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The Dark Highlander (Highlander #5)

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Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....

I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sa
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Dell (first published January 1st 2002)
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Chrissy Chloe does not end up pregnant in this book. Maybe you are thinking about "Kiss the Highlander" where Gwen ends up pregnant with Drustan's twins.…moreChloe does not end up pregnant in this book. Maybe you are thinking about "Kiss the Highlander" where Gwen ends up pregnant with Drustan's twins. Chloe's results of the pregnancy test is negative in this book.(less)
TB I think you are missing pages...I just finished reading this whole series (for the 8th or 9th or 10th time, I love them all!!) and The Dark Highlander…moreI think you are missing pages...I just finished reading this whole series (for the 8th or 9th or 10th time, I love them all!!) and The Dark Highlander does not just end with Chloe entering the apartment...I won't give the details, but they get a happy ending.(less)
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Kat Kennedy
Warning this review contains spoilers.

Actually, no just one big spoiler. And it's not really a spoiler, but you know how precious some people can be.

This cat just had the ending of Shadowfever spoiled...

Okay, so this is a romance novel. You pretty much know how they all end, right? Happily Ever After with lots of sex and pregnancy/babies.

So far this is the only one I've read that HASN'T ended with pregnancy.

All I can say is THANK YOU!

What the hell is romantic about meeting a man and finding out
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This book oozes hotness from every pore! Wow. Well done. Photobucket

The recipe for a great book? Hmm what could it be?

In a large bowl of Scotland, put in two brothers. Add a bit of druid extract, and mix it through time and space. When you are done with mixing, separate the brothers in two bowls, each will get his own book. Now, in each bowl add a seriously intelligent woman who's not affraid to believe in the impossible. Mix some more, for the ingredients have to fall in love. Are they in love yet? Yes? S
This is my favorite romance book featuring my favorite hero, Dageus!

This book is Dageus and Chloe's story in the Highlander series. Dageus is a sexy Druid who was cursed with 13 evil souls for using the standing stones for personal gain to save his brother's life. He is struggling against the evil inside of him and trying to find a way to banish them when he meets Chloe. Chloe is a lover of antiquities who finds Dageus fascinating and decides to help him in his quest. Dageus tempts Chloe to be a
“Keep an open mind and heart, because I can tell you one thing for sure: when these Keltars love, they love completely and forever."

5 Deliciously Dark Stars!! I am completely and forever in love with the MacKeltars! This book is not as light-hearted as the first book, or rather book 4, Kiss of the Highlander. However, it has the right balance of romance, fun, passion, a to-die-for hero and a heroine that has the strength, compassion, and desire to not only save her man and but bring him to his
Aug 07, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Karla
5 Delicious stars!

Dageus finds himself cursed with evil Druid spirits, after saving his brother's life, by using time travel for personal reasons, which is forbidden by Druid law. And the only woman that can save him is Chloe his fated bride. Chloe is sweet and I adored her strong will and determination to save her warrior.

Dageus oozes sexuality from the very first page and is everything you could want in an alpha male. He's dangerous with a wild heart, in a body of a jaded man.

"I'm going to lo
Jul 23, 2011 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by KMM! :) It wasn't as funny as the previous books in the series, but that was expected - the title 'The Dark Highlander' was a dead giveaway.

As many readers before me - and many others after, I'm sure -, I'm in love with Dageus! How could I not fall for a hero whose fault is "to love too much"? I confess I was a bit turned off by his firt appearance, (view spoiler) but KMM ma
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
I have not read any of the others in this series, but this reads fine as a stand-alone. This is the story of Dageus (the "dark" one with the evil Druid spirits possessing him) and Chloe and their HEA.

I think I did a few times. This is flat out B-O-R-I-N-G and has all the romance tropes present. This was written in 2002, but it's still got that cheesy 90s romance vibe going on. This pretty much sums up the book:

I think I'm just WAY over this kind of romance. The sex scenes aren't sexy, there's no
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

Thirteen Druids possess Daegus’s soul, cursing him with a darkness that no one else can bare to contain. Transforming him from the once flirty and easy-going Scot, Daegus’s life has now dimmed. His eyes, once the color of gold, are now dark. His mental shields keep the 13 at bay, but just barely and Daegus can only find relief when he is inside a woman.

