Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Spell of the Highlander (Highlander #7) by Karen Marie Moning
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Powerful. Sensual. Seductive. He is all that is shamelessly erotic in a man. In her sexiest Highlander novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Karen Moning stirs up a sizzling brew of ancient mystery and modern passion as she brings together a devilishly handsome Celtic warrior trapped in time . . . and the woman who’s about to pay the ultimate price for freeing him. Age-old secrets haunt them. Deadly danger and irresistible desire shadow their every move. It’s a relationship for the ages. And all that separates them is a mere thirteen hundred years. . . .

Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the silvery glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, eleven centuries ago Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass, one of four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of unspeakable power. When the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it, destroying everything in his path–including the one woman who may just hold the key to breaking the ninth-century Highlander’s dark spell. For Jessi, the muscle-bound sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he’s offering his protection–from exactly what, Jessi doesn’t know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

Yet even as Cian’s insatiable hunger begins to work its dark magic on Jessi, his ancient enemy is about to obtain the final and most dangerous of the Unseelie Hallows–and the ninth-century Highlander must stop him from getting it. Nothing less than the very fabric of the universe and two passionately entwined lives are at stake–as Cian and Jessi fight to claim the kind of love that comes along but once in an ice age. . . .
My Thoughts: Oh my flaily flaily flail flail GODS! I almost don't have the words to tell you how very, very much I loved the end of this book. Not just the ending of the story, but the SETUP for the things that are going to happen in the Fever series. Big things! Huge things! Things that make me giddy because we're seeing the beginning of them. *cue more flailing* It's moments like this that makes me so happy that I read as much as I do and can roll around in all these different series and experience all these wonderful things. Seriously, this book could have been craptastic and the ending still would have made me issue a serious fangirl squeal. Fortunately for me, it wasn't craptastic. In fact, I enjoyed it IMMENSELY.

Part the first: Uber hot Alpha male who happens to be a brawny, time traveling Highlander. Of a sorts. I mean, it wasn't exactly time travel but he still ended up out of his own time so I'm counting it as such. Cian is ALL MacKeltar. Yeah, he's a little sketchy at first with the way he wants to use the Voice to get Jessi to succumb to him but I got over that. I mean, the guy's been stuck in a prison for eleven centuries and he comes from a time when women were considered chattel and he was the lord of the freaking castle. The deck was kinda stacked against him on the whole "gotta get my bone on once I break out of this creepy prison" thing. For the record, he totally made up for it. And Jessi totally let him. Rawr.

I loved meeting up with Drustan and Dageus and their respective mates. Once again, I really loved that we got some answers as to why there's this sudden convergence of braw Druidic Highlanders popping up in the here and now. Plus, I'm a sucker for seeing couples from previous books firmly entrenched in their HEAs.

I've really enjoyed this series as a whole and I loved how KMM tied the events that have taken place over these last 4 books with the upcoming events in the Fever series. I read Fever first and I loved the MacKeltars so much that I couldn't stop myself from reading more about them. I am pleased to say that they didn't disappoint.

Books in this series
1. Beyond the Highland Mist
2. To Tame a Highland Warrior
3. The Highlander's Touch
4. Kiss of the Highlander
5. The Dark Highlander
6. The Immortal Highlander
7. Spell of the Highlander - Paperback | Kindle

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  1. i'm only sad that the MacKeltar's didn't show up more in Fever *sigh* I love KMM and wish she'd right more of these delicious Highlanders!!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

    1. I agree! They're so yummy I can hardly stand it!