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Uncaged Review: R.I.L.Y. Forever by Norah Bennett

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One of January’s Top Reads

R.I.L.Y. Forever
Norah Bennett
Contemporary Romance

Remember I Love You Forever…

When Julia Walker unexpectedly runs into Dr. Ethan Sullivan, the man who stole her heart twenty-two years ago and whose heart she shredded in return, their reunion is emotional and explosive. While sparks fly and their passion reignites, the past rears its ugly head and the lovers soon discover that a foundation built on secrets and lies will always crumble. Can Ethan and Julia overcome their painful past and learn the lessons of honesty, trust, and forgiveness in time to save their love?

Uncaged Review: Julia found the love of her life in Ethan, when they were teens. But Julia walked away from it all, breaking Ethan’s heart…and her own. Fast forward 22 years. Julia is now a divorced single mother of a beautiful, but strong willed two year old daughter, and when she goes to a party at her friend’s house, guess who’s decided to move to her small town as a doctor in the hospital she works in? All the feelings that Julia’s always had for Ethan, along with the fear of letting him get too close, comes rushing at her. But this time, Ethan isn’t giving up so easily, and the walls Julia has built around her heart come crashing down. But will Ethan still love her when he finds out the truth of why she left? Will they still be able to build a future when the past is revealed?

This contemporary romance is a predictable story, but the way the author brings you to the conclusion is a heartwarming tale of forever love. Does that exist in this day and age? I don’t have the answer, but the book will give you hope that it does. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 1/2 Stars

Uncaged Review – What’s a Soulmate? by Lindsey Ouimet with Excerpt!

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One of January’s Top Reads. To read an interview with Lindsey, please see Issue 6, January 2017 Uncaged Book Reviews. 

What’s a Soulmate?
Lindsey Ouimet
Young Adult/Fantasy

Libby Carmichael has just met her Soulmate. It’s just too bad he’s behind bars.

When you only see the world in black and white until you meet yours, it’s pretty easy to figure out when you’ve found your Soulmate. What Libby can’t figure out is why fate,destiny, or the powers that be have decided that Andrew McCormack is her one, true match. Libby is smart, organized, and always has a plan for what’s coming next. So when she sees Andrew for the first time and her world is instantly filled with color, she’s thrown for a loop.

Namely because he’s in a dingy grey jumpsuit.

And handcuffs.
And being booked into a juvenile detention facility.

Surely a boy who’s been convicted of a headline-making, violent crime isn’t who she’s meant to be with. There’s no way she belongs with someone like that…right?

Excerpt

Andrew looks surprised to see me. After the way things ended with our last visit, I’m not surprised, but staying away was never a viable option. I bite the inside of my lip and wait, deciding at the last minute to let him have the first words. He stares at me for almost a full minute before he opens his mouth.

“You’re back.”

Simple. Not quite what I expected, but at the same time, I’m not really surprised.

“It would appear so, yes.”

He doesn’t look upset, and it makes me wonder if he really wanted me to stay away at all. It’s hard to tell with him. Everything is hard to tell with him. Well, aside from how I’m sure he’ll react to my next question. Pretty sure I’ve prepared myself for that.

“So why is it I can’t find any information on what happened? On the incident or on the officer it happened to?”

His response is instant. Like a shutter goes down over his face and he’s suddenly a blank slate and impossible to read all over again. And my reaction to his is pretty sudden as well. I’m gritting my back teeth so hard I’m afraid my jaw will actually start to shake.

“You’ve been looking into me more?”

I fail to stop my eyes from rolling. It might be partially true, but give me a break.

“Not you. It.” I tilt my head to one side and could almost cry from the relief I feel when my neck pops. “And how else am I going to figure anything out? It’s not like you’re going to volunteer any of the information yourself.”

“Why should I?”

His voice is still calm. He hasn’t raised it once, but he doesn’t need to. He knows he has my full attention, and probably that he’s had it since the beginning. It unnerves me just enough to say exactly what I’m thinking.

