Review: Darkest Highlander by Donna Grant

Posted February 2, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Darkest Highlander by Donna Grant
Darkest Highlander
by Donna Grant

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 31, 2012
Series: Dark Sword #6
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 322
 

DARKEST HIGHLANDER is the final book in the Dark Sword series by Donna Grant. This is Broc and Sonya’s story. For years, Broc has watched over Sonya and Anice. However, when Anice dies, Broc finds himself revealing his feelings to Sonya as if he can’t stop the words from flowing out of his mouth. He is drawn to her in a way that is undeniable. So when Sonya runs away and is almost attacked by a wolf, Broc takes his Warrior form and goes on a frantic search to rescue her.

Our hero and heroine have some unique abilities that make them very special. Broc is possessed by a god called Poraxus. With this inside him, he is able to grow bat-like wings while his skin turns into an indigo blue, giving in a much needed advantage against the wyrran. Meanwhile, Sonya is Druid, though when we start the book, she doesn’t have access to her powers. I really enjoyed the paranormal elements of this book. It added such a nice touch to the characters, especially Broc who I couldn’t resist.

“Ever so slowly, he leaned toward her. His eyes held all the passion, all the yearning, she had ever hoped to see. His forehead touched hers, their breaths mingling as time halted.
Excitement bloomed and built within her, drowning her in the fervor of the desire that grew between them. It was palpable, tangible. Real.”

I am having a hard time rating this book because I did think that the first part of the book was slow. It isn’t until midway through the book that the magic really happens. When the village that Broc and Sonya are hiding in is attacked by wyrran, Broc tells Sonya to lock herself in the room while he kills them all. When things turn for the worse, Broc finds himself in his enemy’s hands; Deirdre now has her claws into him and it is now up to Sonya to try to help him.

I had a hard time liking Sonya in the beginning. At the start of the book, she whined a lot about her fading powers. She kept telling herself that she was a Druid and that without her powers, she was nothing, meaningless. I wanted her to see past that. And thankfully, she does! There is a lot of growth in her character and I loved reading about it.

The chemistry between Broc and Sonya is potent and undeniable. You can feel it from the very first page. I was definitely rooting for these two to be together.

There is also some insight into the spinoff series that Grant has planned called the Dark Warriors. I love it when authors weave their series together. Midnight Master’s sounds promising so I’ll be sure to check that new series out!

*Review copy provided by publisher

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About Donna Grant

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae. She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Sounds like a HOT read!!! Can’t wait to check it out!!! I have a thing for Highlanders……YUMMY!!! 😉

miki
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it’s the first time i hear about it but seems like i will give it a try now

all the best

erin
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erin

WOW… the cover on this book is awesome!!!!

Thanks for a great review! Definitely want to try this book and the series!

Joanne
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This sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the review.

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I’ve had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the review!
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Ning
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Ning

Wow this sounds sooo good. I love Highlanders and Paranormal romances, so putting the two of them together it must be amazing!

Thanks for the review!

Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

Barbara
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Barbara

I’m glad the next in the series is Broc…but sad that it’s the last. I hope the spin off will tell the other warriors stories…because there are so many that I am curious about…like Logan?

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

New to me series! I appreciate your honesty about the heroine and the pace of the story. As long as she does grow, that’s fine with me.

Thanks for sharing your review!

Shelly
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Shelly

Really enjoy reading connecting series stories. Looking forward to reading this book.

Timitra
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Timitra

I’m intrigued by Darkest Highlander because it mixes two of my favourite genres together…I’m adding this series to my wishlist!!!!

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Under the Covers

Historical and paranormal are probably my two fave subgenres too! So this is a good series to get into!

And Trish did an amazing job with the cover! She rocks!

Ann

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vadeluna07

This sounds and looks great! Can’t wait to read this series!

Di
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Di

I’m pulling for this couple – want to see how they get together.

SoccerMomKnits
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SoccerMomKnits

This book sounds great just like all the others in this series. Donna Grant is a truly talented author.

Ana Fae
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Ana Fae

Yummy, I do love those Hunky Highlanders, Swoon…

Mary @SweepingMe
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Mary @SweepingMe

Sounds like a fantastic read in fact I am putting this on my wishlist!

Mary

adriana
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adriana

Olá!
Adorei a critica.
Já li os primeiros e estou ansiosa e triste pelo último. Tentei encontra-lo mas não consegui.
Podem me dar uma dica?

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Ola Adriana.. Sou Kimberly de Book Obsessed Chicks e amiga da Francesca da aqui. Que e que voce quere saber ? Cual e o livro que nao podes encontrar? Eu trabalhava por Donna Grant e pode ser que posso ajudarte… Podes madar uma email a kimberly_rocha@msn.com.

Obrigada