A Highland Legends Novella (1.5)
by Kat Bastion

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Print Length: 177 pages
Publisher: Kat Bastion; 1 edition (November 4, 2013)
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Released November 5th, 2013:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.

Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.

When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?


mytakeI read the first novel in this series in the late summer and I liked Kat’s voice.  The first novel in the series was FORGED IN DREAMS AND MAGICK and it was a time travel, paranormal romance.  The voice was fresh and new, and she continues that freshness here with almost no part of the story dependent on the paranormal.   That’s nice because I had felt it was the weakest variable in FIDAM.

This story starts of with excitement: a mysterious female, running for her life.  Robert is  commander of the castle Brodie defenses and is in a postion to help. It’s hard to get her to accept.  The romance in the way of the romance novella is fast and requires a fast about face in Susanna’s feelings.  But here the change isn’t required of her personal dislike of one man but of all the girl had known about life. She’s been raised to fear men, and learned from her mother that they are all evil.  Love and hate on a personal level are often a hairs breadth from each other but the kind of paradigm shift needed here feels too fast.

I must say though that the intimate scenes in the story are very hot and Robert might have a bit of a  fetish. He treats her tenderly, but then also in a dominating way.  This struck me as very odd since she had just escaped abuse.  There is a certain magic, a destined-to-be-together feeling about the couple so maybe that is how she gets over her fear.

Then, of course, the inevitable “escape.” Susanna has some weird emotional issues that are as confusing to me as they are to her.  But, you know the horror movie moment where you are saying Don’t go out there, don’t do it. Well, of course with the help of two main female characters from the first novel, Brigid and Isobel, who should certainly know better, she does. The outcome is inevitable right?

The whole story takes place in a couple of days approaching the Christmas holiday. In the castle Christmas has not been a big deal — it;s still early in Christianity and they are apparently far removed. But the addition of the holiday festivities felt nice if  a little forced; but it doesn’t feel contrived.

Really what it comes down to is that I really liked the romantic aspects and the hot stuff, but the about face required and the dizzy state of  Susanna’s mind were irksome. It’s still an interesting read although it doesn’t stand well without having read the prior volume in the series.

I enjoyed most of it and the rest was more or less normal for the genre. Recommend!


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