“Because I deserve to know exactly what fate, or destiny, or whatever the hell it is that makes all of these important decisions for us was thinking. I deserve to know why the person who I’m apparently supposed to be with is behind bars.”
He leans back and crosses his free arm over his chest. I’m breathing heavily and would love to slap the smirk off his stupid face.

“You have an awfully high opinion of yourself, princess.”

“Is there a reason why I shouldn’t?”

I nearly spit the words back at him, and then we’re locked into some sort of staring match that quickly evolves into something very … different. Is it possible for my chest to still heave even as my breathing slows? Because it’s happening. And even though I feel flush, it’s not the prickling, uncomfortable sensation of embarrassment or discomfort. Well, maybe there’s a little discomfort. Especially as I go to wet my lips and see Andrew’s eyes follow along with the tip of my tongue. I thought that was something I only read about in romance novels? Isn’t it something that’s only in romance novels?

He looks away first, and the wave of relief that runs through me somehow feels tinged with something more. I’m going to adamantly deny it’s disappointment.

“Maybe if we even the playing field,” he mutters. Well, I say he mutters, but his voice is so deep it sounds more like a rumble than anything else.
I haven’t fully recovered or regained the ability to speak yet, so I make a face I hope asks for an explanation.

“Question for a question?” He shrugs and then lays a hand out flat in front of him. I study his long fingers, and the veins on the back of it, as I try to regain my composure. “You want to know more about what happened, and I barely know anything about you. I don’t even know your last na—”

“Carmichael,” I cut him off without thinking.
He stops and seems to mull it over in his head for a moment.

“Okay, Libby Carmichael, fake youth leader with blue eyes and red hair, and parents who love each other, but are not ‘true’ Soulmates,” he says, using his fingers to make quotation marks in the air. “Tell me about yourself.”

I don’t know how he does it. Maybe he’s always been good at avoiding the subject and throwing people off track, or maybe I’m currently under some sort of spell that allows him complete control over my disposition. No matter the case, I practically feel the tension drain from my body and have a sudden, strong urge to move past whatever the moment we just had was.
“What do you want to know?”
He looks at me for a second, and I can tell he didn’t think I was going to give in so easily.

“What?” I grin. “You don’t have a list already prepared?”

That smile. The one that makes something inside my chest ache? Yeah, he’s doing it again.

 

Uncaged Review:  A very interesting take on a soulmate. In this world, everyone sees in black and white, and shades of gray, until they meet their soulmate. Then the world is splashed into color – and our heroine is a 17 yr old girl, visiting her father who works at the juvenile center, and new arrivals are being booked in, and when Libby takes one look at Andrew, her world fills with color and knocks her for a loop. Libby, a good girl who never causes trouble, is matched with bad-boy Andrew – who’s committed a very serious crime? Doesn’t seem like the destiny thing got it right.

Intent on finding out all about Andrew, she starts visiting him on visitation days. They get fifteen minutes at a time, and the mystery of why and how Andrew came to be where he is, begins to unravel.

The cast of characters is fun, Libby’s best friend, Beth and even Libby’s parents. This is more a character and dialog driven story, but the world and character building works well and I found myself reading this one straight through. Some of it is a bit predictable, and someone needs to shake Libby out of her overly teenage moments at times– but it’s a good read, and recommended. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 1/2 Stars

Uncaged Review – Mistakes of My Past by Emily James

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One of January’s Top Reads.

Mistakes of My Past
Emily James
Romantic Suspense

What do you do when your relationship destroys everything good in your life?
It’s simple, right? You escape – by any means necessary.
Amber knew that leaving Tommy was going to be hard and quite possibly deadly. After all, she has things that he will stop at nothing to get.
When Amber flees England to start fresh with her estranged father in Ohio she starts the process of rebuilding her life.
Will is recovering from his own disastrous relationship, which has left him mistrusting of high maintenance women. And when he meets Amber, she seems just that.
Getting off to a rocky start, Amber and Will soon realise they have more in common than they thought.
Can Amber ever really free herself from the mistakes of her past?
Or are they only ever one short step behind her?

