Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Highland Dragon's Lady By Isabel Cooper


The Highland Dragon's Lady

By Isabel Cooper


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Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn't count on that friend being so handsome...and she certainly didn't expect him to be a dragon.

Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he's never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly...or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit-and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.

Praise for Legend of the Highland Dragon

Barnes and Noble Best Romance of 2013
"The mix of hard-headed realism and fantasy in this novel is enchanting..."
-Barnes and Noble Reviews
"An outstanding read! ...fast-paced, smartly written...impossible to put down."
- RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!

Kathie's Review:

I love dragons, I love shifters, and DRAGON SHIFTERS are extra cool. I was happy to see Colin get his own book after meeting him in Legend of a Highland Dragon. Colin has come to Whitehill with his friend Edmund to suss out the ghosts who seem to inhabit the house. 

Reggie is Edmund's sister, and a rather bohemian lady. She hasn't always been so, but after an unfortunate incident, it seems that's the lot she'll have in life. She meets Colin face to face after climbing a tree, while wearing trousers, and haranguing him, thinking he's her brother. She's embarrassed, but then decides to just go with the feelings that abound...and kisses him. It's quite nice, even though she discovers through her gift when their skin touches, that he's a dragon. 

The ghost is not amused by all the shenanigans going on in the house. And since they've approached her, her strength is waxing...and she really wants to continue with her evil. There's a search to find out as much information that they can about her. 

There were some pretty scary scenes, as Colin, Reggie, her family and their guests try to oust the specter. And there were some steamy scenes as Colin and Reggie get to know one another better. 

Colin, to begin with, seemed rather cavalier toward Reggie. He is over a hundred years old, and he has been with other women, so why should Reggie be different? He questions this a lot. And he just can't figure out why he cares. And there's the crux of the matter...he cares! He's actually rather surprised to find it to be so. 

Reggie, for her part, really wants that ghost gone, but she's scared. And her feelings are hurt because of that unfortunate incident, and with the way one of the guests just keeps picking around it. I really wanted to slap that guest a time or three. At one point, Reggie is in a dream and tries to make contact with the entity. Before it got scary, it was really amusing. 

I did take a bit of rating away because this book is about a DRAGON SHIFTER...and we rarely got to see him be a dragon. Nor did we get to take flight with him. Or watch him take Reggie for a trip around the moon. I really wanted to see more of his dragon side. 

Now that we've had Stephan and Colin's story, I hope that we hear from their sister Judith next time. And I hope we see more of her dragon side!

Thank you, NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca, for the opportunity to read this book

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The Highland Dragons Series:
Legend of the Highland Dragon
The Highland Dragon’s Lady
Night of the Highland Dragon

An Excerpt:

Over the course of his life, Colin had been alone with young ladies in a variety of places: feather beds, haystacks, and even the occasional riverbank in pleasant weather. Dusty attics had never featured. Yet these places also had never featured Reggie, with her dancing eyes and her hair falling down around her shoulders.

“You’ve got a bit of cobweb,” he said, noticing the strands at her temple. He knelt down and reached out. “Hold still. And, er, brace yourself.”

She closed her eyes and waited, patient for once in their brief acquaintance. Colin brushed his fingers over her temple, lifting the spider’s web away. Beneath it, the edge of her face was warm and soft, and her hair was like heavy silk. He swallowed, brushed his hand off on his trousers, and noticed that Reggie hadn’t yet moved.

Mostly, at least. Her breasts were rising and falling rapidly, and he could see the quick pulse in the hollow of her neck.

Colin touched his fingers to that spot, lightly, and felt the speed of her heartbeat. Desire was coursing through his own veins, collecting warm and heavy in his groin, but he kept his voice quiet. He could be playful for the moment. He could be human, as she was.

If she let him, at least.

“‘Exciting people,’ is it?” he asked. “You certainly don’t seem calm.”

          Without opening her eyes, Reggie shook her head slightly. “No,” she said, drawing the word out.

Colin traced a finger along her collarbone, just above the neckline of her dress. “Are you afraid of me, then?”

Her eyes snapped open at the question. “No,” said Reggie, very definitely. Then she gave him an impish smile, one that went straight to his swelling cock. “Should I be?”

“That depends verra much on who you ask,” he said, and leaned forward to kiss her.

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During the day, Isabel Cooper maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. None of the houses she's lived in has been haunted, although one of her former roommates might have dated a zombie. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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