3.5* -- 'IT WAS GOOD, BUT I WANTED MORE' -- Stars.
True to the Highlander is a time-travel Highlander romance with a light romance, some moderate dange...more 3.5* -- 'IT WAS GOOD, BUT I WANTED MORE' -- Stars.
True to the Highlander is a time-travel Highlander romance with a light romance, some moderate danger and angst, and a touch of magic. Alethia is working at a Renaissance fair when a chance meeting with a fortune teller results in her being sent back in time to 1423. She was only told she needed to help save someone, but otherwise had no idea of her purpose. Fortunately, she is strong and brave but never stupid.
Malcolm and his warriors discover her, and what proceeds starts off pretty hilarious. It doesn't take Malcolm long to realize he has a connection with her, and vows to keep her safe. From there, the rest of the story focuses on her adjusting to her new environment, the people around her, or her trying to get home to modern times. She gets to use her 21st century knowledge, and even entertains everyone with her amazing violin skills. There are also elements of danger around both Malcolm and her, and despite a long lull in the middle it does pick up and we see a climactic battle toward the end.
My Thoughts This is a tough kind of book to review, as I enjoyed it but yet not a lot really stood out for me.
On one hand, it was sweet and well written story. It had many likable characters and a bit of steamy romance (just a bit, by the way). And it even had some fun moments where we see Alethia struggle with the realization she has gone back to the year 1423. Best of all, she was able to take on Malcolm both physically and mentally, which may be the best part of this book. Alethia really was a great heroine type.
But on the other hand, it was lacking as well. The story started strong then went into a long lull. It picked up at the end and even had a nice surprise ending, but not enough. I was bored through much of it.
The romance wasn't all that interesting either, especially for a Highlander romance. Malcolm and Alethia's romance lacked heat and tension, and they really didn't spend much time together. The story focused mostly on Alethia from her POV, and so the romance gets a bit lost by too many side story lines with her learning her new environment and taking on a deaf orphaned kid.
When we did get time with Malcolm, he was aloof more often than an alpha-warrior type. I guess what I am getting at is that I didn't really FEEL much heat or passion between Malcolm and Alethia. We are told what they feel, but I didn't always see it and feel it. The heat was only tepid warm, not a hot read. And that includes both the sexual tension as well as the sex itself. The flirting was mild, their desire more implied than shown, and the 'coming together' scenes short and tasteful.
There were some other niggles, such as how quickly the deaf orphaned 5 year old picked up American Sign Language. (Literally he was fluent within a few weeks). On the plus side, I loved that kid.
Bottom line:If you are looking for a hot Highlander romance with a sexy alpha-male, this isn't it. But if you want something more sweet and character driven, this might work well for you. (Your mileage may vary.)
WOW, LOVED IT! This may be the BEST PNR debut book of 2012. The story grabbed me from the gitgo and never let up. What a fun, sexy hot book! I can’t...more WOW, LOVED IT! This may be the BEST PNR debut book of 2012. The story grabbed me from the gitgo and never let up. What a fun, sexy hot book! I can’t wait for more of this series. It was PURE ROMANCE CANDY, and I devoured it!! If you like your PNR books HOT and have a thing for warrior highlanders, this one is for you. I haven’t been this excited for a new series in a long, long time.
The Darkest Day is a debut PNR set in a world where immortal creatures rule earth and other realms. Mortals are all extinct (so they believe), but many immortals still have traces of mortal blood in them.
Two immortal Scottish highlander clans have been feuding for centuries, but a curse by one clan meant to bring down their worst foe may actually be their own undoing.
After killing the Chief of the Campbell clan in revenge for killing his father, Kelvin Kerr has been searching 25-years for the missing heir to the Campbell throne. Hidden away and protected by a magical spell, Izel Campbell is not only the last mortal alive on earth – she is the missing leader of the Campbell clan.
Surprised to find Izel is female – and human! – Kelvin cannot simply kill the lass. With matters complicated and her protection spell broken, they journey to his Castle in order to hide her away. Kelvin cannot believe the human enemy before him is his fated mate, and the drive to have her wars with his need to do right by his clan.
Izel and Kelvin made a GREAT pair. Their banter was pitch perfect and hilarious at times, and they smoked up the pages! Izel’s protection spell kept her human emotions at bay, but now that the spell is broken she finds herself struggling with a plethora of new feelings. She is naïve in some ways, yet incredibly intelligent where it matters.
