Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: The Dark Highlander (Highlander #5) by Karen Marie Moning

Synopsis (Goodreads):
I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man...
My Thoughts: I'm almost ashamed to admit that I kept putting off this book because I didn't think I'd like Dageus all brooding and almost-evil after seeing his more lighthearted side in book 4. I am a fool, as it turns out. A fool of epic proportions. Because Dageus? He can pull off brooding and uber-powerful. Very, very well.

Where to start here, where to start? Hmm. Obviously, Dageus pushed all my buttons. The big, sexy, Scottish Druid types are all the rage in my fantasies. Well, Karen Marie Moning's Druids are, at least. He was so relentlessly sexual that I couldn't help but like him. I mean, really! It's almost criminal the way he could bring a girl to her knees (heh) with just a look. And then he has that tragic "possessed by the souls of 13 evil Druids" thing going for him. *swoon* And he was holding out against them. *double swoon* I just... wanted the guy to get his happy ending. Yet,a s the darkness inside him kept swelling, I didn't know how it was going to happen.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Chloe and Dageus. He loves her inquisitive side and her thirst for knowledge. She doesn't want to be drawn to him yet she finds herself fascinated by him. He's a mass of contradictions at first and it isn't until they travel to the past that she begins to understand why. Speaking of which, I liked that we got some closure between Dageus and his father.

I might be just the littlest, tiniest bit in love with the entire MacKeltar clan. I was intrigued when they popped up in the Fever series and they haven't let me down yet. *draws pink sparkly hearts around all their names* Aww. Aren't they just precious?? Don't you want one of your own? I do. Seriously.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Beyond the Highland Mist
Book 2: To Tame a Highland Warrior
Book 3: The Highlander's Touch
Book 4: Kiss of the Highlander

More books by Karen Marie Moning


  1. haha Great review! I love this series. I actually read this before Fever, which is why I read Fever. Dageus and his twin are my favorite, but all the MacKeltar man are awesome!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

    1. I bought this series specifically after reading Fever because I liked the MacKeltars so much. Lol!