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Madeline is whisked away during a tournament by her brother to return to her father's castle. Her duty is to marry the winner of the tournament her father has planned. Her heart was left behind with a mysterious Shadow Guardian, Alexander, who travels to find her to make sure she is well. Their love blooms is such a heart-warming way, those page-turns become unnoticed. I ready nearly 40% of the book in one sitting. Truly an awesome read.
Alexander was the more serious of the twins and maybe that is why I enjoyed book 1 more. Don't get me wrong, it is still a great read. I loved the secondary character's so much, Angus and Heather brought so much humor and added to the story. I can only hope the author has these two in mind for their own stories as the series progresses.
I was hoping Angus would fall in love with one of the twins sisters, but I think the mysterious lady from the tavern will be his love interest.
We do get HEA, and at the end of the story a few months into the future for both the brother's and their wives which I enjoyed. No cliffhanger's, lovemaking within marriage, very mild descriptive.
There is some suspense which added to the story, plus romance that builds slowly. We have misunderstanding as to how each felt about the other and the true reason our h was sent home.
I recommend this author and this series. (ljb)
Book provided by Breathless Press
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I’m always a bit leery to jump into a series without having read the initial book, but author Kirsten Blacketer made it a smooth transition in A Shadow’s Kiss.
In this intriguing tale set in the Scottish highlands, Madeline Campbell is informed that the winner of a tournament will win her hand in marriage. Meanwhile, memories of a kiss in the shadows dampen her spirits.
Alexander has been ordered to check on Madeline and in order to do so, the English knight draws on his mixed Scottish heritage. When he finds himself in the middle of the tournament, winning Madeline’s hand seems pretty attractive.
However, if his English roots are revealed, there is bound to be plenty of trouble. After all, no honorable Scotsman would allow an Englishman to steal away a beautiful treasure like Madeline.
I was impressed with the development of the characters. Madeline is not a traditional simpering maiden; instead she is a proud intelligent woman struggling with her fate. Alexander is a perfect match for her character. While definitely more sweet than sensual, the storyline moves forward at a good pace.
Given that the story takes place in the Scottish highlands, I was pleased that the author didn’t feel the need to make the language so difficult that the reader would have trouble following along. Instead, there is just enough flavor added to differentiate the time period and setting.
I found this to be a quick read with just the right amount of drama to keep my interest. The tournament games added a fascinating twist to the story while the characters danced around a growing attraction. For a historical romance, it was an enjoyable trip to the past.
I enjoyed the plot, it's a follow through from the first book when Madeline is taken. While this book can stand on its own, it does tie up the end of the first book more and also leaves opportunity for future books to come.
Madeline is forced to come home and even worse...is displayed like a trophy for her father's tournament. Alex, the man she loves but can't came to rescue her only to find himself sucked up into the tournament at his own peril. Their love is the sweet taste of forbidden and they are their own worst enemies just as much as the surprises in the books hold enemies for them.
I really can't wait to read Angus's story, which is Madeline's brother in this book- he finds trouble in all the right...I mean wrong ways.
A Shadow's Kiss is full of terrific characters and descriptions that come up off the page and allow you to escape in a world that has already come to pass and yet still holds a candle for us.
If you enjoy historical romance, Strong leading females, and adventure, you will enjoy this read.