Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tour Double Review: The Highlander's Reward and The Highlander's Conquest by Eliza Knight

Over the next two weeks, you are going to see reviews for all of the books in Eliza Knight's The Stolen Bride series. Hurray for historical romance! And then on Friday, March 14th,  Ms. Knight will be stopping by for a guest post and a giveaway.

Title: The Highlander's Reward
Author: Eliza Knight
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Self-published
Publish Date: July 19, 2012
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

Synopsis: "She belonged to another…

Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she reaches Stirling where she is to wed, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Fighting for her life, she is whisked from her horse by a warrior fighting with William Wallace who escapes with her into the Highlands.
But was destined to be his…

The last thing Laird Magnus Sutherland wants is a wife…but that is exactly what he got when he saved the beautiful English lass. Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. When she is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to marry her.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle. And that’s where the trouble begins… Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for the ultimate revenge."

My Two Cents:

I have been dying to read something (anything) by Eliza Knight for awhile now so I was very excited to see that she was going on tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. I knew I had to be on this tour and boy, am I glad that I did. If you are looking for a hot romance set against a backdrop of a fascinating time in the history of the world, you need to read this series. These books were a perfect read for me on a set of cold wintery nights.

"The Highlander's Reward" is the story of Lady Arbella, an English lady who finds herself in Scotland where a war rages. I loved following her story. She thinks she is supposed to be marrying a man that she has never met in the wilds of Scotland. She is saved by a highlander, which goes against everything she thinks that she knows about the men of Scotland, who are supposed to be savages. Arbella falls for Magnus even though she is still quite worried about what might happen to her. I loved this love story so much! Arbella and Magnus are both fantastic characters.

The setting was really great. I haven't read a lot of romances that have to do with highlanders or that are set in Scotland but I can tell you that I think I've found a new book love for sure. This book is not simply a "wallpaper historical romance." You can tell that Knight put a lot of time and effort into making the setting feel real and we the readers reap all of the rewards.

The romance in this book was really fantastic. Yes, Arbella and Magnus seem to fall for each other quickly but Knight is able to make it feel really real. Also, this is a super hot love story and I definitely liked it a lot!

Title:  The Highlander's Conquest
Author: Eliza Knight

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Self-published
Publish Date: September 22, 2012
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

Synopsis: "What is a Highlander to do when he falls for the daughter of his enemy?

Highland warrior, Blane Sutherland, has one mission: disguise himself as an Englishman, cross the border and retrieve Lady Aliah de Mowbray. Always up for a challenge, he agrees, pursuing his conquest with vigor–and trying to deny the powerful desire that eclipses him each time he touches his charge. A rogue of the highest order and a younger son, he has nothing to offer a lady but a broken heart.

And what is a lady to do when she cannot trust her heart?

Aliah is skeptical of the English noble who has come to take her to her father and sister in Scotland, but she pushes her doubts aside. Without word in months, she must make certain her family is safe, then she can return to England to join the convent to which she has sworn to pledge her life. But then her escort reveals his true self–he’s a Highlander and his kisses are more seductive than the sweetest of wines.

Surrender never tasted so sweet…"

My Two Cents:

"The Highlander's Conquest" is the second book in Eliza Knight's The Stolen Bride series. You don't necessarily need to read these books in order as all of them are very much stand alone stories but you may want to still read them together as there are glimpses of characters from the other books and you get to see how their stories end up somewhat. I really, really enjoyed this hot romance! Highlanders forever!

Lady Aliah is worried. Her sister went to dangerous Scotland and she hasn't heard from her since. Aliah is worried that she won't hear from her sister before she gives her life to the church and enters a convent. Then an English gentleman shows up and says that he will escort her to Scotland. Aliah quickly finds out that this stranger isn't just anyone and he is definitely not who he says that he is. I liked this story a lot.

Aliah is the sister of Arbella, the heroine of the first book in The Stolen Brides series. Blane is related to Magnus. And yes, we do get to see what happens to Arbella and Magnus after their story ended in the first book! I really liked this love story between Aliah and Blane! I really liked the element of surprise in how Aliah and Blane meet each other. It was definitely unexpected and added a nice twist to the story!

This is a great romantic series!

Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, February 24
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages (The Highlander’s Reward)
Tuesday, February 25
Guest Post at Broken Teepee
Wednesday, February 26
Review at My Not So Vacant Shelf (The Highlander’s Reward)
Thursday, February 27
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages (The Highlander’s Conquest)
Friday, February 28
Interview at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Monday, March 3
Feature & Giveaway at Reviews by Molly
Feature & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Tuesday, March 4
Review at My Not So Vacant Shelf (The Highlander’s Conquest)
Wednesday, March 5
Review at A Bookish Affair (The Highlander’s Reward & The Highlander’s Conquest)
Thursday, March 6
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (The Highlander’s Conquest)
Review at A Bookish Affair (The Highlander’s Lady & The Highlander’s Warrior Bride)
Friday, March 7
Review at A Bookish Affair (The Highlander’s Triumph)
Review at A Chick Who Reads (The Highlander’s Sin)
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Swept Away by Romance (The Highlander’s Reward & The Highlander’s Conquest)
Monday, March 10
Review & Giveaway at From L.A. to LA (The Highlander’s Reward)
Tuesday, March 11
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, March 12
Review at My Not So Vacant Shelf (The Highlander’s Lady)
Thursday, March 13
Review at A Bookish Affair (The Highlander’s Sin & The Highlander’s Temptation)
Friday, March 14
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
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