Thursday, February 25, 2010

Feature Review: "In the Warrior's Bed," By Mary Wine

By Gannon Carr and PJ Ausdenmore, RBTB Correspondents

What do you get when you combine a feisty lass kidnapped by a sexy Scot, feuding clans, and the machinations of the Scottish court? Our pick for February, “In The Warrior’s Bed” by Mary Wine! PJ and I love books set in Scotland. Men in kilts, anyone? In this new read, Cullen McJames’ honor has been besmirched by his enemy, Laird Erik McQuade, in front of the entire Court of Scotland. McQuade has accused Cullen of stealing his daughter Bronwyn’s virtue. Cullen decides that maybe a marriage could end the decades-long war between their clans. While he may not have stolen Bronwyn’s virtue, he has no problem stealing her instead.

PJ: Fess up, Gannon. I can’t be the only one who’s had this particular fantasy: There I am, fresh from my bath, standing in the kitchen drying my hair by the heat of the fire. The door opens and before I can turn around, I’m pulled against the tall, hard body of a brawny, handsome Highland warrior. I fight against him but, secretly, my body sizzles with awareness and anticipation as he throws me over his shoulder and carries me off into the night to have his wicked way with me. Sigh Oh! Uh, sorry, got carried away there. It’s Bronwyn who’s spirited off into the night and she’s mad as spit about it.

Gannon: Moi? Have fantasies about being kidnapped by a sexy, buff Scottish warrior?? Well, maybe once or twice. Apparently Bronwyn doesn’t share our wouldn’t-it-be-hot-to-be-abducted-by-a-yummy-Scot fantasy. She sees her abduction as punishment for something she didn’t do. Her father and brothers have viewed her as nothing but a nuisance her whole life, and she has no intention of going quietly with Cullen to his home to be treated far worse by him and the rest of his clan. Cullen really throws her for a loop when he treats her with kindness and respect, something that is completely foreign to her. And when he sets out to woo and seduce her as his beloved wife? Well, let’s just say I envy her.

PJ: Ah yes, I was especially envious of those “riding” lessons he gave her! While Cullen and Bronwyn grow closer physically and emotionally, pride and lack of trust still stand between them, not to mention Bronwyn’s murderous father and brothers. The couple’s love, their lives and the future of their clans hang in the balance. Only by opening their hearts to one another, and trusting completely, will they have a chance at happiness and a life together. If they live long enough…

“In The Warrior’s Bed” is a captivating follow-up to Mary Wine’s charming debut, “In Bed With A Stranger.” It’s a classic historical that brings medieval Scotland to life with its warring clans, men of honor and spirited women. Get carried away by a handsome Scot when you --

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Do you dream of being kidnapped by a brawny Scot or maybe a mysterious sheik? Trapped at sea with a bold pirate? Or do you fantasize in the contemporary world? Maybe a rich boss/secretary fantasy lights your fire. Let’s share favorite romance fantasies!
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39 comments:

Kara said...

I would love to be captured by a brawny Scot...especially after reading Outlander...I would want Jamie to be the one to capture me.

In contemporary romances...I love the boss/secretary romances. I always pick those up in the grocery store when I am looking through the Harlequins. There is just something about the rich boss finally noticing the plain jane secretary.

I've never been in either of those situations...but dreaming about them is such a great fantasy.

PJ said...

Kara, I think I must be about the only person reading romance who hasn't yet read OUTLANDER. I really need to set some time aside to do that. I hope you'll give IN THE WARRIOR'S BED a try. Cullen certainly inspired a few fantasies for me!

Even though I've never pictured myself in the boss/secretary scenario I always enjoy reading the Harlequins with that theme. I think it plays to the fascination with the Cinderella/Prince Charming fantasy that most little girls dream about. I know I did! :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! Gannon and PJ, thanks so much for sharing your secret Highlander fantasies with us. We're shawked! Well, maybe not. But now I'm dying to read this. I really loved Wine's first novel, so I was psyched when you said you'd be doing the girlfriends' thing on this one.

