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review 2018-03-16 10:00
New Release Review! Highland Dragon Master (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #3) by Isabel Cooper!
Highland Dragon Master - Isabel Cooper

 

 

Legend claims
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.


The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it's only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.

If only that kind of power didn't come with such a terrible price.

Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she'll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate...and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.

 

 

 

The Highland Dragon Master has readers joining in the fight against a curse in adventure that draws readers in and refuses to let go.

 

Toinette an Erik are two very strong and compelling characters that make it easy for readers to get know them and become captivated by the story. The romance between Erik and Toinette progresses at a steady rate as it builds from their past, it has lots of sizzling sexual chemistry that heats up the pages and they must overcome the turmoil of a perilous situation that adds lots of obstacles and emotional distress which has readers empathizing with the couple as they strive for a happy ending to the nightmare.

 

Suspense and anticipation builds throughout the story as Toinette, Erik and their crew sail right into the heart of an evil curse that would destroy their very lives. The adventure becomes full of danger and thrills that send chills down the reader’s spine as they try to discover just what they are up against and the path they must take to achieve that is full of surprising twists that keeps them on their toes and the readers guessing just what might happen next.

 

Isabel Cooper brings her brilliant world to vivid life with well written words that paint vibrant images that make it easy for the reader picture each and every scene and makes it easy for them to become part of the fascinating world of her mesmerizing dragons and their companions.  Her dragons always seem life like and fit into her time frame and the events so well that I can easily imagine them being real during that time period. Highland Dragon Master held me captive from the very beginning and I can’t wait to find out what the author has it store for us next.

  

 

 

Highland Dragon Master is the 3rd book in the Dawn of the Highland Dragon series.

 

Highland Dragon Master is available in print or ebook at:

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Isabel Cooper can be found at:

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text 2018-01-28 21:03
#24in48 Winter Read-a-thon Post - Final Update
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
Gambled Away: A Historical Romance Anthology - Isabel Cooper,Jeannie Lin,Rose Lerner,Joanna Bourne,Molly O'Keefe
Something True - Karelia Stetz-Waters

Final Update!

Time marker paused at 17:00:38. I am 28% into the Gambled Away anthology and on the second story. I am 18% into Something True, which I am liking due to the MCs, but some of the side characters are already annoying me. I also spent some time reading to the kids. Reviews to follow tomorrow.

 

I completed my basic goal of two books completed during the read-a-thon, plus I got a jump start on two other books. I exceeded my stretch goal of 16 hours, so I am very happy with my productivity levels for the read-a-thon, especially with this cold from hell I am dealing with. Now I am going to hit up a hot shower and some Nyquil and pass out for the night.

 

To those participating in the 24in48 - FINISH STRONG! You got this!

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Update #4

Time marker paused at 15:00:30. Spent most of the day reading, with one break to update my Litsy and IG. I finished The Jade Temptress and moved on to the first story in Gambled Away, which I am not liking at all. Once this story is done, I want to move on to Something True.

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Update #3

So I am at the 9:36:09 mark and calling it a night. I am 65% done with my second book, so I should easily meet my two goals tomorrow.

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Update #2

At the 5 hour and change mark I couldn't hold my head up or focus my eyes on reading due to this blasted cold (which may be a sinus infection since my cavities hurt and my head feels like a lead balloon). So I took a three and half hour nap/black out, then made dinner for me and the kids. I read a little during dinner, then I read to the kids before bedtime (see attached books - we are big fans of Mo Willems!). I am now at 36% read on The Jade Temptress and completed one challenge (the oldest book from childhood you still have challenge). I have the stopwatch paused at 7:18:13, so I am making good time on one of my goals. I still feel like death warmed over, but at least I am not in seizure territory anymore.

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Update #1

Got off to a late start; I started reading at 6am. My stopwatch is paused at the 3:54:57 mark. I have finished the first book, The Lotus Palace (4/5 stars). I've got The Jade Temptress cued up and ready. Needed more sustenance, so my breakfast of apple cinnamon rice cakes with peanut butter and cinnamon sugar topping and another mug of tea should do the trick. The cold is kicking my butt and making my reading slow going. Posted my progress on IG and Litsy.

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Original Post:

This will be my post for the read-a-thon this weekend. I will post updates at the top for easier reading.

 

My goals:

1. I am only going to do check-ins. I came down with a cold (AGAIN) and not really feeling up to taking time away from social engagement with fellow read-a-thoners or from my reading just to do challenges. I am so tired due to the cold I have to restrict my energy outputs to more important goals.

 

2. Check-ins about every two hours. I am starting the read-a-thon at the same time as the folks on the East Coast of the US is starting, so about 5 am. That will allow me to sleep a little.

 

3. My bare minimum goal is to get 2 books done; my stretch goal is 3 books plus at least 10% of a fourth. Time wise, I want to do bare minimum goal of 12 hours; my stretch goal is 16 hours. One hour will be devoted to reading to the kids (currently they love the Lego Chima and Ninjago series by various authors and the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems).

 

4. Where I will be participating:

Here on BookLikes

IG at https://www.instagram.com/tearainbook/

Litsy @TeaRainBook

 

Opening Survey form completed.

