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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Her Noble Destiny by Annie Marshall

Her Noble Destiny by Annie Marshall
Publisher: DCL Publications
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short (65 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Stricken with grief after finding out his brother had died in battle; Aiden MacAlister devotedly takes care of both lands by traveling back and forth to his brother’s holdings and his own. Then one day on the road to Dunstaffnage Castle, he comes across a very naked woman crawling on her hands and knees towards the loch. Terrified for her safety, he calls out to her as he scrambles from his horse and snatches her into his arms just before she falls into the icy water.

Jaedin Greer, a captain and nurse in the United States Army was on a mission when her convoy was attacked and her Hum-V was hit by mortar fire and tossed it like a toy leaving it upside down. A bit shaken but alright, Jaedin cut herself loose then grabbed her pack of supplies to help her wounded medic. Once she dragged the soldier away from the wreckage, there was another loud explosion and bright flash of light, knocking her unconscious. The next thing she knew, it was raining and she couldn’t see. While crawling around to find her bearings, a set of large, strong arms encircled her, picking her up as if she weighed nothing while he asked if she was daft.

Could this woman be the antidote Aiden needs to help him find peace with his brother’s death? Can this Highland warrior see beyond his own burdens to be Jaedin’s much needed eyes? Will Jaedin, an ambitious modern day warrior allow this arrogant man close to her heart and find Her Noble Destiny?

She’s an Army nurse in a warzone. He’s a Scottish laird recovering from the loss of his brother. Who knew that 600 years, a Fae Queen, and circumstances beyond their control would bring them together? And what will happen when she can’t see her champion? She’ll learn Her Noble Destiny.

This is the second novella in the Destiny Series by Annie Marshall. As a reader, I’m not normally drawn into historicals, but this book held my attention until the last page. Not exactly a historical and not totally contemporary, Ms. Marshall’s work appeals to readers in both categories and leaves them begging for more.

I liked that her heroine, Jaedin was a strong woman, even when a physical disability could’ve brought her down. She persevered. Many women should take a page from her struggles. As for the hero, Aiden made a tasty alpha male. He wanted what he wanted, when he wanted. I liked that he never gave up.

The scenes were rich with detail. You felt like you were truly in Scotland and in the desert with the characters. And the love scenes? Some writers struggle with passion in the love scenes. Not Ms. Marshall. Even when the characters aren’t together, you know that Aiden holds a strong fondness for Jaedin and vice versa.

If you want a new spin on the time-travel novella, filled with passion and unique characters, then Her Noble Destiny is the novella for you. I give this work 4 ½ books.