Friday, June 7, 2019

Dangerous Highlander by Donna Grant ~ Review

The bold and passionate Lucan MacLeod--one of three brothers cursed by dark magic for eternity—is driven by desire for the one woman he dare not let himself possess...
He is magnificently strong—and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses...and darkest desires.

Cara doesn't believe the rumors about the MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara--or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both...

This book, this series is where things began for a favorite series of mine.  Dark Kings spins off from the Dark World series, in which this series, Dark Swords, begins. Because of my love of the Dark Kings series, I have come gone back to read where things started.

I know of the Warriors from their interactions with the Kings in the Dark Kings series.  It's strange to see them as they were before but interesting.  The Dark Swords is a historical series that takes place in the 16th century.  There are no Kings or Fae but the Druids are there.  The Warriors are a combination of the strongest warrior in a clan and a primeval God that was called up from hell to help the Highlanders defeat Rome from invading way back when.  The Gods did their job but have no interest in returning to hell.  And Druids can't figure out how to get them out.  They were finally bond, returning the men to their normal lives until an evil, power hungry Druid releases them.  And we have this story.

I enjoyed the characters in this story.  Lucan is the center of this story but the two other brothers had my attention as well. All three have an evil God bound to them and each experienced great loss at the hands of Deirdre but they each handle it very differently.  As for Lucan, he's worked hard to hold what's left of his family together.  As the middle brother, he is the peacekeeper.  When he sees Cara in danger, he leaps right in to help her.  He is a good man and protective Highlander.

As for Cara, I liked her.  She's definitely a 16th century women but she has a bit of spunk to her.  Definitely a great match for Lucan.  She does bring up an issue I had with the book.  There are still some unanswered questions in my mind about her parents and magic that she has.  I'm not a fan of dangling plot lines.  It's not a huge deal but it is there.

For the most part, the story flows well and held my interest.  I do think it could have used a bit more polish as it's not quite the standard I expect from this author, however, I'm used to reading her current work and this book came from several years ago.  I can live with it.

I'm definitely going to keep reading.  They search for a way to bind their Gods so that they are regular men.  I wonder how this plays out as it connects to the present day books of Dark Kings that I have already read.  Something happens.  I want to know what it is.


A good historical paranormal romance read that has me interested in reading more.

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