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  • Steamy from the moment they met...

    Joshua Sinclair, the Horseman of War, set off having lost his interest in warring. Nothing can make him take up arms again. Except for a beautiful woman. Kara Flett, current chief of her clan, has plans to seduce the Highlander and all her tactics leave him unmoved. Until the enemy directly threatens her. He finds that he must protect the woman he has come to love. I loved Kara and Joshua's story. They had great chemistry from the moment they met. And we get some steamy scenes from them pretty early in the book. There is plenty of action too. Fight scenes, even one done in the nude. Which when you stop and think about is pretty wild. I loved being back in Scotland with the Sinclairs who we briefly get a scene with towards the end. Thanks so much to Entangled, NetGalley, and the author for this ARC for review.

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  • McCollum is a master storyteller! Bravo!

    True history: Robert Stuart/ Stewart is the 1st Earl of Orkney and Lord of Zetland was a recognised illegitimate son of James V, King of Scotland, and his mistress Eupheme Elphinstone. Orkney Isle, Scotland 1589 The hero: Joshua Sinclair, was the second male born in his family and also known as the horseman of war. He had been trained by his father to put war before anything else, this was due his father grieving his mother’s loss. Now his father was dead and his brother is the clan chief: Joshua previously had been upset by the way his brother is leading their clan as the new chieftain, as Cain ( Book #1) he is bringing peace and solitude to the land instead of planning battles and war to rule all of Scotland. In this you see Joshua’s immaturity and bloodlust for warfare seeing how he only desires power and felt the Sinclair clan was powerful and strong enough to rule all of Scotland! Yet his brother the new Chief is seeing other peaceful alternatives and saving lives. Unhappy Joshua leaves his clan to become a mercenary, training men for gold in other clans. His current assignment is in the Isle of Orkney, training Robert Stuart’s men to defend themselves and turning into warriors. Also since this was a noble clan Joshua had to be very careful or he could end up having his own head lopped off- due to Robert Stuart’s royal connections. As he is Uncle to King of Scotland King James VI and I. Now Joshus was starting to see things from his eldest brother’s view especially after a young boy from a recent battle is killed. As his side supposedly won which was giving Joshua a bad taste for war! In addition, he had enough of working for this oppressing Earl, including training side by side with an enemy from his previous battle. This mercenary was nicknamed “the Brute” by the local islanders, but his real name is John Dishington, who never felt any remorse-no matter if it was a man or a child who was killed. It was definitely time for Joshua to leave this life and return to his family at Girnigoe Castle, at the mainland of Scotland. The. heroine: Kára Flett daughter of murdered Norse King, who is young widow with a nine year old son, Geir. Tára’s son actually tries to steal Joshua’s warhorse, Fuil who loves turnips. She also knew Joshua Sinclair (Horseman of War) was the leader training Robert Stuart’s warriors to butcher her people, as if they hadn’t already done enough against them already!This includes taking their King! So luck comes calling as he comes to their deserted village tavern on his way home. As he wants to be home on the mainland of Scotland in Caithness, at Girnigoe Castle, for Samhain to honor loved ones who had died this year. Joshua wanted to honor his deceased father’s spirit for this occasion. So Kára comes up with an idea to seduce him and get her with a child. It was a way to connect him to her clan, as they are desperate as they recently took King Eric into custody not even knowing if he was dead or alive! Now she must convince him to stay and train her people so they can defend themselves. Robert Stuart and his warriors have destroyed Kára’s clan by starving them by stealing their food, livestock especially their horses and abducting their women. Now they are in ‘hiding and need someone to train them desperately! The problem is Robert has noble family connections which could bring war right to Clan Sinclair’s door. His clan could lose their castle, property and cherished horses. As this would be considered treason! Joshua is immediately attracted to Kára and finds her very enthusiastic in bed, well she was actually the best bed partner he’s ever had and thinks she’s ruined him for other women. Yet he sees through her manipulation and he does not like being deceived and feels that is it exactly. He is disappointed feeling she is using him like so many other women. Until he realizes it is desperation as he did not realize how Robert Stuart has been mistreating and abusing her people not allowing them to hunt, forcing free labor on his grounds, abducting women, even their healer and stealing their livestock. The treatment of the islanders is horrible so he does show them self defense and makes an offer instead of fighting. Unfortunately that is what they really want for to lead them in this fight. Will he stay or leave? Has a women who never wants to wed captured his heart? Plus Kára as many in her clan wanted her to marry Torben who only wants her for her title. She feels nothing for him plus her heart has been closed since her husband died. Now she is very attracted to Joshua Sinclair besides knowing how to operate her body he seems to answer her mind too. So will she get him to stay or will he catch the next ship to Caithness? Will Kára’s heart be broken when he leaves? Has a warrior Queen finally captured the heart of the Horseman of War? What lengths these two will go to realize love really does conquer all! This book totally captured my heart-a magnificent read

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  • Loved & highly recommend!

