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A good book I definitely have to read of the series WooHoo Redcakes 4 I jumped for joy when I saw this up for review I love this series and it s mix matched couples and sweet happily ever after s Even as short as this book is it was full of stuff mistaken identity kidnapping DUH A delicious readA Victorian romance with a difference Scotsman Dougal Alexander Younger Son To The Baron Of Alix Spends His Time son to the Baron of Alix spends his time a private detective occasionally assisting the police with their enuiries He was not interested in assisting the police with their enuiries He was not interested in church law or soldiering He was good at solving problems and finding things Dougal puts me in mind of another investigator of these times I love Barnaby Adair from Stephanie Lauren s Cynster seriesDougal has been hired by Lord Judah Shield to find his sister the Lady Elizabeth Shield She disappeared without a trace over a ear ago Dougal has tracked Lady Elizabeth to the stews of Edinburg and the flat of one Manfred Cross a jewel thief The problem is that Cross has been apprehended and is now in Newgate There is no sign of Lady Elizabeth or was there The Maruiss of Hatbrook Elizabeth s older brother re My copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest reviewAuthor Heather HiestandFirst published 2014Length 4805 locationsSetting Scotland Edinburgh 1889Sex Explicit just the onceHero Younger brother of Title Private InvestigatorHeroine Young girl who ran away to marry her sweetheart a la Lydia in Pride and Prejudice but now working as a maidIncludes excerpt from Christmas DelightsGood bones with an interesting idea but the writing needs work The first chapter or so was boring with far too much exposition A lot of telling rather than showing Characters tended towards 1 Dimensional and lacking story depth The story jumps around with many ideas never uite focussing on one good storyOTOH the unusual locations in the Edinburgh surrounds added interesting colourCould have been better not an author I would seek out againRedcakesBook 1 The Maruess of Cake Alys Redcake and Maruess of HatbrookBook 2 One Taste of Scandal Captain Judah Shield and Magdalene CrossBook 3 His Wicked Smile Ann Haldene and Gawain RedcakeBook 4 The Kidnapped Bride Lady Elizabeth Shield and Dougal AlexanderBook 5 Christmas Delights Lady Victoria Allen Hill and Lewis Noble CR Originally posted at Bunny s ReviewI have not had the privilege of reading any other books in this series After reading this one I have placed them on my to read list Heather woven a very nice tale but I felt there was telling than showing throughout the story Just my preference does not mean anything to anyone but me and how I enjoy booksThe story starts out with Dougal Alexander I just love the name Dougal arriving at his current employers business to confer about a missing person he is trying to find Reading about a missing person really makes me wonder how hard it was to track someone during the 1800 s Since modern technology has come in to play it is easier to track find someone But in the 1800 s how hard was it to actually find someone No actual photo s were available no This is book 4 in the Redcakes seriesDougal Alexander has been sent to find Lady Elizabeth Shield After a ear of looking for her he has finally tracked her down Before he can collect her and take her back To Her Family She her family she taken by white slavers and he must rescueElizabeth is thankful that Dougal has saved her from the slavers but she is not going back to her family She doesn t belong there and they will never accep. Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptationLady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble And even if dashing private inuiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers she’s definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors Not when there are other women in danger and a secret promise to. The Kidnapped Bride Redcakes #4T the baby she has taken as her own Will Dougal get Elizabeth back to her family or will their time together convince them both that they need something different than they thoughtThis was an enjoyable short read I was still just as confused as to who was who during the story as I was when I read His Wicked Smile I MUST FIND TIME TO READ THE OTHER BOOKS must find time to read the other books the seriesI liked that Elizabeth wasn t afraid to get out of her comfort zone a pampered oung miss and get a job to support the baby that she had taken in as her own Definitely depth to her than other girls in her position in life I liked Dougal too He liked what he did and he wasn t ashamed to work for a livingIf ou are looking for a uick enjoyable read this is the book for ouThanks go to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review There was a lot to like about The Kidnapped Bride I loved the late Victorian setting the use of interesting British locations and the way the lives of those a little less fortunate than the aristocracy were depicted Those only reading for the fluffy romantic scenes might not like it but I were depicted Those only reading for the fluffy romantic scenes might not like it but I how the characters and plot were well established before the romance got underwayI was really enjoying a lot about this bookHowever this is a book in a series and there re chara A gutsy hellion is being stalked by a sexy Inuiry Agent white slave traders shots fired a drenching MISadventure across ScotlandLady Elizabeth Shield had only 1 friend growing Up Her Mom Then Her Mom Died She Was An her mom then her mom died she was an thought an obligation unwanted by her bossy stuffy older brother the Marues After a lonely Season with only 2 not gonna happen suitors she ran from London to Edinburgh into the arms of Manfred Cross who also didn t want her but he did allow her to live with him as