Review: Highland Nights

Highland Nights
Highland Nights by Donna Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my favorite of the three sister’s books. I found both Fiona and Gregor to be compelling characters and a perfect fit for each other.

Fiona has difficulty opening up because she has felt abandoned all her life (by Moira). She want’s nothing to do with the prophecy or the man that has come to take her away. She firmly believes that she can seal away her heart, to protect herself from being abandoned again, and be the one to walk away from her family, her mate, and anything else that may harm her.

Gregor has a deep dark secret from which he feels he can never recover from. I happen to be a big sucker for hero’s with guilt trips, mostly because it shows just how deep emotions these types of men have. Because of this guilt, Gregor fights having anything he truly wants, family, friends, love, and it clouds his view of his actions. He always sees himself as being the mercenary, despite him acting like a good man.

Ms. Grant continues her theme of abandonment of Fiona over and over in the book, which helps the reader understand Fiona’s reactions towards Gregor and why she desperately both pushes him away and pulls him closer to him. This dichotomy also feeds Gregor’s misinterpretation of Fiona’s actions.

Unlike Glenna in the first book, the reader has better understanding of the depth of Fiona’s character and her actions make sense within the story that was created. I also thought the growth of Gregor’s character and his ability to not just trust and open up to Fiona, but also the growth of his friendship with Conall was both subtle and natural. As a reader, I was rooting for him to over come his past and was glad to see this flow well within the story.

Of course the overarching story plot was moved forward, secrets of the Fae and the couple were uncovered as we move on to the third book.

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Review: Highland Mist

Highland Mist
Highland Mist by Donna Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve read a few of Ms.  Grant’s books before and when I saw this discounted on Amazon,  thought I’d pick it up.   The story starts off with a druid prophecy surrounding 3 girls,  two of which are murdered along with their parents.   The third child,  a baby is taken by MacNeil to raise as his own.
Glenna,  is very young,  isolated,  and unsure of her abilities.   She has been feared by her clan and her powers abused by her father.   When she sees her chance to escape,  she takes it offering herself up as captive to Conall.
Conall is a druid who has turned his back on his powers.   He carries a deep resentment towards them because, as laird,  he could never fully embrace druid life.   He is a kind man,  but like most heros expects to be immediate compliance with his orders.   He is good at reading people because of both his druid gift and natural intuition.   Except for MacNeil, whom he continues to expect to obey the same honor system, despite repeated proof otherwise.
My biggest problem in the book was the growth of Glenna’s character.   She had a long way to go and her route didn’t always make sense.   She seemingly sweeps aside all emotion in the attempts to come between her and Conall or when someone attempts to kill her or others.   But then her emotions run out of control for much more minor incidents.   One expects a woman who can start fires and does so for being told to head back to the castle by Conall would use the skill, even subconsciously,  when being choked to death by an assailant.   I also though Glenna was more whinny than strong and really didn’t get invested in her character.  Hence bringing my rating from a 3.5-4 down to a 3.
On the other hand,  I found Conall and his struggle much more compelling.   I also found many of the supporting characters to be interesting and have a lot of depth,  which bodes very well for the rest of the series.   I especially enjoyed the loch scene and the building desire between the couple during the druid festival. I also enjoyed the overarching series plot.   I was glad the author introduced us to all the future h/h (or at least I think she did,  I may find myself wrong this afternoon).

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