This week, I've got two book reviews for you. Both are about the Scottish highlands or highlanders. I know they are short. I thought I was getting better at writing longer book reviews but I'm running out of things to say when the topics are almost the same. A good romance novel will have strong protagonists, vile antagonists, and a fantastic adventure plot. (At least, that's what /I/ look for in a romance novel.) And when it falls flat, it does so for the same reasons every time with the possible addition of badly constructed sentences, bad world building/dialogue, and/or badly formatted text. I can overlook some of those things if the first three criteria are met, though.
Anyway, see what you think about these two and if you're intrigued, why not give them a try?
Book Review: Scottish Rogue by Heather McCollum
The Scottish Rogue by Heather McCollum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm going to go ahead and get the one thing I didn't like so much out of the way and then I can talk about the good stuff freely. Personally, there was just a bit too much sex for my taste. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.
Language was about what I'd expect for such a tale in this time period. Plot was excellent for the time period and in general. Setting was clearly painted and easy to picture. The cleverly crafted characters held my attention. The antagonists and protagonists were exactly what they should be. I enjoyed each one of the characters (the good guys) for various reasons. I think Aiden is going to be my favorite male character in this particular series, even though we didn't see too much of him in this book. I'm also interested to read more about Cat.
I liked this book enough to want to read the next one. If you aren't comfortable with sex scenes, you'll skip this one. If that doesn't bother you, then I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance, adventure, strong female characters, and/or Scottish themed romance.
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Book Review: Highlander's Captive by Aileen Adams
A Highlander's Captive by Aileen Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've gotten so used to reading about the larger-than-life, perfectly proportioned Scotsman, I was starting to get bored. I'm so glad I still opened this book. (update to clarify) This book blew those preconceived ideas out of the water. It was exactly what a highland romance should be in my opinion.
I loved the beautifully imperfect characters. They were real, relateable. Even though the heroine has the usual auburn hair and temperament, she's different in other ways. I get the sense she's not perfectly beautiful, too. Pretty, yes, but not perfect.
The plot was solid, believable, and took me on a wonderful adventure through Scotland.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance, Scotland, and/or clean romance.
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How I Rate Books:
I just thought about this but perhaps you'd like to know how I choose the number of stars to give a book. Here goes:
Thanks for taking the time to read this very long post. I appreciate it! Don't forget to check back on Friday to see how I responded to the daily challenge prompts. I hope you're enjoying the pieces of my novel I share through these prompts, as well as the books I'm enjoying and my commentary on the journey I'm taking.
I've tried to take on challenges that allow me to share more of my writing journey. Focusing only on OLUS, I feel, might make the book boring for readers when they keep seeing the same answers over and over again.
Another thing I noticed about the past month is that I've read predominantly romance novels. I'll try to branch out for the next round, though the book review posts will definitely start with romance. I've got a couple of mystery/sleuthing books in my TBR list. I'll think I'll give those a try at some point.
Also coming up next month, I'll be focusing on my upcoming NaNoWriMo project to respond to challenges. I'm really looking forward to tackling something new and can't wait to get into that planning stage. Will you be participating in Nano this year? Tell me about it in the comments if you wish. I'd love to hear from you!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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