Author: Tamara Morgan
Series: Book #1 in the Games of Love series
Release Date: 14 February 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: ebook review copy provided by author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Samhain, Barnes & Noble
Grade: 3.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: It takes a real man to wear a kilt. And a real woman to charm him out of it.
Games of Love, Book 1
It might be modern times, but Kate Simmons isn’t willing to live a life without at least the illusion of the perfect English romance. A proud member of the Jane Austen Regency Re-Enactment Society, Kate fulfills her passion for courtliness and high-waisted gowns in the company of a few women who share her love of all things heaving.
Then she encounters Julian Wallace, a professional Highland Games athlete who could have stepped right off the covers of her favorite novels. He’s everything brooding, masculine, and, well, heaving. The perfect example of a man who knows just how to wear his high sense of honor—and his kilt.
Confronted with a beautiful woman with a tongue as sharp as his sgian dubh, Julian and his band of merry men aren’t about to simply step aside and let Kate and her gaggle of tea-sippers use his land for their annual convention. Never mind that “his land” is a state park—Julian was here first, and he never backs down from a challenge.
Unless that challenge is a woman unafraid to fight for what she wants...and whose wants are suddenly the only thing he can think about.
Product Warnings: The historical re-enactments in this story contain very little actual history. Battle chess and ninja stars may apply.
"... want me to find a new venue. And you’re absolutely correct. It would be the right thing to do—the fair thing to do. You’ve been here for years, and your claim is older than mine. You’ve got more people coming to your event than I do."
And there Jada stood, brazenly sporting a tight pink T-shirt that proclaimed, I may have lost my virginity, but I still have the box it came in.
Verdict: Love is a Battlefield is a very entertaining and unique story full of fun with all the sparring matches and mischief between Julian and Kate. I enjoyed their battle antics and getting a glimpse into re-enactment societies and the people who are part of them, I just think Love is a Battlefield could have done with a bit more of romance, as the romance storyline didn't seem to be the main one, somehow it took a backseat to the rivalry and mischievious pranks (the first kiss takes place very late and the first and only time of smexiness was at 80% of the story).