Monday, April 6, 2015

Scent of the Soul by Julie Doherty

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Publication Date: February 11, 2015
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook; 288p

Genre: Historical Romance

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In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess.

It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell.

Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose.

It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.

My Review:
Three stars
Copy Received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book for an honest review
"Scent of the Soul" by Julie Doherty was an interesting read.  I knew that I would be reading a historical/ romance/ paranormal but some aspects of this book took me completely by surprise.  There were some things I liked and some that I struggled with.  One, I really liked Breagha and Somerled. I liked them as individuals and as a couple. I admired their individual struggles and enjoyed the obstacles they had to overcome to be together.  At first I was annoyed with Breagha because he was more interested in marrying advantageously then for love but the author made it very understandable why he would need to marry for political gain and the importance of alliances.  Because I'm a sucker for romance I loved when he realized that Breagha was more important than he realized but I had a hard time with the time changes.  They became a little frustrating and annoying. 

Historically it was also interesting to see what 12th Century Scotland was like.  I haven't read too many books that cover the Vikings so it was a refreshing change.  Also, I thought the story was very original and I could not anticipate what was to happen. I enjoyed reading this story, found it very refreshing and plan to read more by the author.

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About the AuthorJulie_007

Something magical happened in the musty basement of Julie Doherty’s local courthouse. She went there intending to research her ancestry, not lose herself in a wealth of stories, but the ghosts of yesteryear drew her into the past and would not let her go. The trail left by her ancestors in those yellowing documents led her from rural Pennsylvania to the Celtic countries, where her love of all things Irish/Scottish blossomed into outright passion.

She became particularly interested in Somerled, self-styled "King of Argyll" and progenitor of the Lords of the Isles. In 1164, he led a fleet of 164 galleys up the River Clyde in an all-or-nothing attempt to overthrow the Scottish crown. What would lead a man of his advanced years to do such a thing?

Of course, history records he did so because the king demanded forfeiture of his lands. But the writer in Julie wondered ...what if he did it for the love of a woman?

Those early thoughts led to SCENT OF THE SOUL, Julie's first novel, available now on Amazon.

Readers will notice a common theme throughout Julie’s books: star-crossed lovers. This is something she knows a bit about, since during one of her trips to Ireland, she fell in love with an Irishman. The ensuing immigration battle took four long years to win. With only fleeting visits, Skype chats, and emails to sustain her love, Julie poured her heartache into her writing, where it nourished the emotional depth of her characters.

Julie is a member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, Central PA Romance Writers, The Longship Company, Perry County Council of the Arts, and Clan Donald USA. When not writing, she enjoys antiquing, shooting longbow, traveling, and cooking over an open fire at her cabin. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.

For more information please visit Julie Doherty's Website and Blog. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Scent of the Soul Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse

Tuesday, March 24
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Excerpt & Giveaway at Sexy Siren Book Blog
Spotlight at I Heart Reading

Wednesday, March 25
Spotlight at Genre Queen

Thursday, March 26
Interview at Mythical Books
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, March 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Monday, March 39
Spotlight & Giveaway at Cheryl's Book Book

Thursday, April 2
Spotlight & Giveaway at Griperang's Bookmarks

Sunday, April 5
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Monday, April 6
Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, April 8
Review at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Sizzling Hot Books
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Thursday, April 9
Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt

Friday, April 10
Spotlight at Romance Book Junkies

Wednesday, April 15
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Thursday, April 16
Review at Dreams Come True Through Reading

Friday, April 17
Review at The True Book Addict
Spotlight & Giveaway at Boom Baby Reviews

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