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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Feasted On: The Highland Hearts Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 389; Kindle Edition - File Size: 457 KB | Expected Release Date: September 11, 2012 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Select | Obtained: NetGalley

"Captured Heart" [The Highland Hearts Series, Book 1] by Heather McCollum

My Book Summary : As a way to save his clan and end a century-old feud between a neighboring clan Caden, chief of Clan Macbain, plans on getting into England to capture Meg, the niece of--Rachel and Alec--the neighboring clan's chief, and keep her as a prisoner in hopes that he can bargain her to keep the peace between the clans. However, not long after he and his warriors cross the border into England they are ambushed. Towards the end of their fight, Caden finds an enchanting woman who stumbled into the middle of the battle.

The woman just happens to be Meg who was running away from her father in England to go stay with her aunt and uncle in Scotland, because she's afraid that her father will accuse her of witchcraft and murder her like he did her mother years ago. Thinking that Caden and his men are helping to escort her to her aunt and uncle safely Meg accepts their help.

Once Caden and Meg arrive at his castle, Caden makes Meg believe that she is his guest until he is able to deal with Alec and get him to agree to Caden's terms. Nevertheless, no matter how hard he tries to stop it Caden is inevitably drawn to Meg and it grows profoundly stronger throughout the time that they spend together. Even so while Meg waits it out in Caden's castle incidents happen that test his clan's belief on whether Meg is a witch or not and whether she is good or not, making some want to get rid of Meg by any means possible. When the time comes when Caden will have to choose between protecting/keeping Meg over his clan, what will he choose? Is one woman really more important than his whole clan is? Especially when Meg’s father still could bring all of England down on them on top of everything else...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! If it's not one thing it's another when it comes to this novel--love, battles, secrets, treachery, special powers--it has it all! I loved the intrigue that surrounds this novel, especially when it comes to Meg future and whom she can trust. While, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Meg and Caden's relationship--how it grew and what they had to overcome together. Plus, the warrior's (at least most of the men) in Caden's clan were funny so I can't wait to see what book 2 in this series will bring!!

I recommend this novel and series to anyone who likes historical romances that have a little bit of paranormal in them too.

Author's Novel Extras : Captured Heart : Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :
“May I present yer niece, Munro,” Caden said and guided Meg to his side.
“I am pleased to meet you, Uncle Alec,” she said in Gaelic.
A small bit of bluster melted out of the man. “We will take our niece home, too, then, or are ye still trying to hold the lass as a hostage?” he said in English. Meg noticed that he watched her for a reaction. He didn’t get one.
“She isn’t a captive, but she is staying,” Caden said evenly. “She is my wife now, which would make us...kin.”
The whole room of Macbains held their breaths as the words sunk in. Meg’s dizziness began to return but once she remembered to breathe, the world righted itself.
Kin,” Alec spat. “I am yer sworn enemy, Macbain. I will never call ye kin.”
“Husband,” Rachel said, her hand on his arm. “Meg and Caden have married. Their children will have my blood in their veins. By your honor, you must call a peace between our two families.”
“Peace?” Alec growled.
“Which would include the return of our herds,” Kenneth interjected.
Alec spit on the rushes at his feet. Not a good sign. “Priest!” he yelled. “There must be a bloody priest around here to annul this ridiculous union.”
“No priest here now,” Bruce said. “And they’ve consummated the marriage.”
“I can attest to the bed sheets,” Ann threw in.
Meg nearly stepped into the fire. Instead of suicide she shut her eyes.
“And they didn’t rise until late in the morning,” Evelyn called from across the hall.
Heat splashed across Meg’s face like someone had thrown hot soup on her. She took a step closer to the hearth. Maybe if the edge of her gown caught on fire, there would be so much chaos no one would notice her death by humiliation.
Everyone started talking at once, with Uncle Alec yelling Gaelic curse words in random eruptions of rage. ~ within Chapter 10
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Heather, then please check out her website.

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