She does not see them as soulless blood suckers, but the kind people they are. As for the danger the clan chief faces, well it is not just from the outside, but also inside as well. Which makes for an intriguing mystery adventure.
The Eternal Highlander gives us a unique spine on vampires, some mystery, adventure, and a sweet romance. I look forward to reading the next novel in this series. I liked the first book, the second one not so much. I thought Eva was pretty stupid to waltz into the house of the husband that married you by proxy and completely redecorate, who does.
That alone almost spoilt the entire book for me, not that she was redeemable in any way. May 08, Kathy rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As breed with outsiders, different traits are retained or lost; Lady Bridget Callan of Dunsmuir: Purebloods, and want to keep things the same; Edmee wants to mate with Cathal, and Scymynd trying to build anti Cathal sentiments.
Cathal decides he wants to marry Bridget… she gets a glimpse of Jankyn and crew attacking the men chasing her, tearing out their throats but passes out… wakes up in Cambrun. And his decision is reinforced as he sees how she handles his kinsmen, her accurate reading of their underlying threat, and her siding with him… and he begins to woo her… mostly with touches and kisses… and he convinces her to give him a week, and he will let her go … but of course she falls in love with him before then, and agrees to marry…and she figures out their truths, and takes it in stride… ahhh Memorable scenes: There was a good chance that the seed of affection had already taken root inher heart.
Cathal prayed he had the skill to nurture it well and make it grow. Six of us in his stead. It shows how important ye are. He even sent Ewan. Feb 13, Nina DuBois rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked Cathal's story more than Connell's. Cathal and Bridget was such a great story to read.
I loved Bridget from the beginning. She is smart and speaks her mind. I liked that there was something mysterious about her that made her all the more alluring. Cathal was lovable from the very beginning. I liked how determined he was to woo Bridget and woo her he did. They were so great together and I just couldn't get enough of them. I also really love Jankyn's character and hope to see more o I really liked Cathal's story more than Connell's.
I also really love Jankyn's character and hope to see more of him in the series. Connell's story was a bit slow and hard for me to get into especially after loving Cathal's story. It was hard for me to like Eva at first, but eventually I came to really like her. I felt as if I didn't get enough of Connell due to his predicament. But once he really starts to spend time with Eva, they are quite a lovable couple.
Definitely enjoyed this book and both stories. Looking forward to reading more of the McNachton family. Oct 06, Amy Butterbaugh rated it it was amazing. Two different authors and two different stories to enjoy about two different immortal men who fall in love with the normal woman.
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Will they have there happily ever afters and getting to keep the bloodline going for both races is a sign that their members will not approve of and trying to get rid of the men or the woman they fall in love with; But things begin to change when they find out who is after them and having their lives in an uproar. Jul 14, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: Boiled sausage aside, this was enjoyable but nothing extraordinary.
I enjoyed the second story more, preferring that author's writing style to the first. I would of liked to see these characters and their stories fleshed out, I think that would have been more interesting. Due to the short length of these two stories, the details felt rushed, sometimes predictable and silly.
Brothers find humor and hot times in dangerous situations with brides either careful or clumsy. May 24, TinaMarie rated it it was amazing. Nightriders decide they need to seek mates outdie their clan to fit better into the changing world. Of course there are Purebloods who disagree. When they rescue Bridget from cutthroats to marry their laird she turns out to have a bit of other. Jun 26, Liz rated it it was amazing. I enjoy reading Hannah Howell's 'not-really-vampires' stories. It's also interesting to read short stories from the other authors who pair with her - some of them well-known now in the genre.
Good book It was a good book. It took a bit to understand and be able to read at my usual pace. I get that for some people it might make them more immersed but for me it was a hinderance. Jun 10, Rhonda Walker rated it really liked it. When I read the story it was wonderful. I haven't read these books in a while so I hope I can revisit some of them and read the newer ones, Hannah Howell and her friends are great. May 10, Valerie rated it it was amazing. Jun 26, ceecee rated it it was ok. This book had an incredible primes, but it was lacking in the written delivery.
I love Lynsay Sands and Hannah Howell, but this book isn't going to make it to my permanent book shelf. Oct 07, Marishka rated it liked it Shelves: Rating only for Nightriders by Hannah Howell. Mar 11, CaroMommie rated it really liked it. A wonderful read by both authors. Medieval times with sorcery, intrigue and romance. A fabulous get together between these two writers.