“What? You don’t like me talking of other men?” She traced a finger between her breasts. “Does the thought of them touching me—”
“Woman! You’ll mind your mouth, else I’ll make ya regret those words.” He was breathing hard. His muscled chest heaved. She was literally jabbing at a sleeping beast. A wiser person would stop, but nothing about him made her want to be wise.
“Make me regret my words, huh?” Pursing her lips, she looked him in the eye. “That’s pretty big talk, coming from a man who never follows through with his threats.”
He growled and clasped her nape in his large palm. Only a knee-high wall of porcelain separated them. The water swished along the bottom of her knees. Kelvin yanked her face inches from his. “You goad me on purpose.” He wrapped her hair around his fist, his snarling lips hovering over hers. “Human, you have no idea what you’ve awakened.”
What makes this such a great debut novel it that it does not suffer from the dreaded ‘first book-itis’. Thankfully, there is no endless info dumping nor long introductions to characters for future books. Instead we get enough world building to understand Kelvin and Inez’s story, the many great secondary characters we meet along the way are all relevant to this story, and we get several great teaser sub-stories on other characters to peak our interest for more.
OMG, there are a few secondary characters in this book that I can’t wait to read more about. It is clear there is more going on in this world than we will see in just this book, and other characters are certainly having their story unfold but we will not know more until their books are written. I get the feeling many of the future books will over-lap a bit with this one. It was great balance for a debut book, the author did a great job setting up the series without over doing it.
In summary, imagine taking the mega-hot uber alpha highlanders from Karen Monings’ Highlander series then dumping them in a mad PNR world similar to Kresley Cole’s IAD series, and then toss in a lot more crazy magical being, more hot highlander warriors, and pit them against Immortal clans who have been feuding for over one-thousand years, and you have an idea of what to expect in THE DARKEST DAY.
I highly recommend it to all PNR fans who like their books hot, sexy, alpha, and laced with some good dark humor.
4.5! This may be my favorite book in this series so far. I love a romance where the relationship slowly develops from more than just lust, but also fr...more4.5! This may be my favorite book in this series so far. I love a romance where the relationship slowly develops from more than just lust, but also from respect, friendship, and admiration. This was that kind of romance.
Both Colin and Lady Gillian had much to hide, and much at stake if their secrets are revealed. I normally don't like when the H/h keeps a lot of secrets from each other, but in this book it made perfect sense. I liked everything about the plot, and enjoyed each time more and more was revealed to each other. As a reader, I knew once they realized they were both trying to thwart her evil cousin the passion would explode between them. Ahhh, loved it.
Overall, a great romance story with some great characters and a fascinating plot that kept me glued. The 'heat' comes a bit late, but I didn't mind at all as the romance was always a big part of the story. It's books like these that make me such a sucker for highlander romances. Sure, they're a bit 'modern' in language and ideals, but toss in a hot, hunky highlander hero like Paula Quinn writes and I'll forgive any of these minor historical inaccuracies.
A really good light medieval romance with plenty of cheeky humor and intrigue. Great H/h! Steam level mild (fade to black only) but the tension and ro...moreA really good light medieval romance with plenty of cheeky humor and intrigue. Great H/h! Steam level mild (fade to black only) but the tension and romance high. It was fun watching them fall in love around their misguided notions and beliefs of curses. 4.5 stars(less)
Sigh. I devoured this series. It was the best kind of romance candy. The kind with hot highlanders, steamy sex, fierce battle scenes, feisty women, im...moreSigh. I devoured this series. It was the best kind of romance candy. The kind with hot highlanders, steamy sex, fierce battle scenes, feisty women, impossible odds, high stakes, and teary moments. While each book had a different hero/heroine, the trilogy had an underlying story as the McCabes prepared for war against their fierce enemy Duncan Cameron. I loved how the brothers were always main characters in each story, and how the heroines became important to the clans survival. While you could read the books out of order, I recommend that you don't.
In the first book In Bed with a Highlander, the romance was of enemies-to-lovers, and in the second book,Seduction of a Highland Lass, it burned hot and fast. In Never Love a Highlander, the romance was slow and snuck-up on them as it built over time. Two strangers find themselves wed in a marriage of necessity, not of love, to unites two clans and build an alliance strong enough to defeat a looming war. Love was never important to either of them, their marriage was simply just an arrangement of necessity.
