GIVEAWAY win a copy of Highland Spitfire and Highland Vixen Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Highland Spitfire by Mary WinePublisher Sourcebooks CasablancaPublication Date February 2, 2016Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalley Warning this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers Summary from Goodreads In the throes of fierce clan wars, the Queen s Regent tricks the children of two feuding lairds into a desperate choice marry or die The union however reluctant of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families.Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage But she is overwhelmed by the intense passion she feels for Bhaic who is likewise taken aback by the agony he experiences when he thinks of losing Ailis Is it possible for fierce enemies to become ardent lovers What I Liked First thing I absolutely love that cover I know the cover is a separate thing from the actual story, but I love it when a cover is beautiful AND the story is amazing Seriously, that is a cover worth having on your shelves, and a story worth reading Double the win The Earl of Morton threatens two of the feuding clans of the Highlands ensure peace between the clans, or there will be a bloodbath Ailis Robertson, daughter of the Robertson clan leader, and Bhiac MacPherson, son and heir of the MacPherson clan leader, agree to marry, to save the bloodshed Neither wants the marriage, and Ailis doesn t want to live on MacPherson lands While the passion and chemistry between the pair boils over, will they be able to put aside their old ways of thinking, and be happy together I am a huge fan of Highlanders, Highlands, Scottish romance, etc., but I don t read nearly enough of them I m also a huge fan of marriage of convenience romance books So I knew this book would be right up my alley The gorgeous cover did not hurt one bit Talk about authenticity and world building the setting of this book was well written and well researched Also it was different and lovely to see the Scottish accents so clearly spoken in this book I got used to it after a while and I really liked this From the start, I liked Ailis I ve struggled a bit with the female protagonists of the recent historical romance novels that I ve read, but I had no trouble liking Ailis She s tough and fierce, but not to the point where it s anachronistic She knows when to defer to her father, and when the Queen s Regent orders her to marry Bhiac MacPherson, she hates it but does it to minimize bloodshed Ailis has no desire to leave her clan, nor does she want to consummate the marriage Ailis is truly the spitfire we expect from the book s title, but she is also sweet and naively innocent, which Bhiac adores.Bhiac is a Highland warrior through and through Ailis saw him as a savage at first tall, thickly muscular, commanding, protective, every each the heir and Tanis of the MacPherson clan Bhiac is one of the most honorable male protagonists I ve met , despite being a brutish, brawny Highland prince of a sort He feels just as trapped as Ailis, and he never tries to force her to do anything, or exert his husband rights on her He isn t forceful, though he does expect some behaviors from her He is interested in wooing her, in having a willing wife, than a submissive and miserable wife I love Bhiac He s a sweetie and a warrior.The chemistry of this pair is off the charts I wanted to get frustrated by the fact that it took FOREVER, over half the book, for the pair to consummate their marriage BUT there were so many steamy non sex scenes leading up to the big scene, and those scenes were scorching I love that Bhiac and Ailis grow to trust and care for each other on their own time It s clear that they are very attracted to each other, and this attraction spills over many times And when they consummate their marriage, the steamy chemistry does not fizzle out.This story is just as much a story of discovery and growth as it is a love story Ailis has to adjust to living in the MacPherson castle, and Bhiac has to adjust to having a wife who at first does not want to consummate their marriage I love watching them fall for each other, and eventually trust each other I also love that it takes the whole book for them to fully give themselves to each other.The conflict of this book isn t too threatening to Bhiac and Ailis s relationship, but it s fairly large and will carry over into the next book I think the author is writing Marcus s book I am so pleased with the ending of this one And I also really like how the author dropped in scenes that hint at the next book Marcus and Helen, I hope , every now and then I can t wait What I Did Not Like Our lead couple was interrupted while trying to do, um, THINGS, so many times After the first few, it was hilarious, but then it got a tad bit annoying Luckily by then, it was time, but still It was comical and then I was like UM HELLO leave them alone to get their nasty on It wasn t the worst thing in the world, but it bothered me a bit Would I Recommend It I highly recommend this book to historical romance fans Especially if you enjoy Scottish romances I ve not read any of Mary Wine s previous books, but I m sure this one will not disappoint fans This is book one of a series I think , and I can t wait to read Rating 4 stars I could see this being one of my top ten adult historical romance novels of 2016, eleven months from now It took me by surprise, how much I loved