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    A Broken Highlander and his Saviour

    Dair Sinclair was once a dashing privateer, until he returned from his last voyage a broken man. Dair was made to watch his beloved cousin Jean being raped, tortured, and killed, while he was chained to a wall and unable to help her. Dair is scarred and limps; in every way, he is but a shadow of the man he once was. Chief Padraig Sinclair, Dair’s father, will do anything to heal his son. One evening, the Sinclairs kidnap a midwife, Moire o’ the Spring, who uses herbs and potions, purportedly magical. Moire heals Dair as best as she can, but lies to save her life and tells Padraig that only a virgin will cure Dair. And Padraig, along with five clansmen, travels to the MacCleods, who have several daughters of age. Poor Fia, who is always nearly forgotten, is one of the two daughters chosen to travel back to Carraig Brigh with the Sinclair clansmen. Fia was injured as a child, she walks with a limp and she is also scarred, but she is a healer of wild animals. As Dair almost behaves as one, maybe Fia can handle him, and become his bride as well; she has nothing to lose… BEAUTY AND THE HIGHLAND BEAST is somewhat of a Scottish Gothic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with some differences. Fia and Dair are both Beauty and Beasts, although Fia is beautiful, while Dair once was. Ms. Cornwall’s descriptions are vibrant and vivid, and the Sinclair castle, the scenery, and the clothing came alive under the author’s pen; it felt entirely authentic. Fia is a delightful character, gentle and kind if a bit too clumsy, and she shows a tremendous amount of growth as, feeling appreciated, she becomes a self-assured young woman, and Dair also comes around eventually. I felt however that at time, it was a bit over the top, especially when it came to Fia’s cat from hell, Beelzebub. Those episodes bordering on slapstick were, in my opinion, unnecessary and distracted from an otherwise touching and tender love story. I was a bit taken aback at first by the ruggedness of those Scotsmen, and in this case it took getting used to what I am certain is quite historically accurate. BEAUTY AND THE HIGHLAND BEAST is a story of two lost and damaged souls who find themselves, and each other, amidst betrayal and witchcraft accusations. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Historical Scottish Romantic Fairy Tale

    Engaging, enchanting and delightful – this novel definitely is one with a moral and happy ending – just as any fairy tale should be. Alisdair Og Sinclair, Dair, was a man living a charmed life until it all went wrong one day. The aftermath of his experiences at the hands of captors left him a scarred and broken man. His father, with a glimmer of hope, brings home Fiona Margaret MacPhail MacLeod (Fia) to fulfill the prophecy that only a virgin can save his son. Thus begins a journey of madness, healing, romance, betrayal and a whole lot more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and read it as if it were a fairy tale rather than a factual historical romance. I enjoyed the premise, the characters – human and feline, the plot and even the hokey ghost. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and wonder if it will be the story of English John and Meggie or perhaps one of Fia’s other sisters. Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 Stars
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    Good Diversion!

    Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall introduces her audience to her Highland Fairy Tales series. A hero and heroine, who both deal with outer and inner wounds that have defined who they are by themselves and others, steer their way through their strong attraction to each other. This story had a lot of dark and violent past events that the author tried to balance with some comedic interludes making for a softer impact on the emotions of her readers. Lots of interesting and brisk plot twist as well as a significant connection between the leads carry this work forward to a successful conclusion. Ms. Cornwell's take on a classic fairy tale is a good diversion and will appeal to romance lovers who love a bit of danger and angst thrown in! *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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    A healing

    Alisdair returns home a changed man who dealing with tragedy and Fiona is called to heal him as she does with her animals and family. Beelzebub, her cat , inspires respect and fear in the Sinclairs and chuckles from the reader. Enjoyed her gaggle of sisters and Fiona 's challenge to bring peace ,healing and love back to Dair's life. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks
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    A marvelous read. Captivating.

    I was intruded to this book by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup. I read her review, featured here, and become intrigued. Historical Romance's are not a genre I usually pick up, but her review made this book sound fascinating and something I might relish. Their was so much to savor. Dair, the laird’s son and future heir, has been gravely injured and is grief stricken so much that he has gone rather mad. Fia, one of many daughters to a neighboring clan see’s her chance to see a little of the world and maybe help heal the laird’s son. I loved both Fia and Dair. Both have scares inside and out. They also complement each other in that he’s bold and she’s gentle. I just loved seeing them together. They both needed someone to see them, help them heal, and see past the scars. Watching them come together was sweet and endearing. There is also danger afoot and strange things happening in the clan. Rumors and murmurs of witch craft, evil, and that Dair is not fit to rule. Some shady things go down and a few people I definitely wished harm too. I’m curious to see where things will go from here. Overall, I had a marvelous time. I’m glad I gave Beauty and the Highland Beast a try. I was captivated from the first to last pages and can’t wait to read the next in A Highland Fairy Tale series. Rated: 4 Stars
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