Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Book Tour: Highlander's Hope by Collette Cameron; Review + Giveaway






Highlander's Hope
Author: Collette Cameron
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publish Date: 19 May 2013

Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn't recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London's docks, but Lord Sethwick's passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife—without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, "I do." Will Ewan's manipulation cost him her newfound love?  
  

Excerpt

Peeking at him from beneath her lashes, she reached up to straighten her bonnet. It hung askew off the side of her head, like a giant drooping peony. She shoved it back into place but the moment she removed her hand, it flopped over once more.

The stranger's unrestrained laughter filled the carriage.


“Oh, bother it all.” Yvette’s patience with both her rescuer and the silly bonnet were at an end. She had no choice but to remove the dratted thing to reaffix it. Several strands of hair tumbled to her shoulders when she removed the cap from her head. Suppressing a shriek of annoyance, she placed the hat beside her. She then set about securing the wayward curls. Pinning the last strand in place, her eyes met those of her companion.


Momentarily forgetting her unanswered questions, she stilled, as did the world around her. The air hung suspended in her lungs. Her eyes widened in disbelief, her stunned gaze riveted on his face. “You exist?” Her voice was husky with awe.


Raising an ebony eyebrow, a flicker of humor softened the nobleman’s features. “So it would appear.”


A voice, deep and dark, caressed Yvette’s heightened senses. She stared. Her gaze roved across his handsome features returning, as if compelled by some unseen force, to his eyes.


Those eyes. Fringed by thick lashes, the mesmerizing turquoise pools gazing back at her sent her senses reeling in recognition. Her mouth dropped open. No, it couldn't be. “Am I dreaming?” Giving a quick shake of her head, she lowered her eyelids for a moment. Lud, but she was befuddled. "Who are you?




My Review:





Highlander's Hope is a regency romance that is packed with mystery, action and passion! There's plenty to keep a reader turning the pages.

Our heroine, Yvette, is fleeing America in secret to escape the unwanted and violent attentions of Edgar, a very persistent suitor...and someone who has attempted to abduct and rape her several times. On arrival in London she is chased by one of Edgar's men, but Ewan, our hero, is there to rescue her.
Unbeknownst to Yvette, Ewan is a member of the Diplomatic Corps and is on the hunt for a traitor. He knows Edgar worked with this traitor, and is determined to catch him. Unfortunately this draws the innocent Yvette into a dangerous web, with her right in the middle.

Yvette is very wary of men, she is an heiress and she realises that most men only want her for her money. She guards her freedom fiercely and only wants to marry if it's for love. When Yvette and Ewan are thrust together, and forced to enter a fake betrothal to prevent scandal, she is very suspicious about his intentions. She's vulnerable after all she has had to endure, including the tragic deaths of her father and step-mother. Yvette is very likeable, she comes across as strong and independent but her vulnerability softens her and she has a kind heart.

Ewan comes across as a bit of a rogue, but he's actually very kind, protective and loyal. He's also very close to his large family, who we get to know quite well in the later part of the book. Ewan wants nothing more than to catch the traitor, and return to his Scottish home, Craiglocky, to settle. I thought this was a refreshing change from heroes who are often so reluctant to settle. I thought that Ewan was the perfect hero for Yvette, he's very charming and his playful manner help to draw her out of her shell more. He's determined to protect Yvette from harm, although this becomes more difficult as the story progresses.

The romance between them had it's rough patches, and though the sexual chemistry is there from the beginning, the true romance grows slowly throughout the book. I was right there with the couple, urging them towards their HEA.
The mystery part of the storyline was great, and it kept me easily intrigued. The identity of the true villain is concealed fairly well and the twists in the plot kept me hooked as Ewan tried to keep Yvette safe, whilst trying to catch a traitor.

This book has all the ingredients for a thrilling romance, with plenty of action and mystery! The secondary characters are all well developed, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Collette Cameron- particularly Ewan's sister, Adaira's story!

*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest opinion.


About the Author


A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.
A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.
Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and going on to obtain her Master's Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc.
Some of Collette's favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading.
Author Links: Website  Blog  |  Facebook Page  Facebook  |  Twitter  Google+  |  Linked In  |  Pinterest  Soul Mate Publishing Author's Blog 

Giveaway

Collette will be awarding a gift basket that include a gift card, blue rose tea cup, blue rose soap, vintage looking cameo pendant, shortbread, tea, and other goodies to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

To enter, just leave a comment with your e-mail address. To increase your chances of winning you can follow the tour and comment, the tour dates can be found here. Good luck!



19 comments:

  1. What a great review. Romance, mystery, intrigue. Who could ask for anything more.

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  2. Thanks for having me here today! Love your site. Hello, MomJane! You should connect with me on Facebook.

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  3. Love reading about highlanders. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  4. I haven't asked a question for awhile, so here goes: What was the most romantic thing one of your characters said or did?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Ewan gives Yvette a very special ring when he finally proposes.

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  5. Thanks for the review!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Hi again Collette! Can you tell me what is one genre that you absolutely REFUSE to write?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Thanks for the great review Cerian! I hope you put it on Amazon and Goodreads too! My head will get so fat.

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    1. You're welcome! I can't wait for everyone else's stories. And thanks for the reminder lol, I knew there was something I was meant to do today!

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  8. Very nice review

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  9. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK TOUR AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  10. I added this to my goodreads TBR list! Would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance to win! :)
    Casey
    caseroo7@gmail.com

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  11. HIGHLANDER'S HOPE promises to be such a wonderful read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. I think I picked a good book for the beginning for me. This is a new genre, new author and a new book for me. I'm so excited. Thank you for a chance to win.

    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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  13. awww, ewan sounds very sweet! thank you for the great review!!

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