Monday, December 12, 2011

Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney (thoughts)

From Goodreads:

"Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay’s true identity was revealed, and the fated pair’s chance was gone…

But danger will drive them back into each other’s arms…

Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she’s determined to banish the memories of her first love forever. But the past can’t let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determined to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned…"

My Thoughts:

Embrace the Highland Warrior was a fun read and an interesting take on the paranormal genre. Shay has lived a life filled with secrets which helped to drive a wedge between her and her childhood friend Cody. The chemistry between these two was instant and unrelenting. I started rooting for them to have a happy ever after from the very beginning of the book. I thought that the author took the paranormal genre and gave it a fresh twist with demons, highland warriors (of course), and even vampires. There was a lot of references to an ancient book that made me wonder if it will play a big part in the next book of the series. Shay was an awesome main character as she was both headstrong and tender at different times. She was surrounded for most of her life by both lies and secrets which came into play in the middle of the story. We got to see that she has some special abilities that hopefully we will learn more about as this series goes on. My only problem with this book was that there were so many characters that we didn't get to learn a lot about. I think that if I had read the first book in the series, this book would have been better for me and I would have enjoyed it more.

All in all, I did think that this was a good read that kept me entertained. I wish that I would have started with the first book, but I think that I'll go back and read it before continuing on with this series. That way I'll get the chance to get a better feel for some of the secondary characters. I would recommend this books to fans of paranormal romance but make sure that you start with Awaken the Highland Warrior!

Bottom Line: A good read and a series that I want to read more of.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review from the publisher for review.


  1. I certainly love that cover. Sounds like a fun read to me too. I read a Highland Warrior book earlier this year and had a good time with it!

  2. Thanks for a very nice review. There are only two books in the series available now, Awaken and Embrace, and they will make more sense if read in order. In Awaken the reader gets to meet all the warriors, as well as Bree (who is important to the series), and get a feel for the events that are happening, what the warriors are facing. And you will see the role the Book of Battles plays. A crucial one. It will continue to play a role in the next book as well, as will all the characters. There are some shocking things coming in book three. :) Don't have a release date yet. Thanks again for the review!

  3. I read Awaken the Highland Warrior and did not know there was another one coming! Good to know.

  4. Staci- I'm going to have to go back and see if I can find your thoughts on the first book. I'm looking forward to reading it at some point :)

    Anita- I wish that I would have started with book one but I'm glad that I can go back and read it :) I'm excited to hear that there is going to be a book three. I thought that you left things open enough that there probably would be more :)

    Nise'- Hope you get the chance to read this one soon!

  5. I am glad you enjoyed it :) I did read book 1 first ;) But one can always go back afterwards

  6. I enjoy 'Highland' I love those Scottish settings and heroes too. This one sounds good.

  7. Blodeuedd- I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the 1st book. I wish that I would have started with it but I'm sure I will still enjoy it when I read it :)

    Naida- This is a book that you would probably enjoy then!


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