Lords of Love and Legends: Magical Tales of Timeless Desire

Allie Mackay; Brenda Jernigan; Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Lords of Love and Legends: Magical Tales of Timeless Desire
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Publisher
Scott Publishing
Release Date
January 2017
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Four full-length novels of magical romance by USA Today Bestselling and National Award-winning Authors!

Four Magical Tales of Timeless Desire

USA Today Bestselling and National Award-winning Authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder (aka Allie Mackay) and Brenda Jernigan sweep you into a long ago world of breathtaking passion and adventure where myth and legend was real, danger abounded, and lords and ladies risked everything for love!

Winter Fire by Sue-Ellen Welfonder... When a Highland lass meets a dashing stranger in an enchanted place, she gladly gives her heart – and her passion – to the lover she only knows as the Lord of Winter.

The Duke's Lady by Brenda Jernigan… If you yearn for classic romance with noblemen, ladies, and intrigue, complete with a magnificent Cornish setting, this is your tale…

Some Like It Kilted by Allie Mackay… A legendary Highland chieftain and a modern American woman aren't prepared for the passion that flares between them, or the ancient secrets that would tear them apart.

The Wicked Lady by Brenda Jernigan… If you like humor and a fun-filled read…this one is for you… When Trevor Claremont is blind-sided by a pickpocket, he isn't prepared for the feisty redhead who he finds is one wicked lady.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Jan 20, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
61 people found the following review helpful
If you love a bit of magical romance in your reading then you will definitely be interested in LORDS OF LOVE AND LEGENDS: MAGICAL TALES OF TIMELESS DESIRE. These are four full-length novels, which will be sure to keep you warm on these cool winter nights.

"Winter Fire" by Sue-Ellen Welfonder: Katla MacKenzie meets Gunnar MacLeod and mistakes him for the Lord of Winter. Not one to set her straight, MacLeod happily seduces Katla atop Odin's Flame only to let her go when he finds out she's a MacKenzie.

Likes: Family feud, Viking lore, the witch (or cailleach) Devorgilla of Doon (her details were fabulous), the power of the women.

While I do enjoy romances with a strong (alpha) male lead (don't get me wrong, Gunnar is just that), I love it when the women have powers/skills of their own that can bewitch (confound) the men.

"The Duke's Lady" by Brenda Jernigan: If you yearn for classic romance with noblemen, ladies, intrigue, and deception, this story may be for you. Adam Trent is the Duke of Cornwall and a spy for the Americans. Jewel Bona washes up on his shore with the remains of a treasure map and no memory of who she is or what happened to her.

Likes: Different from the usual period pieces I've read, this one caught my attention and let's just say that Jewel has some skills.

The language and much of the mannerisms weren't true to the period but if you can overlook it, it has a bit of a swashbuckling flair that made for a fun read.

"Some Like It Kilted" by Allie Mackay: Mindy Menlove lives in a castle that was transported stone by stone from Scotland to Pennsylvania. When ghosts of former lairds finally persuade her to relocate the castle back to Scotland, she grudgingly agrees to in the hopes of selling it and moving to a much warmer climate. Bran Barra is a seven hundred plus year old ghost who enjoys the high life. Drink, food, making merry.

Likes: Allie Mackay had me at kilted. Seriously, who doesn't enjoy men in kilts? And of the four novels, this one is my favorite. The ghosts had me giggling and reminded me of the ghosts at Hogwarts, only more talking and less haunting. Well, arguing.

There were some historical inaccuracies in the story, for example, kilts are more of an eighteenth century convention and did not exist during the time of Bran (fourteenth).

But again, the story is fun and like the others, does require a considerable amount of suspension of disbelief.

"The Wicked Lady" by Brenda Jernigan: The Thief versus the Captain. Kristen Johnstone was raised on the streets and an adept pickpocket. When she picks the wrong pocket, she finds herself in trouble; well, it doesn't help that she also accidentally shoots the man. Trevor Claremont, the Duke of Chatsworth, is a clipper captain faced with a familial problem—he needs to marry to appease his dying grandmother.

I think you can tell where the story goes from that. As I read, I expected the story to take on a bit of a Pygmalion (think My Fair Lady) quality and if it had, it would have been a grand story but instead, the story seems incomplete. There's so much that's simply assumed – for both the readers and the characters. If Kristen was raised on the streets of London, why does she have a Scottish accent? Why is it everyone seems to accept her without questioning who she is or where she came from? Many of the word choices were far too modern for the era.

Ultimately, I enjoyed two out of two, which isn't bad, all things considered.
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