Uncaged Review: Amber, who recently lost her mother is so overcome with the pain and loss of this and due to some problems with her boyfriend, Tommy, and at the time Amber tries to take her own life. Her dad visits her in the hospital and offers Amber a deal. If Amber wants to return to America with him she must undergo treatment first at a mental health facility. While Amber is undergoing treatment she meets a fellow inmate Roxy who turns out to be a friend and may even help Amber, with a big problem -Tommy her evil boyfriend.

Mistakes of My Past is Emily James debut novel. I really felt connected to Amber as I was reading this novel and felt like Amber was sitting next to me telling me her story. I can only express high regards for writer Emily James if this book is anything to go by. Reviewed by Jennifer

5 Stars

Uncaged Review – my name is tookie by Chariss K. Walker

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A Top Read for January

my name is tookie
Chariss K. Walker
Contemporary/Abuse

A fifteen-years-old survivor shares her memories of unspeakable atrocities and heinous crimes committed by the very system in charge of her protection in this dark fiction tell-all.
The miracle of healing begins!
“my name is tookie” is an intense, first-person coming of age novella about the shocking adversities and inhumane traumas Tookie suffered.
“These are my memories,” Tookie explains. “This is my story—the past, the middle, and now. Sometimes, the line between each section of my life is jumbled up as I try to lay out everything in chronological order. I’ve been told it’s a side effect of the drugs I was force-fed.

Uncaged Review: This book is so emotional it will have you on the edge of you’re seat reading it. This is a little girl called Tookie story. She never really had a good start to life her mother didn’t want her and her dad certainly didn’t want a mix raced baby on his hands.Tookie at first glance had a sort of balanced and normal upbringing, with her grandmother Neiva until Tookie’s mother gets a boyfriend and they leave her grandmother’s home to move into Tookies mum’s boyfriend’s house. Where Tookies new bedroom or safe place to hide is a pile of dirty clothes in a bedroom store cupboard. Her mother gets hooked on drugs and despite a number of complaints being made to child services, Tookie is forced to return home to her mother and her sexual abuser.

I didn’t enjoy this storyline even though I know it plays a big part in so many people’s lives. Thank God this was only a fictional story. Even still, it should be read to clue up on some of the key warnings or signs of any abuse. Sexual or drug related or even drink related. What is going on behind closed doors as it is normally hidden quite well from the public eye and this was a powerful read as it explores one young girls need to find her own identity. Reviewed by Jennifer

5 Stars

Uncaged Reviews – Montana Bound Series by Linda Bradley

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The Montana Bound series by Linda Bradley are all some of January Top Reads for Uncaged. To read an interview with Linda, and excerpts from all three books, please see Issue 6, January 2017 HERE

Maggie’s Way
Book One – Montana Bound Series
Linda Bradley
Contemporary Romance

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade.

Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John. Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again.

Uncaged Review:  What makes a good story better? The cast of characters who you can identify with and understand, and when they can make you feel, you’ve got not just a good story, but a great story. The characters in this story did that for me, but it wasn’t all sunshine and roses for me at first. Maggie is newly divorced, after finding out her husband is gay, and had known about it but wanted to make sure that he stayed with the marriage until their son was grown. Maggie never had a clue. On top of that, Maggie is diagnosed with breast cancer, and this gives you the setting for all the emotional turmoil she’s in, and how it’s justified.
For me personally, I didn’t really connect with Maggie until halfway through the book. Even though I can empathize with her situation, I was not a happy with her treatment of her mother, or of a seven year old new neighbor girl. She wasn’t mean, but she was a bit standoffish and selfish (more so than I thought would have been called for-even under the circumstances) and she said hurtful things that even with her own emotional issues, I still didn’t connect with. But trust me, it gets better.