Chloe, a self-proclaimed nerd and lover of antiques finds herself the victim of that old saying, “Curiosity killed the
I dont know which of the twin's stories I like best- Drustan's (Kiss of the Highlander) or Dageus's (The Dark Highlander)- but both are top of the game. At the end of Drustan's story we find Dageus sacrificing his sanity, for all he knew, his very life to see his beloved brother reunited with his mate- but at a cost.

The Dark Highlander begins with Dageus alone in 20th century Manhattan desperately searching for a way to free himself from the 13 evil spirits taking up residence within his body fo
Apr 08, 2008 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-novel
Never has "corny as hell" made such an amusing impact on my constant judgmental ways to romance as this book has.
First, I oogle the Goodwill book section itching for some fun romance on 50% Off Day - and what did I get? Nothing. Ziltch. Nadda.

When upon looking closer a book did stick out to me.

This one.

I rolled my eyes at the thought of even thinking about getting this - in my eyes "just another time traveling Scotsman/Viking/English Gentleman novel" - which by the bye, is indeed in fact just
Dec 10, 2009 Eastofoz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard KMM fans
Eesh was this book bad and I was so looking forward to the dark and mysterious Dageus MacKelter. It rates up there with the first book in the series Beyond the Highland Mist . Yet another formulaic KMM Highlander read, which can happen in a series, but I really felt like I was rereading parts of Kiss of the Highlander all over again. This book though has to be the worst so far in terms of excessive over the top filler narration. Just pages and pages of the stuff adding to the boredom.

The story g
4,5 Stars - a joy to read - it's romantic, fast-paced and engaging about an amazing highlander and his future big love

Book #2 about the MacKeltar twins.

K.M. Moning can really write engaging and romantic stories. Just as book # 4 in this series, I read with interest an amazing story about time travel, ancient myths and great love.

The hero, Dageus MacKeltar have ended up in a modern-day New York. He's a highlander from the sixteenth century who suffered a cruel punishment and fights against a bl
I really loved this book. A lot. I can see why it's a fan favorite. It lacked the humor that was in Kiss of the Highlander, but that's to be expected considering the title and premise of the book. I fell head-over-heels in love with Dageus right from the start. His character was multidimensional and fascinating. I could feel his internal struggles and his deepest longings. Chloe is one of my favorite heroines. Her character was delighful and fun to read. I definitely recommend this book.
I stopped reading romance novels decades ago because their formula is just irritating as hell.
And as romance novels go, this wasn't the worst.
But it's still the standard formula.
And my serious question is, Why are the women always virgins?
And why is their first time always so wonderfully orgasmic?

Write a romance novel about a woman who has lived a genuine life, and the incredibly hot and rich man still wants her?

Take me to the beach!

Why I didn't like this book:
Gorgeous brainy, sassy, virgin? He
Mar 02, 2012 ~V~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED Dageus!!! Even though i really enjoyed the last couple books they were a little bit slow starting for me but NOT this one...this had me glued to the pages from the "get go!" I'm also a sucker for the "bad boy" Whether he was in a kilt, leather trews..yummy!!..or modern day black trousers...the man just screamed SEXY BAD BOY!! This was definitely my favorite so far! :)

**i also really enjoyed the story between Silvan and Nellie that ran throughout both Drustan and Dageus' books...very swee
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Alright, I give this one 3 stars cos of the plot. It was interesting to a point. But I feel like Dageus' story suffered a lot because of it. And that is why I'm left a little disappointed & ALOT wanting where his story is concerned. Let me attempt to explain myself... By the time I reached the 79% mark in this book, these were my thoughts...

Is it just me or does Dageus seem ALOT hotter, a lot darker than the telling of his story? He's supposed to be the dark one right? The one fighting the
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
Aug 06, 2012 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ by: Karla
Shelves: audio_books
Loved it as much as Karla & Kellie said I would!! Looking forward to Immortal Highlander next!!

Thanks for the recommendation Karla.
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
OOOOOOOOH I'm in love!!! Dageus!!!... and Chloe... but HOLY CRAP DAGEUS!!!!


Druid MacKeltar Dageus goes back in time to prevent the fire that kills his twin and as punishment for using the White Bridge for "selfish" reasons gets 13 new room-mates in him. Sounds nice right? but no they are the are the prophesied dark being who hate the Fae who imprisoned them. So slowly they are chipping away at Dageus' good side to break out and go loose on our world. The only thing keeping Dageus together is LO
Jul 30, 2010 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! Once again, another hot, steamy and oh, so romantic book. Heavy sigh… This has got to be my favorite book of the series so far.

