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Posted November 29, 2013
Debut author Rowan Keats brings readers a new voice in the Histo
Debut author Rowan Keats brings readers a new voice in the Historical Romance genre. Taming a Wild Scot is the first book in the Claimed by a Highlander series and the readers first look at the author's writing style. With a lush highland setting and a whisper of the paranormal this a novel that transcends a few boundaries and will keep the readers interest with ease. This isn't your typical highland romance, as the hero isn't the Laird and the heroine isn't the daughter of an opposing clan, which makes for a refreshing take on a highland romance. A great first effort!
There were definitely some good points here. I liked the mystery aspect of the book and how Niall, the hero was basically on a quest to find a piece of evidence that would clear the name of his clan. As the hero of the story Niall had good points and bad ones. He frees the heroine from the dungeon. She is bad need of food and assistance, but then he leaves her alone to fend for herself. I wasn't too sure I was on board with that idea. A hero should have done a bit more to protect and care for someone is such obvious need. He is very loyal to his clan though, and it seems apparent that his mission to free his brother was his first concern and that is somewhat redeeming.
Unfortunately, he continues with his un-hero like behavior when he later meets Ana again and blackmails her into helping him with his quest once again. I know this was a plot device to build tension and urgency in the story and it essentially works very well, but there was still that inkling of whether or not to 'like' the hero or not. It gave me a bit of pause. In most romances, readers really want to like or love the hero and heroine and it was bit hard to do with this one. He seems a good sort, loyal and driven, but not exactly hero materiel.
Ana on the other hand was a very good heroine. She had all the qualities I was looking for in a heroine and she was unique. Ana isn't a highland princess but she was damsel in distress. When readers meet her she is left for dead in a dungeon because of the death of an Earl. She is a healer, which I thought was a great touch. There are many stories of women like Ana in Scottish lore and history for that matter. She had a gift, a somewhat supernatural ability to heal. She uses her talents to help others, which gives her air of being noble and trustworthy. The one flaw in her character seems to be self doubt.
The chemistry between Naill and Ana is undeniable even from their first meeting. It is obvious that these two are attracted to each other and eventually they get to act on their feelings. The heat was well written and staged. Keats did a very good job of building up to the physical aspect of their relationship, if not necessarily the emotional side.
So there were good things and not so good things about this first effort by Rowan Keats. All in all I liked the book and I will read the next book in the series. I have to give Keats credit. This was an original theme in a very saturated market. There is a lot of potential for a series here and I think Keats will perfect her skills with writing a good hero as the series continues. Niall isn't a bad hero, he just doesn't live up to his potential, how realistic is that? LOL The ending of the book answers some questions but leaves others for the next book in the series. There was definitely enough here to make me want to see what happens next. That brother of his is up to something!
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Posted August 24, 2014
TAMING A WILD SCOT
223 pages of great fun....romance...love and a lot of ol' adventure. Great story. I loved it. Off to read WHENWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A LAIRD TAKES A LADY. Buy it and enjoy oh, yes their are the hunky scottish highlandes.......Yuummmooo.
Posted December 17, 2013
Excellent story! Could not put it down.
The story begins with the lady getting rescued from certain death and then left to find her own way. Later she will see her hero again and he will force her to help him. This is an uncommon story line with plenty of action.there is sexual tension between the couple, tastefully written by the author. I enjoyed the fact that the hero is like most with some flaws,not perfect, but coming through in the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2013
TAMING A WILD SCOT by Rowan Keats is an exciting Medieval Scotti
TAMING A WILD SCOT by Rowan Keats is an exciting Medieval Scottish Historical Romance set in 1286 Scottish Highlands. #1 in "A Claimed By the Highlaner" novel and what a beginning. A tale of passion, intrigue, mystery,danger, treachery and love. Follow Ana Bisset and Niall MacCurran on such a journey. Niall rescues Ana, a healer accused of murder, to later learn he needs her to further his quest to expose a treat to the realm. Fast paced and passion filled. Ms. Keats writes with passion,finesse, and captures the heart of the Scottish Highlander. "A Claimed by the Highlander" is a must read series. Not only will the rich Scottish scenery but her engaging characters and her captivating storyline is sure to capture your heart. A great new voice to the historical genre. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Scottish Highlanders, passion, and the lure of mystery. Received for an honest review from the publisher.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
HEAT RATING: HOT
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted December 7, 2013
Captivating Scottish romance 4.5 I love to read a medieval roman
Captivating Scottish romance 4.5Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I love to read a medieval romance set in Scotland’s Highlands. Taming a Wild Scot was perfect for me! This Scottish story is the first one of Rowan Keats’s new debut in her Claimed by the Highlander series. It has everything, a medieval reader, needs; Niall, a strong alpha male hero, a warrior, a hero for Ana, a delicate heroine, a healer. I knew the moment that I started to read it; it would keep my interest until the end, which gets you in the mood to watch for her next book. Ms. Keats is a new-to-me author and I discovered that I love her style of writing, it’s fast paced and the adventure is full of action. She nicely blended her characters into a captivating romance filled with intrigues. I won’t spoil the story for you; but the story starts as, being accused of witchcraft, Ana is left dying in a dungeon, when she is rescued by a dark hooded man, who will never forget her. Some months later, they meet again, while he is on a mission and needs her help. Will love be in the air for Niall and Ana? This is an excellent debut for this new writer and I will surely watch her next book When a Laird takes a Lady.
Posted December 2, 2013
I love big and brawny Scots and thankfully this book had quite
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I love big and brawny Scots and thankfully this book had quite a few to whet my appetite. I stayed up all night reading this book because I just had to find out what was going to happen between Niall and Ana. Ana has an amazing skill and I was kept on the edge of my seat hoping the villagers would accept their good fortune in having her as opposed to questioning her skills.
I loved how protective Niall was and how utterly Alpha-male he was. The intrigue and the action of this is book kept me engaged from start to finish and I loved the historical detail so beautifully woven in as a fabulous backdrop to all the meetings of the lovers.
I will admit that this book differed from the usual Scottish tales I enjoy so much but was completely enjoyable nonetheless. I prefer my Highland romance to have dialogue with more of a Scottish brogue and battle scenes full of swords, kilts and straining muscles. I loved the storyline and cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
Posted November 18, 2013
Posted November 16, 2013
The book has it's merits. It follows a basic pattern. I was dissapointed with the ending. It was very abrupt. I felt like I was missing something. I'm sure it was a way to get the reader to buy the next book. ButWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
...it does nit come out until 2014!