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Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

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Cover art: Awaken the Highland Warrior Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Awaken the Highland Warrior - 1st in the Warrior Trilogy
Author: Anita Clenney
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-5123-8
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Paranormal with Time Travel Elements
Year/Setting: Present Day Albany, NY
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Negligible
Anita's Website: www.anitaclenney.com


Faelan is not who he seems to be. He’s just been awakened after 151 years in a time-vault where he’s been held. He is a warrior from an elite group of Scottish Highland warriors. He is charged with keeping humanity safe from demonic forces. He was trying to capture an old and powerful demon when the tables were turned and the demon locked Faelan in the time-vault meant for the demon.

Faelan is awakened by Bree. She is as stunned to find him in the crypt—alive—as he is to see her. She takes him in and tries to figure out whom he really is. She remembers stories her grandmother told her and goes on a search for a book. She finds more than she bargained for in the book about the Connor clan. It shows the birth and deaths of people past, present and future. She is searching to see if Faelan is a warrior or a demon. He may turn her insides to jelly with just a smoldering look, but she has no intention of becoming the pawn of a demon.

Faelan has to convince Bree that he’s a good guy, while trying to protect her from all the evil coming to her door. He also has to find the demon he was assigned and try to stop him from killing all of humanity.

Will they be able to uncover the demon and his plan in time? Or will humanity be facing its doom? Will Faelan and Bree ever learn to trust each other—or their hearts?

What an exciting first book in a series! I often find first books so full of foreshadowing that the current story gets a bit lost. I didn’t even realize until the very end that there was a setup for more books. I looked on Anita Clenney’s website and discovered book two will be out Nov. 2011 and book three is coming in Spring 2012. Can’t wait!!

Faelan is a Highlander to rival all previous Highland men that I have drooled over. First, he’s got the good looks and body to match, plus the innate desire to protect and cherish women. Who can resist that?!?! Apparently, Bree can. She’s quite put off by his protectiveness, as she’s an independent, modern day woman who’s used to taking care of herself. She likens herself to a female Indiana Jones—and gets into as many predicaments as Indy did. Plus, after her last boyfriend got mean and violent, she has begun to have major trust issues with men. Put all that together and she doesn’t trust Faelan at all. Additionally, she thinks he is the enemy running around as an ally in disguise.

The two of them constantly withhold information from the other one. It gets to be almost comical as they realize they both hold important pieces of the puzzle. With Bree putting herself in danger—sometimes knowingly so—will they ever be able to find the demon in time? I don’t want to give away anything that would be a plot spoiler, so I want to keep a lot hidden in this review. I will say that the passion flaring between Bree and Faelan is hot, hot, hot. They are both fighting their attraction for different reasons, but whenever they do give into the passion, you could light a bonfire with the flames.

Overall, I can’t wait to see the next book in the series. I found a few things confusing in different places of the book, but they were explained later on. I know Anita Clenney was writing with a fine balance in mind. She couldn’t give away too much or you’d lose the elements of surprise, but sometimes I would feel like I’d been left in the dark for a chapter or two until I could figure out what the next surprise was. A fantastic addition for anyone who loves contemporary romance, romantic suspense or paranormal romance. It was hard to pick a genre for this book because it fits so neatly into many different categories. If you like pure Alpha males and spunky females, this will be the book for you.

Robyn

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