Title: Legend of the Highland Dragon
Author: Isabel Cooper
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 352 pages
Published: December 3rd 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: From the publisher, in exchange of an honest review!
The MacAlasdairs are not like other men.
Descendants of an ancient alliance, they live for centuries, shifting between human and dragon forms. Some wander the earth; some keep to their lands in Scotland. And Stephen MacAlasdair, the newest lord of the family, must go to London to settle his father’s business affairs. He brings an object of great power and greater darkness. He finds an enemy from his past, whose wrath is still living and deadly. And he meets an ally he’d never have expected.
1894 London, doesn't provide an easy life for women of the lower class, but Mina Seymour has managed to work herself up to a position as the secretary of a famous scholar. When a tall, dark Scottish stranger demands to see her employer, Mina is irritated; when MacAlasdair's departure leaves the professor worried, she’s suspicious. Determined to figure out the situation, she investigates further - and finds a world and a man she could never have imagined.
I was delighted when I read the prologue of this book: if an author was able to combine a romantic story with a highlander dragon shifter in addition to being full of action, I would become a new fan of this author. Legend of the Dragon Highland is my first book of the author Isabel Cooper and unfortunately I was not impressed by this story. Maybe I had too much expectation, maybe it was just not the right story, I'm not sure. I don't think it's because of the author or her writing style, but the fact that I haven't been able to get attached to the characters and especially the pace became slow after a few chapters.
The first chapters are interesting and even exhilarating: we meet the main characters: Mia and Stephen.
Mia seems to be a woman with a strong personality who will not be set aside. However, she is aware of the value of taboos and reputation, which allows her to live alone by herself without attracting attention.
Stephen is a man that can be perceived as arrogant and mysterious. He's new in town and rumors against him are more than unique. Mia is tempted to find out more about him, which led her to be attacked in Stephen manor thereof by shadows / monsters.
After a fairly rousing introduction, the relationship between Mia and Stephen left me ice and the main plot doesn't seem quite developed. I struggled to follow, there are too much scattered elements.
The story in general is quite catchy, but several facts are slowing the pace. I also noticed that we still know very little about the past life of Stephen. The legend surrounding his dragon shiftting abilies wasn't enough for me. What we learn leads us vaguely to a multitude of possibilities that never seems to arrive. The lack of romantic aspect is too much in my POV. It is always present in the background, but Stephen never seems to give up completely and when it does, I had the impression that Mia was a little used.
The main plot is not resolved at the end of the book, so I guess that there will be a sequel. For cons, I do not think I would throw myself over at its output.
Finally, wanting to know how would finish the book, I read until the end with some expectation, but I was disappointed with the book in general, I think it was just not my cup of tea!
Isabel Cooper lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her boyfriend and a houseplant she's managed to keep alive for over a year now—a personal best. By day, she's a mild-mannered editor at a legal publishing company. By night, she's really quite a geek: polyhedral dice, video games, and everything. She only travels through time the normal direction, and has never fought any kind of demon, unless you count younger sisters. She can waltz, though.