Review: Viking’s Claim by Madison Faye

viking's claimTitle: Viking’s Claim

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Rhona Gowan

The hero: Viking Tor Odinson

The blurb: Never kiss the devil. Not even if he’s sinfully gorgeous. Or impossible to resist. And certainly not when he’s got you tied and bound, and completely at his mercy.…Uh oh.

I thought I had it bad when I was on my way to be married off to some weasley little lord to appease my family. But that’s before I’m taken by the most fearsome, vicious, alpha Viking to sail the seas. Tor Odinson is a beast of a man. A savage. A bloodthirsty warrior and ravager. Huge, growly, dominant…and completely and utterly beautiful. I’m supposed to fear him, not want him. I’m supposed to resist him, not crave him.

…Yeah, whoops. Because once he throws me over his shoulder, and lays his hands on me, and ties me to bed, and makes me feel things I’ve never even dreamed of, I know “what I’m supposed to do” is the last thing I’ll be doing when it comes to Tor.

I know it’s wrong to desire a man like him. But if this is a sin, I’m already damned. I fell for the devil, and now I want it all.

Standalone or series: This is book four in the Kilts and Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Rhona Gowan is betrothed to marry one man, but another has captured her heart with just a few kisses. Tor Odinson is the leader of the Vikings who have continually popped up on Scottish shores to plunder and pillage, but something he didn’t expect to lose was his own heart.

When he finds out she’s due to marry shortly, he kidnaps her and takes her to his camp. Rhona should be terrified of this big, brooding man, but she’s not – she wants more. She wants it all. And since Tor doesn’t have quite the same morals as the Highlanders in the previous books, he’s not too concerned about waiting for them to be wed before he takes the lass who has entranced his as no other.

Rhona’s previous suitor is less than impressed – and steals her back. Tor is having none of it, but he knows he can’t go up against an army… so he calls in some unlikely reinforcements. Will they be willing to help him? Will he get Rhona back, or is their marriage over before it ever really began? I liked the differences in this one that made it stand out a little.

Review: Wed to the Warrior by Madison Faye

wed to the warriorTitle: Wed to the Warrior

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Catriona MacDougall

The hero: Lord Callum Bruce

The blurb: Other would-be suitors called me “challenging”. But the most undeniable, sinfully gorgeous Highlander lord around calls me a challenge. Oh and he calls me something else, too: his.

Marriage has never been in the plans for me. Not with my reputation for being “headstrong” and “disobedient”. That is, until Lord Callum Bruce barges into my world and scatters those plans all over the place.

But Lord Bruce is a brute of a man. A battle-hardened soldier and fierce, dominant Highland lord. Well, that and completely beautiful, which is so very, very unfair. When he tells me I’m to be his wife, I flee. But there’s no running from the most dominant, gorgeous, sinfully tempting man I’ve ever met.

Not after I’ve had a teasing taste of those perfect lips. Not when I’ve felt those rough hands on me. Not when deep down, I wanthim to chase me.

…Not when deep down, I want him to take all of me.

The first kiss was a mistake. The second was stolen. But the ones after that, I’ve run out of excuses for. I’ve scared nine would-be-suitors away. But something tells me, number ten isn’t going anywhere.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Kilts and Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Catriona MacDougall is not your average bride. She won’t be meek and demure, instead choosing to retain her fiesty and headstrong ways. This means that she’s already sent nine would-be suitors running for the hills. But number ten… well, he’s not wary of her. Quite the opposite.

When Lord Callum Bruce first lays eyes on Catriona, he’s taken with her spirit and her refusal to be someone she’s not. The moment he kisses her at their friends’ wedding, he knows she’s the one for him, despite her many protests. He asks her father for her hand, but if Cat thinks he’s just another potential husband she’ll be able to dismiss, she’ll soon find out how wrong she is… and how much she wants him to stay.

This steamy novella has some of the hottest scenes yet, and that’s saying something as this author always knows how to turn up the heat! Be prepared for your Kindle to melt…

Review: Stolen by the Scottish Rogue by Madison Faye

stolen by the scottish rogueTitle: Stolen by the Scottish Rogue

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review.

