Release Date: November 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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From New York Times Bestselling Author Catherine Bybeecomes the long awaited next installment in her MacCoinnichTime Travel Series.
No ordinary hero can save Amber from death…it will take a Highland Protector
Amber MacCoinnich’s survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed.
Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both.
And another back to back read for me, this time around it's men in kilts! Let me just say this now, if you liked/loved Karen Marie Moning's Highlander Series you will enjoy Catherine Bybee's The MacCoinnich Time Travel books. And CBybee didn't disappoint, she gave me an enchantingly sweet and tender story that spans centuries. And though it shares similar themes with KMM's and just as entertaining, CBybee's saga is very unique, genre crossing novel that's well written and told you'll breeze through it.
HIGHLAND PROTECTOR has dual plots going on for it the main one being Amber MacCoinnich's, the youngest MacCoinnich, and Gavin Kincaid. An empath, Amber's powers are slowly killing her and foreseeing her untimely demise, her mother sent her to the future. The great Lora MacCoinnich foretold that the cure to Amber's "illness" lies in the future. True enough, the cure is a hunky man, Gavin Kincaid, a warrior sworn to protect the MacCoinnich legacy centuries after the family left this Earth.
Their story is sweet and reminiscent of old school courtships aka historical romance. Though Amber and Gavin belong in different centuries, this difference didn't play a big role as far as their compatibility is concerned. Gavin let Amber lead their relationship, he was very patient, protective and bound to her from the beginning it's romantic and a tad traditional which I really liked. There's nothing more exciting than wooing a virgin! LOL The best part is Amber got to share this happy union with the rest of her family so the entire MacCoinnich clan makes a great cameo but not without drama. I haven't met the rest of the crew yet but I can tell that their individual books are as good if not better than HIGHLAND PROTECTOR.
The sub-plot is Selena and Jack's, a modern witch and a cop. These two are friends of Amber's family and I think they have been skirting around each other for quite some time now. The gist is, Selena got herself into a mess selling off love potions in the internet. A client was dissatisfied and started harassing her and it ended tragically. I'm not sure if CBybee will tell their story in the next book but the ramifications of said tragedy is huge, heartbreaking and complicated. It's the kind of drama that will suck us in and the resolution will be a huge guilty pleasure to read.
HIGHLAND PROTECTOR was an exiting installment to the series, it was suspenseful and promising, it set the stage for another great installment. With the prophesy half fulfilled I'm eager to see how Amber and Gavin's union will play a role inasfar as vanquishing the villain, Gainna, permanently. If this is the plot for book 6, Gavin Kincaid's character will go through some rough patches and it may or may not play a pivotal in terms of what direction the series is taking. I love the dual plot and love story, it kept the book moving and with short appearances from the villain, it made the novel even better. The best part is, HIGHLAND PROTECTOR can be read as stand-alone but if you end up loving it like I did, I'm sure you'd want to backtrack and pick up the entire series.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author CatherineBybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybeelives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.