Review: Spell of the Highlander (Book #7: Highlander Series) by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Spell of the Highlander Series: Book #7: Highlander Series Author: Karen Marie Moning Format: Paperback, 394 pages Published: August 28, 2007 by Dell   ISBN: 0440240972
Title: Spell of the Highlander
Series: Book #7: Highlander Series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Format: Paperback, 394 pages
Published: August 28, 2007 by Dell
ISBN: 0440240972

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It’s taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He’s not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering INSATIABLE alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass eleven centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it. For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalisingly real, he’s offering his protection—from exactly what, Jessi doesn’t know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed….

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: 

Oh, balls!!!  Book seven of the Highlander series is all kinds of crazy with magic mirrors, an arrogant and somewhat chauvinistic lost MacKeltar, a wicked crazy sorcerer hell bent on remaining immortal, and a bat-shit crazy plan to save everyone.

Jessi St. James knows her personal life is in the crapper but is willing to make the sacrifice if it means completing her PhD and getting out into the field to work.  There will be plenty of time for dating once she’s a fully trained and practicing archaeologist.  Unfortunately, that day is never going to come thanks to Cian MacKeltar, his insatiable need for revenge, and his unstoppable desire to possess Jessi.  Well, crap!  From the moment Jessi accepts there is actually a beautiful Highlander living in a mirror her world turns upside down, sideways, and four other inconvenient directions.  Her life is threatened, she is forced to leave her home and school, and she is constantly having to lug around the ginormously large mirror Cian is trapped in.  Furthermore, every time the damn man comes out of the mirror he manages to both turn her on and insult her. 

Though he tries at every turn to convince Jessi of the seriousness of the situation, Jessi just doesn’t quite get it until her life is truly threatened.  Though Cian is loath to tell the story of how he was trapped in a mirror, he does tell Jessi about the man who is pursuing him and what will happen if the big bad succeeds in catching Cian.  Once the combination of the two sets in Jessi decides she will, at any cost help Cian defeat his most hated enemy.  The only way to make things right is to get Cian and his mirror to Scotland where he can protect them on MacKeltar land and actually stand a chance in the battle to come.  What throws everyone for a loop is the most unexpected meeting between Cian and his descendants, the MacKeltar twins.  There is strength in numbers and between the three MacKeltar men there is also a lot of knowledge, skill, and bravery and courage beyond measure.  As the day of doom comes every closer, Gabrielle is finally able to admit her feelings for Cian only to discover his true mission will result in his death.  Yep, Jessi’s life sucks so hard!

The Bottom Line: This is yet another read that I made it through but didn’t get overly excited about  . . . that is, until the last third of the book.  The first two thirds of this read is all about getting Cian and Jessi to Scotland and to MacKeltar land.  The last third of the read is all about the drama and action with Cian resigning himself to his fate and Jessi doing everything possible to save the man she loves.  As always, I was totally thrilled to see the MacKeltar twins and their wives make an appearance and really, ride to the rescue once again.  The final battle is dramatic and the road to the HEA is fraught with turmoil, anger, love, and even some brief moments of pure happiness.  In all, the book really redeemed itself for me in the final third and I blazed right on through the final page.

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