Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review–A Bandit’s Betrayed Heart (Blood Blade Sisters, bk 3) by Michelle McLean

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                                                        ebook, 257 pages
                          Published January 6th 2014 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

Finn started to shake his head, but Lucy grasped his face in her hands and forced him to look at her. “I’m a Richardson. We don’t back down and we never give up. You aren’t ever getting rid of me, Finnegan Taggart. Get used to it.”

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Not your typical Southern belle…

Lucy Richardson’s bandit sisters may have taught her to sling a gun and pick a stubborn lock, but nothing prepared her for the agony of her first heartbreak. Her sisters taught her to fight like hell for what she wants… and she wants Finn.

Not your proper Southern gentleman…

Finn Taggart is bad news. His dark and tortured past always catches up to him, and Lucy deserves better than to be tainted by his touch. He couldn’t have her years ago, and he can’t have her now, no matter how enticing she is. If only he can convince her of that before the danger that follows him brings them both down.

Not your classic love story…

Danger doesn’t exactly scare a girl like Lucy, and she knows how to use all kinds of weapons… including her feminine wiles. Finn doesn’t stand a chance. And if they need backup… the Blood Blade Sisters are never far away…


She reached down to grasp his hip, disappointed to find that he still wore his breeches. He lifted his head when she paused, and she could see the white flash of his teeth in the moonlight.

“I thought you might wander into my room tonight.”

“Well, don’t you think you are a little overdressed for the occasion?”

He leaned down and kissed her again, letting his lips trail across her cheek to the sensitive skin under her ear.

“No. I think it’s going to be the only hope I’ve got to keep from ravishing you.”

“If I didn’t want to be ravished, I wouldn’t have come.”



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With his tribal tattoos, secretive manner and dubious past, Finn Taggert knew there was no way he was good enough for the likes of young Lucy Richardson. As much as he loved her, he knew it was for her safety and happiness that he disappear from her life. This is Finn in a few words, oh except he is Irish with the red hair and blues eyes. I have issues with the whole martyr characteristic. Granted Finn has more than his share of hard knocks but really dude, get off the cross.  (dated I know, but apropos) 

At first, I thought I would have problems with Lucy as well. Not that I hated Finn, but he did make my eye twitch a time or two. Lucy spends almost a decade pining for the man who left her for her own good. (see where this could give me hives) When she finally tracks him down, he all but tosses her out. So eye twitches a little more frequent now. But the brilliance of Michelle McLean is that she kept me hooked. Not once did I say "pfffft, I'm done" And by the time I realized it, Lucy was cussing and shooting, well she had just evolved right before my very eyes. 

As rare as it is for me to acknowledge, this book was all about the heroine. (guess I should've picked up on that from the whole Blood Blade Sisters, huh?) The story is very, very well written and moved quickly with no maddening plateaus. The heat level is SWEET. Lucy and Finn did the deed, they just kept the details to themselves. This also was a rarity for me as well. Michelle still kept me hooked. So, well done Ms. McLean.

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Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, insane eclectic tastes, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books.

When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.


Legal Disclaimer

Because the government can not keep it’s nose out of my business, I find it necessary to make the following statement.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I have no dog in this fight so the expressed opinions are mine and mine alone. I received no compensation, no hugs (physical or virtual) or any other incentive to influence my review.

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