Night of the Highland Dragon: Highland Dragons #3 by Isabel Cooper with Excerpt and Giveaway

Night of the Highland Dragon: Highland Dragons #3 by Isabel Cooper with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today meet Isobel Cooper’s newest release, the third book in her Highland Dragons series.  I’ve got a review, an excerpt, a peek into an ancestor of the MacAlisdair dragons (possibly to appear in his own book) and a tour-wide giveaway where you could be the lucky winner of one of five copies of THE LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON by Isobel Cooper,  book one in the series.

Night of the Highland Dragon

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.

Night of the Highland Dragon: Highland Dragons #3 by Isabel Cooper with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Night of the Highland Dragon
Author: Isabel Cooper
Series: Highland Dragons #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 2 June 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Acclaimed author Isabel Cooper’s thrilling paranormal romance series continues with a sexy Highland dragon shapeshifter and an inquisitive hero…

William Arundell is a detective working for a secret branch of the English government. When a young man is found dead, William’s investigation leads him to a remote Highland village and the intoxicatingly beautiful lady who rules MacAlasdair Castle.

The charismatic Judith MacAlasdair is not what William expected. The only daughter in a long line of shape-changing dragons, Judith is wary of William and his unrelenting questions. However, when William’s investigation takes an interesting turn, they must put aside years of bad blood and a mutual distrust of outsiders to band together to save the British Islands from its deadliest foe…

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

From the soot-stained sides of the alley, shadows emerged and became men. Judith counted five: big fellows, all of them, and at least two openly carried long knives. She let out all her breath, hissing it through her teeth, and took a step back.

“It’s all right,” William said, putting a hand on her arm. Oh, good: he was going to try and be protective. This day was going wonderfully. He turned to the men. “Very sorry to disturb you. We’ll just be on our way.”

Protective and diplomatic. Even better.

“Don’t move,” growled one of the larger men. “Don’t run. Don’t scream. You’d better not scream. Nobody’d hear you. Nobody’d come anyway.”

Even from a distance, he reeked of drink. His eyes were glassy, and he grinned when he spoke in a way that Judith didn’t like at all. Neither did she like the way the others were looking at him, taking their cues. On their own, sober, any of them might have been reasonable. Right now she could feel the avalanche building.

Judith took more quick inventory. The men would probably catch up quickly if they tried to run. The alley was dark, and the leader was probably right: she’d never known most people in cities to intervene, and the local constabulary didn’t take much interest in a neighborhood like this one. She wasn’t armed. She didn’t know if William had brought whatever weapon he’d been reaching for out at Finlay’s, or how skilled he was with it if he had. And she was wearing skirts.

She sighed, held still, and decided to try a little diplomacy of her own. “I’m sure we can settle this peaceably. Just leave us enough money for tickets home, aye? We’ll hand over the rest.”

The leader shook his head. “Won’t need money when we’re done with you. Won’t need to go home, either,” he said. Judith didn’t recognize what cue he gave, and he didn’t speak, but she heard footsteps behind her.

Fine, then. Fine.

She whirled, caught the man’s outstretched hand as he tried to grab her arm—they always tried for the bicep if you were a woman, devil only knew why—and used his body as a pivot for her own. Her elbow smashed into his jaw with all her weight behind it. His head snapped sideways with a cracking sound: his jaw, not his neck, for he yelled in agony and staggered back, clutching the side of his face.

There was no time to see William’s reaction.

“Are we finished—” she started to ask.

Then the leader roared and rushed forward, and the rest followed his lead. It was an answer, just not the one Judith had wanted. “I did my best,” she muttered, not sure if she was speaking to William or the robbers or her own conscience. Then she gave herself over to the moment.

 

 

To celebrate the release, Isabel is giving us an exclusive peek into some of the MacAlasdair’s more interesting ancestors – some of them may even appear in future books of the series!

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About Isabel Cooper

Isabel Cooper lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her boyfriend and a houseplant she's managed to keep alive for over a year now—a personal best. By day, she's a mild-mannered editor at a legal publishing company. By night, she's really quite a geek: polyhedral dice, video games, and everything. She only travels through time the normal direction, and has never fought any kind of demon, unless you count younger sisters. She can waltz, though.

 

 

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