Review and Giveaway! "Seduced by a Highlander"

As part of the "Seduced by a Highlander" blog tour, I have my review and a giveaway of 5 copies of the book, sponsored by Hachette!

"Seduced by a Highlander"
by Paula Quinn

Source: ARC provided for review by Hachette Books

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:


Isobel Fergusson met a handsome, charming highlander at the King's court. She knows Tristan is a rogue but that doesn't stop her from flirting and even lets him steal a kiss. But the deal-breaker is when she finds out that the object of her affection is a MacGregor, the son of the man who killed her father. Tristan wants Isobel and her brothers to know that his family is not evil, especially not him. He shows up on their doorstep to prove just that. But Tristan knows in his heart there is a bigger reason why he travelled all that way and even suffers being hit over the head with multiple objects by Isobel's brothers.

Wow. Just Wow! This is what a historical romance should be. A gorgeous hero, not afraid to show his lady how much he cares, meets a strong, independent heroine. Add in a full cast of family and friends, all with vivid personalities, and you have one fantastic romance story!

The focus here was always on the romance. There were side stories, but they were about feelings and family relationships. There wasn't a hint of a lost jewel mystery here!! The hero and heroine were never seperated long and you could really tell why they loved each other so much. They had already gotten to know each other before they even knew their families were enemies.

The story was very much about family too. It was very important for Tristan and Isobel both that their families learn to love the other person as well.

Tristan was darn near perfect. I'll take a smiling, playful, charming hero over a brooding one any day! But he wasn't miraculously perfect, a lot of different things caused him to act the way he did. He had flaws and had descended to a dark place, after the death of his beloved uncle, where he just didn't care about anything. He put up a facade of carefree-ness, but really it was because he was afraid of being hurt again if he actually cared about anyone or anything again. Underneath his armor was an very honorable and caring man.

Isobel's brothers were all adorable. I think I have a soft spot for Cameron, maybe because Tristan gave him some pointers on how to be a good man.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 5/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 5/5


Bottom Line: If you like historical romance, this is a must-read!!



GIVEAWAY RULES:
Hachette
books has generously provided FIVE copies of this historical romance for readers of my blog!

All you have to do is follow my blog publicly and leave a comment on this review with your email address!

Please follow publicly or I can't tell that you are following :) Also, if you aren't comfortable leaving your email here, go ahead and leave a comment and then send me an email with your email addy.

Extra Entries:
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Rules:
  • US and Canada only
  • No PO Boxes please
  • Must be a follower to enter
  • Extra entries are optional and can all be left in the same comment
  • Leave a comment with your email address
  • Books will be mailed out by Hachette
  • Ends Friday Sept. 10
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

52 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh, excellent review, Carrie! This sounds so well-written, and I'd definitely like to be entered! Thank you for hosting this giveaway :)

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Danielle said...

What a great review! I have to read this book. Please enter me and thanks for the review and giveaway.:)

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Jinky said...

I like reading about good men. Please count me in! --Thanks.

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Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the review and since I enjoy Paula Quinn's books, I'm looking forward to reading Seduced by a Highlander.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I enjoyed your review and would love to read Seduced by a Highlander :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Blodeuedd said...

How come I never grow tired of highlanders? :D But then I do not want to

jeanette8042 said...

Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

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stacey said...

I would so love to win this book then it would go with the Ravished Highlander book I won from you Paula.
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Sullivan McPig said...

Not entering your giveaway as I'm not from the US, but wanted to say thanks for the review. We might give this one a try.

Paula Quinn said...

Hi Carrie,

Thank you so much for the sparkling review! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book. Tristan & Isobel were a joy to write :)
Also, I'd like to thank all the wonderful ladies for stopping by and wish you all good luck in the giveaway!

GMR said...

Great review, Carrie! Sounds like you really enjoyed it....happy reading! ^_^

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

A near perfect romance? Nice! Great review.

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Jena Lang said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this book!!!

I'm now following your blog

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Darlyn said...

Great review!I start to love historical romance too lately =)

jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World said...

Great review!

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justpeachy36 said...

I am a GFC follower.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Paula, thanks so much for stopping by! I really loved the book, especially Tristan :) I'm looking forward to the rest of this series!! Thanks!

Thanks for entering, everyone!

gcpeach17 said...

Your review was so very good!! How could anyone not want to read this book after reading it? I know I cannot wait to read it! Thanks, for entering me in this fabulous giveaway!

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Cecile said...

Oh wow, what a great giveaway! Thank you!
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Debbie's World of Books said...

Please enter me! dasuzuki at yahoo dot com

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I posted about the giveaway here: http://debbiesworldofbooks.com/other-giveaways

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Melissa said...

I so want to read this book! It just looks so delish!

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Tiffani said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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LilMissMolly said...

I'd love to win a copy. I simply adore Julia's Highlander books!
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Rebecca said...

I am a follower!

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Rebecca said...

adding it to my sidebar after I post this comment :o)

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Rebecca said...

I tweeted it!
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Aisle B said...

Sign me UP! Here is the link announcing the Giveaway and you so KNOW I follow you ;) Where else can I get my dose of HR addiction clarified.

http://aisleb.tumblr.com/post/1058509195/great-giveaway-for-hr-lovers-from-in-the-hammock

Have a great long weekend:)
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elaing8 said...

I'm looking forward to starting this series. Great review
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Mandy said...

I am a follower. I will read anything with a highlander wearing a kilt and a dirk!
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Alexa said...

I have heard great things about this author and would love to read one of her books.

Thanks for the great contest!

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east.ofeden said...

What a great contest! Following (:

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Suzanne said...

I'm so glad you're hosting this one! I loved the first book in this series and would LOVE to win this one!

*I'm a new follower!

Thanks!
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Suzanne said...

I just posted about your great giveaway on my sidebar!

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Thanks!
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Suzanne said...

I tweeted!

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cheryl c said...

I have enjoyed other Paula Quinn books, and this new one is getting great reviews around the blogs. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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Mandy said...

I did already enter. However, my email address has changed since then. Here's my new one:
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I'm a follower!

nel said...

Thank you for a great review!!! I have been wanting to read this book when i finished with Ravished by Highlander.


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allisonsbj3 said...

Thanks for this giveaway! I'm a follower.

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TheBookishSnob said...

I'm a follower :)

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LMW said...

Great contest! I'm a follower! This book sounds great! laceybug35@yahoo.com
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katsrus said...

New follower. Would love a chance to win.
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ParanormalBites said...

I so luv me a man in a kilt! Please enter me in the contest.

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MrsPhilipswithoneL said...

I am a follower and my husband is Scottish,
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Bonita12 said...

I enjoyed the review - what a twisted story - loving your dad's killer's son?
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Becky said...

I'm a follower. The book looks great.

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Maureen said...

I am a follower. The book looks like a good one.
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New follower

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Puanani503 said...

Great post, sounds really interesting! I'm your newest follower on GFC!!

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