I thought the first book in this series was delightful and fun so I anticipated similar feelings toward this second installment. Let me tell you, the tale of the modern woman control freak and the medieval knight with the tarnished honor and strong, courageous heart hooked me in from the start and I couldn’t put it down. I was captivated by the blend of colorful historical backdrop, well-developed characters, and an exciting well-paced plot.
The story is part of a series, but it is loosely connected and could be read out of order or as a standalone.
Katy Tolson is one of those people who has to control everything including those around her which is why when her bridesmaids put a moratorium on her using her planner and her phone while on their bachelorette trip to Wales, that she nearly goes nuts. Katy’s time in Wales has already left her unsettled and not just because she has been cut off from her phone. She dreams of a dashing knight and she feels an inexplicable connection to the knight depicted as a saint in a Welsh church. But then things really go awry when she is accidentally catapulted back to the past- to medieval Wales no less. Control? Katy is plunged into a situation that makes her painfully aware of just how not in control she is. She is dropped into the middle of a battle between the Welsh and the Norman English. She has aroused the curiosity and suspicion of one of the Norman knights because of her modern clothes and modern speech. Katy is confused by her reaction to the knight who protects her and has to convince herself that she can’t get attached because she doesn’t belong in the past and she has another man waiting for her even if she now has serious doubts about marriage. If she could only find the object that sent her back to the past?
Sir Robert Beucol, landless and living with a tarnished family reputation because his father died as a traitor and his mother is Welsh. This Welsh rebellion is his chance to make good and gain a hearing with King Edward to petition for the return of his family lands from his enemy and rival who is still working toward Robert’s further ruin. Only, right when he is poised to prove his loyalties and prowess, he encounters a mysterious woman with high-born and foreign ways. She stumbles into the middle of war and against his own needs he protects her and brings her with him. Ultimately, he will have to part ways since he must marry for advancement and financial gain, but the longer he is with the beautiful Kaytee, the harder it is convince his heart that they cannot be together.
This was a refreshing story. I tend to have certain expectations when it comes to Time Travel romance. Mostly, I notice that these stories tend to focus on the characters, plot, and even sci-fi aspect of the story with the settings in the past glossed over. This I forgive if the story is good. But in this book, I was thrilled to have my cake and eat it, too. The author put a lot of effort into making medieval Wales and even the set up for how the time-travel part of the romance conflict really work. Robert’s time and the way Katy was written in were convincing (at least to this non-scholar and amateur history lover).
And the characters were well developed in their situations. Katy has issues because of being abandoned and Robert has scars from his past, too. They have a nice developing romance and I loved how they made it work in spite of the language and cultural barriers. I ended up with a strong medieval romance even though Katy is a modern gal.
I was fascinated how the difference of 700 years difference worked. Love and lusty times, greed and mean-heartedness are universal. Robert and Katy share attraction and I loved how they help heal each other even while I was left speculating just how it would all work out. The villains were great as the black-hearted rape and pillaging sorts that I enjoy hating in medieval romance.
All in all, this was a blast to the past that kept me riveted from cover to cover. Time travel romance fans really need to grab this one.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
What is your impression of Time Travel in Romance? Are you for it? Against it? Like it, but prefer it to have either a magical or scientific explanation? Now how about personally. If you could time travel, would you? And if so, where and when would you go (assuming you can come back to all that’s familiar)?
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