The character that I really loved was Chloe, the little neighbor girl, who is pesky and sneaky and says whatever she’s thinking, and someone that Maggie just can’t seem to get away from. And good thing too. Between her mom getting her a dog for company, and Chloe popping up in the flowerbed at any given time, her wonderful mother and Chloe’s very handsome father John, they all manage to pull Maggie up and turn her around into the strong, outspoken woman we all knew she could be. When Chloe’s Hollywood mother comes to town and decides to take Chloe back to Hollywood with her, Maggie finally learns how much she cares about Chloe and John, and how they both carry the emotional baggage that Chloe’s mom leaves in her wake. And, I finally liked Maggie, more and more as she grew and discovered herself.
This sets the stage for the next book very well, and even though this is not an action packed book, it is a character driven story, there isn’t anything slow about the book. It’s a very memorable story that will stay with me for a while. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 1/2 Stars

Maggie’s Fork in the Road
Book Two – Montana Bound Series
Linda Bradley
Contemporary Romance

Maggie Abernathy learns that pesky neighbors John and Chloe McIntyre are moving to Montana. The only problem is…she can’t fathom living without them now that they’ve stolen her heart. While trying to digest the news and accept John’s decision to leave Michigan, Maggie ventures to Chicago with Chloe to see Chloe’s Hollywood mother in a photo shoot, where the three kindle a quirky bond making it even harder for Maggie to say goodbye. With the support of Maggie’s meddling mother, her best friend Judy, and a surprise visit from Montana rancher Winston Ludlow McIntyre, Maggie begins to wonder which fork in the road leads home.

 

Uncaged Review: This sequel picks up after Maggie’s Way, and our cast has returned, and I had no issues connecting with Maggie this go around. We are also introduced to a few new ones that squeeze into Maggie’s unconventional group. In this story, John and Chloe are leaving, selling the house at the end of the school year, and moving back to Montana, to John’s father’s ranch, to help out. John has never wanted to live in the city, but he’s torn, between going home to help his father and being in the country he loves, or leaving Maggie behind. Maggie herself is in turmoil, not wanting to lose either of them but afraid of going with them too. Maggie is a bit of a mess most of the time, trying to figure out where she belongs and afraid of new beginnings.

The story is heartwarming and you will be drawn into this story like you are sitting at the kitchen island watching the scenes unfold with them. Chloe is still an amazing kid that has you wrapped around her finger within a few pages. I was on Maggie’s mother’s side, trying to shake some sense into Maggie at times since she’s so afraid to try out her new wings. The book remains character driven, with a lot of characters you can’t help but fall for yourself. I would definitely recommend reading this series in order so you don’t miss out, they can be read separately, but the better experience is reading them in order. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars

Maggie’s Montana
Book Three – Montana Bound Series
Linda Bradley
Contemporary Romance/Western

Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

Uncaged Review: For the third installment of this trilogy, Maggie finally gets to Montana for her summer vacation. Along for the fun is her friend Judy and her two boys, who give us a lot of “smile moments.” But what I really saw in this book, is how broken that Maggie really is. She’s stubborn and fighting all the wrong battles within herself, and I think that part is a bit overdone. I’m not sure I actually believe that a person would be that hard on themselves from a divorce these days, and so afraid to take a new step, at least not as long as it took Maggie. But in another way, she also finds herself in Montana, I just wish she would have gotten there a bit faster. But it’s a good feeling when she finally does get there. Maggie finally allows her true inner self the freedom to shine.

This trilogy is highly recommended to romance lovers. To get the best impact of the books, start at the first one and you will find it’s a great weekend escape. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 1/2 Stars

Uncaged Review: Shadow Marked by Walt & Hamilton

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Shadow Marked
Walt & Hamilton
Urban Fantasy

In the Shadows of Salem, there are no good guys…

For years, Detective Brooke Chandler has been deliberately shielded from the supernatural world. But now that the supernaturals know about her, there’s no line they won’t cross to harness her powers for their own wicked needs.

