Monday, August 30, 2010

Review + Giveaway - Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

This Giveaway is now CLOSED

TITLE:    Seduced by a Highlander
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Paula Quinn
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 372 pages
PUBLISHED:   Forever: Hachette Book Group, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-446-55237-0
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Hachette Book Group

SINS THAT CAN'T BE FORGIVEN...Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tonged seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he's dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king's court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan's greatest enemies.

PASSION THAT CAN'T BE DENIED...Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She's horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel's body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she's sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?

MY TAKE:   This was one of those fun, can't-put-down books.  From page 1, I was hooked.  The author really fleshed out her characters so that the reader feels as if they are right there in the scene, a part of the story.  I was very impressed with her excellent attention to the minute detail.  Little things such as which particular herbs were needed for specific ailments or injuries are important to the story.  When an author doesn't spend the necessary time to make sure these type of facts are correct, it can ruin a book for me.  Not the case here though! 

The storyline is sad, funny, thrilling, romantic and heart-warming at different times throughout the book.  The various settings used to tell the story really give the reader a full picture of what life may have been like for these people.  I enjoyed the scenes at court just as much as those on the farm, in the fields.  The interaction between Tristan and Isobel's brothers (especially the youngest) was one of my favorite parts of the book.  There is major tension, sarcastic wit, and true warmth in abundance.  Family pride and obligations play a pivotal role in this story, which adds much to the charm.   

I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next upcoming installment in the series, starring Tristan's strong and wilful sister, Mairi.  For now, I will be snagging the other books in this series:   Laird of the Mist (Warner Forever), A Highlander Never Surrenders, and Ravished by a Highlander~ While these books are part of a series, they are all excellent, stand-alone reads as well. 

To find out more about this great author and the other books, visit her at her website:    

MY RATING:    4/5


The author and publisher have generously offered to give TWO of my readers their very own copy of Seduced by a Highlander.  The requirements are simple:  you must be a resident of either the US or Canada, have a mailing address OTHER THAN a PO Box, and be a FOLLOWER of this blog.

Leave a comment on this post and tell me the first word that pops into your head when you hear/see the word HIGHLANDERHmmmmmm, I think of bare legs :)

Good luck to all of you.  The contest will run from Monday, August 30th until Friday, September 10th.  I will notify the randomly chosen winners and they will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

~Please note, Hachette Books is requesting that there be only one winner per household.  Only one prize will be shipped to you, no matter how many times your name is chosen in different contests.  If you do win on another blog or contest, please let the host know that you've already won so they can choose another lucky winner.  Thanks for cooperating with our great sponsor!

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  1. Great giveaway! The first thing that pops to mind for me when I hear "Highlander" is "goats". Sorry xD

  2. The first word that came to my mind was HOT. LOL

  3. I did not know about this blog until Paula mentioned it...but will be following here on. As for the first thing that popped into my mind with the word Highlander was Aidrian Paul of the Highlander series...."There can be only one!" LOL! I highly recommend "Laird of the Mist," loved Kate and Callum's story.

    So looking forward to "Seduced by a Highlander!"

  4. The first word I think is SEXY. And then I think of Gerard Butler in a kilt. Mmm, mmm good! :D

    I love Paula's books. Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm now following your blog.

  5. Love Paula Quinn's books! Thanks for the great reveiw. When I think of the word Highlander I just think of, "Sexy." Everything about them Kilts, the accent, Strong and and masculine, oh I could go on! This book looks awesome can't wait to read it!

  6. Kilts.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  7. Kilts.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  8. Highlander...mmmmmmm....I think of Jamie from Outlander, hunky, Scottish, a kilt and a dirk!

  9. The first word that I think of would have to be strong. As in a strong man. If not strong then sexy.

  10. I would have to say the first word that comes to mind is strong as in a strong man. If not strong then sexy!


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