Author: Victoria Roberts

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

Posted August 29, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 28 Comments

Today it is our pleasure to welcome romance author Victoria Roberts to UGR!

29 VictoriaRoberts-BlogBadge10Hello readers! I’m glad to be here today at Urban Girl Reader, the tenth and last stop on the My Highland Spy Teaser Tour!

My Highland Spy is the first book in my new Highland Spies’ series, and I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. We left off yesterday where Ravenna was getting a taste of the Highlands.

Excerpt

Ruairi took his seat at the table and felt the lass’s eyes upon him, judging him. The woman undoubt­edly thought he was some kind of barbarian, as all those pampered English bastards did about his kind. He wasn’t thrilled to have her here, but the sooner Torquil took to his lessons, the faster the lass would be back in her own country and not underfoot. Maybe he wasn’t thinking about this the right way. Perhaps instead of working against her, he should assist her with Torquil so that she could be on her way. In spite of everything, she was only a woman and doing as she was told. Ruairi liked the lasses—not necessarily English lasses—but lasses nonetheless. And this particular woman was not so sore on the eyes.

He gave her a brief nod. “Ciamar a tha sibh?”

“He asks how ye are,” Fagan translated.

She sat forward and took a sip from her tankard. “Tell me. How do I answer him that I am well?”

While Fagan instructed Mistress Denny, Ruairi sat and listened, surprised the lass wanted to answer him in his native tongue. After several botched attempts, she turned and gazed at Ruairi with an intense look on her face.

“Tha gu math.” I am well.

Torquil clapped, and his eyes lit up at his govern­ess’s efforts to speak Gaelic. Ruairi hadn’t seen that look on his son’s face in quite some time.

“She would like a tour of your home. Will she teach Torquil in the library?” asked Fagan in Gaelic.

“Aye. I will take her after we sup.”

Fagan’s eyes grew openly amused. “Must I come along to translate?”

“I think I can manage,” Ruairi said, annoyed.

Fagan smiled at the lass. “My laird will escort ye and show ye his home after we sup.”

Ruairi didn’t like the way her face lit up when Fagan—his captain under his command—spoke to her.

“That would be delightf—”

“Ravenna, I want to come, too,” said Torquil in Gaelic.

Ruairi’s brow rose when he heard Mistress Denny’s Christian name spoken from his son’s lips. “Torquil…”

Her gaze became puzzled at the sight of Ruairi’s displeasure, and the lass placed her hand over her heart. She leaned forward in the chair. “Fagan, is the laird upset because Torquil called me Ravenna?”

“Aye.”

“Please tell Laird Sutherland that I asked the boy to call me by my given name because it was much easier on his tongue. And if it suits the two of you, you may both call me Ravenna as well.”

Fagan turned up his smile a notch. “Ravenna…a verra bonny name for a verra bonny lass. The name suits ye.”

Ruairi scowled. What the hell did Fagan think he was doing? Was he actually trying to woo the lass? God’s teeth! The chit was English, a sworn enemy. Ruairi was perfectly aware that he shouldn’t have been so aloof toward her. After all, she would report back to the king. But hell, he wasn’t about to woo the lass in the middle of the great hall. When he gave his captain another dark look, Fagan only lifted a brow and then had the audacity to smirk. The man would pay for that one later.

For the remainder of the meal, Ruairi sat and listened while the woman laughed at Fagan’s jesting, cast smiles at Fagan, and asked him questions about Ruairi’s home. Clearly, Ruairi couldn’t answer, so his only option was to sit mute. Perhaps this wasn’t one of his most brilliant ideas. Mistress Denny must think him daft. He took another drink from his tankard and tried to think of all the ways to kill the captain of his guard.

Her gentle laugh tinkled through the air. Her nearness was overpowering, but it had been quite a long time since he had shared his bed with a woman. When visions suddenly appeared of the sultry tempt­ress lying beneath him, a cynical inner voice cut through his thoughts. He hated when his cock ruled his mind.

Ruairi brought his tankard to his lips and took another big gulp, quickly realizing he needed some­thing much stronger than what was in his cup.

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My Highland Spy
by Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spys #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: September 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Paperback/eBook, 320 pages

Book Description:

This Highland Laird won’t bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

But this lady spy might make him…

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

If she doesn’t betray him first

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

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About Victoria Roberts

Victoria Roberts writes sexy, award-winning Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania.

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Review: To Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts

Posted August 26, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: To Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts
To Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts
Series: Bad Boys of the Highlands #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 3, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Torn between his duty and his soul mate, what will this Highland bad boy choose?

In the third book of this fun, action-packed Highland trilogy, Victoria Roberts introduces her baddest bad boy yet. Laird Alexander MacDonnell must choose between his duty or losing his heart forever to the woman who betrayed him- his own wife.

Lady Sybella MacKenzie is forced to search for her clan's ancient seeing stone under the roof of her father's enemy. When she finds the precious artifact, will she choose the family who raised her, or will she stand with the man who has captured her soul?


Chanel’s Review:
To Wed a Wicked Highlander is an perfect story for those that love historicals and Highlanders.  Alexander MacDonnell will pull you in with his great looks, perfect body and bad boy attitude.

I really enjoyed both of the characters in this story.  The heroine Sybella is a woman after my own heart who is daring, honorable with a good heart and quick mind.  I think any other type of heroine would not have worked with Alexander.

The steamy lovescenes were well done and suited the couple well.  I liked that both protagonists were realistic and didn’t act like because they made love all was well.

I couldn’t’ wait to see how Sybella was going to get out of the quandary her clan placed her in and how she’d maintain the fragile relationship she built with Alexander while at the same time attempting to keep the clans from clashing.  Ms. Roberts did a great job of working it out.

To Wed A Wicked Highlander is definitely my idea of a great read that you’ll enjoy and want to do as I did and go find the first two immediately.

I recommend a pint of ale, accompanied with some cheesy bread while listening to With or Without you, sung by Jai McDowall.  (Reviewed by Chanel of Chanel Chancey Reviews) – I Read, I Review, That’s It!