Wild Highland Magic

Wild Highland Magic

by Kendra Leigh Castle

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Overview

"With a strong, compelling plotline, engaging dialogue, an intriguing cast of characters and toe-curling sexual tension, WILD HIGHLAND MAGIC is a joy to read from start to finish."—Romance Junkies

When Scottish Highland werewolf Catrionna meets the gorgeous, tortured Bastian, her long suppressed animal instincts kick in-and she must have him. And she'll take on every demon that torments him, with or without his help.

Growing up in America with a father who hates his own nature, Catrionna MacInnes has always tried desperately to control her powers and pretend to be normal. Now her father has brought her and her sisters to Scotland to reunite with the pack they fled years ago.

Bastian an Morgaine has found sanctuary among the MacInnes werewolf clan but no relief from the soul-searing curse that haunts him. The minute Cat lays eyes on Bastian, she knows she's met her destiny. In their first encounter, she unwittingly binds him to her for life, and now they're both targets for the evil enemies that are out to destroy their very souls.

PRAISE FOR CALL OF THE HIGHLAND MOON:

"Sweeping readers along from upstate New York to the Scottish Highlands, Call of the Highland Moon tells a werewolf tale with a mysterious origin. Ms. Castle develops likeable characters, adds danger-filled mystery to a steamy romance, and keeps reader's interest to the revealing end."
darquereviews.blogspot.com

"A great pick for readers who like their supernatural romances funny, seductive, and light on gore." wordcandybooks.blogspot.com

"Nice and steamy. Props for good writing and an interesting world."
kristiej.blogspot.com

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402247088
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 353,235
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of Call of the Highland Moon and Dark Highland Fire. She has been a lifelong reader of romance fiction and debuted with her own first novel in 2008. Kendra lives with her Navy fighter pilot husband and their three children.


Kendra Leigh Castle (Virginia Beach, VA) went to college in Northern New York then joined her US Navy fighter pilot husband in moving around the country. This series reflects her North Country roots and her avid interest in all things paranormal. Kendra is currently loving the jet noise in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and three children.

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Camp of the Dyadd Morgaine, Coracin

"But WHY must I get up, AMA?"

The boy rubbed his eyes as his mother gently lifted him from the warm, silken cushions on which he'd been so peacefully sleeping only moments before.

"Sshhhhh," Elara cautioned him, pressing a finger to her lips. The boy looked around the darkened tent that he shared with his sisters and heard the deep and heavy breathing that meant he and his mother were the only ones awake. Despite his fatigue, his curiosity began to be piqued. Though he never felt deprived of love, he was rarely singled out. Women held the power in hisfamily, he knew.

But tonight, his mother seemed to want him for something. Just him, without his sisters. Pride and pleasure swelled in his small eight-year-old chest. Straightening to look into Elara's golden eyes, he gave a sharp nod. He caught just a flash of amusement in her gaze before she pressed a quick kiss to his forehead.

"Come, Bastian," she said softly, and with her humor already vanished, he saw the troubled crease between her eyes that was hardly ever there, except when Rowan had done something particularly bad. Like the time she'd singed off the ends of Reya's hair. Bastian grinned at the memory. He loved Rowan almost as much as he loved his mother. And his troublesome sister was excellent cover for getting into less-noticeable mischief
of his own.

His grin faded quickly as Elara turned to lead him from the tent, moving with the grace of a goddess despite the belly swollen with what Bastian was certain would be yet another sister to run him ragged. He had been told that there would be no more boys; that there had never been a boy born to the Dyana an Morgaine but him. Sometimes that made him feel special.

More often it made him feel lonely.
Elara lifted the flap of the tent, and the two of them emerged into the moonlit quiet of the camp, with its dozens of high-peaked tents adorned with pennants that flapped lazily in the warm night breeze. She turned to look back at him only once, and the sorrow that flickered across her lovely face, just for an instant, gave Bastian pause. Maybe he didn't want to be the special one tonight. Maybe his Ama could pick a sister for whatever she was doing instead. After all, there were four of those and only one of him. And Lari had thrown mud at him earlier.

He opened his mouth to suggest a replacement, but his mother was moving away again, the fabric of her night robe shimmering like a ghostly beacon. Bastian shivered in his thin tunic, though the night was not cold, and ran on skinny legs to catch up. He was having the feeling again, the one he sometimes got before something really bad, or really good, was about to happen. It crackled all around him, like the sparks Rowan sometimes gave off when she was mad, prickling across his skin and making the tiny hairs on the back of his neck stand up.

