πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Review: Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

Posted October 21, 2017 by Minx

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Review: Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Review: Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Christmas in Kilts by Bronwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, Lecia Cornwall, May McGoldrick, Terri Brisbin
Also by this author: Romancing the Scot
Genres: Historical Fiction, Holiday Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 567
ASIN: B0746M7X9W
Purchase at: Amazon β—Š Barnes & Noble β—Š Google Play β—Š Kobo β—Š Publisher
Minx's Rating:
Heat Factor:three-half-flames

Tis the season to fall in love! These five bestselling authors bring you great tiding of highlanders and romances this holiday season!

A HIGHLANDER'S HOPE by Terri Brisbin
A village harlot who would never dream she could have a different life meets a Highlander visitor for the holidays who brings with him an offer and hope!

What happens when a highlander finds himself stranded, maybe kidnapped, with an English lady around Christmas... maybe the mistletoe will help answer that question.

She's ready to embrace her life and future as a spinster, he's trying to have one last hurrah before he gives into his family's wishes and proposes marriage to his neighbor, but fate has other ideas when the lady and the Scot meet at a holiday house party in the wilds of Scotland.

A chance encounter between a ship's captain and a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her young niece leads to a little magic during the holidays.

When a snowstorm forces a charming lass hiding a broken heart to take shelter in a castle with three fine Highland lairds just days before Christmas, there’s a game afootβ€”who will be the first to win a kiss and maybe her heart.


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A HIGHLANDER’S HOPE by Terri Brisbin

Iain MacKillop had been the commander of all the MacKillop fighting men for some time. He had always done what was asked of him and put others needs before his own, even entering into an arranged marriage. The marriage had worked out okay for him but his wife had recently died and Iain found himself getting a little lonely. Getting on in his years he was also getting a wee bit tired of being so selfless and wanted something for himself. When his nephew started requesting him to re-marry in order to unite two clans Iain decided that this was the time for him to make a stand.

Iain was going to choose who he married this time around and he had his eyes set on an unusual bride. He wanted to marry the MacKendimen whore. Iain had been going see Robena whenever he was in the village so when he was forced to consider who it was he wanted to marry his thoughts drifted to Robena. As he was going to Dunnedin to spend Hogmanay there that year and while he was there he was going to try and woo Robena. He was soon going to find that there was an entire history with Robena that he needed to understand and that he had his job cut out for him if he was going to win the woman of his heart.

As Christmastime goes, A Highlander’s Hope had little to do with that. As far as romance and heat goes this story was very steamy and very sexual. Lots of heat between Robena and Iain. It was an unusual love story. I gave this story 3/5 stars.


All that Meggie Macleod wanted was to be home for the holidays. On her way back home with her grandmother at her side they were waylaid by the weather and forced to take shelter from the storm at Gleanngalla where Magnus MacVane was laird. Meggie did not want to ever see Magnus again as she had an undesirable history with the man but there was nothing to be done about it and soon she found herself before the man himself.

With the holiday season upon him Magnus had already invited his brother-in-law, Charlie MacKay, the brother of his late wife to stay with him, as well as Laird Hugh MacAulay, who had kept his reasons for coming to Gleanngalla to himself. All three men were in attendance when Meggie arrived and they were all immediately entranced by her presence. Meggie was a fine-looking woman and had grown a lot since Magnus had seen her last. With three unmarried men under one roof it was only a matter of moments before they started betting who could get a kiss or more from Meggie.

A Highland Christmas Wager was hilarious! I really enjoyed it and the romance element was quite sweet and entertaining. There were quite a few Christmas traditions integrated into this story but that was separate from the romance. I really enjoyed reading how the wager between the men played out, it was a real page tuner. I gave this story 4/5 stars.


Dougray was a man in mourning. His wife had passed on nearly six years past but he just couldn’t bring himself to love another. Unfortunately, he knew he should make a bairn to carry on his family line, so he was going to have to take on a wife sooner rather than later. The only thing he cared about was that she couldn’t be a woman he could fall in love with. He did not want to share his heart with anyone other than his late wife.