Betrayed by the woman he loved eight years earlier, Caelen did not trust himself to love again. He was the hardest and coldest of the three brothers, devoted only to duty and family. Rionna McDonald is the daughter of a neighboring laird, and has been betrothed (or nearly betrothed) to all three of the McCabe brothers. If Caelen doesn't marry her, the humiliation would be too much. She is not a typical well mannered and dainty lass, but one who enjoys wearing trews and wielding a sword. Caelen doesn't know what to make of her ways, and tries to get her to be more feminine in both behavior and appearance. And now that Caelen is Laird of McDonald's clan, he has much to prove to gain the trust and loyalty of his people.
The war with Duncan Cameron gets closer, and the brothers come together for the ultimate and final battle scene. I couldn't guess how the final battle was going to unfold, but I enjoyed it immensely. A fitting ending! I'm sad the trilogy is over, but I look forward to more books by this author. I do hope she writes more highlander historicals some day. (less)
This series just gets better! I love an ‘ injured hero being saved by a heroine’ plot, and this one delivered. But what I really love are romances whe...moreThis series just gets better! I love an ‘ injured hero being saved by a heroine’ plot, and this one delivered. But what I really love are romances where the hero and heroine must overcome impossible odds, and that is what made this one such a winner for me. Of course you know these two will get their HEA, but how they will make it work was a huge question! Alaric McCabe is betrothed to the daughter of a neighboring laird, and this vital alliance must be made. The King himself demands the alliance.
When Alaric McCabe is gravely injured after his men are attacked in the middle of the night, he barely escapes on his horse. Keeley McDonald, an outcast living alone in a small remote shack, discovers Alaric barely alive and uses her healing skills to save him. These two are immediately drawn to each other, but Alaric must remember his future is with another.
The author is Maya Banks, so you can count on some great steamy love scenes too. And it delivered! I’m not a fan of BDSM, but Ms Banks even treats us to a hot sexy scene with a wee bit of bondage done Highlander style. YUM, HOT, and WOW!
As I mentioned in my review for In Bed with a Highlander, I wasn’t a fan of this author as I assumed (wrongly) that all of her books must be like Colters' Woman, a book I really didn’t care for. Despite so many people saying her writing is completely different I held off on reading this series. I should have listened to everyone earlier, because this series is just pure fun to read. Do they have plot holes? Oh yes, you’ll need to stretch your imagination in places and just accept a few things as real even when you know how unlikely they would be in a real situation. But that is the fun when reading a sexy, highlander romance novel. It's not a fluff read, so be sure to have some Kleenex toward the end. (less)
What a great start to a highlander series! I’ll be honest, until now I instantly dismissed any Maya Banks book. After reading, (and not really liking)...moreWhat a great start to a highlander series! I’ll be honest, until now I instantly dismissed any Maya Banks book. After reading, (and not really liking), her erotic ménage book ‘Colters’ Woman’ a few years ago, I just knew she wasn’t an author for me. But, never say never, right? Right. Despite so many of my online friends repeatedly saying her new series are great, that they are nothing like her earlier erotica stuff, I still held off reading them. But I love a good steamy highland novel, so last week I finally cracked and read this one. Wow, I so enjoyed it! I just picked up the rest of this series. It feels kind of odd to consider Maya Banks as a ‘must read author’, but that now seems to be the case. I’ll also have to try her KGI series too.
In Bed with a Highlander was a fast paced story where the heroine, Mairin, is the main pawn in a game of power, greed and revenge. After spending year in hiding for her own protection, she is kidnapped by a fierce enemy who plans to wed her for her massive dowry and land rights. After a grueling escape, she is taken to safety where she meets Ewan McCabe, laird of the McCabe clan. Knowing she must wed to protect herself and her land, Ewan seems like the right choice.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The romance was passionate, sexy and always center to the story, while the action kept me guessing and guessing. There were several ‘OMG, how are they going to get out of that?!’ moments. The end was a bit rushed, but it worked for me. We meet Ewen’s two brothers in the story, and I look forward to reading the Alaric’s story next. I agree with many reviewers who said if you like the old Julie Garwood highlander historicals, you will enjoy this series.