Author: Anita Clenney
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Buy link: Buy Awaken the Highland Warrior Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
A man from another time…
Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he’s not careful, she’ll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect…
Could be the treasure she’s been seeking all her life…
When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn’t dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.
With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan’s duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems…
Bree Kirkland was sure all her archeological dreams had come true when she unearthed the treasure map in her grandmother’s house. When the map leads her to a vault in the family’s old crypt, she doesn’t know what kind of treasure to expect. What she doesn’t expect to find is a kilted warrior nearly taking her head off. Faelen Connor is a Warrior from the 1800’s, whose sole job it is to hunt down and suspend the demon, Druan. He has been locked away in the vault for over a hundred and fifty years. While he is initially attracted to Bree, he realizes he knows nothing about her or this time. He doesn’t intend to fail again and if Bree is in league with the demons then she too must die.
Reading this book was like childbirth. It was an at times, painfully wrenching experience, with lots of sweating, crying, cursing, some laughter, and at the end you have this beautiful creation that was worth every bit of that effort. I cussed more at this book than I do during March Madness and that is A LOT! Not because I wasn’t enjoying the book but because I was so heavily invested. This was truly an emotional rollercoaster. I would go from laughing hysterically over Faelan’s trying to fit into modern life, and then grabbing a Kleenex when he visits his family’s graves. Bree is an awesome heroine. She is every bit the warrior Faelen is and then some, because she has to put up with his mistrust and archaic views on women.
There are some very nice love scenes that occur between Faelen and Bree, but they are merely a side note. In Awaken the Highland Warrior, the story and the characters are the thing. I think any more lengthy or graphic emphasis on the sexual component would have detracted from the intricate plot. The reader is introduced to Faelen’s fellow Warriors, and they are a wonderfully tasty hint of what is to come in future books. I really, really want the next installment of this series. If it’s even a fraction as good as this one, it will be awesome.