The Immortal Highlander (Highlander Series #6)

The Immortal Highlander (Highlander Series #6)

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by Karen Marie Moning, Phil Gigante
     
 

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Enter a world of timeless seduction, of ancient intrigue and modern-day passion. Enter the dazzling world of Karen Marie Moning, whose acclaimed Highlander novels have captivated readers, spanning the continents and the centuries, bringing ancient Scotland vividly to life. In a novel brimming with time-travel adventure and sensual heat, the bestselling author of

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Enter a world of timeless seduction, of ancient intrigue and modern-day passion. Enter the dazzling world of Karen Marie Moning, whose acclaimed Highlander novels have captivated readers, spanning the continents and the centuries, bringing ancient Scotland vividly to life. In a novel brimming with time-travel adventure and sensual heat, the bestselling author of The Dark Highlander delivers a love story that will hold you in thrall—and a hero you will most certainly never forget.

BEWARE: lethally seductive alpha male of immense strength, do not look at him. Do not touch him. Do not be tempted. Do not be seduced.

With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerizing eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensely sensual, he is the consummate seducer, free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. With his very life at stake, Adam’s only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O’Callaghan, who is cursed with the ability to see both worlds: Mortal and Faery. From the moment she lays eyes on this stunning male, Gabby is certain of one thing: He could be her undoing. Thus begins a long, dangerous seduction. Because despite his powerful strength and unquenchable hungers, Adam refuses to take a woman by force. Instead, he will tease his way into Gabby’s bed and make her want him just as he wants her.

Now, no matter how hard Gabby tries to avoid him, Adam is everywhere, invisible to all but her—perched atop her office cubicle in too-tight jeans, whispering softly from behind the stacks of the law library, stealing her breath away with his knowing smile…all the while tempting her with the promise of unimaginable pleasure in his arms. But soon danger will intrude on this sensual dance. For as Adam’s quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic and the deadly politics of the Faery queen’s court, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the conspiracy that threatens both mortal and Faery realms…and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stripped of his immortality and rendered invisible to mortals by the Queen of the Fae, Adam Black, legendary wicked Faery seducer and malicious meddler in human affairs, is desperate to return to his normal state. Now in Cincinnati to find and enlist the aid of his half-Fae son, Circenn Brodie, Adam is startled when he realizes that law student Gabrielle O'Gallaghan can actually see him. Annoyed by her inherited ability to see the Fae-they are so distracting-and frightened because of her grandmother's tales, Gabby flees. But Adam follows her, knowing that he needs her help to communicate with Circenn. Even as he works to win Gabby's trust, old enemies in the fairy realm have marked Adam for death, and it will take all his limited power to keep both Gabby and himself safe. Seductive, mesmerizing, and darkly sensual, Moning's hardcover debut adds depth and intensity to the magical world she has created in her earlier "Highlander" books, and fans and new readers alike will be drawn to this increasingly intriguing series. Moning is a Rita Award- winning writer of darker paranormals (The Highlander's Touch) with a growing fan base; she lives in Cincinnati, OH. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/04.] Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brawny fairies strut their stuff. But aren't they supposed to be ethereal, wispy, tiny creatures? Not in Gabrielle O'Callaghan's world: the supersized sprite she's eying is clad in snug-fitting, faded jeans, a black T-shirt, and black leather boots. Buff and built, he also sports gold armbands around his powerful, rock-hard biceps, and boasts a strong jaw and aquiline nose-plus that luscious gold-velvet fairy skin. And, o-o-h, don't forget some yummy stubble and decadently full lips. But what is this ultra-kissable hunk of . . . um, fairy . . . doing in the here and now? At least only Gabby can see him, but, gee whiz, her unwanted ability to perceive the fey folk is just driving her crazy. Her grandmother Moira advised her just to ignore them but it's hard to ignore one like this. As it turns out, Adam Black is under a curse and not immortal anymore, so he can, you know, fool around with real girls. Is he being pursued by otherworldly beings known as the Hunters? Maybe he can find refuge in her arms, and, well, she wouldn't say no to a kiss. Nothing doing . . . this fairy is horny. "Name your fancy, woman," Adam purrs. "Is it bondage? A bit of spanking? Or just a good, hard . . . ." You get the idea. And so does Gabby, even if she is a virgin. Together they flee the awesome wrath of Morganna, the spurned and furious fairy queen, while Adam is stalked through several dimensions and suites in deluxe hotels by her minions, bent on bloody vengeance. Bouncing from the mist-shrouded realm of the Fae to the more prosaic locale of Cincinnati is no sweat for Adam, but it's tough on Gabby. Talk about your long-distance relationships! And she'll never remember all that pseudo Gaelic if Adam keepswhispering naughty things into her innocent ears. Nonstop action for fans of paranormal romance: another lusty fantasy from Moning (The Dark Highlander, not reviewed, etc.). Agent: Deidre Knight/The Knight Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423341635
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Series:
Highlander Series , #6
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Adam Black raked a hand through his long black hair and scowled as he stalked down the alley.

