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I love reading and writing. I read most genres but my favourites would be paranormal romances and inspirational/motivational books. I have mostly started this blog because I love to read so much and want to share my reviews and thoughts with the world or anyone who wants to read it, giving my little bit of input to the world as well as any topics of light that would help and motivate you. I am also an aspiring author, in between reading books and reviewing them, I am writing two separate books, one fiction and one non-fiction. I have too many books and Ebooks, enough to last me probably 2 lifetimes! You can never have enough books... he he

Book Review: Bound by Wish & Mistletoe (ARC) by Kat Bastion

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (Highland Legends, #1.5) - Kat Bastion

Series: Highland Legends #1.5
Publication Date: 4 November 2013
Source: AToMR Tours (In exchange for an honest Review)

Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Highlander Romance / Holidays (for holiday novella)

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours 

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Synopsis:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.
 
Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.
 
When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.
 

 

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?


My Review:
I was quite excited to review this book, as I helped with the Cover Reveal a little while ago. I have not read book 1 yet, but am hoping to very soon. I was given the option to review Book 1 for this tour as well but could just not fit it into my schedule. Now, after reading this Novella, I really need to read this series!

There were times when the references to book 1 were lost on me, but nothing that took away from the story. I filled in the gaps pretty quickly. Kat creates wonderful, lovable and well-rounded characters. 

Characters: 4/5
Susanna - I loved her bravery and strength. She is stubborn but not to the extent that it gets on your nerves. I connected with her easily and understood her character which let me love her even more.

Robert - He is a swoon-worthy hero/highlander. You cannot help fall in love with his nobleness, strength and honour. 


Susanna & Robert - It is a bit of a typical storyline - two stubborn individuals sworn off love - meet and everything changes. The best part is that I did not get bored once. 
 
Brigid & Isobel - Brigid is kind and Isobel is strong-willed and so loving. They play smaller roles in this novella but I cannot wait to read their stories in Forged in Dreams and Magick. I truly enjoyed their kinship and presence, and how they lovingly welcomed Susanna.  



Plot, Pace, Writing style & Cover: 4/5
The Irish dialect was a bit confusing in the beginning, but I adjusted quickly. Kat's writing style is easy to follow and has a nice pace. I loved the winter castle wonderland Kat created - ultimately she is a great writer and I cannot wait to read the rest of her books. I do wish this story was a bit longer but loved it all the same. I loved the cover - the symbols and theme were brought into the story perfectly. 

This was a beautiful, quick and easy read!

Favourite Quotes

To every lost soul and dreamer...

May you Find your happily every after. 
~
Child it will be all right. we live in a world we cannot control. Live for me. If we live for each other, no one can touch what lies inside. 
~
"Warrior-of-time turned holiday-errand-boy, at your service," Skorpius announced.
"Oh, pipe down, Cupcake. you grumble more than an old woman crippled with arthritis," Isobel said. 

Author Bio (from my previous Cover Reveal post):

Kat Bastion is an award-winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature. 

On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love. 

Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world. 

Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. 
Visit her blog at www.talktotheshoe.com, her website at www.katbastion.com, and her Twitter account at https://twitter.com/KatBastion for more information. 

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Chanzie
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