I don't know why, but I have a bit of a weakness for time travel romances, and Karen Moning has written more than aReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
I don't know why, but I have a bit of a weakness for time travel romances, and Karen Moning has written more than a couple of good ones to satisfy my habit. This book and the sequel with Drustan's brother Daegus are two of my favourites from her Highlander series. For fans of Moning's Fever novels, this is the first book about the MacKeltars.
Gwen Cassidy has led a bit of a boring life and even when she decides to live a little and books a dream holiday to Scotland, she gets it wrong and ends up on a coach with a group of pensioners. But, just when she's given up hope of adventure an unexpected hiking accident finds her falling upon Highland Laird Drustan, cursed into a magical sleep for nearly five hundred years. Despite his smouldering good looks, Gwen thinks the best thing to do is take the obviously crazy man back to his family.
Drustan is the last in the line of a family of Druid warriors, tasked with protecting an ancient and magical secret. When he awakens in the twentieth century he knows he must find a way to travel back in time.
Both Gwen and Drustan are fantastic characters. The dialogue between is snappy and engaging. I liked Gwen for her intelligence, sass and sense of humour. She is without a doubt an equal match to Drustan. But, above all, Karen Moning really knows how to put together a hero. Drustan is smoking! Ok, so there are a couple of roll your eyes moments, a scene that comes to mind is Drustan being too well endowed to fit into modern men's jeans! But it's written with such wry humour you can't help but laugh.
The novel has a great mix of romance, sexiness, intriguing plot and wit. I like my romances with a decent storyline, and with lots of time travelling, a mystery and supernatural subplot this book did not disappoint. The time travelling element could have been quite messy, especially with Gwen and Drustan travelling back to Drustan's past, with the risk of paradoxes, but it is handled cleverly and humorously.
The ending was fabulous, a vibrant cocktail of sadness and love, which will give you more than a couple of reasons to contentedly sigh.
If you are a fan of Moning's Fever series, be warned that these books are not the same in tone, they are lighter, funnier and are definite romances. But, for very different reasons just as good.
This book sucked me in from the start and given this now about the third time I've read it, that's saying something. Escapism at its finest....more
I think Lick may very well find its way onto the my favourite books of 2013 list. If the next book had been already out, I would have bought it immediately. I loved it, I loved Ev and David and I loved Scott’s writing style. The story was sweet, romantic, endearing and sexy. Who wouldn’t want to fall in love with a rock star? I would highly recommend it. ...more
This is a paranormal romance with a real difference, in fact it has quite a fantasy feel about it. School teacher ShReviewed for www.BookChickCity.com
This is a paranormal romance with a real difference, in fact it has quite a fantasy feel about it. School teacher Shannon Parker gets much more than she bargained for when she buys a vase at an antiques sale. Suddenly she finds herself transported to another universe where she is a goddess. A goddess that also happens to be a bit of a b*tch too.
I loved the originality of this book, the new world with goddesses, magical powers and mythical creatures. But also the twist of Shannon being transported into this world and only her handmaiden knowing that she's any different.
Shannon is a fun and determined character, she embraces her new life and all of the responsibilities this includes. The plot takes a little which to take off, the whole antiques buying thing was a little too long, but once it got into its swing I was absolutely hooked. Shannon soon discovers that life as a goddess is not all gorgeous clothes, beautiful jewels and luxuries. With the threat of war and a small pox outbreak, as well as the bizarre need not her to do a topless ceremony every two weeks (I'm not quite sure what that was all about), the story is engaging and the baddies perfectly, hideously creepy.
The other big part of the book is of course the romance. When I first started reading, I was slightly nervous about it. The hero is a centaur - top half man, bottom half horse, and for a while the mind boggled! I'm sure you know what I mean! But thankfully I needn't have worried, it all worked out fine. Actually by the end of the book, I quite fancied a hot centaur of my very own, even if he did have a weird name - ClanFintan.
One thing that slightly annoyed me was Shannon's habit of referring to her friends as 'girlfriend', this may be a culture thing, as it's not really an English turn of phrase.
There were some superb characters in this book, and Shannon's real world friends and family were cleverly written into her new reality, although often with a twist. The impact of Rhiannon's selfishness (the goddess Shannon had swapped place with), often making Shannon's job a difficult one. But they are written so well you become engaged with many of their fates and not just of Shannon and ClanFintan's.
The book is not simply a romance, in fact the impending war with the vile Fomorians, and the reality of their brutality does add a nice horror edge that I very much enjoyed.
A really fantastic book, I loved it and was sad when it finished. I hope to be able to read the next two in quick succession. Shannon was a great, witty heroine and ClanFintan the perfect, chivalrous hero any girl would want."Divine by Mistake" is a fab mix of romance, fantasy, paranormal and horror. ...more