Three eternal months he'd been human. Ninety-seven horrific days to be exact. Two thousand, three-hundred and twenty-eight interminable hours. One-hundred thirty-nine thousand, six-hundred and eighty thoroughly offensive minutes.

He'd become obsessed with increments of time. It was an embarrassingly mortal affliction. Next thing he knew, he'd be wearing a watch.

Never. He'd been certain Aoibheal would have come for him by now. Would have staked his very essence on it; not that he had much left to stake.

But she hadn't, and he was sick of waiting. Not only were humans allotted a ridiculously finite slice of time to exist, their bodies had requirements that consumed a great deal of that time. Sleep alone consumed a full quarter of it. Although over the past few months he'd mastered those requirements, he resented being slave to his physical form. Having to eat, wash, dress, sleep, piss, shave, brush his hair and teeth, for Christ's sake! He wanted to be himself again. Not at the queen's bloody convenience, but now.

Hence he'd left London and journeyed to Cincinnati (the infernally long way, by plane) looking for the half-Fae son he'd sired over a millennia ago, Circenn Brodie, who'd married a twenty-first century mortal and usually resided here with her.

Usually.

Upon arriving in Cincinnati, he'd found Circenn's residence vacant, and had no idea where to look for him next. He'd taken up residence himself, and had been killing time since -- endeavoring grimly to ignore that, for the first time in his timeless existence, time was returning the favor -- waiting for Circenn to return. A half-blooded Tuatha Dé, Circenn had magic Adam no longer possessed.

Adam's scowl deepened. What paltry power the queen had left him was virtually worthless. He'd quickly discovered that she'd thought through his punishment most thoroughly. The spell of the féth fiada was one of the most powerful and perception-altering that the Tuatha Dé possessed, employed to permit a Tuatha Dé full interaction with the human realm while keeping him or her undetectable by humans. It cloaked its wearer in illusion that affected short-term memory and generated confusion in the minds of those in the immediate vicinity.

If Adam toppled a newsstand, the vendor would blithely blame an unseen wind. If he took food from a diner's plate the person merely decided he/she must have finished. If he procured new clothing for himself at a shop, the owner would register an inventory error. If he snatched groceries from a passerby and flung the bag to the ground, his hapless victim would turn on the nearest bystander and a bitter fight would ensue (he'd done that a few times for a bit of sport.) If he plucked the purse from a woman's arm and dangled it before her face, she would simply walk through both him and it (the moment he touched a thing, it was sucked into the illusion cast by the féth fiada too, until he released it) and head in the opposite direction, muttering about having forgotten her purse at home.

There was nothing he could do to draw attention to himself. And he'd tried everything. To all intents and purposes, Adam Black didn't exist. Didn't even merit his own measly slice of human space.

He knew why she'd chosen this particular punishment: because he'd sided with humans in their little disagreement she was forcing him to taste of being human in the worst possible way. Alone and powerless, without a single distraction with which to pass the time and entertain himself.

He'd had enough of a taste to last an eternity.

Once an all-powerful being that could sift time and space, a being that could travel anywhere and anywhen in the blink of an eye, he was now limited to a single useful power: he could sift place over short distances, no more than a few miles. It'd surprised him the queen had left him even that much power, until the first time he'd almost been run down by a careening bus in the heart of London.

She'd left him just enough magic to stay alive. Which told him two things: one, she planned to forgive him eventually, and two, it was probably going to be a long, long time. Like probably not until the moment his mortal form was about to expire.

Fifty more years of this would drive him bloody frigging nuts.

Problem was, even when Circenn did return, Adam still hadn't figured out a way to communicate with him. Because of his mortal half, Circenn wouldn't be able to see past the féth fiada either.

