Title: A Highlander's Destiny
Author: Melissa Mayhue
Published: October 2009 by Pocket Books
Pages: 384 pgs, Mass Market Paperback
Reason for reading: We are participating in a blog tour (non-giveaway) courtesy of Sarah from Pocket Books.
Synopsis: The Nuadian Fae have discovered a long-forgotten path to dark powers and all that stands between them and the helpless Mortal world is Jesse Coryell. Another failed romance and Jesse's disillusioned. Even spending time in the Realm of Faerie and training as a member of the Elite Guard hasn't made him happy. Something he can't identify is missing in his life and according to his magically gifted niece, Rosie MacKiernan, that something is his destiny. When Jesse intercepts a letter from Destiny Noble, a young woman desperately searching for her missing younger sister, life and destiny collide. Not even Destiny's Faerie heritage and her ability to see glimpses of the future can protect the pair from the unknown evils they'll face. But, if they're lucky, the magic of True Love just might save them both before it's too late...
Destiny has been searching for her missing sister for a while now, with nothing to guide her but the visions that appear in her dreams. Those visions led her work as a gypsy-clad fortune teller at a Renaissance fair. There she would meet the man dressed in black who would help her find and rescue her sister.
Jesse Coryell works as a private investigator of sorts for his father's company. As half-human/half-fae, his clientele isn't always a normal one. However, despite everything he has going for him, he's discontented, in a rut and freshly dumped by his most recent fling. He has decided to become a Guardian for the Fae and move to Scotland...now he's just has to let his family know. One day, after having an eerie conversation with his precocious little niece, he finds a letter addressed to his father's company requesting their help in locating a missing girl. Intrigued by how it relates to the message his niece gave him, he decides to take on her case...in an unofficial capacity. He will be Destiny's "man in black".
Destiny refuses to believe that her sister is dead. What she doesn't know or could ever have expected was that she and her sister are both part Fae as well and Leah was kidnapped by a sinister Fae that wants her for her blood. And so begins Jesse and Destiny's hunt for Leah...
Overall, I liked this book. The story was interesting and the plot was intriguing - I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Leah and if/how she would escape Adira [evil Fae]. I also enjoyed reading about the chemistry between Jesse and Destiny. They had an interesting dynamic in that each of them were equally attracted and yet frustrated by the other. Sometimes Destiny's stubbornness would annoy me, but if one of my siblings was missing, I suppose I would do anything and everything in my power to get them back too! What I did like was how Destiny was the one to initiate a relationship with Jesse (you go girl!)
In truth, my only complaint about the book is that sometimes the language seemed a bit old-fashioned coming from a 20-something girl. I found myself slighting editing some of the dialogue so it sounded like something I [as a 20-something girl] would say.
I give this book ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