The Mackay Saga
by Dawn Ireland
Date of Publication: July 20th 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Cover Artist: Fiona
Genre: Highland Time Travel (set in 1775)
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Highland Yearning (The Mackay Saga) . . .
Hot. Hunky. Highlander. That was all that was needed to get me to the begin reading this one. I love highlanders. A hot sexy brogue makes me all tingly. Time travel, historical Scotland, hot male, modern female, and a dog named Scruffy.
I had much fun getting know both Ariel and Caden. I enjoyed the fun and the adventure. This was a good read. I do want to have more from the others of the book or just from this series period. Ariel and Caden find that love can transcend time and family feuds, intense dislike. Sometimes fate has a way of setting your life to chaos before it is righted again.
**This ARC was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?
Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?
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Caden turned to his cousin. “We’ll search the windows above. By now the coward has fled, but we may yet find something to unmask our would-be assassin. Then we’ll attend to your urgent matter.”
He drew Ariel aside far enough that Ian couldn’t hear them. His expression screamed, I’d rather fight a dozen well-armed warriors than be in debt to a Sutherland. “Thank you for . . .” He simply stared at her.
“Saving your life?” She waited. Nothing. “Kissing you?” She raised her eyebrows. “Just trying to fill in the blank here.”
He blanched, but then heat filled his eyes. “Aye.”
“Well, one of us had to take the bull by the horns.” Okay, best not to dwell on that image. “I mean, I was curious. I wanted to kiss you. No big deal. It was just a kiss.”
“Will you stop agreeing with me.”
His smile was genuine and she felt it to the tips of her toes. Good heavens, the man had charisma.
“I’ve nae had a woman who wanted me to disagree with her.”
“Well, I’m not like most women.” That was true enough. She’d never done the ‘let’s talk about boys, clothes and makeup thing’ with a group of girls. Somehow, she’d never fit in.
He smiled down at her. “Aye.”
“There you go, agreeing again.”
“Perhaps it’s because you make yourself so agreeable.”
She couldn’t contain the laughter that burst from her lips. “Really?” The word came out between gasps. “Oh, I wish you could have been there to tell my teachers. Not that they’d believe you. They thought I questioned everything.”
“Then they didnae ken you.” His brows drew together. “I believe the stone was meant for me, but just in case, I want you to take care.
Her laughter died. “Why would anyone want to kill me?”
“Have you offended anyone aside from Ranald, the Countess or Robertson since I met you?”
“I don’t-So, I speak my mind. Is there a law against that in this century?”
“No. And I prefer plain speaking, but I’m nae most men.”
“No, you’re not.”
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“Once Upon a Time” are four of Dawn’s favorite words, because she never knows where they will lead. She writes stories to remind herself that even though things may seem bleak, there is always the possibility of a “Happily Ever After.” If along the way she makes readers smile, cry or see the magic in their everyday lives, then she’s done her job.
Dawn’s written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England and the Highlands – an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy “Society” as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away – well, you get the idea.
Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin’s Male Model search, and take notes, or just sigh?
When she’s not writing, Dawn may be found singing, gardening, learning to play the harp or wood carving. She lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats.
Dawn hopes you’ll read her books, and together you’ll bring to life characters that aren’t perfect, but have a story to tell.
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Good question. This is the way I like to think of my books, and I hope readers agree: very romantic, fast paced with elements of danger, often with touches of whimsy and/or magic. I believe in active description. I’ll give my readers enough unique details to set the stage, but I’m not flowery.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I wish I could say I have a routine, but I don’t. I fit writing in where I can, but I’m always thinking about my stories and characters. Yes, I have been known to work out how my love scene was going to happen while I was supposed to be listening to a lecture.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Ah, character development. I have a strong idea of my characters and their conflict before I start the story, but I discover things about them along the way. For instance, in my new release, Highland Yearning, I hadn’t set out to make Ariel allergic to wool, that tidbit popped up in the first scene. That’s the fun of learning about the characters as you go.
Do I people watch? Of course. I collect odd things people do. For instance, I once watched a man running his fingers in a rhythmic pattern along the edge of a table in a bar. It turns out he was the piano player and he’d been practicing. People really are fascinating.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I think I’m closest to Alex, the heroine in my first book. She is so many things that I’m not, but wish I was. For instance, she can throw a knife and hit her target almost every time, while I have trouble hitting the wastebasket with a wad of paper. I admire her confidence and willingness to take on the world. She’s impetuous, and she knows it, but she’s also willing to own up to her mistakes.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Lord Bradford. I’m going to make his story the fourth book in my ‘Georgians Beyond the Pale’ series. He’s a mystery to the Ton, trusted by the King, handsome, aloof, able to fence with blades or words, and he possesses a keen intellect. He’s also an arrogant Alpha male who has trouble playing with others. He doesn’t think he has time for women. But that’s about to change...
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
I don’t always control the characters. For instance, my first book, Love’s Guardian, was supposed to be a ‘love at first hate’ story. So, my heroine and hero were going to be dancing around each other until the end of the book. That’s not what happened. Half way through, Alex decided she loved Declan. I sat back and thought, Now what am I supposed to do? But it turns out, Alex was right and the story was better because of that decision. Sometimes, I feel a bit like I’m reading my stories as I write them. That is one of the reasons I don’t do a synopsis ahead of time. I like the surprise.