 

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review 2017-12-01 14:54
ARC Review: Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #1) by Isabel Cooper
Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Dragon) - Isabel Cooper
Highland Dragon Warrior

Dawn of the Highland Dragon #1
Isabel Cooper
Historical Romance - Paranormal Romance
Sourcebooks Casablanca
September 5th 2017
eBook
320
NetGalley

 

Legend claims
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.

 

The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.

 

What he needs is Sophia.

 

Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws.

 

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Historical romances are few and far between for me to pick up and read, but when I saw it featured dragon shifters, well I just had to give it a try.

 

Highland Dragon Warrior was an interesting and pleasant read. It’s set in medieval times with magicians, sorcerers, dragon shifters, demons, and alchemy. It’s got mystery, action, and romance.

 

Sophie our heroine is a strong and determined women. She’s smart and stands up for what she believes in. Cathal our hero is a powerful and fierce warrior. He’s fiercely protective of his family and those he cares for and looks after.

 

I enjoyed the story. I loved the Scottish setting and the paranormal elements where fascinating. The author did a good job creating an intricate and appealing world, but man was the world-building extensive. I had a little trouble with the story; mainly their was just so much information with the world-building and historical aspects that the book felt slow. I also felt like I was back in school learning a lesson; especially when it came to Sophia’s alchemy and all the explanations that went into those scenes.

 

Now for the dragons their weren’t that many scenes with the dragon shifters and their magic. I would have liked more. Their also wasn’t much action either, until the very end, when Sophie’s soul is endangered.

 

As for the romance between Sophie and Cathal it was light and slow to bloom. I wish there was more interactions between these two to help build the romance. They spent a lot of time apart, watching each other across a room or briefly talking at dinner, but not doing much to move the romance along.

 

Highland Dragon Warrior is not a simple read. The world-building is extensive and various discussions that take place where excessive and a bit overwhelming. It’s an interesting set up and I’m intrigued, but I was a bit bogged down and felt like I was back in school.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

 

 

Challenge(s): New To Me (Author/Series) | Pick Your Genre (PNR) | New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-11-07 10:00
Release Day 4 STAR Review! Highland Dragon Rebel (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #2) Isabel Cooper
Highland Dragon Rebel (Dawn of the Highland Dragon) - Isabel Cooper

 

 

Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight. When dragon shifter Moiread MacAlasdair returns from war, he knows she's the best woman for the job. Duty and political strength compel Moiread to agree, but when they cross into the otherworld and Madoc's life is threatened, Moiread jumps into protection mode-and will do whatever it takes to keep the man of her dreams alive.

 

 

Moiread and Madoc are brought to brilliant life as readers join them on their quest to protect the future of Wales. Along the way the couple enjoy a light hearted romance that they both seem to believe can’t really go any further due to some pretty interesting concerns which keeps readers wondering until the very end.

 

Their romance as well as their quest is fraught with danger and suspense as assassins seem to pop up everywhere with the determination to keep them from accomplishing their goal. The thrilling uncertainty certainly keeps readers on the edge of their seat as magic and dragons add wonder and excitement for readers and characters alike.

 

The story is set in long ago Scotland, England and Wales as well as another magical realm which adds spice and beauty to the journey for the readers and the pace is a nice even one that keeps readers glued to the pages. I have to say that keeping the romance on such an intriguing last minute timeline kept the “happily ever after” in question throughout and then there was a spectacular final battle between Madoc, Moiread and the assassin to liven things up while adding an inspired and surprising twist that I didn’t see coming.

 

I haven’t read the first book in the Dawn of the Highland Dragon series yet, but I am definitely going to be remedying that before the release of Highland Dragon Master in March and not just because I love dragon shifters. Isabel Cooper used well written descriptions to paint vibrant settings and brilliant characters that I just fell in love with so I can’t wait to visit the Highland Dragons once again.

 

 

 

Highland Dragon Rebel is the 2nd book in the Dawn of the Highland Dragon series.

 

Highland Dragon Master will be released on March 6, 2018.

 

Highland Dragon Rebel is available in print & ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   BAM – Print   ebook   GPlay   Kobo   Sourcebooks

Indigo – print   ebook   iBooks   IndieB   eBooks

 

Isabel Cooper can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   BookBub  

 

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review 2017-10-19 03:12
Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #1) by Isabel Cooper
Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Dragon) - Isabel Cooper

 

 

 

Author Isabel Cooper

Title: Highland Dragon Warrior

SeriesDawn of the Highland Dragon

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Legend claims
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.


The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.

What he needs is Sophia.

Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws.

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it was really refreshing getting a historical paranormal rather than a futuristic or current day one I especially love the Highland Dragon. Yum.

Two bumps for the author both for her writing style and author voice, I highly enjoyed it.

I favored the character and plot development which was long in detail however considering its the first book starting a new series for the Highland Dragons I thought it was a great start.

I think I really needed something fresh in this paranormal romance genre that didn't feel as if it was cut and pasted fill in the blank formula that many books these days feel they've been doing. I really needed this book at this time. Thanks Miss Cooper for a great read.

 

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

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