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Forbidden Highlander

(Dark Sword #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,121 ratings  ·  168 reviews

Fallon MacLeod has gifts any warrior would covet - fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king's aid. And though every women at court would gladly be his for the
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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My star rating:

Plot: 4/5
Pacing: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
World: 4/5
Romance: 2/5

Enjoyment level: 3/5 stars

I love the premise of this series - individually I also loved the characters (mostly). I just didn't like what the author did with Larena. She is supposed to be a kick-ass warrior - but came across as an insecure mess most of the time.

As for the romance.... well it was too much insta-everything. Insta-love, insta-lust, insta-angst.... just mostly pissed me off as the rest of the storyline was
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 maybe 4 Stars!

This one was good too. The romance side was lacking for me though. A little too instant, but also too much non communication. Plus Fallen's self esteem was low at times... annoying. But the world building continues to be good and I'm interested in all the warriors. Especially Quinn and Broc. On to the next book soon. Happy reading!
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Fallon. He's been struggling to deal with the God inside him for centuries. Wine had kept it at bay most of that time but he's woke from his drunkenness with the end of the last book and the capture of his brother. Now he feels the guilt for all he should have been doing the 300 years instead of hiding in a bottle. He's clearly a Highlander and a male to the last degree. The kings castle is no place for this man of action. The politics of those that he finds there grate on him. Larena, on ...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I thought I loved the first book in this series, but this one is definitely my favorite. I think Fallon has to be my favorite warrior! From page one until the end there is always something happening and just keeps you glued to the book. Full of action, love, Romance, mystery and more!I love that in this book Donna gave us a woman full of power and just as strong as the male warriors. Everything just went together and was very easy to envision. Donna Grant's Dark Sword series is slowly climbing ...more
Mandi Schreiner
May 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Why I read: Received for review from publisher.

Fallon MacLeod is a Warrior, forced to accept a God into himself. He is immortal, having been alive 300 years and within him and his two brothers rests the god of revenge. Deirdre, a drough, a druid that has given herself to black magic captured Fallon and his brothers Lucan and Quinn all those years ago. But now Deirdre has Quinn in her grasp again, hidden away in her fortress and Fallon is desperate to get him back.

Fallon’s family has lost all
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highlander-books
Loved it! I can't wait for Quinn's story...and I think I'll have to wait a while for it considering this one just came out!
I'll write a "real" review later-I have to feed the kids...I ignored them to finish the book :)
3.5 stars!

I might change the rating later to 4 stars. I need to think about it for a while.
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fallon MacLeod and his brothers are the last of the MacLeod clan. The MacLeod clan was destroyed by Deirdre. She wants the brothers for herself. She once had them long ago. The MacLeod men are cursed with strong Gods entrapped inside each of them.

Fallon feeling horrible that he didn’t do more for his clan decides to travel to see King James to ask for his help.

Larena Monroe has been searching for the MacLeods for a long time. When she learns that Fallon is near, she seeks him out. She needs
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This series is like Lay's Potato Chips; when you have the bag you just eat it all. I LOVED this book. I could barely put it down. I completely and wholeheartedly devoured this book. I thought that the story line was absolutely fluid and kept pace with the 1st book. One thing that I will point out about the book that I had a slight problem with, was the immediate connection between Larena & Fallon. I thought that they were thrown together a little to quickly. Now, with me having said that I ...more
After going through my very first disappointment with Donna Grant's Dark Sword series (see rant/review on Dangerous Highlander) I bravely decided to continue and give another shot at it, praying for the best. I was a hopeless fool it seems.

Fallon MacLeod was to become the next laird of his clan, when the god inside him was unleashed. After the extinction of his people and going through hell, he kept himself detouched and in line by drinking. Failing his newly formed family is not an option for
Teresa Kilpatrick
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Dark Sword series and is a part of the greater Dark World. Donna Grant does create a wonderful world, with many fantastical creatures. So, if you find this book compelling and entertaining, the world does continue and evolve. This series was read as a part of the Audible Escape package.

This is the story of Fallon and Larena. He is the eldest MacLeod brother and has the gift of teleporting. She is the only female warrior and has the gift of invisibility. Fallon is
Bridgette South
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I loved this troubled tale of Fallon and Larena! So sad that Malcolm had the run in he had and I am a bit weary of Broc... I hope he isn't really on Dierdre's side and is only spying....
(view spoiler) I enjoyed watching Fallon allow himself to become the leader he was meant to be... The love scenes in this were so mmmm delicious and then to find out Malcolm is a warrior too!!??? talk
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it
First off for me I LOVED the characters and the story line in this book. Donna did a fabulous job at this but at times it felt like Donna veered off of the path of the story with too many thoughts. I found myself skimming through to get to the interesting parts. This book could have easily been a 5 star book for me if it would have kept my attention all the way through. Like I said the characters and story line in this series are fabulous and I do want and will continue with this series because ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I like the series but there is something lacking . It doesn't hold my attention. I hate the way it just stops at the end of the book. It is not really a cliffhanger, but the story is unfinished. It is unlike any story I have read that is a series. Maybe it would be better to have it all be in one book.

