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Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue
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this is a really good story and one that flows rather well ( )
  Fairydragonstar | Mar 30, 2013 |
Sarah Douglas is an American Author who has decided to spend a few months in Scotland because one she's hoping it will help her overcome her writer's block and two she believes that fate is pulling her there, to that country, to that cottage. She believes that at that moment it's where she's supposed to be. After spending close to a lifetime of not being able to touch someone without being violently drawn into their thoughts and feelings, she's decided to stop denying her gift and to go where fate takes her. Fate takes her to the doorstep of Fae Guardian Ian McCullough. Ian is a 600 year old war of half fae and half human blood who's mission is to protect the gateway between the human and fae worlds from the evil Fairies - the Nuadian. What apparently only Sarah doesn't know, is her presence presents a risk to Ian and his mission, she's a descendant of the fae as well and as a female descendant she can both see the gate and should she chose to lead the Nuadian right to it. Sarah is quickly drawn into the a web of new faces, new people and new agendas. She doesn't even know if they're all sane, let alone who to trust and to make matters worse she's finds herself undeniably attracted to Ian who looks close to a decade younger than her. In her mind the relationship is entirely inappropriate, but when Ian returns her interest she finds it difficult to turn away. Should she follow her heart or trust what she knows? And when both sides have people she feels she can trust, how can she possibly know which one is right and exactly who deserves her allegiance? Sarah finds herself on an unbelievable adventure of love, magic and dangers that even her writer's imagination could never have envisioned.

This is the second book in the Daughters of the Glen series, however since the ties between the two books are slim it's very easily a stand alone title. There is one small scene where the characters from the first book make a cameo, but other than that until the epilogue it's hard to see how the two books are even connected with the exception of the fact that faeries (though for the most part it's not the same faeries) are characters in both books.

The book was both well-written and exciting, a tale which draws you in and keeps your turning the pages until it's conclusion. As romance it does include sex, however the few scenes of this nature enhance the plot rather than exist for the purpose of having a sex scene.

I had two main issues with this book, the first of which is Sarah. Like in the previous book, the female lead begins as a walking doormat. She does have a lot of character growth and becomes a stronger woman by the stories conclusion, but I'd like to see a heroine from Mayhue that doesn't begin as a woman that you can more easily feel sorry for and ignore instead of a woman with some backbone that you can route for. Sarah sees her gifts as a curse and believes that because of them no one is capable of loving her. She's divorced from a man who married her for her trust fund and belittled her to the point that she barely has an self worth. She can't even find pride in her work, skirting around the genre she writes when questioned by Ian upon meeting him. I get that there are reasons for her skittish behavior, however the character needs a little more to begin with that doormat status. Yes these characters give a lot of opportunity for growth in the course of the novel, but they aren't someone you can respect upon meeting them because they themselves don't seem to possess self respect.

The second thing that bothered me about this book is the relationship between Ian and Sarah. The intense feelings between them seem to develop almost out of no where, born more of mutual attraction than of mutual respect. The communication between the two characters doesn't include enough trust and disclosure to the other person for me to really view this relationship as love. If they characters had spent a little more time talking and little less mentally obsessing I might have seen how this could be love, but I'm not the type of reader who will accept that a couple are soul-mates just because someone says so. I want to see more action to prove that this is the case rather than relying on what the faeries believe to be true.

All of the characters in this story as in the first are extremely well-rounded with the exception of the Nuadian villain, possessing both believable positive and negative attributes. I particularly enjoyed meeting the supporting characters of Will, the young boy who shares Sarah's gift and Ramos Servans who is a good guy in a villain role. What I loved about Ramos's character is that he really believes what he's fighting for is right, the problem is he's been raised not actually knowing the truth of the situation. I look forward to seeing more of both minor characters in future works.

Overall this book is a great read, though I think it will appeal more to reader of urban fantasy than those of romance. Highly recommended. ( )
  jdonnelly14 | Jun 17, 2011 |
Sarah Douglas has writrs block and is visiting Scotland for inspiration.
Ian McCullough is a guardian of the gate between mortal and Fae worlds.
She doesn't believe in "Fairies" even thou she has fae ancesteres.
I really liked this book! ( )
  Pebblesgmc | Mar 11, 2010 |
I liked the first in the series better. Good relationship development in this one, though. ( )
  PKPam | Jan 28, 2009 |
Not bad, I liked it better than her first book. Not your typical romance book, and the ending leaves room for many more books along this same sort of plotline. Faeries, Scotsman (though no kilts). Fast read. ( )
  ktleyed | Dec 23, 2007 |
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Sarah Douglas is a successful thirty-eight year old romance novelist with big problems. She's come to Scotland on a three month working vacation hoping to recapture her muse - who's deserted her - and resolve the issue of her strange 'feelings' - the ones which allow her to sense the emotions of everyone she touches.

From the moment she arrives, however, her problems only intensify. She's being stalked, but by whom? Is he real or only a figment of her imagination? What about the darkly handsome owner of the cottage she's leasing? How is she ever going to deal with her growing attraction to a man ten years her junior? She knows from bitter experience men - particularly men who look like Ian - aren't interested in women like her.

Ian McCullough is neck-deep in troubles of his own. As a half-mortal descendent of Faeries, he's a Guardian, sworn to protect both the mortals of this world and the Portals leading to the Faerie Realm. After six hundred years, he's confident he knows what to expect in just about every situation and exactly how to handle it. But he never counted on a woman like Sarah showing up in his life; a woman who intrigues and charms him. A woman who turns out to be of Faerie descent herself, although she has no idea of her heritage and no belief in any Otherworld beings.

When he's assigned to protect her, Ian finds the job is tougher than he could possibly have imagined. Oh, he can handle the stalker and the ex-husband and even the renegade Faeries trying to kidnap her for their own purpose. It's falling in love and forsaking his status as Guardian, a position he swore to honor at his father's deathbed, he's having trouble with.

Both Sarah and Ian struggle to battle the demons of self-doubt and their individual pasts. In the process they learn that healing will take the strongest magic of all, the true love that occurs only between two souls fated to be together.
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Traveling to Scotland in order to reconnect with her muse and to resolve her unique ability to sense the emotions of anyone she touches, Sarah Douglas finds her troubles compounded by a mysterious stalker and by her attraction to the enigmatic owner of the cottage she has rented.… (more)

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