Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Full Scoop Review Series: Her Highland Champion by Alexa Bourne

Welcome to a new feature 
at the Book Boost:  
The Full Scoop Review Series!

Today we’re taking a bite of Alexa Bourne’s Her Highland Champion and here’s the whole scoop and nothing but the scoop!

Our rating system is all about our taste in books so here's how we rate each element (from lowest possible rating to highest possible rating):

Mostly Edible

To find out the over-all number of scoops this book received, see the bottom of the review.  Even though we have 6 possible rating levels for story elements, our over-all rating is out of a maximum of 5 scoops.  Please keep in mind that this is representative of our delicate palate and our appetite may differ from yours. Hope you enjoy!

The Cover: 
Rating: Tasty
Comments:  It certainly covers all the bases genre-wise. Love the kilt.

The First Line: 
Rating:  Mostly Edible
Comments:  Not particularly attention grabbing for a suspense-filled story.

The Plot: 
Rating:  Decent
Comments:  The plot is a little slow to unravel but worth the wait. Amnesia is often over-used but there's a nice surprise moment about three quarters of the way through! A good, simple romantic suspense.

The Writing:
Rating: Delightful
Comments:  Nice vivid scenery detail and excellent sensory details.  Good conflict throughout. Author uses a lot of dialogue and that’s indicative of strong writing.

The Hero:
Rating: Delicious
Comments:  Who doesn't love a hot Scot hero? And although this reviewer was surprised by how suddenly the talk turned erotic (it seems to come out of nowhere) this thought process is true to males in general.  His passion restraint meter is admirable. But then turns from professing love to more sex in a heartbeat during a time of extreme emotional distress for the heroine. In the end, I'd like to be rescued by him any day of the week.  He's clearly the best part of this book.

The Heroine: 
Rating: Decent
Comments:  I would have liked to have felt a little more of her “panic” with the onset of amnesia.  I do like how she reaches out to him for comfort and he’s reluctant to give it.  Very nice—realistic. One minute she’s calm and assured and the next she’s desperate for his protection.  A constant inner struggle that speaks to her confusion with the memory loss. The unrealistic part (and reason for her lower rating) is that she seems to go from very wary to full on sex kitten in a matter of pages.  I don't find this to be the norm for a fragile woman in distress.

Other Notable Characters:
Rating: Delightful
Comments: Love the dog Barcleigh!

The Ending:
Rating: Tasty
Comments:  Mostly satisfactory but not sure if the mystery reveal fully paid off for me in the end as an avid mystery reader.  But I love a happily ever after and I’d like to see what happens with these characters in the future.  Hope the author plans more adventures for his hot Scot hero (and his mysterious past).

The Over-all Scoop Rating: 3.75 Scoops

About the Author:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She is thrilled to be writing for Decadent Publishing and to have the chance to share her love of Great Britain with readers everywhere.

When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers.

Visit her on the web here:

The Blurb:

Heather Winchester leads a charming life. With good friends, a beautiful flat in one of the most amazing cities in the world, and a promising future once she finishes her Ph.D., she is finally pursuing her own dreams instead of catering to everyone else’s…except she doesn’t remember any of it.

Malcolm Fraser has returned to his Highland village to forget his failings as a professional bodyguard. Believing he could just lose himself in the mundane activities of running his bed & breakfast, he finds a woman’s lifeless body by the loch instead….

Captivated by Heather as she regains her memory, Malcolm is thrown into the line of duty. As danger comes knocking on their doors, will he be strong enough to love her and keep her safe?

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