He had felt this way the morning before his cousin Marisin had drowned in the river. But he'd also felt it the first time he'd found one of the secret magic places, the ones no one could get to but him. The wonderful and the terrible, though no one else seemed to be able to sense either coming.

Somehow, he thought tonight might contain a bit of both.

Instead of heading for the Great Tent, which was Elara's domain, his mother surprised him by heading for the edge of camp where the striped hershas that pulled their wagons slept peacefully in the long grass. The two of them made no sound as they walked on bare feet toward the trees ringing the clearing that was the Dyadd's current home. Soon they would depart for another part of the endless forests of the Carith Noor, in the bright whirl of color and sound that was an integral part of who they were. It was their way. This Bastian knew and accepted. But sometimes, he wondered what it would be like to just… stay.

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Wild Highland Magic 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Athins were once a powerful clan ruling the Northern Plains. They fell into ruin when Cadmus ruler of the Daemons of the Blighted kingdom visited their High Mage to unite their tribes. To anchor an agreement, Cadmus demanded the High Mage give him his sister, but the Athins' leader refused. Cadmus placed a curse on the Ice Mage males. They are a dying group down to their last male wizard Bastian an Morgaine, who hides away amongst the MacInees shapeshifting pack in Scotland.----------- Twenty-five years ago a dispute between brothers led to one taking his family across the ocean. Now he wants to reconcile so his daughter Catrionna MacInnes can learn to be a werewolf amidst family. When Cat and Bastion see one another for the first time they are attracted to each other. She recognizes hs as her lifemate; he fears his feelings for her as he believes Cadmus' curse will activate as it did leading to his dad's lament of regretting love and eventually his death.----------- This is a fast-paced romantic fantasy that sub-genre fans will appreciate. Although a cast of zillions with several major subplots like the feuding brothers add complexity to the tale, the story line belongs to the Cat and Bastian who will have readers humming the Flack version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. WILD HIGHLAND MAGIC is a tremendous romantic fantasy that will send new fans seeking Kendra Leigh Castle's previous Highland stories (see CALL OF THE HIGHLAND MOON and DARK HIGHLAND FIRE; neither read by me).--------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good story fast reading and very fufilling...
lellis42 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the series - 3 so far - very much . Look forward to reading more of her work.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Give a brief summary:In the lastest installment of this Highland werewolf series, Baustian an Morgaine is dealing with a life-sucking daemon. Although he has a large family of sisters, he feels alone at all times and is staying with the MacInnes werewolf clan. He is completely focused on trying to defeat the daemon until he comes across Catrionna MacInnes and then that focus changes...Likes?What I liked about this book was revisiting the MacInnes and Morgaine clans while getting to new new characters. Both Catrionna and Baustian are strong lead characters and I really enjoyed their story. I was intrigued about Baustian from the previous book and liked him even more in Wild Highland Magic. The daemon was interesting and different from the previous storylines which I found refreshing. In fact, I didn't see this storyline coming at all which made it all the better for me. I also liked getting to know Catrionna's two sisters and am hoping to read more about them in future stories (hint, hint :)Dislikes?Hmm...that seems like a harsh word here is there wasn't anything that I disliked about this book. I will admit to not feeling as deep a connection to this book as the 2nd book in this series but I still really liked it. So I can't really share any dislikes :)Additional Thoughts?This is a really good series if you enjoy a good romance with paranormal thrown in. I really, really like this series and hope that there will be more books in the future. All in all, a good read and a good addition to this series. And guess what guys, I feel a giveaway in the future :)
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I have read a romance book that totally sucked me into the world the author created and drew to me nearly every character in the story. Wild Highland Magic did just that. It has a little of everything for those who like paranormal romances. You have were wolves, dragons, vampires and even a nod towards witches. You can feel the sexual tension brimming between Bastian and Cat from their first meeting and get carried along as they try to find a way to overcome the curse put on Bastian and find a way to remain together. You also meet Cat¿s two younger sisters, Poppy and Skye, and also get caught up hoping Poppy and her dragon get their own happy ending. I¿ll definitely be adding Castle¿s other books to my to be read list!