a maid Soon Manfred disappears Beth her chosen name adopts her only friend s baby after the prostitute dies she is running out of money fastDougal Alexander is a 2nd son but he is a successful Private Inuiry Agent What does he inuiry Love for Imperfect Things you may ask PEOPLE He has a superhuman ability of memorizing a whole person features with just a uick look which comes in handing For the pastear he has been unsuccessful hunting for Lady Elizabeth but he did slap the handcuffs on the alleged jewel thief Manfred Cross Dougal A Heart of Stone yummy name went to London meets with his client the Marues Hatbook when he sees the Marues his brother together he realized that he knew exactly where Lady Elizabeth was in Edinburgh at Manfred s flat So off people hunting Dougal goesBeth is starving so is her baby Harriet so she has kindly Mrs Sharp to babysit so off to the market she goes Poor Beth is stalked kidnapped by white slave traders knocked upside her head dump into a smelly warehouse with no help of being rescued so she will just have to do it all by herself after a short nap When Dougal arrives at Beth s building potatoes crushed green matter are lying all over the stairs her flat has been trashed she is no where in sight Thus begins their MISadventurous trek of dodging slave traders weaving in out of the line of pistol shots a hellion determined to get back to her baby a stolen cart horse a hard knee melting kiss delivered with great style via Dougal not just 1 drenching rainfall HELLO my peeps it s Scotland but 2 a brotherly Baron an amazing night of seduction arranged by the fearless Beth why or why do brothers arrive at the absolutely wrong time Will Beth go back to being unseen Can Dougal show Beth that sh. Keep in Edinburgh But outwitting Dougal’s tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kissesHe’s a baron’s second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible His. E is SEEN loved by him How will her family feel about Harriett Beth s child of her heart When will Redcakesummy sweets be a part of this charming story How will 2 stupid brothers men always do screw this up This romance read is book 4 in the charming always makes me hungry Redcakes series Each book is so different can stand alone Ms Hiestand s characters always pull ou into her stories kicking screaming if needed This was my favorite book in the series because is was uick paced adventures had an over looked heroine who would not confirm to Society a extremely sexy self made man as a hero Beth was raised by extremely sexy self made man as a hero Beth was raised by Society conscious mother her 1 only friend but after her mom died she was lost all their plans for her future with her Dougal I gets shivers down my spine for this name is a 2nd son who really didn t need to support himself but he wanted to walk his way have a purpose in life Beth Dougal both had a SCREAMING voice in their lives called PURPOSE TO MATTER Not a common goal to have in 1800s Society in England Ms Hiestand did a page turning seduction by I don t know what I am doing Beth but it so worked for this romance poor Dougal was HOOKED There was adrenaline filled pages dastardly villains a gutsy heroine who did anything for her adopted child the pantie dropping smile of Dougal that my peeps will feel down to our toes Ms Hiestand s HILARIOUSNESS aplenty Only 1 thing was missing from this Scottish tale no KILT wearing Scot any where so I hope Ms Hiestand learns that all stories in Scotland need a KILT I give this action packed romance of Ms Hiestand a score of 4 fingers up 8 toes I loved hated the next Redcakes book teaser at the endNetGalley ARC given for honest review Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers Femme Fatales and FantasyHeather Hiestand s The Kidnapped Bride is an easy fast read meant to be enjoyed It is book three of Ms Hiestand s Redcakes SeriesLady Elizabeth Shield wanted to decide her life for herself She ran off when her mother died and she felt alone and abandoned But she really wasn t alone or abandoned her brothers have been looking for her since she left Unfortunately for said brothers she doesn t want to be found While she knows the man she thought she loved didn t return the favor they created a life for she thought she loved didn t return the favor they created a life for Only Heather didn t know just what that life entailedDougal Alexander is the much loved second son to a Baron While he could have lived off his family s money and estates he has decided to make a living for himself as a private investigator Tasked with finding Lady Elizabeth he discovers her working as a made for a jewel thief But even then she managed to slip through his fingers Dougal and Elizabeth were made for each other Two strong individuals bound and determined to do it their own way This could have been a great short story Instead for me it came off wooden and contrived Unfortunately it left me feeling like it was forced The characters seemed a bit contrived and changed from one person s perspective to another Sadly I have to rate it a mere two stars Sadly because there was so much potential there ShauniThis review is based on the ARC of The Kidnapped Bride provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on September 15 2014 The Kidnapped Bride by Heather Hiestand was a intriguing bookDougal Alexander is hired to find a sister Bride by Heather Hiestand was a intriguing bookDougal Alexander is hired to find a sister went missing a Language and Linguistics year ago She was last seen in a bad part of town He must find her as soon as possibleHe meets her when she appears as a maid at the home of Manfr. Most difficult caseet will be showing her that he’s everything she truly desires and that love is the greatest of adventures“Before I realized it the unusually strong and well developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read” Delle Jacobs author of Lady Wicke. ,