Trapped (Legend, #3)

Trapped - Claudy Conn Probably my favorite book in this series so far. This book made me cry, laugh, and rejoice... However, I am noticing that most of the author's female main characters seem the same - different looks and different abilities, but similar stories. Each has suffered tragedy and loss early in life. Each is mostly on her own, by her own choice. All are Shee Fios, but none see herself as a warrior or even that tough. But each becomes an integral part of the battle between Gaisioch and Queen Aaibhe to save the Fae and humans from Gais unleashing the Unseelie on them and taking over the Earth.BJ Mulroy's parents died when she was young. She went to live with her only relative, Aunt Lisa. But Aunt Lisa was young herself and didn't want to be saddled with raising BJ, especially when BJ showed signs of being a beauty. So at 16, Aunt Lisa set BJ up with an apartment over a restaurant in little Roslyn, NY (suburb of NYC on north Long Island). BJ only learned when it came time for college that the way Aunt Lisa "set her up" was to use all of her small inheritance and all of her college funds. So she got used to working her way through school. She's tough in that she's got street smarts, but she's kind and sweet. She's also a Shee Fios.One day, into the restaurant/bar that she works in walks Brian Carrick from Kilkenny, Ireland. Brian is a very powerful Druid priest - he and his family are beloved of the queen. But Brian is dying; he has cancer that was in remission until he was poisoned by his evil cousin Derrick. The poison started shutting down his organs, and so Brian will die - it's just a matter of when.Brian wants to stop Derrick from inheriting his castle, his title, and his Druid powers. When he and BJ become really great friends, he finally confides in her, because he realizes who and what she is. Brian asks BJ to marry him. By doing so, she'll keep Derrick from inheriting... until the "real" Carrick heir can appear and take on the mantle of Druid priest and take the title. In return, Brian will set BJ up with a lovely cottage of her own and enough money to keep her financially safe for the rest of her life. BJ isn't sure about all of this, except that she loves her best friend Brian and would do anything for him.But who is this heir? And why does Brian talk to the painting in his study? Can BJ keep Derrick from inheriting? Can she keep him from killing her?Prince Dante the Fae prince of the House of Lugh is the featured Fae in this story. He's assigned to guide and guard BJ, but he's none to happy about it. Dante was friends with one of Brian's great-grandfathers, Daremont Carrick, who mysteriously disappeared one night. Since then, Dante has avoided human contact; it's too easy to become attached and involved with them, and Dante doesn't want to get hurt any longer.But can Dante resist the pull he feels towards BJ? BJ is the "key" to releasing the Carrick heir, but she's had no training in her Shee Fios ways... can she do it? Another love triangle... another inevitable match. But, IMO, a bit more imagination in this story that furthers the Legend - the battle between Gaisoich and Queen Aaibhe. I enjoyed reading this one very much.Side note: The more I read, though, the more similarities I also see between this series and KMM's series - elements of both the Highlander series and the Fever series. Hmm...