Review: Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Awaken the Highland Warrior
(Connor Clan #1)
By: Anita Clenney
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: May 1, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: I really enjoyed this story!

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A man from another time…
Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he’s not careful, she’ll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect…

Could be the treasure she’s been seeking all her life…
When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn’t dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.

With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan’s duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems.


Bree loves a good puzzle, so it is no surprise that when she finds a treasure map, she sets off to find the treasure. The only thing is, the treasure that she is looking for isn’t at all what she thought it was going to be. Instead of finding old artifacts she finds Faelan, a Scottish warrior who was locked away in a time vault for the last 150 years.

I really enjoyed this story. I bought the book on a whim at Borders when it was half off. It sounded like such a crazy kooky book from the synopsis and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. First off you have Faelan who is so out of his element. You figure times have certainly changed since 1860. For instance Bree says that they will go to McDonald’s to eat and he thinks “What are the MacDonalds doing in America and what do they have to do with food?” He also isn’t used to woman being outspoken or even fighting. It totally catches him by surprised when Bree and Faelan are attacked and Bree not only defends herself but starts fighting back as well.

However, my favorite character of the book was not one of the main characters but one that is introduced towards the end, Ronan. He is so flirtatious towards Bree and it grates on Fraelan’s nerves… and I love it! The things he says and does is just plain funny. Like when him and Bree sneak into the kitchen to find a midnight snack and he finds cookies. He takes a bite and holds the cookie out to Bree and says “Try it. Don’t worry. I don’t have cooties, and my hands are clean. I haven’t scratched my ass all day.” He is definitely someone that I would love to be friends with.

As a whole I really enjoyed the book and I am really glad that I made the impulse buy. I could see myself rereading it again.
Bree takes Faelan to the grocery store to get food. Obviously, this is his first time at a store and he not only goes to the produce and just starts eating the fruit but he doesn’t understand why it is a big deal. So Bree gives him a granola bar to tide him over. My favorite part is what happens next…
“Faelan stuffed his mouth with the granola bar like a starving toddler and moved down the aisle with the loaded cart. Bree grabbed an empty one and squeaked back. She rounded the corner and stopped. Faelan wasn’t chewing. That was a good sign. The package he was reading wasn’t. He glanced up, mouth parted, eyes dark, and the hand holding the box of extra large condoms darted behind his back.”


7 Thoughts on “Review: Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

  1. Well, I’ve read a few books from the same genre – not the same author though. And I must say that the romance is quite hot! And from the peeks I had from your review, I’m reminded of another book called Until Forever by Johanna Lindsey. The hero was also a fish out of water (okay, in this case time).

    Thanks for stopping by. ^_^

  2. Sounds intriguing. Hot highlander and time travel…. 🙂

  3. Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I can’t stay away from Highlander books, so I’ll have to add this one to my list. 🙂

  4. This does sound like an interesting book.

    Thanks for stopping by Better Read Than Dead


  5. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my WoW

  6. This isn’t something I would ordinarily consider, but you’ve made it sound so good—and funny!

  7. sounds like a seriously good read! Treasure hunt, hot highlanders, romance..yep, right up my alley 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Book Savvy Babe

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