Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Release Date: September 11, 2018
I love the concept of this anthology, all the novellas are standalone, but they all incorporate the “Legend of the Blue Damask Rose” The legend of the rose is that when the rare Blue Damask rose blooms, enemies will become lovers.
I was not able to read every novella in the collection (so many books, so little time!!), but I will definitely be coming back to read the ones I missed as soon as my reading scheduled lightens a bit!
Highland Knight by Amy Jarecki – 4 stars – Quinn Campbell is traveling with his brother and kinsman to a gathering at Rothesay Castle when he spots a goddess, he chased the woman but loses her at the ruins of the old Lamont castle. The castle is now Campbell property, 20+ years ago, Quinn’s grandfather laid siege to the castle and killed all the Lamonts. Alice Lamont escaped the massacre, her grandmother took her and fled when the siege started. They have lived in a small cottage for years and now her grandmother has decided it is time for Alice to marry. They also attend the gathering and Quinn finally meets his “goddess”. When fighting breaks out and Quinn is wounded, it is up to Alice to care for him. But when they return to Rothesay days later, it is clear that the Campbells and the Lamonts are still mortal enemies – Can Quinn and Alice find a way to stop the feud before it escalates and any chance they have for a HEA is ruined? This story was short, sweet and to the point, it was well written and flowed well, but it is a bit of an “insta-love” story and wasn’t long enough to build up the romance between them. Nonetheless, it was very good.
A Rose for a Rogue, Collette Cameron – 5 stars – Manchester “Chester”, Marquess of Sterling has returned home after 10 years. He had a falling out with his father, the Duke when his brother was killed in a duel. He meets Eglantina Eden Haverdon when he is leaving the tavern to go home. His horse is lame and he asks her for a ride to his home. He is fascinated by her and learns that she is the illegitimate sister of the man who killed his brother. On the way to his house, they have an accident on the bridge and Eden nearly drowns. He insists that she stay the night at the manor, this starts a series of events that end up leaving Eden homeless. Chester feels responsible and offers her a job, she declines, but when she falls ill, he takes matters into his own hands. This was a sweet story and I loved Chester – LOVED HIM. This story was very well done and while it is short, it was definitely paced perfectly and the love between Chester and Eden felt fully developed.
After reading these two novellas, I really wish I had the time the entire book!! This collection is priced so low, that even if you only read one novella, it is well worth the price!! I will definitely be coming back to finish this book and will update my review at that time.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me*