November 26, 2013

Braine Reviews: Highland Protector by Catherine Bybee + Giveaway

Series: The MacCoinnich Time Travel Series 5
Format: PDF
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | iBooks | Smashwords 

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. 

1686, MacCoinnich Keep Scotland

Fighting with a sword ranked up there with having sex without an orgasm. Holding the damn thing took too much energy and the end-result was anticlimactic and messy. Kincaid’s free hand itched to pull any one of his hidden weapons from the pockets of his modified seventeenth century clothes and finish off his opponent. The man’s death was inevitable. He had no earthly prayer of taking Kincaid. Even without the use of Kincaid’s gift, the kilted Scot had two fatal flaws working against him. One, he underestimated his opponent, never a good thing in battle. Two, Kincaid’s Druid gift would prevent any fatal blow from reaching his skin. He was damn near immortal.

Kincaid missed being skewered by the Scot’s blade by lunging to his right and placing one foot on the edge of the Keep’s massive stairs. Above him, other men fought, some with powers, a few without. Preventing the ancient Keep from falling into any hands that didn’t belong to descendants of the original owners, wasn’t going to happen. These missions were planned and orchestrated with extreme caution and precision.
The Scot advanced again—sweat falling from his brow with the effort of the fight.

“Kincaid!” He heard his name from the floor above, but didn’t make the mistake of looking up.

“I’m busy.” He blocked his opponent’s sword again, locked the man’s free arm, and attempted to pull it behind his back.

Kincaid was rewarded by taking an elbow in the ribs and having the wind knocked from his lungs.

“Finish him already. We need to move on.”

Moving on was his queue that their time was nearly up.

“I guess…” He shoved the Scot a foot away and lifted his sword high. “That means we’re done here.”

“Your confidence will be your downfall,” the Scot said.

Kincaid motioned the man forward. …said the spider to the fly…

The Scot advanced with a surge of strength and determination.

Kincaid held his ground, threw up his Druid shield, and watched as shock filled the man’s gaze when his sword bounced off the shield and opened him up for Kincaid’s final blow.

Killing never sat well with him. But he was a warrior and killing was part of his soul. Damn shame that.

Kincaid heard his name called again, and he took the familiar stairs two at a time to reach the others. From the corner of his eye, his gaze met a painting on the wall, one he’d not seen before.

His steps faltered as he connected with the haunting gaze of the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Didn’t matter that the painting was one dimensional, or that the woman was most likely dead…even in this century. He did a quick inventory of the other images on the walls and recognized only one. The same painting hung in that very space on the wall, so many years in the future. But this one…the picture of the woman with her long dark hair and pained focus as she attempted to smile, beckoned him. This painting he’d never seen.

“Kincaid! Dammit man, get your ass up here!”

Kincaid shook away the woman’s soulful gaze, bounded up the stairs, and trailed his band of men up the spiral staircase of the turret.

As they moved to the privacy of the bricked room, he noticed the small face of one of the Keep’s youngest occupants watching from behind an adjacent door.

Rory moved to close the door when Kincaid motioned toward their witness.

The child, a girl not more than ten years old watched with wide eyes. She didn’t appear frightened in the least.

“Is she…

Rory lifted his hand, palm up, and from it, a small ball of fire swirled from nothing and hung suspended.

The girl’s wide eyes lifted and a small smile inched at the side of her lips. She lifted her hand and a sputtering of fire sprang from her fingertips.

Kincaid felt his pulse dip as he lifted his finger to his lips “Shh,” he whispered with what he hoped looked like a friendly smile.

Noise from the long staircase met their ears. Rory ushered them inside and closed the door. Before the noise from below became another battle, Kincaid closed his eyes, lifted his shield, and spread it over his small party…then he began to chant and time slid away.

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.

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  1. I would love to be able to travel in time, but I don't think I'd like to go to just one period/place and stay there. Would I have the possibility to come back to 2012?

    I would love to visit some men in kilts for sure - I mean, really, and then I wouldn't really mind what time we found ourselves in ;) There are several periods I'd love to visit too, but if I went to the middle ages, I'd prefer to be gentry, so I'd have enough to eat and stuff.

    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway, Braine, and for helping me add some more books to my TBR :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. I am a sucker for highlander books from the men to the setting. This sounds wonderful, and I love that it is suspenseful as well.

  3. Thank you again for hosting my work on your blog today. I'm so happy you enjoyed Amber and Gavin's book. There most certainly will be more to their story along with Cian's story in the next book.

    Thank for the lovely review.

  4. Awesome review and great blog post, I look forward to seeing what else you review. thanks.

  5. Love this series, and the book was incredible!

  6. Great review. Catherine Bybee rocks!

  7. Time travel would be awesome!! I'd probably go to Ancient Greece :-) How breathtaking it all was and still is.

  8. I don't think I've ever read a Highlander book. This seems very well-done, and I've heard great things about Bybee. Nice review, Braine!

  9. Well you've got me. I loved KMM's highlanders. LOVED! I'm all over these now. Thank ya ma'am!

  10. I would go in England to the Regency Era. I love the dresses and the titles! :) Thank you for the giveaway. I love highlander books.

  11. I would go back to Highlander time!

  12. I would travel to the 20s, to Paris!

  13. If i could travel in time, i would go into the future and see if Aliens really do invade Earth! I would be facinated to see how advanced our technology is and if the world is full of flying spaceships {a bit like Star Wars} or if indeed we are much the same.

    ...It would be interesting!

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway x

  14. This sounds great, Braine. I love the dual plots. And I love reading old-fashioned courtships too. I haven't read this series of Bybee's but I'll give it a go - I love KMM's Highlander series. :) Yeah, love me some highlanders!! LOL

  15. seen this series around...loving the review Braine. I might have to add this one to my wishlist

  16. Loved "Highland Protector" by Catherine Bybee! Once again, she has given us a wonderful story that is totally believable! Amber and Gavin are definitely soul mates and now I look forward to Cian's story. While I have enjoyed all of Ms. Bybee's novels, think The McConnich Time Travel Series is my favorite!! Awesome storytelling!! Kudos to Ms. Bybee!!

  17. I would time travel to the Beatlemania days:)

  18. Does anybody know when/if a book 6 will be completed? This series was incredible! 10/10! My only worry is that the 5th book was completed so long ago, it doesn't look like there will be a 6th book :-(


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