• Highland Shift

  • Highland Destiny, Book 1
  • By: Laura Harner
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (200 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Highland Destiny saga begins with Highland Shift, a tale of betrayal, murder, and magick spanning two continents and hundreds of years.

Elena MacFarland wonders what everyone else knows about her new farm that she doesn't, and whether she'll live long enough to find out. Betrayed by her fiancé and the powerful Worthington family, Elena fights back and negotiates a comfortable settlement with one small caveat: she must live in Scotland for two years.

One kidnapping and two attempts on her life later, the darkly arrogant Scot, Faolan MacGailtry declares himself her new protector and moves into her farmhouse. Major problem? He was present at all three incidents. Elena decides to follow the adage to keep her friends close and enemies closer--but which is he?

One by one, Elena uncovers Faolan's darkest secrets: his Druid heritage, his connection to her past, and finally, the deadly curse that is powerful enough to destroy them both.

Notes: This is the first book of the Highland Destiny series and includes multiple paranormal elements, including Druidry, Fae, shapeshifting and magick. Heat level: Slowly builds from extreme sexual tension toward "bring-some-ice-water" hot!

Also available:Highland Pull (Book Two), Highland Push (Book Three), Highland Destiny (Book Four)

©2011 Laura Harner (P)2014 Laura Harner

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Please, help, I had to fast forward and then stop!

Very few times have I ever written a bad review. This may even be my first! But, please! At first I told myself I would listen and I tried. Narration was bad and the story was bad. I kept asking myself, what? Where was the story going? Oh yeah, that's right. The story just went on and on and my interest kept going and going to fade. I finally FF and then give up. Now, with that being said, you may enjoy, love this series. But for me, NOT!!!

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No Real Substance Just Porn, in My Opinion

What disappointed you about Highland Shift?

It would be easier to answer, "what did not disappoint me!" I read the book from start to finish. I will never buy books from this author again! This book is filled with way too graphic images almost from the start. WHEN you could get actual story parts, this could have been developed into a fairly good fantasy fairy tale. In my opinion, all of the porn ruined the story. The porn just goes on and on and on ..... For you porn addicts: this one is for you. For everyone else, there are far better and more interesting books to be read.

Has Highland Shift turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like books about the Scottish Highlands and will continue to look for good, non pornographic stories in this genre.

Would you be willing to try another one of Noah Michael Levine’s performances?

I don't know. I feel his voice would continually remind me of this book so probably not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highland Shift?

Why go there? There would not be much left of the book when I got through with it! This is a fantasy story so I have no problems with a shape-shifter falling in love with a Fae. But this went way overboard!

Any additional comments?

I have nothing good to say about this book. I am looking for audio books that can be played while I clean house with the grand children nearby. I would be livid if my teenager got ahold of a book such as this.

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Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series retold

I thought this sounded familiar and part way through I knew why. It is the essence of the Highlander series reworked. It was free so no refund requested, but I cannot recommend it either. KMM did it first and better.

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By 70% I was done..

I read some of the reviews on Goodreads and I could see where a lot of the 1 and 2 star reviews were coming from. I couldn’t understand either why Elena didn’t tell Faolan (pronounced Full-on, go figure) about the secret room, especially since she found out the truth about him, Red and Lilly. What was the reasoning in her keeping the secret of the secret room? That didn’t make a bit of sense.

This could have been a really good story but the author wanted to throw in pages and pages of non-intercourse sex, so he wouldn't take her virginity. That wasn’t at all necessary. However, I skimmed over that and stuck with the story. I love sex in my books but not that kind. There were 5 or 6 or 7 or 10 sex scenes, I lost track, and that’s just too many, and they were all long and drawn out. I must have flipped through 75 to 100 pages, or more, of sex and still ran across some of it to get back to the story. (And the words and phrases they used while having sex was just stupid.) A 473 page book and half of it was sex. Yuck!

I did like the meeting between Martin Worthington and Elena. He was so icky and so smug but she wasn’t going to take his crap. It really was the beginning of the story, if it had stuck with the story and not gone off into ridiculous sexcapades. I mean, something went wrong since this book had almost 450 reviews and the next one, Highland Pull, has 71 reviews. Don’t authors EVER learn from the reviews of their first books in a series? 4 books in this series and the reviews get less and less. Oh, well, I guess some authors write what THEY like and never mind the readers want. For the most part I did enjoy this book but I can’t see myself reading any more from this author. She seems to be a little more interested in the sexual parts than the storyline. I need one to balance out the other, not one overpowering the other.

There was swearing. The F-bomb was used 9 times. So, if you don’t like swearing, and a story ruined by soooo much sex, then keep looking for something else to read.

OK, I’m done with this book. At 70% I’ve read all I can. If it was rewritten with a whole lot less sex and more attention paid to the story I’d read it again, but until then no more from this author for me.

As to the narrator: He was barely OK. He did laugh and whisper when the book called for it and his emotions were alright, too. But this was a book about Scotland and his Scottish accent was pretty terrible. He tried but I just wasn’t thrilled with it. And when Elena and Lilly and Brigid talked it was even worse. A bad accent and doing a woman’s voice just didn’t do it. He does have a nice reading voice but he shouldn’t do accents.

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Magic in every syllable

What did you love best about Highland Shift?

The illustrious kidnapping of my very own soul, from our world into the Highlands of Scotland

What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Shift?

My favorite fact of this story is how all the "wolves" stick together, even after centuries

Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine – was your favorite?

Faolon, of cause. I love how the shifter in all his glory, manhood, cleverness can't help but go stir crazy ones he discovered Love

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wolves love deeper

Any additional comments?

Congratulation on a great story, well told.

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Not my favorite

One of my pet peeves with paranormal books is when a normal "mortal" encounters the paranormal and has a blah reaction, then begins developing powers and is suddenly an expert in said powers. What made it tougher to get through is the poor Scottish accent that sounded Irish half the time. All in all, it wasn't bad, but the narration could definitely improve.

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Loved this book I couldn't stop listening to it.

I love romance with mystery and even the other worldly things that go bump in the night. And this book gets you right from the start. And I love a book with love and romance and sex. And this book has it all. You don't have to wait until the book is half over before it really gets HOT. And it stays hot all through the book. But it also has you hanging at the edge of you seat or bed wondering what will happen next. I am done with books one and two and now I have to rest up so I can listen to book 3. Wish I could find more books like this.

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  • 05-19-22

Story was okay.

I am amused by all the porn references. It’s a “romance novel” so yes it is sexual in nature. It’s actually pretty mild in comparison to some I’ve listened to.

Story is decent, didn’t lose my interest; however, I would have like the Highlander to sound like a Highlander instead of having a hint of Latin or Spanish. That was a little distracting.

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Not a fan

I tried to read this book to the end but couldn't. The woman was unlikable. She did stupid things. It might have been better if she communicated more and did not hide important information.

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amazing

I love romance with mystery and even the other worldly things that go bump in the night. And this book gets you right from the start. And I love a book with love and romance and sex. And this book has it all. You don't have to wait until the book is half over before it really gets HOT. And it stays hot all through the book. But it also has you hanging at the edge of you seat or bed wondering what will happen next. You'll love The Druids and wolf storyline and enjoy the characters. The narrator was awesome and the love scenes in this book are described beautifully. looking forward to reading the rest in this series

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  • Nicola
  • 10-22-15

Book is really good

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

i would probably only recommend the Kindle version as the guy that does the narration is absolutely horrific at Scottish accent and sounds very robot like

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

the narrator is horrific

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