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The Dark Highlander

(Highlander #5)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  36,636 ratings  ·  1,326 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Dell
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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. Chlo…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?
Anna *Bran. San. Stan*
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Original review (2020): Honestly, I expected to love this as much as I did Kiss of the Highlander (and let me tell you, I loved it a whole lot); Dageus is Drustan’s twin, after all. And yet, I found myself missing the tongue-in-cheek, doesn’t-take-itself-too-seriously tone prevalent throughout the series in The Dark Highlander. This book was darker, more serious, which I guess it sort of needed to be as Dageus is fighting against going “dark” (hence the title) by giving in to the 13 evil druid s ...more
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
Sophia Triad
Even if you have not read the previous Highlander books by Moning, this is a must-read book if you are a "fever" series fan. That's because Dageus, the main character of the book, plays a vital role in the last 3 books of the "Fever" series, ie. Burned, Feverborn and most probably in Feversong which was not published when I was writing this review (it will be out in January 2017).

Dageus is the man of the 3 Ds: Dark, Dangerous and Druid. He is inhabited by the souls of 13 ancient evil druids (Dra
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
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
★★★★4 Final Star ★★★★

No! No! This series just CANNOT BE OVER For me ! Why? :'(
Yes,I know that this book is just Book No.4 in this series but for me this one happens to be the last because I read this whole series out order.But I'm glad this journey ended up with a 4 STAR bang !
Will miss these Characters.And yes ! Would defiantly recommend ! <3

This series in Ratings:

#1 Beyond the Highland Mist - 5 Stars ! (Review=https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

#2 To Tame A Highland Warrior - 1 Star :(
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 and, 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
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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 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. ...more
Apr 08, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok.
The plot was good. But there were lots of things that didn’t work for me.

I like inner monologues but I don’t know why this ones inner monologue sometimes bore me out. What I understand from the previous plot and the blurb is that this book would be a partial dark story but I didn’t feel any darkness.

This book was not entirely safe.

One thing I definitely dislike was the first chapter where the hero was having sex with OW. He was turning evil because of a curse and if he had sex then
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Five dark, sexy, smokin’ hot Druid stars!

Head canted down, he looked at her from beneath his brows… Slowly, with lazy sensuality, he wet his lower lip. Dropped his gaze from hers, to her lips and back again… He caught his full lower lip with his teeth and slowly released it, then smiled. It was not a smile meant to reassure. It was a smile that promised dark fantasies.

“If aught must be lost, ’twill be my honor for yours. If one must be forsaken, ’twill be my soul for yours. Should death come an
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

While this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading book 4 first because I think it puts Daegus' actions a bit more into perspective. I enjoyed this one almost as much as book 4. This was was darker and there was less humor but just as sexy and emotional. Again the time travel concept was done really well. I can't wait to get to the other books in this series!
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 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Loved it as much as Karla & Kellie said I would!! Looking forward to Immortal Highlander next!!

Thanks for the recommendation Karla.
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Night and day in comparison to the previous book and not in a winning way. Sure, it was intense, dark, sexy - something I like in my romance books, but this book took itself waaaay too seriously. Like, it's a Highlander chick flick, for God's sake.

Over and out
 ~*~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 i
Debra Johnson
4 Solid stars.

A few areas that lagged a bit.

My GR friends were right though. books 4 and on are tons better than the 1st 3.
Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Jan 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 2022 — still love this book!! Daegus is the perfect Dark Highlander 😍
Audiobook 2022
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
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖📖
Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋
Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔
Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡
Romance: 💞💞💞
Sensuality: 💋💋💋💋
Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 to 🍑🍑🍑🍑
Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥 to 🔥🔥🔥 (Depends if you count dream sex or not) Humor: Yes, a touch

This is the fifth book in the Highlander series. If you are not going to read in order, I do suggest you at least read the prior book, Kiss of the Highlander. Books 4 and 5 are closely related with decent character overlap from the twin b
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Fever Series and Highlander novels.

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