Review and Giveaway! "Ravished by a Highlander"


Contest Closed! Thank you to everyone who entered!!

As part of the "Ravished by a Highlander" blog tour, I have my review of Paula Quinn's new historical as well as a 5 copy giveaway of the book, sponsored by Hachette! So read on to see my review of this fantastic Highlander romance and please enter for your chance to win!!

"Ravished by a Highlander"
by Paula Quinn

Source: ARC from Anna at Hachette Books

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

"Ravished by a Highlander" was a rare mix of in-depth historical and political details combined with a moving, emotional love story. It's pretty unique for an author to succeed so well at both ends of the spectrum.

Davina has been hidden away in a convent for her whole life in order to protect her from political plots to kill her. Everything comes to a peak when the entire abbey and the soldiers guarding her perish in an attack. Fatefully, the son of a Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor, and his clansmen happen by the siege and join the fray. Rob heroically rescues Davina from the fire, but she holds onto many secrets about the cause of the battle and why someone will go to such lengths to murder a nun in training. On their journey back to Rob's home, they develop feelings for each other, but will Rob ever know all of her secrets.

Rob is my favorite kind of hero, the always honorable, strong and protective warrior. He's been so busy training to be a laird and take care of his clan, he hasn't had time for love-until love finds him with Davina. Rob loves her at all costs and will defend her safety no matter what.

I loved that Davina was a bit of a free spirit and full of life once she saw the world outside of the convent. Her spontaneity and Rob's no-nonsense way didn't always mix, but they love and accept their differences and don't try to change each other.

I love complex secondary characters, and the men in Rob's clan just jumped off the page for me. After Davina's rescue, all of the men practically fell in love with her. Who doesn't want a handful of handsome, charming highlanders catering to her every whim? Of course, all of the men are complete gentlemen and the flirtations are so innocent, it makes for the perfect fantasy. All of the clansmen have unique, three dimensional personalities, and Davina has a unique friendship with each one. My personal favorite of the group is Finn. He's just too sweet and cute, as well as a little bit fragile, as he follows Davina where ever she goes like a puppy.

Sometimes, I preferred a bit less historical detail, because I wanted to read more about the vivid characters and their interactions than the politics. But the historical landscape was essential to the magnitude of the story, so I felt like it was a bit like eating my vegetables to get to dessert.


Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5 (I can't wait to see them in their own books!)

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 5/5
Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 4/5 (what's not to love?)

Writing: 4/5



Bottom Line:
This romance is for the reader who wants a deep, emotional love story with lots of historical details and action to fill out the story. i can't wait to read the rest of the series and see more of the MacGregor clan.



GIVEAWAY RULES:


Hachette books has generously provided FIVE copies of this awesome historical romance for readers of this blog! All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this review!

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  • Books will be mailed out by Hachette
  • Ends May 16
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

27 comments:

vvb32 reads said...

already a follower of your sweet blog. ravish in the title is what hooked me. love to get a crack at this one ;-D yay for historicals!
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THis looks good. Following .

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dArLyN said...

Good luck to all participants!

rubymoon said...

I'm now following you on Google Friend Connect. What a pretty blog you have. I love Highlander novels but many have seemed kind of fluffy for me. This one seems (from your excellent review) more complex and with greater depth. I can't wait to read it and have bumped it to top priority on my TBR list.

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Kara said...

Have been a follower/lurker for some time now!!

Great contest...I have heard good things about this book...fantastic review.

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tweetybrd22 said...

I am already a follower of your blog thanks for the giveaway.
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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I <3 complex secondary characters! :) Great review.
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Diana said...

It sounds like something that may be good!

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Mama Bookworm said...

Great review! This one sounds very good. I’d love to enter. Oh, and I’m a follower.

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Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I haven't read a historical romance before, but I'd really like to try a Highlander one! My close friend loooves them and she always tells me to give em a chance. :) Great review Carrie!

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fickle fan said...

Would love to enter please :) I'm a follower
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Teresa said...

I am a follower.

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Tiger Holland said...

I'd like to enter! But if I'm fortunate enough to win, I might need to wait a while until my address gets settled to have it mailed. :-)

I follow!

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Bookie said...

Highlander books are always a lot of fun to read. This sounds like a good one.

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Lisa R said...

I love a good historical romance and especially when the heroine is feisty!

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ReadingRainbow said...

I would love to read this book! I have become a follower of your blog.

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katsrus said...

I am a new follower. Found you through the blog hop(A Journey of Books blog). Please enter me too. Thank you for the contest.
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elaing8 said...

please count me in.I am a new follower

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misskallie2000 said...

Sounds like my kind of book. Love those Highlanders. Pls count me in.

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Julie (ASmAcc) said...

I'm a follower and would love a chance to win!

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angie said...

I would love to be entered!
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Gina said...

Please, enter me! The book sounds wonderful!!

Bingo said...

I would love a chance at winning this book. Thanks for hosting. I am now a Google Friend Connect follower

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dyockman said...

I'm a GFC follower now, and of course I am dying to read this! LOL!

pixie13 said...

Google friend Connect follower. Please accept my entry. Thanks!
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nfmgirl said...

I follow

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