The Ghosts of Culloden Moor is an 80 plus book series of paranormal romance. It is necessary to start with the first book, The Gathering in order to understand the premise of the series, but after that you can pretty much read them in any order. Readers can argue that each book is pretty much the same formulae, but that is the strength of the series too. Equally, there are titles that produce an unexpected story that doesn’t necessarily follow the formulae.
The notion is that there are 79 ghosts who haunt the battlefield, and the young, modern-day witch Soncerae wants to free them and save their souls. She gives each one of them two days to perform a heroic deed or act of bravery to win their heart’s desire; each Highlander believes his heart’s desire is some time alone with Bonny Prince Charlie to get their revenge for, as they see it, being betrayed .
LL Muir has come up with a clever idea, and just as cleverly some of the titles are written by other authors, so the writing doesn’t get stale. Having read about 38 in the series so far, I’m still enjoying them, and when a new title is published its like meeting an old friend with fresh news. Within the confines of the series’ construction, I have loved most of the titles, liked others, and there were three that I lost interest in. If you want HEA, men in kilts, and nice enjoyable romances, then I recommend these heartily.
If your taste runs more to bad boy, New Adult contemporary romances, then the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover is for you. I came across Nash first, loved it so much I read my way through the whole series. These are gorgeous, tattooed men with strong personalities, problems, and not given to being calm; the women are equally strong, well written, individual characters. The first in the series is Rule. He’s a rebellious hot-head, Shaw is a straight A student and they’ve known each other since they were in their early teens. Shaw was the girlfriend of Rule’s late twin brother. The way Jay writes the interaction between them is brilliant:
“You’re twenty-two, Rule. When are you going to stop acting like an indulgent teenager?” …
“You’re nineteen, Shaw…. My eighty-two-year-old grandma has more of a social calendar than you, and I think she’s less uptight.” …
“I like Ethel.” …
“Everybody like Ethel. She’s feisty and won’t take crap from anyone. You could learn a thing or two from her.”
“Oh, maybe I should just dye my hair pink, tattoo every visible surface of my body, shove a bunch of metal in my face, and sleep with everything that moves. Isn’t that your philosophy on how to live a rich and fulfilling life?”
Some of her writing had me crying with laughter. When it comes to overly protective boyfriends who wouldn’t want this line:
“Maybe next time you could just pee in a circle around me so that they know you’ve already been there.”
So I highly recommend this series, in fact so much so, I’m off to start reading it all over again. Then start her Saints of Denver series!