Readers will truly enjoy the conflict, suspense, and romance that one comes to expect from authors of Anna Markland's caliber.
"5-Star Page Turner"
A wonderful, action-packed suspenseful romance and such a riveting read! This intricately written novel moves deftly at a great pace never missing a step! The book is beautifully crafted and truly a magnificent and spell-binding read. Ms. Markland skillfully tells a splendid, thrilling tale and is truly a master story-teller. The characters feel amazingly real and filled with hidden depths. The story’s settings are easy to imagine and quite spectacular. Becket is totally swoon-worthy; the epitome of the chivalrous and noble hero. Marguerite has a steely strength and determination that makes her easy to empathize with. Ms. Markland’s story will definitely take the reader on a breath-taking journey from beginning to end!
With echoes of “Romeo and Juliet,” “Banished” is a wonderfully fast-paced, historically accurate romp through Anglo-Saxon England in the decades before the Norman Conquest. Ms. Markland does a brilliant job of evoking the period with colorful detail without allowing her plot to bog down for a moment. As the story winds through fascinating scenes, the reader can’t help but root for the lovers. The characters, even the minor ones, all spring to life with well-defined, complex personalities. On only a few occasions does the author use a Norse word without enough explanation or brush over a description where the reader needs more detail. If “Banished” has a flaw, it is that it is too short.
"VERY STEAMY 4.5 STARS"
Ms. Markland does a tremendous job of sparking a conflicted connection between her characters. When it comes to characters, there is a wide variety to select from and each character has been given a unique voice and style, setting them apart from each other. The story being told, utilizes real people to an extent, but gives them a humanity that a history book would not. This is not a tale of battles, but a story of the people trapped within the fights, beautifully rendered. The reader should expect to laugh, cry, and get angry while reading this novel.
"Sexy Side of History"
Ms. Markland has a dynamic way of bringing history to life, helping readers learn and understand while immersing them in her stories. In this instance it is with two highly unlikely lovers amidst the fight for Scotland's crown jewels.
Ms. Markland’s impeccable research pays off as she balances historically correct facts with red-hot romance and kick-butt action. The descriptions of the clothing, food, ships and architecture give this novel an air of authenticity while the romance serves as the proverbial frosting on this scrumptious cake. Although the dynamic characters and action-packed plot will keep readers on their toes, some may feel the mystical overtones in Konrad's eleventh hour rescue seem out of place. And while Zara’s brother is beautifully written and fully realized, the characterization of her sister is slightly one-dimensional. Fast paced and riveting, this tale is a great addition to the series!
A beautiful story and a must read for Scottish enthusiasts! “Kilts Ahoy” has many colorful characters traipsing through its pages, from the drunken, irresponsible Laird Elgin Robson, to the charismatic Laird Beathan MacCray. Several plot twists take the reader by surprise. This is not your typical love story, making for a refreshing tale. Ms. Markland does an outstanding job in pulling several brothers to the side, giving them tasks that make them memorable, as in the instance of Seth and Finlay. She also consistently uses a Scottish accent throughout the story, lending it authenticity.
"5-Star with Comedic Banter"
This page turner immediately captures the reader’s attention and makes a solid connection. It’s as though the reader is watching the story unfold on the big screen. Details are vivid, dialect is appropriate to the period, and it’s impossible not to fall in love with the hero and heroine. The story is laced with the perfect amounts of romance, suspense, comedic banter and angst. Readers will be taken with the classy, yet titillating, consummation of the marriage between Shona and Ewan. Ms. Markland has done an outstanding job, giving lovers of historical medieval romance a solidly written read - well deserving of five stars.
“Loyal Heart” is a beautiful love story of star-crossed lovers finding a way to their happily ever after in spite of family loyalties and commitments. Brandt does his best to keep from breaking Sophia’s heart when he sends her away because he is betrothed to Dorothea even though his heart belongs to Sophia. The backdrop to the story is breathtaking and the depth of the characters is incredible. All of the characters in the House of Wolfenberg have an amazing depth to them: from the eldest son, Johann, to the youngest brother, Kon. One can feel the love between all the characters as the reader is drawn into this excellent story of love and strife.
"Story With A Fresh Twist"
An inventive tale and a fresh twist on a common nuptial problem — jilting. Language, word choices, and setting are all true in this medieval genre piece. The turning point is when Isabel and Darroch realize they’ve been duped. The reader might find believing the plot to be a bit of a stretch, based on a misunderstanding that could have been easily cleared up with a visit to the other clan. However, since it was not, the reader now has an interesting story to read. Who could gain from rival clans remaining enemies? Strong technical writing, good pacing, and characterization. Kyla, Darroch’s wee daughter, is a darling and steals many of the scenes.