this book I m glad I downloaded it on a whim I hope to read from this series very soon. I love Highlander books a lot Always have always will This one did not do it for me, it left me feeling kinda whatever..Bhaic and Ailis come from rival clans and have an arranged marriage to settle the dispute between the clans I ve read so many books with similar themes and I tend to not get tired of them However the couple just didn t really have a real spark till towards the end They pretty much despised each other the whole time it felt like how a realistic arranged marriage would turn out But I don t want to read realistic They didn t really have sex till the last couple of chapters of the book Even when the did it left me feeling kindaI guess I just wanted romance, and passion Anyways, this unfortunately was not a winner for me. Such a fun book with unique and bad ass characters.Ailis is fierce,funny and she never backs down from a challenge.Bhaic is passionate,spirited and a bit wild.Their relationship starts in a very unusual way they have to get married to stop the constant hostilities between MacPhersons and Robertsons.They think of each other as enemies,savages but the overwhelming chemistry that exist between them will make them question their opinions.The story is very fast paced,interesting,full of romance and a bit of action.I love how the author portrayed the female characters as very strong ladies who can fight their own fights.I really loved Helen and I hope that she and Marcus will get their own book E copy provided by the author publisher in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley You can read this review on BookishFever. This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Ailis Robertson and Bhaic MacPherson are both pawns in the mind of the Regent These two families have been feuding for generations, but Ailis and Bhaic will have to make a difficult choice Either marry, or watch their father s and men be killed Ailis would do anything for her father, who loved her and raised her Even if that means marrying the enemy Despite the fact that Ailis and Bhaic despise what they have to do.they do what needs to be done At first they both decide not to consummate it, hoping that later they will be able to obtain an annulment But during the may day celebration festival, they find that they don t want to resist the chemistry that is building between them Ailis and Bhaic realize how important it is for this alliance to continue, to stop the fighting But Ailis has the worst time of it She is forced to go to Bhaic s home, where she is the enemy She will have to work hard to prove herself to Bhaic s people and most especially his brother But Ailis and Bhaic find something precious together, they find a fierce and passionate love that they both are willing to fight for The Hero Bhaic is the younger son of the Laird of the clan But he is just as strong and determined and a capable fighter as his elder brother He also is quite the ladies man, He is shocked when he learns of the latest scheme from the regent At first he wants to fight and battle his way out However, he can t deny his attraction to Ailis or what an alliance could mean between the two feuding clans Bhaic makes an effort to cede to her wishes for an annulment, however during a certain celebration, he is green with jealousy, and he realizes that he won t be able to resist claiming her as his wife Bhaic is such a sexy hero and boy I had a blast having him as a main character He is very alpha, commanding, and quite a fighter and he definitely knows how to do battle in the bedroom shivers down spine What I truly came to admire so much about his character, was seeing the way that he handled his brother especially in the way he makes an effort to shield and protect Ailis when his people get a bit out of hand Overall a fantastic hero to read The Heroine Ailis is a beloved daughter from her father, since her mother has been gone for many years What was most enchanting about Ailis was seeing the way that she fights but she also has a gentle spirit I was worried when I first started reading this, that her character would be too intense since some spitfire heroines can be quite outrageous at times But boy Mary Wine, truly knows how to write characters especially her heroine I grew to love Ailis because she is a fighter, stands her own grand, but is also willing to compromise at times too and see things in a different way She can be kind and honest and open and it was quite interesting to see the various facets of her character With each chapter, you see depth to Ailis and that made me love her even Plot and Story Line in Highland Spitfire, a new series from Mary Wine, we have a story that is full of excitement, romance and history This was such a blast of a romance, and once I started I couldn t put it down I am always surprised in how well Mary Wine can completely win me over and I shouldn t be.since I have yet to find a book from her I haven t enjoyed But this might be my favorite one that she has written that I have been able to read.It sets off with a marriage of convenience, and what a start to their union Practically forced into in, knowing they if they didn t.they wouldn t survive and neither would their people And what was quite amusing and villainous was the Regent He is a bit of a villain but he was quite amusing at times I found it quite fun seeing how he tries to get them to get close to each other