The Eternal Highlander [NOOK Book]

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Writing together for the first time, New York Times bestselling authors Lynsay Sands and Hannah Howell present the darkly passionate story of two men sworn to conquer the hunger that pounds in their blood--and the women who may be their only salvation. . .

When Darkness Falls. . .

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The Eternal Highlander

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Overview

Reprinted Edition

Writing together for the first time, New York Times bestselling authors Lynsay Sands and Hannah Howell present the darkly passionate story of two men sworn to conquer the hunger that pounds in their blood--and the women who may be their only salvation. . .

When Darkness Falls. . .

Cathal MacNachton and Connall MacAdie are cousins bound by far more than blood ties and the rugged Highland landscape their clan calls home. The ancient curse of their ancestry has fated them to live by night with an unquenchable thirst that neither can tame. 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 will rescue each of them from desperate circumstances--and draw them into a web of danger, desire, and intrigue. . .
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With the current popularity of "creatures of the night" and all things Scottish, this pair of linked stories scores a double hit as it takes two not-quite-mortal Highland cousins determined to break the ancient curse that binds their inbred clan to darkness and bloodlust and brings them each the one thing that can accomplish this a mortal bride. But there are those in the clan who like things the way they are; and as the cousins make wedding plans, others plot something far more sinister. Well-matched protagonists find purpose and love in these fast-paced, creative tales, which feature flashes of humor, unbridled passion, heartwarming tenderness, and differing yet complementary styles. Contributors to the paranormal anthology His Immortal Embrace, veteran romance writers Howell (Highland Warrior) lives in West Newbury, MA, and Sands (Tall, Dark, and Hungry) lives in England. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420133967
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: McNachton Vampires, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 47,897
  • File size: 796 KB

Meet the Author

Lynsay Sands
Lynsay Sands

Biography

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.
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Good To Know

1.) I started The Deed (my first romantic comedy and the first book to be published) a year after my mother's death. I was very close to my mother and the year following her death was about the most miserable time imaginable. But then I decided I was tired of being down and unhappy, and looked around for something to lift my spirits and make me laugh. When I couldn't find anything, I decided to sit down and write my own. It worked! Emmalene and Amaury's antics in The The Deed had me chuckling as I wrote.
2.) I met my husband in New York in July 2003. I was there because of the RWA conference and he was there on vacation. The first day there we kept running into each other and chatting in front of the hotel, and then he asked to join our group (it was very brave of him. He was the lone male amongst six or seven women, lol). He's a Brit and I'm Canadian and the first two months of our relationship were conducted by phone as well as over the internet. Our first date was a week in New York in September, followed by three weeks in England. He then came to Canada in both November and December, the first time to propose and the second time for Christmas with my family and then to take me back to England with him for New Years. I lived in Northern England for two years. We married in New York and now live in Canada.
3.) I was writing about my husband before I met him. Single White Vampire came out in September 2003 and I took a copy with me to England when I went for the three weeks. I walked into my now-hubby's house to find at least six months worth of mail unopened and stacked up on a shelf inside the front door. When I stopped dead, eyes going wide with shock and asked "My God. That's mail. You don't open your mail?" He looked embarrassed and muttered some explanation about bills automatically being paid by the bank so no need to open those and everything else was unsolicited and he couldn't be bothered. When I burst out laughing, he started to frown and said "What?" My response was to dig out the copy of Single White Vampire and hand it over with the suggestion he read it. The mail thing wasn't the only similarity he had to Lucern Argeneau. There are many more and when he sat down to read the book, he kept stopping and turning a rather startled and even suspicious gaze my way and muttering that this sounded familiar" or that did. I had to point out that it really was coincidence, that I had written that story at least nine months before meeting him. LOL.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    The Eternal Highlander

    I love reading books about vampires and books about Highland men. This book has it all and I absolutely LOVED it! It has suspense, romance (boy does it) and some surprises. I would definitely recommend this book. I am planning on getting the rest of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    These Two Authors work PERFECT together!

    Cathal MacNachton is from a clan of vampires and is seeking a bride who is an Outsider (not of his clan) to strengthen his family line. It has been over 40 years since the clan has had children born to their clan. He finds a bride in Bridget Callan who was rescued from thieves and murders from Cathals uncle Jankyn, who delivers her to Cathal. Cathal woos Bridget (who is not entirely human herself, but has Feline blood in her and some special qualities that go with it) and makes her is bride. Others in his clan, the Purebloods, are not happy with this revelation and try to crush this growing romance...but to no avail.

    Connall MacAdie is from a clan of vampires and is Cathal's cousin. He also seeks an Outsider bride of his own and finds Eva Caxton. A lady he met at court one time while her brother was trying to "sell" her to the highest bidder, even though she didn't have dowry. Connall offers for her and Eva is brought back to the clan. She is welcomed with open arms by his clan, but Eva feels like she needs to be valued and tries to do things not necessarily good for the clan people, them being vampires. Connalls nephew tries to thwart their love by attacking and almost killing Connall so he could take over the clan.

