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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 stars-paranormal highlands, 23 Oct 2013
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Sandy S. (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
PLAID TIDINGS is the second instalment in Mia Marlowe's new historical paranormal romance Spirit of the Highlands series. There is a prequel novella storyline- Plaid to the Bone (released August 2013)- that introduces the premise behind the series. There is a curse that has been placed on the Scottish castle of Bonniebroch and all of its' inhabitants and the story continues in Plaid Tidings. This is Lucinda and Alexander Mallory's (the new Laird of Bonniebroch) story and one that will find Alexander caught between his duties to England and his new Scottish wife.

The story follows Alexander Mallory who `won' Bonniebroch Estate in a game of chance. Along with his new found title of Lord, Alexander will discover that the title comes with a promise of a Christmas marriage to Lucinda MacOwen and a heavily guarded secret that surrounds the history and lore of his new land.

The reader is pulled into a relationship brought about under dubious circumstances. Alexander wants nothing to do with an arranged marriage and Lucinda must place her trust in a man who wishes he were anywhere but with her. Alexander is on a mission-on the hunt for the mysterious Radicals-who aim to take down the British Monarch-and a marriage of inconvenience will place him in the direct path of a three hundred year old curse that will affect everyone including his family and friends.

The relationship between Alexander and Lucinda is sensual and loving. Lucinda knows that Alexander was never her intended husband, but she is willing to accept her fate for her family. Alexander is immediately attracted to Lucinda but knows his life on the road is dangerous and distracting.

Mia Marlowe combines the regency era of the Scottish Highlands with a little bit of the paranormal. There are ghostly apparitions and hauntingly sorrowful spirits whose only sin is to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. But our hero will discover that perhaps his luck at winning the games of chance, was not luck at all but part of a bigger plan for Bonniebroch Estates.

Plaid Tidings captures the spirit of the Christmas Holidays-tied up with a tartan bow -that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Mia Marlowe weaves a romantic and engaging story about the struggle to escape a centuries old curse brought about by misplaced magic and revenge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 4 Oct 2013
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Another fabulous read from Mia Marlowe. A descriptive colourful storyline filled with all the right amount of passion desire lust romance and heartbreak.
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Plaid Tidings (Spirit of the Highlands) by Mia Marlowe (Mass Market Paperback - Oct 2013)
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