The holiday novella, Book 1.5, following the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series:
Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.
Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan's elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.
When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other's arms.
Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna's traumatic past threatens Robert's ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?
*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Scorching (explicit) sex scenes.
Fire extinguisher highly recommended.
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Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved it. A story about love,magic, caring, compassion, overcoming fear and a page turner. What else could one ask for? Thank you.
I couldn't stop reading this book. Adventure at every turn. Keeps you wanting more and I can't wait for the next adventure to start!
Loving the series! A great addition to the Highland Legends series! Robert and Susanna, two people who do not want love. One who has foresworn it and one who never believes it even exists. Throw in a ton of chemistry, new found friendships, secrets, and danger and you have this beautiful story that Kat weaves which pulled me right in. There are some mysteries going on that I can't seem to figure out just yet.... someone that I really liked has disappeared and the story is going in a different direction than I originally wished to see it go but I'm REALLY liking the dark one in the story. There was a person introduced that I want to know more about...a monk who is deadly with a sword. Sometimes I find myself wondering if I missed something somewhere or if I haven't and need to just be patient for everything to be revealed in time. One thing's for sure... I will definitely be following this to the end!
Bound by Wish and Mistletoe by Kat Bastion follows the fabulous Forged in Dreams and Magick. I was drawn back into Kat’s gorgeous Highland world from the very first pages and was so happy with this novella and being able to have another taste of the Brodie Clan. Susanna MacEalan is in the midst of a desperate escape from her horrid clan and her father. She refuses to live another minute with the barbaric and ignorant people she is supposed to call a family. The last thing she expects to run into is a group of men in the woods along her escape route. Now she finds herself at their mercy and in need of their help if she stands any chance of getting away for good. Will she be able to trust a man? It’s men that have caused her to run in the first place. Without many options, she will have to swallow her pride and fears and trust this Highlander, whether she likes it or not. On a ridiculous mission for something called a Christmas tree, Robert Brodie is annoyed, cold and tired…but not just for having to traipse through the winter woods looking for a tree. He’s also annoyed with women and has officially sworn them off for good. Now, with the tree procured, and his task just about complete, he is caught by surprise by the young and beautiful lass waving her dagger at him after stumbling upon him and his men in the woods. He realizes she’s in need of help and he’s realizes he would do anything to keep her safe. Struck by a sudden wave of emotions, he also realizes there is no way he’s going to let this woman go. She may not know it yet, but fate has sent her to him. The fates and magick, it seems, have brought Susanna and Robert together for many reasons. The most important reason is simply that they were made for each other. The attraction and intense emotion they share for one another is a gift, and one they both will treasure. I wrote earlier that I was so happy to be back in Kat’s gorgeous Highland world. I adore Kat’s writing and this novella is a prefect addition to the Highland Legends Series. Susanna broke my heart. The poor girl has been through so much at the hands of the very people who are supposed to love and care for her. Reading her stories of the abuse she and her mother endured was so very sad. I admired her tenacity and resolve in deciding to leave her old life behind in search of happiness and freedom. She sure is a spitfire! Robert is amazing. He’s a warrior though and through with a huge heart and soft side that had me swooning. He knows he has to work really damn hard to win Susanna over and he’s up for the challenge. Oh, how I loved his drive to win Susanna. Together, they are a beautiful match and make a fantastic couple. I also loved seeing our favorite characters form Forged in Dreams and Magick. We get to see a bit of what the Clan Brodie has been up to and get a glimpse of what’s to come for them. Oh, I can’t wait! Thank you, Kat, for another beautifully written story.
I love this series. This is a Christmas short story of Robert and Susanna. Kat' s plots are so real. This one is not so much Time Travel as it is Magick. Robert and Susanna meet in the middle of the forest as he is cutting down a Christmas tree. She is terrified and wants to run away. They get close yet she is still terrified of men. How does she overcome her fears? Will she stay? Will Robert follow? No spoilers here. You must read this series.It truly pulls you into the story. Now I have to bide time until next year for the next book.
Originally given 3.5 hearts at Rookie Romance. This is a very sweet, Christmas novella about learning to trust and finding happiness....at Christmas! Susanna is very guarded, after a cruel and cold upbringing. The only source of comfort she's had in her life was her mother, who taught her that men are hateful and merciless creatures. So, imagine Susanna's surprise when she meets the compassionate and kind Robert, even if he looks as fearsome as any other warrior. I loved her determination and courage when she escapes from her painful past. Robert is pretty perfect. He's a warrior through and through, and when Susanna unexpectedly enters his life, he is determined to protect her at all costs. I loved how gentle and understanding he could be with her, and it never made him seem any less of the Highland warrior! If you've read the prequel, Forged in Dreams and Magick, it's a great little visit with Iain and Isobel. It is easily read as a stand alone, though. The romance is a little rushed, as is common in novellas, but it is very passionate and consuming. The chemistry between Susanna and Robert was searing, and the love scenes with them were very hot. I enjoyed watching Robert confuse Susanna with his compassion, and gain her trust and love. I love Kat Bastion's writing style, it's very descriptive without being fussy and keeps you turning page after page. I'll be (not so) patiently awaiting the next book in the Highland Legend series, Born in Mist and Legend! *I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!
The Magick of Brodie Castle Bound by Wish and Mistletoe written by Kat Bastion is a fantastic Christmas story set in the Highlands. This Scottish novella follows the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series, which I loved so much. Her first book in her series was a time-travel and again, we will meet her previous characters Isobel and Iain into her second story. Here is the story of Susanna and Robert two independent and stubborn characters who learn the art of compromise and fall under a highland love spell! The story starts as Robert is searching for a Christmas tree, requested by Isobel and meets a mysterious intruder on his lands. As soon as they meet, love is in the air! But both are strong-minded and have their own reason for not falling in love again. As time goes by at the Brodie Castle, Robert and Susanna will fall in love! The magick of Brodie Castle puts a spell on people who gave up on love to find it again into each others arms. It's a beautiful Scottish romance filled with tenderness, love and adventure, with a touch of Christmas. Ms. Bastion has done it again! She is truly a great storyteller and she has nicely blended her characters into her story. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to read her next book Born of Mist and Legend in her Highland Legends Series to be released in 2014. In 2015, Ms. Bastion's fifth book will be released and titled Found in Flame and Moonlight. I highly recommend Bound by Wish and Mistletoe,specially if you love Scottish romances!