I hope you had a good start of the week. I got some new bookmarks that I can’t wait to use, and I’ve made my list of books I want to read in May that include some Historical Romances.
Speaking of Historical Romances, you know how much I love them, so it’s no surprise that I joined this blog tour. So let’s get it.
“The Sins of the Sire“, written by Emily Royal, is the first book in the Dark Highland Passions series, a Historical (Highlander) Romance novel published on 13th March 2019.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emily Royal for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Two years ago, English noblewoman, Elyssia De Montford, risked her life to free the Highlander held prisoner by her sadistic fiancé. She cannot forget the man who first stirred her heart–a memory that burns anew when she finds herself once more on the road to Scotland.
Tavish MacLean has sworn vengeance. It’s been six years since his beloved sister was raped and murdered by an English lord, a tragedy which almost destroyed his family. On his deathbed, his father demanded retribution and Tavish pledged before his clan to enslave the lord’s daughter then send her back to her father, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. When he learns that she is travelling north, he seizes his opportunity and orders her abduction.
But when his men fling the prisoner before him, Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life. Loyalty to his clan trumps the debt he owes her and he claims Elyssia as his captive. Though she’s one of the hated English, her willing body ignites passion in him at night, though she fights him at every turn during the day. As time passes, he questions his loyalty, finding himself increasingly enthralled by his fiery captive.
Treachery surrounds Clan MacLean. When long-buried secrets come to light, Tavish must risk his life and his clan, or all that he holds dear will be destroyed.
Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, UK and has always had a passion for romance and strong alpha heroes. After graduating from Oxford University and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot, she started a career in financial services in order to indulge her love of mathematics.
She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She reignited her passion for romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme.
When not working on algebra or keeping Twinkle from slithering over the keyboard, Emily enjoys painting and playing the piano. She can often be found wandering about the hills of Scotland looking for inspiration.
This is the first book not only in the series but also by the author, and I love being introduced to new authors, especially when they write in the Historical Romance genre. Than been said, I just want to let you all know that there are potential triggers that you all have to keep in mind before starting the book, or even consider reading it. It’s has a darker tone and has torture and rape, although not in detail or graphic like some scenes I have read before that made me nauseous.
If you read the synopsis, this book follows Elyssia De Montford and Tavish MacLean, and if all the passion, violence, action, secrecy wasn’t enough, this book has the revenge plot that always makes me excited for some reason.
I must confess that I didn’t know what to think while I was reading. I could understand the characters behaviors in a way, but some things had me go like “No way!” and feel a bit crushed by every emotion. Nevertheless, it was kind of a good thing because it made me wonder, made me think about humanity and the past.
This is a historical novel, despite the romance in it, and life was as violent, if not worse depending on the point of view, as nowadays. Unfortunately, life is messy in many ways, and in my mind the messiness and darkness in the novel just made it all sound so much real.
I liked the characters and the flow of the story. It was fast paced at times and made me intrigued in others. I wanted to scream, cry and sigh, for good and bad moments. By good I mean the happy moments, by bad I mean all the cruel and sad moments. It is a revenge so you know a lot of unexpected moments can happen.
Overall, the story captivated me and it was different from previous Historical Romance novels I have read. Honestly I liked that and I can’t way for more books in this series.
Emily Royal is running two giveaways for newsletter subscribers:
Giveaway #1 – notebook + mug with cover image + Scottish treats (UK only)
Giveaway #2 – notebook + 2 Scottish coasters (International)
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