All he needed, Adam brooded for the thousandth time, was one person. Just one person who could see him. A single person that could help him. He wasn't entirely without options, but he couldn't exercise a damned one of them without someone to aid him.

And that sucked too. The almighty Adam Black needed help. He could almost hear silvery laughter tinkling on the night breeze, blowing tauntingly across the realms, all the way from the shimmering silica sands of the Isle of Morar.

With a growl of caged fury, he stalked out of the alley.

Gabby indulged herself in a huge self-pitying sigh as she got out of her car. Normally, on nights like this, when the sky was black velvet, glittering with stars and a silver-scythe moon, warm and humid and alive with the glorious scents and sounds of summer, nothing could depress her.

But not tonight. Everyone else but her was out somewhere having a life, while she was scrambling to clean up after the latest fairy debacle. Again.

It seemed like all she ever did anymore.

She wondered briefly, before she managed to push the depressing thought away, what her ex was doing tonight. Was he out at the bars? Had he already met someone new? Someone who wasn't still a virgin at twenty-four?

And that was the Fae's fault too.

She slammed the car door harder than she should have and a little piece of chrome trim fell off and clattered to the pavement. It was the third bit of itself her aging Corolla had shed that week, though she was pretty sure the antenna had been assisted by bored neighborhood kids. With a snort of exasperation, she locked the car, kicked the little piece of trim beneath the car -- she refused to clean up even one more thing -- and turned toward the building.

And froze.

A fairy male had just stalked out of the alley and was standing by the bench in the small courtyard-oasis near the entrance to her office building. As she watched, it stretched out on the bench on its back, folded its arms behind its head and stared up at the night sky, looking as if it had no intention of moving for a long, long time.

Damn and double-damn!

She was still in such a stew over the day's events that she wasn't sure she could manage to walk by it without giving into the overwhelming urge to kick it. It.

Fairies were "its", never "hims" or "hers." Gram had taught her at a young age not to personify them. They weren't human. And it was dangerous to think of them, even in the privacy of her thoughts, as if they were.

But heavens, Gabby thought, staring, he -- it -- was certainly male.

So tall that the bench wasn't long enough for it to fully stretch out on, it had propped one leg on the back of the bench and bent the other at the knee, its legs spread in a basely masculine position. It was clad in snug-fitting, faded jeans, a black T-shirt and black leather boots. Long silky black hair spilled over its folded arms, falling to sweep the sidewalk. In contrast to the golden, angelic ones she'd seen earlier that day, this one was dark and utterly devilish-looking.

Gold armbands adorned its muscular arms, showcasing its powerful, rock-hard biceps, and a gold torque encircled its neck, gleaming richly in the amber glow of the gaslights illuming the courtyard oasis.

Royalty, she realized, with a trace of breathless fascination. Only those of a royal house were entitled to wear torques of gold. She'd never seen a member of one of the Ruling Houses before.

And royal was certainly a good word for him, erit. Its profile was sheer majesty. Chiseled features, high cheekbones, strong jaw, aquiline nose, all covered with that luscious gold-velvet fairy skin. She narrowed her eyes, absorbing details. Unshaven jaw sculpted by five-o'clock shadow. Full mouth. Lower lip decadently full. Sinfully so, really. (Gabby, quit thinking that!)

She inhaled slowly, exhaled softly, holding utterly still, one hand on the roof of her car, the other clutching her keys.

It exuded immense sexuality; base, raw, scorching. From this distance she should not have been able to feel the heat from its body, but she could. She should not have gotten a bit dizzy from its exotic scent, but she did. As if it were twenty times more potent than any she'd encountered before; a veritable powerhouse of fairy.

She was never going to be able to walk past it. Just wasn't happening. Not today. There was only so much she was capable of in a given day, and Gabby O'Callaghan had exceeded her limits.

Stillit hadn't moved. In fact, it seemed utterly oblivious to its surroundings. It couldn't hurt to look a little longer

Besides, she reminded herself, she had a duty to surreptitiously observe as much as possible about any unknown fairy specimen. In such fashion did the O'Callaghan women protect themselves and the future of their children; by learning about their enemy. By passing down stories. By adding new information, with sketches when possible, to the multi-volume Books of the Fae, thereby providing future generations greater odds of escaping detection.

