Night of the Highland Dragon

Night of the Highland Dragon

by Isabel Cooper
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Night of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper

"They say," said the girl, "that people disappear up there. And I heard that the lady doesna' ever grow any older."
"The lady?" William asked.
"Lady MacAlasdair. She lives in the castle, and she's been there years, but she stays young and beautiful forever."

In the Scottish Highlands, legend is as powerful as the sword-and nowhere is that more true than in the remote village of Loch Aranoch. Its mysterious ruler, Judith MacAlasdair, is fiercely protective of her land-and her secrets. If anyone were to find out what she really was, she and her entire clan would be hunted down as monsters.

William Arundell is on the trail of a killer. Special agent for an arcane branch of the English government, his latest assignment has led him to a remote Highland castle and the undeniably magnetic lady who rules there. Yet as lies begin to unravel and a dark threat gathers, William finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Highlands...and the woman he can neither trust nor deny.

He prays she isn't the murderer; he never dreamed she was a dragon.

The Highland Dragons Series:
Legend of the Highland Dragon (Book 1)
The Highland Dragon's Lady (Book 2)
Night of the Highland Dragon (Book 3)

Praise for Legend of the Highland Dragon, a Barnes and Noble Best Romance of 2013
"The mix of hard-headed realism and fantasy in this novel is enchanting..."-Barnes and Noble Reviews
"An outstanding read! ...fast-paced, smartly written...impossible to put down."- RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402284731
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Highland Dragons , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 326,165
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Isabel Cooper is the author of No Proper Lady and Lessons After Dark. She lives in Boston.

A native of the United Kingdom, AudioFile Earphones Award winner Derek Perkins's audiobook narration skills are augmented by knowledge of three foreign languages, experience of traveling the globe, and a facility with accents. He has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.

