Christmas At Castle Dunrannoch by Emmanuelle de Maupassant


Christmas At Castle Dunrannoch are two Scottish Christmas romances in one collection.  Although many centuries apart, the castle takes the forefront in both stories.   The two novels had vastly different plots; both were highly entertaining.  These short stories were quick, romantic, exciting reads.


The Lady’s Guide To A Highlander’s Heart

Trigger Warning:  There is a scene with the heroine fighting an attempted assault.

The Lady’s Guide To A Highlander’s Heart is a romance filled with passion, intrigue, and danger that leads to a very satisfying happily-ever-after.

Lady Flora’s father arranges a betrothal between herself and Ragnall, the next in line for the clan’s leadership.  Flora finds her father stabbed to death, believing Ragnall is the killer.  Flora flees, vowing revenge.  Years later, Flora returns, but nothing is what it seems for both Flora and Ragnall.

Flora is an excellent example of how hate can blind us from the truth.  Ragnall is a perfect example of not allowing the past to define you.  The couple’s attraction is powerful and raw.  Their connection is fragile. However, the couple’s bond is strong.  Both characters are strong-willed and formidable.  I enjoyed how both characters were written with great attention to detail.  The passion is off the charts!

The plot was exciting and moved quickly.  The story was gut-wrenching at times and passionately tender at others.  I enjoyed the solid character development and how intricately the story progressed.  Ragnall and Flora’s story was a violent yet romantic journey that flowed and was delivered at a perfect pace.  The novel was an entertaining read that kept me riveted to the page until the very end.

Tropes:  arranged marriage, back from the dead, Christmas, dark past, highlander, medieval, mistaken identity, revenge, runaway bride, Scottish, secret identity, steamy


The Lady’s Guide To Mistletoe And Mayhem

The Lady’s Guide To Mistletoe And Mayhem takes place in the wild moors of Scotland in 1904.  Rye Darleagh, a Texas rancher, is the long-lost heir to Castle Dunrannoch.  Rye needs help navigating this new world.   Ursula, through a chance meeting, becomes Rye’s etiquette instructor.  Ursula is on the run and hiding out, while Rye is trying to adjust to a new life, that includes murderers, a curse, and five potential brides.

Rye was a lovable character.  He is wild and unrefined but has a heart of gold.  Ursula is determined and proper.  The two could not be more opposite.  The connection is instantaneous when the couple first meets and builds to a fever pitch.  I enjoyed how even though Rye is rough around the edges, he is still a gentleman.  The couple has electric chemistry that combusts off the page.

The plot is different and intriguing.   The story moves quickly and keeps the reader’s attention.  There was much happening at once, which made the story exciting and enticing.  This was a fantastic Scottish Christmas story!

Tropes:  big secret, Christmas, cowboy,  estranged family, opposites attract, Scottish, secret identity, steamy, stranded, unexpectedly becoming heir, 1900-1910

I enjoyed both stories.  They were eye-catching.  Both had varying themes,  yet a curse binds them together.  The writing was excellent.  All in all, a fantastic, enjoyable, different Christmas read.  If you are looking for a cozy, dramatic read, you will enjoy these books.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Booksprout and the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Release Date: August 3, 2021

Published by jelee1976

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