Furious and weary, Angus Shea wants out, but no matter how he feels, he can't stop the magic powering his visions. The Celts kidnapped him when he wasn't much more than a boy and forced him to do their bidding. He's sick of them and their endless assignments, but they wiped his memories, and he has no idea where he came from.
Dragon shifters are disappearing from the Scottish Highlands, and the Celtic Council sends Angus to investigate. He meets up with Arianrhod, legendary virgin huntress from Celtic myth, in Fire Mountain, the dragons' home world.
Arianrhod prefers to work alone, mostly because she harbors a dirty little secret and guards her privacy for the best of reasons. She's not exactly a virgin, and she'd be laughed out of the Pantheon if the truth surfaced. Despite the complications of leading a double life, she's never found a lover who tempted her to walk away from her fellow Celtic gods.
Attraction ignites, hot and so urgent Arianrhod's carefully balanced life teeters on the brink of discovery. Angus is everything she's ever wanted, but he's far too close to her Celtic kin to keep her secret safe. Angus wants her too, but she's a Celt. He's hated them forever, and she's part of everything he's lain awake nights plotting to escape from.
Will they risk everything?
If they do, can they live with the consequences?
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I'm a Romance Junkie! Love Whispersycn Deals! Tips I use: Sort reviews Most Recent; play with narration speed, some narrators sound better.
This story is full of romance, magic, and mystery. The main characters are likeable and there was an immediate attraction between Angus and Arianrhod. The writing style reminds me a lot of Christine Feehan, and there was plenty of steamy romance. Fans of Christine Feehan, may want to give this series a try.
The narrator did an amazing job with each character, and I really enjoyed the different voices for the dragons. A.W. Miller really brought this story to life!
I gave the story an overall four stars, between the narration, the characters and steamy romance, it was good.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audio book Blast.
The book was narrated fabulously! He took the different characters and voiced their personalities with style. The book gives you a great overview of some awesome story possibilities. I can't wait to listen to the next one!
I love Ann Gimple's stories and writing style. Listening to them just add a plus to them.
I very much enjoyed this story. I highly recommend it if you love dragons as much as I do.
I received a free copy for an honest review.
The geek mom and book blogger known as RhiReading.
After ogling Gimpel's beautiful covers for a long time I finally broke down and picked this series up in hopes of finding something a little different in the paranormal shelves. I'm pleased to report that it is not only very well narrated, the world building is familiar but different enough to feel quite fresh. The story felt a bit rushed and I must admit I felt like I was missing a lot of information but I found it to be an enjoyable listen. It's a prequel that readers who enjoy Celtic themes and dragon shifter romances will likely love. It' does involve time travel of a sort so it wasn't the historical paranormal I mistook it to be but I'll probably give the next in the series a go.
The main male character is struggling through most of the book, because he doesn't know who he is and therefore is forced to run errands for celtic deities. The main female character has the opposite problem, because being a goddess of virginity seriously cramps her love life. The two meet and help one another with their respective problems. I found this book to be highly enjoyable and something I might listen to again someday. I got this book in exchange for a review.
Highland Secrets by Ann Gimpel is an interesting tale where Celtic gods and dragons live together tolerably on Fire Mountain, Scotland. The story revolves around Angus Shea who was captured by the Celtic gods in a time-travel portal when he was only 15 years old. He now serves as the Celts' Man at Arms performing specific tasks assigned to him. Angus is tired of being a champion and wants nothing more than to settle down with a wife and raise a family. However, Angus has no idea where or when "home" is because the Celts wiped his memory and keep dangling his ancestry on a string with "just one more assignment." In truth, the Celts never intend to let him go because he sees visions that foretells the future.
In this book, Angus is tasked with investigating the disappearance of dragon shifters from the Scottish Highlands. Along his journey, he meets Arianrhod, the Celtic "virgin huntress," who helps Angus find the truth about what's happening to the dragons. In true romance fashion, there is an instant attractions between Angus and Arianrhod, despite his hatred of the Celts and her desire for a solitary life (or at least it was until she met Angus). After they give in to their base desires they must keep their love for each other a secret or else she will lose her immortality.
Apparently this is a prequel to the Dragon Lore series, which I've never read. Not being acquainted with the series, I think the author did a good job in setting the foundation well and it makes me want to brush up on my Celtic mythology. The writing also reminds me a bit of Christine Feehan's "Dark" Carpathian novels, with its blend of sexual desire (and many descriptive sex scenes) with history of an ancient race.
I listed to the Audible version of the story narrated by A. W. Miller, who did a great job. He provided differing voices for each character and is easy to listen to. I'd listen to another one of his narrations any day. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I have the book so I read along with the audio
it was all so good that I can't pick out something special
definitely brings more to the story then just reading it yourself
When he was ordered to assist the goddess in solving the problem of the death of a dragon, Angus was not happy, but as the assignment progressed, the pull between them was such that good sense went out the door. Her title of Virgin Huntress had been a lie, especially as she had carried twins in an earlier pregnancy, but she still was concerned of what the Gods would do, if her sexual activities became known.
Then they really had a problem.
I won't expose more, but recommend this book, whether in written or audio format. I enjoyed the voice characteristics used by the reader.
Ann Gimpel has been a favorite author of mine for a while now and this book is a good example of writing craftsmanship.
Complex, hot, developed
The Second time you see the Selkies
THe adaptation of each characters voice
There is a cave scene that broke my heart
This book was amazing. The complex level of the world this author built blew me away. No detail was left out. I can't wait to learn more and more about these dragons.
Love how Ann Gimpel creates new worlds from what we already know and transports you to another time. This book was no different, from the salty sea to the dragons home world, she captured my attention and made me feel like I was there with the characters. Definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Celts, dragons, magic, and some steamy action between the main characters.
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