Monday, October 31, 2011

ARC Review: Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Embrace the Highland Warrior (Connor Clan, #2)Embrace the Highland Warrior 
Connor Clan #2
by Anita Clenney 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402251262
Courtesy of publisher
When the powerful demon that left Shay for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. Knowing she can't fight the demon alone, Shay returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her...the only man she's ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn't always what it seems. Sometimes it's far worse.

My Thoughts:
Do you love sexy men in kilts with to-die-for brogues who will go to any lengths to protect the women they love? Then Embrace the Highland Warrior is just the novel for you!

One fateful day, nine years ago, Shay’s life irrevocably changed. Finding out that everything she had believed for eighteen years was a lie, Shay left, but now she has returned to her childhood home to face the demons of her past and forget so that she can finally move forward. But she didn’t expect for her past to run right into her during the middle of the night in a dark house and for the demons to be real!
At the end of Awaken the Highland Warrior, Bree has a vision at her wedding about the woman Cody loves in danger. Embrace the Highland Warrior continues the Connor Clan series with Cody traveling back to America from Scotland to protect Shay. She is Cody’s destined mate and he won’t let her run away again, the first time nearly destroyed him. Even if Cody has to break every rule that he has been brought up to follow, he will to keep Shay protected and by his side. When an ancient demon returns to finish the job he started almost twenty-eight years ago though and a vampire seeks to lure Shay away, Cody must put aside jealousies and insecurities in order to protect her, but will it put Shay farther out of his reach? 

I was so excited to be offered a review copy of this novel, as I absolutely loved the first one in the series, Awaken the Highland Warrior. Embrace the Highland Warrior is a sexy, dangerous and thrilling page turner from beginning to end about an ancient clan of Scottish warriors who secretly protect the world from demons. I can’t get enough of the Connor Clan; every character is diverse and full of life. There are quite a few secondary characters to keep track of but they’re each so well fleshed out that I am intrigued by everyone and cannot wait for their own stories! 

As in the first novel, the plot is cryptic and complex with many questions being raised leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting for the answers to be revealed. Some are, but others you’ll have to continue with the series to find out the answers to. 

Cody and Shay’s relationship is a life-long one and Anita Clenney weaved in captivating glimpses from their past into the current plot that help cement their relationship and develop it in a believable way.  However, they are both very strong characters who each carry important secrets that bring about some tense moments. They must work through a lot of distrust, deception, betrayal, misconceptions and find forgiveness as well as balance before they even have a chance of a happily ever after. Shay and Cody are smart, witty and the banter between the two, even in the worse of circumstances, was enjoyable. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this main couple. 

Anita Clenney throws in a few mind-blowing twists to keep readers on their toes, to the already exuberant amount of mystery and suspense. This is definitely a book that will keep you thinking, guessing and glued to each page while gripped by the heart tugging romance at the same time. Outgoing aunts provided much humor with their match making antics and ability to always find trouble. And there is sure to be one or three other characters that will instantly capture your interest. Ronan is a favorite but I am also curious about another relationship hinted at, as well as Faelan’s mysterious brother. Embrace the Highland Warrior makes a good stand-alone but better read in order as a series. 

Fantastic writing and a spectacular series premise, Anita Clenney's Connor Clan is a must-read! 

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Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses - A toast to this amazing read!

Sexual content: Heating up the pages, this doesn't have as intense scenes as the first novel in the series but have your extinguisher (aka boy-toy) ready all the same!


  1. I keep seeing such wonderful things said about this book. I will definitely have to hunt up the first one as I hate reading things out of order.

    Thanks for posting!

  2. Wonderful review, makes me want to see if I can get as wrapped up in the Connor Clan!


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