Highland Guardian (Daughters of the Glen, #2)

Highland Guardian (Daughters of the Glen, #2) - Melissa Mayhue This book seemed like 180-degrees from the 1st book in the series, and in many ways, it is. While we get a glimpse of Cate, Connor, and their family, the book focuses on Sarah and Ian. Sarah is of Fae blood, but on her father's side, which means she doesn't have the rose/flower mark, so she's not supposed to have Fae magic. Except we learn through the prologue that the Fae allowed "gifts" to be distributed amongst the Mortals and especially their ancestors. Sarah's "gift" is that she's a Sensor - she can sense and feel the emotions of the people she touches. Since Sarah wasn't raised by her father, but her maternal grandmother, Sarah never learned the history and stories of the Fae, so she never knew how to use her gift - to embrace it.Sarah ends up in Scotland seeking solace for her writing. She was married once, to a meanie named Brad, who was after her trust fund more than he was after her. Especially when Sarah seemed frigid during love making; she was so overwhelmed by Brad's emotions from the touch, she couldn't seem to act on her own; being overwhelmed paralyzed her, and so Brad thought she was frigid. He dubbed her The Ice Queen. Sarah's heart is still broken over rejection from Brad. She'd been hoping that once she told him of her gift, Brad would understand. Instead, he divorced her.So when Henry rents his cottage to her, he thinks that Sarah's soul needs healing. Henry is Ian's nephew, which seems odd since Ian only appears to be 28 and Henry is in his 60s and just had knee surgery. But Ian is a Guardian and half Fae; his job is to guard the portals into the Fae lands - to prevent Mortals from stumbling through them, but mostly to keep the Nuadians, a dark Fae branch, from going through the Fae portals. If a Nuadian was able to get through a portal, he/she might be able to take over Fae, pushing them into darkness and evil and likely ending the Mortal world. (In Karen Marie Moning's world, the Nuadians would be the Unseelie.)Ian must temporarily put aside his duty as Guardian to take over Henry's duties on the estate when Henry needs knee surgery. And that's the time that Sarah is expected. Ian thinks it will be boring until he meets Sarah and realizes that she's not the usual Mortal. She tells him of almost hitting a man in the road during the storm... and instead of hitting the man, he leaped over her car! She thinks it was a trick of the light, but Ian suspects there's more to it. And when he can see into her soul, he knows that she's Fae.Ian gets confirmation from Dallyn, a full-blood Fae, and a General in charge of Guardians. Dallyn knows that Sarah is half-Fae, because she can see him even when he's not meant to be seen by Mortals. Dallyn also suspects there's more to Sarah and more to Ian's attraction to her, but he's so cryptic, it takes most of the book to figure out what's really going on. And what's going on in a combination of spies, guardians, fae, special gifts, soulmates, promises, cryptic sayings, manipulations, and dreams.It's a wild ride, and at times, it seems that this world that the author's created doesn't make any sense. And then it does. It's an intriguing tale, spinning together a whole new world of the Fae, and yet continuing the story of Prince Pol and his ancestors (especially the female ancestors) from the 1st book. Except that in some ways, this book seems to break the rules that Pol established in that first book. He said in that prologue that all his female ancestors would bear his Fae mark... that all would have Fae powers... and that all should be free to choose and find true love OR their families would cease to have male children. Are there truly contradictions or has the author simply stretched Pol's words to accommodate a new path - a path that provides room for creativity and yet allows the author to stay within the boundaries of the original story?Not sure yet, but looking forward to the next book.