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Highland Dawn by Donna Grant

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HIghland Dawn

Moira had thought she would always be alone. Although she was happy to watch the love her sisters had found she knew if she was to fulfil her part of the prophecy she would never have a family or love of her own. There had only been one man she had ever thought of in that way anyway. Dartayous. The Druid warrior who both intrigued and frustrated her.
Dartayous had promised to keep Moira safe. One vow he took very seriously no matter how the woman turned him inside out. He could not tell her why he kept her and every other woman before her at arms length. Why he poked and prodded her instead of pulling her close and letting her know what she did to him.

Sent together to fulfill the prophecy and do their part to help release the fae from their prison they find a young babe who tugs at Moira’s heart but she had a destiny and being a mother was not a part of it and would never be with her heart belonging to the stubborn warrior with her on the journey. Taking a babe along with them will not aid them on their quest but when the woman asks to bring him along with them asks he knows he cannot deny her and say no to the woman he had ever loved, and for an immortal that was a very long time. Arriving at the destined spot they find out the old crones prediction was right and they did in fact have the key to the fae world with them the entire time but there was no easy path to follow when another has plans for Moira. Plans of a man that had already caused her and her family pain and suffering and that included making her the new Queen and taking over both worlds.
Lugus had set in motion his plans but unless the fates could be changed they could be the downfall of both the fae and the human realms forever.

Donna Grant has been a fave of mine since I read her Sisters of Magic series years ago. My addiction to her Dark Warrior series is not a secret either. So too this series, and this, the final chapter in the Druids Glen series. Moira is a strong woman and her heart is the most generous and strongest part of her as she keeps its secret desires hidden even from herself at times then opens it up to not only the man she loves but gives a part of it to another who is not as deserving when she sees his true self beneath the guise he has worn for most of his life. Dartayous is a warrior through and through but the secret he keeps hidden deters him from what he has desired most and the one that could make him happy and whole. Their journey is not easy and they are both tested but when they both are forced to chose it is one path that they both walk down, together and forever. Another great read from Ms. Grant and one I would highly recommend!

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Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Book 5 in the H & W Investigations Series

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Shiarra Waynest has doubts about waking up in the vampires arms but now that she has made her decision hopefully things will work out. Well, that is what she hopes after confronting him with her fears despite the myriad of interruptions from his minions while they try and hash things out, add to that she is taken down by whatever is still coursing through her body. Troubled with the circumstances she is floored when Royce decides to send her and her best friend away for her own safety. WTH? Pushed aside just when she had finally given in to their connection?

Landing in LA Shia and Sara are supposed to stay low key, accept the hospitality of Clyde (head vampire of Los Angeles) and keep in contact with Royce in case things change. Yeah, it wouldn’t be an exciting read if any of those things happened. Landing smack dab into the middle of some kind of turf war, they are immediately forced into service (private investigator service that is) and sent out to find out who is controlling a pack of rabid zombies that are attacking Clyde’s vampires. As well they have to deliver a special package to a Goliath werewolf (the name says it all) which may or may not be a death wish in itself. All the while they are dealing more than a few speed bumps including being babysat by a bitchy vampire body guard and having no phone to contact Royce to let him know what kind of a shit storm they landed in. Shia and Sara find help from a couple of unlikely sources, NOT the vampire who was supposed to be protecting them, while they deal with the betrayal, backstabbing and zombie apocalypse invading their California escape but will it be enough when Shia realizes she had been used as a pawn in a much larger and deadlier game.

Right now I want to crawl in Jess Haines brainzzz and pull out the rest of the story. (No this is not a pun on it being a zombie infused book…well maybe) Why? Because not only did she wrap me back up in Shia’s story but she left me hanging….again! What is it with these cliffhanger storylines? Does she not love her readers enough to give them that little bit extra to hold them over until the next book comes out? Ha! I think she likes to tease and taunt her readers with an edge of the seat storyline then leaving off while the danger and intrigue is at its peak! Oh and I won’t even go in to the lack of Royce in this story. For a Team Royce member there was a definite lack of fulfillment in that regard. Seriously, throw us a bone! On another note though there are so many other questions that are needing answers I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Shia’s got another difficult mess to get out of but more importantly she has yet to deal with both her emotions from being tied to Royce and the physical ramifications from whatever is coursing through her blood. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Seriously I can’t wait! I wonder if Ms. Haines would accept a bribe to leave her day job, abandon twitter and get on this asap?!

I was given this book from Kensington Press through Net Galley for my unbiased review.

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