With Christmas coming and a house full of guests Dougray did not want to make an announcement of his intended choices until after the holiday season. Not that he was happy about it, just resigned. As his guests arrived he quickly realized to his horror that Lady Emma was in attendance at her brother’s side. It was a hunting lodge not a place for an unmarried lady. What he did not expect was the proposition that Lady Emma had planned to put forth. She needed his help before she accepted her next path in life.

A Scot for Christmas was witty, heartbreaking, and very sweet. Plenty of romance to go around and there was more than one romance element, although the majority of the story was focused on Dougray and his guarded heart. This is set during the Christmastime season and there are a few holiday traditions but nothing that screams Christmas to me. I really enjoyed this story and I loved Lady Emma’s character. Filled with lots of heat and sweet romance, I gave this story 4/5 stars.


Emma Spencer had hit upon some hard times. Her father had died unexpectedly and her cousin had dealt with her most shamefully. She had been sent to go live with an uncle in Scotland but her travels to his place had not been without hardship and quickly she found herself using her last bit of money to gain passage onto a coach. A coach where she soon found out she would not be the only passenger.

James Barran was a man on a mission. He was desperate to get home in order to stop his sister’s wedding. Although, his quest was being thwarted at every turn and it was not too long before he found himself having to take a coach as his only means of transportation. With nothing else to do he accepted this turn of events, even when he was joined by Emma. He studiously ignored her in the beginning but when the situation turned for the worst he begrudgingly decided to take Emma with him. Fully knowing that it meant far more hassle to both him and her.

Although neither Emma or James were overly fond of each other there was a spark between them and as they spent more time together they had a few surprises about where their feelings were leading. Leftover Mistletoe was a fun little adventure that had some Christmastime elements to it. It kept me interested from start to finish. I gave this story 3/5 stars.


For me, Sweet Home Highland Christmas was a case of saving the best for last. I loved this story. Captain Gregory Pennington had just recently retired from the military. He had loved his career but he just felt like there was more to life and he needed a new challenge. He decided it was high time for him to start on a new path in life. On his way home to be with his family for Christmas, Gregory’s brother had reached out to him and asked him if he would be able to escort four adults and a child to an estate that bordered his family’s own estate.

What Gregory was not expecting was that the child would be one that he found most entertaining or that the Aunt would be most alluring to him. Gregory was not one to daydream about settling down but there was something about Freya Sutherland that drew his interest. As he spent time with his charges he found that he really enjoyed being around them and when he learned of Freya’s upcoming life changes he grew most concerned for her. He knew that what she was expecting might never come to be and the more he knew about Freya the more he was inclined to make sure that nothing horrible befell her or her niece.

Sweet Home Highland Christmas was truly a charming story. Gregory was quite swoony and naughty. I really liked the addition of the niece to the story and what she brought to the story. Freya’s character was also quite enjoyable and I loved the ending. This story is set during the Christmas time season but that is about the extent of the β€˜Christmastime feeling’ for this novella. There is actually quite a bit of heat in this story and it was truly simply adorable! I gave this story 5/5 stars!

*Thank you to Netgalley & Swerve for this eARC of Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Boxed Set*

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About May McGoldrick

Authors May McGoldrick

Authors Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick (writing as May McGoldrick) weave emotionally satisfying tales of love and danger. Publishing under the names of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey, these authors have written more than thirty novels and works of nonfiction for Penguin Random House, Mira, HarperCollins, Entangled, and Heinemann. Nikoo, an engineer, also conducts frequent workshops on writing and publishing and serves as a Resident Author. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance literature and teaches English in northwestern Connecticut. They are the authors of Much Ado About Highlanders, Taming the Highlander, and Tempest in the Highlands with SMP Swerve.

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