I just finished the first book in the series recently and it was my encounter with the hero as a secondary character that made me interested in picking up this second book not to mention that he’s a dragon and that never fails to grab my attention. Adventuresome and fun loving, flirty Colin…yes please. Oh, and did I mention this one came with a ghost story?
Though this one is a sequel and the hero, Colin, carries over along with little updates on the first pair, this can easily be read out of order or as a standalone.
From what I can tell, this one starts roughly a few years after the end of the first book and Colin MacAlasdair has accepted a human friend, Edmund’s invitation to go with him to the family country house to assist with the ghost problem. When he gets there, he meets some of the usual for such a meet-up including Edmund’s kind, but marriage-minded parents, a medium and her companion, and the local vicar with his definitely marriage-minded sister. Then there is the unusual encounter with Edmund’s unconventional sister, Reggie, when she climbs up a tree and into his room late at night because she thinks its her brother’s room to give him a piece of her mind about avoiding simpering vicar’s sisters a bit better. Colin’s up for a bit of a romp with Reggie in between helping to keep everyone safe from the evil that is so much more than a ghost.
Reggie Talbot-Jones threw off the trappings of social conventions early on in her life when she learned of the gift or curse she has to know a person’s thoughts and memories by merely touching them. One instance at a crowded ball led to her social ruin, but she has moved on and enjoyed a colorful, interesting life amongst the Bohemian set. She heard about Edmund’s summons home for yet another encounter with a prospective bride that her parents have set up and she’s here to support him. Poor guy’s interests don’t swing that way. Now that she’s at the family country house, Edmund’s situation is the least of her worries what with a malicious ghost and an intriguing man who also happens to be a dragon in residence too- a tantalizing and attractive dragon in human form who is just as interested in her.
One of those rules was that, when throwing oneself into the arms of a strange man whose balcony one has invaded in the middle of the night, one does not kiss him with maidenly or timorous forbearance.
Loc. 177 4%, Reggie from The Highland Dragon’s Lady
The story had so many interesting points for me. I was already a fan of Colin both as a human and dragon and I loved that his adventures included battling with an angry ghost that is more powerful and evil than the usual of its kind. I even found the unconventional aspects of Reggie and a few other characters a bit of fun from the typical historical romance-type characters. The pacing was better than what I encountered in the first book with the blend of story set up and action. This one was also spicier when it came to the encounters between Colin and Reggie.
But- yeah, sorry, there’s a but…I’m really not sure how to explain this, but I’ll do my best to put it in words. I felt out of rhythm with this book. Sometimes, I could feel myself drop right in and engage with the story like during the scenes they were working to get rid of the ghost and at other times I could not. Sadly, it was some of the sexy times and encounters between the hero and heroine that this disjointed feeling happened. I think the last twenty percent of the story was when I was finally able to shake that feeling off somewhat. Up until near the end, I didn’t really feel any true romance going on. They seemed like they were just playing and having a good time most of the story.
This is a really small quibble, but Edmund and Reggie calling their parents ‘pater’ and ‘mater’ every time they referenced the folks was distracting to me. Pet names are well and good, but to never once use some of the more common names for parents threw me off. I know…not a biggie.
Anyhow, I did enjoy it as a whole. I liked how this second book’s paranormal adventure was very different from the first and I’ll even say contrarily to what I just indicated above that I liked that this couple’s romance was different and more to their personalities too especially seeing as how Colin is so very different from his brother. So, I can easily recommend it to those who love blending historical with paranormal romance with the romance leaning more toward the spicy side.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.