Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking 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 silvery 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, eleven centuries ago Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass, one of four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of unspeakable power. When the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it, destroying everything in his path–including the one woman who may just hold the key to breaking the ninth-century Highlander’s dark spell. For Jessi, the muscle-bound sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly 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.

Yet even as Cian’s insatiable hunger begins to work its dark magic on Jessi, his ancient enemy is about to obtain the final and most dangerous of the Unseelie Hallows–and the ninth-century Highlander must stop him from getting it. Nothing less than the very fabric of the universe and two passionately entwined lives are at stake–as Cian and Jessi fight to claim the kind of love that comes along but once in an ice age. . . .

After Kissed by Cat, I picked up Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. It's been sitting in my library pile for awhile, just wasn't in the mood to read it before now. Well, if you want an in-depth review of the book, you're not going to get it here. If you liked the previous books, I think you'll like this one. I had some issues with it, such as Cian dealing with things so easily, and the Voice just doesn't quite work for me, but all in all, I did like the book. It was a fast-paced read for me, just took me an afternoon to read it. I was surprised at how Cian's "you're my woman" attitude didn't bother me as much as it ordinarily would. I'm not sure if that's because of the mood I was in, or if it was the writing.

The covers for these seems to make one believe that these are pretty dark books, but I didn't think Spell of the Highlander was very dark. It's a fun story, but don't expect much angst here, if that's what you're looking for. Cian's long gotten over the sins of his past, which was rather refreshing, but we don't get into his head much.

I still look forward to reading the next book in the series and it looks like there will be many more.

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