Must Love Kilts by Angela Quarles #Review

Must Love Kilts by Angela Quarles #ReviewMust Love Kilts by Angela Quarles

Genres: Time Travel Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 13, 2016
Pages: 242
Format: eARC
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A drunken bet with a sister that goes missing in the past and leaves Traci with a hottie in a kilt who thinks she’s a spy!

I have come to anticipate each release in this fun, spicy, and heartwarming series that takes each heroine on her own special time travel adventure.  In this case, the adventure is to the 1689 Scottish Highlands.  This is the third book in the series and has light connection to the previous two, but can definitely be read standalone or out of order.

Traci Campbell is always screwing up, but this time she’s done a real humdinger.  In her efforts to reconnect with her younger sister, Fiona, she and Fiona take a vacation in the Scottish Highlands together, get drunk on Scottish whisky, and Traci reveals to Fiona the secret about the magical card case that allows people to time travel.  Just as drunk as Traci, Fiona makes a bet that men in kilts are hot and they’ll go back to the past so she can prove it.

Yeah, so that’s why she now has a hangover back in the present and no sister.  She has to go back and rescue Fiona.  Traci’s biggest ally is a flirty Highlander who brings her along to his clan and agrees to help her find her sister.  She doesn’t trust herself around Iain because she has fallen for light-hearted men before who just want to have their fun and move on.  Sometimes she feels like Iaian is different, but then again…  Besides, she doesn’t belong here.  Or does she?

Iaian is looked on as nothing but a clown to his chieftain and his fellow clansman.  For once, he would like someone to take him seriously and wishes it were Traci.  He has fallen for her, but he doesn’t dare let her know it because she’ll be like all the other women who love him and leave him.  Unfortunately, his promise to help her comes right when the Highlands are staging an uprising against the English and his uncle, the chieftain is convinced that Traci and her missing sister are Campbell spies.  He has to protect Traci, keep his promise to find help her find her sister, and keep her out of the crosshairs of the situation going on around them.  As time goes on, he starts to dread that moment when Fiona is found and Traci will leave.

Alright, so this was a blend of lightness and passion as Traci and Iaian flirt and dance around each other, but there is also a deeper story as two people who have been hurting from their pasts are able to understand and help heal each other.  The historical backdrop is painted in with vivid color and authenticity while not taking over the story.  I loved the sightings of real life people, places, and events with the fiction to make it a stronger story.

The romance has the conflict of the two being from different time periods, but also both trying to protect their hearts from hurt after being burned in the past.  This doesn’t stop them from the spicy hot passion that builds up between them.  I liked this pair and was really hoping they would figure it out.

The secondary story about Duncan and Fiona that there were glimpses of had me interested as well.  I look forward to their story and hope it comes next.

In summary, this was an engaging story that I easily read in two sittings.  I definitely agree with Traci that it’s worth seeing a hot Highlander like Iain in a kilt.  Light Time Travel Romance fans should definitely give this one a try.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Ooh, this one sounds like my cuppa tea, especially since the historical aspects are accurate. Plus, I always love it when one of the characters is a Campbell, since I come from Clan Campbell.

    • I’ve enjoyed each one of these in the series. She’s light with the historical backdrop, but when you squint at it, it’s accurate. Nice balance with that. How cool that you are from Clan Campbell. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    All I had to see was Kilts and I was interested then from your great review this is going on my wish list 🙂 xo

    • I am the same way. Certain words in titles and blurbs just hook me in. Hope you get the chance, Debbie! 🙂

  • I’m not really big on time travel (even though I love Doctor Who) but this does sound fun. I do love highlanders!

    • The time travel element can be iffy for me at times, but I’ve enjoyed all three of this series. She goes easy on the time travel explanations particularly in the last two and lets it be just an element of magic. Oh yes, the highlanders aspect is strong and swoon-worthy in this one, Quinn. 😉

  • I can’t remember where I saw this book, but I know it wasn’t Goodreads. Anyway, I was thinking about starting the Outlander series when I saw it. Great review!

    • Maybe Facebook? She won an award for it, I believe, so maybe you saw it there. Oh yes, I have thoughts of Outlander when I see highlanders and time travel paired. Very different stories of course.
      Thanks, Lekeisha!

  • This sounds like a fun one! Love time travel and of course, kilts 🙂 Great review!

    • You said it. This was fun for both those reasons.

  • Definitely sounds like a series to try for Outlander fans 😉

    • Haha, yes! But these are much lighter and the focus isn’t as sweeping. I’ve enjoyed each book and it’s visit to a different era. Though I think book four will stay in the Highlands for her sister’s story.

  • Oo how have I not read her before? That sounds like an absolute blast. Love that there’s a little real mixed into the fiction. That’s always fun to me 🙂 Thanks for the heads up, Sophia!

    • These are great. A good mix of light and authentic with some passionate and interesting characters from the past and the present. I love how each book goes to a different era, but it will also be great to stick around the Highlands for her sister’s story next.

  • oh this does sound pretty fantastic here…I love time travel romances and haven’t read one in a while. I do like a story that is well balanced with history and romance and some fun too.

    • The blend of those elements is what does make me enjoy the series. I don’t get the chance to read time travel often, but I do enjoy it.

  • I haven’t read a lot of time travel romances, but they are the only genre of time travel books I might give a try as I dislike time travel in general. This sounds like a fun one with the drunken talk and how one sister ends up in the past and the other going back to rescue her. I am glad to hear the historical setting is done well too while not taking over the plot. And that’s neat you get the secondary story about her sister, I hope for you that their story is next :).

    • I’m not big on time travel stories much when they are strongly sci-fi and get into lots of description of the process and time warps and stuff, but once in a while a romance will work for me. This is a light one in feel, but she doesn’t stint on the history or her characters. Oh, yes, can’t wait for Fiona’s half of the story after reading Traci’s side.