My Review of “Bound by Wish and Mistletoe” by Kat Bastion

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# A truly brilliant must read series – it deserves more than 5 Stars!

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Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Length: 160 Pages
Genre: Adult Paranormal/ Highlander Romance
Series: Highland Series, Book 1.5
Cover designed byMooney Designs
Arc Review organized by: AToMR Tours

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Synopsis:

The holiday novella, Book 1.5, following the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.

Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.

When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?

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My Review:

Wow… with tears in my eyes and an ache in my chest I have just finished reading an exceptional love story by the incredible Author Kat Bastion.

This beautiful story is set in the Scottish Highlands and the time period is in the thirteenth century. It carries on from the first book in this “Highland Series” called “Forged in Dreams and Magick“, with the Brodie Clan celebrating their first Christmas! It’s filled with extremely loveable characters that make you wish you could find a portal so you could pop in for a visit… and maybe check out a hot alpha male or two wearing a sexy plaid/ or kilt <sigh> ;-P

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe” tells you a poignant yet very sensual tale about a unique love story between a lass called Susanna and the Brodie Clan’s, Commander Robert. Two people who were not looking for love but when their paths accidentally cross, a connection is formed forever! These words from the last page – “What is the greatest Magick?” – Susanna.Tis a miracle, rather! That two people who’d given up hope of findin’ love in this world, collided together.” – Robert …completely melted my heart!

I love this Authors writing style, as you find yourself drawn into a wonderful and magical tale that she is telling… the only way to explain how it makes me feel is like when I was a child and had stories read to me and the wide eyed wonder that I felt!

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About the Author:

Kat Bastion is an award-winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature.

On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with the hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love.

Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world.

Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona, USA.

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Authors Media Links:

Blog  | Website |  Twitter Facebook Goodreads

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My Review of “Forged in Dreams and Magick” by Kat Bastion

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# “Forged in Dreams and Magick” is an intriguing must read!
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Publication Date: September 23, 2013
Length: 338 Pages
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: Highland Series, Book 1
 
Synopsis:

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.

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My 5-Star Review:
Author Kat Bastion first debut novel is simply amazing! This author has great talent, depth and class! Her writing style is so descriptive that it makes you feel like you’re right there watching each scene evolve before your eyes! I was honoured to receive this book to review and once I started I couldn’t put it down!
 
The way the story unfolds is intriguing ….it starts off in the modern day twenty first century with a young archeology student, Isobel MacInnes, who is in Scotland visiting her Seanair/ or grandfather who is gravely ill. He talks to her about finding out the secrets of Highlands history not told. Then on her way home to California she discovers by accident a mysterious artifact that ends up changing her life as she knows it forever…she discovers time-travel, Scottish Highlander history and sensual romance with two soul-mates in different time periods!
 
The story transports you back in time to the thirteenth century of the Highlander clan of the laird Iain Brodie, an extremely hot alpha male who wears a plaid/ or kilt…and oh how I love a strong sexy man in a kilt!
 
Then you are transported even further back in time over 1000 years to AD 84, the time period of the Scottish Picts, into a tribe called Caereni, who’s leader is medieval alpha male called Velloc whom is naked or wearing furs …oh my…drool! 
 
The story is full of adventure, hot passion, historical references and rituals which had me completely spellbound! It’s a very well written story and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!!!

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Book News on the “Highland Legends Series”:

  • Forged in Dreams and Magick – (Available 23/9/2013)
  • Bound by Wish and Mistletoe ~ (Available in Nov. 2013)
  • Born of Mist and Legend ~ (Release date TBA)
  • Found in Flame and Moonlight ~ (Release date TBA)

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About the Author:

Kat Bastion is an award-winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature.

On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with the hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love.

Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world.

Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona, USA.

The Authors Social Media Links:

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Words on Men in Kilts…

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Ode to Men in Kilts
Oh sexy men in your wee kilts
Making us wonder such delights
Tantalising our imaginations
As you so sweetly pass us by…
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Are you enjoying the attention?
Whilst our thoughts are running wild
With mouthwatering anticipation…
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A true Scotsman swings free they say
Taking in the fresh breeze
Are you really warm and toasty under there?
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The temptation is arousing
To look, feel and touch
Whilst you sway and jig…
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We’re yearning for a gust of wind
To set our minds at ease
Just to give us a wee peek
Aye…how I want to slap your damn fine derriere!
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© debradml (2013)
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A Song For Kilts

How grand the human race would be
     If every man would wear a kilt,
A flirt of Tartan finery,
     Instead of trousers, custom built!
Nay, do not think I speak to joke:
(You know I’m not that kind of man),
I am convinced that all men folk.
Should wear the costume of a Clan.
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Imagine how it’s braw and clean
As in the wind it flutters free;
And so conducive to hygiene
   In its sublime simplicity.
No fool fly-buttons to adjust,—
Wi’ shanks and maybe buttocks bare;
Oh chiels, just take my word on trust,
 A bonny kilt’s the only wear.
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’Twill save a lot of siller too,
 (And here a canny Scotsman speaks),
For one good kilt will wear you through
A half-a-dozen pairs of breeks.
And how it’s healthy in the breeze!
 And how it swings with saucy tilt!
How lassies love athletic knees
Below the waggle of a kilt!
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True, I just wear one in my mind,
Since sent to school by Celtic aunts,
When girls would flip it up behind,
Until I begged for lowland pants.
But now none dare do that to me,
And so I sing with lyric lilt,—
How happier the world would be
 If every male would wear a kilt!
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By Robert Service (1874 – 1958)

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