Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight. When dragon shifter Moiread MacAlasdair returns from war, he knows she’s the best woman for the job. Duty and political strength compel Moiread to agree, but when they cross into the otherworld and Madoc’s life is threatened, Moiread jumps into protection mode-and will do whatever it takes to keep the man of her dreams alive.
Worldbuilding: Cool fantastic elements of dragons, fair folk, magic, air sprites, shifters, sorcerers, demons – and all in a Scottish and English setting in the 1300’s.
Characters: I loved Moiread, off leading troops in battle. She is badass. One of the things that drew to the story was alpha-like role of warrior and dragon shifter. She’s practical, no-nonsense, smart, and very funny. Sort of in the vein of a woman of our times, but scaled down a bit for hers.
Madoc was nice, and big on diplomacy. Such a gentleman, too! All that pent up desire made him so hot xDDD
They had awesome chemistry from the first meeting. I loved the sense of them being equals. They spar – no damsel in distress here. Awesome banter, all proper and apropos.
Plot: The story is very much in the vein of adventure, the quest of reaching certain locations for rituals was fun and eventful. The romance was very slow burn, but sweet and tense.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. Olden times flavored style to suit the historical setting and the epic-like structure of the story.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my historical PNR moods.
I recommend Highland Dragon Rebel to fans of epic-flavored fantasy romance and historical PNR, dragons, and role reversals when it comes to who the badass in the couple is or beta males in the pairing.