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Posted March 2, 2011
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If love is a battlefield what can you use to shield your heart from being broken?
Andrew MacAdam was raised by uncles as a result of the fate that created a situation that had taken his father's life. Instead of going to war and raging against his enemies this Englishman lived in Scotland battling another type of competition - the game of golf. Josselin Ancrum was also raised by others who were not her parents but she was lived for the fight each and every scrape she got into was an opportunity to seize the day with both hands. When these two forces collide nothing but the earth stopping its rotation is going to keep them apart.
Drew and Jossy both their loved respective countries and Queens and while Jossy did not have to pretend to be something she was not. But after she is offered the opportunity to be a spy for her Queen she understood the concept of living a lie. Jossy had agreed through her devotion to the Queen of Scotland to be a dedicated spy, just not a very good one not for a lack of trying. Drew on the other hand took nothing but golf seriously until Jossy was in his line of sight and the fates be damned that woman was going to be his.
But spies lead dangerous lives and walk under the cover of darkness, or in Jossy's case you serve beer and yell at the locals to behave themselves. Their paths cross on the golf course during the day and torturing each other every night in the inn where they did not do much sleeping.
Yet the past always comes back to haunt you and lying to each other was the least of the stupid decisions they made. You might consider kidnapping bad, or getting into a sword fight with one another pretty awful, yet you would be wrong because these two decide to wager everything on each other forgetting the past or at least trying to.
This book brings up the history of the game of golf into an historical romance which I can't recall having been done before. Ms. Morgan loves the original story and interesting concept while having her characters produce strength and sustainability. She has scored in this book for more than 18 holes of golf that is for sure.
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Posted March 18, 2011
Golf in the Highlands! - Great springtime read!
I thought this was a fun book to read. On one hand, it was a typical Highlander romance with "star-crossed lovers", enemies and duels - but it also had a champion -- golfer. I know, golf is said to have originated in Scotland, but I never thought I would run into it in a historical romance! To me, this gave the book a sense of humor as well. Jossy and Drew had both been orphaned as children by the same war. Drew's father had killed Jossy's mother out of mercy on the battlefield. But he still felt guilty so went home and killed himself. Drew is raised by his 3 uncles, and Jossy is raised by the 3 men who found her mother on the battlefield and brought her home. She calls them her 3 dads. Years later Jossy and Drew meet in Scotland. Drew is posing as a Highlander so that he can play golf - at which he is very good. Jossy, by being in the right place at the right time, has been enlisted as a spy for the Queen. She starts working as a beer wench with a beer cart on the local golf courses. It is inevitable that their paths would continue to cross. Jossy was really headstrong, which I liked about her. It gave her some fire to survive in some of the predicaments she found herself in. She was also fiercely loyal to things she loved, regardless of the consequences. Drew was fun-loving and always seemed to deal with each situation with humor. He wasn't beyond setting up his golf partners by betting them drinks per hole, and then losing the hole, only to get them drunk enough that he won the game easily in the end. Where Jossy was all about revenge for her mother and war - Drew did not have a stomach for fighting, and even though was a master swordsman, rarely did he draw his sword. Opposites attract as they say, and these two were in a relationship before they knew what had hit them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2011
Cute Highland Romance
Josselin's mother died on the battlefield, fighting the English, trying to avenge her husband's murder. The three kinsmen who found her body brought her home, only to discover a small child, now orphaned. The brothers raised tiny Josselin as their own, teaching her to read, write, fight, and hate the English.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Drew MacAdam's father was at that same battle, when he came across a Scottish maid so badly injured she implored him to kill her to end her suffering. He did, then felt such remorse over killing a woman that shortly thereafter he took his own life. Drew was raised by his uncles to hate the Scots and trained in sword skills.
