Call of the Highland Moon

Call of the Highland Moon

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ISBN-13: 9781402211584
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Kendra Leigh Castle started out stealing her mother's romance novels and finally progressed to writing her own. She brings her love of all things both spooky and steamy to her writing, and firmly believes that creatures of the night deserve happily ever afters too. When not curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee, Kendra keeps busy in California with her husband, three children, and menagerie of high-maintenance pets. For news of upcoming novels, or just to drop her a note (she loves to hear from readers!), visit her online at

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THE NIGHT WAS CALLING TO HIM. Gideon MacInnes stood before the open window, inhaling the biting mid-December wind, savoring it as though it were the most intoxicating midsummer's breeze.

Run with me, it whispered.

But was it safe?

He closed his eyes and tilted his head back slightly, his shaggy fall of dark brown hair just grazing the tops of his shoulders with the motion, and scented the lay of this place. It was at once unfamiliar and yet not so very unlike the land, an ocean away, he called home.

Gideon's nostrils flared slightly. Pine. Wood smoke. The rich, earthy smell of decaying leaves. The temptation of a lone, foraging deer. And underneath it all, winding like a ribbon through each singular aroma, the unmistakable promise of snow. Judging by the heaviness of the air, there would likely be more than any of the locals would like by morning, even as accustomed as they were to spending close to half the year at winter's mercy. He really ought to go, Gideon knew, if he didn't want to find himself stranded for a few extra days. Especially when he'd just gotten off the phone after announcing his decision to return home at last.
But then again ...

Gideon opened his eyes, once more scanning the grounds of the small, luxurious inn he had selected specifically for its privacy. Then, satisfied, he trained his unnaturally golden gaze on the darkness of the woods that very nearly surrounded this place.



Gideon shrugged off the simple button-down shirt already hanging open on his muscular frame, feeling his skin prickle at its contact with the open air. Already he could feel his blood rising with a kind of savage joy that he had not felt, had not allowed himself to feel, since fleeing Scotland some two months before as though the hounds of Hell were snapping at his heels.

What on earth had possessed him to think he needed the city? Gideon wondered as he slid his favorite pair of faded, weather-beaten jeans down over taut, sinewy muscle to the floor. He had tried them all, and fled them all just as quickly as he had run to them. Los Angeles. New York. Las Vegas. Chicago. All of them the same. He could admit, now that he was thousands of miles away from the man, that his father may have had a point when he'd accosted his resolute son on his way out the door.

"Go, then, you stubborn fool, and you'll see exactly what it is you're missing, what's in all of this 'life' you think is passing you by. Too much light. Smells to send you running for the bathroom. Sound so that it could deafen a normal man. And though you may hate it, Gideon, you aren't a normal man, and never will be. What they call 'civilization' was never intended for the likes of us. Blessing and curse our lot may be, but you'll have to accept it. What's in you isn't about to give you a choice."

Gideon fought down a snap of temper as the image of Duncan MacInnes rose in his mind, glaring at him as though he were nothing but a petulant, stubborn child and all but wagging his finger at him as he gave his parting shot.

"Some things are more important than sowing your own bloody oats, lad. I might have expected this from your brother, but you ... well, have your time, then. But if you even dare to think you're pushing this off on Gabriel, let that be followed quickly by the memory of who taught you to hunt. I'll haul your sorry carcass back by the scruff of your neck, make no mistake. Now. Come and give your da a hug, then."

So like Duncan, Gideon thought with a shake of his head as he straightened, fully nude in the biting air. The threat of a whipping, and then gruff affection. It had taken only a couple of rather painful lessons in Gideon's teenage years for him to understand that Duncan meant both. His brother, however ... well, Gideon didn't think Gabriel had quite figured it out yet, which might explain why he was still intent on acting so consistently like a damned idiot. That, and the fact that Gabriel didn't want the Guardianship any more than Gideon had. Gideon might have been the accursedly firstborn, but Gabriel, knowing Gabriel, probably considered his continuing irresponsibility in any and all facets of life as just one more bit of insurance that it would never fall to him.

He also, thought Gideon with a grimace, got to have a great deal more fun, and would continue to if things continued on their present path. "Ah, well," Gideon sighed softly as he lifted his eyes to the glowing silver of a moon not a week from reaching her fullness. "Might as well enjoy my taste of freedom, then, while I have it."

He'd been brooding ever since he'd gotten to the States, trying to decide what was best to be done when, in his heart of hearts, he'd known all along he was fighting a losing battle. In city after city, his heart had done nothing but ache for the wild places, the things he had been so eager to leave behind. The great sights Gideon had dreamed of seeing had not moved him. The novelty of having multitudes of women from which to choose, rather than a handful, had not enticed him as he'd thought they would, plentiful and willing though they were. And in truth, he thought with a rueful twist of his mouth, skulking about public parks when the Change came upon him, in fear of being shot by some wellmeaning officer with a tranquilizer gun and waking up in a local zoo, had been a rather humbling experience.

