Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy

I’m a big fan of Mary Connealy. Her books never disappoint! This one is really great, as always.

We met the hero, Wade, in Montana Rose, where he was actually the bad guy. Then in The Husband Tree, we started to really love him. That’s also when we met the heroine, Abby/Glowing Sun. Wade rescued her from some bad men who had kidnapped her and then he promptly falls in love with her. But she’s “engaged” to the Flathead Indian chief’s son. Still, Wade holds out hope that she will one day want him and need him to rescue her again.

And that day comes in Wildflower Bride! Abby’s whole village is wiped out and Wade gets his chance to take care of her again. However, I lost count on how many times she pulls her knife on him! It’s so comical to see this half-wild woman raised by Indians dealing with falling in love with Wade by constantly pulling her knife on him. I also loved how feisty and brave and capable she is. She actually always ends up saving herself before Wade gets a chance to. But he keeps on thinking that if he hangs around long enough, she’ll actually need him!

Mary Connealy is the queen of comical situations in romance. I just loved this latest one. Very sweet and romantic, too.

Believe it or not, Mary has ANOTHER new book. It's called Doctor in Petticoats. I am a little behind on my reading, but I should have a review of it soon!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Highlander's Sword by Amanda Forester

WOW! I really loved this book. I love romance and I love Bible verses and I love that this novel is full of both! Even though this book is published by a secular publisher, Sourcebooks, it is really very Christian. However, I will warn you that it does have a sex scene between the married hero and heroine and is for mature adults only. But then, it isn’t much more risqué than The Song of Solomon in the Bible! (Sh! Don’t tell those people who think SOS is only about God and the church! Far be it from me to tell them it’s really about romantic love between a husband and wife!)

Anyway … this story is set in medieval Scotland, the home of Scottish Laird Padyn MacLaren and Aila, a Scottish heiress. MacLaren needs Aila’s fortune, but what he needs even more is to learn to trust again. He was betrayed by his first love, who tried to have him killed and left him with a huge scar on his face. Aila has to prove to him that not all women are like his conniving ex-fiancé.

Aila believes she’s destined for the convent. But when her brother dies, she becomes the heiress of a fortune and a large land holding. Suddenly she needs protection from a greedy, unscrupulous laird who wants her fortune and is prepared to hurt her to get it. But her arranged marriage happens so quickly, she doesn’t have time to come to terms with going from chaste nun-to-be to faithful, loving wife. But that’s when the real adventures begin, including kidnappings, daring escapes, battles, and personal discoveries.

If you like this kind of novel, you will certainly love this one. This is Amanda Forester’s debut, and I can hardly wait for the next one in the series!