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Highland Shift (Highland Destiny #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,836 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
The Highland Destiny saga begins in Highland Shift, a tale of betrayal, murder, and magick spanning two continents and hundreds of years.

Elena MacFarland wonders what everyone else knows about her new farm that she doesn't, and whether she'll live long enough to find out. Betrayed by her fiancé and the powerful Worthington family, Elena fights back and negotiates a comfort
ebook, 313 pages
Published September 22nd 2011 by Hot Corner Press
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Jan 05, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
Och, lass, who doona' like a sexy highlander with a Scottish brogue? I must admit I canna' resist one especially one named Faolan MacGailtry (of the Gailtry clan). Aye, he is verr sexy indeed. Doona' fash yourself, I will not continue this review using Scottish brogue. I just could not resist!

The author depicts a wonderful story that gives you a sweet romance, ancient curses, secrets, nemeses, Druidry and magick, all with a paranormal twist. The story begins with the heroine Elena following her
Feb 02, 2014 Desiree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, firstly, this is a good book. It's got a good plot, and good characters and a good basis for a great story. It was the execution I have a problem with, which is making me so weary of self-published books on Amazon.

The story lacks polish. It's rushed. Some details are left out or not explained very well, which leave you searching back through pages to find what you must have missed, only to discover that said details were never there.

A good example of this is the end of the car scene when
This one was not perfect but it was pretty good. I found more that I liked than I expected. The story felt long but it was well edited and it's a great start for a series. Basically, we have a Highlander plagued by a curse. His name is Faolan and he is easy to love. The heroine is Elana and she is a woman who knows what she wants. The two meet on a flight from London to Scotland where the sparks fly. Elana has inherited a farm and Faolan is trailing her for some unknown reason. She ends up being ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok
The book started out great. A paranormal romance about a Scottish shapeshifter and the American woman who falls for him after her engagement falls apart, it was intriguing from page one. Trying to figure out who was trying to kill Elena and why was bringing me back.

And then things got a bit...not so great.

It started with the sudden, almost porn style sex. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm no prude. I love a good sex scene in a story, particularly when it fits the plot. And I don't mind graphic one
This story pulled me in from the word go. It is a story about magic, Druids, Fae, shapeshifters, friends and enemies, light and dark. It is also about love and passion, two lonely souls helping each other to find that elusive healing light.

'Your inner radiance lights my way and completes me. Separately, we were just two people; together, we are a force of nature.'

I really enjoyed this free book more than I expected.

There is the beautiful magical Highlands. A land that comes with its own secret
Taria Reed
ok things happened in this book that made me say "wait what just happened?"
I've got about two hours left and I am so over this book. seriously this author just didn't know what she wanted to do. The editor should have been smacked because she failed in helping to tighten up this book and to make it the best story the author could have told.

2hrs left and I'm seriously contemplating just saying fuck it.

back to the book.......

Wait What!?!?! Elena just read Lily's letter.
Liz Crowe
Sep 28, 2011 Liz Crowe rated it it was amazing
You must NOT miss this amazing author's take on shape shifting, Scotland, Druids and full on, face melting romance!
This is not normally a genre I go for ("kilt rippers") but these characters are so deftly and beautifully drawn, the setting so vividly described and the overall story arc so compelling I was a convert.
Buy This Book!
Laura the Highland Hussy
I'm going to be nice and not rate this.
I only read it to see if it was like *my* Highland Destiny now that she's been proven a plagiarist.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Free today 4/18/13! She writes some great M/M so I can't wait to try her M/F!
Havan Fellows
Why does Laura Harner do this to me? She is a master at dragging you into her world and then turning it on its axis - there are no rules in her books, only a damn fine story...

I went from sweating and fanning myself to blubbering like a baby searching for something to throw - because I couldn't throw my kindle, I had to finish reading this and make sure everything would end up all right. Did it? Well now, I can't tell you that...what I can tell you is if you like Highlanders with a thick make-yo
3.5 stars

Highland Shift has some unique world-building, lots of action, and a steamy love story. Although there are wolf-shifters in the story, the plot involves more magick and lore related to druids and fae. A couple of plot points annoyed me (no spoilers), but overall it is a very entertaining read.

Still free on Amazon (10-10-14).
Nov 28, 2011 Pam rated it liked it
This book has it all, brooding Scot hunk, spunky virgin woman working to get over past hurts...misunderstanding, ancient curses, shifters, Fae, old farmhouses with secrets...While the book was a fun read,it did not hold up to its promise. The characters did not act in a manner true to the way they were written and the ending felt rushed and muddled. It appears there is another book, I'll give it a go and hope for more focused storytelling.
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Highland Shift had the potential to be entertaining, all of the elements were there, but it just didn't quite make it. The story seemed to wander and instead of becoming more interested in what was happening, I found myself being tempted to fast forward at times. However, the narration was well done. I probably won't continue with this series.
Caroline Greyling
Oct 14, 2016 Caroline Greyling rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Elena MacFarland is on her way to Scotland, to take possession of a small farm due to her in a legal settlement with her ex-fiance, when she meets Faolan MacGailtry on the airplane. He’s attractive, dangerous and exceedingly arrogant, and Elena, thinking they will go their separate ways when they land, makes pleasant small talk on the flight.