To stay alive, Brooke needs to learn what it means to be a Shadow. Unfortunately, the one person willing to help her may be just as guilty of using her unique skills for his own gain as the people she is trying to escape.

Her training comes at a price: helping a fae lord find several dangerous artifacts and shadowing them from his enemies. But the more she uses her abilities, the deeper she becomes embroiled in the cutthroat societies closing in on her. Soon, Brooke finds herself hemmed into a corner, condemned to make an impossible choice that might destroy the human world as she knows it.

Uncaged Review: This is the 2nd book in the Shadows of Salem series, and I reviewed the first one, Shadow Born a couple months ago and I like the premise of this series, I like the action and the characters, but I truly dislike the way these books end. It’s always on a cliffhanger of sorts, and there is so much thrown at the heroine, Brooke, that it begins to bog the books down. There are a lot of subplots running, and there never seems to be a good answer to any of them. As for the main love interest, Maddock – a fae lord, how much longer they can actually draw this out and hold interest is up in the air at this point.

There is more action in this one, and we get more answers to some of Brooke’s powers. But Brooke is being yanked in too many directions, from witches, warlocks and the fae. She seems to bury herself even further at every turn, without much down time or even time to learn about who she is.

I liked the book well enough, but with the cliffhangers and the overextension of the romance elements and angst, I am losing interest fast. I’ll read one more on this series before I give up, and that would be a shame, as there is a good, action-packed story with a likable heroine buried under all that. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars

Uncaged Review – The Void Weaver by Dignam & Martinez

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A January Top Read.

The Void Weaver
Dignam & Martinez
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Alice has lost her powers and her nemesis is getting stronger, but it’s hunt or be hunted.

Alice is in hiding. Holed up in a magically-protected house without her main weapon, the supernatural bounty hunter wants nothing more than to hunt Nyx down before she becomes prey herself. But her enemy is in hiding too, and if Alice is to find her she’ll have to get past the dangerous Pain Children first.
When Alice learns that Isaac Moreau remains in Magistrate custody, she has no choice but to follow Nyx’s trail without backup and without her powers. Her only chance at defeating Nyx may lie in Isaac’s attempt to learn the dark, deadly secret of the Void, but his failure could get them all killed in the process.

Uncaged Review: Last month I reviewed The Dark Siren, the first book in the trilogy. This second book picks up where we left off. Isaac is being held by the magistrate and he’s sent a trusted friend and mage, Cameron to protect Alice. But there are members that are working against the rules, and not only is Alice in danger, so is Isaac. An old friend and mage, Jim, helps Isaac to get away from the magistrate, and also begins to explain to him that he’s been touched by Void magic during his encounter with Nyx, and to avoid this magic killing him, he must work with the magic and become a Void Weaver, an ancient type of mage who keeps the Void rips repaired, to keep evil from seeping into the world. To be able to do this, requires Isaac to step into the Void, which could be suicide.

There is plenty of action in this one, and it doesn’t slow down very often. We also learn more about Alice in this one and her Half-Lich powers, and the new players in this book are very well fleshed out and enhance the story. The main arc is still running, but it didn’t really end on a cliff-hanger. It settles the side arc in this book, but we will need to wait for the last book in the trilogy to see the main story arc complete.
Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars

Uncaged Review – The Very Devil Herself! by Loren Molloy

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The Very Devil Herself
Loren Molloy
Horror

Alexandra is an immortal cannibal who must feast on human flesh and blood to survive. For over 200 years this immortal woman has to prowl the dirty streets of London in search of her next victim until the King of England decides to employ her special skills to hunt real life serial killers for his needs instead.

Uncaged Review: I have a lot of mixed feelings on this book, I liked the storyline and the originality, but this will not be for everyone. The book is about Alexandra, who is an immortal, who feasts on the blood and flesh of men in old London, in the dirty streets where the drunk men are lured to her. The author sits you in the front row for all the gory details, and doesn’t hold back.

