Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Highlander Reborn by Laura Haunsker
Title: Highlander Reborn
Author: Laura Hunsaker
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Sent to me by the author
Cover love: I loved the cover of this book, and have to say it's one of the best self published covers I've seen!!
Highlander Reborn begins in Scotland, many centuries ago, where a blacksmith fights for his life and his people. His life is forever changed when Amalia, one of the Nightkind, makes the choice to save his life. But first, he has to die...1304…After Nevin MacLachlan’s wife was killed by a vampire, he made it his mission to hunt them all down. But one late Highland night, in a battle he couldn’t win, one of the Nightkind ripped open his throat. With his blood draining onto the grass, the last thing Nevin sees isn’t a white light; it’s the dark of night closing in on him. Amalia has been enamored with the blacksmith ever since he first held a stake to her heart. Watching him die was unacceptable. Will he ever forgive her for turning him into what he hates most? Nevin has lived his life alone for a reason. When Amalia walks back into his life seven centuries later asking for help, he wants nothing more but to turn his back to her. But something about her still calls to him. Some of the Nightkind in Amalia’s seethe have been killed. It’s up to her to find Nevin and ask for his help. But how can she show Nevin that she isn’t the monster he thinks she is?
I really enjoyed this novella. It had everything that a novella should have: lots of action and passion. I really thought this was a unique spin on vampires. I liked how it was the guy who got turned into a vampire, and that he was not happy about it.
Once he finds out that he was turned into something he wasn't, he is vocal about not liking it. He doesn't associate with other vampires, but his creator Amalia, can't forget him. She's powerful, royalty and used to getting what she wants. She realizes that Nevin needs some time to get over the fact that he's a vampire, but she never guessed it would take over 700 years. When the two meet again, sparks fly. I enjoyed Nevin protecting Amalia under protest, and that even though he realizes that he has feelings for her, it's hard for him to forgive her for what she's done to him.
This is a novella, so I can't say much more without giving everything away, but if you are looking for a different kind of vampire novel, then I highly recommend this one. I had it read in under an hour, and loved that the pace never slowed down.