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The Very Thought of You (MacLeod #2)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,031 ratings  ·  72 reviews
From Lynn Kurland, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nine Kingdom series.

Alexander Smith had found success in the world of corporate takeovers—but not happiness. That had always escaped him...along with true love. Then, at the MacLeod Keep in Scotland, he found a pirate map that miraculously answered his yearnings—with a journey to another time. And when he was
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Published June 1st 2001 by Berkley Publishing (first published 1998)
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Okay, I officially love Lynn Kurland and her time travel romances.

I want to give a special shout-out to Scottsdale (AZ) Public Library for loaning me this book through the interlibrary loan program. I think it is funny that I am in Phoenix and Scottsdale is an interlibrary loan not just a reserve (same with Glendale Public Library). Okay, that has nothing to do with the review so I will move on.

As you can tell by the 5 stars I loved this book. Kurland makes her characters so real. Some you love
Kirsi Johnson
This is a MOSTLY clean romance novel with two caveats:

1. If the word is in the bible, Ms. Jutland has no issue using it. So if you're opposed to some biblical profanity, you might want to steer clear.

2. While there aren't any sultry sex scenes, there is some blatant innuendo, and a few saucy kissing scenes.

I'm kind of torn between posting this at 3 stars or 4, so I'm just gonna say 3.5, which of course, according to math rules, must be rounded up to 4. Overall, this was an enjoyable book. I me
Kelley Ross
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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Let's start this review by saying I am utterly in love with Alex. So pardon me if I gush over him too much.

Well Lynn Kurland has done it again. I have to admit to reading her books completely out of order, but so far almost all of them have been a complete hit with me. This one just didn't hit 5 again because Margaret - the heroine on this book - has irritated me some when she time and time again broke her promises to Alex. (view spoiler)
Alexander Smith, is tired of corporate piracy and take-overs, he needs a vacation - hopefully somewhere sunny and warm. Alex finds a "treasure map" in his brother-in-laws office, with a X marked Barbados, hopeing to take a time gate to Barbados, Alex steps inside a fairy ring that takes him to medieval England instead. There Alex is kidnapped by Margaret of Falconberg, who hopes to hold him for ransom. Margaret has been keeping the rest of the nobility at bay from her lands by keeping secret the ...more
This novel is actually part of the MacLeod Series. The main character Alexander Smith (brother of Elizabeth from book one) is a former lawyer who just doesn't enjoy his work anymore. Looking for adventure, he follows his brother-in-law's map and ends up in Medieval England. He meets the fiery Margaret of Falconberg and decides this time period may be just the distraction he needs. I liked the plot, but it seemed to drag a bit. The only thing that kept me reading was the characters like Jamie, El ...more
I picked up this book looking for a fun read and that is exactly what I got! A lot of humor and an interesting story. It took a while for the story to get going but the humor was there from the beginning of the book. I liked the quirks that each of the characters had that made them uniquely them.

The chocalate scene was the best part of the book, best wedding night ever!
I love these time travel romance stories by Lynn Kurland and this one did not disappoint. The characters are richly developed and strong. It did not end as I thought it would which had me on the edge of my seat(or bed) at points but ended with a good feeling. I am ready for another.
This story was a little too detailed about the intimacies between the main characters. Alex was too cocky for me at times. Not my favorite for sure.
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
I was hooked with the time travel since "A Dance Through Time". Loved the ending and I believe I already fall in love with medieval England ;-)
I was disappointed in the amount of language and also innuendo in this book. Not a fan I'm afraid:(.
Okay, even though I gave this 3's more of a 3.5. I did like it. But it was a little cheesy and I don't feel like I got enough of WHY they fall in love. What do they like about each other? Sometimes I think Kurland makes people fall in love just because they like the other person's eyes, or something else just as ridiculous. What about conversation, shared interests, laughing together, etc? Anyway, I like Alex and I like Margaret. I do like that she appeared to be different from most o ...more
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An Odd1
*** "The Very Thought of You", by Lynn Kurland, sends tall handsome Alex of Seattle, from 1998 Scotland to medieval England, where tall beautiful Lady Meg alone has led her keep (castle and surrounding village) for years. A favorite part, unlike many modern romances that jump into bed immediately, is that they fight and kiss for 300 pages before joining, in private. Other drawbacks nag. We must find another book to learn how Alex has travelled time before and learned sword skills. Their accents ...more
Zoe and the Edge
"I think I'm going to faint," he said, putting his hand to his brow. If it could work for Scarlett O'Hara, it could work for him.
"By the bloody saints," Margaret muttered.

I kept waiting to warm up to the book but every chapter I just wanted to put it on the DNF. If I had read this at another time, I would have most likely finished it. But right now, I just need the perfect book to help me relax and this was not it.
It's just maybe too 90s for my tastes. Alex trumps Margaret and their power play
Was eagerly waiting to read this as Alex was mentioned in Zachary's book. Didn't disappoint. A very strong yet vulnerable at times Heroine.
Jun 08, 2012 Lea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: a-z
The first half of this time-traveler romance was a little slow for me, but the second half was unpredictable enough that it kept me turning the pages well into the night. Margaret, our heroine, is not your usual damsel in distress. She is a 12th Century tomboy who first tries to kill 20th Century Alex when he unexpectedly "drops" in on her. I thought Kurland developed a great cast of characters, had plenty of attention to historic details, tied it all up nicely at the end, and wrote some of the ...more
Apr 07, 2007 Tory rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good romance with a medieval time travel twist
Great book, anyone who appreciates a non-trashy romance will like this book.

