I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crimson Heart by Heather McCollum
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Entangled, Select on June 30th
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Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena's Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena's true identity, she must not only flee to Scotland for her freedom, but also for her life.
Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his own dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father's life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan's suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.
Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland's regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must find a way to trust each other, despite their secrets, before it's too late.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Crimson Tide by Heather McCollum.
First Thoughts: A decent read heaped in political intrigue and that reads pretty fast.
This is my first book by Heather McCollum and I enjoyed Crimson Tide. I am bound to check out another of this authors books.
Elena has always had to hide who is or for that matter who she is kin too. She is on her way to Edinburgh to see if she can stay with a cousin and on her way she is ambushed by some nasty thugs. While in a tree it is where she meets Searc a man with a deadly magic as she gets to witness first hand. Elena is a tough and spirited MC and I really liked her a lot.
In Searc’s clan the women possess the magic of healing and no man has ever had any magic, but Searc has magic. His magic though has the power to kill people and suck out the essence of a man. After using his powers in the heat of a battle to save his fathers life everyone is now afraid of him. Nobody will look his way for fear of what he might do so he decides to leave his clan behind. He is going to go to Edinburgh and on his way he meets Elena where he uses his powers once again to save her. At first she is frightened and runs away but after he catches her she finds out that he is really not a bad guy. Searc is a man is a sexy man of honor and a great protector which Elena needs.
Searc doesn’t know who Elena really is but it doesn’t stop him from wanting to be near her or to protect her and he won’t leave her alone without knowing she will be safe. Whether it’s in Edinburgh or with his Clan Munros.
This novel is right in the middle of the political upheaval during the start of the reign of Mary (Bloody Mary) which has to do with the reason that Elena is in hiding. It has a lot of interesting historical facts with a lot of added fiction and I love the paranormal side of things. Over all I think if you like historical paranormal romances that you might enjoy this one.
Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists.
The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination every time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond.
When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast. For more information about Ms. McCollum, please visit www.HeatherMcCollum.com. Website Blog Twitter Facebook Goodreads Newsletter
Giveaway: $20 GC (Starbucks or Amazon )and previous two books in the series