Surrender to an Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham
May's Review: While some of you have figured out that I kinda like reading about time-traveling Vikings/Navy Seals, I much prefer my Vikings to stay put in one place and time period. Aside from this terrific cover, there is also much to like about the story.
Trahern MacEgan is a medieval Irish bard whose fiance is brutally murdered during a Viking raid. Swearing revenge, Trahern is in the midst of tracking down the raiders when he rescues Morren Ó Reilly, a woman who has been brutalized by the raiders and desperately needs Trahern's help to save her sister and herself. Will he be able to fight past his anger and blood lust to help Morren?
While the story was entirely too predictable at times, both Trahern and Morren are simply endearing and you can't help but not get caught up in their budding romance. If you like a story where the man is all protective but not overbearing and the woman is fragile yet strong-willed and fearless, then this book is for you. Definitely a must read for those who read Willingham's previous novel, Taming Her Irish Warrior.
Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory
In order to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Catherine Rayburn spies for the crown, and finds evidence to condemn her terrible husband. What she doesn't count on is that her lands will become forfeit, and that she must marry the man who takes them over or face life in the Tower.
I generally don't read any historical romances except Regencies, so this book which is set in the 1400's in England was a bit of departure for me. It had a strong opening, and would be a good read for people who like strong, stubborn heroes, and situations where the heroine needs saving.
Check out this new title that has come in: Secrets of the Knight by Julia Latham.
When young Diana Winslow arrived at Castle Bannaster, her beauty and bravery disguised beneath a servant's dress, she had no idea her life would change forever. But now the cruel and lecherous Viscount Bannaster lies dead—and the novice Bladeswoman cannot escape her guilt. Nothing, not even fighting for the Crown, can erase her fears . . . especially when she comes face to face with Thomas, the viscount's startlingly seductive brother.
Desperate to keep him from discovering the truth, Diana attempts a daring abduction. But all her skills as a knight are no defense against the powerful, irresistible nobleman who has just become her prisoner. A man with a mystery of his own. A man who eyes her so hungrily, so wantonly, that he could tempt her to give up all her secrets for one wicked night in his arms . . .
For a change of pace, go back in time with historical romance set in medieval Scotland. Hannah Howell continues several family sagas from the era. The latest in the Murray Family series Highland Savage returns to the Scottish Highlands where Sir Lucas Murray's destiny lies in the heart of Katerina Haldane, the woman who once betrayed him. Wounded in battle and grieving for his lover, Lucas must regain his warrior strength and learn to trust his instincts - in battle and in love.
The final new novel by the late Kathleen E. Woodiwiss awaits her romance readers. Dashing rogues and willful heroines return in this latest medieval romance set in England. Will the lovely Lady Abrielle sacrifice her virtue to a scoundrel she fears and detests for the sake of her family or follow her heart to the dashing Scotsman who has kindled a fire within her?
From the Publisher
Historical romance was born when Kathleen E. Woodiwiss gifted the world with the groundbreaking The Flame and the Flower. Now, twelve New York Times bestsellers later, "The first lady of the genre" (Publishers Weekly) returns with her most breathtaking masterwork—a glorious celebration of a secret love that is dangerous, irresistible, forbidden, and . . . Everlasting