Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Reviewer Pam: Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn

Please join me in welcoming Pam, who has graciously offered her reviewing skillz to Book Addict.  When she's not reading, Pam plays the piano, kayacks, and is a chocoholic.  She stays up late to read, averaging around 3am, which is how she came up with the name @moonlightreader for twitter - go say hi!

Laird of the Mist
~Paula Quinn

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Forever
Publish Date: December 1, 2007
ISBN-10: 0446619124
ISBN-13: 978-0446619127

From Goodreads:
High-born though she is, Kate Campbell isn't afraid to draw her sword. When raiders strike, she rushes into the fray...and is lucky when a mysterious Highlander shields her from a deadly blow. Swept onto his stallion, she soon discovers that her rescuer is her clan's most hated enemy; Callum MacGregor, the man they call The Devil. Yet she cannot ignore his achingly tender touch or the way his fiery gaze leaves her breathless.

Callum MacGregor has taken many Campbell lives, but he's never saved one ;until now. Mesmerized by this spirited lass, he wants her by his side, even if it means holding her for ransom. As his fingers graze her sumptuous curves and tangle in her unruly tresses, Callum realizes Kate Campbell is his most dangerous foe of all. For he can't make love to her without betraying his kinsmen and his honor...and surrendering his heart forever.
Pam's review:

When I was scrolling through my nook and this book popped up on an advertisement for a steal of 99 cents, I was like, why not? It’s my first read by Paula Quinn and the first book of a series. I’m always looking for a new series to escape in.

The book pulls you right in Kate Campbell’s world where she is practicing her ax-fighting skills right before her home is caught in a raid. Callum MacGregor (aka: The Devil), her clan’s enemy, happens to intervene just in time to save Kate’s life. She ends up being taken as a hostage although she is definitely not treated like one. Kate grew up with horror stories of Callum and how he killed members of her clan. She soon realizes that there is more to the stories she grew up with and perhaps not all of them hold truth.

When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a great romance with decent character development and a good plot. The character development while good, is also a bit one sided favoring Callum. The reader got to know what made Callum who he is, but I felt as though Kate’s character development got put on the back burner. The secondary characters in the book were likeable and made me smile; like Callum’s sister, Maggie, who was adamant about not eating meat, and very caring for her animals. However, without giving anything away, by the middle to two thirds of the book I just wanted it to be over already. I knew where the story was going and what was going to happen but the story just turned into the run of the mill at that point.

It’s disappointing because it started out so great and unique, but then it felt too familiar like it was something I had already read. Because of that, I rated this book 3 out of 5 stars.



  1. Hi Pam, welcome and thank you for your review. I have some of her books on my shelves, as I have read enthusiastic reviews about this book and others.

  2. Welcome Pam :) and thanks for the review. I do have weakness for sexy Scots

  3. Thanks Laurie! Me too, I love the color of her dress.

    Aurian, I felt like the book had a great start; but then it went from great to average. And since it's the first book in the series I wonder if the others get better?

    Blodeuedd, yeah, me too. :)

  4. Welcome Pam! Great review, I'd have been tempted to read this book but maybe I'll leave it for another time.