The fact that he had finally gravitated to this little town on the edge of Lake Ontario in rural Northern New York, a place both beautiful and forbidding due to the harshness of its climate, was most telling of all. And so it had finally prompted his decision, and the call. After all, it was the place that reminded him most of home.

And there was a sort of peace in accepting that, Gideon decided as he relaxed his muscles. His golden gaze sharpened, becoming oddly predatory before he dropped his lids, thick black lashes twining together, and willed the beast within to the surface. It wasn't as though the idea of running herd on a pack of Highland werewolves really bothered him, nor even the weight of the responsibility of guarding the Stone. For if he, who had been groomed for the task his entire life, declined, then to whom would it fall? Gabriel had declared himself unfit whether or not it was true, and the thought of Malachi taking over would chill the blood of any sane person. No, Gideon thought, it wasn't as though his lot was really so objectionable. The only question was, then, could he learn to live permanently with the restlessness that had been gnawing at him steadily for the past few years?

Since the one thing that might assuage it was looking less and less likely to ever materialize, Gideon supposed he would have to accept it, make his peace with it, and find contentment where he could.
He'd start tonight-right now.

Running had always been his freedom, and his peace ... as was the wolf.

After years of practice, Gideon's inner beast came quickly when it was bidden. Despite humankind's multitude of amusing misconceptions about his kind, the truth was that while the Change was unavoidable at the full moon, he could shift by force of will at any of her phases. Although his powers wouldn't be at their full strength at this time of month, Gideon was still, and always, a formidable adversary, so there was little fear of being overtaken by humans. Most of his pack changed fairly often, really, if only for a quick run, or simply for the sheer joy of it. He had been no different.

