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Embrace the Highland Warrior
     

Embrace the Highland Warrior

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by Anita Clenney
 

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Praise for Awaken the Highland Warrior:

"Full of twisty subplots and sexy, romantic fun." — Publishers Weekly

They were driven apart by a timeless secret...

Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret

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Praise for Awaken the Highland Warrior:

"Full of twisty subplots and sexy, romantic fun." — Publishers Weekly

They were driven apart by a timeless secret...

Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay's true identity was revealed, and the fated pair's chance was gone...

But danger will drive them back into each other's arms...

Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she's determined to banish the memories of her first love forever. But the past can't let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determined to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned...

"Hard to resist...Clenney seamlessly weaves together Scottish warriors, demons, vampires, time travel, and two strong main characters...to form an intriguing story." — RT Book Reviews

"An alternative modern world peopled with interesting, exiting, and compelling characters." — Booklist

"One of the best books I have read in a while...All I can say is... I want more." — Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick, 5 stars

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Fast and provocative... Excitement rolls off the pages, and the fight between good and evil is intense...

I just want to eat these Highland boys up with a spoon... Clenney mixes horror, tragedy, humor, love, forgiveness, redemption and just a wee bit of sweaty sex into a spellbinding and enthralling book.

A thrilling ride!

Clenney has blended paranormal, romance, and highlanders into an exciting, and hopefully long-running series.

An amazing roller coaster of an adventure! Not to mention one heck of a romance... I was swept away...

A fantastic novel full of conflict and hope, and laughter and love.

Strong, sexy men in kilts. What's not to love!

Clenney makes her characters seem so real... This book is a keeper.

Awesome, intriguing and just plain great.

Fantastic writing and a spectacular series premise, Anita Clenney's Connor Clan is a must-read!

The Long and Short of It Reviews
Fast and provocative... Excitement rolls off the pages, and the fight between good and evil is intense...
The Romance Reviews
A thrilling ride!
Book Savvy Babe
Clenney has blended paranormal, romance, and highlanders into an exciting, and hopefully long-running series.
That's What I'm Talking About
A fantastic novel full of conflict and hope, and laughter and love.
Book Obsessed
Strong, sexy men in kilts. What's not to love!
Night Owl Reviews
Clenney makes her characters seem so real... This book is a keeper.
BookLoons.com
Awesome, intriguing and just plain great.
Reading Between the Lines
Fantastic writing and a spectacular series premise, Anita Clenney's Connor Clan is a must-read!
Debbie's Book Bag
Clenney uses humor, spirited dialogue and some very sexy paranormal characters to heat up this book and take readers on an adventure they won't soon forget.
Romance Fiction on Suite101.com
The storyline is captivating and mysterious enough to keep readers hanging on every word and anxious to turn the next page.
Book Lover and Procrastinator
Clenney creates a very intriguing world filled with characters to root for.
Eva's Sanctuary
Full of action and adventure at every turn.
Book Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf
This book jumps into action and doesn't slow down till the last pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402251269
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,357,961
Product dimensions:
4.31(w) x 6.67(h) x 1.03(d)

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Prologue

It wasn't that twenty-seven was too young to die; she just had too many loose ends in her life, things she needed to fix. Shay huddled in the darkness, heart thudding, as she listened to the floor's ominous creak. Images flickered out of sequence in her head, Aunt Nina in the kitchen. Cody and his brothers playing hide-and-seek in the yard. Shadows lurking in the dark, statues, and empty graves. A hayloft and a dark-haired boy—almost a man—looking at her with passion and bewilderment on his face, the one face she'd never been able to forget.

She shut her eyes and tried to quiet her breathing as the footsteps crept closer to her hiding place. She heard an evil chuckle, the sound thick with anticipation, as a broken table leg skidded across the floor next to her hiding place. Was that what Mr. Calhoun had heard just before his heart attack? The first of her clients to die. And Mrs. Lindsey, now with a gaping hole where her throat should have been. They'd been vandalized too.

Shay forced her eyes open, terrified she would find his face inches away, but only his boot was there, the square toe so close she could have touched it. She clamped her lips together and listened to him breathe while her own lungs screamed, until nothing mattered but the next breath of air.

Meet the Author

Anita Clenney writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory and a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and has been a secretary, executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia.