The almost overdone Scottish accent was a bit annoying, but I got pretty used to it. Bridget is rescued by the MacNachton clan when her party is attacked by thieves and her guards murdered. The laird, Cathal MacNachton, having recently decided that for the good of the clan he needed to marry an Outsider, immediately fixates on her. He declares them engaged and leaves her no way to get out of it.
Fortunately, she doesn't feel the need to try to hard anyway. Even though this is a short, the romance doesn't feel at all rushed. The MacNachtons are obviously "other" right from the start, something closely approximating vampires, but different enough to be intriguing. No risen dead, here. The slow reveal of just what's so special about the Callan family, however, was just plain delightful, and one of the reasons I ended up raising the rating of this story. One person does come to mind when he starts to think hard on it though: Eva Caxton, an English girl he charmed briefly at court.
He knows he brother is a greedy bastard, so he sends his men with an offer he can't refuse, money in exchange for a bride. Eva is such a sweetie. I just wanted to cuddle her! She's hapless and a little naive and has never been loved and appreciated for who she is, yet she's determined to make the best of this marriage. After all, he paid for her, so surely she's worth something to him?
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The poor dear is clumsy and well-meaning and so sweet. I was just charmed through and through reading this romance. I've always loved Lynsay Sands's trademark humor, and though it might have been toned down a notch in this story, it's certainly very present, and shines through in the most unexpected moments. And though Eva might be a bit of a klutz, she's also a heroine and a very fit match for a braw man like Connall. All opinions stated herein are solely my own. There are actually two stories here. Both are excellent reads with great characters and a good story line that ties the two stories together.
In 'Nightriders' we meet, Cathal the laird of his clan. He has decided that to decrease the severity of Vampire like characteristics that he will pass to his children he needs to marry an 'outsider', a mortal. Now that he has decided what to do, he nee There are actually two stories here. Now that he has decided what to do, he needs to find a bride. It just so happens that as luck would have it The men bring her to his bedroom and deposit her on the bed telling him that they have found a bride for him. Bridget Callan takes a little convincing though. Its a fun read. In 'The Highland Bride', Eva's brother has decided to send her to the convent as he doesn't want to have to put out any money for a dowry.
So far he has been unable to attract any suitors and it looks like he will give her to the church. The day before she is to leave, six men from Connall MacAdie's clan arrive to arrange for a marriage between Eva and Connall, their laird. Connall is a close neighbor and cousin to Cathal MacNachton and has also decided to marry an 'outsider'. Eva's brother drives a hard bargain, but finally agrees on the amount that Connall will pay for his bride and quickly has the papers signed by Connall's representatives and a quick wedding is performed with Connall's brother-in-law acting as proxy.
This is also a well written and fun story, with great characters and a very interesting story line.
Two novellas linked by genealogy. Their clans are dying out, and they must bring in Outsiders if they wish their bloodlines to continue. Bridget and Eva are young women, neither of whom has an enviable home life, each of whom can save Cathal and Connell. Bridget is in a slightly better position, being from a family that remains somewhat well off, while Eva is mere days away from being sent to a conve Two novellas linked by genealogy. Bridget is in a slightly better position, being from a family that remains somewhat well off, while Eva is mere days away from being sent to a convent because her brother doesn't have a dowry for her.
The exact nature of the MacNachton curse is hinted at and danced around, but never fully explained. They seem to be vampires, but like werewolves, must respond to the full moon. It is dissatisfying, especially because Bridget's feline heritage is more fully explored. The MacAdies are more clearly vampires, albeit vampires who can reproduce via biological methods, while Eva is a mere mortal with no supernatural history at all.
There are hints that vampires can also be made, not born, but no explanation ensues. Otherwise, it's got sexy, broody males and gorgeous, sympathetic females who in no way are helpless. And it follows the standard recipe of girl being forced into a situation, making the best of it and having to convince the boy it's a good thing, and then both realizing they've fallen in love, and have lots of really hot sex. Not that there's anything wrong with following the standard recipe when such tasty ingredients are involved.
I would have liked more background on the nature and source of the curse in both the MacNachton and MacAdie families, but mostly the MacNachtons. But otherwise a fun read. May 01, Marina rated it really liked it Shelves: The first story I give 4. Good characters in both stories. Nightriders by Hannah Howell was wonderful. Smooth read with lovely Scots language!
