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Binding Vows

(MacCoinnich Time Travels #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,409 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them. When Duncan ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published December 4th 2009 by The Wild Rose Press (first published 2009)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 “I’m a virgin, come and get it.” Stars

*Some Spoilers*

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“You have got to be kidding! You were sent to deflower the virgins?”

My God I love this book!!!!! What do you get when you take Scottish Warriors from the sixteenth century, a evil witch, a modern 25 year old virgin, a accidental soul binding marriage, and time travel? A freakin Hit that is what you get! OMG!!!!

“Go, pop that cherry forStars
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
A Badass Hidden Gem...

My obsession with time traveling to Scotland continues. Why must I go to Scotland? Duh, the men in kilts and their Scottish brogue of course! There is a tall red headed Scot I am in love with from an unnamed series. Any other kilt wearing Scot has a lot to compete with.

Duncan MacCoinnich managed to make me forget about oh-what’s-his-name! First, Duncan is hot. 2nd, Du
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A huge thanks to my Goodreads friend Jessica for bringing this author and series to my attention.This was a sweet time travel romance set in the 1500's Scotland.Great cadt of characters and looking forward to the rest of this series.
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated 4 Stars

I call this genre 'Time Travel Romance w/ Paranormal elements'.

It was a great book with the exception of it giving the term, 'slow burn' a whole new meaning! It dragged some and drove me crazy. But for the most part, it was a fantastic adventure going from the present to the past and learning to deal with the way of life there. The couple were a real joy.
Kate's Corner
Sensational Book! Such a hidden Gem. 6 Stars

This is my first historical/Scottish romance and I loved it. It starts off in our time where Tara is off with her best friend Casey to Ren Faire because Casey has a motto YOYO (You only live once)
Tara is not impressed and this is where it for me gets interesting. Duncan what a hunk of a Highlander and every girls wet dream.
Duncan has travelled with his brother Fin from 16th Century to the faire as their job is to deflower all the virgins there
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was really good and I'm so happy because Catherine Bybee continues to write great stories! I'm definitely continuing this series. Love historical romance, time travel, and druid paranormal stories. So this one having all three and being well written, win, win, win!
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't expect a masterpiece of a novel when starting this one, Just some sexy story including time traveling and some fun along the way. But this was just... bad! Luckily so bad it turned fun in the end.
But let me tell you about the story first. There is our wonderful heroine, 25 year old virgin who is dragged by her friend to a Rennaissance Fair where some witch detects her as a virgin at first glance and singles her out to live as a princess at the fair while the winner of some faux fi
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I tried. I really, really did. I couldn't stand this book. The heroine got under my skin faster than any heroine has before. Not only that, but the chemistry between the hero and heroine was awful. Watching paint dry would've been more entertaining.

There aren't many books that I give up on. This one was added to my list. Maybe I'll give it another try one day. Just not anytime soon.

I'm giving it two stars because at least the cover was yummy to look at.
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I was a little wary at the beginning of this story. The heroine, Tara, with her bad attitude and expletive laced vocabulary, just wasn't a sympathetic character for me. By the time she settled into Scotland, however, she shaped up, lost her bad attitude and her bad language and I had a rollicking good time reading! Filled with Druid magic, wonderful romance and a little suspense, this book is great for a day when reality stinks and escape is the remedy. For those who only like the love "clean" t ...more
Not for me. Sorry. Made it to page 100 and could not stand the heroine. At all. She was too bratty, snotty and tried too hard to let everyone know around her that she didn't like her "vacation." Enough already.

Felt the writing needed polishing as it didn't flow well. Don't know if it was just in the Nook version, but scenes changed with no warning or extra white space signalling such a change.

Not for me.
Pj Nusbaum
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW this was a great book. This is my first highlander book an I am hooked. I recommend this to everyone one. It has a little something for everyone. Magic , time travel, Romance. Duncan an Tera are from two different times. Duncan an his brother are at a Renaissance Faire. Duncan is on a mission to save young virgins from evil. Tera is there with a friend to have some fun. Read to find out what happens to them all.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bybee-catherine
If you like Scottish time travel romances with Druid magic, you will love this book. It is a fun, quick read and very enjoyable. I am delighted to discover this author and have already purchased the next two books in this series.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Scottish Highlands story by Catherine Bybee! Loved this one and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Crysa James
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. Complicated and fraught with tension---sexual, as well as nefarious. Marvelous characters make this book memorable. This is a book you can sink your teeth into and actually 'live'. I read the audio-book and must say the narrator did an absolutely (yes, I used an 'ly' word) fantastic job. Not only did he bring the story to life, but wow and double wow, the man's a genius when it comes to voices. Can't wait to dive into Book two.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Time travel romances are always much more interesting when they gloss over the means by which the time travel happens and skip straight to the part where the characters deal with the effects of the time travel.

