Anya's been a bad girl. A vindictive plot against one of her clansmen backfired, resulting in her grave injury. Scarred and crippled, she finds nothing lovely about herself, and doesn't expect anyone else to either. But when a magical wishing box sends her to another dimension, she becomes the most valuable prize imaginable.
While hunting a rare marbled boar, Riggs, a trapper in Marann's western forest, hears a strange cry. Distracted from the hunt, he loses the sow but finds instead something more valuable than a whole cart packed with marbled boar skins. A woman. She is delicate, and her ears are curiously rounded. She is not wolfkind. Maybe she is the miracle his people have been hoping for.
Riggs must bring Anya to King Magnus, because breeding rights belong first and foremost to His Majesty, who needs an heir. But the female calls to a primal part of him. He longs to keep her in secret and take her as his mate. But if he gives in to the temptation, he could single handedly bring about the end of civilization.
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I went into this book unsure if I’d be able to finish it as it’s a little more fantasy than I usually indulge in… wolves/humans and it was in a different realm. Additionally I was unsure about the heroine because she was not my favorite in the previous book. You know what they say when you assume…….. o.O
Anya, the woman I loathe in Wishing for a Highlander. She was a she-witch who stirred up nothing but trouble. I disliked her with a passion. Needless to say my expectation was to continue to dislike her. You can imagine my surprise when I realized I liked her as a heroine 5-10 minutes into the book. A broken and scarred Anya is not the one who I disliked so vehemently in the first book; she was a different, no better person. I was pleasantly surprised by how remorseful she was. She also was feisty, smart and loyal. I swear she’s one of the best heroines ever.
Riggs, our hero is a Wolf-man. He is lonely and would like a mate but due to the shortage of women (so to speak) he has to save money. He just happens to be in the woods hunting when Anya unceremoniously drops into his realm and is immediately set upon by unsavory men. Despite being attracted to her, his loyalty to the king will keep him from claiming her as his own. Riggs was such a good guy! Saves damsels in distress and kicks butt in the process. He was smart, loyal and a worthy warrior. By the end of it, I wanted my own Riggs!
As you can see, I loved the leads. For most of the book, they are the only characters. The secondary characters came towards the climax but there were not steady secondary characters.
Anya goes back to her home in the Highlands to make amends and submit to the Laird, despite his punishment. She runs into Aidan who is looking for the infamous ‘box’ – Within minutes she’s been sent to another realm. When Riggs lays eyes on Anya, he realizes that she is the woman from King Magnus’s prophecy… she can save his people. Despite his personal wants, he is loyal and will do anything to save his people so he makes plans to take her to King Magnus. The trip is rife with action! The men who initially found Anya are chasing them but others would also set upon them once they smelt her scent and realized that she was a woman. So the question is, who can they trust? Lots of twists that made me go “whoa” and some betrayals as well. The villain dude *I won’t even attempt to spell his name lol* was terrifying. If I’d been sent to him as a “play thang’” I’d probably faint on the spot. Just saying.
Marian Hussey knocked it out the park as she did in the first installment of this series. I loved the little lilt she gave to Anya’s Scottish brogue.
Mild – There’s a lot of pining and a few hanky-panky scenes but nothing too bad. Sex scenes didn’t dominate this plot (Another score for Ms. Gage!).
Another a delightful surprise. I couldn’t believe I enjoyed this book so much, especially considering that it’s outside of my comfort zone. Also, I usually like a hefty dose of secondary characters but this book lacked that yet I still enjoyed it. The characters and plot were so well rounded. As with before, Ms. Gage has MORE tricks up her sleeve, I was completely blindsided by at least 3 of them. I’m excited for the next installment of this series (especially if/when it’s on audio!!!). I hope that we’ll get to see King Magnus’s story. Mix: Great characters, plot, magic, twists + romance and you get an unforgettable romance! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
P.S. I find it odd that Aidan is always around when something magical happens. I have to wonder if he is what we ‘think’ he is.
Story – 5
Narration – 5
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- Amy Thomas Sanchez "Gulivera"