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Highland Burn (Guardians Of Scotland #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  832 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Will Love’s Flame Quench the Dragon’s Fire? …

The past never stays in the past, it rears its ugly head eventually. James the Black Douglas knows this all too well. With a past that has left him vengeful and his dragon bloodthirsty, his reputation as a ruthless warrior haunts his enemies in their sleep. As his allegiance stands with Robert Bruce, the King of Scotland, he mu
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Published July 22nd 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published July 19th 2014)
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Vicki Lake
Nov 11, 2014 Vicki Lake rated it it was amazing
5+ stars

I was gifted a copy of Highland Burn by Victoria Zak in exchange for an honest review.

AMAZING!! I was blown away by Victoria's debut book! I was hooked from page one and could not put it down! I love her writing style and the flow of the book was great. I loved the characters, setting and the sexy dragon shifters. Abigale is a strong and determined lass who is determined that she will not live her entire life in seclusion. Her life at the abbey was not a very pleasant one and just when s
Nicole Laverdure
Jul 15, 2014 Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing
Sexy Highlander dragon shifter!
If you love Scottish fiction, romance and dragons, then go and grab right away HIGHLAND BURN. Amazing debut for new author Victoria Zak with her new Guardians of Scotland series. If you are looking for a captivating paranormal romance with a sexy shifter, then, you should read this book! It's filled with humor and steamy romance! It’s fun to read! It’s magical with a highlander dragon fire breathing shifter; you get a double bonus! The story is very well written,
For a shifter book there wasn't a whole lot of shifting, but I liked it. Entertaining enough to read the next book.
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This is book one in the "Highland Burn" series. This also my first book by Victoria Zak...but I must say after reading this one I quickly went for the other books in this series. I loved this book.
Abigale Bruce has lived in a convent since she was little. Abigale was sent their by her father the King of Scotland. Abigale was sent there for her own protection during a war. Once the war was over she was sent home but her father quickly made a marriage match for her. James the Black Douglas has be
Jul 21, 2014 Candace rated it it was amazing
This story was captivating and alluring, the characters are easy to fall in love with, and the secondary characters are amazing And supportive, I can't wait to know more about them, this story was emotional and fun and had me crying and laughing along with the characters!

The two main Characters,

James the Black Douglas, I loved how Victoria Zac developed his character, kept me guessing about him , I loved how she didn't give to much away all at once..

Abigale Bruce was amazing to read , I Love
Kimi Court
Jul 27, 2014 Kimi Court rated it it was amazing
This book is the first for this author. You will be happy to know your money will be well spent with her book. She is able to write a great book. You feel like you are a part of the book. You feel everything Abigale feels, and understand James plight.

I felt this book from the beginning to the end. My kindle lost battery as I was close to the end. I can tell ya, I was not happy about it at all. I didn't want to stop reading. I mean really a Half human half Dragon. A Highlander ta boot. Great Sto
Jul 21, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing

I was honored to be one of the first people to read this wonderful book. Being a part of the group that Victoria trusted to read for her. I was so happy that I did . It is set in Scottish highlands . With a beautiful young woman, her horse a man she doesn't yet know but is betrothed to and a dark secret that will change their lives for ever. The Black Douglas or as everyone likes to call him the Bogeyman. Is one hot, sexy highlander who is also a dragon shifter. He and his clan have kept Scotla
May 18, 2016 SandJ10 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. The characters were painfully 2-dimensional. The heroine was TSTL, always dashing out in the middle of a battle because James "needed" her. The plot was predictable and at times just too silly. It seemed neither medieval/historical nor paranormal. There was almost no historical detail, which was an even bigger problem for me because real historical figures like Robert the Bruce and James "Black" Douglas were featured. I would have been more understandin ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
WOW! This book was hot! I loved how the main characters came to love each other and the emotion was so intense I caught myself living it multiple times in the book! I was a bit jolted around, like things were a bit rushed then a bit slow at different times in the book, but not enough to quit reading! I thought a few things were repeated unnecessarily, but still not enough to quit reading. The Black Douglas was the perfect hero, magical, a Dragon, sweet, harsh, loving and oh so sexy! I enjoyed re ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Highland Burn was Just Okay. Nothing to write home about. Same storyline as many other Highlander Historical Romances. Except these Highlanders are Dragonkine Shifters.

