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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Love is a Battlefield by Tamara Morgan

Love is a Battlefield by Tamara Morgan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (305 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lotus

It takes a real man to wear a kilt. And a real woman to charm him out of it.

Games of Love, Book 1

It might be modern times, but Kate Simmons isn’t willing to live a life without at least the illusion of the perfect English romance. A proud member of the Jane Austen Regency Re-Enactment Society, Kate fulfills her passion for courtliness and high-waisted gowns in the company of a few women who share her love of all things heaving.

Then she encounters Julian Wallace, a professional Highland Games athlete who could have stepped right off the covers of her favorite novels. He’s everything brooding, masculine, and, well, heaving. The perfect example of a man who knows just how to wear his high sense of honor—and his kilt.

Confronted with a beautiful woman with a tongue as sharp as his sgian dubh, Julian and his band of merry men aren’t about to simply step aside and let Kate and her gaggle of tea-sippers use his land for their annual convention. Never mind that “his land” is a state park—Julian was here first, and he never backs down from a challenge.

Unless that challenge is a woman unafraid to fight for what she wants...and whose wants are suddenly the only thing he can think about.

What happens when a man in a kilt crosses a woman in a Regency era dress? Lots of sparks leading up to lots of sexy fun, of course!

Kate Simmons is a member of the Jane Austen Regency Re-Enactment Society, and in charge of finding the appropriate venue for their upcoming gathering which has a tiny budget. The job was given to her after her friend Jada caused some embarrassment to some JARRS members at another gathering. Kate is also a manager at a bookstore. Julian Wallace is a member of the Highland Games athletes who compete at an annual event. He also has two younger half sisters and a widowed mother all of whom he dotes on every chance he gets. The main reason he participates in the Highland Games is in memory of deceased stepfather, Harold Wallace, whom he greatly admired and respected. To honor his memory, he is doing all that he can to make him proud by continuing his participation in the Highland Games. His dream is to win in the Highland Games and also land a valuable sponsorship so that he could afford to pay for things that his mother and sisters need. He has to work at construction jobs to make money so that he could afford to compete since competing only brings in money when he wins.

The big problem that causes major friction between Kate and Julian is the fact that both of them want the same venue on the same day, making their situation an impasse. At first they try to outlast each others’ group by camping out on the grounds to stake their claim. Hijinks ensue when one of the JARRS members brings along a hot tub to make camping out more enjoyable. I will leave the rest to your imagination…

I was drawn in by the interesting blurb for this book and was not disappointed at all. Ms. Morgan writes witty dialogue and informative, yet not overly done, narrative. I was thoroughly entertained by the entire story, chuckling at many thoughts of the heroine along with her misadventures, some of which were, not surprisingly, very sexy. I loved both the characters of the heroine and the hero in addition to some of the supporting characters. Even though Kate and Julian grew up in different circumstances with Kate being an only child in a well-to-do household and Julian being the older half brother in a family with very little money once his stepfather passed away when Julian was still young, they find common ground. Both are loyal to their friends and family. They are both also very passionate about their interests: Kate with JARRS and Julian with the Highland Games. The situations of the JARRS and the Highland Games groups were novel and interesting to me.

I enjoyed this book so much that I intend to look for more books from Ms. Morgan. This is another book for my keeper shelf which is always looking for more additions. For a wonderful story full of interesting and fun characters who have some sensational times, be sure to look for Love is a Battlefield!