Alexander Smith is a corporate pirate until one day he realises he's not happy. So he quits and moves to Scotland with his sister and her 13th century Laird of a husband at MacLeod Keep. While looking for a book in his brother-in-law's study and he finds a map... one that leads him searching for a time gate to Barbados. Somehow he ends up in Medieval England, 1194, in the middle of a land feud between the horrible Sir Ra
Picked this up while waiting on kindle to recharge. What a pleasant surprise!
The Very Thought of You is funny, romantic, and thrilling. The dialogue in this book is hilarious; the characters never let romance make them cheesy or cliché. The book is essentially a romance novel, but an equal part of your attention is being focused on battles, manipulation, and medieval politics. This book would be something for me to draw inspiration from if I were ever to write something with a romantic plotline because it demonstrates how to keep readers entertained with multiple plotlin ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance fans who like it clean
When you want a really fun, fast passed romance without the graphic sex scenes Kurland is your author. Some of her books are really clean other are not this on was right in the middle. This is the story of Alex Smith and Margret of Fuconberg. I really liked her shield maiden character in this one, a girl who could take care of herself. The time travel is a fun spin for her books also. I would suggest reading the books in the order she gives on her websight ...more
Brittany Brown
Loved this Book. She was sooooo stubborn, I loved it.
Jan 31, 2008 Kathleen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I recommend these books
Recommended to Kathleen by: bookstore find
I love this author, she writes PG books with no gory details only intimating sex. She writes about LOVE and finding it not in your time but going back thru gates into the past. They are a nice read anytime when you are ready to relax and find yourself in another place and time and the author loves to hear from you.

I also have these books by the same author
The more I see you
When I fall in Love
From this moment on
Much Ado in the moonlight
Star of the morning
Wendy Holland
I love the writting style of Lynm Kurland. Im a sucker for a good romance book from time to time and enjoyed the build up and the idea of romance much more than the smut romance books I sometimes pick up. I also love that each book is tied to other characters so that we can keep up or find out whats happening/happened in their lives. Lastly, I love history and anything to do with it~ therefore, the settings for each of the books touched vaguely upon some sort of significant event within the that ...more
Alexander Smith takes a trip in time to medievel time to a feud between Margaret of Falconberg and Ralf of Brackwald. Ralf takes pity on him after Margaret tries to kill him, and takes him to his keep. There he finds the keep filthy and disgusting. After a couple of weeks Margaret shows up and kidnaps him mistaking him for Ralf's brother. Even after trying to explain to her that he is not she doesn't believe her. He decides to go with her hoping her food is better and keep is cleaner. So starts ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Gen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I liked the fact that it was a man traveling back in time to a woman instead of the other way around. It was a little silly at times and the bard stuff was just dull to me but overall it was a fun read. I didnt really like how crazy the girl went when she went to the future. I knew that it would be a shock to her and that its probable she could think that it was demons trying to play trick on her. But for her to so quickly decide that her husband was a demon and that to help him she should kill ...more
I LOVE this book! Thumbs up to Lynn Kurland! I adore the characters in this book, and I sorta wish George went to the future as well, but... I can't ask for everything. But all is well, and I fell in love with Amery, but thats not suprising. I feel like I'm ending the family tree of books, I'm sad over that... but what about John and Isabelle, Robin's siblings? Or Phillip, Robin's first son? Sooo yea, there's plenty more books to be written!
Penelope West
Jul 09, 2008 Penelope West rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All who love a happy ending, no matter where it takes you
Most of the time travel stories I've read, it is the heroine who is longing for someone to love, and finds it in another time and place. This book gives the search for happiness a different twist, for it is the hero who is looking for something more in his life. Be careful what you wish for! It may take you on an unexpected journey to find the answer. This is a fabulously woven tale by the queen of time travel.
My neighbor gave me this book because she knows I like books. I tried to read it, but honestly couldn't, even though I like plots that deal with time travel. Couldn't do this one. I released it through BookCrossing, and left a plea in the book "If you pick it up, please tell me the story. (I'd say tell me how it ends, but I couldn't get more than a few pages into it.)"
I didn't like this as much as "A Garden in the Rain", but I kept reading anyway. The feisty heroine and former-lawyer hero are a little too broadly painted for my tastes, but the story and setting still kept me going. The ending, however, I found disappointing, which is why it only gets three stars. (I still want to find out the stories of the rest of the family, though!)
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Lynn began her writing career at the tender age of five with a series of illustrated novellas entitled Clinton’s Troubles in which the compelling hero found himself in all sorts of . . . well, trouble. She was living in Hawaii at the time and the scope for her imagination (poisoned fish, tropical cliffs, large spiders) was great and poor Clinton bore the brunt of it. After returning to the mainlan ...more
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Other Books in the Series

MacLeod (9 books)
  • A Dance Through Time (MacLeod, #1; de Piaget/MacLeod, #2)
  • My Heart Stood Still (MacLeod, #3; de Piaget/MacLeod, #8)
  • A Garden In The Rain (MacLeod, #4; de Piaget/MacLeod, #10)
  • Much Ado In the Moonlight (MacLeod, #5; de Piaget/MacLeod, #12)
  • When I Fall in Love (de Piaget, #4; MacLeod, #6; de Piaget/MacLeod, #13)
  • With Every Breath (MacLeod, #7; de Piaget/MacLeod, #14)
  • Till There Was You (MacLeod, #8; De Piaget #10; de Piaget/MacLeod, #15)
  • Roses in Moonlight (MacLeod, #9; de Piaget/MacLeod, #19)
Tapestry (de Piaget, #8.5; de Piaget/MacLeod, #8.5; Were-Hunter, #0.5; Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #1.5; Dark-Hunterverse, #2; Highlander, #8) Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms, #1) A Dance Through Time (MacLeod, #1; de Piaget/MacLeod, #2) The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms, #2) Stardust of Yesterday (de Piaget, #9; de Paiget/MacLeod, #1)

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