Genres: Time Travel Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on February 18. 2014
Source: Kindle First
A modern woman with a gift for music enters a gypsy’s tent at a Renaissance Fair only to find herself in 15th Century Scotland just as a band of Scottish warriors from Clan MacKintosh ride up. Malcolm has the distinct feeling he is seeing his future in feisty Alethia’s eyes when he offers her the protection of his clan. I enjoy a good time travel romance and medieval Highland Scotland and a modern heroine seemed just the thing.
True to the Highlander is the first in a series of time travel related romances. Brilliant violinist Alethia is whisked back in time with a gypsy’s ominous words that she is there to save a life. When she ends up among the warring clans of the Scottish Highlands and meets warrior and protector, Malcolm MacKintosh and is nearly raped by another she has no doubt that danger is all around. But, she’s a modern woman and used to doing things on her terms so Malcolm’s dictates for her safety don’t set well and she stubbornly goes about matters her own way captivating the hearts of an entire clan in the process. Malcolm has enemies working treachery at his doorstep and a woman who finds danger without even trying confusing him and turning his heart in knots.
This story was a mixed bag for me. If I didn’t take it too seriously, it was just the thing and a good time was had by all. I enjoyed it as a light time travel romance with the excitement of clan fighting and that tension that comes with the time travel part about going back or staying. I liked the characters and had a good laugh several times, particularly when Malcolm was constantly in the dog house for being overbearing or misunderstood. They both had sweet natures underneath it all and were a good match.
But that said, I noticed other things and might have ignored some, not all. The romance was not developed. It was just suddenly there for both of them. And, I would have been all right. Just like I would have been all right with Alethia having an improbably diverse group of skills that just happen to fit each need and circumstance that she encountered. She’s an excellent musician and was on her way to Julliard so the music makes sense, but then let’s tack on natural healer, sign language expert, self-defense skills that drop Malcolm three times, archery champ who can shoot an arrow over several yards at a moving target from a different elevation, and wins every heart in the castle even though she tends to hide in her room or take off into the woods more often than not.
These, I might have rolled my eyes at and went along with, but then we get to what got me frustrated with her. The helpless damsel in distress five times. It got annoying when she won’t listen to a word Malcolm says (and, to be fair, he got high-handed and overbearing- I get it- but don’t go off half-cocked to prove his point) so she ends up in danger (one time, even a five year old knows that what she’s doing is a bad idea and tells her so). She thinks she’s tough, but she’s in a raping and pillaging era and can’t get that through her skull when she rushes outside the castle unattended when few men will go off alone. Oh, and how cute, she’s going to chase after the clan warriors who are going into battle with another clan’s warriors to protect Malcolm- um, twice (yes, that was sarcasm).
I loved all the characters even Alethia. I liked that the author wrapped up a couple of side character’s stories and set up a few future stories. The epilogue was adorable and a good end to the story.
So, I enjoyed it, but spent a lot of time shaking my head, too. Should others read it? If you like brawny Highlanders and excitement, you betcha. Just, don’t take it too seriously and enjoy it for a light romp in a historical setting.