Author: Julia London



Sinful Scottish Laird
by Julia London

Series: Highland Grooms #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

English widow Daisy Bristol, Lady Chadwick is in an untenable situation.  Per her Husband’s will she must remarry within three years of his death or forfeit her son’s inheritance.  As the deadline quickly approaches Daisy takes her family and flees to a hunting lodge in Scotland to avoid the fortune hunters vying for her hand in marriage and to wait for the possible return of her once love, Captain Robert Spivy.  She had no idea what she would find when she arrived or how it would change her life.  But will it change her for the better?


Cailean Mackenzie of Arrondale is satisfied to lead his life alone as Laird of his land and as a smuggler.  Cailean’s heart was broken long ago by an English woman and he has no intention of ever letting another woman rule his heart. However, he never counted on the vivacious woman that would plant herself in his life with her bold and sexy demeanor.


Daisy is eager to oversee her life but the world seems to be against her.  Therefore, she is determined to have fun while visiting the Highlands and Cailean is exactly the man she would like to play with. He is determined to deny her regardless of the feelings she stirs within.


Will Daisy’s long lost love come and rescue her from her predicament or will her season of freedom end with a forced marriage to a stranger?  Find out what happens when this Sinful Scottish Laird faces one determined English Lady.


Julia London’s Sinful Scottish Laird hits all the right spots.


Sinful Scottish Laird features fascinating characters, intense sexual tension and one hell of a story.  Historicals are not usually my first choice but I simply cannot resist the men of the Highlands.  Ms. London does an amazing job of taking the reader into the highlands.  The world building in Sinful Scottish Laird is superb.  I could picture it all in my mind and I wanted to go and see it for myself.  I wouldn’t mind running into a man like Cailean either.  While that seems rather unlikely to happen I must live vicariously through Ms. London’s characters.


My heart went out to Daisy and the situation she faces.  I could feel her pain and frustration as I sped through the pages.  When she lays eyes on Cailean the first time the attraction is powerful.  Cailean is dealing with his own inner demons when it comes to trusting women.  He is baffled by the boldness Daisy exhibits toward him and does everything he can to ignore her.  Their bickering is simply hilarious and adorable.  I could not get enough of it. They made me laugh out loud so many times!


Cailean may be sexy as SIN but he melted my heart with his kindness towards Daisy’s son Ellis.  I was expecting more intrigue as Captain Robert Spivey entered the picture.  I was disappointed a bit but the rest of the novel exceeds expectations making Sinful Scottish Laird a Joyfully Recommended Read for February.


Sinful Scottish Laird is a romance you will not soon forget.  This sexy couple will sweep you off your feet and have you racing through the pages to discover if they find their happily ever after. Ms. London gives us a remarkable read with Sinful Scottish Laird.  I cannot wait to take my next trip to the Highlands when Cailean’s brother Rabbie discovers love in Hard-Headed Highlander.



The Trouble with Honor
by Julia London

Series: The Cabot Sisters #2
Published by Harlequin Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Miranda

Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin… Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family's ruin. Upon the earl's death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil's bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother's fiancée out of the Cabots' lives for good. An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

The Mischievous Honor Cabot is ready to do whatever it takes to keep a roof over her and her sister’s heads after the passing of their step-father.  Her brother is about to marry a woman that really has no use for Honor or her sisters.  She is terrified of what will happen next so she comes up with a daring plan.


Honor decides to enlist the scandalous George Easton, the bastard son of a duke, in her plan.  Honor would like Easton to seduce her stepbrother’s fiancée away but she doesn’t count on the sparks that fly between herself and Easton.  Will Easton be able to complete her task or will his feelings for Honor change his feelings regarding love?


The Trouble with Honor is a fantastic start to London’s new Cabot Sisters series.  Honor and George made me laugh so many times while reading!   They have such a natural chemistry that steadily grows into something else, something stronger.  Their love story is a fun and entertaining read! Honor’s shenanigans are hilarious.  London writes her characters and plotlines with style.


Return to Homecoming Ranch
by Julia London

Series: Pine River #2
Published by AmazonEncore Genres: Contemporary, Family Life
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Miranda

Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby's sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.”Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Afraid of backsliding, he lives in the mountains and keeps his distance from people. Yet he never forgot Libby, his former colleague at the sheriff's office whose charm and cheerfulness always warmed his days. Now Libby's back, ignoring the townspeople's whispers (and her ex's restraining order) while desperately trying to make Homecoming Ranch a successful event destination. She keeps causing trouble for Sam, but he finds her smile more beautiful than ever…and his touch gives her thrills she's never felt. Could these two lost souls mend each other's broken hearts?

Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Sam is the strong silent type keeping to himself trying to protect his sobriety. Before he let alcohol take over his life he was working his way up in the Sheriff’s department. Now he is happy to have his small town job as a deputy.  Things are usually nice and quiet letting Sam lead a solitary life on the mountain but one woman is determined to try his patience.


Libby Tyler used to be known as a sweet and giving woman. She was always put together nicely and working for local causes.  However, everything changed when she took a golf club to her ex’s truck.  Now, Libby’s ex Ryan has a restraining order against her. She is having a lot of trouble staying the required distance from Ryan and his children which brings Deputy Dog, Sam onto her path. 


Libby is the most frustrating creature Sam has ever met.  While he should agree with the masses that a little more time in the loony bin would do Libby some good Sam can’t stop wanting to help her. Homecoming Ranch heats up as Sam attempts to bring Libby back down to earth and Libby attempts to bring Sam out of his shell once again.  Will all be well at Homecoming Ranch or will these two do more harm than good?


Julia London’s Return to Homecoming Ranch marries contemporary, complex characters with dark humor creating a meaningful and memorable romance.  This is my first book in the series and it can be read as a stand-alone.  When I read the synopsis I thought it was going to be a funny romance but it didn’t take long for me to realize that Return to Homecoming Ranch is a very serious romance. 


Sam and Libby are two characters that have been through dark times.  Sam is ahead of Libby on the recovery road. He is two years sober while Libby is right in the middle of her trauma.  She is in denial at the beginning of the story. Libby doesn’t see what is wrong with the way she is thinking.  There were times I wanted to shake her so bad.  She was frustrating but I understood her. I wanted to punch her ex, wait…that is not severe enough. I may have thought of many different ways to murder him. Every woman has unfortunately come across a man like him before. 


Sam made me melt. This is the type of man I hope to one day marry. He has flaws, he acknowledges them and works to improve himself and help others.  He is always going the extra mile for people.  There are lots of great scenes between Libby and Sam. At first they are filled with humor and sometimes sadness but things heat up swiftly.  I really felt like I was on the outside looking in at a couple falling in love. I was right there with them for every moment of their journey.  London’s excellent prose allows the reader to go on an in depth and up close journey with the characters. 


London delivers a homerun with Return to Homecoming Ranch’s humor, emotion and characters that leave you wanting more.

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