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the final conclusion to the series, although I would read more if they were to be written.In the final book we get to learn more about the brooding, loner, sexy, mysterious, powerful Bastian. His father's bloodline was cursed a few generations ago and they have all died out but him. If he is to break this curse he must seem help from an unwilling sort and help has to be freely given, easier said then done. But the worst of his problems has just begun, he was warned as an eight year old boy to keep himself distant from any happy emotions for those would kill him faster and mostly to NEVER take a mate.Cate is an untrained werewolf just now meeting the MacInnes clan (her family) for the 1st time in her life. Upon laying eyes on Bastian, she is completely drawn to him and marking him as her own might just be more then she bargained for. To fight for their new found love might just be the death of them.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh my. I had a hard time finding "Wild Highland Magic" in the bookstore; but I refused to miss out, and ordered a copy of Kendra Leigh Castle's latest instead. I'm so, so glad I did. This one was just as good as the other two I've read by her and that makes this author a firm plant onto my 'must read' list.Catrionna and her sisters are so excited to finally be headed to the Scottish homeland of their relatives. But better than the chance to see long-estranged family is the chance to be accepted for what they are...werewolves. Is it too much to hope that maybe they can find a hunky werewolf they're NOT related to?Bastian is cursed...a real curse. He's the last of his bloodline-the rest were all driven mad by a daemon curse and now it's come for him. After years of searching, he's down to his last hope. His only chance is: the blood of a dragon, freely given. Isn't just his luck that the only dragon he knows is his sister's half-brother? Oh, and he's in hell? And better yet, he was sent there after trying to force his half-sister to be his mate? I guess it could be worse...like maybe Bastian could rescue him...only to find himself hiding out in the midst of a werewolf reunion...where he meets his future mate!This is a series with drama, humor, suspense, magic, werewolves, vampires, dragons, daemons, hot love, hotter sex, sacrifice, redemption...I could go on and on. It's a darn good plot, set in an interesting world (worlds, really), that kept me turning pages like a whirlwind.You could read "Wild Highland Magic" as a standalone and still be intrigued. But why not go for the gusto and read all three. They have a spot on my keeper shelf and I can only hope there's more to come from Kendra Leigh Castle set in these wonderful worlds.
marieburton2004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wild Highland Magic" is actually the third book by Kendra Leigh Castle along these same lines of sexy shifters of werewolves and sorceresses. I see your raised eyebrows. Keep reading. I myself do not typically (have not ever) read paranormal romances. But I have broadened my horizons and I am glad I did. Featuring your predictable love story it is told with a unique setting and circumstances, obviously unlike anything I've ever read before. Instead of getting turned off by the fantasy worlds I was quite absorbed. First off let me explain that there is no gore, bloody stuff which some may think of when they hear of 'paranormal'. There is nothing here to be afraid of.This novel is focused on the romance that immediately occurs between Catriona, a woman who has the ability to shape into a werewolf, and Bastian, who is a sexy mysterious powerful mix of man and magician. He can jump worlds. (I just wanted to see myself write that phrase with all seriousness.) Oh and he can make water move. But Sexy Bastian is lugging around the Family Curse, aka a vicious shadow who swears to eat him up and whoever loves him as it has done to generations before him. Catriona's family of werewolves get involved in trying to save Bastian and Catriona from dragons and evil shadows with a fight to the death. Their attraction is extreme and that's where some of the 'bodice-ripper' stereotypical scenes come in, and it gets hot and heavy a few times. Mini sub-plots occur with Cat's family members with love affairs and secrets, and the actual magic itself which were all entertaining. The main characters are appealing and the dialogue is modern and witty. I enjoyed the paranormal factors more then I expected I would, some of the magic described was wonderful to imagine. One drawback is the non-development of the character of Cat's father. I kept expecting more to be said about him with insight into his secrets and personal life. And although this is set in Scotland, there isn't a lot of "Scottish" characterizations except for kilts at a gathering... and then the other settings are indeed out of this world.After getting halfway through the book is when I realized that were two books before that focused on some of the same characters, but knowing that did not detract from the current plot. I will just have to go hunting for those other two. On Kendra's site there is a summary of the books and how they relate to one another. This is a great summer read, this came out May 1 in paperback for a great price, so you really can't go wrong. I know some readers will balk at the phrase paranormal romance, as I have done myself, but I recommend this one for anyone who wants to let go of the typical romance and go for a ride on the other side where demons and love at first sight mixes into an uncommonly great story. I definitely believe that Paranormal Romance Readers will love it. Overall a good ride, and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read. I enjoyed the characters and storyline/
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Was hooked from beginning to end cannot wait to read the next highland stories
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