Embrace The Highland Warrior is one of those books that took me ages to read. Admittedly, it’s because I was poorly, but at the same time it didn’t completely grip me and suck me in. But I did still really enjoy it. So, I’m going to put some of my issues with pace down to the fact I was ill, rather than because there was anything wrong with the writing.
The second book in the series, it follows a group of highland warriors (mmm yummy kilts!), who serve a clandestine organisation fighting against demons. Our hero and heroine Cody and Shay were childhood sweethearts until a terrible secret ripped them apart.
The past history and relationship between Shay and Cody was painful and intense. It was completely obvious just how much they loved each other and didn’t know how to overcome the obstacle between them. I loved the sense of past and the intensity of the feelings. How do you overcome betrayal from it only the man you love, but to discover all of your friends and family were in on it too? I so felt for Shay, but also for Cody too as he just thought what he did was best.
The story has plenty of action and fight scenes, including fight scenes with a good old sword. I don’t know why but I love a bit of old fashioned hand to hand, sword play. In this book we get vampires as well as demons. But sadly no time travel this time!
The plot is rich and has a strong cast of characters supporting the two mains. You can subtly see the threads for future books in the stories and new couples being laid down. As a fan of Awaken the Highland Warrior it was great to see that Bree and Faelan had a very big part in the story too, and to see where their relationship has moved to since we last saw them. Bree actually played a surprisingly large part in the overall story and I really liked this element. It’s nice to see past characters not just make small cameos, but continuing to play large parts throughout a whole series. As a reader you always invest so much time and a part of yourself when you read their story initially, you hate to leave them.
By the end of the book, I felt like there was still of lot of the story around Shay that hadn’t been explored. I suspect that there is a lot more that has been unsaid about her and the vampires for instance. Trying not to give too much of the plot away here! I also found Shay on the edge of annoying occasionally, I mean talking about running into danger, she seemed to give little thought to her personal safety. Yet, at the same time, I did like that she’s one tough cookie.
It took me a while to read Embrace The Highland Warrior, but I still enjoyed the book, and this series definitely has lots of potential. I am certainly rather fond of the demon hunting, kilt-clad, Scottish warriors! It was great to see Shay and Cody overcome their problems and get their happy ending, and I want to see how they develop the plot points Clenney’s already begun to thread for the next few books.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Awaken the Highland Warrior
- Embrace the Highland Warrior
- Unleash the Highland Warrior
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