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Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror.

But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six-and-a-half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass 11 centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it.

For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he's offering his protection - from exactly what, Jessi doesn't know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

Great Scot! Don't miss our other titles in the Highlander series.
©2006 Karen Marie Moning; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Perfect Mating of Story and Storyteller

Phil Gigante's eargasmic performances of all the books in the Highlanders series are the perfect mating of story and storyteller and I can't imagine merely reading these stories from a printed page ever again.

While no one will ever mistake Phil's voice for a woman's, I quickly was no longer conscious that a man was voicing the female characters. He uses a higher pitched voice for women, but there's something else there too... a softness, a vulnerability... something... that does not scream "man mocking woman".

Now the men's voices? OCH! I'm pretty sure that the scenes where they are all together should carry embedded warnings, "Warning: the following scenes carry serious risk of Death by Eargasm"! Drustan's voice is my favorite- Gigante uses a deep growling brogue imbued with Drustan's complete confidence in himself. Dageus' Scottish brogue by way of Liverpool reflects his mischievous, "Hail fellow, well met" personality- when he isn't possessed by a baker's dozen of ancient evil Druids, of course. Phil gives Adam both a sidhe and a human voice that never quite loses his seductive sidhe arrogance. Cian's sexy brogue contains an underlying anger and iciness which, considering he's been trapped in a mirror for hundreds of years, seems more than appropriate, but gradually one can detect a subtle thawing and underlying warmth.

In addition to bringing the main characters alive, Phil G. puts just as much effort into making the secondary characters seem real to the listener. Whether voicing an old woman, one of the villains, or even a child, Phil plays his voice like the fine instrument it is to make every character distinctive and believable. He also adds special effects that bring the story to life-- wait till you hear his effect for Druid "Voice"!

Those entertaining extra touches are why Phil Gigante's performances are not to be missed!

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Southlake, TX, United States
  • 07-22-08

Wonderful series!

Don't miss this audiobook! I have listened to all 7 of the books in the series and they keep getting better. Number 7 doesn't disappoint! KMM is a terrific author and Phil Gigganti is a fabulous narrator. Can't wait for number 8!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Spell of the Highlanders, Book 7

I am a reader and a Librarian--Personally I find all of Karen Marie Monings books an escape that I look forward to reading. I fly through each book only wishing it wouldn't end. Her books have a balance of plot, character development, adventure, action, and sex to keep you interested and wanting more. Excellent!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • Forest Hill, MD, United States
  • 09-10-08

highlander wonder

I half to say I cant get enough of this series.
this book brings back other leading men and women from the other books yet this stands on its own. I love the magic and the love stories. that these sexy men only look and love and choose there one true mate. this was a bit different with our mane man stuck in a magic mirror I thought it was fun and different from the other books.. and yes he is domineering and cave mannish but when you are doing laundry you don't want a real man you want the hunk in the book right......
Heather

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  • Benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 05-12-12

One of the best of KMM's amazing highlanders!

I have now officially read all of Karen Moning's Highlander books. And you can forget about the queen of the Seelie realm, KMM is the Queen of these highlanders!

I've loved Scottish Highland novels since I read The Bride, by Julie Garwood. I considered her the "go-to" author of highlander novels. Many authors pen Scottish romance novels. I recently read a review of such a novel that said, "Highlander novels: if you've read one, you've read them all." Well, that is certainly NOT true of Karen Moning's series.

Every book in this series is filled with fantasy, true love, and the hottest highlanders in the genre. This series has surprised me with fresh and new storylines that had me swearing each book was better than the last. Just when I think she can't possibly top her previous book, she blows me away with a uniquely beautiful, sexy and engrossing story.

This is the last of the full-length books in this series. It involves a 9th century legendary Celtic Druid, Cian Mackellan who is stuck in a spell that has imprisoned him in a magic mirror for 11 centuries. Tricked by a dark sorcerer, Cian convinces a beautiful graduate student, Jessica St. James, to help him get free of the mirror. He wants vengeance on the powerful sorcerer who bespelled him. With the Jessica's help, Cian revisits his land in the highlands to exact his revenge in the lands that he grew up on. Jessica and Cian have an instant strong attraction, and along the way they're feelings grow.

But can a man stuck alone for 11 centuries really fall in love? And is his need for vengeance stronger than the bond theyve forged in the short time they have together?

Filled with extraordinary twists and turns, a cast of your favorite characters from past books, this story has the passion, intrigue, and even a bit of dark magic, making it a positively fascinating page-turner which I finished in one sitting.

Narrated by the great Phil Gigante, I have nothing but praise for this magical story of good, evil, love, honor, sacrifice and family.

Highly recommended!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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wonderful

I read the book prior to listening to the audio. The audio enhanced the experience. The reader did a fantastic job with the male voices, tone of the book, accents and emotion. My only complaint would be his female voices were only fair. They sounded ditzy, but he did such a good job otherwise I would listen to him again.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 09-06-15

Paranormal Highlander fantasy/romance. A+

I love the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. Although it is Primarily a historical Romance based series it is all leading up to a fantasy fiction series (Fever) and this book is not historical other than the history of myth and legend. In this book the heavenly highlander is in our current timeframe and does not do any time traveling. It is still a love story altho it is by no means typical. Karen Marie Moning has written an amazing story that neatly crosses the boundaries into paranormal fantasy while still giving us the handsome highlander hero of a romance. I totally enjoyed this exceptionally enchanted story.

NARRATOR: Phil Gigante delivers a near flawless performance. I am occasionally distracted when a female characters voice briefly loses all femininity. Otherwise he is a joy to listen to with his warm sexy voice and romantic Scots brogue.

CREDIT WORTHY? YES!

HEAT FACTOR: Without being crude or leaning into erotica this is a very sexy book. Full steam!

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Damn Cian is the perfect male specimen!

I admit this was my first book and I purchased it because it was on sale. I am so glad I did get it and at a steal. Loved the story and the narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. Story length was just perfect too. Well worth the purchase.

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Love this book!!!

Great series of books! I would highly recommend to my friends. Phil makes the books even better..now if I could only read books with that voice in my head lol

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Another great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! The characters are intriguing, the storyline & plot are engaging, and the sex scenes are toe curling!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful