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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  620 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A desire that defies all limits. . .and a love that was meant to be. . . Scotland 1502. Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan's children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch--and now the man who knows the truth ha ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Zebra (first published September 24th 2009)
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Kathleen
I really Loved this book. It kept me wanting to read from beginning to end. It had a really good story, the romance was fantastic and the love scenes hot enough to keep me happy. I will be sure to read more of Kimberly Killion's books in the future
Laura the Highland Hussy
3.5

***some spoilers ahead***


I think this book has one of the best first chapter of any book pretty much ever. It drew me in to the point that I had a hard time putting it down! (me to my kids-"what do you mean you need to eat? I just fed you last night!") I liked the rest of the book just fine, but the heroine Akira drove me nuts.

Although, to be fair the book is called "Highland Dragon," I just didn't realize that Akira was the dragon!

At the beginning I understood and sympathized with her. As
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Cheryl
When Calin MacLeod was just a young boy, both his father and his stepmother were killed by Laird Kinnon. Calin vowed to get revenge…one day. Calin’s best friend is Kendrick Neish of the Clan Kinnon. Kendrick’s sister, Akira has been branded since she was a little girl as Calin’s intended. She just doesn’t know it yet. Akira grew up as a pheasant but that wasn’t the worse thing. All the children ridiculed Akira and accused her of being a witch.

Now that both Calin and Akira are all grown up, Cali
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BJ Rose
I read this on the recommendation of another Goodreads member, and rated it 3.5*. The heroine had somewhat the appeal of a Julie Garwood heroine, but I had a problem with the continued demands she made on the hero. He, in turn, had his own reasons for bowing to her demands, which made him more likeable to this reader and eventually, of course, to the heroine.
Micka
This a high school classmate of mine and I was so excited to read her books!!
Great job Kim!!
Beckyloohoo Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ aka Mrs. Acheron Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
To be completely fair I would really rate this book between a 3 1/2 and 4 stars, but with the GR system I had to give it a full 4.

In this book, a boy who watched his father's murder vows to avenge him when he grows up. To do so, he must save a baby girl, one that was supposed to be his arranged bride when she was of age. He gives her to a trusted family to raise and becomes known to her only as her mysterious benefactor. Eventually he comes for her, expecting a calm, serene woman to wed. Instead
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Desiree
This book was a really good read. The main characters were well explained and the plot was seamless. This was one of those books where you feel what the hero and heroine are feeling, and when there's conflict and misunderstanding, you get edgy because -- as the reader -- you know the moment things fell apart and you want to smack their head's together to make them "get it". Heh.

I really loved the dynamic between Calin and Akira a lot and enjoyed their individual personalities, too. I especially
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Danielle
Calin is out for revenge and nothing will stop him, not even his beloved, Akira, and his secrets that revolve around her. Akira has been claimed by her lifelong benefactor and believes that her life and her family's fortune is starting to take a turn for the best. But secrets do not stay buried and soul mates are tested by extraordinary trials...

For starters, of course this plot has a lot of drama... why else would you read a book but to get lost in someone else's story? Akira is extremely feis
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Laurie Garrison
4 ½ stars

I really enjoyed this heartfelt romantic story. I love Kimberly’s way of writing, she bring you in by writing a heartbroken prologue, then at the end of the Prologue she gives you tremendous hope of what is to come in the rest of the book. This continues throughout the book. This book is full of all emotions, some humorous, betrayals and lots of steamy romance. Then you throw an ex-mistress in the mix and things get quite interesting.

Akira’s life didn’t start out good as a just born ba
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Sandy M
Ms. Killion’s first book, Her One Desire, was an up-and-down read for me. One moment I liked what was going on, the next, whatever was happening didn’t thrill me. It ended up being a so-so book for me. So when Highland Dragon came along, I did my usual give an author a second try thing. This time Ms. Killion did not disappoint in any way whatsoever. And, of course, those beautiful, new covers gracing Zebra books help with a reader’s initial reaction to a book. From the cover to the last page, I ...more
Pam
I loved this book so much! The story is awesome and the characters are wonderful! Calin is a sweet Laird with an understanding heart. He is never cruel to Akira, the woman he is to marry. Akira is a very stubborn woman who has no idea what her true identity is. She loves the family that raised her very much ( she believes they are her blood kin). She protects her crippled sister and carries her everywhere she goes. Akira is a very loving and loyal lady who will fight for what she believes in. Wh ...more
Jill Dunlop
Calin is the Lard of Clan MacLeod and has been engaged to the daughter of the rival clan Kinnon since he was ten years old. The match was made to bring peace between the two clans, but on the night Akira was born things went terribly wrong. Calin's father was murdered right before his very eyes and Akira would have been killed too if it wasn't for Calin's quick thinking. He secreted Akira away to grow into a young woman and when the time was right, Calin would come back for her and make her his ...more
Michelle Miles
I thought the story was a bit predictable with familiar Highland romance tropes, BUT the hero is sooo sweet and romantic I can forgive the author for that. The heroine, at times, got on my nerves and I had a hard time believing she could go from innocent virgin to sex kitten in a scant amount of time the story takes place. The initial love scene left me wanting but the author makes up for it later in the book with some scorching romance between the H/H. The ending was truly romantic and wrapped ...more
Keri
Wow, what a great book. This book is just as powerful as her first book. She has such a way with her wording. I was practically in happy tears by the time I was through. The book isn't that big, but there is such a wealth of emotions in the pages. I didn't think KK could top Her One Desire, but she managed to do so. Can't wait for the next one.
Paula
This book actually made me WEEP. I'm such a sap. So that's the second embarrassing moment from this book. The first was when my friend wanted to see my Kindle and it opened to "lusty wench" and "throbbing" something, I don't remember exactly what. GAH. Don't be judging me!
Keerthi Y
I was hooked to the story with the prologue but sadly, heroine didnt appeal to me as the story progressed. Akira is too willful, stubborn, adamant and arrogant and selfish. She came across as someone who doesnt kno wat she wants. In one moment she narrates everything that she did to stay loyal to her benefactor (calin) and in the next moment she gives all kinds of stupid excuses to not agree for marriage to Calin (becos he is handsome!! Duh!!! she is TSTL seriously!)