What I love best about this is maybe not my fantasy per se, but an element I love in romances, the hero offering 'sanctuary.' He's got something that will comfort her, end her suffering of some sort, perhaps just offer her his family's welcome/embrace. Money and home if she's been poor. A way to fulfill her dream of being/doing something if she didn't have the means. But generally it's more of an emotional sanctuary, if that makes sense. I find it so appealing. Certainly adding fab sensuality to the mix is a plus. but it's the idea that he doesn't necessarily 'save' her, but offers an end to some kind of discomfort that's just grand as far as I'm concerned. He doesn't have to be the nurturing type. He just has to have the goods.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Kara! I've always liked your avatar. I used to work w/a woman who vets the Iditarod. We kind of lost touch, which is really sad. Anyway, this morning I saw a story about a sled dog who's blind! You should see him run. the owners said they thought to make him a pet, but he became 'depressed,' and wouldn't eat. Those dogs were meant to run. They're just amazing. My friend gave our son a baby gift of an awesome watercolor of one she bought at the Iditarod.

And I did the boss/sec'try stories, too. I'm trying to recall if, when I worked temp jobs when I was younger, whether I ever crushed on my bosses. Unfortunately, I'm starting not to be able to remember back that far... But don't you find buying them at the grocery store is part of the fun? I do for some reason. dunno why. Maybe it's like: Buy some oreos/buys some romance. Perfection.

PJ said...

But generally it's more of an emotional sanctuary, if that makes sense. I find it so appealing.

I know what you mean, Michelle. That's a big part of Cullen's appeal in this story, especially to a heroine like Bronwyn who has known precious little love or affection in her life.

PJ said...

Michelle, I saw that segment on the sled dog last night. What a wonderful story!

Gia said...

Love men in kilts. The wonderful Becke Davis sent me a link of Nathan Fallion of Castle fame in a kilt on a late night show. Awesome!! You still got that link, Becke? We could all use some delicious eye candy today.
Gia

PJ said...

Becke has a photo of Nathan Fillion is a kilt? Be still my heart!

Becke, where are you????

Gannon Carr said...

Kara, I could certainly go for being swept away by Jamie! He stole my heart in OUTLANDER. *sigh*

Gannon Carr said...

generally it's more of an emotional sanctuary..

That's it, Michelle! And what PJ said is true. Cullen offers precisely that to Bronwyn.

Gannon Carr said...

Gia, I love men in kilts, too! And Becke needs to share the pic of Nathan Fillion in one--I adore him!

debbie haupt said...

My dream is the brawny Scot. Always. And where else would I want to be but "In the Warrior's Bed" ;-)

Thanks for a wonderful review. can't wait to read this one.
Deb

Gannon Carr said...

My dream is the brawny Scot. Always. And where else would I want to be but "In the Warrior's Bed" ;-)

Where else indeed, Deb! *g*

Becke Davis said...

Sorry I'm late - I've been talking to Pamela Clare. The cover of her book, UNTAMED, is in my chest collection!

Okay, Nathan Fillion in a leather kilt. May I just say Rosie is stealing all the hot guys? First it was Gerard Butler, now she's staked a claim on Nathan Fillion, too. Next it will be Craig Ferguson, the only star who has PUPPETS on his show. (My muse, Hugo Montmorency, watches his show almost every night.)

But I suppose if I have to share with Rosie, I can share with you all, too. I blogged about Men in Kilts here, and the video of Nathan Fillion in his kilt is here, too:

http://familytreethyme.blogspot.com/2009/10/men-in-kilts.html

Becke Davis said...

PJ and Gannon - thanks for a wonderful blog. But I can't believe I've got to get another book this week. My TBR pile just NEVER goes down!

PJ said...

Becke, thank you for the lovely morning treat. *g* There's just nothing like a gorgeous man in a kilt to get my day off to a good start.

Always happy to add to your ever-growing tbr! You might want to make room for two books though. IN THE WARRIOR'S BED is the second in a series from Mary Wine. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, we also recommend the first book in the series, IN BED WITH A STRANGER. Two men in kilts! What could be better, eh? :)

debbie haupt said...

PJ did you say Two men in Kilts OMG, I just added two books. Thanks
Deb

Becke Davis said...

Two books it is!

jedisakora said...

Great review!
I would love to be whisked away by a regency gentleman. Make him a tortured hero and he can throw me in chains. ^^

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Lucy Monroe said...

This book is on my TBR pile and now that I've turned in my own very laaaate manuscript (life can be the suck, but then it gets better LOL), I get to read it! So, thanks PJ & Gannon for the very fun(ny) review to whet my appetite!

