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Monday, April 15, 2019

Heart of a Highlander by Maxine Mansfield - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Maxine Mansfield and her new book, “Heart of a Highlander”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Maxine and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Heart of a Highlander
by Maxine Mansfield

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GENRE: Time Travel/Romance

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BLURB:

Staff Sergeant Ian Mackay didn't care if he lived or died. He'd left what really mattered strewn across Afghanistan three years ago. All the self-help groups and doctors in the world couldn't assuage his guilt. But when an accident takes his life and Fate steps in with an offer to fix what was once unfixable, he jumps at the second chance to save his men. Now he's stuck in a strange land, in an even stranger time, and expected to bed his equally strange but desirable new bride. Healer Aila Gordan of the Sutherland clan thought her betrothed dead, had even seen his lifeless body the night before their wedding. Why then is her sworn enemy, Ian Mackay, standing before the priest, waiting for her to repeat the vows that would make her his wife? The fairies must have possessed his body, a frightening notion, indeed. But marriage to the handsome laird, possessed or otherwise, couldn't be any worse than living in her brother's castle where, like all women in 1643 Scotland, she has no freedom. And if the kiss at the altar is any indication, she could just steal the heart of a highlander.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Ian took a deep breath. “So, you’re saying if I go back in time and take up where this other guy left off, then I’ll be given a chance to change what happened to Danny and the other men I lost in Afghanistan?” He held out his hand to shake on it. “Sign me up.”

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MY BOOK REVIEW:


This book was such an entertaining, exciting, romantic, historical adventure!

This book has a creative storyline, fantastic writing style with vivid scenes, well-developed characters, is steady paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page.

This is the second book I’ve read from the incredible writer, Maxine Mansfield.  A few years ago, I had the privilege of reading her book, “Time for a Highlander,” which is part of the Real Men Wear Kilts Book Series and I totally loved it, so I was very excited to read her latest work – which also happens to fall in the same series.  “Time for a Highlander,” is Book One in the Real Men Wear Kilts Book Series, while this new book, “Heart of a Highlander,” is Book Two.

Maxine’s writing continues to improve and grow with each book!  I know she will be an author I will continue to read over the years!

Unlike in the first book, where the focus is on a heroine that is given a second chance and time travels backwards, this book, features a hero that Fate rescues and offers him a similar second chance opportunity.  Ian McKay, a former Staff Sergeant, is significantly depressed, suffering from PTSD, and emotionally circling the drain.  After a terrible incident in Afghanistan that killed all his men (he was the sole survivor) – which he also feels completely guilty for; Ian is heartbroken, tormented, distraught, and full of regrets.  One day, while driving he dies, while swerving and flipping his truck over to help save and avoid hitting a young Amish girl on the road.  Fate then comes to intervene and offers Ian an opportunity to go back to Afghanistan and save his men if Ian will do a “small” favor first, which Ian jumps at the chance.  Ian is then transported to Scotland in 1643 into the body of his late ancestor and is to be wed to a bride, Aila, he has never met.  A new place, a new time, a new bride – this is not exactly what Ian had in mind when he made the agreement with Fate.

I really liked the main characters, Ian, Aila, her brother Fergus, and of course, the ever so entertaining Fate.  I loved Ian and Aila together!  I enjoyed their chemistry and passion that leaped off the pages!  I loved how they pushed each other’s buttons and at times drove each other crazy lol!

I liked how Aila helped Ian work through his emotional baggage, PTSD trauma, and helped him over-come personal obstacles – while also helping him adjust to his new life in 1643.  I liked how Ian gave Aila the freedom and independence she wanted.  I really liked how they completed each other.

I think the author did a fantastic job on her character development as these characters were so real and personal on many levels.

I loved the scenes where Ian was trying to explain modern-day advancements to Aila.  I’ve never thought about trying to explain electricity or cell-phones or airplanes to someone who never grew up with those things.  I guess, I too, I would be skeptical about hearing about the government sending someone called an astronaut to walk on the moon lol!!!

I also found it interesting to reflect back on the differences and similarities between these two time periods.  Ian went back about 400 years which seems like it was forever ago – and yes, at many intervals it was.  However, how much really did change…?!  There is still war, incurable illness, famine, gender inequality, greed, hate, and pain.  It was intriguing to see after 400 years how our world is still battling and dealing with some of the exact same issues, even with all of our modern-day accomplishments.

The author’s writing is strong and eloquently detailed.  She really provided so much detail in her writing that is was easy to picture!  There were a few times I found myself totally caught up in the story!

This is one book that I can truly say I really enjoyed the ending.  No spoiler alerts here!!!  But I definitely needed a couple tissues.  And was glad that this book ended with a messy-free, bow-tied HEA!

I really liked the in-depth amount of research the author did while constructing this book.  It was clear she was very familiar and well-versed on the culture, customs, and traditions of Scotland.  I honestly did not know much about life over there.  However, the author provided so much detail and such vivid descriptions it made the scenes easy to picture.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is book two of the Real Men Wear Kilts Book Series.  I have read the first book before reading this book, and I would strongly state that there is not any requirement for having to reading it first.  This book can absolutely be read as a standalone.  Although, I have thoroughly enjoyed both books so I would suggest checking them both out – in any order!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend not only this book, but this author as well!  I was truly impressed with the quality of writing, intriguing storyline, and excellent character development!  I will definitely be continuing to follow this author and check out her upcoming books!  I think all time-travel romance readers will like this book too!  So, be sure to add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write erotic romance, be it Fantasy or Time travel from my easy chair in the great state of Alaska. A magical place where the summer days are long and bright, and the winter nights even longer.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Maxine will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

14 comments:

  1. Maxine ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

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  2. Thank you Ally for your wonderful review Of Heart of a Highlander. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I can't wait to send you Loving a Highlander as soon as it's finished. :)

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  3. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

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  4. At which age did you have your first book published?

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  5. Sounds seriously amazing!! My favorite genre! 💛💛💛

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  6. Bernie I was first published in 2012 at the ripe young age of 57 :)

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  7. Thank you for sharing your review.

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