Review: Highland Protector by Catherine Bybee + Giveaway

I am excited to welcome back once again Catherine Bybee.  Today's she is visiting FBL as she brings us her long awaited book, Highland Protector, the fifth book in the MacCoinnich Time Travel series.  From the beginning intro of the book, I found that I was not the only FAN waiting patiently for the series to continue.  Scroll down, read my review and remember to enter for your chance to win one of several gift cards.   

From New York Times Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee comes the long awaited next installment in her MacCoinnich Time Travel Series.

HIGHLAND PROTECTOR         The MacCoinnich Time Travel Series, Book FiveParanormal RomanceNovember 19, 2013, First EditionPaperback & Ebook

No ordinary hero can save Amber from death…it will take a Highland Protector

Amber MacCoinnich’s survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed.

Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both.

 New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  

I was left waiting for these book, many die heart fans of this series was left hanging at the end of Highland Shifter.. I think Catherine likes to take us right to the edge and as you turn nail biting page after another she just simple Ends it.  She has become a master of cliff hangers...
If you haven't read any other the previous books in the series, I recommend you do. 
Honestly, Amber's character was so hard for me to read, I felt bad for her, her psychic gift of empathy was the one thing that was bringing her emotional pain every moment of her life and closer to death. Can a man from the future hold the key to bringing her back from the brink of death? Catherine introduces a new threat to the family. The enemy will attack anyone's weakness to poke a hole in the family's strong fortress. Will the MacCoinnich's be able to outwit this new villain or has their luck run out? This is a must read book.. 

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The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow ~ Excerpt and Review

I love falling in love with new authors, and throw in that that it is from Harelquin and you know that I am in a happy place. That is exactly what happened when I read Jennifer Snow's, The Trouble with Mistletoe.. 

Scroll down the post to read an excerpt and my review, by first let me tell you about Jennifer..
Jennifer Snow is an Alberta based author writing through Harlequin Heartwarming, Secret Cravings Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Her new sweet, small town series is releasing November 2013 with the first book in the series-The Trouble With Mistletoe. She is a member of RWA, the Writers Guild of Alberta, SheWrites, Backspace and the Canadian Authors Association.

Here's where you can find Jennifer:

Twitter : @jennifersnow18

“Oh, relax. I saw him earlier today, replacing the burnt out bulbs in Ginger’s Christmas lights and he said he was looking forward to seeing you again, so I invited him to dinner.”

“Mom, he is my ex-fiancé, in case you’ve forgotten, and we haven’t spoken in twelve years. Not to mention my company is working for the store trying to buy out Legend’s.” Victoria paced back and forth in the kitchen.

“Business is business, honey.  I’m sure you two will figure that stuff out. But can’t you just put it aside for the evening and have a pleasant dinner with an old friend? I’m sure Luke has long gotten over the fact you left him at the altar…. Even if his mother hasn’t,” she mumbled, rolling out the pie crust.
“I didn’t leave him at the altar.” Victoria stopped pacing, wondering how many times she’d had this conversation with her mom. Too many. “I called off the wedding two weeks before,” she added, “and, besides, he certainly didn’t try to stop me.”

Memories of those last few weeks before her supposed wedding day were painful to recall. The stress of the preparations—her mother and Luke’s mother forcing her to taste wedding cakes and try on dress after dress—even though her heart wasn’t in it. The entire time, hidden in her bedside table drawer had been the acceptance letter for a position with Clarke and Johnson Acquisitions. When she’d applied the summer before she’d never imagined the big firm in New York would accept her application based on her two-year business diploma. But they had and she’d had a month to decide. Keeping the offer to herself and struggling with her conflicted heart had created tension between her and Luke and had made her question her commitment to him. Their ideas about a life together had seemed worlds apart.
She’d chosen an unpaid internship with a dream of a future so different from the one he’d been planning, and left him behind. And whenever she wondered about her decision, she forced herself to remember that he hadn’t tried to stop her.

Her mother waved a hand. “You know what I mean. Anyway, it’s in the past. At least I’ve learned to keep it there…unlike some people.”

Victoria shook her head. Her mother was impossible, and Luke’s mother would be furious if she found out. The two women, once best friends, hadn’t spoken since the day Victoria left town. According to her mother, she’d let the feud between them die, but Luke’s mother still held a grudge.

Ding Dong!

Her heart skipped a beat. How was she supposed to sit at the same table with him, after everything they’d been through? She was here to do battle with him over a store. And this was supposed to be a pleasant evening? She peered through the glass opening of the kitchen door.

Luke shifted from one foot to the other on the front porch. Wearing clean jeans and his leather jacket, his short hair gelled into a spiky, controlled mess, he’d obviously gone home to shower and change.
Victoria made no move to let him in. Why couldn’t he have gotten fat? Or bald? Or both?

“Victoria, go take off your suit jacket and brush your hair, while I get the door.” Sheila removed her apron and straightened her sweater.

Victoria held out an arm to block her mother’s escape. “I have a better idea. You go get pretty for Luke, and I’ll let him in. He may as well get used to seeing me at my worst.”

I love this time of year, when all the Holiday romance books are released. This time I have the pleasure of reading, The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow.  And no, I am not going to make a pun about her last name.. 

From the minute I picked up my Kindle and started reading this I honestly couldn't put it down. I love the authors style of writing, she immediately capture my interest, she developed the primary and secondary characters so well you thought they came to live.  

The plot was unique, yes it was about a love lost but the kindness and gentleness that Luke gave our heroine, Victoria was touching. She moved away for a jet set lifestyle but what her heart wanted was the boy she left behind. Can time away bring them closer together? 

I enjoy reading Second Chance books, it warms my heart how two souls once united- struggle to find themselves again. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Holiday Romances and/or Second Chances.