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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Healing the Highlander By Melissa Mayhue

By Melissa Mayhue
Daughters of the Glen #7
Provided by publisher for review
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Pocket Star
ISBN 1439190208 

ANDREW MACALISTER longs for a cure to free him from the excruciating pain caused by an old wound, but when he rescues a drowning woman, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. All Drew knows is that this mysterious woman is hiding secrets—and that he’s never felt such a consuming desire before. Yet he cannot deny her request for help, even if it means bringing the detested English army to his Highland clan’s home.LEAH NOBLE MCQUARRIE still harbors a deep hatred of the Fae who tortured her eleven years ago, forcing her to escape back in time to the thirteenth century. A descendant of the Fae, Leah denies her heritage and her magical healing abilities. But the English army is holding her beloved adoptive grandfather captive, so Leah must seek help from the Fae—and the captivating man whose touch she craves.Then Drew discovers Leah’s secrets, and he’s torn between old loyalties and trusting a woman who has the power to give him the future he’s sought—but could destroy his clan forever. . . . 
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My Thoughts:

Healing the Highland is a wonderfully romantic tale.

Leah Noble has fled the future where she was tortured by Nuadian Fae and held captive for her healing abilities.  When their own son threatens Leah’s ‘grandparents’ she seeks the help of clan MacKiernan. Though she fears the clan and the Fae blood that runs in their veins she knows that they are her only hope.
Andrew MacAlister is a man scarred inside and out, on a constant search for a cure to heal his painful injuries that resulted from a fight rescuing his sister and cousin from the Fae. When he comes across a woman floundering in the water he leaps to her rescue.

Even though this is the seventh book in the series I had no trouble jumping right into it without reading any of the prior books, it’s a wonderful stand-alone. Though I have had this series on my TBR list for a while, after reading this book I am looking forward to delving into the rest.

Fae magic, time travel, sexy Scottish highlanders and heart-warming romance can all be found in Healing the Highlander.
Leah and Drew had an instant spark between them but their relationship developed first out of necessity then any real feelings though those eventually developed. The story line and romance was somewhat predicable but it is still an enjoyable read with some tasteful love scenes. 
Light and easy with a story that flowed at a steady pace it was also a quick read. There were little glimpses of characters and relationships from other books but it didn’t distract from Leah & Andrew’s story. Both Leah and Drew have personal demons to overcome; Can Drew help Leah move forward from her past and can she heal Drew body & heart? There was some deception, truths withheld and obstacles put in their path but the development of their relationship was believable. All the characters are fleshed out well and we even get a tease at future stories. Over all it was an entertaining read that left me with warm and happy fuzzies.

3 1/2 - A good read and a series that I will continue

4 comments:

Belinda said...

Hey! I read this book earlier last year and it was pretty addicting. It's one of the first Highlander books I read and the rest is history. Great review :)

*sighing heavily with images of strapping men in plaid weilding swords*

winnie said...

I really enjoy reading this series too. I am just 2 books in right now but have read all the blurbs for the others so far. So it's good to know that the series is still going strong. I also like how past characters will be making appearances in the later books because I love revisiting characters to see how they're doing :)

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) said...

I have a few of these in this series. I think I need to try them soon before I get all of them. Nice review.

meggerfly said...

I'm glad you mentioned that it was able to be read w/o the others in the series. I always wonder if I'll need to read all of the previous books in the series when i pick up a book that is part of one.