Thursday, December 12, 2013

Her Savage Scot by Christina Phillips

Title:  Her Savage Scot
Series:  Highland Warrior Chronicles #1
Author:  Christina Phillips
Published:  Nov 20/13 by Ellora's Cave Publishing
Page Count:  314
Format:  ebook
Genre:  Historical romance
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★★


When tough Scot warrior Connor MacKenzie rides into the barbaric lands of the Picts on a mission for his king, he never expects to be captivated by a beautiful Pictish widow. Drawn under her spell, yet unaware of her true identity, he risks everything for one passionate night in her arms.

Aila, princess of Pictland, swore long ago she would do anything within her power to help defeat the Vikings who invaded her land and murdered her husband. But after meeting Connor, her frozen heart thaws and once again she imagines a future filled with love and passion.

When Connor delivers the message from his king, Aila becomes a pawn in a deadly game of politics. Her heart belongs to Connor, but she must marry the prince of Dal Riada – Connor’s half-brother. But the fates have other plans for the star-crossed lovers as they fight their enemies and themselves to find true love.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

The Highland Warriors Chronicles:

From the Kingdom of Dal Riada, Scots warriors Connor MacKenzie, Cameron MacNeil and Ewan MacKinnon pledge to keep the peace in the wild Highlands of Pictland. But each man is destined to fall in love with a Pictish princess - three cousins who are determined to save their beloved land from the savage invaders. Instead they lose their hearts to their wild foreign warriors.

|  Book 1 ~ Her Savage Scot   |  Book 2 ~ Her Vengeful Scot   |  Book 3 ~ Her Defiant Scot  |


She lifted her head and Connor’s lips brushed hers. A fleeting, tantalizing touch. A touch that seared her core with a wild, reckless longing.

“I’ve wanted to kiss you since the first moment I saw you.”

His ragged whisper scorched her parted lips. She hadn’t been mistaken. “I thought you far from interested that first day. You surely didn’t give any indication of your thoughts.”

He moved closer. The breadth of his shoulders blocked out the rest of the world, his white linen shirt sculpted his impressive chest. And the weave of his plaid branded her through the softness of her gown.

“How could I? You were an aloof Pictish lady and I a mere savage Scot.”

She leaned into him, soaking up the hard ridges of his chest, the fresh scent of his hair, the faint sweetness of mead on his breath. “So what has changed?”

“Nothing.” His fingers tightened around hers and his eyes enslaved her. “Yet everything.”

His words curled through her heart, shimmered in her blood. Nothing. Yet everything. The chance of them having a future together was remote. And yet she had been given this time with him. Moments to savor, to cherish. To remember for the rest of her life.

My Review:

Phillips is off and running with this daring, romantic & erotic tale. It’s very well written with a solid storyline. As always Phillips brings her story to life with brilliantly vivid descriptions and a storyline to die for. Her intricate descriptions are packed with allusion and metaphors that really bring this story to life. Myth and reality combine in this unforgettable tale to create a captivating whole. Not only does Phillips tell a lovely story, but she also doesn’t hesitate to throw more than a few kinks into this story. More than once she had me completely shocked with the turn that the story took, however it always fit within the story. There was a bit of a comedy of errors going on for a while that turned into a sweet, perfect ending. She also stays completely in the realm of history while telling a love story that transcends time.

The characters in this novel are fantastically realistic. Each individual who played a major role in this novel was individually developed to create a solid cast to propel this story forward. To top that off, the main characters were not only approachable but down to earth and hold true to themselves and to each other. It was refreshing and tear-jerking at times.

Although this novel is set well back in history this story is very easy to immerse and lose yourself in. it was a brilliant read that I’d definitely recommend. I, for one, cannot wait for the next story in this series.

Read Chapter One of Her Savage Scot
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting the cover reveal for HER SAVAGE SCOT :-)