REVIEW: Highlander’s Curse by Melissa MayhueTuesday, March 29, 2011 1:00
Sandy M’s review of Highlander’s Curse (Daughters of the Glen, Book Eight) by Melissa Mayhue
Historical Paranormal Romance published by Pocket Star 29 Mar 11
As much as I love this entire series, I really enjoy those books that include time traveling. And when there’s time traveling going both ways, I’m in heaven. Colin and Abby have a time of it when magic and evil combine to wreak havoc on them while fighting an attraction they don’t understand or necessarily want at this point in their lives. But then again, life isn’t done rotating on its axis yet.
Colin MacAlister has a deep hatred for the Fae due to the injurious damage they’ve rained on his family. When searching for his destiny from a seer, he runs into the Faerie Queen herself, who doesn’t take kindly to his selfish and arrogant attitude and promptly curses him to feel the pain of all souls who were torn from their mates, never to be reunited. He suffers for a long ten years, learning to block the anguish just get through each day.
Having the uncanny ability to locate items just by thinking of them, Abigail Porter is quite successful in her chosen field of archeology. She’s been chosen for an assignment of a lifetime in Scotland and has no way of knowing that a darkness is about to invade her world. When celebrating and saying goodbye to friends with a tad too much to drink, she wishes for The One to share her life with.
Fae magic once more intervenes in Colin’s life, this time whisking him across the centuries to Abby. She’s a woman he could fall for, but through the abilities he’s gained from his curse, he can tell she already has a soulmate. Not for a minute believing in faeries, especially when it comes to herself, Abby has to eventually suspend her belief when she and Colin are cornered by the evil that has slyly insinuated itself into her life. Only when they are transported to Colin’s time – initiated by her wish that it be so – and she meets his family, which includes another twenty-first century woman, does she begin to realize what she can have in her life. But Abby knows she doesn’t belong in the past and is determined to return to her home. With Colin intent on saving his king and his friends from an ambush, all of which he learned from reading history books in the future, Abby has no choice but to go along with his crazy idea of marrying to keep up appearances as they travel headlong into danger.
I really like Colin and Abby, they complement each other so very well. Each is intent on doing what they think is right; each is very stubborn when it comes to that intent. They have their own vulnerabilities, but once they acknowledge their feelings, they become stronger and work together very well. Ms. Mayhue has a penchant for creating villainous evil and Flynn is no exception in this book. Man nor beast is never safe when he’s around and bent on getting what he wants. We also get caught up with past characters, which helps because after eight books there are a number involved. It’s definitely one big, happy, and complicated family, but the relationships are spelled out succinctly so you’re never lost.
I don’t know how much longer this series is slated to last, but for however long that is, I intend to keep enjoying every last word. You just can’t get enough of the magic that is Melissa Mayhue’s romantic Scottish fantasies.
When COLIN MACALISTER is cursed by the Faerie Queen and ends up in the bed of a twenty-first century woman — who also happens to be the most beautiful creature he’s ever laid eyes on — he’s torn between anger and lust. Colin is determined to see Scotland free of English control and must return to the fourteenth century, yet he cannot forget the woman who haunts his dreams and stirs him with scorching desire.
ABIGAIL PORTER can’t believe her luck. After making a wish to find her Soulmate, she wakes up to find a gorgeous man in her bed! Can he really be a medieval Highlander summoned by her Faerie Magic, however? It seems crazy, but when Abby discovers someone wants to enslave her because of her Faerie heritage, she agrees to flee with Colin to 1306 Scotland to avoid capture.
Thwarting danger at every turn, Abby and Colin surrender to an irresistible passion. But is the magic of true love powerful enough to save them?
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