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Awaken the Highland Warrior

(Connor Clan #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,966 ratings  ·  268 reviews
He's had centuries to dream of her...

Mis-adventurous historian Bree Kirkland discovers a one hundred fifty year old warrior buried in a crypt behind her house. But Faelan, the warrior, isn’t dead. When this chauvinistic Scottish Warrior awakes, he has no choice but accept the help of this modern-day woman who’s rescued him, but she’s more fearsome than the demon trying to
Mass Market Paperback, 426 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published March 26th 2011)
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Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I figured for .99 cents for a kindle book (at the time) why not? Most of the other reviews were good. Boy was I disappointed. I could not finish this book.

Let's start with some positives: the story itself (as far as I was able to get) was creative, and well-written in terms of grammar and sentence flow. The storyline was interesting and there were even some funny parts that were entertaining.

What I just could not get past were the multiple questions being asked over and over again in the charact
Laurie Garrison
Wild about bones review below
My Review:

This is the first in the new Connor Clan series. It drew and kept my attention almost from the first page. Demons, lizard/snake men, a few vampires, an Archangel, a plot to destroy mankind, sword & dirk fighting, sexy highlanders, a damsel so not in distress, a smoldering attraction and a little humor - what more do you need for a good paranormal romance read?

Bree, historian and Indiana Jones wannbe, finds more than
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
Bloody hell where to do I even start... It was INCREDIBLE! I was sucked straight into the story from the very first page to the very last word.
I will write this review asuming that you have read the back cover of the book.
Faelen is an amazing Hero. I loved that in the beginning he is so out of place. How differently he sees the world. The whole Kilt thing is SO HOT. I think I may have fallen in love with him lol. Some people hated that he appologised for everything. But I liked that about hi
Donna McBroom-Theriot
I literally do not know what to say about this book. It ended. I read the last page. I did not want it to end. I read the last page again. It still ended.

"A voice brushed her ear. `What was lies within cannot be, until time has passed with the key.'"

It's not that the book didn't come to a wonderful, climatic ending. It did. I just did not want it to end. It was action packed. It was pack with intrigue and suspense. It was packed with a whole lot of beautiful Scotsmen - wearing kilts! And, bran
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
Looking for a book with paranormal elements, adventure, mystery, intriguing plots, romance, and a dash of Highlander thrown in for good measure? Well look no more!

A young woman mistakenly opens a vault hoping to find treasure, but ends up with a true Highland warrior who's first waking motion is to almost decapitate her with his dirk because he thinks she's a demon. The fact that 150 years have gone by and it is time for the warrior to awaken and be set free actually sets in motion many groups o
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Faelen Connor has been suspended for 150 years. The last thing he remembers is being sealed in a vault by the demon Druan, and the next thing he knows, he is being freed by a beautiful woman who may or may not be human. Bree Kirkland thinks she's about to strike it rich when she unseals the old vault in her family's crypt, but when a kilted madman leaps out and almost takes her head off, she knows that this is not going to be her day.

I cussed this book up oneside and down the other. It took so
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bree loves a good puzzle, so it is no surprise that when she finds a treasure map, she sets off to find the treasure. The only thing is, the treasure that she is looking for isn't at all what she thought it was going to be. Instead of finding old artifacts she finds Faelan, a Scottish warrior who was locked away in a time vault for the last 150 years.

I really enjoyed this story. I bought the book on a whim at Borders when it was half off. It sounded like such a crazy kooky book from the synopsis
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read4bbpr-review
This is the first in the new Connor Clan series. It drew and kept my attention almost from the first page. Demons, lizard/snake men, a few vampires, an Archangel, a plot to destroy mankind, sword & dirk fighting, sexy highlanders, a damsel so not in distress, a smoldering attraction and a little humor - what more do you need for a good paranormal romance read?

Bree, historian and Indiana Jones wannbe, finds more than she bargained for when she unearths a crypt while treasure hunting and opens it
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this book via a goodreads giveaway. Thank you Ms. Clenney. :)

I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I found Bree to be a fantastic female lead. She's very stong willed and independent while vulnerable at the same time. Emotionally atleast. Bree is always on the hunt. She enjoys digging up the past and making sense of it. Literally. She has inherited her late grandmothers home and on that land lies the family graveyard. What lay buried underground, right in her back yard, will change her l
Kristy Mills
This book started out good, kinda dragged through the middle and then picked back up at the end. I really enjoyed the story. But I was expecting it to be like Kiss of the Highlander It was the same kind of idea, with the highlander from centuries ago, waking up in our time, but it wasn't executed as well.

