Sunday, May 1, 2016

REVIEW Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick

Much Ado About Highlanders 
Scottish Relic Trilogy #1
by May McGoldrick
In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.

Categories ~ Historical romance
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In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.

Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna's past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.

5 STAR historical read displaying great writing skills that combines intrigue, mysticisms, humor and love.

This story is filled with decisive characters that kept the reader moving quickly through a brilliantly devised plot. I love how she wrote brutal Sir Ralph Evers part of the story showing the parallel storyline where he is looking for the four pieces of the mystical tablet to the main storyline of Kenna's healing gift and her running away from her groom.

All the characters were fully developed, interesting and at times funny. Intense future Macpherson laird, Alexander and Kenna, strong-willed only daughter of Laird Mackay, were the main characters and their combative interaction with each other were at times hysterical. The first chapter of Kenna in a birthing is quite dramatic and sets the pace of the story.

Secondary characters are Alexander's diplomatic youngest brother James and Kenna's beautiful cousin Emily. Both have a large part in what is happening throughout the book and in fact create an additional layer to this story making it a truly interesting read.

I recommend this to readers who love a love story that is not all fluff but has substance. I give it 5 STARS.

An copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.

My Reviews Of The Series ~
Much Ado About Highlanders #1 ~ my review
Taming the Highlander #2 my review
Tempest in the Highlands #3 ~ my review

May McGoldrick
(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

Two peas in a pod, a pair of halfwits, the Laurel and Hardy of romance fiction...Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick were married in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 68 years ago before a worldwide television audience. After a honeymoon tour of their oil fields in Iran, they embarked on a writing career that has produced dozens of New York Times bestsellers, two Academy Award Winning film adaptations, and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After all this, fortune FINALLY smiled on them and they won the New Jersey Lottery. Taking their two sons, Nikoo and Jim spent a year backpacking through Africa and then seven years in Tibet, teaching the Dalai Lama the subtle intricacies of Scrabble. Upon returning to the States, these two storytellers wrote thirty adult and young adult novels, two of which were RITA finalists and three which were NJRW Golden Leaf winners. They have also written two nonfiction works. Nikoo picked up an engineering degree somewhere along the way, and Jim has a PhD in 16th Century British literature. 

These two write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick, Jan Coffey, and Nicole Cody and they now reside in Watertown, Connecticut.

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