    Both stories were well written, funny, loving, and the characters were perfect together! I look foward to more of these two authors writing together and for their own stories as well. Highly recommend!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2015

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    ~ 4 Eternal Highlander Stars ~ I don¿t usually go for Historica

    ~ 4 Eternal Highlander Stars ~

    I don’t usually go for Historical Romances of any kind, but I like Lynsay Sands, so I had to try this novel out. I actually read this novel a couple of years ago and have been wanting to re-read the series. I enjoyed the writing and unique spine on the vampires for this series.

    In The Eternal Highlander we get two stories in this novel. One deals with the MacNachton clan and the other the MacAdie clan. They are family, bounded far more then by blood ties.

    Nightrider by Hannah Howell

    Nightrider takes place in 1475.

    Bridget is a young maiden who is on her first trip away from home. She is also a little more then human, but we don’t learn what until much later in the story. I sometimes feel women in the past have no spunk or wit, but Bridget is feisty, spunky, and witty which made her enjoyable to read.

    Cathal MacNachton is lord of his clan. The MacNachton’s are a different kind of human, with superior strength, good night vision, live longer, but can’t go out in the sun and must drink blood. He is loyal to his clan, family, and sees a need to keep his people alive/well

    The MacNachton’s are not only being hunted by humans, but their are those in the clan who do not want to see the pureblood diluted with outsiders. Cathal and Bridget are a good couple. It was enjoyable to see the wowing. How Bridget tries to fight her feelings and how Cathal finally falls in love with his women. I like both Bridget and Cathal as characters and the unique spin on the humans/vampires/more. I also enjoyed that Bridget has an open heart and accepts all his brethren/clan even when several scorn and reject her. She thinks of their well being and how to bring light into their lives, when they must avoid the sun

    The Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands

    The Highland Bride takes place about a year after Bridget and Cathal hook up and is about Connall MacAdie who is cousin to Cathal MacNachton

    Eve is a plain human who is witty, adorable ,and amusing plus a little clumsy. Which made her kind of funny to read about.  

    Connall is clan chief, stubborn, strong-willed, and a different kind of human.

    This one was a little harder for me to read, because Eve and Connall don’t know each other before marriage. Then when Eve shows up at the MacAdie clan’s home, well her husband Connall does not spend much time with her, so how are they to get to know each other and grow to love?

    It was an interesting arrangement and amusing to see how the relationship developed. Eve feels this need to find her place especially with her husband avoiding her and not knowing anyone. It was fascinating to watch Eve accept and figure out what her new clan are. 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    3

    I very much enjoyed Ms. Howells portion of the book. Bridgit was charming and intelligent, as well as a fierce fighter.
    Ms. Sands potion of the book however was so hard to read I would put it downand leave it for days at a time. She presented Eva as a bumbling fool to stupid to walk out the door without falling down the stairs. I cant stand reading stories where the authors make the characters suffer one humiliation after another. Almost bullying by proxy.
    So as stated 1st half well worth the read,second half only if you like to read about humiliated fools

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite The Eternal High

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    The Eternal Highlander is written by Lynsay Sands and Hannah Howell. Being part of the Vampire Romance series, it introduces the reader to Bridget, who is captured on her way to spend time with her cousin at the clan court. Cathal MacNachton is the leader of his clan, a clan that hides deep, dark secrets which have alienated them from the surrounding clans. They are night hunters and their prey is a source of fear for all of the nearby residents. When Bridget is captured by the MacNachtons, she is initially afraid of their intentions. But the minute she meets Cathal, she feels an attraction and a bond which seems to free her from her fears. The second part of the story involves another Highland bride named Eva Caxton, who is chosen to wed Cathal's cousin Connall MacAdie, also the leader of his clan. They hold the same secrets as the MacNachton clan and Eva has severe reservations about her fate, partly because her brother had wed her in exchange for money.

    I found both of the lead women to be spunky and likable characters who seemed fully capable of fending for themselves in less-than-desirable situations. Likewise, their counterparts - the clan Lords - were appealing in their understanding of their brides as well as their obvious sexuality. There is plenty of steamy sex in the novel and those attracted to vampire stories will certainly be salivating with each chapter. I did find the second section a bit redundant but realized it was essential to establishing the groundwork for future novels. The book is a captivating fantasy-romance read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Double Your Pleasure............................................

    Double Your Pleasure..........................................................................
    Two stories about to cousins trying to find brides to please not only themselves but their clans. Tough going under the best of circumstances and since they're both vampires ---well let's just say women are not lining up around the block. I'm not usually into the paranormal stuff but both stories were well done. The stories are about 125 pages each. Nice read when your looking for something short and light.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Loved It!

    The Eternal Highlander is a great short-story book. Two families of vampires trying to extend their family lines by taking on a human bride. One finds a feisty feline, while the other finds a meek survivor. If you're looking for something quick and romantic then this would be the book for you. I look forward to reading more from these authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    I finished it!

    Both stories in this book were lacking.... One story went from the first kiss to the next chapter and a period of time had gone by and they were now into heavy groping...I don't know. Seems like both stories could have stood well on their own, but perhaps too much was edited out to make into ONE book (or two short stories). I was disappointed in both stories.

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