- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As always, Janet Chapman doesn't disappoint in this latest installment of her Spellbound Falls Romance series. I still love everyone, everything, and every bit of each uniquely penned story, since reading the very first book where it all began with a plane crash in Charming the Highlander. I fell head-over-heels in love with Miss Chapman and all of her characters from page one, which isn't an easy feat for me. I mean, you don't often come by a bunch of braw Highlanders battling it out 'old school,' in their homelands and in their own time, only to find themselves dropped forever into a new time and taken to a new place not of their understanding.
Bringing it up to the present: Along with the addition of some gods, various other deities, the occasional dragon, an enticing variety of shape shifters (some with four legs and sleek black fur coats, and others with snow-white feathers), perhaps a monster or two, as well as a few demons, and then toss in a handful of mere mortals, and you've got yourself an absolutely delicious mix of brawn, brains, mythical mayhem, and the feisty modern-day beauties whom the big, tough Highlanders and magical beings simply cannot resist. This spin-off series written after the Highlander books still boasts the occasional highlander, but it's also evolved into to so much more. It's completely different, like a sweet treat tempting you all throughout each story.
Thanks to the sudden and unexplainable creation (it is indeed unexplainable, but you'll have to read the other books to find out what event took place to make it happen), of the huge inland salt-water lake that's teeming with the types of aquatic wildlife you'd normally find only in the ocean, Spellbound Falls and the immediate surrounding areas are now worldwide destinations for tourists to come and witness the modern-day marvel. Such a phenomenon ends up being a huge magnet that attracts scientists from all different fields, a group of whacko cultists, and every other type of crazy who are all vying to prove their own theory of what happened, how, and why. What none of them knows is that it's all about the Magic; something you must truly believe in, or you'll never see it and you'll miss out on the most amazing aspects of life in the beautiful, unlikely mystical area.
When Birch Callahan, a hardheaded pessimist for her own reasons, comes to town planning on running a shelter for battered women and children, she has no clue of the full scope of what she's getting herself in to. Nor does she have room in her life for a man, or plans that include a relationship whatsoever. It's working out well for her so far, that is...until she meets Niall MacKeage, the sexy next-door neighbor who happens to be a cop. Sure, he's hot and has a respectable job, but he does nothing for her at all...or at least that's what she keeps telling herself.
Between some unsavory criminals, the age-old greed that poisons so many people, as well as a few other extenuating circumstances, Birch begins to question her decision and ability to run the shelter and keep its inhabitants safe; the whole reason for the shelter's existence. If she is to succeed she'll have to stay alive, however, in the end she may have to loosen up on some of her stubborn, hard-won, independent nature, and possibly allow someone else not only to save her, but perhaps to love her as well.
Get on this series, but only after you've read Janet's Highlander series. If you don't, you will certainly regret it.
To reiterate: I strongly urge everyone to start from the beginning by checking out the full printable booklist - in reading order - which can be easily found on Chapman's website: http://www.janetchapman.com
The list has the newest at the top, so go to the bottom and find book one, Claiming the Highlander. This will put you on track to then work your way through the abundance of novels that follow. Each story is full of smart, sexy, capable men and women, as well as the aforementioned mythical and magical beings, 'unexplainable' happenings, random immortals, plus more, and just enough heart-pumping drama and riveting suspense to keep you turning the pages well into the wee hours to keep up with the steamy passion - can't leave out the passion! - that all the craziness ignites. Enjoy! 😊