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Embrace the Highland Warrior 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
One fateful day, nine years ago, Shay's life irrevocably changed. Finding out that everything she had believed for eighteen years was a lie, Shay left, but now she has returned to her childhood home to face the demons of her past and forget so that she can finally move forward. But she didn't expect for her past to run right into her during the middle of the night in a dark house and for the demons to be real! At the end of Awaken the Highland Warrior, Bree has a vision at her wedding about the woman Cody loves in danger. Embrace the Highland Warrior continues the Connor Clan series with Cody traveling back to America from Scotland to protect Shay. She is Cody's destined mate and he won't let her run away again, the first time nearly destroyed him. Even if Cody has to break every rule that he has been brought up to follow, he will to keep Shay protected and by his side. When an ancient demon returns to finish the job he started almost twenty-eight years ago though and a vampire seeks to lure Shay away, Cody must put aside jealousies and insecurities in order to protect her, but will it put Shay farther out of his reach? I was so excited to be offered a review copy of this novel, as I absolutely loved the first one in the series, Awaken the Highland Warrior. Embrace the Highland Warrior is a sexy, dangerous and thrilling page turner from beginning to end about an ancient clan of Scottish warriors who secretly protect the world from demons. I can't get enough of the Connor Clan; every character is diverse and full of life. There are quite a few secondary characters to keep track of but they're each so well fleshed out that I am intrigued by everyone and cannot wait for their own stories! As in the first novel, the plot is cryptic and complex with many questions being raised leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting for the answers to be revealed. Some are, but others you'll have to continue with the series to find out the answers to. Cody and Shay's relationship is a life-long one and Anita Clenney weaved in captivating glimpses from their past into the current plot that help cement their relationship and develop it in a believable way. However, they are both very strong characters who each carry important secrets that bring about some tense moments. They must work through a lot of distrust, deception, betrayal, misconceptions and find forgiveness as well as balance before they even have a chance of a happily ever after. Shay and Cody are smart, witty and the banter between the two, even in the worse of circumstances, was enjoyable. There wasn't anything that I didn't love about this main couple. Anita Clenney throws in a few mind-blowing twists to keep readers on their toes, to the already exuberant amount of mystery and suspense. This is definitely a book that will keep you thinking, guessing and glued to each page while gripped by the heart tugging romance at the same time. Outgoing aunts provided much humor with their match making antics and ability to always find trouble. And there is sure to be one or three other characters that will instantly capture your interest. Ronan is a favorite but I am also curious about another relationship hinted at, as well as Faelan's mysterious brother. Embrace the Highland Warrior makes a good stand-alone but better read in order as a series. Fantastic writing and a spectacular series premise, Anita Clenney's Connor Clan is a must-read!
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 Embrace the Highland Warrior ( Book #2 ) by Anita Clenney Genre: Paranormal Romance They were driven apart by a timeless secret... Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay's true identity was revealed, the fated pair's chance was gone... But danger will drive them back into each others arms... Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she's determining to banish the memories of her first love forever. But the past can't let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determined to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned... When the powerful demon that left Shay for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. Knowing she can’t fight the demon alone, Shay returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her…the only man she’s ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s far worse. When a stalker began to haunt Shay in Scotland, she escaped to take sanctuary in a place she had not visited in over 10 years - the Virginia home she ran away from at 18. It became difficult returning to a place that bought to life so many memories from her childhood, becasue the family/friends that concealed secrets from her since birth were still in residence. Yet, upon returning, Shay was bombarded with intense feelings for a man who once was her best friend/first love and as past mistakes slowly became resolved, a much darker force was coming...solely for her. Honestly, I forgot I read Book #1 by Anita Clenney (which I am satisfied to say the book cover greatly improved with Book #2) and was presently surprised to catch up with past characters that I was some-what familiar with. Shay and Cody were easy to enjoy as the protagonists, but I was more fond of them earlier on in the story than I was at the end due to their relationship being built on jealousy/mistrust/constant-bickering. Also, their earlier awkward awareness of each other was a lot more exciting and animate, for the reader, than their quick excuse for comforting relations in the second half of the book. Thus, I was discontented with the evolvement of romance in this story. Yet, if you like lots of highlander adventures that travel through Scotland and reside in castles - this could be an entertaining read for you, but don't expect a grand epic tale. Likes: Shay and Cody's childhood memories were some of my favorite parts of the whole story, especially the younger ones that revolved around them innocently playing together. Dislikes: The story fell a little flat for me half-way through since I was expecting more character development (esp. with the relationship between Shay and Cody as adults) and yet there were many superficial jumps in the tale that left me dissatisfied overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Read! Book 1 had a slow start but picked up after page 70, but this book 2 was fast paced, action packed, lots of mystery, no hot steamy love scenes. I would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series of nooks is the perfect blend of action, romace, & humor. I love the old-fashiojed ways of the warriors mixed with the strong wills of their mates. The culture shock is both funny & endearing. They love each other & protect each other fiercely. Cody & Shay are a great couple & I loved learning more about Faelin and Bree too. I can't wait for the next in The Higland Warriors series to be released. Guess I'll have to read it again.
luv2ReadLR More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! I have read both books and can't wait for Ms. Clenney to publish her next book. At first I thought she had too many characters and it was not going to be easy to follow, but it was, and all those wonderful characters tied in nicely. It was exciting, romantic, sexy and laugh out loud funny. Until the next book....
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Could not get past 35 pages. Story line felt rushed.
kk_71556 More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure I would like this book but I do....and have each of the others and want more.
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As good as the first book
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I am so IN LOVE with your books Anita Clenney!!! Once again you managed to suck me into to these Scottish Warriors lives...steamy love scenes and lots of adventure and mystery...what's a girl not to like..lol :) I look forward to the next book!!!
kaycart More than 1 year ago
A good read for what it is. Not deep literature, but great entertainment.
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I'm loving this series! I can't wait for the next one!
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Really enjoyed reading the series can't wait for the next book!!!
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This book was even better than the first in the series. I love the Bree and Shay characters together. They are great! This is some of the best story telling I have ever read in a romance novel. I hope there are more books in this series.
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