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Wicked Highlander by Donna Grant


Cover art: Wicked Highlander Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Wicked Highlander - 3rd in the Dark Sword series
Author: Donna Grant
Publisher: St. Martins
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-38124-0
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1603 Scotland
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Donna's Website/Blog: www.donnagrant.com

Marcail is a druid who has magical abilities, but her grandmother lacked the time to teach her much before her death. Before her death, Marcail's grandmother bound the secret of how to bind the god within his Warrior deep within Marcail's mind. Her grandmother also placed a spell on Marcail so that whoever injured her would feel intense pain, and if someone killed her they would die as well. Because of this, Deirdre, the evil druid, knows she can't kill Marcail herself, so she has Marcail thrown into the pit along with a group of Warriors, in the hopes that one of them will kill her.

Quinn MacLeod, whom Deirdre has thrown into the pit after he refuses to give her a child, rescues and protects Marcail. Quinn knows that his brothers will come for him and hopes he can hold out and protect Marcail. Because Deirdre is very determined to have his child, Quinn knows time is running out.

Wicked Highlander is a wonderful addition to the Dark Sword series, which I have been waiting for with great anticipation. Luckily, Ms. Grant doesn't disappoint with this exciting paranormal romance, which grabbed this reader's attention from the very beginning and, in the end, left me wanting more. Perhaps Ms. Grant's greatest writing gift is her ability to make the reader truly care for her characters, not only the main characters, but the secondary characters, as well. Quinn, who has trouble controlling the god inside him because of the rage, pain, and guilt caused by the death of his wife and child, must control his god or become Deirdre's pawn. While this isn't easy, Quinn is just stubborn enough to carry it off. Quinn makes a great tortured, alpha hero, and Marcail suits him very well. Marcail is a very empathetic heroine but must overcome doubts about her strength and abilities. The action builds until the climatic end, which is very satisfying, but Ms. Grant leaves you wanting more books about the other Warriors. I really want to read the next book, and April of 2011 seems like a long time away.


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