This is a really neat premise - two bestseller author working in tandem on the same storyline. Lynsay Sands and Hannah Howell pen the two tales in The Eternal Highlander. This is a real treat for Sands' fan, who know her for her Hysterical Historicals and the wacky Angeneau Vamps. This is a serious story, showing another side of her talent. Hannah Howell has long been known for her strong Scottish Historical. These two talented ladies combine their muses and come up with these interlocking stories.
Set in Medieval Times, Cathal and NacNachton and Connal MacAdie are Highlanders, they are cousins, but they are bound in a way deeper than blood or Clan alliances. They have a dark secret that ties them to their Clan, their lands, an ancient curse that has fallen upon all of their ancestry. This curse has seen them stalk the night, and shun neighboring Clans, burning with an unquenchable thirst that drives them and those like them. However, time of their remoteness is fast changing, and the fear their kindred might be hunted down and destroyed, push these two strong men, to lead the way to the future...and light. They can breed out their curse by marriage with Outsiders - women who blood will weaken the taint and forever break the pall of the curse that has made them a Clan apart.
In Nightriders by Hannah Howell, Cathal had decided to marry Bridget Callan. Dire circumstances pressed her to accept the offer of marriage to Cathal NacNachton. In The Highland Bridge Lynsay Sand's pens the gentle tale of Connal MacAdie and Eva Claxton. She, too, must marry because of desperate circumstances. The marriages of both of these women draw them into danger as the nature of the men they married slowly comes to light, pulling them into intrigue, danger and desire.
Both women are strong and refused to be turned into pawns in a deadly game, with the lives of their husbands and their new Clan - the ultimate prize. Both women have decided to stand by their new spouses and fight for eternal love and the very survival of the Clan. For those who love Scottish Sagas and dark vamps this is a super read.
2004 Reviews International Organization Award of Excellence Finalist (Lynsay Sands) for best short story and 1st Place Winner