Josselin is in Edinburgh to see the arrival of Mary, the new Scottish Queen. Her uncles have agreed to let her go, provided she dresses as a man and avoids trouble. Drew abhors fighting, and prefers to beat the Scots at their own game - golf. He is in Edinburgh at this time, disguised as a highlander to avoid the troubles of being English. Josselin is upset by some of the catcalls at the new Queen and jumps to her defense - calling attention to herself and potentially getting herself killed. Drew jumps in to assist and outs her as a woman. The Queen is impressed and sends her servant with a message for Josselin. Of course Drew is intrigued, and fears Josselin is too naive to handle her change in circumstance. He feels duty-bound to keep an eye on her. Josselin is suspicious of Drew and wants to keep an eye on him. Add a bit of attraction, three uncles and three fathers, and a bit of political intrigue and bam! nothing goes the way it was planned...
My thoughts: This was a really cute read. I felt very lighthearted as I read Seduced by Destiny. I liked "Jossy" and Drew, even though they were both a bit irritating in their surety that they were smarter/better at swords than the other. Their passion, once ignited, was certainly hot, and I rooted for these two to have an HEA, despite their differences. The descriptions of their surroundings, the flirting back and forth between the h/h, and the stubborn uncles/fathers made for entertaining reading. The political intrigue portion of the story fell a bit weak in parts, but overall I read Seduced by Destiny with a smile.
3 1/2 stars!
Posted February 22, 2011
A MUST READ!A AMAZING SCOTTISH HISTORICAL ROMANCE WITH DARK SECRETS AND DESTINY!! SEDUCED BY DESTINY BY KIRA MORGAN
SEDUCED BY DESTINY BY KIRA MORGAN is an exciting historical romance set in 1561 Scotland,It is written with depth,details,twists and turns. It has romance,history of golf,love,passion, sweet sensuality,witty banter, seduction,spy,revenge,intrigue,loyalty,danger,commoners trading puns and banter,secret mission for the Queen and finding your destiny. The heroine, Josselin,a Scottish lass raised by three combat warriors after her mother was killed in a battle with the English, is sexy,beautiful,smart,witty,has a wild spirit,frank,loyal,audacious ambition,skillful with a sword,has a secret,hates the English and will meet her destiny.The hero, Andrew(Drew),is handsome,sexy,an English soldier who hates war,hates the Scottish,is prosing as a Scottish Highlander,is a golf champion,raised by his three uncles after his father killed himself when Drew was a child.Josselin's mother was killed by Drew's father as a mercy killing,but after doing so Drew's father committed suicide.He could not live with the fact he killed a woman on the battlefield dressed as a man.When Josselin and Drew meet sparks fly.They are attracted to each other.With dark secrets between them,can they survive their growing love and the danger that larks? This is a fast paced,story full of witty banter,sparks of passion and intrigue.Can their love survive the dark secrets that lark? With their destiny entwined together, love,friendship,family and truth will prevail.This is a story of destiny and love that will warm your hearts,with laugh out loud moments and a love that will last forever.I would highly recommend this story especially if you enjoy intrigue,passion,romance,destiny,Scottish settings and a bit of Scottish history.This book was received for the purpose of review from Reading Romance and the publisher and details can be found at Forever, an Imprint of Grand Central Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2011
A refreshingly superb sixteenth century romance
In 1561 Scotland, raised by three combat veterans, Josselin Ancrum is a trained warrior. She travels to Edinburgh to see the arrival of Mary, Queen of Scots. However, her mouth gets her involved in a brawl. Undercover as a Highlander, Englishman Drew MacAdam rescues her from a nasty situation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Drew prefers fighting on the golf links than the war zone where he proves better than the locals winning Scottish money. Josselin is attracted to Drew as she enjoys drinking beer with him as long as he pays the tab. However, she refuses to allow anyone to interfere with her quest to secretly keep her queen safe. Her undercover effort fails as she cannot conceal her zeal from anyone, but her sword proves mightier than the golf club when it comes to protecting Queen Mary. Meanwhile Drew roots for the woman he adores even though he assumes she can out fight him regardless of his choice of weapon.
This refreshingly superb sixteenth century romance stars two unique protagonists as she is a warrior skilled with the sword and he is golfer skilled with the clubs. Their engaging banter is fun to follow as Kira Morgan provides a brisk entertaining historical (see Captured by Desire) due to a wonderful pair of battling combatant in love.
Posted May 23, 2011
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Posted June 27, 2011
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