Saturday, January 16, 2010


Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Publication Date: November 2006
ISBN: 978-0-451219817
Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained via library

Growing up on the wrong side of Philadelphia’s streets, Mara McDougal hasn’t had an easy time of it, but it hasn’t kept her down. She formed Exclusive Excursions to escort diverse groups to various locals, most recently to England on a ghost tour. Not that Mara believes in ghosts. In private she shakes her head at the antics of her tour group. On the last day of their tour, just before their final evening in town to be capped by a séance, Mara ventures into an antique store where she stumbles on “the” bed. The large four-poster is the stuff of dreams and she simply must have it. The problem is, she doesn’t exactly have the money or the place to house it. Those problems are quickly rectified when a British barrister calls her and much to her surprise Mara is told she is the heiress to a Scottish castle and all its trappings. Paying for the bed and where to place it quickly disappears into the Scottish mists. Her castle is all she could want; her father’s dreams come true. There’s one small problem…the bed comes with its very own ghost.

At his death some seven hundred years ago, Sir Alexander Douglas cursed his killer, a chieftain of the MacDougal clan. Or rather, he cursed his bed to keep it from them. For centuries Alex has protected his bed, scaring away those who would possess it. When Mara acquires Alexander’s bed some very un-ghostlike fireworks flame between the two. No matter how bright the flame, how can a ghost and a mortal keep their love alive?

I had such high hopes for HIGHLANDER IN HER BED. After reading a series of intense romantic suspenses and historical thrillers I was ready to escape into a medieval, preferably Scottish, historical. When I saw the billing of a paranormal romp for HIGHLANDER IN HER BED I thought I had found the book for me and what I was looking for. It’s not a bad read and it is entertaining. It is just missing something and has a bit too much repetition of certain words and phrases. After the opening scene the bed doesn’t really have much to do with the story. Oh Alex rants about Mara having it, but so much more could have been made of her having it. The build up to their connecting has a strong erotica like bent and the romance is palpable. But they both suddenly realize they are in love based on how hot they think the other character is. One minute they are antagonistic toward each other and the next they are madly in love. I don’t buy it, even if it is a paranormal. While Mara does use the phrase “hottie Scotti” as Alex’s nickname, it was over done as were how many times Mara’s mouth went dry looking at him.

HIGHLANDER IN HER BED does have some fun and much needed distraction. Many of the characters have fabulous tongue-in-cheek names that give you a smile just reading them.

The rest of the series seems promising and I would recommend reading this first book if you plan to read the rest if for no other reason than to meet the characters, some of which are just what you need after a hectic day. They take you away from the day to day drudge and into another world.


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