Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Highland Dragon's Lady by Isabel Cooper!

Title: The Highland Dragon’s Lady
Series: Highland Dragons
Author: Isabel Cooper
Pubdate: December 2, 2014

He’s Out of the Highlands and on the Prowl...
Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She’s also aware her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn’t count on that friend being so handsome…and she certainly didn’t expect him to be a dragon.
Younger son of a family of shapeshifting dragons, Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has lived a life free of both family duty and mortal cares. Moving in and out of human society as he wishes, he takes very little seriously—until Regina drops onto his balcony one midnight, catching his attention and his interest. She’s like no mortal he’s ever met, and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to get her out of his head.

Bound by circumstance, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit—and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.

The Highland Dragons Series:
Night of the Highland Dragon

When I first read the description of this book, I thought it sounded good. I was a little unsure of the Dragon portion of the book just because even though I think the authors mean this:

All I can picture is this:

And that just makes me giggle and lose interest. But that's what I remember from my childhood of Dragons's a constant battle with my imagination while reading.

While this did involve Colin being a dragon, it wasn't him constantly turning into one, so there weren't that many scenes where I had to battle not to picture the funny one.

This book was a lovely combination of historical romance, paranormal, mystery and shapeshifter (yes, it's part of paranormal but it's also different).

I was intrigued from the first page. Colin is visiting with a friend's family in the country and on the first night, someone sneaks into his room. This is a total accident because it wasn't supposed to be Colin's room. But it sets the scene for some lovely sexual tension between Colin and Regina aka Reggie. During this exchange, Regina unexpectedly learns what Colin is...and we learn that Reggie is special herself. So these characters are instantly connected because they're different.

I loved them together. Neither were expecting to meet someone but they did. They didn't meet someone like them, but they met someone that accepted them for who they were.

I was surprised by the ghost/haunting element. I didn't expect to actually like it. It was the main plot device to move the story forward (I'm not complaining) and it was full of action. I was quite literally glued to my kindle because I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened next! I found it refreshing that the major fight/battle scene wasn't saving the heroine. Yes, protecting her and making sure the bad guy/ghost/thing didn't go after her was a consideration for Colin but overall, he wasn't fighting to save the heroine from the evil clutches of the ghost. And that was refreshing.

This was my first book by the author but it definitely won't be my last. I found this to be very enjoyable and would definitely read more!

Over the course of his life, Colin had been alone with young ladies in a variety of places: featherbeds, haystacks, and even the occasional riverbank in pleasant weather. Dusty attics had never featured. Yet these places also had never featured Reggie, with her dancing eyes and her hair falling down around her shoulders.
“You’ve got a bit of cobweb,” he said, noticing the strands at her temple. He knelt down and reached out. “Hold still. And, er, brace yourself.”
She closed her eyes and waited, patient for once in their brief acquaintance. Colin brushed his fingers over her temple, lifting the spider’s web away. Beneath it, the edge of her face was warm and soft, and her hair was like heavy silk. He swallowed, brushed his hand off on his trousers, and noticed that Reggie hadn’t yet moved.
Mostly, at least. Her breasts were rising and falling rapidly, and he could see the quick pulse in the hollow of her neck.
Colin touched his fingers to that spot, lightly, and felt the speed of her heartbeat. Desire was coursing through his own veins, collecting warm and heavy in his groin, but he kept his voice quiet. He could be playful for the moment. He could be human, as she was.
If she let him, at least.
“‘Exciting people,’ is it?” he asked. “You certainly don’t seem calm.”
Without opening her eyes, Reggie shook her head slightly. “No,” she said, drawing the word out.
Colin traced a finger along her collarbone, just above the neckline of her dress. “Are you afraid of me, then?”
Her eyes snapped open at the question. “No,” said Reggie, very definitely. Then she gave him an impish smile, one that went straight to his swelling cock. “Should I be?”
“That depends verra much on who you ask,” he said, and leaned forward to kiss her.


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