The heroine: Ailith Pembrose

The hero: Lord Malcolm McAuley

The blurb: Honestly, it’s just common sense: don’t ever, for any reason, fall in love with a pirate. No matter how tempting or toe-curlingly gorgeous he is.
And especially not when he steals you from your own wedding…

One minute, I’m being married off to a horrible, cruel man to sweeten a family business arrangement. And the next? My wedding yacht is being stolen, with me on it, by the powerful, roguish Highlander, Lord Malcolm McAuley.

Former pirate. Ex-soldier. Full-time scoundrel. He also happens to be toe-curlingly gorgeous, sinfully tempting, and utterly irresistible.

I should want nothing to do with the crude, filthy-talking alpha who’s stolen me from my own damn wedding. But the more I tell myself no, the more I want to tell him yes—to anything he wants…

Anything.

Losing myself in those piercing blue eyes and wickedly perfect lips is dangerous. Giving in to his filthy words and pulse-quickening touch is a sin. He tells me I’m his, and the most sinful thing of all?

…I’m pretty sure he’s right.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Kilts & Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: We met Ailith in the previous book in this series and learned she was betrothed to a man much older than her to be his fourth wife, the previous three all having died mysteriously at a young age. Not exactly a comforting thought, but Ailith has no choice – her father has made a business deal and she cannot refuse.

While on her groom-to-be’s boat getting ready for the ceremony while everyone else waits for her on the dock, Ailith is horrified to find the boat suddenly moving… with her on it. Once she runs up to the deck, she discovers the boat has been commandeered by Malcolm, a close friend of her friend Una’s new husband. It seems that Malcolm has decided to claim Ailith as his bride and isn’t going to let a simple thing like her engagement to another man get in the way. And Ailith isn’t about to protest too hard, because she is drawn to the rugged, attractive Scotsman who has spirited her away.

Will her former groom just let her go? Will she marry him or Malcolm? And how does the mysterious Viking Tor play into everything? You’ll get (most of) the answers in this steamy novella.

Review: Tamed by the Highlander by Madison Faye

tamed by the highlanderTitle: Tamed by the Highlander

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Una MacKay

The hero: Lord Hamish Ballentyne

The blurb: If I had it my way, I’d never get married. But then, it’s not up to me at all.
Because the gruff, muscled, gorgeous and powerful Highlander Lord Hamish Ballentyne has decided to claim me as his bride.

I’m determined to resist him. He may be beautiful, and dangerously brooding, and carrying around the shadows of the wars he’s fought in. But I will not be some lord’s property, and I refuse to be “his”.

Except one look into those dark, piercing eyes? One forbidden, pulse-quickening, toe-curling touch from his rough, strong hands? I can refuse to belong to him all I want, but the thing is…I might already be his.

He speaks to me like no man ever has. He touches me in ways I’ve only dreamed feverishly of. And he promises to take what can only be taken once. And God help me, I’m ready to give it to him.

Standalone or series: Book one of the Kilts & Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This had everything you expect from a Madison Faye novella – possessive alpha heroes, feisty heroines, and lots of graphic, hot scenes. But this was a little different than your usual Madison novella, because it had a historical twist on it.

Una MacKay is being married off to Scottish Lord Hamish Ballentyne, and she’s not happy about it. She doesn’t know a single thing about this man, but her parents have made the match and she cannot refuse it. But that all changes when she lays eyes on her husband-to-be; he’s gorgeous in every way and she gets lost in his dark, fiery gaze. She doesn’t refuse him when he suggests they get to know each other intimately right before the wedding, and she’s perfectly happy to stay in his bed.

Until the castle is invaded, and Hamish finds himself needing to defend not on his castle and the people in it, but the woman he’s already lost his heart to. Can he keep her safe from the marauding Vikings, or will he lose her before he’s ever really had a chance to keep her? Another great novella to get lost in when you want something naughty to read but don’t have time to spare with a longer novel.