This one didn't have the sleekly muscled body of most fairy males, she noted, this one had the body of a warrior. Shoulders much too wide to squeeze onto the bench. Arms bunched with muscle, thick forearms, strong wrists. Cut abdomen rippling beneath the fabric of its T-shirt each time it shifted position a bit. Powerful thighs caressed by soft, faded denim.

No, not a warrior, she mused, that wasn't quite it. A shadowy image was dancing in the dark recesses of her mind and she struggled to bring it into focus.

More likeah, she had it! Like one of those blacksmiths of yore who'd spent their days pounding steel at a scorching forge, metal clanging, sparks flying. Possessing massive brawn, yet also capable of the delicacy necessary to craft intricately embellished blades, combining pure power with exquisite control.

There wasn't a spare ounce of flesh on it, just rock-hard male body. It had a finely honed, brutal strength that, coupled with its height and breadth, could feel overwhelming to a woman. Especially if it were stretching all that rippling muscle on top of-

Stop that, O'Callaghan! Wiping tiny beads of sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand, she drew a shaky breath, struggling desperately for objectivity. She felt as hot as the forge she could imagine him bending over, hard body glistening, poundingpounding

Go, Gabby, a faint inner voice warned. Go now. Hurry.

But her inner alarm went off too late; at that precise moment it turned its head and glanced her way.

She should have looked away. She tried to look away. She couldn't.

Copyright © 2004 by Karen Marie Moning.