Another story where King Robert the Bruce has order a marriage. This time its his illegitimate daughter Abigale Bruce and the Dragonkine guardian James the Black Douglas know as the bogie man!!

Of course there is a jealous enemy in this case two enemies. Who kidnap and hurt the heroine of the story Abigale. Who of course has a mi
Great read. I recommend reading this one first to get the history of Dragonkine and humans. This was a wonderfully well written fantasy/scottish/historical/paranormal romance. I am looking forward to reading the second book. There is not as much dragon shifting as I expected, but it had more of a tale of containing the inner dragon. All in all I think the author did a good job of juggling so many different elements in the story while maintaining believable characters and situations. Zak is one o ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Xiamera rated it it was ok
Hmm, what to say? I found Abigale a bit tiresome. Tell me how it's reasonable and sensible for you to race away from a man-dragon, get your horse injured, threaten to slit your own throat when said man-dragon catches up to you and blame him for your horse's death? James on the other hand wasn't much better. This book has all the classic Scottish romance tropes but it wasn't one of the more enjoyable ones for me. The bit with the Dragonkine was interesting enough, and I don't quite understand exa ...more
Ashley Martinez
Aug 08, 2014 Ashley Martinez rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
Highland Burn is the first book in the Guardians of Scotland series.
James the Black Douglas is a ruthless warrior and Dragonkin. He has a reputation for being merciless and a long trail of dead claimed by his hand. He swore to take back his lands from the English years ago and he has done so but the English are bitter and seek revenge. In what seems like a never ending war no one is safe.
Abigale is the daughte
Josette Reuel
Jul 30, 2014 Josette Reuel rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of Highland Burn by Victoria Zak in exchange for an honest review.

This is Victoria Zak's debut novel and I was lucky enough to take this journey with her. I absolutely recommend this novel and subsequent books in the series. Victoria Zak is a talented storyteller and definitely an author to watch.

Highland Burn is an historical romance that also includes a paranormal aspect. What more is there to love: highlanders, spunky heroines, and DRAGONS! Definitely some of my favorite t
Conny Conway
Jul 20, 2014 Conny Conway rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I had the honor to alpa read. I loved the story, the hero, strong, manly, hard but with a deep loving heart, a heroine which knows when to stand her ground without being whiney about her destiny and a headstrong steed sums up the most entertaining book I have read lately. This is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!
Let Miss Zak help you forgot the daily grind and transport you to historic Scotland on the wings of dragons
Aug 03, 2014 Melba rated it it was amazing
Excellent Start to a new series!!

This is an incredible story by Victoria Zac, her first! Hard to believe, it was so well written, kept me at the edge of my seat, I read it all in one night!

Victoria you didn't disappoint! You have incredible talent and I am anxiously waiting for the next installment!
Jan 30, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different Dragon story

This was a different Dragon story with darkness and light. The Dragon is definitely dark and James was too mean to Abigail. I'm not, sure how she could fall for someone who treated her that badly. Abigail showed she had a backbone despite how she was raised, except for putting up with James. In the end James redeems himself.
Aurrora James
Aug 16, 2014 Aurrora James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

I really enjoyed the tale of Abigale and James. I look forward to the next. It will be interesting to see what comes of the Dragonkine warriors.
Kathy Brickert
Sep 25, 2016 Kathy Brickert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and fat moving!

A different look at dragon shifters and an interesting it line. The story grabbed my interest right off t he bat and I read all of it in one afternoon! Good beginning to a great new series.
Sep 12, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Abigail's father is the King of Scotland. While fighting the English he hid her away at a nunnery for her safety. While there though she saw her father little. When he finally secures his crown and brings her back home she is to be married to the Black Douglas. She has no choice in the manner. She dreams of the beautiful man she met by the pond while dreading meeting her to be husband.

