Published June 3rd 2014 by Montlake Romance
Brave, beautiful, and haunted by her past, demon hunter Anna MacKinley will do anything to help the Connors. Under divine orders, the headstrong warrior travels the world, slaying demons and vampires. When she stumbles upon a hidden stone fortress while searching for her clan’s lost Book of Battles, dark forces swiftly imprison her—and she discovers her cell mate is a gorgeous Scottish warrior who has no memories, but looks strikingly familiar.
And only a secret from the past can win the day…and her heart.
The warriors of the centuries-old Connor Clan search for their missing time-vault and the powerful relic within. What they find is a grave…and a kilt-clad body they fear is the long-lost Tavis Connor. But there may yet be more to the Highland warrior’s fate than a pile of bones. Desperate to save his brother and his clan’s Book of Battles from a demon hell-bent on destruction, Tavis begins a 150-year quest that will end in modern-day New York. But when he wakes, he discovers he’s the one in need of help. His only hope of rescue is a bonny lass who claims to be a warrior. A warrior waging war on demons…and his heart.
Every time a Connor Clan book is published a romance reader gets a gift. For me it is like Christmas, my birthday and flowers for no reason, all rolled into one story filled with drool worthy Scottish Warriors, their feisty mates (not all the warriors are male..... How awesome is that??) and some uber nasty demons out to make Hell on Earth. Oh, and a crazy old woman with bottled Holy water and a weird cat who may or may not be a vampire slayer. Sound good yet? Oh, you better believe it! This is book crack, baby. Of the most addictive kind.
The hero, ( You know that word is starting to bother me because Anna is as much the hero as Tavis. Hmmmm, how about male lead? Yes, I like that better.) Anyway, Tavis, the male lead in Heart of a Highland Warrior is Faelon's brother from waaaaaaay back in the day, whom everyone assumes is dead because, well, he was born like 150 years ago. But through the miracle of time vaults, Tavis lives to be held captive in a demon dungeon with no memories of his past life.
Enter Anna, the WARRIOR!! Woo hoo! (although Tavis is a Warrior as well, he just doesn't remember it, so it doesn't count.) She's out scoping out some suspicious characters and gets captured and thrown in a cell with the woolly Tavis. He's in pitiful shape, and yada, yada. A bond is formed, a mysterious hybrid is the savior (OMG, I knew who he was and actually did a yelp and a fist pump!).
There is soooo much going on in HoaHW that this book could have easily ran another two to three hundred pages (don't I wish!). The action is fast and the changes and surprises are rapid fire. Don't blink or try to skim because you WILL miss vital information for this story and future books. All the characters are in flux and the Council is under suspicion. It's not clear who can be trusted anymore. I think I have more gray hair now. Clairol can bill Anita Clenney for my next dye job. She can throw some drama and tension, as well as some serious sexual heat. The combination of the Scottish warriors, time travel, demon battling and romance is a winner and a mixture that I personally can not get enough of. Please, please hire multiple assistants so that you can spend more time writing. Warrior withdrawal is painful and detrimental to my emotional well being. Superior work Anita, bravissima.
Anita Clenney is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author of the Connor Clan highland time travels series and the Relic Seekers series.
Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory, a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and has been a secretary, executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia.