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Dark Highland Fire [Mass Market Paperback]

Kendra Leigh Castle

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Book Description

Jan. 18 2011
Gabriel MacInnes has led a charmed life. A Highland werewolf of Alpha lineage, he'd always thought that, as the second son, he would never have to worry much about responsibility. But with his Pack now squarely in the sights of an ancient and rediscovered enemy, everything has begun to change.

Exiled from the Drakkyn realm, on the run from the dragon prince who claims her as his own, the last thing Rowan an Morgaine wants is to deal with a bunch of overbearing shifters in the middle of nowhere. But when her hiding place on Earth is discovered, and with blood the only thing that can restore her waning power, the fiery demigoddess has little choice but to accept Gabriel as a protector …

As the Earthly and Drakkyn realms converge, Gabriel and Rowan must decide how much they're willing to sacrifice for fate… and for one another.

What reviewers are saying about Kendra Leigh Castle:

"Ms. Castle develops likeable characters, adds danger-filled mystery to a steamy romance, and keeps reader's interest to the revealing end."
-Darque Reviews

"A great, fast-paced tale. Castle's world-building is superb and leaves readers wanting more." -Romantic Times

"Fans of straight up romance looking for a little extra something will be bitten." -Publishers Weekly

"This fresh and exciting take on the werewolf legend held me captive until the last page. I'll definitely be watching for more stories from Kendra Leigh Castle." -Nina Bangs, author of One Bite Stand

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Jan. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402211597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402211591
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ms Castle has written a story that keeps you interested until the last page. The way she has put two people from two different worlds together and still keeping is believable. This one is a keeper. Can't wait for Ms. Castle's next book. (Tammie King Night Owl Romance 2008-06-24)

This budding author is astounding to say the least. She has given us a paranormal romance intertwined with the realm of fantasy and a style of writing so smooth it's like the silky froth on the top of your favorite cappuccino. (Terra Studer Yankee Romance Reviews 2008-07-14)

Sexy, compelling, and in turn darkly intense and laugh-out-loud funny, Dark Highland Fire has all the elements that leave a reader toasty with satisfaction... I'll be waiting with great anticipation for her next novel. (Shelby Reed Shelby Reed 2008-08-22)

This budding author is astounding to say the least. She has given us a paranormal romance intertwined with the realm of fantasy and a style of writing so smooth it's like the silky froth on the top of your favorite cappuccino. (Karen Michelle Nutt Paranormal Romance Reviews 2008-09-02)

For anyone who loves a new twist on werewolves and their magical counterparts, then they should definitely check out Kenda Leigh Castle. (Literary Escapism 2008-09-18)

Kendra Leigh Castle has penned another story with amazing characters, a fascinating and page-turning plot that was utterly unpredictable and some hot, hot, hot sexual tension!... Do yourself a favor and grab this book the moment it's available. You won't be sorry.

Kendra Leigh Castle has penned another story with amazing characters, a fascinating and page-turning plot that was utterly unpredictable and some hot, hot, hot sexual tension! (Long and Short of It 2008-09-29)

The characters of Rowan and Gabriel in particular are well developed and fiesty... At times I laughed out loud and other times I would be holding my breath. (I Just Finished Reviews 2008-09-29)

DARK HIGHLAND FIRE is brimming with heartfelt emotions, and the notable paranormal storyline will have you wanting additional books with this intriguing setting and diverse mystical characters. (2008-09-30)

It's not often that I find a book that resonates so strongly that I'll read it twice, back to back. But that's what I did with DARK HIGHLAND FIRE. I fell in love with the world, the characters – even the not-so-bad guy, Lucien, had my sympathy. This book is definitely a keeper and Ms Castle is a writer I'll be watching for from now on. (Lynda K, Scott Star-Crossed Romance 2008-10-06)

I'm enthralled by this series. Her history of the various races of both worlds and how some of them managed to cross to Earth is original and well-plotted. (Julie Andereson Queue My Review 2008-10-06)

Ms. Castle continues to show the depth and honor of the Scottish heritage. This book defines all the parts that I enjoy for a great read. I look forward to Ms. Castle's next book in this series and wonder what new horizons she will cross... (Romance Junkies 2008-10-06)

The chemistry between Gabriel and Rowan sizzles, and the love scenes are absolutely scorching. (Jennifer Barker Ginger Kid's Den of Iniquity 2008-10-06)

Dark Highland Fire is a romantic paranormal story that drew me in from the very first page. The talented Ms. Castle has created strong and likeable characters and an intriguing paranormal world that I quickly fell in love with as I lost myself in the story. (Jennifer Yates Jennifer's Random Musings 2008-10-07)

With Dark Highland Fire, Kendra Leigh solidifies her reputation as a fresh new voice in paranormal romance. (Martina Bexte Book Loons 2008-10-13)

I promise you, no matter how many romances you've read, you've never met a heroine quite like [Rowan an Morgaine] before. (Nicola Onychuk Alpha Heroes 2008-10-14)

Kendra Leigh Castle has written a tremendous novel in DARK HIGHLAND FIRE. Romance, paranormal elements, and a dream worthy hero mated to a strong heroine combine to form the ultimate read. The Scottish Highlands have never been so sexy! (Wild on Books 2008-10-20)

Castle also has a wicked pen and the tension and sexual overtones on almost every page are enough to require a fan! (Quentin Marshall Queue My Review 2008-10-24)

[I]f you like romances and don't mind a bit of paranormal thrown in then this is the book for you. I loved the paranormal aspects and felt that they added to this book... I really loved everything about this book. (Samantha Atkin Sam's Book Blog 2008-11-11)

Kendra Leigh Castle has created a world full of dragons, werewolves, goddesses, and magic. She weaves a tale that is full of intrigue, suspense that will have you biting your nails, deeply felt passion that will have you fanning yourself, and honest to goodness romance. (Kara Tulanko World According to Books 2008-11-13)

I think anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story with shapeshifters should check these out. (Rhianna Walker Rhi's Reading 2008-11-17)

Dark Highland Fire was an easy and enjoyable read, and I am definitely looking forward to Castle's next installment in her Drakkyn series. (Robin Kavanaugh Blog Critics 2008-11-17)

Dark Highland Fire was an easy and enjoyable read, and I am definitely looking forward to Castle's next installment in her Drakkyn series. (Robin Kavanaugh Blog Critics 2008-11-18)

I look forward to more books from Kendra Leigh Castle. (Cheryl Koch Cheryl's Book Nook 2008-12-08)

The love and romance between Rowan and Gabriel is so skillfully fashioned, one cannot help but root for them to become one. (Linda L. The Romance Studio 2009-02-05)

The world, as well as the action and romance, she has created becomes much more rich and complex. (Ashley Fallen Angel Reviews 2009-02-11)

The story moves along at a fast pace with suspense, romance, erotica, and paranormal elements all nicely combined in one story. (Rachel Diamond Enchanted by Books 2009-05-04)

About the Author

Kendra Leigh Castle (Virginia Beach, VA) went to college in Northern New York then joined her US Navy fighter pilot husband in moving around the country. This series reflects her North Country roots and her avid interest in all things paranormal. Kendra is currently loving the jet noise in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and three children. Kendra Leigh Castle (Virginia Beach, VA) went to college in Northern New York then joined her US Navy fighter pilot husband in moving around the country. This series reflects her North Country roots and her avid interest in all things paranormal. Kendra is currently loving the jet noise in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and three children.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Addictive Oct. 1 2008
By Theresa M. Studer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dark Highland Fire by Kendra Leigh Castle is a romantic paranormal fantasy that draws you so deep within the soul of the story that all reality around you is completely shut out. Intensely romantic, sexual, breathtaking and crawl under your skin, mouth watering don't put it down, this novel should be on the New York Times Bestsellers list without a doubt. If you miss this novel and it's previous installment you are missing the most delicious books of the Century.

Rowan an Morgaine is a Goddess to be by birth and in her own right. A feminine warrior of sharp wit and equally sharp tongue, beauty befitting her station and that of her people, fearless of death, she is a woman to be reckoned with. Tall, long legs, flowing red hair that radiates fire and emerald green eyes that seer you to your soul, Rowan is so much more than delectably exquisite.

Gabriel MacInnes is second son of the pack of Werewolves designated to protect an ancient artifact that is the bridge to their ancient homeland in another world. Breathtaking is the understatement for this man. Tall, bronzed, long dark hair and eyes to melt your soul should the right women capture him. Most certainly a ladies man to the max. Though his station is second son it doesn't diminish the fact that Gods have a very special task made just for him. Will he be able to survive it is the question.

Rowan and her brother Bastien escape by the skin of their teeth from the slaughter that is befalling their people by the Andrakkar, the Dark Dragons. Their escape is short lived however once Lucien Andrakkar enlists the help of the daemon, creatures even more vile than the dragons themselves.

Again Rowan is found and is saved at the last moment by her brother only to be dropped into the hands of Gabriel MacInnes. Bastien makes Gabriel promise to protect his sister and feed her starving form. Gabriel cringes at the thought of having to protect a blood sucker as vampires and werewolves are mortal enemies, but he swears to do so anyway.

So the war is to begin between two worlds and creatures so vile just to think of them will make you cringe and want to hide beneath the covers. All this over the love of a stubborn pig headed woman that has crawled into the blood of two very dangerous adversaries. A war that is needed to right the wrongs of a species so noble and to unite two races unknown to each other for over a thousand years. Good vs. Evil, right vs. wrong, light vs. dark, but who will be the victor?

A love so pure that Rowan and Gabriel will be stunned that the Gods have chosen to throw the two of them together. Two people, one Werewolf, one Vampire that are so alike you wonder how this could possibly work.

"And are you always such a charming conversationalist, or is it just me?" he shot back, keeping his voice deliberately even. He didn't think it wise, when he knew so little of her, to let Rowan know he felt like throttling her every time she opened her mouth.

"It's you," she replied, not quite suppressing what appeared to be an amused quirk of her lips. "I know when I'm being a bi_ch."

This budding author is astounding to say the least. She has given us a paranormal romance intertwined with the realm of fantasy and a style of writing so smooth it's like the silky froth on the top of your favorite cappuccino. My heart longs for more of this families saga, my throat is desert parched with the ending of this installment, my need for more of this writer's decadence is critical. This series will forever be included into my permanent collection so that when my longing is too great, I can pull this novel up and quench my thirst once again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Bookmarks from Wild on Books! Oct. 19 2008
By Natalie S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gabriel MacInnes pretty much doesn't have a single responsibility in his life. As the second son in his family, it Is highly unlikely that he will ever become pack alpha - that's his older brother's job and as such, Gabriel is content. On those days when he isn't completely content, he is more often than not pleased with the way his life has turned out. When Gabriel is given the daunting task of watching over and guarding Rowan an Morgaine, the next leader of the Drakkyn sorceresses, he has no idea what he has just done - Gabriel has just agreed to protect his mate from a dragon prince who just happens to be entirely focused on capturing Rowan and forcing her to accept him - no matter how long it takes.

Rowan an Morgaine has been thrown out of her realm and is on the run from a rogue dragon who wants to force hr to mate with him. Finally agreeing to protection, she finds herself ensconced in the Scottish highlands being protected by Gabriel MacInnes, a man she just knows is all wrong for her. Emotions peak and attraction flares between the two and before they know it, their lives become almost a single entity. They refuse to let their guards down until the dragon after Rowan is dealt with but what happens in the meantime? Why love, of course!

A highly provocative and enticingly written second installment, DARK HIGHLAND FIRE is a worthy follow up to Call of the Highland Moon, also by Kendra Leigh Castle.

Gabriel is the ultimate playboy. Women love him and he loves that they love him. With the arrival of Rowan, I was pleasantly surprised to see his carefree ways become controlled and the man who loved all women become a man who only desired one woman - Rowan an Morgaine, his mate.

Rowan never thought she would have to be protected by a pack of werewolves, especially one as sexy as Gabriel MacInnes. She understands that she needs his help to battle the evil that is after her. However, she is dead set against loving her hot shape shifting companion but sometimes nature has to take control. And so their love was born amidst danger and intrigue and stubbornness. Rowan and Gabriel became as one; just the way it should be.

There is nothing better to me as a reader than a sensuous and naughty wolf finding his mate. Kendra Leigh Castle has written a tremendous novel in DARK HIGHLAND FIRE. Romance, paranormal elements, and a dream worthy hero mated to a strong heroine combine to form the ultimate read. The Scottish Highlands have never been so sexy!

DARK HIGHLAND FIRE released on October 1, 2008. Don't miss it!

***Natalie S. for Wild on Books***
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fiery pairing and stronger fantasy overtones makes Dark Highland Fire a great read for 'shifter fans. Nov. 20 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Author Castle has really hit her groove in the second of her highland werewolves books. Unlike the first book, Call of the Highland Moon, (which I liked despite a slow start) Wild Higland Fire jumps straight into the action, and hooked me from the very beginning -- I absolutely loved it.

Second son fun-loving werewolf Gabe who, unlike his older alpha-to-be brother, has enjoyed the from freedom pack responsibilities and has spent his years persuing a carefree self-indulgent life. That all changes when magical stranger Bastian enters through the gate between worlds guarded by Gabe's pack. When Bastian places his unconscious sister under Gabe's protection, Gabe is taken aback - he has never taken responsibility for anyone other than himself. Gabe is sure that a mistake has been made, surely his dad or brother would be better suited to keep the woman safe from the dragon shifting prince seeking to possess her. And when she regains consciousness, blood-drinking part goddess Rowan is less than pleased to be in anyone's keeping - she is powerful in her own right and doesn't believe that she needs any keeper - much less a virile stubborn werewolf guardian.

The relationship between Rowan and Gabe is tempestuous from the moment they meet. I enjoyed their verbal sparring and Castle did a really good job of building the tension between them as they continuously rub each other the wrong way. Both the leads are really good here, especially the smart and stubborn Rowan who was a great leading lady and no damsel in distress. Gabe is uber sexy as he discovers he's been selling himself short and is more than capable of handling responsibility now that he has someone to fight for. And he's going to have a battle on several fronts, because now-former-ladies-man Gabe recognizes the fiery Rowan as his once-in-a-lifetime mate, but Rowan is determined to fight him and in order to resist their bond.

Unlike the previous book, Dark Highland fire takes place in both Scotland and an alternate world with dragonshifters, demons and dryad warrior maidens giving it some fantasy overtones. I gobbled this one down and immediately went hunting Castle's site to see what is in store for us next. I was happy to see that there is already a book in the works for Rowan's intriguing brother but even happier to find out that Wild Highland Magic also stars the amazingly sympathetic bad guy dragon-shifter prince Lucien. I hope Castle finds a way to redeem Lucien because I love it when bad boys go good.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Highland Fire by Kendra Leigh Castle Oct. 3 2008
By jjmachshev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com
Goddesses, dragons, werewolves, prophecies, magic...this series has all those things that make my heart go pitty-pat. "Dark Highland Fire" is the second book in Kendra Leigh Castle's exciting tale of an alternate world where the balance has gone horribly wrong, and its connection to Earth. I read and loved her first book, "Call of the Highland Moon" which introduced a world just like ours where paranormal creatures run amok. Although it's not necessary to read the first book to enjoy this story, I'm glad I did. This second book continues and expands Castle's vision of both worlds which are exciting places I really enjoy visiting.

Rowan is a demi-goddess who is being chased by a dragon prince who wants her for his mate and isn't taking no for an answer. She barely escaped his first raid which resulted in the death of her mother and many of her tribal `sisters' and then only when her brother managed to `jump' into this strange Earth world. When her brother rescues her again, this time his jump lands them in another Earth land called Scotland. Then her brother has the nerve to leave her with an Arukhin (werewolf) named Gabriel! Even if Gabriel is stunningly gorgeous and makes her body tingle, she certainly doesn't need anybody's help...she's a demi-goddess for crying out loud!

Gabriel is the happy-go-lucky MacInnes. He's always been content to drift through life with heaping servings of wine, women, and song. Since his brother is next in line to be Alpha, he doesn't have to do anything more taxing than run his bar. Until the night a strange couple appears near the magic stone his clan guards and the male dumps his sister into Gabriel's arms with the responsibility to keep her safe and make sure she `feeds'?! Next thing Gabriel knows he's in it up to his furry ears with a woman who shoots fireballs from her fingertips and drinks blood! Who cares how sexy she is or how she makes him feel...did you not hear the blood part?

I'm enjoying the pace and plotting Castle has put into her world. Her characters are vivid and individual. Although Rowan's whole `don't need anybody' stance irritated me at first (hello? Your brother already saved you twice.), I guess if I was a demi-goddess, I'd feel the same way. And the more I learned about Rowan's character, the more her actions made sense. Same goes for Gabriel. Both have distinct traits and personalities which translated into the course and pace of their relationship.

I like the contemporary setting and you'll laugh at Rowan's first `job'...but it made sense considering. Castle also has a wicked pen and the tension and sexual overtones on almost every page are enough to require a fan! Her secondary characters have major roles in the story and make you hungry for a book about each one to see their fates. Thankfully, there are plenty of characters and I can only hope, plenty more books to come.

I'm enthralled by this series. Her history of the various races of both worlds and how some of them managed to cross to Earth is original and well-plotted. Each book provides more information on the customs and habits of each race. As soon as I finish one, I find myself irritated that I have to wait for the next one! Even after searching through her website (kendraleighcastle.com) and that of her publisher, I wasn't able to get a date for her next book. I'll just keep checking as I intend to grab a copy as soon as it hits the bookshelves!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and surprising Nov. 16 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to confess that I am not hugely fond of vampire and/or werewolf stories. It seems hard to find one that offers anything unique. I DO like fantasy novels though, and was very pleased to find that the 'vampire' and 'werewolf' of Kendra's tale are not of-this-world. That double dimension idea gave her freedom to go wild with her mythology, and I thought it was terrific. Rowan is a bit rough around the edges, and it did take me a while to warm to her. But the interaction with Gabriel sizzles and is so moving at the same time. I loved the connection between the two, how it was taken beyond mere physical to a spiritual bonding. Excellent! I started with this one, but can't wait to read her first novel and anything else she writes. I highly recommend this one, and if you are like me and not so sure about another vampire tale, take a chance. You won't be disappointed.

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