Review: The Immortal Highlander (Book #6: Highlander Series) by Karen Marie Moning


Title: The Immortal Highlander Series: Book #6: Highlander Series Author: Karen Marie Moning Format: Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages Published: July 26, 2005 by Dell  ISBN: 0440237564
Title: The Immortal Highlander
Series: Book #6: Highlander Series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published: July 26, 2005 by Dell
ISBN: 0440237564

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensly sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. Now Adam’s only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O’Callaghan. For Gabrielle, cursed with the ability to see both worlds, Mortal and Faery, it is the beginning of a long, dangerous seduction. But as Adam’s quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the cosnpiracy that threatens both Mortal and Faery realms…and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love… 

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review: 

For millennia, Adam Black has walked his own path, often flirting with rule violations, and counted the Seelie Queen’s affection for him to keep him out of true trouble.  One can only get away with such tomfoolery for so long and when Adam Black involved himself in the Dageus MacKeltar situation, the Queen could no longer avoid true punishment.

It doesn’t take Adam long to figure out the Queen well and truly screwed him.  Not only did she strip him of nearly all his powers, she also made him invisible to all but a few, and, horror or all horrors, she made him human.  For weeks, Adam spends his time adjusting to his new reality, the need for things like food and sleep, and searching for anyone, fae or human who can actually see him.  His moment finally comes when the stunning Gabrielle O’Callaghan inadvertently gives herself away and sees Adam.  From the moment she sees him, Adam begins his pursuit.

For centuries, the O’Callaghan women have harbored a secret, they are among the fair few the world over who can see the Fae.  Over the centuries, the O’Callaghan women have been hunted and killed for their abilities which has led them to extreme protective measures.  As the last of her line, Gabrielle has always protected herself and never, ever given even the slightest of hints that she can see beyond the world of human.  Until Adam Black.  Seeing Adam has jeopardized her very existence and if the O’Callaghan records are to be believed, Adam will kill her after thoroughly seducing her.  Turns out, only half of that is true.

The constant struggle throughout this read plays out on two fronts, Gabrielle trying to reconcile her ancestor’s beliefs about Adam Black and her own experiences with him and the hit that has been put out on Adam Black from an ancient enemy.  With only limited fae abilities remaining, Adam and Gabrielle must use their wits and intelligence to get themselves to Scotland and the MacKeltar castle.  It is only with the help of the MacKeltar twins and their wives that Adam feels he and Gabrielle will have any chance of bringing down the threat, protecting themselves, and ensuring the Seelie queen keeps her throne.  As the action increases so does the attraction between Adam and Gabrielle and before all is said and done, each will realize they are fighting for far, far more than just their lives.

The Bottom Line:  I got through this book but can’t say I was all kinds of excited about it.  Since the appearance of Adam in the first book in the series, I have had a hard time warming up to him.  For the most part, Adam has always been a colossal dick who occasionally does something nice.  Gabrielle, the MacKeltar’s, and the epilogue really saved this read for me and kept me at the three-star mark. Gabrielle has some pluck to her and always like an intelligent and passionate heroine, the MacKeltar’s are always a delight and their wives totally balance the twins’ natural surliness.  The epilogue is one of the best of the entire series and holds more than a few surprises.  While I have generally not liked Adam, the epilogue did soften my opinion of him just a tiny bit 🙂

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