The bad: the way it’s written is very broken up, with way too many short sentences, and not enough descriptive paragraphs. I really don’t see Alexandra as a vampire, or a possessed woman, or even the devil. She’s almost her own species. Also the story jumps around several times, and leaves you hanging a bit, and you don’t really get any details of what happened for a big chunk of time. There really isn’t a major plot with the book, it’s more of watching Alexandra’s life. Alexandra’s history is a mystery to me, and we don’t really get a back story to her much at all. And I don’t know much about her powers, it was pretty sudden some of the things she could do – and sort of left me thinking I missed something.

The good: Even as evil as Alexandra is, she is still my favorite character in the book. She discovers her humanity with Old Samuel and Daniel, but there is not any romance to muck up the story, even though there could have been. She makes no excuses for who or what she is, and even comes to an agreement of sorts with the beast within her. When she’s not driven by the lust of the hunger, she is calculating and brilliant. The story is an original idea, and it spans a good amount of time.

This book won’t be for everyone. If you can look beyond the editing issues, and can handle a gore-fest at times, you may like this book. It’s not perfect, but it is original and Alexandra can be quite captivating. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars

Uncaged Review – Between Midnight and Dawn by Cheryl Yeko

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A top read for January.

Between Midnight and Dawn
Cheryl Yeko
Romantic Suspense

Nicole Chambers’ track record with men is bad. Very bad. She’s sworn off dating for the foreseeable future. Recovering from an assault by the last man she’d only casually dated, Nicole is attacked again in her rural home. If not for the hot guy who showed up about her rental cottage, she would have been dead for sure.
Her self-imposed sabbatical is soon tested when he moves into her backyard.
Kyle’s mother was kidnapped and murdered when he was just a kid. Filled with rage and a determination to hunt down the man who became known as the Clove Hitch Killer, he goes into law enforcement. When his efforts lead him to Nicole Chambers, he falls for her completely.
Now he’s torn between keeping her safe, or using her as bait to capture a killer.

Uncaged Review: Nicole is a women who survived abuse from an ex-boyfriend, and with her injuries, she lost some of her hearing, temporarily. Nicole is petite, beautiful and a redhead, and exactly the type of victim the serial killer goes for, a serial killer known as The Clove Hitch Killer, Allan Barber, and he’s been eluding the police for over twenty years. He’s been stalking Nicole for days, obsessed with her being his next “toy.” But what he didn’t count on was Kyle. Kyle is a cop that has been trying to catch Barber for years, as Barber is the one that killed Kyle’s mother. When he discovers that Nicole is his next victim, he rents the cottage in her backyard as a way to protect her and catch the killer. But things don’t always go as planned, and he never planned to fall in love with his landlord…
This is an edge of your seat thrilling suspense. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but for fans of crime shows on TV, this will hit a homerun. The emotions that Nicole faces, are realistic and the author draws you in and keeps the tensions high. Fast paced action, a great suspense and a hot romance, make it a highly recommended read. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars

Uncaged Reviews – Highland Heather Series by Collette Cameron

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To read the interview with Collette, and an excerpt from Scandal’s Splendor, please see the December issue of Uncaged Book Reviews.

All three books are December Top Reads.

Triumph and Treasure
Collette Cameron
Historical Romance

A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.

A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.

When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.

Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

Uncaged Review: A historical read with substance. I was complete enraptured with this book, and the author has a way of weaving a historical story, that is easy to relate to, with characters and plots that keep you entranced.

Angelina is married to a man she adores, Charles, or so she thinks. As soon as they are wed, he violates her and is caught when a baron comes and lets her know, that she’s not married – that Charles is already married to his mother and his real name is Pierre, a slave-trader. Angelina flees to England, to have an extended stay at her Aunt and Uncle’s home, finding out along the way, that she is pregnant.

