Book Review: Loki (The Highland Clan) by Keria Montclair

Loki is the first book in the The Highland Clan series by Keria Montclair, however it is related to previous books and series by the author. Readers that have read the authors other books will already have some character knowledge for our hero, but newcomers will be able to fully enjoy this series opener, but just might want to go back and read the other books out of curiosity if they love the style and characters- so fair warning there.

Loki Grant’s first memories are of living in a crate behind an inn in Ayr, struggling to survive. Clan Grant saved him from his lonely existence and took him in as one of their own. But though the Highlands have become his home and he loves his adopted parents, Brodie and Celestina, Loki feels lost. Part of him is still that scrappy wee lad who relied on his wits to survive the streets, and he is not sure he belongs. The feistiest and most beautiful lass in the clan, Arabella, steals his heart, but when her father resists the match because Loki is not of clan blood, Loki decides to confront his past. He wishes to satisfy Bella’s father by discovering his parentage, but he also hopes his quest will help him understand his purpose. As far as Arabella is concerned, Loki Grant is the wiliest, most handsome warrior in existence. She is determined to have him as her husband regardless of what her father thinks. So when Loki’s search for his sire leads him into trouble, she rushes headlong after him. Together, Loki and Arabella must discover the dark secrets of Loki’s origins, for only by confronting the past can they hope for a bright future together.

Loki is a book with some tremendous highs, and some annoying lows. I loved Loki's character (for the most part). He is very clever and resourceful. He cares deeply about his adopted family and will do anything to protect others. However, because of his background and the way some clan members look down on him because of it he has no faith or trust in himself- or his worth. This is well handled, and well written as part of the story. However, I was more than a little annoyed at his belief that because he had trouble putting emotion into words that he did not have them, even after he dwells on how much love he has for people for a good chunk of time.  Similarly, I loved how Arabella knew her own mind, was smart and a hard worker, but still let her family treat her like a servant. He father is the biggest issue as far as I am concerned, because if it were not for him none of the more dangerous moments would have taken place. She could talk to the laird and warriors, and was willing to risk her life on several occasions, but could not stand up to her sister or father? That really bothered me. So, lets move on.

I thought there was plenty of action, and that the admitted love between out couple made the crises that kept them apart more poignant. Loki's journey to find his family had its good moments, and triggered the majority of the most dangerous and painful moments of the book. However, io loved how he was always looking out for others, in particular a boy that reminded him of himself as a child. All of his thoughts and actions showed him to be so much better than he gave himself credit for, though I was so glad that the important people around him could see it to.

Loki is a romance with complex characters, adventure, danger, and suspense. Readers that already love the author will be reading without any urging, and will be glad for the read. Those that are easily frustrated by the character issues I mentioned above will likely still enjoy the read, but will be as annoyed as I at those bits of the story. 


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