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Call of the Highland Moon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the tendency to buy books about nothing but Scottish men and they have been GREAT! However, this book didn't do it for me until towards the end. It must have been the last 5 or so chapters where I just couldn't put it down and I needed to know what happened. This book was okay but it doesn't beat the last few books I have read. Sorry Ms. Castle, better luck next time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was terribly disappointed with this book. I love reading paranormal romances, and if the hero has a sexy scottish accent I'm usually sold, but this was so slow! Halfway through the book you've only read about two and a half days worth of story. There are other plots that intermingle with the main theme, but it just takes for-EV-er! Slow moving, the authour repeats loads of information if you don't already know, it's stuff you could easily figure out, and the plot moves along at a snail's pace. If this one looks tempting to you I would recommend 'Moon Awakening' by Lucy Monroe.
manzzzanita More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me from the start! Since I couldn't put it down, I devoured it in one day. The characters come to life page after page. Gideon and Carly have major chemistry that jumps off the pages. Regan (Carly's bff) and Gabriel (Gideon's bro) are made very memorable. And the bad guys feel like the bad guys... so much so that you'd like to get them yourself. I found myself smiling, laughing out loud, crying, angry, sad, touched, thrilled and even a little hot under the collar when Gideon and Carly got carried away. (ok a lot! *G*) I've always thought that a great book should allow you to expirience emotion and this one does. I very much look forward to the next books and to seeing what other worlds Ms. Castle will introduce us to in the future.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Ms. Castle brought alive her world of werewolves. I actually thought it was really sweet in the beginning when Carly woke up next to a gorgeous man (naked, nonetheless ...) and felt her body (and her soul) responding to him like she never thought possible. Of course, Gideon feels it to when he gets close to her. He smells her and deep down he knows that he has finally found his mate for life.During the book, it is only a matter of days that these two are together, but as you read, it feels like a lot of time has passed. I watched as their intense love for each other grew, although they tended to drive each other crazy and tried to fight their feelings for each other, the ending was pretty amazing. I've read other werewolf stories, but when to have the description of a person who is changing into a werewolf, described just as a person would actually see it happening, say in a movie, was pretty neat.There seemed to have been a lot of research on some of the other creatures that were described in this book. Some things I'd never heard of, but it was pretty interesting to find out at the end exactly what had been stalking Carly and Gideon. Something like a werewolf, but more evil! And the story had plenty of action, but with the romance between the two, you could feel the tension and feel the sexual energy.This book was pretty good and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series. So if your looking for something paranormal (okay, werewolves) and looking for some hot romance, then this is a book that I would recommend that you go and get it, read it, love it!
Kr15tina on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Hot, witty, and sexyThis is every book lovers fantasyCarly owns a bookstore called Bodice Rippers featuring romance books and little baubles. She is a quiet women with a non existent love life and fantasies to spare. On the doorstep of her bookshop on a cold winters night just as a huge storm is hitting a huge wolf is bleeding and in need of her care and love.Carly being the animal lover she is takes home this ripped animal only to find in the morning the mutant wolf is gone and a naked many in sleeping with her in her bed. Gideon is tall, lean, sculpted and SCOTTISH! Any married woman would start to drool of this big boy!The chemistry between Carly and Gideon is instant (even after she learns his wolfy secret), but they fight it and deny it like every great romance characters do. Frustrating and infuriating you and every turn. But all is not well in the story, Gideon is being stalked by some unknown wolf with the intent to kill. For what reason he isn't quite sure of, and with Carly becoming more important and things really start heating up. He must find out why he is wanted dead and try to spare the weak human woman from getting hurt by him or this mysterious wolf like creature.
kayceel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is not a great work of fiction, though it's written well, the characters are fleshed out, and it's charming and funny. Carly's the owner of a romance novel bookstore, and has resigned herself to a lifetime of sighing over fictional lovers, or, if she's lucky, a nice, male bookworm. When she rescues a seriously wounded wolf, bringing it into her home out of a snowstorm, she has no idea she's just welcomed the heir apparent Alpha to a pack of Scottish werewolves.What follows is, yes, predictable, but sweet and charming, with a bit of suspense thrown in. I'm planning to check out the next in the series (I'm just assuming there's another), as I'd like to read more about Carly's friend and Gideon's (the werewolf) brother, who, near the end of the book, *seem* to be set for one another...
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
If you all remember awhile back I got the chance to read Dark Highland Moon by this author and absolutely loved it. I was in the mood for a good romance and it fit the bill for me. Unfortunately, it was the 2nd book in this series and so I added the first one to my TBR list to go back to. I ended up requesting this one from the library when I realized I was craving another romance and happily this didn't disappoint.Let's begin with a bit about the book: Gideon (a werewolf) has run to America trying to get his head on straight and learn to be the future leader of his pack. He is looking for something more but isn't sure what that is. Gideon has just decided to go back home and accept his responsibilities when he is attacked by a group of werewolves. Carly finds him in his wolf form on her doorstep wounded and brings what she thinks is a very large dog home with her. And the story begins...I will admit that I am a sucker for a well-laid out romance once in awhile and this author can write one. I was hooked from the first page and barely put the book down unless I absolutely had too :) I loved the romance and chemistry between Carly and Gideon and couldn't get enough of their story. I wasn't sure how it was going to work between the two of them but the author pulled it all together in the end for me. The ending made the book for me and although I can't sure for sake of spoilers suffice it to say that it was awesome! I love the mix of paranormal and romance in this series and am so glad that I found out about this author. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy paranormal romances and of course the 2nd book as well.
imayb1 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Note: I read an Advanced Reader's Copy. The book is due out in May of 2008.Carly, the main character, is the owner of a romance bookshop. Her love interest is Gideon, a Scottish highlander and werewolf visiting upstate New York when rivals try to kill him. Early on, he comes to the realization he and Carly are fated mates, but tries to fight it... for about a day or two.The romance definitely takes precedence, but the story tries to be a thriller. Honestly, I didn't find it that thrilling; it was very predictable and wholly without tragedy. At least it wasn't honey-dripping sappy. It also had some laugh-out-loud funny encounters with the main character's family.
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This was such a good book. I hated it to end! Got to check out more from this author.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Book One of the MacInnes Werewolves Series  "Call of the Highland Moon” 2.5 stars was a little slow going at the beginning. Books like this make it hard for me to read and I had to force myself to keep going. Around chapter 5 things started to pick up a little.  Gideon MacInnes is the future Alpha of his clan, but he is not ready to take over the responsibility so he heads out to see the world. Gideon got on my nears a little once he found Carly. He kept hurting her even thou he thought he was doing it to protect her or save her/himself the heartache later on. Carly Silver runs a successful bookstore called “Bodice Rippers and Baubles”. I liked the name of her store. She has always been the romantic type.  When she meets Gideon for the first time she has no idea who or what he is, but feels a connection. Mrs. Castle did well describing the connection that grows; between Carly and Gideon. The sexual tension was well done. I enjoyed the witty banter; between Gideon and Carly in the beginning then the banter went away. I also liked the other characters introduced in "Call of the Highland Moon" like Regan; Carly’s best friend, neighbor, and amazing baker along with Gideon’s brother Gabriel pub owner and play boy.  I find myself not sure how to really feel about this story. It had it’s good and bad. Hard to read then picked up in action and romance. Then back to Eh. I am not in any hurry to read on in the series.
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Very hard to read through all the ramblings and boring. Could have been better.
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I have read all of Kendra's books,except her Harlequin stories. This is a wonderful start for the series. You will not be disappointed.
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Great story line and good charectors...
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