The Dark Highlander is the story of Dageus MacKeltar and his “wee lass” Chloe Zander. Dageus used his Druid magic to save his twin brother Drustan from death and as a result, he became a Dark Druid. Dageus is now a tormented soul and he struggles to keep the evil ones inside. His only recourse is to have frequent, meaningless sex. Dageus is seeking th
Soully can I sum this book up in one word? Daegus!
Dark, Arousing, Erotic, Giving, Unorthodoxed, Sensual....
The main character in this book is a cursed highlander that embodies each of those words. He is one of the few heros from a book that has stayed with me long after reading it. He is a troubled soul with a good heart who finds love where he least expects it. Under his bed...You have to read the book to understand that.If you are looking for a book that sizzles in your hand and yet still
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. Fans of Moning's Fever series are going to like this one. So far, The Dark Highlander has felt the most like a crossover between the two series. Even though this series pre-dates Fever, I find myself enjoying it even more knowing the connection between the two. I'm glad that I read Fever first.

This book was a rare treat in the world of highlanders and time travel. I was pleased that the time travel went both ways between present day and the 16th century.

Dageus was definitely my favori
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
Yes. This is my life now.
I have become a romance novel junkie. I'm not sure what exactly happened to cause such a major shift in what I am willing to read, but it happened.


They say the first step to getting help is to admit that you have a problem so here goes...

Daegus's actions toward Chloe in this book are just awful. He kidnaps her then ties her to his bed as his captive and invades her dreams (because he has druidy mind powers). Then, a few days later, he gives her
Feb 02, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Highlander Lovers!
Yay!!! Another wonderful Highlander book!!! This story features Dageus MacKeltar, the twin brother of Drustan from Kiss of the Highlander. Dageus has got to be one of my top favorite heroes! He is caring, loving, honorable, fierce and dead sexy!!

I really liked the heroine, Chloe Zanders. Talk about opposites attract, she was everything that was good and he had been condemned to live with dark and evil spirits living inside him, trying to take control of his will. But after meeting and falling fo
What can I say, I love men with a little evil in them. Well in this case, a lot of evil, but Dageus is one sexy beast. If its Drustan against Dageus - Dageus would win every time.

Dageus used to the stones we heard about from the last book to travel through time and save his brother Drustan from dying in a fire while he was under his enchanted sleep. Unfortunately, he broke protocol and is in the doghouse for the transgression. This means, he's got 13 evil Druid souls inside of him. So far, he's
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
The Dark Highlander is not at all similar to its predecessor, Kiss of the Highlander, and that's a sad thing. Dageus' story is serious, lacking the fun and hilarity of Drustan's story.

Basic storyline: Dageus' body is housing 13 evil Druid souls who want to take over his body & unleash evil upon the world. He doesn't want to be their meat puppet, so he's been researching in ancient tomes how to fix his problem, while living in the present century. Chloe is an artifact nut/curatrice & meet
Mar 26, 2009 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far my favorite in Moning's series so far. Dageus is carrying the weight of some bad ass souls inside him. He needs to try to find a way to get rid of his curse before he turns evil.

Chloe is a lover of fine antiquities, and she is asked by her boss to turn over an ancient tome to Dageus. She is reluctant to do so, but Dageus has donated two priceless pieces to the museum already. She goes to deliver the book to him only to find he's not home. So what does she do? She snoops.

As she's snooping.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Dageus is one yummy highlander, he is defintely my favorite. I am glad he found his mate in a strong, smart woman like Chloe. He is so strong and yet vulnerable at the same time. Fighting off the darkness inside and falling in love and helping to fix his mistakes, all at once, he is a wonderful man. I love his eyes. Finding and losing each other rips your heart out. I love the scenery and the time travel in these stories. Great, romantic, passionate read!!
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
This book was great! I will come back another day and do a better review but for now I am sick and all my energy was distrubuted into another review today.

I cant wait to read the next in the series. Im just so glad I picked up this series.

Have faith - I will write a proper review. Hang tight avid followers.
Aug 11, 2012 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dee by: Kristen & Karla
I didn't love Dageus as much as Dustan but this was still a blooming good story, and would easily recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.

Will write a full review when I get the time to give it justice
Kellie G.
Aug 03, 2012 Kellie G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Chloe and Dageus!!
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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series, with fifteen books in print in thirty-six countries.

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