Lady Adriana Beachwood’s only chance of survival lies in the hands of her courageous and deliciously handsome Scottish warrior in H. C. Brown’s new release, Charmed. Historical Heartbeats welcomes Author H.C. Brown who writes Scottish historical romance. H.C. will award a digital copy of her new release, Charmed, to a commenter.
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Charmed is the first book in an ongoing Highlander, Historical romance story titled The Mackenzie Series. The next books in the series, Betrayed has been released and Seduced will hit the shelves in November. Highlander Drew Mackenzie’s double life as a respectable gentleman and the notorious, smuggler, Le Diable Noir, comes into jeopardy the moment Lady Adrianna Beachwood’s father rejects him as a suitor. He devises an ingenious deception to meet her in secret by using his cousin, the respectable, Lord Rupert as a decoy. Nothing goes to plan and when the feisty goddaughter of George II is thrust into danger, her only chance of survival lies in the hands of her courageous and deliciously handsome Scottish warrior.
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4 STAR Review
Alwyztrouble’s Romance Book Reviews and More on October 7, 2015
Lady Adrianna Beachwood is the goddaughter of the king and daughter of his trusted physician. She is looking for her happily ever after that will keep her from having to marry one of her father’s widowed friends. She notices the very highlander Drew Mackenzie and he stirs her inside like no other man. She agrees to allow him to court her before she realizes her father has promised her hand to the awful, much older Lord Balham.
Drew Mackenzie leads a double life. He is Heir to a clan in Scotland, an avid business owner about to come into his majority in six months and a respected gentleman as well as a masked notorious smuggler Le Diablo Noir. The moment he lays eyes on Lady Adrianna he feels a connection he’s never felt before. Before he has a chance to ask her father to allow his suit, Lord Beachwood threatens him and warns him to stay away from his daughter. Unable to head the Earl’s warning he comes up with a plan with his cousin Lord Rupert to court Lady Adrianna in secret.
Before either of them realizes, Adrianna is endangered and Drew is the only that can save her. Will he be able to rescue his love?
I really enjoyed the banter in the book especially between Drew and Rupert as well as Drew and Adrianna. You will find an air of danger that will keep you intrigued, wanted to know more till you finish the story in one sitting. This is a cliffhanger book that you’ll have to wait for book to find out the rest of the story. The author H.C Brown is a new to me and I am looking forward to reading more of her historical romances. I definitely recommend this to others that enjoy a strong handsome Highlander and a know what she wants Heroine.
What inspired this story?
I’d researched the Georgian period previously for Lord Byron’s Secret Obsession and had just finished Highlander in the Mist. I wanted to write another Highlander story, I have many fond memories after visiting Scotland and loved the diverse history, so the story fell into place.
Why do you write romance?
I write because it’s a passion. I need to write every day and enjoy writing across genres. I don’t always have romance in my stories but as a reader I enjoy a romance in any genre.
What inspires you? What motivates you?
Life. I am a historical buff. I’ve studied and taught English history, so my historical romances come from years of study. Music is a motivator and often triggers a story.
Please tell us about your other books.
I have 60 published books, so I’ll tell you about my last historical romance, Highlander in the Mist. Kate must decide to escape the horrors of 1425, or fight for the love of her delicious Highland warrior.
During a tour of the Highlands, Kate Mackintosh goes to the aid of a drowning boy and mysteriously slips through time to 1425. A stunningly handsome Highlander, who believes she is a faerie intent on stealing his brother, immediately challenges her and offers himself as the boy’s replacement. Rather than remaining alone on an isolated mountainside, she follows the delicious, Laird Alexander Murray to his Broch Lavern home. Alone in a strange, brutal world, the noble Alex, offers her not only his protection but a love and passion so great, her longing to return home soon fades. However, the fate of the clan rests on Alex marrying Mary Frazer, and his stepmother insists on the match. Kate must leave the love of her life or remain and risk torture or death to fight for her handsome Highland laird.
Excerpt of Charmed by H.C. Brown
Lady Adrianna Beachwood slid into the shadows masking the terrace, her attention captivated on the tall stranger bowing over Lady Bracken’s hand in the receiving line. At last, a gentleman worthy of my consideration. He straightened and bestowed a brilliant smile on his hostess before moving through the reception room in her direction. Sauntering past in elegant glory leaving the expensive fragrance of bergamot in his wake, he astounded her. Dangerously handsome and with the hungry countenance of a wolf, he cast a predatory gaze over the silk encased ladies gathering in the foyer. From the enthusiastic titters beside her and the flutter of fans in her periphery, his perfect proportions, and elegant form had attracted more than a few ladies devotion.
