguing about her “special friend”. Karlee names her imaginary friend, Shade. Together, Shade and Karlee have gone through good and bad times. Currently, she is going through some rough times, orphaned and looking for a job, Karlee is questioning what to do with her life.
Before I get to what I thought of the book, I’m a bit irritated at how Karlee loses a job… through her seizures. This should be covered under the ADA of 1990. Working in a book store or library for that matter should be able to easily accommodate people with seizures. This is one thing in the book that really stood out to me and pissed me off. Not that the author wrote it this way. That businesses would discriminate against Karlee because of it. Totally not cool. After learning this about Karlee, she becomes the underdog that I will support.
This story is a mish mash of romance, mystery and paranormal. I’m not quite sure how to explain it, but the three pieces did not exactly blend in so well together. At times, I felt as if the story was trying to decide which category it fits into … love story or a mystery? Perhaps this is the first book for the author and she is working on her writing voice. I do see potential and look forward to seeing Ms. Kowalyshyn’s writing voice mature.
The characters in this story are likeable. I like that Karlee’s friends are of different ages and different personalities from her. Her love interest, Cole, is a typical male who seems to have finished sowing his oats once he meets Karlee. There is supposedly a large age gap between Karlee and Cole. I never felt it in this story. Perhaps it is because Karlee never came across as a young early 20s girl. Or perhaps I should say, she doesn’t come across as the current generation’s whiny drama prone “not waiting to adult” 20s female. This is refreshing because Karlee is never a victim, always a survivor. She may be inexperienced, but she owns her actions and moves on.
The mystery part of the story is a bit of a what the f-ery. I say this because this subplot to figure out the identity of Shade and what happened to her in real life is so tightly connected with so many “coincidences”. It felt a little too pat for me even if I enjoyed how all the threads tied off at the end for a happy resolution.
I guess for me, this story would have been stronger without the romance element. Finding a love is unnecessary and tended to distract from the main focus I felt should have been Shade’s life. I am not sure how the story would have been written, but at times, Cole’s personal hang-ups intruded into Karlee’s life and seemed irrelevant. Or perhaps I just didn’t care for his woman drama.
This romantic mystery is recommended to readers who like ghosts and the underdog who wants her happily ever after.
Emily returns to her hometown of Converse Colorado–not of her own volition–but once there, decides to stick around, see if she can rescue her baby brother one more time, and perhaps stick it to their politician step-father, the man who made their lives a total misery and quite likely murdered their mother.
A tall order but Em is not without support in the form of a couple zany pals and one rugged ex-Army man.
This is a total treat for those who live for well-written suspense with some good steamy sex thrown in for good measure.
A secret more precious than rubies . . .
More than one secret fill Midnight Acquisition, an action-packed novel filled with unrequited romance, edge-of-your-seat suspense, generations of betrayal and cleverly written diversion tactics.
Author Jayne York showed the world her writing chops with her first novel, If Wishes Were Horses. She has not disappointed this reader—and those who appreciate her slick writing style—in this latest effort. What’s up next is our only question.
On a scale of 1-5, Midnight Acquisition deserves a 5.
Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews