Song of the Highlands: The Cambels (The Medieval Highlanders)

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Morgana Cambel harbors one wish: To have one night of ecstasy with Robert MacVie. So, when she is offered such a chance—a secret switch—she determines to take it. Robert MacVie, desperately plots to ensnare his heiress lover into marriage in order to gain her dowry and pay his King the debt his late father owed. But a last minute switch changes the course of his life—and his heart—forever. More

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About K.E. Saxon

K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Divas. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write funny, sexy romances.

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Review by: Jackie B on Aug. 19, 2014 :
Read from August 17 to 18, 2014

Book Info
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 2nd 2014 by Passion Flower Publishing
edition language English
other editions (1)
Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review

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He captured her innocence with his savage desire, she conquered his heart with her song…

“Say naught. Else you shall be next.”

These are the words that leave a six-year-old Highland lass without a voice, and without memory of that terrible day her family's caravan was overtaken and her parents were slain.

Now, thirteen years later, fresh from the nunnery where she was taken after the attack, Highland Lady, Morgana Cambel, harbors only one wish: To have one night of ecstasy with the man of her dreams—her worldly, beautiful cousin's sometime lover—Robert MacVie. So, when she is offered such a chance—a secret switch—she determines to take it.

Highland Laird, Robert MacVie, desperately plots to ensnare his heiress lover into marriage in order to gain her dowry and pay his King the debt his late father owed, thus saving his clan from division and ruin. But a last minute switch changes the course of his life—and his heart—forever.

When their passionate interlude is discovered by her unctuous, devious uncle, nothing will do but that Robert wed the impoverished Morgana instead.

At first, they both resist. He, for the sake of his clan. She, for the sake of her unrequited love. But they quickly discover that resistance is futile. And a boon by the King soon lessens Robert’s debt. Now, as their desire for each other grows, as Morgana’s voice begins to return only in song, as their hearts bond, a legacy of jealousy and greed entraps Morgana in a furious death plot—and only her warrior-knight husband can save her!

My Thoughts

As someone who at one point read nothing but historical novels have developed a lifelong love of stories featuring the Scottish Highlands and the men and women whose passion for life is unsurpassed by any other characters.

There is nothing as satisfying as immersing oneself in a well spun story which is exactly what happened while reading about the tumultuous love affair between Morgana and Robert.

This is a lush, long read that has so many things going on you will not want to take a break but when you do it is easy to pick up where you left off. What I especially enjoyed is the way that all the plots in the book weave together to create a beautiful finale that makes up for all the times when it seemed that there would never be a truly happy ending for anyone.

Having read many others thoughts on this particular book have to agree with the majority that not only does the author portray this time period quite well but her characters are easy to relate to as well as fascinating to learn about, also the more mundane aspects of life during the 13th century are interestingly described which adds to the realism of the story as well.

I am thankful that we were given a bonus read at the end that also helped to give closure to a secondary plot.

This is a well researched, well thought out, extravagant medieval historical romance with tons of action-romantic suspense and lusty scenes hot enough to melt the your ereader!

[Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review]
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)

Review by: Suzie Welker on July 21, 2014 :
From the beginning the plot and characters grabbed my attention. The research that went into writing this book is amazing. When an author takes the time to search and use the actually words during the era that shows they are more concerned with the writing than just publishing anything.

I knew before starting this book was erotic, it this reader it borders on the old school bodice rippers.

Starting out readers see that Morgana has an infatuation with Robert. She would give almost anything for him to notice her. Growing up in the Abby did not allow her to have a lot of contact with men. Since Morgana does not talk and little dowry she believes she is unworthy of most men.

----- If only he could like one such as me. But, `twould ne'er be, she knew. For, she was quite certain that not he, nor any knight in fact, would e'er willingly take a lady like she with no power of speech, whom the priests were sure the devil himself had taken hold of, and who had little to offer for dowry, either--perhaps the biggest impediment of all.

Readers are introduced to Vika early. She has some jealousy to her cousin. The author does not elaborate why but the jealousy is shown by thoughts. I really wonder why she wanted her cousin out of the way. If she is as beautiful as stated why worry about the one man that refuses to give in to her. Why does she not move on to someone else.

----- This would get her cousin out of the way for a bit as well. Thus aiding her cause with the man she, herself, had set her eye upon, Guy de Burgh. Unfortunately, that man, thus far, could not be swayed. And had, these past days, been spending a bit too much time in Morgana's company for Vika's liking.

When Robert kidnaps Morgana I really wonder how many women faced this. A time when women had little choice in who they married, no rights and where to blame when they were raped. Morgana just wanted to have some fun. I do not understand why she never questioned anything her cousin stated. But then I think back, she cannot speak and few women of this time could read or write.

----- She felt the blunt tip pressing into the center of her. She barely had time to get accustomed to the odd feeling before she was ripped asunder by his rough, rapid entry. She jerked and tried to pull herself back, but he had hold of her hips and rammed into her again. This cannot be the right way. Scalding tears burned her cheeks. Surely, I will die from this.

The author weaves historical fiction with mystery. A tale that will keep romance readers coming back begging (yes, pun intended) for more. This book deserves so much more than what I have wrote but I honestly cannot keep writing a fully review without giving away spoilers.

I recommend this book for any who enjoy medieval romance.

Thanks for an amazing read K.E.

The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)

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