Monday, June 10, 2019

Forbidden Highlander by Donna Grant ~ Review


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 asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.


Rumors swirl around the castle about "The McLeod" but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more - not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…

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 the other hand, has his complete attention.

This story has us at the kings castle for a lot of the book.  And it introduces us to the only female warrior.  Larena has the ability to disappear.  It has her fighting in the raw.  I was happy to have a female warrior.  She's been trying to find the McLeod's for a while.  It's beyond lucky that she found him at the kings castle, but he won't even hear her out.  She's going to have to work hard to get his attention.

I enjoyed both of these characters and the introduction of Larena's cousin, Malcolm.   I'm happy that he gets a book later on, though I feel he has a hard road ahead of him.  There is a growing group of characters that all intrigue me.  I do wonder a lot about the future of all of them.  I know how things end up because I've read the spin-off series, Dark Kings.  I just can't quite mesh the two yet.  So, of course, I will read on.

I did wonder about why Fallon went to the kings castle instead of after his captured brother.  The book did address it but I didn't buy the reasons.  Fallon is too much a Highlander and dealing with guilt at this point.  I just couldn't see him running to get his castle returned to him before he rescued his brother.  

Having read this authors later books, I can see that she's improved in her style and ability.  I did enjoy the story but I also saw the flaws.  

Excited for more.  Quinn's book is next and I wonder how that's going to go with him captured by Deirdre.  


Loving these historical Highlanders that capture my heart as they battle the evil.  Good stuff.

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