Forbidden Highlander: Dark Sword, Book 2

Forbidden HighlanderAuthor: Donna Grant
Book Name: Forbidden Highlander
Series: Dark Sword
Order: #2
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance
Rating:  Okay
3+stars

 

Blurb:  Fallon McLeod has gifts any warrior would covet—fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts have 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 woman 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…

Review:  As with the first book, it came across as a pretty decent story, but honestly?  Nothing that was all that special or knocked my socks off.  The characters in this book seemed a bit wishy washy and not that solid, so I didn’t get that into them.  For me, this really was just an okay read.  I am planning on reading the next one because this one left a whole lot open, but after that I’m not sure I’ll read more.

 

Dangerous Highlander: Dark Sword, Book 1

Dangerous HighlanderAuthor: Donna Grant
Book Name: Dangerous Highlander
Series: Dark Sword
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance
Rating:  Good
3+stars

 

Blurb: 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…

Review: This has the look and feel of the standard historical romance with the slight paranormal twist.  Sadly, that twist is, at its base, so very similar to another series that I read a few years ago.  For me, because I read that other series first, and liked it, it was hard to get over feeling like it was that same thing with some basic differences.

I did enjoy the story on its own and the characters were very well done.  Cara pushes the helpless boundaries, but doesn’t cross them as she does end up learning to fight for herself.

I wasn’t all that jazzed about the fact that it was glossed over about the fact that Cara was mortal and Lucan wasn’t.  It was definitely discussed, but in the end, while they get their HEA, there is no explanation as to if or how that issue is overcome.  It is possible that it will be addressed in later books, but I just didn’t really like that it was an issue that was left hanging.

This was a good story that probably could have gotten a 4 star rating if I wasn’t so stuck on similarities to another series.