"Highly Amusing Masquerade"
This romance set in the highlands of Scotland will quickly whisk readers up into the hills and keep them there until the story is complete. Although listed as book 5, this completely works as a stand-alone with no prior reading needed. Readers will be swept along by the story of Spencer and Jane, amused at the fact that both parties are masquerading as other characters, oblivious to the fact that the arranged marriage they are both avoiding, is in fact to each other. Throw in Jane’s brother, a young lad who is always hungry, but whose life and future as Laird is in jeopardy due to an evil stepmother, and readers have an almost two stories blended to make one seamless, page-turning adventure. Well-written and historically beautiful, fans of the genre will not want to miss this!
What an incredible historical saga filled with political intrigue! The story is a little slow at the start and can be confusing if readers aren’t familiar with the previous books. However, the author makes up for it with wonderful character development and a complex plot. Faith starts out as meek and infatuated with Gray. She gradually builds up courage in a realistic manner and learns what love really is, making her the star of the story! The romantic tension between Faith and Gray creates a slow burn that readers will love. The best part is the full immersion into the story due to the detailed spy intrigue that keeps readers on their toes and the realistic language. Readers will love that there are so many layers to this historical romance!
"Author with Talent for History"
“Kilty Party” is full of the complicated political history of 17th-century Scotland and England. Rich descriptions of the geography, architecture, and social hierarchies engage all of the senses. Readers of the previous three entries in this interesting series will probably feel more emotionally invested in this installment than readers who experience it as a stand-alone. The historical footnotes are must-reads in this jolly romp about the personal impact of political intrigue on individuals.
Who can resist a romp through the Scottish Highlands with a hunky man in a kilt? Set in tumultuous, late 17th century Scotland, the conflict keeping the lovers apart is intense. Once the romance begins, there is sizzling chemistry between Garnet and Jewel underscored with believable emotion. With plenty of intrigue, action, and danger, this adventure will keep fans of steamy historical romance turning pages!
"Perfect Afternoon Read"
"Passion's Fire" is a fast and fun novella with a quick page-turning pace. Even the slowest could read it in less than three hours. The author gives us a clear picture of the internal and external dilemmas driving the plot and she does it seamlessly, making one want to know what’s going to happen next!
"The Power of Love"
"Kingslayer's Daughter" is a delightful, heartwarming historical romance! Based around the real-life actions of Henry Marten, a signatory of King Charles I's death warrant, the story tells the fictionalized tale of his natural daughter. Sarah is intelligent, determined and compassionate. Munro recognizes those qualities and sets about proving he is the right man for her. Each goes through a journey of self-discovery that provides revelations and promise for the future. Historical detail lends atmosphere and a plot thread on child labor adds depth to the story. The story develops gently, like rolling hills, rather than with dramatic peaks and falls. "Kingslayer's Daughter" explores the power of love with a deft touch that will capture readers' attention and leave them satisfied in the end!
"Pirates. Intrigue. Romance!"
A high seas adventure set in the political mire that was the end of the Seven Years War in the Americas, “The Marauder” is a fast-paced stand-alone adventure full of action, intrigue, and passion. Written with quite a few historical events fueling the setting and plot, this tale nicely balances the instant passion felt by the lead characters with the action-packed tension of the war ending. Overall, fans of pirates, intrigue, and page burning attraction will want to give this book a glance.
"Charming Regency Mystery/Romance"
A delightful Regency mystery and romance all rolled into one! The settings seem real and easily imagined. The story’s plot develops gradually and moves at a good pace. The more modern sensibility against Gabe marrying his cousin’s wife may worry some readers, and the villain is present only fleetingly and never feels truly dangerous. Gabe the sickly military hero manages to be alluring and swoon-worthy despite his illness, and Emma, the widowed countess might want to alienate Gabe, but never truly seems to act the part, and falls for him instead. Emma also spends a lot of time fainting which makes her seem weak. The mystery of the illness befalling the male members of the family adds intrigue! Regardless of a couple of weaknesses, this appealing story will charm readers into believing the improbable!
"Wildly Steamy Lovers"
There is so much to love about this book. Be prepared to experience a fascinating world abounding with the allure of the sea, country, era, and castles of Scotland. King James Stewart makes a delightful and heroic appearance. Enjoy history? Get ready to be enthralled! The Scottish brogue can be confusing at times for those who may not be accustomed to reading it, although it doesn’t pull too much away from the story. Excitement and tension builds between Kyla and Broderick throughout while they fall in love despite conflict and unseen enemies. The steam crescendos into a full force gale by the end of the book providing the much anticipated happy ever after. Squee!
"A Real OMG Experience"
I was totally taken by surprise, a real OMG experience. A highlight for me in every Anna Markland book I read is that I come away having learned something new in the time period she writes about. I so enjoy learning of the Historical Events that she incorporates into her stories. Roland is an absolutely wonderful story. Very well written and captured my interest from the very beginning. Anna Markland is fabulous... another great story in the wonderful Montbryce Dynasty.