especially on their wedding night view spoiler We see on their wedding night, how there is nothing for them to make a fire or many blankets at all.so they are forced to warm each other up which in the Regent s mind, can encourage them to heat up the night with some lovin Quite devious and cunning hide spoiler Quick review here.Love my highlander romance and this one is well written We begin the story two feuding clans, Ailis Robertson from one clan and Bhaic McPherson from the other These two are being forced to marry to end generations of blood shed and if they don t their Father s will be killed This author did a great job of taking me into the time period with beautiful and detail description Felt emerced into the world of the highlander, castle life and pictured scenes in my mind easily The romance was a steady and sure build that was sweet, hot and fun The two characters had chemistry and wonderful dialogue Great secondary characters On a side note, Marcus and Helen need their romance told too please. Reviewed for herding cats burning soup posting to blog 6 19 19 Spitfire landed on my review pile a few, erm, years ago I loved the cover and accepted it Then realized Mary Wine is the pen name of Dawn Ryder Who I d just tried anddid not like at all cue the blogger groan So it s sat on the review pile for a few years I finally tackled it It wasn t knock me over amazing but it wasn t so bad, either Yay The Gist Rival clans and a King s Regent who s had enough of all the fighting and killing over a stupid generations old grudge His solution The Laird s kids are gonna marry They have no choice Either they marry at that moment or he s going to slaughter both clans and be done with all of them So.a wedding With two very reluctant participants.Bhaic and Ailis Whew I liked them mostly They re both headstrong, determined, resilient They re both in a terrible position of saving everyone they love in exchange for giving up their own happiness and futures It s hard not to have sympathy for that Now The romance When they were playing along well together they were good They actually suited quite nicely Things steam up and there were some feisty moments which were fun But it was a lot to get to that point Now, my issues and why it wasn t fabulous Two things to deal with the marriage 1 Ailis was so dang wishy washy about everything She was doing the noble thing she d tell herself Saving her family And then she d promptly try to run away Even though she was told if she did that everyone would be killed facepalm Or I want you she d be all over him and then OMG no no don t touch me 2 And then Bhaic He barely did anything to make sure she was okay with leaving her home and living with people who despise her clan and with it her His family and clan were terrible to her The staff horrible They put her down, neglected her, spit on her, locked her in rooms, etc She kept her head up and did her best but they were just awful and he didn t even notice Every once in a while he d be like ohrightand would put someone in their place or do something kind But for the most part he just dumped her in the castle and went about his daily life So that bothered me.All in all, Highland Spitfire was hard for me It was SO much better than the other book I tried of hers soyay And it was lively and kept me reading soyay But I didn t quite believe the falling in love or would make it long term really or at least that she d be happy at his keep with the people in his clan I don t know I wish things had changed between them a bit earlier on in the book so it would feel on solid ground Would I read another I don t know Maybe a library loan But it s not one I d be clamoring for, unfortunately. 3.5 Stars New From Mary Wine, The Queen Of Sizzling, Page Turning Scottish Historical Romance Passion Flares Between EnemiesTwo Hotheaded Highlanders, The Offspring Of Feuding Lairds, Are Tricked By The King S Regent Into A Desperate Choice Marry Or Die Bhaic MacPherson Is Disposed To Lead His Clan Into Battle Than Stay Married To The Daughter Of His Enemy But Perhaps The Intensity Of His Feelings Has To Do With Desire Than HostilityAnd The Highlands IgniteAilis Robertson Wanted A Husband, Not A Savage But When Her Family Was Faced With A Deadly Ultimatum, She Had No Choice The Union Of A MacPherson And A Robertson Could End Three Generations Of Hostilities Between The Two Families, But Can Bitter Rivals Truly Become Lovers Highland Spitfire is book one in the Highland Weddings series by Mary Wine.I don t usually go for Historical Romances My main issue is the way women are used or treated back then They where used to secure alliance, peace, etc It s hard for me to believe in the romance As for Highland Spitfire, well I picked this up because the cover is eye catching and the blurb made it sound intrigue, so I thought lets give it a go.This one is enemies to lovers The hero and heroine are forced to wed in order to secure peace between the Robertson and MacPherson clans The way this story starts guarantees a hostile situation between our couple and their clans I have to admire Ailis courage to agree to wed her enemy and to see that this is what both clans need I liked her She had many challenges to over come One is being forced into her enemy s territory and having everyone look at her with suspicion and misgivings As for Bhaic he is the embodiment of a sexy Highlander I found his discerption to my liking, but he lacked empathy towards