Jan 21, Robin rated it liked it Shelves: I have no idea why Howell and Sands chose to write these stories together because they clearly wanted to tell very different types of vampire stories. I assume Howell is the senior partner in forming the idea and mythology for the series because she has written first and written the majority of the novellas that follow these two, but Sands never got the memo.
While Howell does a twist on the vampire mythology going vamp-lite with living, born vampires who rarely feed on humans and are called Ni I have no idea why Howell and Sands chose to write these stories together because they clearly wanted to tell very different types of vampire stories. While Howell does a twist on the vampire mythology going vamp-lite with living, born vampires who rarely feed on humans and are called Nightriders rather than vampires Sands has gone darker and more hardcore. Cathal, the laird of the MacNaughton clan, is an educated gentleman, kind and charming.
His love story with Bridget Callan is sweet and dangerous. Sands' Connall MacAdie, like her story, is darker and rougher. He does little more than grunt at his bride Eva for the first several chapters. Neither author has taken many pains to be consistent with each other or history and custom in fifteenth century Scotland. The rub, I liked Cathal and Bridget, and a handful of the supporting characters so much, particularly Jankyn, that I want to know what happens to them and their children.
So despite finding the storytelling mediocre and often frustrating, I will likely read more of the novellas. Jun 25, Diana rated it really liked it Shelves: Two vampire cousins in historic Scotland decide the best way to save their clan is to marry outsiders. Cathal MacNachton's men save Bridget, a woman whose bloodline is more than it seems, and bring her to marry Cathal.
Connall MacAdie seeks out a gentle woman he met at court, Eva. Both cousins may have had pragmatic reasons for choosing their wives, but they aren't prepared to fall in love. These two stories were interesting, definitely off the usual his Two vampire cousins in historic Scotland decide the best way to save their clan is to marry outsiders.
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These two stories were interesting, definitely off the usual historic romance path. I'm not sure we ever get a completely satisfactory explanation for the origins of this clan, but it was interesting nonetheless. Both heroes are strong men who are still considerate from the beginning well, mostly. Both heroines are innocent and guileless, and are pretty similar to each other.
We don't get any crossover between the two stories, except for the beginning prologue. Sep 15, Kristin rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed the premise of having two authors team up to write two short stories that are connected. I found the idea of medieval Scotland and vampires a little hard to wrap my head around but after reading it a bit I was able to get into the setting. I felt that Karen Marie Mooning did a much better job of paranormal Scotland in her Highlander series but this one was okay as well. In the first novel written by Hannah Howell she never mentioned what Cathal was and skirted around the word "vampire" I enjoyed the premise of having two authors team up to write two short stories that are connected.
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In the first novel written by Hannah Howell she never mentioned what Cathal was and skirted around the word "vampire". Bridget was explicitly explained as a cat ancestry but Cathal's was never stated in so many words. The second story written by Lyndsay Sands was a story typical of her and featured Eva as a ditzy girl who keeps getting injured.
I liked the first story better than the second but overall both short stories were entertaining and because of the scottish connection always going to interest me. This series was my first venture into the vampire genre. This is my third time through the series so I guess that says how much I enjoy them. I love those MacNachtons. Both stories involve great heroes and equally great heroines.
Cathal's character seemed more complete to me than Connell's but I loved them both. They were not so stubborn as to vacillate about whether they loved their wives or not. That This series was my first venture into the vampire genre. That can get tedious. The ladies were enjoyable as they were independent, strong, and witty.
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Jan 27, JJBMocha rated it liked it. The only thing that can save their souls is marriage to Outsiders — mortals whose untainted blood will weaken the curse in their children, and break the chains of fear that have made their clan a breed apart. Bridget Callan and Eva Caxton are the women who will shape the clan's destiny. Marriage to these strange and mysterious men rescues each of them from desperate circumstances — and draws them into a web of danger, desire, and intrigue. But Eva and Bridget refuse to be pawns in the battle that erupts as the future of the cursed clan hangs in the balance — a war that must be fought after the sun sets over the deep, still lochs.
Whatever the outcome, they'll stand strong by their brooding warrior lairds, willing and able to face down their enemies — and fulfill their desire for eternal love Back News Back Fandom Risingshadow. Back Recent Topics Search.
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