This was an uneven time travel romance for me. I love that subgenre of romance and I am quite able to suspend lots of reality so to speak in favor of...moreThis was an uneven time travel romance for me. I love that subgenre of romance and I am quite able to suspend lots of reality so to speak in favor of pure entertainment when it comes to TT.
What bothered me some here were some of the plot issues and character issues. The heroine went into TSTL for me when she first went back in time. She even went into shrew territory for me. Got better as it went on, but that annoyance lingered for me. I don't have many quibbles with the hero other than maybe being a bit naive and at times acting totally out of character.
There were some odd time jumps, not time travel jumps, just missing story time that made no sense to me. The hero's Laird, who is shown to be on the edge of insane, wants to burn the heroine at the stake and is just horribly cruel, somehow gets back into the hero's good sides, but we never get to see it. He casts his heir the hero out of the family, he vows to murder the heros woman, sends folks to grab her, etc. And yet, out of the blue we are told they are invited back to the Laird castle and made up. It happens off page and just skipped over. It was such a huge part of the story all the way through that it just baffled me to just gloss over that.
The other thing was Anya. Despicable being and we are just left hanging on that front.
There was overall a lot of nice story, but the stuff I pointed out was jarring for me. (less)
This time travel just didn't do it for me at all. And it didn't even have much to do with the plot holes, heck its a time travel. I love them and I am...moreThis time travel just didn't do it for me at all. And it didn't even have much to do with the plot holes, heck its a time travel. I love them and I am used to just feel the entertainment of them, rather than get all logical.
What didn't work for me was all the diaper changing, leaking breasts and all the baby stuff all throughout. There were numerous mentions of the leaking breasts, I kid not. Milk running down her shirt/dress, stinky cloth diapers, her being horny for the smelly hero.
There really wasn't much of any other story other than the birth and the feeding and changing of the baby. All while stuck in a cabin with a smelly hot guy lol.
I knew that the heroine was pregnant from reading the blurb, but I didn't know the whole book would be about almost nothing but all the baby stuff. At the end I just kept changing pages to get to the ending and see how its resolved.
I was really hoping for more story of the mining community and more of anything really. (less)
Overall this was a enjoyable time travel romance. I liked that the heroine was different from other time travelling lasses, she is half native america...moreOverall this was a enjoyable time travel romance. I liked that the heroine was different from other time travelling lasses, she is half native american. She also plays the violin, which she just happened to have on her when she went back to 14 hundred something. I forgot the write down the date before I returned the prime loan. :)
So she made some baskets, knew about plants, caught, killed and skinned rabbits to make furs. So the weaving into the story some of her heritage was interesting. But I think I would have liked to see that explored a bit more. So the juxtaposition of the highland clans to the native american clans was a nice touch for a time travel. The way she explained to the highland clan where she came from and how the societies are similar. Since she couldn't come right out saying she is from the future.
So overall it was quite enjoyable, even if a bit predictable. It read really nice with a great highlander hero and a lot of great side characters. And of course there is a villain.
I am looking forward to the next one which will be about the cousin to this hero. (less)
This is the second book in a time travel romance trilogy. I read this one right after I finished the first, without a break.
I liked the 2nd even bett...moreThis is the second book in a time travel romance trilogy. I read this one right after I finished the first, without a break.
I liked the 2nd even better than the first. Here the story is about Myra, who is the sister of the hero in the first book and she is from the past, from Scotland. She has to go to present time for protection from a dark druid woman who needs a druid virgin to break the spell that was put on her.
Myra meets up with cop Todd, who of course is very suspicious of her. She has nothing but the name of the sister of the first books heroine Tara. Tara in present times of course disappeared and so Todd has to question everything.
I really like this scenario where for once we get a little insight into the after math of one of those time travels. We often have the heroine just leaving present day and going to the past, but we usually don't ever see the after effects to those left behind in present day and the investigation. We get a bit of that here since Todd is a cop.
Of course there is more time traveling to do and Todd also has to deal at some point with being in the past. I don't want to say to much about the plot, but he held his own among the honorable Scotsman.
There is a lot of stuff happening in this one and it was so nice to really get to know the whole family in Scotland much better here. We also see how the women are finding their druid gifts more and more and helping to fight along the men against the evil druid woman.
I will read the 3rd very soon as again, the arc is still going by the end of the 2nd. This is shaping up to be a really entertaining time travel romance series. (less)
I love time travel romance. I probably mention that in every review I do of one. I love them, but they can be tricky. They can have solutions at the en...moreI love time travel romance. I probably mention that in every review I do of one. I love them, but they can be tricky. They can have solutions at the end that are not agreeable to me and what I would want for the couple. So I tend to read them with bated breath. Thankfully this turned out to be one of the good ones. Quite good. I understand that this novel was completely revised from an earlier published version and I have never read the old one.
I don't want to say to much as far as story goes as I think its always better to read that. I also don't want to put spoilers down. But the brief on it is that we have a Scottish Earl who died in 1816 and is a ghost in the current castle. The castle did not stay in his family as there was nobody left to pass it to. The heroine is visiting with her grandma and niece and there she meets the ghostly Gavin MacKinnon, Lord Dunmore. He thinks that Julia is his miracle and can help him keep his son alive if she goes back in time. So that is how she ends up there.
Now what I liked about this is they way the heroine is integrated into the past. A bump on the head and she has some memory issues. She is a woman called Eliza as they all know her. But in her head she still has her memories as Julia from modern times. She thinks herself crazy at times. But this lets her be part of the past in a mostly fitting way, without having some of the issues modern heroines tend to have when they go back. Often they get annoying with the constant references to modern things, what they miss, asking for weird things. We only have a few of these here in the heat of the moment.
By having her be a integrated character like that, makes the mystery of why she has those memories and who tries to murder Dunmore, more interesting and compelling. Its a slow puzzle to put it all together and I thought it was done really well. This is where getting more pages is wonderful for me as it gave me more meat in the story.
I thought the love across time between Dunmore and Julia was really done well. The characters came to life for me and I really got a sense of where they were coming from. I was just really pulling for them and worried how it would all end. Author made it work out beautifully and satisfying. Truly a love across times.
I am really liking this author and I don't believe I have read anything of hers before this one. I see that her books are out of print and there was a preview of "Scoundrel" in the back which is one of those out of print. I hope that means the backlist is coming to kindle. I'll be on the watch as I really want to read those.
So yay for authors getting their backlists up and yay for them writing again.