his new wife, Ailis He doesn t help her out, doesn t easy her transition nor does he make her feel at home He literally lets his brother, Marcus, take over her care and well he humiliates her, treats her like a spy, and disregards her feelings It was hard to read and I wanted to kick both men I really liked the introduction to Helen, the friend that Ailis makes They are both hostages in enemy territory, so they have things in common and they help each other out Helen has spunk and I can t wait to read her story Some of the other secondary characters where nice to meet too As I pointed out at the beginning of my review it s hard for me to fall for the romance in historical s As for the romance between Ailis and Bhaic it was ok It didn t roll off the pages It felt forced at times and their interactions where hot and cold They would be arguing and then they d have a warm moment where you think things are turning around, but then the next moment they are back to arguing Eh All around I did have a delightful time reading Highland Spitfire. I didn t hate nor love it, but I still enjoyed it and I m actually curious to read on in the Highland Weddings series Rated 3 Stars ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Highland Spitfire only came into my radar thanks to Alyssa at Eater of Books She s my go to girl when it comes to historical romance, so when I read her raving review, I was quick to request a copy of the book BEST.DECISION.EVER Because I have found another historical romance author that I have become a huge fan of just from reading one book Highland Spitfire had so many tropes that I absolutely love in historical romance Here are some reasons why this book just worked in every way for meI only have recently become obsessed with Scottish heroes, thanks to Tessa Dare and I m always looking for Highland Spitfire has a ton of Scots in kilts, but undeniably my favorite was our hero, Bhaic He is everything that I ask of in a romance hero smart, headstrong, loyal, a little alpha, and in possession of a huge huge heart He could have been very rude and overbearing with his new wife, Ailis, but I loved that Mary Wine made him into a sweetheart who was very very determined to be on friendly terms with Ailis He was certainly swoony through and through with his flirty waysAilis, the protagonist of Highland Spitfire was a great heroine It s no secret that sometimes I struggle with book heroines, but it was so easy for me to form a connection with Ailis She was a strong girl, feisty to the core and not afraid to speak out her mind Once she moves to Bhaic s clan, she faces a lot of wrath, bullying and from his clansmen who hate her people, but I loved that she was determined to make them see that she was now one of them I admired her resilience throughout the book, and how she slowly wormed her way into the hearts of a few clans people I also loved that even though she was determined to find her place amongst the McPherson s, she was still very much devoted to her own clan, a fact that she refused to hide. This book was so darn funny I love a good book that can make me laugh my butt off, and Highland Spitfire definitely delivered on the humor front It made the book a very light hearted and entertaining one The rivalry between Bhaic s and Ailis father made for some surprisingly hilarious scenes Both of them were almost cartoonish in their behavior and I only wanted and of them interacting together The main reason this book was so funny though was because every time, Bhaic and Ailis seemed to be getting hot and heavy, they would be interrupted I thought it would get old after a few times, but nope, I quite enjoyed them because they only built up the tension between the two just imagine all that pent up sexual tension was bound to explode into some steamy scenesHighland Spitfire had one of my favorite book tropes a marriage of convenience Ailis and Bhaic are forced to marry each other by the Regent so that the two families will finally reach peace Obviously, neither of them were too keen on being married to another, but as you would expect, they decided to make the best of it What ensued was a slow burn romance, as the two began to care for each other Together, with the fiery chemistry that Bhaic and Ailis had and the respect they had for each other, there was no denying that they were easily going to make it to my favorite couples list And the steamy scenes fans self I shipped these two hard from the very start And you know what I loved even in their romance There was no unnecessary drama or breakup towards the end of the book That was very refreshing of a romance novel and for me, it only solidified the bond between Bhaic and Ailis. Family and friendship are two of my favorite themes in ANY book, so I m quick to devour any book that has them well written Highland Spitfire was very strong on both family and friendship and it made me love the book even Ailis finds a good friend in Helen, and I really loved their friendship Bhaic also had some very crazy intense brothers who were loyal, supportive and very much brotherly I loved the bond between them I m especially intrigued by Marcus, Bhaic s eldest brother, who is very mysterious and dark His book with Helen is probably next and I m ready for already.Overall, Highland Spitfire was one of my favorite books of the year It s historical romance at its finest and if you re a fan of the genre, no doubt you will love it from start to finish.