It’s unusual to read a historical romance that includes a shapeshifter, and this particular story was peopled by fascinating characters who interact in a rather unusual environment, a haunted house. I love the insouciance displayed by the heroine, who has learned to go through life on her own terms, even if some of it is bravado. The interactions between two very unusual individuals during an era of industrial change provide an entertaining tale that has both chilling aspects and lighthearted moments as a mystery is gradually solved. I loved the contrast between the formalities of a house party and the irreverence of a woman who has no qualms about using a tree for access and the story provides a gradual escalation of tension which leads to a wonderfully exciting climax. I would have liked a little more development of the secondary characters and there are a few dangling threads that I would like to have cleared up, but perhaps that will be taken care of in subsequent stories in the series. I was able to read this story as a stand-alone but I am curious about the rest of Colin’s family (and love that Scottish accent of his) and want to read about them as well. A fun and entertaining visit to historical England.
“The Highland Dragon’s Lady” by Isabel Cooper is part of the ‘Highland Dragons’ series and is a paranormal historical romance that features Regina (Reggie) Talbot-Jones, a remarkable young woman who is pretty self-possessed but not quite sure about her parents’ goal to rid their relatively new property of the ghost who does not want to leave. The group that has been gathered includes a friend of her brother, named Colin MacAlasdair, who is startled when she immediately identifies his other nature. Colin is fascinated both by the forthright young lady and the prospect of dealing with the ghost...until he discovers that both may be more than he anticipated or is able to deal with.
Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn't count on that friend being so handsome...and she certainly didn't expect him to be a dragon.
Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he's never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly...or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit-and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.