Sunday, March 4, 2012

ARC Review & Giveaway: "True Highland Spirit" by Amanda Forester

"True Highland Spirit"
Author: Amanda Forester
Series: Highlander #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781402253072
Author's Website:
Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Published:March 6, 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Author's Blurb:
Morrigan McNab learned to survive with a sword in her hand. Taking command, she is determined to protect her impoverished clan, no matter the cost. When an elusive French knight offers gold to fight against England, she joins the call to arms. Sparks fly on the battlefield as a forbidden passion smolders between Morrigan and Sir Dragonet. Yet Sir Dragonet holds a secret that will destroy the hope for a life together, and will make them rivals on a dangerous quest for a mysterious relic. As they fight beside each other against the English, and against each other to find the treasure, their love becomes a greater force than either can control.

My Review: 
This is the 3rd book in this series but can be read as a stand alone. To get a better understanding of the characters it is recommended that you read the other books in the series though. 
Morrigan McNab is a woman so devoted to her clan that she dresses as a man and raids travelers just to make sure they are fed. She is a very stubborn and brave heroine that eventually learns the benefits of dressing and playing the part of a lady by the end of the book. Jacques Dragonet is many things but some include a spy, knight and a monk. He is on an errand to find a relic for his father and the church but finds himself involved in much more on the way including war and love that is forbidden. Morrigan and Jacques have many obstacles in their way when it comes to their romantic development throughout the book number one being that he is a monk and has sworn to celibacy but their attraction is undeniable. 
This story is action packed from beginning to end that I found to be very exciting and a page turner. During the 2nd book in the series I didn't like Morrigan's character very much but during this story I just fell in love with her character and came to realize why she has her faults and found some to be misunderstandings. I felt a sense of longing and frustration for this couple and it seems impossible for them to ever really be together if just in friendship. 
I have no warnings about this book except that there is some violence. So I would recommend it to historical romance fans especially highland romance fans. This was definitely another great read by Amanda Forester.


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 I have decided to giveaway my copy of the ARC of this book to one lucky commenter. Just leave me a meaningful comment and fill out the rafflecopter below.
1. This giveaway is going to be US only due to shipping costs.
2. The giveaway will end on March 11th at midnight.
3. You must be 18 or over to enter.

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*yadkny* said...

Great review and recommendation on a series and author that is new to me. I love historical romances, but don't read nearly enough highland ones, so I am excited to give this one a try! Thanks for the giveaway!

Arianne Cruz said...

sounds like an awesome book :) i like books with sexual tension :D

Carol L. said...

Thanks for the great review. Since Scottish Highlanders are my favorite reads and I've enjoyed the first 2 books in this series I can't wait to read True Highland Spirit. Thanks for the chance.
Carol L
Lucky7450 (at) aol (dot) com

Lexi said...

Can't deny a man in a kilt!
It shows an authors talent to make you like a character you didn't before. Morrigan seems like she has a very strong personality, but to be a match with Dragonet it seems like she needs to be. Nice review!

And thanks for sharing your copy
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ame1184 said...

Great review! Oooh gotta love it when the characters are supposed to be against each but can't help but be drawn to each other. Sounds like a book I'll have to read : )
thanks for the giveaway!

ame1184 at gmail dot com

Book Savvy Babe said...

I read the arc too, and I completely agree with your review. After reading book 2, I couldn't believe that Morrigan would have her own story, but as it turns out, I liked it a lot. Great review! Book Savvy Babe

Di said...

I'm always interested in a Highlander book, and having the heroine yielding the sword sets this one apart.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

erin said...

Thanks for the great review! I haven't read this series, but you've definitely caught my interest with this review!

Julie W said...

This sounds like a great book! I haven't read the other books so I'm really glad that it can be read as a stand alone! Of course, if it's as great as you say, I'm sure I'm going to go back and read the first two books in the series:)
jwitt33 at live dot com

Julianne said...

Oh my gosh, I love the cover. Very lickable. The book sounds like it's right up my alley. I so enjoy a book with a lot of sexual tension.
Thanks for the chance to win.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Denise Z said...

I have not read this series, but certainly enjoy a good highland romance. I also enjoy world building and characters that I can get to know and follow. I think this book meets the bill. Thank you so much for the lovely review and giveaway opportunity.

Andrea Riley said...

This book sounds like its such a good read! Im definetly going to be keeping an eye out for it when it hits shelves. I just love me a romance book, especially ones with some good intimacy! I havent had the privledge to read any of this authors books. I'd really like to though. And this book sure sounds like it's right up my alley!

Andrea Riley said...

Oops, I just commented and totally forgot to leave my e-mail address! My nmae is Andrea Riley. My e-mail address is:

Sophia Rose said...

I love the blurb about the book and your review has me really interested.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

bn100 said...

I enjoyed your review, especially about the characters. Sounds like a good book.

Shelley B said...

Great review. I love Highland stories, especially Monica McCarty's stories. Thanks for the giveaway.

Gwen LTP said...

Found your blog from the Feelin' Lucky Hop. Gotta say, love your background and header.
Great review - I love the highland theme. Perfect time of the year to read it too!
Thanks for the giveaway!

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