Author: Kat Bastion
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance / Highlander Romance / Holidays (for holiday novella)
Source: ARC provided by AToMR on behalf of the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Summary: 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?
Flirty Review: FIVE Lip Bites
Robert Brodie is the commander of Brodie guard and out on a special mission from Isa Brodie: in search of a christmas tree even though he and his men have no idea what this strange custom is for. They soon stumble upon a woman alone and very much on the run. Susanna MacEalen is trying to escape the tyranny of her father and the promise to be wed to a man she doesn't want or love. She's scared, scarred, and more broken than Robert realizes but there is a thread of hope in her that he can't shake. The instant connection is bonded and he vows to protect her. Susanna feels the bond between her and Robert but is very confused since her whole life she was led to believe that men in general were inherently evil and not to be trusted.
I loved the instant attraction between the pair. Even though I would have loved more build-up for the love and sexual attraction, maybe a little bit of push and pull, I understood that they both were weak to the pull and had no other choice. Since the book wasn't surrounding Isa or Iain, we still see them throughout the story. Isa and Brigid take Susanna under their wings once she's back at the Brodie castle. They become the first friends Susanna ever had and help her understand that she could trust other people. Her road to recovery is slow but she learns that even within the gates of Brodie Castle, she is safe. But what she fears is that she will bring harm to her newfound friends.
What really sparked my interest was the relationship we weren't seeing with Brigid and Cupcake aka Skorpius, the black-winged angel. There was obviously tension going on between the two and I wanted to KNOW MORE! AHHH! I can't wait for Bastion's next book so we can all find out. Not only do I love me some Highlanders but the angels are just as hot.
Even though I gave this five lip bites, I wanted to see more development between Robert and Susanna especially after she left toward the end. But it wasn't something I didn't understand, just wanted more. I know that Kat Bastion will deliver with her next book and I suggest anyone read her books! If you are in the mood for Highlanders, this book is for you. It's also the perfect book for the holidays with Isa introducing the tradition of Christmas to the Brodie clan. Mistletoe has never been hotter. Now, only to buy some for myself. Where's my husband?
About The Author
On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with the hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love.
Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world.
Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit her blog at www.talktotheshoe.com, her website at www.katbastion.com, and her Twitter account at https://twitter.com/KatBastion for more information.
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Other Titles by Kat Bastion
Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .
Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .
Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.
Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.
She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.