Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Highland Dragon’s Lady
Author: Isabel Cooper
Series: Highland Dragon #2
Heroine/Hero: Regina Talbot-Jones/Colin MacAlasdair
Genre: M/F Historical Fantasy
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn’t count on that friend being so handsome… and she certainly didn’t expect him to be a dragon.
Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he’s never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly… or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit – and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.
Living in London, the country life is far different from what Reggie is used too. Especially when the family home she’s visiting is as haunted as it can get. Add to that her parents invited a few guests to help banish the ghost and her brother has brought a devilishly handsome Scotsman to help out. As soon as he meets Reggie breaking into his rooms, Colin knows she’s a unique sort of woman and more intrigued than he could ever remember being. But when the ghost becomes more powerful than anyone anticipated, will they be able to defeat it or will they lose out on the chance of making something real out of their growing feelings?
I found this novel extremely interesting. I loved the way it started and how the ‘mistaken identity’, so to speak, played out. As characters, I really liked Reggie and Colin. Reggie is a far cry from the innocent, simpering ladies but instead is more ‘worldly’ and all about taking things head on. She’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty or of being a little risque. Colin, on the other hand, is her perfect match. Dashing and charming, he understands and accepts her quirks. They both have their own secrets and those secrets come out quite early in the story. At the same time, they also accept those secrets and brings them close together because no matter what else, they seem to think differently about certain things than others normally would.
I enjoyed this one a lot but I will admit that the beginning was very confusing. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of the story where I was already supposed to know what was going on and why all the characters were there. It took me a while to really understand what was happening and why Colin was visiting his friend Edmund, although I still don’t understand how/where Edmund and Colin know each other from. Beyond that, I found that there were snippets throughout the story that were confusing to follow along. Maybe it was just me but it felt like some of the inner monologue was redundant at times and when compared to things, didn’t really make sense.
My last niggle was that I didn’t feel like Colin and Reggie really loved each other. I mean, they knew each other for a few days, had sex three times and then confessed their love for one another. It just felt really fast to me because up until that point, there was a slow-burn feel to the story and then BAM! They’re in love with none of the intense ‘mate calling’ that I would normally accept such insta-love with.
In the end, though, I enjoyed the story. I had a few hiccups and the beginning was rocky but I really liked the characters and was intrigued by the whole ghost conflict. More than that, I adored Edmund and considering he’s gay, I hope the author considers writing a story for him (it goes without saying that he should get a male love interest :P). If you’re looking for a bit of fantasy with your historical and enjoy a good ghost story, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*