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Product Details

  • Series: Highland Dragons (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402284675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402284670
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Stephen MacAlasdair has lived through centuries, protecting the shape-shifting secret of his clan. Now, in Victorian England, Stephen faces an old enemy who has learned to wield supernatural powers. Mina Seymour’s curiosity is piqued when Lord MacAlasdair barges into her employer’s office with urgent business. Eager to learn more about this mysterious rogue, she visits his estate to catch up on the latest gossip. Stumbling into the wrong area of the house, Mina finds herself face-to-face with a dragon. Shifting back to human form, Stephen explains his history, the danger he faces, and the secret he must protect. Willing to help, Mina agrees to work for Stephen to catch a dangerous villain, and they slowly realize that their feelings for each other cannot be denied. Cooper offers a light romance with strong character development and a plot rich with supernatural themes. As the relationship between Mina and Stephen slowly develops, the interaction between them is comical and genuine. --Patricia Smith

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"Cooper offers a light romance with strong character development and a plot rich with supernatural themes... Comical and genuine. " - Booklist

"The plot combines a cross-class romance with a mystical quest, neatly twining discussions of class differences with descriptions of magic. The relationship builds naturally and heatedly..." - Publishers Weekly

"An outstanding read! A fast-paced, smartly written plot-fraught with danger and brimming with surprises-makes it impossible to put down. 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick! " - RT Book Reviews

"Mesmerizing, ingenious, slyly humorous, and wonderfully romantic, this unusual charmer is a winner for fans of paranormals. A Highland dragon? How can it miss? " - Library Journal

"Romantic, original, magical and has a wonderful HEA." - Romance Book Junkies

"The slow building friendship and smoldering attraction was captivating. The plot was entertaining and original." - Tome Tender

"I love this book! The historical aspect and the fantasy aspect sold me, but the plot and the romance were so amazing. " - The Eater of Books

"Magical, fantastic, and a great read for any dragon lover..." - The Romance Reviews

"The mix of hard-headed realism and fantasy in this novel is enchanting... Victorian mores and melodrama are cast in sharp relief when dragons and fantastical quests are thrown into the plot. A B&N Best Romance of 2013" - Barnes and Noble Review

"A very interesting and absorbing read indeed." - Long and Short Reviews

Customer Reviews

All in all, this was an interesting read, especially for the historical romance fans out there.
Carrie Williams
I scream when the story abruptly end just moments after the villain was killed but....ah well, it was a fun read.
Bukcrz
Definitely recommend it...fun story line, makes me look forward to the next book in the series.
Diane Walker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bukcrz on December 6, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was a romance but not a smutty read. However, the story was more than captivating to hold my attention and kept reading.
Mostly, it's a story between a lord (hero) and a working class typist/secretary (heroine) sometime when feminism is just emerging. It's not a lust/love at first sight (and definitely not a hate/anger at first sight) so the story develops with their falling in love while fighting the enemy. A strong heroine but not crass. She is a street wise and a no-nonsense wise cracker. I love that her feeling did not made her putty in the hero's hands as well.
The hero is an entirely new take on the dragon shapeshifter. Though his paranormal side was not explain in full, it did not hinder my liking his character. I love that his strength came with a flaw which made his character like-able. Further more, though he is definitely and alpha he never posture just to show his power.
Secondary characters were not just decorations either, they are necessary and are just as memorable as the two main character. The hero's brother for one is a major source of witty and hilarious banter.
Overall, a great read for me. I scream when the story abruptly end just moments after the villain was killed but....ah well, it was a fun read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carole @ The Romance Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON by Isabel Cooper is magical, fantastic, and a great read for any dragon lover. I give it 4 stars and look forward to reading more of Isabel Cooper's work.

In LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON, Lord Stephen MacAlasdair is plagued by an old enemy who has returned to England with some mysterious magical powers. Miss Mina Seymour, troubled by an interaction between her boss and Lord MacAlasdair, unwittingly runs straight into Lord MacAlasdair's drama and learns more about him than he wanted.

In order to reassure Stephen that she will protect his secrets, Mina agrees to stay in his London home as his secretary until Stephen resolves the issue with his old foe. As time passes, the two build a friendship and ultimately fall in love, but will that be enough to save Stephen from his enemy's revenge?

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I loved the dragon lore and magical underworld. Enough information was provided to give the reader a visual foundation of the magical world, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The plot was straightforward and easy to follow. I would have liked to see more mystery and depth in the plot via the family journals, but that is more personal preference than something the novel needed to be enjoyable.

The pace is likewise easy; the action and suspense flow well in and out of the quiet and intimate scenes. The action scenes could have been longer and more elaborate, but again, this is personal preference. The romantic development is gradual and believable, and the romance itself was on the graphic side, making this book appropriate for adults.

The book could have used a title that better represents the gist of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy F. Gilman on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is going to be short review and I am apologizing up front for this. The reason is because I just don’t have much say about Legend of the Highland Dragon and the only nice thing I could of think of think of as soon as I finished the book was to give thanks I finished this book because there were times I thought I wouldn’t. This book isn’t bad but for me it was just plain boring. I felt like the story moved slow and I don’t know I just couldn’t make myself care about the characters.
The book is about Mina a secretary for a professor in the late 1800s around the Victorian era. One day a mysterious man comes in to warn the professor his friend. Mina is curious sort and goes to the man’s house to find out what sort of man he is from the people who would know, his servants. While there the house is attacked and she discovers the man is not really man but a shape shifting dragon. Lord MacAlisdair offers Mina a hundred pounds to stay and be his secretary until the whole life threatening bossiness is over and they have man set to kill him in jail or dead. Mina agrees because it is exciting, a considerable amount of money and now the man threating the Lord knows what she looks like it is better to keep her family out of the mess.
Of course the book takes on a Beauty and Beast plot because Mina and the Lord become attracted to each but fight it the entire book. The love story was something I have read a thousand times and even the suspense of the final showdown was blah. I don’t know if was just me because I have seen reviews for people who love this book. I found it slow, boring and I skim read parts of just so it would move faster there was just something missing in this story that for me makes a great read. I think it was that I didn’t really like Mina.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on December 3, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablance
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

The MacAlasdairs are not like other men.

Descendants of an ancient alliance, they live for centuries, shifting between human and dragon forms. Some wander the earth; some keep to their lands in Scotland. And Stephen MacAlasdair, the newest lord of the family, must go to London to settle his father’s business affairs. He brings an object of great power and greater darkness. He finds an enemy from his past, whose wrath is still living and deadly. And he meets an ally he’d never have expected.

1894 London, doesn't provide an easy life for women of the lower class, but Mina Seymour has managed to work herself up to a position as the secretary of a famous scholar. When a tall, dark Scottish stranger demands to see her employer, Mina is irritated; when MacAlasdair's departure leaves the professor worried, she’s suspicious. Determined to figure out the situation, she investigates further - and finds a world and a man she could never have imagined.

What I Liked:

Another awesome historical romance novel! But this one was slightly different - it involved fantasy elements! You all KNOW how much I love my fantasy. Historical fantasy (specifically, medieval fantasy) is my favorite genre, so I knew that when I downloaded this book, I'd most likely enjoy it. Historic London + ancient dragon shapeshifters = good deal, right?

TOTALLY RIGHT!
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