Saturday, December 31, 2016

REVIEW 4-1/2 ⭐️'s to Highland Sinner by Hannah Howell

Sportochick's Musings ~  Author Hannah Howell continually surprises me with the variety of her stories. I can never get bored and this is why she is on my Must Read Authors list.

Highland Sinner
(Murray Family #16)
by Hannah Howell


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Publisher ~ kensington books
Categories ~ historical romance


In her captivating new novel, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell returns to the stark majesty of medieval Scotland and the realm of the unforgettable Murray clan, as a seductive knight and a mysterious young woman unite to stop a murderous enemy.

Sir Tormand Murray is certainly a rogue, but a callous killer? Never. Yet he cannot explain how he came to wake up next to the butchered body of one of his former lovers. Someone is prepared to kill again and again until Tormand is found guilty and hanged. And his only hope of discovering the culprit lies with Morainn Ross, a reclusive, sensual beauty gifted with second sight.

Branded a witch, Morainn has never met a man who accepted her strange talent, much less one who could so easily enflame her passion. There's no resisting Tormand's rugged masculinity-and no escaping the enemy who grows more twisted every day. And even as logic decrees that a lasting union is impossible, Morainn knows her destiny is bound forever with the knight who has claimed her, body and soul. 


Way before I wrote book reviews I feel in love with Hanna Howell's books but unfortunately I haven't read any recently, though I keep buying them and adding them to my To Be Read Book List. So I was excited to read this book and see what was up with the Murray Family. Author Hannah Howell continually surprises me with the variety of her stories. I can never get bored and this is why she is on my Must Read Authors list.

Morainn Ross was perfect. Her strength of character and how she survived ostracization shows women that it it possible to be strong and stay true to oneself against all odds. Throughout the book she keeps her wits about her and though she becomes afraid she remains strong to her core. This is truly a women to admire and exemplify.

This book had a little bit more violence than I like to read but it was so well written that I couldn't quit reading it. It wasn't the main focus of the story but it did a great job of setting up the plot. Sir Tormand Murray sure ah....liked his women and there was a part that had me laughing at his lack of control when they were around. But it was enduring to see how his family members and friends ribbed him about this and how the chain of events changed his life.

I give this 4-1/2 STARS for it's ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the book and it is quite a ride.

 Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.



After five years and many rejections, I finally got my first book on the stands in 1988 – Amber Flame – from Leisure Books (reissued a while back under the title His Bonnie Bride).  Also the western – A Taste of Fire published by Kensington in 1988.  (and reissued by them several times since then)  After about 10 years of writing English, Scottish and western historicals for several publishers (even venturing into the occasional pen-name)  I settled in at Kensington writing Scottish historicals.  Thus was born the great Murray clan (and a very prolific clan as well.)  In June 2009 I started a series set in late-Georgian England concerning two connected families – the Wherlockes and the Vaughns.  The first – If he’s Wicked – was that June, the latest – If He’s Tempted – was released April 2013.  My cunning plan is to then do one of the Wherlockes and one of the Murrays each year.  We’ll see how that works.

I grew up in New England and my family (on the maternal side) has been here since the 1630s.  The paternal side is half Nova Scotian and half English.   Met the hubby in England on a trip to meet and greet the English side of the family, bought him a drink in a pub, and the rest is history.  Been married for 42+ years now.  I have two sons, one a graphic artist (Sam) and one a mechanical engineer (Keir), a daughter-in-law who is a teacher (Beth), and three stunningly attractive, highly intelligent grandchildren (boast much?) – Benjamin, Jennifer, and Evelyn Rose.  And they all live within driving distance – hooray.   Being mildly insane I also have five cats – Matilda (high strung), Shadow (who is a little ferally and lives under a chair in my living-room because she does not like the ‘kittens’ I brought home years ago.), the demonic duo – Jackson and Perkins, and the latest addition, Mungo.

When I am not writing – which isn’t often – I play games on the computer, play the piano (took 13 years of lessons when growing up), crochet (very addicting), read, and garden (some day I will conquer the demon weed).


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