Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review - Awaken the Highland Warrior

Awaken the Highland Warrior
Anita Clenney
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
2011

The Mighty Faelan Connor is from an ancient line of Scottish warriors charged with protecting humanity from demons. He's the only warrior ever assigned to suspend or destroy two ancient demons, the most powerful of them all. But on his last assignment in 1860, he's betrayed. Instead of suspending the demon he's after, he's attacked from behind and thrust into the time vault instead.

One hundred fifty years later, Bree inherits what she thinks is a treasure map but instead finds a hunky Scottish warrior who leaps from the interior of the vault, dirk in hand, and ready to battle his foes. Bree is drawn to the handsome warrior even though she thinks he may have stolen the treasure she was sure she would find in the vault. But when he stumbles, weakened from his long imprisonment, she takes him into her home and puts him to bed.

Faelan awakes and realizes what's happened. He'd been locked in the time vault for at least 150 years. His family is dead. His entire world is gone. He's bereft and alone with only the one beautiful lass who rescued him to know he was even alive. But is she human? How could she release him from the time vault? And why is he lusting after her so badly when she can't possibly be his mate?

The demon, Druan, who Faelan had origianlly been hunting, is now hunting him. Druan is intent on destroying humanity and he wants his old nemisis to see him do it. And he wants Bree to be the mother of his half-human, half-demonic offspring.

Right from the start, Faelan and Bree are lusting after each other. But neither wants to fall in love. Faelan can't take her as a wife since she's not one of the warrior clan and Bree's had terrible luck with men so she's not ready to have a relationship. But Faelan is a mystery and she's determined to solve it even if it means finding his descendants. Even if it means that when she delivers him to his family, he'll have no more reason to stay with her. So when Faelan tells her to return to her home, she's heartbroken but not surprised.

Faelan knows it's for the best. He has to have a clear mind to hunt demons, especially the more powerful ancient demons like Druan, and Bree is a huge distraction. But when he realizes that he's sent her back into even more danger, he's terrified for her. He has to rescue her before it's too late.

I loved this story! It's a fast read, engaging on all levels. The characters walk off the page and into your heart and you don't want the story to stop. I'd rank this as one of the best paranormal romances of the year. Awaken the Highland Warrior is the first in The Connor Clan series with the second book, Embrace the Highland Warrior coming in November. Watch for my review!

3 comments:

Alexander said...

Great review! I`m reading this for sure!

Lynda K. Scott said...

You'll want Embrace the Highland Warrior too ;-)

Anita Clenney said...

A great review for Awaken, too! Thank you! :)