Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: Love is a Battlefield (Games of Love #1) by Tamara Morgan

It takes a real man to wear a kilt. And a real woman to charm him out of it.

Games of Love, Book 1

It might be modern times, but Kate Simmons isn’t willing to live a life without at least the illusion of the perfect English romance. A proud member of the Jane Austen Regency Re-Enactment Society, Kate fulfills her passion for courtliness and high- waisted gowns in the company of a few women who share her love of all things heaving.

Then she encounters Julian Wallace, a professional Highland Games athlete who could have stepped right off the covers of her favorite novels. He’s everything brooding, masculine, and, well, heaving. The perfect example of a man who knows just how to wear his high sense of honor—and his kilt.

Confronted with a beautiful woman with a tongue as sharp as his sgian dubh, Julian and his band of merry men aren’t about to simply step aside and let Kate and her gaggle of tea-sippers use his land for their annual convention. Never mind that “his land” is a state park—Julian was here first, and he never backs down from a challenge.

Unless that challenge is a woman unafraid to fight for what she wants...and whose wants are suddenly the only thing he can think about.

Product Warnings: The historical re-enactments in this story contain very little actual history. Battle chess and ninja stars may apply.

Reviewed by Lynelle:

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book and I don’t usually read contemporary romances. The thing that drew me to initially to this story is how Kate is part of a Jane Austin Regency Re-enactment Society or JARR (which I love Jane Austin and a secret part of me would enjoy to participate in
something like that) and then there are the Scots, yum, can’t go wrong with some Scots ;)

Kate is a fairly shy woman and she tends to just go along with others and doesn’t really stand up for herself. Due to an incident, thanks to Kate’s friend Jada that happened at a JARR ball, Kate has been given the responsibility of putting together the next event for her group, which she is excited about and determined to make it the best event she can. As she and Jada are out looking for a venue, they run into Julian and Michael, a part of the Scottish Highland Society, at a park which ends up being perfect for Kate’s event. They all hit it off and are getting along great (with some sparks between Kate and Julian) until they find out that Kate and Julian want to use the park for their events on the same weekend.

This book kept my interest throughout and I really didn’t want to put it down. I loved the interactions between Kate and Julian (and all the side characters are hilarious) and it was so fun to see what antics Kate and Julian would come up with to try and out do the other and try to win the rights to use the park for their own event. There’s a good amount of sexual tension that made me wish they’d just grab each other and make-out already , of course a bad guy trying to manipulate and ruin things. I loved this book so much I’m itching to already re-read it ;) and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series :)

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