James has showed his support to Robert the Bruce though battle. Now, his King requires him to marry his daughter
Elizabeth Cribb
Sep 21, 2016 Elizabeth Cribb rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book. Love these Scottish men in their kilts and especially James. His first meeting with Abigale was so touching!
Misty Gee
Dec 10, 2015 Misty Gee rated it it was amazing
I was given this E-Book in return for an honest review. Highland Burn is book 1 of the Guardians of Scotland series. This was an excellent read and I couldn't put it down till I got to the end of the book.
Highland Burn is the story of Abigale also known as the Princess of Scotland and James also known as the Black Douglas aka The Boogieman. Abigale is the main female character that is likeable and is easy to relate to. James is the main male character that you want to hate, but just can't bring
Oct 11, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific and well written story about a Highland Dragon Shifter and Protector of Scotland, James Douglas, who is a fierce and loyal warrior that has been fighting along side of King Robert Bruce to expel the English from Scotland. He agrees to marry Princess Abigale Bruce (illegitimate daughter of King Robert Bruce of Scotland) even though he doesn't want to get married. However, in return, he'll receive all the Douglas lands and holdings that the English confiscated when the English b ...more
Debra Johnson
Jul 26, 2016 Debra Johnson rated it really liked it
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Highland Burn by Victoria Zak is a Historical Paranormal Adult Romance. It is a bit unclear as to how Dragons Shifters come to be. It starts off with them being born and living side by side with humans. But it changes to somehow having something to do with the mysterious Elders. This issues is never cleared up in the book. Maybe it is better addressed in book #2. This is my only problem with the book.
The main characters, James and Abigale are both interesting and complex. They were a lot of fun
Jan 26, 2015 Bobbie rated it it was amazing
Dragonkine, the Guardians of Scotland. Magic words to me! I have been looking for a long time for dragon shifter tales, here you will find the best. Magnificent, fierce Highland warriors, all handsome, brave, kind and loving to those they care for, with strong bodies and swirling reptilian eyes, Did I forget to say sexy, oh yeah, they're sexy alright just read about how well they treat and protect their ladies. They are huge and gorgeous both as men and as dragons with hearts to match.

The first
Aug 16, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
Lets face it the past never stays in the past, it always their. James the Black Douglas knows that all too well. With a past that has left him vengeful and his dragon blood thirsty, his reputation as a ruthless warrior hunts his enemies. As his allegiance stands with Robert Bruce, the King of Scotland, he must now repay a debt to the king and agrees to marry his daughter, Abigale Bruce. The problem is he doesn’t want a wifeand never has. When flames start to burn out of control between him and t ...more
Sharon Richmond
May 15, 2016 Sharon Richmond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love them Scottish Dragon men

Highland Burn ( Guardians of Scotland Book 1) by Victoria Zak is a intriguing and dreamy story of a warrior guardsmen and his inner fight with his true feelings. As a dramatic warrior he feels he doesn't need or want a wife, but the king has other plans, he wants James aka the dragonkine to marry his daughter the princess Abigaile.

Abigaile may be the kings daughter but she grew up in the nunnery after her mother died. Growing up she was treated badly and often told n
Tnt Reviews
Sep 02, 2014 Tnt Reviews rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Highland Burn. It was so much fun to read. A Scottish highlander (in a kilt) that shifts into a dragon, what’s not to love? My heart broke for both James and Abigale. Their relationship had so many ups and downs. I really hated the way James treated Abigale. I also loved that there was an actual story line and it wasn’t just sex. The storyline kept me enthralled. I had so many questions throughout and was left with a few que
Aug 23, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing
"Highland Burn" by Victoria Zak. This is Ms. Zak's first release and she's knocked it out of the ballpark! This book is filled with emotion, danger, romance and sexy highlanders!! Throughout, I felt and believed the feelings of both James and Abigale. I cheered for them when the going got tough and rejoiced with them when things were good and was scared for them when the danger loomed. James is a tough, hardened dragon Highlander that has a soft spot, especially for Abigale. She is a bit torn ab ...more
Eileen Finn
Not that great

I was excited to read this when I read the synopsis. Unfortunately it wasn't that great. The story was kind of ridiculous, in my opinion. It was just weird how he would switch from a human to a dragon at any moment. If it happened when he was angry or whatever it would make more sense. The author used too many adjectives to describe things and the use of the Scottish verbage was spotty. Every now and then a few "aye" or "tis" or other similar words would work themselves into the st
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Victoria Zak lives in the sunshine state with her husband, two beautiful children, and three furry friends. Before having kids, Victoria spent fifteen years in the veterinary business and volunteered in pet rescue.

“One of my most rewarding jobs was finding unwanted animals their forever homes.”

A writing career was the last item listed on her bucket list, until she discovered that she wanted to put
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