Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Legendary Love and a Scottish Curse...What more could you want!

A Legendary love and a Scottish curse what more could you want from a book? 

Oh I know...A hot Scottish man lol...Oh that's right that's defiantly in this book too!

Title: The Legend of Lady MacLaoch
Author: Becky Banks
Paperback: 260 pages
Published May 27th 2011 by Ha'iku Press (first published May 23rd 2011)

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.

Becky Banks, intertwines a great love story around an old curse that chokes the clan it is put upon!  The only thing to break this curse is for the clan to feel the pain Lady MacLaoch felt.  But what lengths will people go to break this legendary curse?

This wonderful book is written with such detail that it feels as if you are actually in Scotland and listening to their Scottish accents.  The dialogue fits this tale to a T. 

I love how Cole goes to Scotland to learn about her family's bloodlines but ends up not only learning about her family but learning so much more than that.  She learns so much about herself and more than what she expected.

I also loved the humor in the book, its not all curses and doom, no there's also humor and its perfectly placed as well. Two of my favorite characters bring a lot of that humor to the pages of the book.  The two brothers had me laughing so hard I was crying.  I also love them for another reason, but if I tell you that reason I will have to kill you...Just kidding, no but if I told you the reason it would give away way to much of the book.

So with all that said let's check out some of the great characters of this great book.

The Characters

Cole -  Cole is very strong willed, knows what she wants or at least thinks she does, and she sometimes doesn't see things clearly.  But, I love her character because she reminds me of...well me.  I love how she doesn't put up with any crap and tells it how it is. I also love how the love story between her and Rowan evolves.  It isn't that unnatural love at first sight, no it grows as the book takes you on your journey. Cole is part of a legend but is it the part she actually wants? 

Rowan - The clan Chieftain, hmm dreamy.  What can I say about Rowan.  Hes the type of man that see's everything and questions every possibility.  He knows he has power and sway, but he's not cruel or the type of man to gloat about it.  I love how pig headed he is and love when the two butt heads about things.  I also love how protective he ends up being of Cole.

The MacDunnah Brothers - They know all about the curse and are the ones that tell Cole all about it.  These two are the perfect comic relief of this book.  

Kelly, Eryka, Gregorie - The bad guys, well bad guys and a bad bad jelouse female.  I can't say I love anything about them.  But I do love the way Becky uses these three characters in the book.  I will also say I would love to deck all three of them lol. 

So we have hot cursed Scottish Chieftian, an american female researching her family blood lines, a castle, three bad guys, some crazy dreams, and a ghost trying to rectify the terrible fate that she lived through and fix things that should have already been fixed, mix all that together and you have the amazing and wonderful book.  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch.  

My Favorite Part of the book:  

My favorite part would have to be the cabin scene and outside the cabin.  I could tell you all about it, but I think you all need to read the book and find out the details.  I will say this I was screaming in my head FINALLY the whole chapter lol.  

So with all that said its time for my rating of this book: 

 My rating for the story is: 

My rating for the cover: 

This book is in my top ten stories I've read this year.  I hope you all hurry and get your copy of this book.  I know you will be as captivated by the curse and the love story as I was.


Becky Banks said...

"...I will say this I was screaming in my head FINALLY the whole chapter lol."

Ha-ha!! Love that!

Ali said...

I so was too, I was sitting in the lounge of my boyfriends college and smiling so big, he came out and knew right away what kind of scene I had read lmfao. LOVED IT!!!

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