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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, I'm not one to dole out oh my God's, but OH MY GOD. I have read this book at least 3, almost 4 times. I'm still tingling from the heat this book exudes. Not to mention the hilarious way Gabby claims her man for herself. Like she needed to. Oh jealously. What an aphrodisiac. I laughed so hard. In regards to the love scenes, I thought Mist of the Highlander was hot! If you need a mental vacation this weekend, try this book or any of the Highlander's series. They'll make you want to book a flight to Scotland and find a Highlander of your very own!
harstan More than 1 year ago
After countless warnings to stop his involvement in the lives of mortals, Queen Aoibheal of the Tuatha De punishes Adam Black. Aoibheal turns him into a mortal human, but worse the Fae monarch also curses him with the Feth Fiada enchantment, a spell he has used to appear invisible among mortals when he wanted to make undetected mischief as human senses cannot notice the invisible. Adam believes this punishment is cruel and inhuman.---- A few months later in Cincinnati Adams seeks his half-Fae son, Circenn Brodie to help him. However, Adam is shocked when law student Gabrielle O'Gallaghan behaves as if she sees him. Gabby flees, but Adam chases after her as he feels she can help him converse with Circenn. When his ancient enemies led by High Counselor Darroc try to kill Adam as part of a bigger plot and willingly use Gabby as a pawn, he knows he must keep her safe even if it means his life. When Adam first pursued Gabby, he never expected to fall in love.---- Noted for her Highland romances, Karen Marie Moning provides her a great urban romantic fantasy. Fans will appreciate the womanizing Adam¿s seduction of Gabby as he uses all his ruses from chasing endless women, but the modern third law student forces him to look inside to his heart. Adam is a wonderful egotistical male, but what makes this story so much fun is the pragmatic Gabby as the only one who can see the thorny hunk and his deadly foes. THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER is a fantastic tale that will bring more fans to the already popular Ms. Moning.---- Harriet Klausner
SteffFedz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The passion Karen Marie Moning writes with about her characters, scenes and backgrounds is amazing! I recommend anyone that likes historical and present day stories combined, the Highlander series is perfectly perfect for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book knocked me off my feet.  gabby was such a nice care free girl and would have had a normal life if not for the fact that she could see the Fae. she has learned to keep it a secret but when she cought sight of adam black she could not look away and that mistake could turn deadly  adam black  who was being punished by the queen has been wondering the earth. humans and fae alike can  not see him. but one day a woman acts like she can see him she flees he but follows her  a great book that will lead you it to a world of fantasy. while i read this book  questons poped in my head  will adam get past that wall gabby has put up? can they break the spell? why is he being punished? is gabby in danger? you will love this book i'm sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that i found myself staying awake sleepily trying to read just one more page. I won't speak of the ending: i would hate to ruin the ending for you . HIGHLY recommend this because of the twists and turns and the highs and lows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't waite for the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading these out of order and can still keep up. I recommend doing it in order though. She is fantastic at creating beautiful and steamy imagery in the mind. Get your bubble bath ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, sexy, and romantic! Adam is a seductive and sexy Fae prince that has been punished to the human realm and to be invisible. Gabby is a human intern law student who has seer abilities of the fairy persuasion. Adam coerces Gabby to aid him in is quest to become Fae again. Great story. So far this one is my favorite on the series.
NiNi1982 More than 1 year ago
Adam Black became one of my favorite characters in the Highlander Series (though, he didn't start out that way...lol). I loved the culmination of his character in this story. I have read both the Highlander Series and the Fever Series and love the little nuances that tie them together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you liked the other highlander books you will like this one because it is basically the same as the rest...you know hot guy, virgin chick with a lot of balls, ame sex same plot same adjectives. if you are like me when you read a series you have to trudge through the whole thing i just hope there are not too many more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I'd seriously die of shock if KMM wrote a bad book. For realz! As always . . . AWESOME!!!! Of course once you start you can't stop. I cried. I laughed & when I'm done with this series I'm going to re-read the fever series b/c there are definitely interesting things that you'll learn here thst cross over into that amazing series! (You can definitely read one w/o the other, but why?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't count how much time did I read this book.. and there is this same passionnate emotion that I feel everytime I read it... again and again, it never fade away but growing so deeply that I don't know what kind of faery word can describe this master piece.. Plus, I have to admit it, I did't read all the highlander saga, but this only one can be read without the whole story because apparently it's kinda spin-off. So don't hesitate and pass away of this fabulous journey with Adam Black.. the fairy tale we all want secretly..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the series.
Sandy_Okeevis More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was such a diversion for me. I normally don't read these romance novels but I so enjoyed this one. I liked the time travel aspect of it and the hero is so enthralling and oh so sexy!
ElvisIN More than 1 year ago
Overall I enjoyed this book. I expected a little bit more from these books because I loved Ms. Moning's Fever series. The Highlander series is a little more predicatable, and the characters are also a little empty. The love scenes are well written, and the plot kept me interested. I would recommend the Highlander series for a "lunch break read". However, if your a Fever fan don't expect to fall in love with these characters.
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
I was little let down by this book; it just seemed a little forced. I don't know, I still enjoyed listening to it but I doubt I'll be listening to it again any time soon. If your looking for a good Highlander story you should read some of my recommendations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Karen Marie Moning's books. This one is definately a keeper and a wonderful read that will keep your eyes glued on the pages until you finally close the book. I would recommend this book to anyone. Absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot damn Adam!!!! This is definately my fave of the series.
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THESE BOOKS ARE AWSOME!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do you explain perfection? KMM has outdone herself with this book. My favorite of the Highlander series!
ldy-vixen More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately I could never get into Moning later "fever" series. But I loved her Highlander series. This one is one of my favorites.
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CJC67 More than 1 year ago
This is book 6 in The Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning. But can easily be read as a stand alone book. This is my second read of this book and I have once again enjoyed this book so very much. Adam Black as he is know here on earth is a Fae up to no good. Well maybe his "own good". Adam is sexy as hell and he knows it. Yet he seems to always get in trouble in his Fae World. He and the queen Aoibheal has a long understanding and much forgiveness on her part. But this time Adam or Amadan as he is known in the Fae world had gone too far. As Adam learns to adapt to his new body as a human. He runs into Gabrielle, a woman who all her life could see the Fae but was taught never to acknowledge them. Gabrielle's life as a Sidhe-seer as she is known in the Fae World, has been difficult at best. She has been tight if you acknowledge the Fae they will take you away and you will never be seen of again. Only this night when she sees Adam she just can't seem to tear her eyes off him. (and honestly who really could a man that has long silk black hair, golden angelic face, muscular ams adorned with gold bands, chiseled features, high cheekbones, strong jaw, aquiline nose and full mouth. I'm who can blame the girl he'd be hard to take my eyes off of too. But for Gabrielle it can only be one thing life and death. But Adam catches her staring and Gabrielle is on the run. This book is just amazing from the characters you fall in love with to the evil ones you just wanna see them gone. Oh and lets not forget the trip to the Scotland and the MacKeltar twins. Now talk about sinful of my. This is one book you can't put down no matter how many time you read it. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago