Thursday, November 18, 2010

THE BORDER VIXEN by Bertrice Small

The Border Chronicles Book 5
Publisher: NAL
Date PublishedOctober 5th, 2010
ISBN: 9780451231222
Historical Romance
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

The Laird of Brae Aisir, Dugald Kerr, finds he needs to find a husband for his granddaughter, ‘Mad’ Maggie Kerr. A border woman who can outride, outrun and outshoot any man on the border. Maggie doesn’t want just any man for a husband, but one that can beat her in three contests and gain her respect. But when a spurned suitor runs to King James V for aid to gain Maggie, James sends his cousin, Lord Fingal Stewart, Maggie finds that he is no soft man but one able to take on the woman called ‘Mad’ Maggie Kerr. But danger is looming for not just Fin and Maggie but all of Scotland as events are put into place that will end up causing danger and death in one fell swoop. Will Fin and Maggie be able to survive the coming storm as they fall in love?

THE BORDER VIXEN continues the wonderful Border Chronicles series and delivers a feisty, independent woman to enjoy. A woman everyone on the borders fears and gossips about-‘Mad’ Maggie Kerr. Ms. Small delivers two main characters that I actually enjoyed-Maggie and Fingal. They were both strong people and Ms. Small was able to convey that amid the pages of her latest historical romance. The writing was tight and the sex scenes were explicit so it may not be for everyone. There were some intriguing secondary characters that had me grinning at their antics and biting wit. Ms. Small has been my favorite author forever but the last few historical books have been a bit weak in strong, captivating characters. This one delivers such characters that it had me enthralled till the very end. Granted there was one issue I had trouble with-the constant history lessons that are combined within the story. I like history but there seemed a lot of repetitive passages in past books in this series on what was going on from a bunch of people. This time, Ms. Small uses the history of the Sixteenth Century and King James V to help move the story along instead of it being the story itself, which made it a stronger story in my opinion.

THE BORDER VIXEN is a fun, entertaining story that delivers hours of reading excitement. The characters were intriguing, the story flowed smoothly and the sex scenes helped enhance the storyline instead of taking it over completely. Ms. Small is a talented writer who seems to have finally found her way again after a few weaker Border Chronicles books and delivered a story about two people who find that falling in love may be easy; it’s keeping that love alive amid danger on the borders and the time. THE BORDER VIXEN is one story I would be reading again in the future. I highly recommend it if you enjoy strong women, sexy alpha males and a passion that defies the times.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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