Upon arrival in Scotland however, Elena finds herself at the receiving end of more than one murder and kidnapping attempt. Faolan, conveniently, happens to
Trish R.
May 17, 2016 Trish R. rated it it was ok
At 70% I quit..

I read some of the reviews on Goodreads and I could see where a lot of the 1 and 2 star reviews were coming from. I couldn’t understand either why Elena didn’t tell Faolan (pronounced Full-on, go figure) about the secret room, especially since she found out the truth about him, Red and Lilly. What was the reasoning in her keeping the secret of the secret room? That didn’t make a bit of sense.

This could have been a really good story but the author wanted to throw in pages and pages
Paulina Woods
Apr 19, 2014 Paulina Woods rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I love a good highlander Druid story but haven’t really found another one since Karen Maria Moning Highlander series. When I was first asked to do a review on this series I had my doubts but halfway through Highland Shift I was hooked. I loved the way lore was preserved and each character, even the evil ones, had a voice.

Elena had just learned that the life she planned was not going to happen. Dumped and forced to quit her job she was offered a once in a lifetime chance to move to Ireland. Think
Mar 27, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Highland Shift mixes several of my favorite themes, shifters, the fae, potential time travel, druids and a hearty romance. I was thoroughly delighted. Elena MacFarland’s life falls down all around her, and the result is ownership in a farm in the highlands of Scotland! Once there, she ends up in the adventure of a lifetime. She learns more about herself than she ever thought possible, and literally finds her soul mate.

I just love Elena. She isn’t a weak character. She is a normal girl with the p
JG Cooper
Dec 28, 2013 JG Cooper rated it really liked it
I loved the story and it kept me enthralled up to about half way and then I became a little bored. that didn't last for long though as the action toward the end of the story had my interest peak again. a different tale from most wolf books that included magic and druid rituals with a bit of fae thrown in for good measure. this is just the start of journey, so I am looking forward to the next book.
I enjoyed this one, but I couldn't help feel that a really good story was lost at times to the (intimate) action between the main characters, and while I enjoy action of that type there were times when it felt a bit too much.
All in all though it is a really good story which touches on Scottish mysticism and supernatural aspects and introduces a solid heroine and a delectable hero.
Apr 14, 2015 Cindi rated it did not like it
I did not read this book that I had downloaded onto my Kindle because the author has been accused of plagiarizing it, and in fact after checking out various screen caps I am convinced it is true. So no go.
Feb 14, 2015 Debrac2014 rated it liked it
I thought this plot sounded familar! i've already read this story! l love Highlanders!
Nov 29, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Its's been a while since I read a book with Druids and the Fae. This one was outstanding and I can hardly wait until the next one of the series comes out. I want it now!
Cheryl Villebrun
Jun 14, 2017 Cheryl Villebrun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
100 pages less sex & I would have given it 5 stars.

This book starts out great. The author pulls you into the story and characters but then loses the storyline by stuffing it full of very graphic sexual encounters every couple of pages that actually bored and began to disgust me. Why some authors feel they must do this to sell a book is beyond me. A good story holds my attention much longer than pages of explicit sex that drags on ad nauseam.

May 25, 2017 Whitney rated it it was ok
I found it tough to get into this book. There didn't seem to be focus. First the characters want one thing, then another. Then the perspective shifts to a different character. About 50% through, it seemed the book was over, but I muddled through the last half...which was a bit better than the first half. But not enough for me to read any more of the series.
Jul 01, 2017 Marcia rated it it was amazing
Great book. It has a little bit of everything in a totally logical way. Character development was fantastic. The story moves fast and is hard to put down. Congrats to Laura Harner, another rising star on my read list!
Jun 09, 2017 JAX R.V rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting.....
Nicolette Clark
May 26, 2017 Nicolette Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book has an amazing story alongside a steamy relationship... this is a book I will reread multiple times. Great characters. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Mistress of the Dark Path
Elena's life has just been turned upside down. All her carefully laid plans set for after passing the bar exam ruined. Now she has a chance to start over again in Scotland with a house and land she received from a settlement. It seems like a good deal, but things begin to go wrong from the time she leaves Arizona. It all begins with a run-in with a highlander named Faolan who has his own agenda. She discovers her life is in danger, but can she trust a strange man to help keep her safe or is he p ...more
Jeanne Johnston
I'm not sure how to classify this--paranormal? Romance? Erotica? I figured it for a fluffy romance and didn't have huge expectations, given the genre. I just wanted a quick read and this was free. But then it quickly became confused. Elena is a savvy new lawyer who takes no crap, but then she meets the hunky, self assured Scot and suddenly needs rescuing? Now, instead of launching her new life and career, he's appointed himself her live-in protector and it's all about the sex? Not just token rom ...more
Get ready for a romance that will melt the plaid right out of your kilt. Highland Shift by Laura Harner has dipped its pages into several hot genres, contemporary romance, erotic romance, paranormal romance, romantic mystery and intrigue, (see a pattern here?) while including shifters, fae, druids, and ancient curses and prophecies. So what’s not to like? Elena MacFarland is an educated, independent woman who has just had her world blown apart and having made a deal with the devil, so to speak, ...more
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