My fantasies lately include werewolves and it's a good thing Hubcap knows how to growl...sheise...did I say that out loud? ;-)

PJ said...

I'm off to pick up adorable four-year-old grandniece from pre-school then it's on to our lunch date at Chick-Fil-A. I *love* our lunch dates! :)

I'll catch up with y'all later this afternoon.

Gannon Carr said...

Thanks for sharing, Becke! Can you ever have too many men in kilts?? *g*

And you simply must read Mary Wine's IN BED WITH A STRANGER! The more Scots, the better!

Gannon Carr said...

I would love to be whisked away by a regency gentleman. Make him a tortured hero and he can throw me in chains. ^^

I'm partial to tortured heroes, too, Jedisakora! ;-)

Gannon Carr said...

My fantasies lately include werewolves and it's a good thing Hubcap knows how to growl...sheise...did I say that out loud? ;-)

ROFL, Lucy!!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, ladies! Got off work early! Yes! After this get to read 'Pleasure of a Dark Prince' by Kresley Cole. Which will also make me have fantasies about werewolves or Lykae, hehe!
Oh, I have this reaccuring fantasy about some Viking stealing me away and then treating me like I'm his queen instead of his slave! Yes, indeed, some big, strapping Viking any day, although those Scots are always up there, as well,hehe.

Becke Davis said...

There are an awful lot of shirtless, kilted guys in my TBR pile these days. I remember when it was all murderous types.

Gia said...

Yay, Becke!! Thanks for the yummy, yummy link! He is just the cutest.
Gia

Deb said...

Hmmm, a man in a kilt. Or a plundering Viking would be good, too...I mean, really, what more is there to say? Alpha males with brawn and good looks and hearts of gold.

The book sounds really good, PJ and Gannon.

Gannon Carr said...

Oh, I have this reaccuring fantasy about some Viking stealing me away and then treating me like I'm his queen instead of his slave!

Sounds like a great fantasy, Princess Bumblebee! :-)

Gannon Carr said...

There are an awful lot of shirtless, kilted guys in my TBR pile these days.

Sounds good to me, Becke! ;-)

Gannon Carr said...

Hmmm,I mean, really, what more is there to say? Alpha males with brawn and good looks and hearts of gold.


Absolutely, Deb!

lisadh said...

Hello! New to your blog, but I thought I'd jump on in.
My favorite Scots are those written by Julie Garwood. "The Bride", "The Secret", "The Wedding" - sigh, oh so dreamy Scotsmen. And they all offered the best kind of sanctuaries for their ladies, like you say Cullen does for Bronwyn.
I'll have to look into these books by Mary Wine. Thanks for the recommendation!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Welcome, lisadh! great having you here! Don't I know you from somewhere...? :) Great idea to bring up the Garwood. one of my girlfriends is crazed for her, too. Just that idea of a guy taking care of a woman, let alone a braw highlander. i always think it's great if my husband makes me soup or something when i'm sick. now if i could just get him to do it while wearing a kilt...

PJ said...

Lisadh, thanks for jumping in! You have excellent taste in favorite Scots. Julie Garwood's are some of the best out there, in my opinion. Her "Saving Grace" is my all-time favorite comfort read.

Hope to see you around here often.

Gannon Carr said...

Lisadh, we're so glad you joined us. I'm a fan of Garwood's as well. What's not to love??

debbie haupt said...

ooh I love Julie Garwoods Scots also.

And Michelle that is so cool that you can get your guy to make you soup when your sick. I wish mine would.
Deb

Rosie Murphy w/a Gabriella Edwards said...

Hi PJ and Gannon! I have to admit, I bought this book just for the cover. Now some people would call me a cover tart, but I like to think of myself as a visual learner.

Of course the suggestion of a kilt helped, the Scot, well even more, and most importantly *for realzies, Becke* cuz it was penned by Mary Wine!

Oh, and as for the abuduction fantasy...Never. *blinking eyes innocently*

lisadh said...

Thank you for the warm welcome, ladies! You do know how to make a gal feel special. And, yes, Michelle, I found your wit over on Barnes & Noble.com. I couldn't resist finding more. ;-)
I'll try to get on more frequently, but when you have to share two computers with three gamers, sigh...it's difficult.

Ah, PJ - great pick of "Saving Grace". Such a worthy story of Ms. Garwood's to be her first hard cover.