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Legend of the Highland Dragon (Highland Dragons #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  578 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
The MacAlasdairs are not like other men.

Descendants of an ancient alliance, they live for centuries, shifting between human and dragon forms. Some wander the earth; some keep to their lands in Scotland. And Stephen MacAlasdair, the newest lord of the family, must go to London to settle his father’s business affairs. He brings an object of great power and greater darkness
Mass Market Paperback, 329 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Obscure reference alert!

Naturally, you'll recall the scene in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey where Bill and Ted, after being killed by evil android versions of themselves, end up in Hell, which simply does not meet their hellish expectations after the depictions of it they've seen previously on the covers of their hard rock albums. Which leaves them with a profound sense of deception.

Just so:

Well, that's kind of how I feel about LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON. I feel lied to by the cover. You
Apr 07, 2015 Lorna rated it really liked it
I never thought I would get into reading a book about dragon shifters, until I started this book. I bought it because I had agreed to review the third book in this series, and wasn’t sure if they were stand alone books or not. Turns out this book could stand alone, although the second one features a character from this one. Also, turns out that I liked it enough that I want to read the second one.

London at the end of the 1800’s is not exactly conductive to a young woman finding a good job. Mina
Mina Seymour is a modernized woman for 1894. Being a secretary to a forward thinking professor has allotted Mina great opportunities someone in her social class normally wouldn't dream of reaching. But her life is about to change when an obstinate Scotsman waltzes into her office.

Stephen MacAlasdair is the family heir to the Scotland MacAlasdairs, he is also a dragon shifter. Needing to take over the reins of his family after his father's passing, he must confront an old enemy that has become tr
Talk Supe
Sep 22, 2013 Talk Supe rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Braine's Talk Supe review

I love the premise of LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON after all, we're talking about Dragons here! Every fantasy reader has a certain love affair with these mythical reptiles and I'm infatuated with them. Stephen as a Dragon didn't disappoint, the letdown for me lies on the world building or lack thereof. You have Dragons and magic at the forefront here and I was hoping that ICooper's version of Victorian England would be as big and magical as her creature of choice. It wa
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

Legend of the Highland Dragon takes place in Victorian England. An interesting time in history when industrialization was really getting started and everyone wanted to emulate Victoria. Women wore trains (all the time!!) even the maids.. lol can you imagine cleaning a house with a train? But there was more going on than dubious fashion styles. Women were truly finding their voice.

Isabel Cooper tells a delightful tale that makes one think of steampunk England
A.R. Von
Oct 11, 2013 A.R. Von rated it really liked it
Legend of the Highland Dragon is a great read for any fans of the genre that enjoy or are looking for some to read that's a bit slow paced, romantic, original, magical and has a wonderful HEA. A 3.5 rounded to a 4 rating.

Mina is an independent woman that has worked very hard to be get to where she currently is while hiding where she truly comes from. All is well and good until the day a dark stranger walks into her workplace and brings forth unbelievable curiosity. A curiosity she cannot ignore!
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Cooper's paranormal dragon and East-End gal romance is tolerably okay. It is well-written and witty in places. However, it did not move me, or keep me riveted to the pages. Despite the dragons and the malevolent blobs and the hand-rubbing villainy, it falls a little flat. Read it for the excellent writing, but your pulse won't race. The romance is also tepid. If you'd like to read a more detailed review, please follow the link:

I am grateful to Sourcebooks
Eloisa James
Oct 12, 2013 Eloisa James rated it it was amazing
Just read an ARC -- absolutely fabulous!
Sep 06, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablance
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

The MacAlasdairs are not like other men.

Descendants of an ancient alliance, they live for centuries, shifting between human and dragon forms. Some wander the earth; some keep to their lands in Scotlan
Nov 05, 2014 Sophia rated it liked it
There are certain words that are bound to grab my attention. 'Highland' and 'Dragon' are two of them and they were in the same title so...yeah, forgone conclusion that I was going to grab this one up for my reading pleasure. This was the first of a historical paranormal romance series and as such there was a deal of set up and introduction work going on. I enjoyed the story from all the paranormal races brought to life in Victorian London to the build up of suspense as a vengeful villain sought ...more
Lover of Romance
Originally Posted On Addicted To Romance

Mina has spent her whole life, trying to put food on the table and having been born a member of the lower class, she knows her life will be full of strife and hardship. Her only support is her family. Working as a personal secretary to a well known scholar, she bumps into Laird MacAlasdair. Mina becomes suspicious of MacAlasdair and when she goes searching for answers, she ends up face to face with a real life dragon. Stephen is the laird and leader of hi
Kathie (katmom)
Nov 02, 2013 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it
Available today!

Happy Release Day!

This book starts out with a bang. Mina, as the blurb states, is worried about her employer. She decides to take tea with Lord MacAlasdair's housekeeper. When some hideous things break up the tea party, Mina sees something that that just can't be . . . a dragon!

I'm quite fond of dragons, and I think one of the best parts of this book was when we got to be in the dragon's mind. He's so elemental. He knows what he wants. Now, if only Stephen could come to terms wit
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 3 Legend of the Highland Dragon Stars ~

Legend of the Highland Dragon is book one in the Highland Dragon series by Isabel Cooper. I am a lover of dragons and when I find a book with dragons featured, I almost always pick it up.

