“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 _ Stars, Top Pick!
Cooper returns to top form in the third Highland Dragons paranormal Victorian romance (after The Highland Dragon's Lady). Lady Judith MacAlasdair is of the Highland Dragon blood and charged with supervising the family castle and the local village, Loch Arach. Nobility has its perks, but she longs for her lost days as a "boy" in the Royal Navy. When William Arundell comes seeking answers to a murder in a nearby town, he seems ready to uncover all the hidden truths about Loch Arach, while keeping his own secret: he's an agent for D Branch, charged with investigating crimes of a mystical nature. When he discovers Judith's secret, his duty is to report her to the Crown. But when they work together, they form a formidable team ready to serve and protect the innocent Highland people. This spy thriller is replete with demons, adventure, and unexpected passion. Cooper has a flair for invoking both Victorian chivalry and comedy of manners; the pace is quick and the resolution satisfying.
With plenty of tension, forward motion and lovely reveals
The first I have read, and it won’t be the last. Seriously, what’s not to like with Highlanders, Dragons, steamy attraction and a murder mystery in a late Victorian setting. Isobel Cooper has mixed genres, history and a solid set of twists to come out with a quick reading story that left me hungry for more.
William Arundell works for a secret branch of the English government (I love the feel of Torchwood here) that specializes in the paranormal and supernatural. There is a murderer on the loose, and William is investigating the case in the remote Highlands. Coming upon the MacAlasdairs and Judith in particular, she is one of the potential suspects.
But Judith has her own reasons for not being happy with the stranger in her area: a dragon shifter, secrecy and guarding the clan are imperative. There are, however, tales about the Lady in the Castle in the village, and it piques William’s curiosity.
A wonderful development of their relationship, with bits revealed and more to come around every turn. Plenty of suspects could be the murderer, so the mystery is well formed with enough suspects to keep you guessing and intrigued. With plenty of tension, forward motion and lovely reveals of secrets and relationships the story kept me engaged and anxious to know more. While I didn’t feel any great loss in not having read the earlier books, I do think this would have been a richer experience having read them, and can’t wait to read them as soon as I can.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.