"Three Parnormal Worlds in the Heart of Scotland. Be prepared to be captivated to the very last page!"
"THE BEAST WITHIN" by Hannah Howell
The MacNachtons search for "Lost Ones," who are of the
MacNacton bloodline(vampire) and the 'Outsiders' blood
(mortal). The mix of two bloods weakens the curse, but
doesn't eliminate it. The Lost Ones have similar qualities
to the vampires—with strength and the need for blood, but
they can stay out in the sun without weakening. There is
someone of power who wishes to destroy the Lost Ones. He
has sent men on a crusade to purge the land of their
existence, claiming they are demons. Gybbon MacNacton and
his men stumble across Alice Boyd and the children she's
been keeping safe in the forest. While Gybbon's men go in
one direction to keep the children safe, Gybbon and Alice
lead the men, who wish them harm, in another direction in
hopes of eliminating the threat. Alice may have of son, but
he was born from violence. She does not trust her
attraction to Gybbon. Gybbon's longs to hold Alice and take
her as his, but he must be patient to win her heart.
Gybbon is a patient kind man, but lethal when called upon
to defend those in need of protection. Alice is a young
woman who hasn't known much kindness. She will risk her own
life to save the children and keep them safe, even it means
trusting a man she doesn't know.
This is another MacNacton tale that will leave you wanting
to know more. Each tale gives you a snippet into the
MacNacton clan's lives and the evil that threatens to
destroy them. I love these short stories! Ms. Howell brings
alive a world of vampires, mortals and outsiders to 16th
century Scotland. The true demons are born from prejudice
and fear of what they do not understood. This action
packed short story will leave you thirsting for more of Ms.
Howell's MacNachton tales.
"THE VAMPIRE HUNTER" by Heather Grothaus
Beatrix Levenach is a witch and the only surviving member
of her clan. The Levenachs have always protected the people
from the vampires who stalk them. It is foretold that Alder
the White will come to her aid, but she realizes there will
be a grave cost to his help—one she is willing to take.
Alder the White, a vampire cursed for wiping out the
Beatrix's ancestors over a century ago. It has finally come
to an end and he will kill the head vampire and break the
curse, but he must drink from the blood of the witch to do
so. He had thought the task an easy one, but when passion
flares between him and Beatrix, he can think of nothing but
12th century Scotland with magic and vampires—who could ask
for more? The passion between Beatrix and Alder is
heartwarming; both are lonely souls in their own way and
crave passion to complete them. A perfect balance as is
their sacrifices to obtain what they most desire.
"LAIRD OF MIDNIGHT" by Victoria Dahl
Finlay Maclain has hunted the vampire clan who changed him
and murdered his family, eliminating them one by one. Fifty
years later, there is only one vampire left—Jean. However,
Finlay's life becomes complicated after meeting Kenna
Graham, a tavern wench who has a will of her own. Finlay
had thought it a fable, but Kenna's scent is a perfect
blend, an aphrodisiac that tells him she is his perfect
match. Fate has a wicked sense of humor since his days are
Kenna Graham is a widow who is forced to work at a Tavern
to survive. No one has ever treated her with respect and
with a kind heart except for Finlay. She should fear him.
He's a vampire, but her heart tells her to trust him.
Another wonderful tale that draws you into a world of
lords, ladies and vampires in 16h century Scotland. Finlay
must learn to forgive himself. He cannot change the past.
Kenna longs for a man to treat her with kindness and
respect. Ms. Dahl had written a tale of danger and cruel
consequences of ones' choices in life. However, Finlay and
Kenna will have a second chance.
Highland Beast has three tales, three paranormal
worlds with conflict, danger and romance. With the spell
weaved from the first page, you'll be captivated until the
Reviewed by: Karen
Michelle Nutt, author
Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted October 15, 2009