I enjoyed Legend of the Highland Dragon. It takes place in London around the end of the 1800’s. It’s a slower type of read then what I am use too. Things in the story move along at a very steady pace with the romance blooming slowly and most of the action and love sc
Dec 06, 2013 Bukcrz rated it really liked it

This book was a romance but not a smutty read. However, the story was more than captivating to hold my attention and kept reading.
Mostly, it's a story between a lord (hero) and a working class typist/secretary (heroine) sometime when feminism is just emerging. It's not a lust/love at first sight (and definitely not a hate/anger at first sight) so the story develops with their falling in love while fighting the enemy. A strong heroine but not crass. She is a street wise and a no-nonsense wise cra
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I love dragons and Stephen MacAlasdair in Legend of the Highland Dragon does not disappoint. He and Mina Seymour have to carry the story and they both do a great job. Stephen is the oldest in his clan. Mina is a modern woman in 1894. She is smart, strong, and driven. They are thrown together when an old enemy reappears.

Their chemistry is wonderful but both fight the attraction even as they work together. Mina had taken typewriter training and worked up from her lower class birth. She sees the cl
Judy Goodnight
2.5 stars

I read the blurb about this book somewhere online & placed a hold on it when I saw that it was a new library book available as an e-book. I had not read anything else by this author.

After reading several chapters, I put my e-reader down and came online to find out more about this author and the book because I was convinced that I was in the middle of a series and that there were events/characters that I should have known more about in order to read this book. Alas, it turns out this
Finished this yesterday while I was out running errands and had no wifi to get online and post. Anyway I liked this story more than I expected to. It's more steampunk-ish than I thought it would be, though more fantasy and magic than machines and science fiction. Which I tend to like better. I also like that it's Victorian era rather than medieval or Regency, because it's different. The heroine is a secretary in the early days of women taking that sort of work, from a lower working-class family. ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Dragons and evil things afoot. Stephen is a dragon, seems there are a few "people" around who can shift into dragons. And this one hails from Scotland ;) I do like the sword and kilt and background, sadly nothing of that happens as the book takes place in London.

Anyway. Dragon meets guard dog and because of things I shall not venture into Mina, the guard dog aka secretary for a professor comes to work for Stephen. Learns of his second nature and helps him with the issue at hand...those pesky evi
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
An original story about an immortal dragon shifter who is being hunted by an old enemy. He gets saddled by a nosy girl who came to a a mans house to find out more about him, only to be chased by ghostly monsters & running into the shifter dragon. Now she's stuck with him, so she doesn't tell anyone about his true nature...

I enjoyed this story, but it is very slow moving during the first half, but it became fun and more entertaining when his brother showed up. It lost a star because of the be
ms bookjunkie
Feb 08, 2017 ms bookjunkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ms bookjunkie by: Linda, commenting at SBTB
Curiously satisfying-to-me read. Quietly compelling, with a subversive humor and a competent heroine. Non-douchey hero. Hit the spot.
Cara Dee
Jan 26, 2014 Cara Dee rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Dragons, Demons, Magic, and Highlanders? Sign me up! This story had great potential and great writing however... as I read on it wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. Honestly, how do you make a story about magic and romance boring?!?! Well if all the main characters do is sit around drinking tea and talking 80% of the book - that might do it.

You can tell Cooper did a lot of research,and Mina was interesting, but there wasn't enough sizzle in this novel to keep me from taking a nap every
Oct 22, 2013 Delta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
Recommended to Delta by: Publisher Advanced Review Copy
Great writing, characters, romance, adventure, world building, plot!
25 April 2014: $1.99 on Kindle
Great read!
Candy Ann Varty
Sep 29, 2016 Candy Ann Varty rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters
It was ok, I expected more, it was really drawn out and began to lose interest.
Nov 30, 2014 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I didn’t really get a whole lot of sense of Legend, Highlands or even dragons when I read this story, and I still had a terrifically good time.

I picked up this series because I absolutely, totally adored Isabel Cooper’s No Proper Lady (reviewed here) and wondered what she do with something that had a few more expectations set for it. The answer is that she blew most of the expectations away.

The hero is really the heroine, and she’s not a dragon. What Mina S
Debbie Lester
Dec 26, 2013 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it
Isabel Cooper brings readers the first book in a new series, called the Highland Dragons. The Legend of the Highland Dragon is part historical romance and part paranormal romance. It will easily entertain readers of both genres. Cooper does a fantastic job of showing the mind of a dragon and it's base instincts. She also describes a magical underground that will captivate readers. Cooper also gives readers strong characters with intriguing personalities and a bit of a mystery. A great first effo ...more
You’re in for a treat if you decide to pick up this book. I dove right into it, only knowing that it would be about dragons and I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that it was a historical paranormal novel involving dragons, magic and romance. You can’t really blame me because I tend to be attracted to anything dragon so I didn’t read the synopsis, but if I would have, I would have known that the book was set in Victorian England. I’m quite glad the book doesn’t have any steampunk element ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Dec 03, 2013 Jeannie Zelos rated it really liked it
Legend of the Highland Dragon. Isabel Cooper
From Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews
I love paranormal romance so put in my request for this. It's unusual to get Dragon shifters, a shame because they're so much fun! Anyway, got stuck into the book and discovered it's not set in a contemporary or future world but is a step back into the past.
I'm not too good at history but feels to me like the early 1900's maybe late 1800's from the way the characters act. A time when females were taught to know their pl
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Isabel Cooper lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her boyfriend and a houseplant she's managed to keep alive for over a year now—a personal best. By day, she's a mild-mannered editor at a legal publishing company. By night, she's really quite a geek: polyhedral dice, video games, and everything. She only travels through time the normal direction, and has never fought any kind of demon, unless you ...more
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