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Friday, February 26, 2010

Kilted Lover by Nicole North

Kilted Lover by Nicole North
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Length: Short Story (113 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary, Action/adventure
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

When kilted cabertosser Scott MacPherson tosses Leslie Livingston over his shoulder to rescue her from two armed thieves trying to steal her priceless amulet, they are thrust into a deadly but sexy adventure. Though Leslie already has a lukewarm, uninterested boyfriend, her attraction to Scott is whitehot and undeniable. She wants to lick this tall, muscular alpha male all over and explore the depths of eroticism with him. But will he want anything more than one night once the danger is behind them?

Every time I read a kilt related story I get the crazy urge to go to Scotland and find myself a handsome long haired, hard bodied highlander. Kilted Lover by Nicole North was no exception. From page one, Ms. North attracted my attention. She kept it when “the scot” appeared in the picture: long blond hair, firm body, kilt, and the attitude of a real gentleman. Then the pendant that the protagonist wore glowed slightly and I became inevitably hooked.

Through Ms. North’s words, I quickly created an emotional link with most of the characters. For example, though Les, the main character seems a bit too innocent at times, it is an innocence which I couldn’t help find sweet and adorable. From empathy towards the main characters (the predicament they find themselves in is something which could happen to anyone), to dislike and pity towards others which seemed too perfect and yet were not, or humor towards those that tried to act like adventurous match-makers, I ran the gamut.

The novel is filled with comedy (those wild car rides and the friendly advice) as well as snippets of imagined erotism and finally, wild lust-filled sex that had me switching from a good laugh out loud to biting my nails in anticipation.

The ending of Kilted Lover sticks to the classic romance ending, but nonetheless the novel left me feeling sort of giggly and giddy and, of course, happy. There was only one “but” to my smile: I would have loved to know a little more about the history behind the pendant and what sort of magic it hid. Regardless, that was a small thing and I thorougly enjoyed my time with this "Kilted Lover".

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