I couldn't like her at all th
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Lyrah
This is my favorite book for this time-period. It has all, fun, emotion, tenderness and tears, secrets and action.
I reread this book often and I love Akiras and Calins relationship.
Julie
I really enjoyed the story!! I didnt' see a sequel to this book so I'm bummed about that. I would have liked a HEA for Kendrick and Darach Kinnon.
Kasumi
Si tuviese que describirlo en una palabra, sería "pasteloso".
Sí, así es, una coge una novela romántica de Highlanders con un maromo armado en la portada y un título con un punto agresivo, y casi me da una subida de glucosa. Eso cuando no me llevaba las manos a la cabeza por la mala leche que se gastaba la prota (por si no lo habíais adivinado como yo, ella es "El dragón de las Highlands") y su nula incapacidad para entender porqué los demás podrían sentirse algo "molestos" por algunas de sus act
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Renee Vincent
Hands down, one of the best historical, Highland romances EVER! Absolutely LOVED this book!
Megan Kelly
Great book. Definitely a keeper. Love the Scots, and Killion keeps me entertained.
Fay Ann Hollcroft
Actually finished 2-25-13. This book actually had me laughing in many different places!
Samie Kauchis
Took me a little to get into it, but once I did I devoured the book. :)
Among The Muses
This book had been sitting in my TBR pile for a few weeks, and I was very disappointed that I did not get to it sooner. It's been called a story of betrayal, passion, and love. Well, it's all that and more!

Highland Dragon stands apart from the Scottish historical romances I've read, for a couple of reasons, namely the writing style and plot. Right from the very first line to the very last, I was absolutely enthralled and could not put this book down! I should also point out that it has one of th
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M Luisa Luisa
Una historia preciosa, llena de amor, que te transporta a una época en la que la vida no era fácil, y la lucha de clanes formaba parte de sus vidas. La narración es amena, los protagonistas te enganchan, con unos secundarios estupendos. Romance, batallas,pero ante todo el triunfo del amor sobre cualquier dificultad. Muy recomendable.
Patrizia
Una historia muy empalagosa, se centra en la historia de amor entre los protagonistas (más de un tercio del libro se lo pasan manteniendo relaciones sexuales o queriendo mantenerlas).
Aún así es una historia bastante entretenida y muy fácil de leer.
Honeywell
DNF
I stopped reading by chapter 3 when the heroine was abducted, sold at auction and the hero had to pretend to rape her in front of the crowd as a condition of her sale.

“She’ll be delivered accordingly, but as clearly defined in the precepts of your bill of sale, nay woman leaves Tigh Diabhail with her maidenhead intact.”

Umm...ok. It didn't help that the heroine was furious and defiant from capture to rape instead of being terrified by the situation or just keeping her mouth shut while trying
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Shanna Trim
You're going to need an interpreter to read this book. I have a dear friend in Scotland who occasionally writes in full-on Scottish speak to confuse me. It makes me giggle. This whole damn book's spoken parts are written in Scottish speak. I sat and read parts out loud to try and decipher what the hell they were saying and I'm pretty sure I still didn't understand some parts correctly. I never actually finished the book, I just gave up.
Sarah
I really wanted to enjoy this book. The prologue drew me in and set the stage for the kind of plot developments that have you reading into the wee hours, but the dialogue and character development made me set the book down time and time again.



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Award-winning author, Kimberly Killion, has been hailed by Romantic Times Magazine as an author who writes “captivating romance with excellent pacing and characters who are honorable, intelligent and full of humanity.” Her debut book, Her One Desire (Kensington 2008), was nominated for the romance-publishing industry's highest award of distinction, the RITA® Award. Her One Desire won the 2009 Book ...more
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