Flynn, the Marquess of Brethridge, is in a poor position. His father, had lost his whole estate, and then shot himself, to Angelina’s Uncle Ambrose Waterford. In order to make due the debt, Waterford tells Flynn that if he marries his niece, he’ll call the whole thing off.

Flynn and Angelina come to an agreement to an arranged marriage, for both their sakes. Angelina would then not shame her family giving birth to a child out of wedlock, nor would Flynn lose everything that his father gambled away.

But the danger is ever present for Angelina, as Pierre said he’d be back for her… but can she trust her heart to Flynn?

Very well paced, the romance brews slowly and thoughtfully. One of the reasons I love to read books by this author, is she has a way of weaving the language and the atmosphere of a historical without it being stuffy and pretentious. Highly recommended for historical readers.

5 Stars


Virtue and Valor
Collette Cameron
Historical Romance

BartholomewYancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention ofmarrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated toresign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce anheir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisiteScotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedlywoos her. 

Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than herunusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husbandin the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her othersuitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed.Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shunshis attentions. 

When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks hislife to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother andfather insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel–knowing full wellshe’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer– won’t be coerced intomarriage. 

Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty? 

Uncaged Review:  The Scottish Highlands. Romance and Danger. An intensely handsome hero, and an intelligent, beautiful and spirited heroine. All these make up this intriguing story, and it will keep you engaged throughout.

Isobel Ferguson is unenchanted with the men in the Highlands, and the only man she has loved for years is already affianced. With an intense yearning to learn and uncover artifacts, she often goes out on her own discovering. But venturing away from Craiglocky Keep is dangerous, as a feud between clans is escalating.

Yancy has inherited an earldom and he will have to surrender his position of Secretary of War, with one last stop in Scotland at the Ferguson’s, to stop a feud between clans, and a chance at winning the heart of the only woman that has ever captured and held his attentions, Isobel Ferguson.

Isobel is headstrong and stubborn and sneaks away from the Keep for her own time in digging for artifacts and is kidnapped by rogues, and Yancy could be the only one who can save her.

Ms. Cameron never fails to ensnare me into her books. Full of the right amount of danger, intrigue and romance, I was easily kept engaged and didn’t put the book down for long. For historical lovers, Highland Heather series will not disappoint.

4 1/2 Stars


Heartbreak and Honor
Collette Cameron
Historical Romance

Abducted by a band of renegade Scots, Highland gypsy Tasara Faas blackens her rescuer’s eye when the charming duke attempts to steal a kiss. Afterward, Tasara learns she’s the long-lost heiress Alexandra Atterberry and is expected to take her place among the elite society she’s always disdained.

Lucan, the Duke of Harcourt, promised his gravely ill mother he’d procure a wife by Christmastide, but intrigued by the feisty lass he saved in Scotland, he finds the haut ton ladies lacking. Spying Alexa at a London ball, he impulsively decides to make the knife-wielding gypsy his bride despite her aversion to him and her determination to return to the Highlands.

The adversary responsible for Alexa’s disappearance as a toddler still covets her fortune and joins forces with Harcourt’s arch nemesis. Amidst a series of suspicious misfortunes, Lucan endeavors to win Alexa’s love and expose the conspirators but only succeeds in reaffirming Alexa’s belief that she is inadequate to become his duchess.

Uncaged Review:  I read this book several months ago, and decided to revisit it after reading the first two books in the series, and I was just as entertained as the first time through. It was even more enjoyable this run, as I’d read the first two. While they all enhance each other, the books can easily be read as standalones.

It starts with a bang, Tasara (Alexa) is a prisoner protecting her younger brother and sister from the abuse and terror of her captors. Enter Lord Harcourt, who was helping out the rescue operation with Sethwick Ferguson, after his sister, Isobel escaped from the castle, with Tasara’s help.

Tasara believes herself to be a gypsy, but she turns out to be so much more. With a snotty society, mystery and romance, this book delivers an entertaining read that can turn a dreary day into an enchanted one.

4 1/2 Stars

All books reviewed by Cyrene