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27 January 2010

Book Review: A Highlander's Destiny by Melissa Mayhue

Title: A Highlander's Destiny
Author: Melissa Mayhue
Publisher: Pocket
Publication Date: December 2009
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9781439144213
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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About the Book:

JESSE CORYELL, a descendant of the Fae, is a man in search of his destiny. He's tried to lose himself in his work, taking on the worst mankind has to offer, but what he really needs to find is his true love. When he sets out to help a mysterious woman find her sister, what he gets is much more than he bargained for: battling an undeniable attraction to his sexy new client while fighting an ancient evil to keep her safe.

DESTINY NOBLE, abandoned by everyone she's ever loved, will stop at nothing in her desperate quest to find her sister. Authorities have declared Leah a runaway, but Destiny knows better. Her dream visions have shown her the frightening truth. They've also shown her Jesse. But finding her Soulmate could result in the most painful loss of all, when she's forced to choose between loving Jesse and saving Leah.

Jesse and Destiny race against time to save an innocent girl from a powerful ancient evil. Is true love their best weapon...or will they be required to sacrifice their own destiny?

My Review:

A Highlander's Destiny is the fifth novel in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series, which finds Jesse, and Destiny's lives are thrown together with the disappearance for Destiny's sister Leah. It is through Destiny's dreams that she discovers clues on how to find her sister, beginning with contacting Jesse Coryell at Coryell Enterprises, pleading for his help. What Jesse does not expect to find, as he heads out to meet with Destiny for the first time, is to see her being attacked by what appears to be a Nuadian Fae. Jesse realizes there is far more at stake than the missing Leah; Destiny's life is in extreme danger, but why? The true seriousness of the problem become evident to both of them the evening the Prince appears and explains the current crisis to Jesse as well as the long and detailed history of the Fae to a confused and doubting Destiny. The more Destiny sees and hears, the clearer her past becomes even if she doubts the present. Will Destiny and Jesse be able to work beside one another and save Leah? How much is each willing to sacrifice and at what cost? Not having read the first four novels of Mayhue's Daughter's of the Glen series and not one for paranormal romance, I did not think I would either like or be able to follow this book, however Mayhue's writing sorted those questions out straightaway. While I am certain I would have known more had I read the other novels, I was never confused and everything is explained thoroughly and sufficiently for this book to stand on its own. I found Mayhue's execution of the story line to be clear while remaining suspenseful, riddled with enough plot twists to keep me interested and engaged. If one is looking for an intriguing story line, especially those readers who enjoy an excellent paranormal romance filled with action and suspense, this book will deliver.

About the Author

Melissa Mayhue knows a great deal about men -- after all, she's wife to one and mother of three. She and her family live in Colorado, in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, with three insanely spoiled dogs, one domineering cat, a turtle with an attitude, and way too many fish in their aquarium. For more information about Melissa Mayhue or her novels, please visit her website.

I received a free copy of A Highlander's Destiny by Melissa Mayhue from Simon & Schuster as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.


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