She admired tall men and he was indeed the most stylish of gentlemen. His magnificent broad shoulders fit snugly inside a dark blue jacket nipped at the waist and worn over crisp ivory linen with an overindulgence of lace in the French mode. Her gaze drifted in wanton abandon from his expertly folded silk cravat tucked into a heavily embroidered waistcoat to his breeches cut tight enough to enhance his long muscular legs. Lifting her fan to hide her heated cheeks, she gaped after him. Rather than covering his head with a wig, he had queued his glossy ebony hair at the nape without one trace of powder, yet he certainly appeared to be a devotee to fashion by the cut of his cloth, and the expensive lace at his cuffs.
Her attention matched his swagger in the direction of the ballroom and entranced by his devilish countenance, she stepped into the hallway and followed him along the passageway. She picked up her step, but he sauntered straight past the ballroom without as much as a glimpse within and continued in the direction of the card room. Bother! Adrianna pressed her lips together and stared after him. Determined not to miss the opportunity to catch his eye, she cleared her throat. The temptation of a man stopped abruptly and turned to face her. His languid gaze traveled over her and as he inclined his dark head, the corners of his full mouth twitched into a secretive smile.
A booming voice, announcing the arrival of her father, broke the spell.
“Ah, there you are Adrianna. Why, may I ask do you find it necessary to dally so close to the card room? It is not seemly for a lady to be in close proximity to gamesters, my dear.” He moved to her side then his gaze slid past her and darkened at the sight of the handsome stranger. “Come along, I am sure there are more suitable gentlemen waiting to fill your card.” He offered his arm.
Annoyed by her father’s untimely appearance, she composed her features into a mask of disinterest, and rested one hand on his arm. “I noticed you in the company of Lord Somerton in the receiving room and assumed you would pass this way so I waited for you, Papa.”
His nostrils flared in disgust and he bent his head lowering his voice. His acid tongue lashed over her like a whip.
“You are not a girl on her first come out and should know better than to expose yourself to rakes and ne’re do wells.”
She turned to him aghast. “Oh, Papa, your worry is unfounded. To be sure, Lord Bracken would not allow scoundrels within a mile of Lady Bracken’s soiree.”
Her father raised both eyebrows and peered at her thoughtfully through his quizzing glass.
“Adrianna, your naivety astounds me. It would seem I will have to keep a closer eye on you this evening.” He tucked an errant curl into her chignon with unexpected skill. “Come along, I have arranged for a number of respectable gentlemen to make your acquaintance.”
A wave of heat crawled up her neck. Indeed, the delicious man had caused her pulse to race in an alarming fashion but with her father’s words, the hope of an introduction to the tantalizing stranger splintered into a thousand pieces. She forced her lips into a smile, raised her chin, and strolled into the lushly decorated ballroom. Moving through the crush, she made her way toward her usual bevy of friends. She inhaled to calm her nerves and wrinkled her nose in distaste. The delicate glass vases perched high upon alabaster podiums overflowed with roses but did little to disguise the foul odor of stale sweat permeating the stiflingly hot air. All at once, the room moved in and out of focus.
“Adrianna.” Her father’s voice cracked like a whip in her ear. “What is amiss?”
Flicking open her fan, she met his furious gaze. “It is very hot in here, Papa. Perhaps a cordial might help?”
Her father lowered his deep voice to a whisper.
“Very well. Sit down and for heaven’s sake do not make a scene. It is imperative you fill your card this evening.” He offered a congenial smile to the small group watching with interest and deposited her beside a matron. “I will go for some refreshment, Adrianna.”
Her heart sank at her father’s direction. She had little choice but to act the dutiful daughter, although the men her father had thrown in her path had become as boring as last week’s broadsheets. How am I to stand another evening like this? She gathered her wits and smiled. “Thank you, Papa.”
The usual old and uninteresting bread puddings of men approached to fill her card. Listening with feigned interest at their nonsensical dialogue, her thoughts returned to the handsome stranger. She swallowed hard and gazed at the group of hopeful suitors. God help her. From this night onward, she would compare all men to him, her phantom of delight.
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H. C.’s Bio.
H.C. Brown is a multi-published, bestselling, award-winning author of Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Suspense, Time Travel, Action Adventure, and Contemporary Romance.
In 2015, she was delighted to be named Luminosity Publishing’s Bestselling Author of 2014.
In 2015, Highlander in the Mist was placed 3rd in Historical and Rock ‘n’ Leather was placed 3rd GLBT in the Easychair Bookshop Competition.
In 2015, Highlander in the Mist was nominated for The Romance Reviews Reader Awards.
In 2011, she was delighted to receive nominations in three categories in the 2011 CAPA Awards: Favourite Author, Best GLBT Romance, and Best Science Fiction Romance.
She was nominated for Best Historical M/M in the 2013, Goodreads Book of Year Awards.
H.C writes about strong alpha male heroes and girl next door heroines in complex settings, and all her stories have happy endings.