Faelan, the warrior from 1860, was too modern. He referenced modern day things and spoke like he had been in this time period far longer than a couple of days. It was explained that warriors ne
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-own
Bree awakens Faelan in modern day New York. Immediately upon seeing her he recognizes her to be his mate, but dismisses it as delusion from being locked in the time vault for all those years.

The two of them embark on a journey of trying to capture the demon Faelan set out to capture all those years ago and stay two steps ahead of the demons currently out to kill them.

The premise of this book sounds great. I went into reading it expecting great action and even greater romance. Bree and Faelan's
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
My thoughts:
Well, I have to be honest and tell you that I thought this one was just going to be a big cheesy sex fest. Instead, I need to admit to my readers that I actually enjoyed it. It was fun, fast paced, had some great action, and the storyline was one that kept me engaged. I liked the two main characters and the author made me want to get back to the story so that I could figure out what was going to happen next!! I'm open to reading a lot of different genres and this was a fun one to add
Terry Spear
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Highland warriors, and I LOVE time travels, so I was delighted to have the chance to read the ARC of the book. To me, there's nothing sexier than a time-traveling Highland warrior except one with the mission to save the world and the contemporary, courageous woman who lights his fire! A page turner, I couldn’t put the book down!

From one problem to the next, I couldn't wait for the two to find love and a happily ever after. And some of the yummy Highland males in the family made me want to
Dahlia (yadkny)
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Highland Romance Lovers
What would you do if a Scottish Highland warrior suddenly came into your life? Well for Bree Kirkland, she simply put him to bed and fed him.

The adventure began right in Bree’s own backyard. The death of her grandmother ushered in a need to reclaim her roots, starting in the one place that holds the fondest and most frightening of memories for her. After exploring the house she inherited, Bree finds herself outside in the graveyard chapel with a most astonishing discovery. Surprise quickly turns
Tahlia Newland
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the very first page. The writing was evocative, had a lovely touch of humour and lots of sensitivity. The story had plenty of action, romance and mystery, and I so much wanted to spend more time with the Warrior, Faelan that I re read the book as soon as I finished it.

This book had me giggling in some parts, gripping my seat in others and moved to tears in others. It’s the kind of romance I love – the romance isn’t the only thing happening and the sex isn’t over done, but
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Awaken the Highland Warrior
I admit to a weakness for Highlander stories. I love the era, the strong men, the trouble, the kilts. What I don’t love is the tendency for the females in the Highlander stories to be clingy, soft ladies who constantly need rescuing by the big Alpha males. So, it was a very pleasant surprise to get to know the heroine of this book, Bree Kirkland. I am not sure if she is just a naturally strong character, if it is due to the time-travel aspect (she is a modern woman, a
Laura Summers
Reviewed for (7 out of 10 on the blog)

Having read quite a few time travel romances, I started this book with a certain set of expectations. Hero travels forwards in time, has to come to terms with the modern world, believes women are to be protected and are not necessarily equals and spends a good part of the book learning to live and of course love again. And I have to confess as formulaic as they often are as long as they have a good plot, in general I love them.

But 'Awak
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
GENRE: Scottish Paranormal Romance
THEME: Highlander and Demons
RECEIVED: Received from Author for Review

I’ve read a few Highlander genre novels, but nothing compared to how much I love Awaken the Highlander by Anita Clenney. Not only did she add a paranormal touch, but the character both main and secondary were well developed and I enjoyed all the different personalities, with the addition of a wonderful well-put together story.

Bree Kirkland is a fema
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Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bree Kirkland has been treasure hunting all of her life so when she finds out that there might be a treasure in her own backyard, literally, she’s pretty excited about it. She manages to open the huge crypt and in there she finds….a man? And a beautiful kilted one as well.

It seems that Faelen Connor was put into a time vault by a demon 150 years ago and Bree’s the one that has set him free. Faelan’s obviously not used to anything here in the 21st century but he picks up on things quickly. The qu
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My review:

I loved it! I read it in one sitting; I could not put the book away. It did not matter, that it was already 3 am in the morning, but I finished it! It was romantic, exciting, funny book to read. I really enjoyed the writing, the story itself and characters! Well, give me a Scottish warriors and I’m totally hooked.

Regarding the plot:

Meet Bree – a sassy woman who thinks that she is about to find a treasure in the chapel in her backyard. Surprise, surprise! What she finds is a gorgeous Sc
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney
Paranormal Romance –May 1st, 2011
4 stars

Inventive and charming, those who love Karen Marie Moning’s time travel Highlander series will be sure to delight in this book!