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PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Cooper transports you back in time.  The consistent use of phrasing throughout the narrative and dialogue really sets the scene for this.  It gives it that ‘old time’ feel.  She also takes you into a world beyond the one we live in, while at the same time making it completely believable.  There is a sense of mystery and danger that permeates this well written novel, keeping you on your toes.  Combined with Cooper’s vivid descriptions and upbeat narrative, this story kept me truly engaged. I liked that I got a sense of who the main characters were both together and separately.  The way that they try to stay separate, yet come together out of necessity was charming.  Not only that, but I enjoyed getting to know each of them in their own way.  They were both so true to themselves, yet willing to compromise.  This was a truly enjoyable cast of characters.   As a whole, this was a truly enjoyable dragon-shifter novel.  The loveable characters combine with the uniquely captivating storyline in an unforgettable manner.  I will suggest, however, that you read the other novels in the series first for context.  It will really add to the story. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
William had found a dead boy in the forest and it had already been three days the boy had been dead before William found him. Then William had questioned two kids about visitors and the people who went up to the Lock. Then William went to the castle asking for a place to stay and meets Lady Judith MacAlastair. Judith and her family were shape shifting dragons and Judith was the only one of her family who stayed in the castle. Judith and William don’t trust each other in the beginning but sd time goes on trust between them start to develop, there is also a very strong attraction between William and Judith. But someone in Loch Arach is summoning demons. William also fights supernatural monsters that want to hurt humans. Both Judith and William become marked for death and become allies. Anyone who tries to get in the way of the demon caller will also get marked to die. I enjoyed this story. Good plot and this story was well written I liked how Judith and William start out not trusting each other then build trust and a romance also developed. I liked William was in his forties . It is nice to have someone human and older fall for a dragon shifter. I liked the characters and felt they were well done especially Judith and William. I loved the twists and turns of this story and I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
Night of the Highland Dragon was a fun, fanciful, historical, dark paranormal adventure. Detective William Arundell is investigating the death of a young man in a remote area of the highlands. His investigation brings him to MacAlasdair Castle, where a family of shape shifting dragons reside, namely Judith MacAliasdair. Judith MacAliasdair is a dragon shifter, wary of outsiders, she is reluctant to assist William in his investigation until an evil presence is revealed. Judith recognizes that without William’s help they might all fall to this new threat. The attraction is slow building, with a careful amount of wariness even though the sexual chemistry is strong. With this read of the Highland Dragon series, I felt that I was missing something. The plot seemed disjointed and I don’t know whether to chalk that up to unfamiliarity with the previous storylines or not.  I’m a huge dragon, especially shape shifting dragon, fan so that was a big plus for this book.  Night of the Highland Dragon provides a good bit of humor, intrigue, mystery, and dark fantasy which I enjoyed. I found the story entertaining but would like to revisit past stories to see if it would improve my perception of the story's flow. I received this ARC copy of Night of the Highland Dragon from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchanged for a honest review. 
Jane_Silhouette More than 1 year ago
Read...Night of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper Synopsis... “They say,” said the girl, “that people disappear up there. And I heard that the lady doesna’ ever grow any older.” “The lady?” William asked. “Lady MacAlasdair. She lives in the castle, and she’s been there years, but she stays young and beautiful forever.” In the Scottish Highlands, legend is as powerful as the sword—and nowhere is that more true than in the remote village of Loch Aranoch. Its mysterious ruler, Judith MacAlasdair, is fiercely protective of her land—and her secrets. If anyone were to find out what she really was, she and her entire clan would be hunted down as monsters. William Arundell is on the trail of a killer. Special agent for an arcane branch of the English government, his latest assignment has led him to a remote Highland castle and the undeniably magnetic lady who rules there. Yet as lies begin to unravel and a dark threat gathers, William finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Highlands…and the woman he can neither trust nor deny. He prays she isn’t the murderer; he never dreamed she was a dragon. https://isabelcooper.wordpress.com/ http://www.isabelcooper.org/ My thoughts: Here, I sit with a cup of coffee at my side, my spectacles at the ready, a pencil in my hand, a wee bit of white chocolate bar and the book, 'Night of the Highland Dragon' written by Isabel Cooper. I always write down five words that pertain to my understanding and thoughts as I process in my mind the novel I am reading. Words that best describe to me what the story is foretelling, the emotions evoked by the author's storytelling. I take delight in circling sentences that I find intriguing, funny or descriptive...you know, captivating! I also write my thoughts within the pages of the novel. This is a hypnotic cover illustration, it draws one to focus on the heroine, her stance, her character...a warrior who was ready to defend. I was caught by surprise and relishing the next chapters come to pass as I read this story to include a medium, an intriguing mystery, a dragon, the interaction with children and the Scottish brogue. Different characters than I expected; it was a good thing! I found myself re-reading paragraphs to comprehend each word and scene. My first word: Enjoying; the descriptive use of the author's storytelling, the facial expressions of the characters, their mannerisms and their self-thinking. Time-period; for once relieved that this was not a regency historical romance, a change of pace in that it was a paranormal romance that not only quenched my appetite but, appeased it. Including the ages of the hero and heroine! Welcoming; o' how I adore to read about the highlands; their wee villages, the lochs and the forest permeated with trees. From the landscape, the fog, the train, every scene was depicted with details of vibrant hue. The author's unique style of illustrating and interpreting the smells or scent of bread baking for example or a fire burning, it all encompassed the familiarity of home. Children; I do love to read about children and their interactions within a story and I am grateful that younger adults were interweaved within these pages, more realistic in the daily life of a family and their community. Captivating; all the characters were captivating, catching and holding one's attention...but, Judith was alluring, commanding, entrancing and fierce...there was one scene as Judith guided William up the stairs towards her bedroom and all I could imagine was sultry! And that's how I saw this novel to be. Sultry, alluring, smooth. One needed these words to absorb the intentions and the emotions depicted and evoked within these pages...it paralleled as the story unfolded, one needed patience with each chapter read, for myself, I wanted so desperately to read ahead to the ending, I could not though, so, I had to act as smooth and with patience and when the ending came, I was flabbergasted and dazed as I scrolled the blank pages looking for the missing chapters! Then, all I could think...all I could say, was...BRAVA! Jane Silhouette