Legend of the Highland Dragon

Legend of the Highland Dragon

by Isabel Cooper
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Legend of the Highland Dragon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Mina Seymour is a modernized woman for 1894. Being a secretary to a forward thinking professor has allotted Mina great opportunities someone in her social class normally wouldn't dream of reaching. But her life is about to change when an obstinate Scotsman waltzes into her office. Stephen MacAlasdair is the family heir to the Scotland MacAlasdairs, he is also a dragon shifter. Needing to take over the reins of his family after his father's passing, he must confront an old enemy that has become trained in the magical arts. He never expected to meet the spit fire Mina Seymour. Sparks seem to fly every time Mina and Stephen come together.  Isabel Cooper writes a memorizing tale with dragons and highlanders but she doesn't stop there. She adds a marvelously strong and dynamic feminine lead in Mina, who faces everything that comes her way with poise and strength.  The slow building friendship and smoldering attraction was captivating. The plot was entertaining and original. This story is a mix of historical fiction, dark fantasy with a strong hint of paranormal (all my favorites wrapped up in a wonderful package). I utterly enjoyed Legend of the Highland Dragon. I received this ARC copy of Legend of the Highland Dragon from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 3, 2013. Written by: Isabel Cooper Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca  Publication Date: December 3, 2013 ISBN-10: 1402284675 ISBN-13: 978-1402284670 Rating: 4.5 Stars Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Age Recommendation: Adult
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Isabel Cooper brings readers the first book in a new series, called the Highland Dragons. The Legend of the Highland Dragon is part historical romance and part paranormal romance. It will easily entertain readers of both genres. Cooper does a fantastic job of showing the mind of a dragon and it's base instincts. She also describes a magical underground that will captivate readers. Cooper also gives readers strong characters with intriguing personalities and a bit of a mystery. A great first effort. What I liked: I enjoyed Stephen very much. He was certainly an alpha male but he was not overbearing with it. He didn't command or show an aggressiveness that some alpha's do. Which was really unexpected considering he is a dragon shifter. He shows great concern for his family and for Mina. He doesn't plan on her finding out his secret, but when she does, he rolls with it and doesn't expect to fall in love with her. Mina was a great character. She comes from a lower class background and has established herself as a secretary for a well renowned scholar. She most definitely is not a pushover. She earned her way up in the world and she isn't inclined to let anyone take her down a peg, not even a dragon. She stands her ground and knows what she wants. She is inquisitive and gutsy. A great leading lady. Cooper shows a lot of depth in character development with Mina and readers will be drawn to her in spite of themselves. The chemistry between these two is apparent from their first meeting but it doesn't really boil over until the second half of the book, which in turn becomes quite a bit more romantic. There are not as many love scenes as in most historical romances, but when they occur between Mina and Stephen, they are hot and steamy and seem appropriate. Their relationship is build over time and flows quite naturally. I liked the fact that each of them saw something in the other that not only captivated them, but completed them in a sense. Cooper did a great job of making their relationship believable and enchanting. What I didn't like: Unfortunately, there were a few issues with this one. Which are really not that unexpected for a first book in a series, by a debut author no less. Cooper's pace in this one was a bit flawed. It started out intriguingly but slow. Throughout the book there are a lot of small scenes but nothing really explosive until the end. And then all of the sudden it's over. So the start is slow but the ending is rushed.  The other thing that disappointed me was the back story. Usually in the first book in a series an author spends an inordinate amount of time setting up the series. Telling readers and how and why things are occurring. What the characters motivations are, what happened in the past to make the present more interesting. But in this one, Cooper skimps on the back ground and places more emphasis on the now. I wanted to know more about the dragons, their history, the reason the villain had it in for Stephen, that kind of thing. I felt it was bit glossed over and not explained in enough detail. Bottom Line: Though this one had some flaws, they were not insurmountable. The characters made up for a lot in their personalities and their delivery of the story. Cooper, like most debut authors, will redoubtable get better, as she goes along. I would definitely recommend this one and read another from this author. There is a lot of potential here, that I think will be realized in future books in the series.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON by Isabel Cooper is an exciting Victorian Historical Paranormal/Fantasy set in 1894 England. #1 in the "Highland Dragons" series. What do you get when you cross a two hundred plus year-old Highland Dragon with a ambitious secretary? Why TROUBLE, of course. Mina Seymour is no mild mattered secretary, she lives to investigate and when Lord Stephen MacAlasdair enters her employer's office with a huge problem. An old enemy is back and with magical powers. Fast paced and filled with sensual tension, secrets, shape-shifters, dragons, danger, suspense and passion. Fantastic characters who are engaging as well as charming. A sizzling attraction that builds, but, I am afraid, I was a little disappointed when it finally came to be. If you enjoy dragons, secrets, Victorian England, Highlanders and romance than "Legend of the Highland Dragon" is a read for you to enjoy. Once again, Ms. Cooper has entertained her readers with a story that has fantasy, legends, Scottish myths, and romance. And of course a bit of magical powers. What more can you ask for in the story? A great read! If you enjoy Donna Grant's Dark Warriors series, I believe you will enjoy Ms. Cooper's "Highland Dragons" series as well. Give it a try, if you have not already. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous 7 months ago
What more do you want in a book?! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the remainder of the trilogy. There's lots of action, an interesting love story, good characterizations, no detailed love scenes, and actually, a rather logical build-up of the tale. That said, I wanted much more information on dragons in the Hughlands and their background. All in all, it was very good and it was most enjoyable.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 3 Legend of the Highland Dragon Stars ~ Legend of the Highland Dragon is book one in the Highland Dragon series by Isabel Cooper. I am a lover of dragons and when I find a book with dragons featured, I almost always pick it up. I enjoyed Legend of the Highland Dragon. It takes place in London around the end of the 1800’s. It’s a slower type of read then what I am use too. Things in the story move along at a very steady pace with the romance blooming slowly and most of the action and love scene happening in the last 25% of the book. The premise was interesting with dragons and magic at the forefront, but it was lacking in world building. The characters Stephan and Mina did not disappoint. I liked Mina’s courage, quick thinking, and that she takes magic and dragons quit well for a women of that time period. I also liked Stephan as the Dragon. He’s a couple centuries old, sexy, and plays his part well Legend of the Highland Dragon did not blow me away, but it has not deterred me from continuing the series. For the most part I have a hard time reading historical romances and books that are a slower type of read, but I still enjoyed this novel. If you enjoy historical romance, a slow burning romance, mystery, demons, a villain, and magic then give Legend of the Highland Dragon a try.
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This was a good story. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the gnera
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, until the ending. Ut left me with more questions about their future together.
candycaneMM More than 1 year ago
interesting characters and plot. will be reading more of Isabel Cooper
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