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by hmhibbit, December 9, 2013


2 star rating
Untamed Highlander
Dark Sword, Book #4
By Donna Grant
ISBN# 9781611295139
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untamed-highlander-dark-sword-donna-grantHayden Campbell was forever scarred when he came home to find his family had been decimated by a drough.  Since then, Hayden has sworn to avenge his family’s death, and has killed every drough he has come into contact with.  So imagine his surprise when the beautiful female he rescued from Cairn Toul turns out to be one of the vile creatures.

Hayden feels an instant connection to Isla that he can’t explain.  He has a need to possess her, claim her as his own, and to protect her from all harm.  And, when he gives in to his desires, neither can stifle the passion between them.  But Hayden is torn between giving in to what he wants and betraying his family by sleeping with the enemy, so to speak.  But Hayden and Isla can’t continue in this manner and Hayden must choose, to honor a vow he made to his family or to follow his heart, body, and soul!

I have to say, for a Donna Grant book, I was really disappointed in Untamed Highlander.  I found the book to be an incredibly slow read and I just couldn’t get interested in the plot or the couple it was centered around.

I understand being attracted to the enemy and battling with yourself over the right and wrong of it all, as Hayden did in this book.  But I really just hated how Hayden treated Isla during most of this book.  Sneaking off to her chamber for wild passionate sex, only to ignore her and pretend she doesn’t exist in the light of day.  The only thing that annoyed me more than his abhorrent behavior was the fact that Isla allowed it!  It just seemed that she was too desperate to be with him that she’d take any little piece of him she could get.  Is her self-esteem so low that she doesn’t realize she deserves better?  This relationship reminded me of the song Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects as the song constantly flowed through my mind during the entirety of this book.  To me, it felt like that was exactly what Isla was to Hayden.  Therefore, I felt it was truly the theme song of this book!

Now let’s move on to Isla’s confession at the end of the book.  There is no way on God’s green earth that I believe he would react so calm and mellow with the news she unleashed.  It was too unrealistic and I love how everybody assumes it was the truth, even though it came to her in a dream, with no real memory or proof of any kind!

The book did get slightly better at the end, but it was a case of too little too late!

I’m so incredibly sad to give one of my favorite authors such a low rating on this book, but I just didn’t much care for this installment of the series.

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