Alaina Claiborne by M.K. McClintock

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Alaina Claiborne by M.K. McClintock
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Length: Full (277 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by Poppy

How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina’s, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they’ll stop at nothing to survive.

Looking for an entertaining historical read that’s not your typical? I recommend giving Alaina Claiborne a try.

I was ready to review this as soon as I saw the words “British Agent”. Admit it, that sounds very James Bond, doesn’t it? And, perhaps our hero, Tristan, doesn’t have all the 007 trappings, but he still makes a fine spy. Of course, he doesn’t count on falling in love with Alaina, and that changes everything.  The good news is, she is the perfect match for him.

Ms. McClintock does a fine job creating interesting and memorable characters in this book. While the plot might be a bit predictable in spots, it’s still entertaining and in some cases will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Too, I rolled my eyes a few times at some of Alaina’s choices, but I still very much enjoyed the read mainly because I was attached to the characters. Each was an individual and very well drawn, to the point I’d have recognized them if they walked down the street.

The romance is sweet and touches the heart. They are so genuinely fond of each other, and are friends first and that makes it memorable and different than the norm. I’d love to find my own Tristan (or even one of his friends … they were yummy and noble, too, and I’m guessing they’ll be featured in upcoming releases in this series, thankfully).

So if you like a sweet historical romance that doesn’t have all its scenes in ballrooms (or even in Europe), and if you like a bit of mystery with your courting, I recommend Alaina Claiborne.


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  4. I really love historical romances. this one sounds like, in addition to being a romance, it is a real thriller. I can hardly wait to read it.

    • Thank you for stopping by momjane. It’s always interesting to me when people call this a suspense or thriller, because that part was completely accidental. It was meant to have a bit of mystery added to the romance. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Thanks for the review. I do love historical romances so it is good to see this fits that category yet at the same time does something unique and interesting.

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  6. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the review. I’m looking forward to reading the book and have added it to my read list.


  7. Is here an author that you would love to meet?

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    • I would have loved to have met Kathleen E. Woodiwiss before she passed away, but presently . . . I’d like to meet so many! Carla Kelly, Judith McNaught, and Julie Garwood all top the list. Are there any you’d like to meet?

      Thank you for stopping by Lyra!

  8. Oh, this one sounds very nice I love the setting as well, I’m always interested in a well researched story!

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  9. I have to say, I like what I’ve read so far of your books!


  10. Nice review

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  11. Mary Preston says:

    An historical romance with a bit of mystery – love it.


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