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April 10, 2008

Review: Soul of a Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

Soul of a Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

What woman hasn’t ever dreamed of a handsome highland lover who sweeps her off her feet? Why are so many of us so fascinated with these brawny heroes? I don’t know, and I really don’t care, but I sure love to read about them! “Soul of a Highlander” is the third offering in Ms. Mayhue’s magical Highland series, preceded by “Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband” and “Highland Guardian”. This series features 13th century hunky Scots (and Scottesses!), modern women, magic, and faeries good and bad. If you are a fan of Lynn Kurland, Karen Marie Moning’s earlier works, or Janet Chapman, do yourself a favor and check out Melissa Mayhue’s books.

Her latest features two secondary characters from earlier in the series. First up is Mairi MacKiernan, who was saved by magic from death in the year 1272 and brought forward into the 21st century. Our heroine feels out of place and she’s sure that the faerie magic heritage of true-love for her will never come to pass as she’s ‘out’ of her time. Although she appreciates all the conveniences of the century she now finds herself in, she misses her 13th century aunt dearly. While reading about her family’s past, she discovers that her Aunt Rosalyn’s daughter was killed at a young age and decides to travel to the past and save her for her beloved aunt. Mairi boldly challenges the Faerie Prince Pol to grant her the powers she needs to complete this mission. But bargains with the Fae never turn out quite like one intended…

Ramos Servans has renounced his father and his past as a Nuadian (dark) Fae. He’s dedicated his life to becoming one of the Guardians who protect humans and prevent the Nuadians from their goal of returning to the Realm of Fae. Ramos knows he has so much to atone for as his father is the leader of the Nuadians and Ramos spent his early years unknowingly helping his father destroy hundreds of humans and wreak havoc on their world. Although he’s not exactly thrilled with his new assignment of rescuing Mairi, it is his first assignment as a Guardian and he will succeed.

When these two become acquainted in the past, they quickly realize there are several significant obstructions to fulfilling their tasks and destinies…the first of which is the opposing nature of what they perceive as their destinies. It turns out Aunt Roslyn’s daughter Marsali is quite the spoiled little princess; the castle is hosting a former enemy of Mairi that’s sure to remember and identify her; some of the information Mairi dug up seems to be incorrect and incomplete; and the ancient evil relative Ramos was expecting to meet is none other than his father!

With Mairi determined to save Marsali (after all, it’s her destiny) and Ramos determined to kill his father (after all, it’s his destiny), these two are in for quite a struggle! Their attraction for each other also seems to keep getting in the way. Someone must compromise, and neither one of these is willing. But remember…when you call on the magic of the Fae, destinies and dreams may not be what they seem.


Reviewed by Julie


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  1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Julie. I’m so pleased you liked Soul. I enjoyed working with these two characters and helping them find their Happy Ever After!

    ~ Melissa

    Comment by Melissa Mayhue — May 7, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

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