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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wild Highland Magic by Kendra Leigh Castle

Wild Highland Magic by Kendra Leigh Castle
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (384 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Poppy

As soon as she laid eyes on him, her animal instincts took over.

For generations, the MacInnes werewolves have been guarding the portal between Earth and the Drakkyn realm. Bastian and his sister came through the portal from Drakkyn, seeking sanctuary in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and relief from the curse that haunts him. Solitary and despairing, Bastian must find a way to break the curse or it will kill him.

A family squabble 25 years ago drove a rift between the MacInnes alpha and his brother, and Catrionna MacInnes has never met her MacInnes relatives nor had any guidance in how to be a werewolf. When her father brings his family to Scotland seeking reconciliation, Cat lays eyes on Bastian, and her most basic animal instincts kick in. Bastian tries to resist Cat - no good can come of their attraction - but she won't take no for an answer. She knows that all she wants - what she must have - is to mark him as her own.

In this third novel of Kendra Leigh Castle's "Highland" series, we finally get Bastian's story! I couldn't wait to open this book and read it. Even better? She does double duty and gives us some of Lucien's story, too.

In book two, previous to this one, we got hints of Bastian's problems and some of his backstory... just enough to whet my appetite. Though this book might stand alone, I'd highly recommend reading at least the second book, but possibly the first as well. Trust me, you won't be sorry that you did!

The author is one of the most talented I've read when it comes to creating intriguing and three-dimensional characters, especially when you consider she's working with werewolves, dragons, Dyim and more. I loved meeting the three half-werewolf, half-witch MacInnes sisters! They were clearly related, but so utterly different from one another. And, since they were never allowed to discuss their unusual backgrounds, they did a bit of stumbling around to find their way in life.

And Bastian... poor Bastian. He's been carrying around a curse that has haunted his family and caused their near-total annihilation. He is the last of his father's kind and is followed through life by a soul-sucking demon who will destroy him after stealing all his joy and will to live. Worse, he can't allow himself to fall in love, both because he knows his life will be short and filled with sorrow, but also because the demon will hurt his lover, too. Still, it seems he can't turn away from Catrionna, and there is no question that she feels the same. From the moment they meet the sexual tension is palpable. And so, he must banish the curse.

Unfortunately, the only way to destroy the curse requires something he can only get from a sworn enemy--an enemy he must rescue from the dungeons of other demons.

Throw in a family quarrel from twenty-five years earlier, a sarcastic and wounded dragon, a few annoyed demons, lots of rambunctious werewolves and you have one heck of a cast of characters to compliment this amazing book.

I've read all three books of this series, and each one is better than the last. I can't recommend them highly enough to any fan of paranormal romance. There is nothing standard or typical about them. They are unique, humorous, hot, tension-filled and oh-so well written. Do yourself a favor and grab a set for your keeper shelf. You won't be sorry you did.