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30 days of Highlanders: Day 4: Guest Post with Diana at Book of Secrets

Apr 29, 2011

Modern Fairy Tales: Reason to Believe

First, I’d like to thank JoJo and Tigris Eden for inviting me to be a part of the 30 Days with a Highlander event! I’m Diana from Book of Secrets and The Forbidden Bookshelf, and, of course, I’m crazy about Highlanders. Usually when I think of Highlanders in romance novels, I picture the brawny kilt-wearing, sword-wielding warriors of long ago. But what about modern-day Highlanders? Can a girl find a real life laird to fall in love with today? The lucky heroine of REASON TO BELIEVE by Leslie Ann Dennis did just that…


“Just in time,” he said with a lift of his eyebrow. “Or I might have put my other idea into play.”

A pleasant shiver skittered through her. “And what idea would that be, pray tell?”

“To imitate my barbaric ancestors, maybe swing you over my shoulder, and carry you to my bed for the remainder of the night.”

She suddenly forgot how to breathe as her mind conjured up images of Conlan, having just returned from a fierce battle, dressed in his MacGregor hunting kilt of faded red and green tartan; his hair a mass of braids and loose locks; his steel-gray eyes glowing with lust for her. A savage warlord.

About the Book:

Lane Douglas is a rational, independent woman, too busy running her interior design business to even think about letting a man into her heart. Her ordered life is turned upside down when her grandfather falls ill. Poppa is convinced his health is tied to the health of a tree planted in Scotland in his honor. They receive a letter from the landowner where the tree is planted stating that the tree is diseased and will be cut down soon. To please her grandfather, Lane heads to the Scottish Highlands to confront the landowner despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in silly superstitions. To her surprise, the landowner turns out to be the handsome laird of Wolfscrag Castle, Conlan MacGregor. The two of them sense an immediate attraction. She convinces him to let her stay at his castle while they nurse the tree back to health. As Lane and Conlan grow closer, she is unable to resist falling for the alluring young laird.

I really fell in love with this captivating story. REASON TO BELIEVE is everything a modern fairy tale should be: a sexy hero searching for the woman who will make his life complete; a strong heroine holding out for the right man to win her heart; and a magical story set against the backdrop of a Scottish castle in the Highlands. The tale is interwoven with Scottish folklore, and I love the clever way the oak tree was linked to Lane’s grandfather. The characters’ personalities really popped off the page. Lane and Conlan’s passion for each other felt very real (and very hot), even though their relationship wasn’t always perfect. Lane could be cantankerous at times, and more than once I wanted to smack her and say “can’t you see this amazing man before you?” REASON TO BELIEVE is a wonderfully romantic tale, and if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a laird’s lady, I would recommend escaping into this book for an afternoon.

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Thank you again to JoJo and Tigris Eden for inviting me to the Highlander party! I leave you with one of my favorite kilt photos that I’ve found on Tumblr, because you know that one of the biggest thrills of seeing a man in a kilt is imagining what he’s hiding underneath.


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19 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Victoria April 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

I shouldn't say this but, how sweet. I know Highlanders are NOT sweet but come on. After reading your post I'm getting all cuddled up like wanting to read this. Thank you.

AsianCocoa April 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM  

Great post, Diana! I haven't read any books about Highlanders. I'll have to give this one a try. :-)

Blodeuedd April 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM  

Great review Diana :D And I love the pic at the end

Maria April 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

The book sounds awesome thanks for sharing!

HighlandHussy April 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

Loved the review (and the visual O.o) thanks Diana!

Danielle Gorman April 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM  

Great post. This book sounds great and I will definitely have to check it out.

HockeyVampiress April 29, 2011 at 10:53 PM  

Thanks for the info.... always love to find new Highlander books

IreneRJ April 30, 2011 at 8:09 AM  

Loving the posts and pics and interviews. are the giveaways international here as they are at Tigris's blog so anyone can join in ? Thanks

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... April 30, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

Great post...LOVE the picture! I does say it all (well almost)

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Tanya May 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

Fantastic post! I wasn't familiar with this read, but now it's on the list! :) And, yes, imagining what's under the kilt is half the intrigue! :)

Trish May 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

I have not read any contemporary highlander books yet. Your review has changed my mind. Great review and I am putting this on my TBR list.

trishbrittingham at gmail dot com

Chelsea B.,  May 2, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

Oh, this book sounds great! Wow! I had never heard of it; thanks for the introduction!


BLHmistress May 3, 2011 at 12:28 AM  

You got me convinced like that wouldn't to hard Diana not when it comes to highlanders :) and the pic at the end :) love it.


Carol L. May 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM  

Hi Diana,
I've never heard of Author or book and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. Love your review., A new book for my TRL.
Carol L

Bakin_Goddess May 3, 2011 at 7:46 AM  

Great review! Beautiful cover. Looking at it makes you (me) feel like I can't take a HUGE breath of fresh air and just know everything will be just fine. I love it!

blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

mbreakfield May 3, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Great review and the book sounds really good.

Camille May 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

never heard of this book but now I want it!

midnite dot fantasy at gmail dot com

meggerfly May 5, 2011 at 11:40 PM  

Wonderful review! The pic at the end of the post is great! We all know what's worn underneath a kilt...

buddyt May 7, 2011 at 5:33 AM  

Heven't really read any modern Highlanders recently. I tend to get the historicals but always willing to try something new.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com


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