    “I love you. I need you to know that. I could not imagine the pain of dying without being able to tell you what I have only now discovered in my heart.” Joshua Sinclair was War incarnate, the second Horseman of the Apocalypse…at least that was what his father raised him to believe. Growing restless, Joshua leaves his home and Clan Sinclair behind to seek out those in need of his talents to train men for battle. But this fierce warrior’s world is about to turn on it’s axis when he stumbles upon a Norse beauty and queen of her people who offers him a night of pleasure that in turn becomes a temptation to help break her people free from the tyranny of the Stewarts. When setting out to teach the tactics of war, Joshua has met his match in the fair Kara Flett. But when her life is put in jeopardy, there is no fiercer foe than a highlander’s sword and his thirst for vengeance, and if that highlander just happens to be one of the fabled Horseman, let it be known there is no force on earth that will deter the mighty Joshua Sinclair from protecting what is his…“He had never seen anything so beautiful before in his life. He would battle a million wars to keep them safe, or sail a thousand seas to take them to safety, or build a hundred castles to protect them.” *Happy Dancing* Oh dear Reader, I am sooooo excited that Heather McCollum has returned to her Sons of Sinclair series! These four brothers have been raised by their father believing they are nonother than the four Horseman of the Apocalypse, and each of their stories thus far have matched the hero with a lover that is off the charts in chemistry, and offers them a happily ever after they never dared dreamed to receive. “Love was risky. It could tear one apart, but it could also build one into a mountain of strength. It made life sweeter, brighter, and so worth living.” While this is the second in the series, it is written well enough to be read standalone with no cliffhangers. If you are a fan of highland romances, I can’t recommend this author enough! Loved loved loved Joshua’s story and sooooo looking forward to the next installment! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

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  • Highlander Fierceness, Battles,Spicy Romance

    Heather McCollum is a fierce battle writer of Highland Romance! Her books are always written with flair and just that hint of humor, but there has to be battles and sexual spice or it’s not a Highland Romance! Joshua Sinclair is not only a battle hardened warrior, but he knows his way around a women’s body as well. He has decided that he is ready to go home ,but Kara. Flett, the new Chief or Queen of this tiny village he stopped in to get a drink has other ideas. They think to sway him to get his help to train them to stop the overlord from taking the women and enslaving the men to work on his castle. Joshua and Kara are about to begin a tumultuous relationship that causes twists and turns that you won’t want to miss in this book! I received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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  • Amazing story! Joshua and Kara are true warriors!

    There is so much that I loved about this story that I hardly know where to begin. Joshua is beginning to grow weary of his Horseman of War persona, though he has perfected his skills so that he's the most feared and formidable warrior in all of Scotland. He knows more than most the true cost of war, and has rarely seen a victory that was worth the sacrifice. Kara is the de facto leader of a small, close-knit community who are consistently abused and oppressed by Robert Stuart, the uncle of Scotland's current king. She's determined to fight at all costs to free her people from him and his equally vicious sons, so she all but leaps at the chance to recruit Joshua to her cause. As a history buff, I really appreciated how the author handled the intermixing of fact and fiction. Robert Stuart is based on an historical figure, and the author makes great use of this person's known acts of tyranny while expanding on his activities to portray him as a cruel villain, though stopping short of changing the outcome of the story when it would conflict with the historical record. As a result, the victory here is not complete, though the author's note at the end gives us the satisfaction of knowing that justice was served within about ten years, and with the help of the Sinclair clan. The romance between Kara and Joshua begins with a fiery passion that is nearly all-consuming. But then real life steps back in, and they have to deal with much more pressing matters than their obvious physical compatibility. It is through this time of shared trials that the real love story takes place, and it's exquisitely delivered. It's almost a slow-burn romance at this point, which seems counter-intuitive against the backdrop of their insta-lust beginning, but I for one really enjoyed how they grew to love each other because of, not in spite of, all the obstacles that kept them from each other's beds. It was so perfectly fitting that not only was Joshua a student of Sun Tzu's The Art of War, but that the author included a quote from this preeminent work in each chapter's heading. These insights into battle strategy really helped to underscore the issues that dictated Joshua's decisions, and why he was trying to lead the Flett clan to a solution that seemed to be the opposite of what they thought they needed. The conflicts here are expertly layered, with both psychological dilemmas as well as physical threats. It was truly enlightening to see how each conflict had to be addressed as a battle of its own, and victory did not always look like they thought it would. When there's no clear path to justice, more than ever the moral character of the leader is his (or her) most important attribute. Just when you think they're backed into a corner with no possible way out, the author impressively takes the story around a few new corners until Joshua, Kara, and her entire clan find their HEA and can finally breathe easy, looking forward to a life of security and peace. Like the first in this series, this is a story that will stay with me for a good, long time. It's what I read books for, and I can't recommend this amazing story highly enough. If you love intelligent, thought-provoking historical romances that are both fully historical and fully romantic, this is the series for you. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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