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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tour: Review & Giveaway with Author Becky Banks

Hello my pretties!
I'm very excited to post my review of Becky Banks first release, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, which was fan-frigging-tastic. She's also giving away a pretty sweet lot, so stay tuned after the review for a chance to win!


The Legend of Lady MaclaochThe Legend of Lady Maclaoch by Becky Banks
My rating: 
Publisher: Ha'iku PressRelease Date:May 27, 2011Pages:260
Synopsis:
A legendary love, an unforgiving curse, and the discovery of a lifetime ...
Centuries ago a vengeful curse buried itself deep into the history of the MacLaoch clan and become a legendary tale told by all those not cursed by its words.

In present-day Scotland, the laird and chieftain of the MacLaoch clan is an ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot who has been past the gates of hell and returned a changed man. Rowan MacLaoch does battle with wartime memories and a family curse that threaten to consume him—unaware that his life and that of the history of the clan will be changed forever by the arrival of an American woman.

Cole Baker, a feisty recent graduate of a master’s program, stumbles upon the ancient curse while researching her bloodlines. Moved by the history of the MacLaoch clan and the mystery of its chief, she digs into the legend that had been anything but quiet for centuries.

On their quest for answers, Cole and Rowan travel to places they have never before been and become witnesses to things they have never before fathomed. The legend—one started with blood—will end with more shed as its creator finally exacts her justice.


Review:
I was sent this novel to review by the author and boy am I thrilled that I'm part of this tour. I started out this novel thinking it would be a good, light read and yes it was, but I never imagined how good it would be. The first few chapters were great to open up but I really got gripped when Cole landed in Scotland.


I love all things Scottish. The scenery is breath taking, the culture is fun and interesting and their accents are to die for. Whenever I read a book based in Scotland, I know I'm in for a treat. Oh, and I can't forget the castles. Their every girls dream, am I right? I couldn't imagine cleaning them, but that's besides the point.


I really believed Cole handed the prospect of the thousand year old curse well. Being in a society where most, if not all people have grown up to believe curses aren't real, it would be hard to land in a situation as Cole did and handle it any other way than she did. I would have probably walked away from day one. Well, not really, considering I crave for an adventure such as Cole's. But that's a different story for a different time... *grins*


The characters were written well and very easy to believe. I could really feel each grin and squint from Rowan. *sighs* He's a Scottish historical woman's dream and he's even better because he's from the present day! I just keep thinking back to the traditional attire/kilt scenes. *winks*


The secondary characters were excellent as well. The brothers Bernie and Angus were a hoot. I loved their stories. The "villains" in the story were also written extremely well. I believed their hate when it was shown. I didn't like them, but that's the point.


The only thing I'm disappointed with is that there's a chance this will be a stand alone novel and we won't ever hear from the clan again. *pouts* Please write more Scottish dreams Becky Banks! Pretty pwease?!


You can find Becky Banks at:
Website: beckybanksbooks.blogspot.com
Twitter: @beckybanks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLegendofLadyMacLaoch

Be sure to visit the next stop on the tour at Lady Reader's Bookstuff tomorrow!



Giveaway:

  • The Legend of Lady MacLaoch 2012 Spring Break Blog Tour flamingo bag
  • pink fuzzy flamingo drink koozie
  • a puck of pink surfboard SexWax from Amy at Lady Reader
  • fabulous autographed paperback of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch
  • Spring break giveaway is available only to US participants
  • International participants will receive an ebook and an email high five
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