Romantic scenes, I found myself skipping over them.
Kari Kaz
4.5 stars
Raquel (Rocki)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Another great one! Fallon and Larena work well together. They are both strong, and Larena is the first Female warrior we come accross I am hoping there are more like that. Deidra is making problems again and keeping them all on their toes but there is a kink in her plan I just hope he doesn't get caught. I am of course excited for the next one since it will be about Quinn and we have to know how he escapes or is rescued. I am also curious about Malcom and to see how his story plays out.
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Book one, Dangerous Highlander, was $2.99 but the rest of the books are not. So I had do the paperback on sale with a coupon thing to keep going with these intriguing brothers. This book is about the eldest brother Fallon. He was the drunk of the family in book one. He drank to keep his god leashed because he feared he couldn't control it. He grew a set in the first book so we find him much better off at the beginning of this one. He still has some issues but he's not living in a bottle any ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER by Donna Grant is a spellbinding historical romance set in 1603 Edinburgh, Scotland. It is the second in A Dark Sword Novel, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Some of the characters from the first book Dangerous Highlander reappear in this one also.It has danger, romance, sensuality, secrets, passion, demons, druids, an extremely evil witch who is after more power, dark magic, find their destinies, true love and a battle to overcome an ancient curse. The hero, Fallon ...more
Lover of Romance
I truly loved this one and many of the elements of the story had me captivated. I have recently fell in love with Grant's historical paranormal series, and this series is so unique and different and not what you expect, in fact I might lean toward a bit more fantasy. In Forbidden Highlander we have three brothers, who are immortal, and each of them have a beast inside of them, with godlike gifts. Fallon's brother has been taking hostage by their nemesis and he is desperate to find a way to free ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Forbidden Highlander is book two in the Dark Sword series.
I enjoyed to book and I am glad the plot moved forward.

The MacLeod brothers are the last of his clan, Immortals and Warriors hosting the same god. Their castle and family were destroyed by Deirdre a dark Druid. With Cara's arrival, other Warriors - Hayden, Galen, Logan, Ramsey - and a Druid - Sonia - have joined the brothers and Fallon must go and try and take back his castle from the King.
His journey to the court leads him to the only
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story by Donna Grant. Loving the Dark Swords series. Fallon’s story was as good as Logan’s. So much happens in this one.

Fallon, who up until now is broken or at least thinks he is, drowns himself in wine to drown out his god. Fear does that to him. Meeting Larena, Fallon learns to turn that fear into courage, because he learns to care and love Larena. She’s a fierce female Warrior, who’s fear spurs Fallon’s protectiveness and forces him to face his own fears to protect her. Larena,
Nicole Laverdure
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Forbidden Highlander by Donna Grant

I just finished reading Donna Grant's Forbidden Highlander", her second book in the Dark Sword series. I loved her characters. Fallon MacLeod is a fierce immortal Highlander, also a Warrior who has a God inside his soul. And Larena Monroe is a beautiful woman, a female Warrior, who's Goddess inside her soul, makes her invisible. Larena was banished from the Monroe Clan. She had been alone most of her time as a Warrior. She learned early on, not to
Maggie Bermann
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loving this series so much! In fact read this book in one day.. maybe cos i have the latest in death on my kindle to read, but i so want to know what happens next in this series that im going to read all 5 books first if it hold my interest!

I always thought I wouldnt enjoy anything paranormal wise. Okay its not out there, but of a more mystical time. Druids, Mie and Warriors..and off course Highlanders!

Love how the characters are growing and more being introduced slowly so dont get too mixed up
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this one! Fallon is every kind of awesome and so far my favorite of the brothers! Larena was pretty fiercely spectacular too. A female warrior? Who knew!

It was great to watch Fallon finally embrace his role as a leader and take charge and be the head of his clan as he was always meant to be. Watching him leave the castle and venture out into the world for the first time in centuries was very touching. He meets Larena during the course of this and their attraction is immediate and
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved this!!!!

Highlanders and Demons OH MY!!!

I loved that this one has a female demon and she is KICK ASS!!!!!!!

Fallon is the oldest MacLeod Brother and hes and Alcoholic HILARIOUS, the reasons behind his alcoholism is answered perfectly and dealt with respectfully.

Donna Grant has an amazing talet in drawing the reader in from the first chapter, she creates and interesting background and plot, her stories are consitent and fast paced, her charaters are priceless no two are alike not even
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Fallon's story, I'm a little upset that Quinn is still being held by the evil Deirdre... Thank God that book's been written already so I jump into it next! :)

Things are really starting to heat up, I'm really looking forward to the rescue mision. The build up in this one was intense. I'm glad they are working to make a plan and not just storming the mountain. In the first book I was intrigued by Galen, this time it's Broc that has me wondering :)
Barbara ★
I didn't like this one as much as the first but I still loved the on-going plot. I really liked Fallon but I had problems with Larena's wishy-washiness. One minute she's all over him and the next she's sneaking out of his bed. I like that there is a traitor in Deidre's camp who is surreptitiously slipping the MacLeod's intel. Deidre is one evil bitch and I sure hope the MacLeod brothers kick her ass but good!

Poor Quinn, I can't wait for his book. I am wondering which druid is his HEA. Hmmm
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
While I really enjoyed this story, I liked the connection between the H/h better in the first book. In this second novel, we follow Fallon while he tries to reestablish his role as leader within his family. After 300 years of drinking away his misery and hiding from the God within him, Fallon is forced to accept what he has become and start to care and look out for others.
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ahh poor insecure Fallon. He is such a sweetie. I enjoyed this one although I think Quinn or Lucan is still in running as my faves for the brothers. I have a small crush on Galen though. Cant wait for his story.
Ellen Ramey
I love this series! Recommended:)
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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a hundred novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

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