After all these years, Bree finally thinks she has found a real treasure. But she is in the shock of her life when open the hidden vault and unearths a hunky highlander instead of gold! At first she can’t believe she found a man inside, especially one named Faelan, who claims to be 150 ye
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Awaken the Highland Warrior was nothing like I was expecting. I was expecting the time traveling thing to be more of a well I guess a big deal but really with the plot that Anita Clenney has come up with it makes it sound right at home in the novel.

We are thrown into the plot from the first page of the book, the author didn’t wait to start with it, didn’t lead up to it, it was actually kind of nice, straight to the plot no leading, I liked it. Sure we have problems a
Wow!! What a fricken amazing book!!!

There is nothing better than discovering a great book and this one really made me glad I picked it off the shelf. Awaken the Highland Warrior is a book about demons, warriors and passionate romance. Bree Kirkland is sure there is treasure hidden in her backyard (which happens to have a crypt and graveyard) but when she goes looking, she unlocks amazing secrets and a man who is destined to save the world.

This book was so captivating I was hooked from the first
Blodeuedd Finland
When I first looked at this one I thought historical paranormal, it was the kilt. But that is not the case, thought the hero was born long ago and has been frozen for 150 years.

Bree loves everything about the Civil War and a hunt for a hidden treasure in her own backyard leads her to our hero. She is no damsel in distress, but then Faelan is from another time when women were to be protected, and this leads to quite a few conflicts. I think that is what was the most fun about a hero that doesn't
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
AUTHOR: AWAKEN THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR is a Scottish Highlands Historical Romance. This is Anita’s first book written and the first in a series called “Highland Warrior”. Naturally scenes from one event to another are not written smoothly but okay, the author is new at it. Give her a break. She is going to be even greater someday.

SYNOPSIS – Faelan, a Scottish warrior awakens 150 years after being put into a time chamber by an evil force. Bree, while looking for treasure, opens his chamber and out h
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anita Clenney, the author of this book, asked me to read and review it and I am honored to do so. I really enjoy reading time travel books mainly because of the reactions of the unsuspecting (in most cases) time traveler to the time to which he/she has been transported. This book did not disappoint in that regard. As a bonus, in this book you get the exciting warriors vs. demons aspect. Faelan is trapped in a time vault for 150 years and released by Bree, an adventurous Civil War expert. While e ...more
If you like Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series, you'll probably like this series. If you can overlook Faelen, the Highland Warrior from the 1800s modern vocabulary and his quick understanding of modern wonders like cameras (how did he know they take photographs?!) then you'll grow to like the characters, humor, action scenes, men in kilts, bad demons and icky halflings. It's explained later in the book that warriors pick up languages and dialects fast. It's part of their disguises. I guess t ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
O-M-G. Anita Clenney is my new Karen Marie Moning. I almost want to just end the review there. 'Nuf said.

But I guess I'll say a little more. So, this is the awesome story of a special clan of Scottish warriors who are basically demon slayers sent on missions by the Archangel, Michael. You get all the usual "special clan" stuff that you would expect: mate marks, special talismans that can only be used by specific warriors, certain clan members have special gifts or abilities like being Watchers o
Ann Keller
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Before Bree Kirkland was born, she was destined to meet and be a part of Faelan’s life. When she opened his time vault, Faelan erupted from the enclosure, swinging his blade at her tender throat. Faelan has been sleeping for one hundred fifty years and he has some adjustments to make.

Bree isn’t anything like the women of Faelan’s time. She’s smart and courageous, as well as bold when he is used to ladies being more shy and retiring. Although Bree claims she isn’t a warrior, she certainly fights
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow.. I loved this book!!! Not at all what I expected. Cant wait to read the next one about Cody.

A man from another time ...........

Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She's more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he's not careful, she'll uncover the secrets h
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Anita Clenney is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author of the Connor Clan highland time travels series and the Relic Seekers series.

Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory, a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and has been a secretary, executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in Louis

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“I'm looking for a man" Bree started.
"Aren't we all, dear? All I got's bread and doughnuts, but they're the next best thing"
"I don't know about that .. well maybe doughnuts. I've lost my .. friend. He's tall-sixfour-longish dark hair, wearing a kilt"
"Oh him" She smacked a hand over her heart "I'd take him over doughnuts any day”
“Faelan made Romeo look like a girl. Heck, he made Rambo look like a girl. - Bree Kirkland” 15 likes
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