Highlander's Curse

Highlander's Curse - Melissa Mayhue This is Collin McAllister's story... which starts off telling us how it is that Collin was able to locate Leah in the previous book. Seems Collin demanded too much of what he thought was an old woman who turned out to be the Faerie Queen. She "cursed" him with being able to sense and see all the Souls who were splintered when the Nuadians tried to take over Faerie... until Collin found his own Soulmate. Except the Faerie Queen told him she wasn't in his time.Collin decides to take up his soldiering and leave the romance to his brothers. Except that his Soulmate, Abby, in modern day Colorado makes an "oath" that involves her finding The One for her... which sets in motion a chain of events to bring Collin forward in time from the eve of a giant battle. Abby doesn't even know she has Fae blood; all she knows is that she wakes up the next morning with a hunky, naked Highlander in her bed - Collin. He doesn't seem to know the basic things like electricity or cars. But he does know enough to realize that his being here has something to do with the Fae. And he knows that his cousin, Mairi, should be in Colorado in this time. And while he's drawn to Abby with more than the usual attraction for just meeting someone, he sees that she's already met her Soulmate, except the two haven't bonded yet (translated to haven't had sex).Turns out Abby is an archaeologist who took a course from Professor Mairi Navarro. Abby calls Mairi, who comes on the double with Ramos to fetch Collin. But none of the gang can quite figure out what brought Collin to this time; they just know that Abby has something to do with it - she must be half-Fae and a daughter of Pol. While they try to figure it out and keep a watch on her, Pol invites Collin to train as a Guardian in Faerie.When Collin returns, he discovers that Abby is in Scotland on a dig. A dig that she was personally chosen for by a mysterious Jonathan Flynn, a multi-millionaire who is trying to find a particular stone in Scotland. And Flynn needs Abby's "gift" - the ability to track things; it's part of what makes her such a great archaeologist. Yes, Flynn is the Nuadian Fae last seen when Adira and Devlin left him behind as they took off in a helicopter with Ramos' dad. Flynn is trying to avoid the Bloodlust, so his object with Abby is for her to locate one of the portals to Faerie; he figures there he can regain all his Magic Powers and his true identity. But along the way, he finds himself attracted to Abby... and when he accidentally cuts her, he can't resist sucking the blood from the wound. Which means the Bloodlust comes upon him. Now he's determined to have Abby any way possible.Only Collin, who's traveled to Scotland, stands in his way. As a Guardian, Collin instantly knows that Flynn is Nuadian Fae. He tries to warn Abby, but... they end up running from Flynn, who's chasing them with a gun. And when they're trapped, Collin convinces Abby to use her powers to transport them to another place and time; he just didn't expect her to take him to HIS original time and HIS bedchamber. See, since their meeting, both Collin and Abby have dreamt of almost nothing but one another, night after night. Collin realizes that Abby's his Soulmate. But can he convince Abby?Abby suddenly finds herself in the early 1300s. And adjusting isn't any easier for her than it was for Ellie or the others. In fact, Ellie does a lot to help Abby to accept where she is and that she's got Fae blood.Collin is determined to stop the massacre that he knows from Mairi's history books is coming with the battle that he and his dear friends were getting ready to fight. Abby knows that somehow the only way she can return to her own time has to do with Collin; she's not letting him out of her sight, even if she has to marry him to do it.Problem is, when Collin and Abby finally acknowledge their love and consummate it, Collin's "curse" of being able to sense his friends from their soul auras is lost - just as the Faerie Queen said. Will he be able to stop the massacre? Abby and his family are determined to stop him, fearing that his interference will cause unknown catastrophes for the future: those who should have died might not, while those who didn't die very well could. Will history lose a great hero or leader? Will Abby even exist in the future if Collin succeeds?Loved the story. Even loved the ending...