Title: Midnight’s Master
Author: Donna Grant
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Gwynn Austin has no idea why her father has disappeared on a mysterious trip to Scotland. When she goes on a desperate mission to search for him she finds more than she bargains for in a ruggedly handsome, wickedly exciting Highlander who exudes danger and mystery. And when she discovers her own link to Scotland, she’ll have to trust her heart to help lead her…
Propelled through time by powerful Druid Magic, Logan Hamilton uses his immortality and powers of the god inside him to help prevent the awakening of an ancient evil in the modern world. He never expects to find help in the form of a beautiful, alluring, and all too tempting woman whose passion and strength matches his own. Together, Logan and Gywnn must fight for their love—before a demon from the past destroys them both…
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: This is my first book by Donna Grant and now that I have gotten to know her and the characters in her world, there is no way it will be my last. Since this is the first book I have read by her I did not realize that it is actually a spin-off of her The Dark Sword series. Once I figured that out I was a little worried that I would feel lost since I am picking up in the middle of an already developing plot line, but that never became an issue. Donna did a great job of recapping what I missed through character conversations, so I caught up easily. I appreciated her taking the time to fill me in without it being information overload.
In Midnight’s Master we follow Gwynn and Logan. Gwynn has come to Scotland in search of her father and Logan has been thrown four hundred years into the future by Druid Magic. The two of them meet while Gwynn is asking around about her father. Logan was an interesting character to learn about, he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders because of a decision he made hundreds of years before. He has come to believe that he is not worthy of happiness and it was heart breaking to watch him sabotage himself repeatedly. However, it was funny to watch him try and figure out everything that has changed since he was last in Scotland. He has no idea what any modern conveniences are and watching him try to learn about them brought a little humor to the book. Gwynn on the other hand, longs for a family of her own since her mother passed and her father has never really been there for her. She wants to belong, but pretends she does not need anyone so she will not get hurt. The two of them together healed each other’s wounds and formed a very tender bond. Don’t get me wrong, the romance was h-o-t, but there were many sweet moments laced throughout and I enjoyed the blend of the two.
The action in the story was pretty much non-stop and I loved how fast everything moved. The characters barely had time to sit down and breath and it made the novel that much more exciting. There are so many storylines intertwined and the culmination of all those sub plots was fantastic. There villains were especially evil and I relished getting into their heads and discovering how their minds worked. If you have read The Dark Sword series then you will recognize Deidre as she continues to wreak havoc on our heroes. Donna has also giving us a new villain with Declan. He is equally as bad as Deidre and while he does want to rule, he is convinced that Deidre belongs at his side while he does it. It makes for a very interesting relationship between the two of them.
While I have not read The Dark Sword series, I did enjoy getting to know the characters from those books when we visit MacLeod castle. They all seem very alpha male and are just the kind of heroes I like to read about. I am definitely going to have to go back and read this series now just so I can see how they all arrived at the point they are when we see them in Midnight’s Master.
Overall, I loved this book! It had everything I wanted in a paranormal romance, amazing characters, scorching hot romance, interesting mythology and fast paced action! Book two in this series is already out and I will be reading that one shortly to see what becomes of all the warriors, especially Ian!