Time travel generally strains the willing suspension of disbelief. The more an author tries to explain something that is inexplicable, the more it generally takes me out of the story. Time travel is magic, or close enough. I want to move
Fiona Druce
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: favs
Let me begin by saying that I found Catherine Bybee by chance, when I read her book, Married by Monday. Luck was truly on my side with that purchase. The author’s ability to fashion and create believable characters has held up through three books and I’m already starting the next in this trilogy.

The story begins with Tara McAllister, a 25 year old virgin in the 21st Century, attending a Ren Faire with her best friend. Unbeknownst to either, the Faire’s Gypsy Queen has ulterior motive
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: blacktulip,
Shelves: highlander
You can find this entire review at Forever Bok Lover

I recently read the Highland Shifter and fell in love with the entire MacCoinnich's family. I knew that I wanted to go back and read the entire trilogy and fall in love with them all over again.

The first book in the series is Duncan and Tara's story. I loved the uniqueness of it, it was a quite refreshing. It was not the same old same thing time traveler story. I am ranking the entire series as a must read!! This book has it all
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rated 4.5/5

Summary: Tara McAllister has been dragged on another crazy adventure by her best friend. This time, Cassy has convinced her to participate in a weekend Renaissance Faire. They are expected to dress in costume the whole weekend, while experiencing life without technology or modern conveniences.

Unfortunately, the festival is not what it seems. The host of the event, Grainna (aka Madame Gwen), is using the faire as a ruse to locate young girls with Druid blood. Gw
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I know everyone pushing Highlander novels can't be Karen Marie Moning (The Immortal Highlander) or Brenda Joyce Dark Embrace (Rose Trilogy, #1)) but can somebody get close?

I am so tired of these Highlander series serving hamburger instead of steak. Is it that difficult to write a brogue? Is the Druid mythology that comple
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed "Binding Vows" by Catherine Bybee. I am always looking for my Outlander fix and this story Did Not Disappoint me. Binding Vows is very will constructed story of time travel, romance and and evil Druid Witch. The story does glean scenes from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, but it has done a great job making its own mark. Maybe even a better job in developing the time travel story. The characters are rich and colorful, The H/H are writt
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had sincere concerns when I first started this book.... I was worried that it was going to be an Outlander rip-off, and I was put off by the quality of the actual book and print type itself.

Well, cut to this morning at 3:30am when I had to force myself to put the book down in order to be able to wake up by 7:30am (yeah, I'm hurting now). I just finished it 5 minutes ago and am going to run upstairs to grab Book 2. I loved it! The only similarities are the scottish time travel aspec
What an amazingly pleasant surprise!

I honestly did not expect much from this book and I loved every minute of it! The story was intriguing, the romance was sweet, and the steam was off the charts! The supporting characters were likable and I can't wait for their stories.

I fell completely in love with the hero (Duncan) and the heroine (Tara). Some people in their reviews had a hard time with Tara in the beginning, however I did not. I found her reactions realistic, and I loved how feisty she was
Night Goddess
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I just finished Binding Vows, I can't say it was one of my favorites but it was not terrible either. There were some aspects I enjoyed, the Highlanders and of course, time travel. The overall storyline was not bad but the book was lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. I did go back and forth between ebook and audiobook format and the one thing that I ABSOLUTELY HATED was the fact that the entire story was narrated by a man. Which would have been fine except that his female impersonat ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was ready for a good book today and I think I have found it. I wonder if this author is very well known due to a lack of reviews since it was written. I have read 37% based on my Kindle. So far, I love this book! It does involve time travel, so if you don't like TT you might not like this. As in the Diana Gabaldon books the travel is through a circle of stones. Right now I am thoroughly enjoying this story!

Loved this book! 5+++ I have already purchased the rest of the series! Great
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you like Scottish romance, you will LOVE this entire series. I usually read contemporaries but after reading WIFE BY WEDNESDAY (and loving it), I decided I wanted to read more from this author.
I have read the first 3 books in this series so far and I can't wait to get to book 4. After reading them, I have to say, Catherine Bybee is now one of my favorite authors and will be on my auto buy list.
I am anxiously awaiting book 2 in her Weekday Bride Series coming in June 2012 and can't wait to h
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow I really loved this book. Tara's character is really relatable which helps draw you into the story immediately. The time travel aspect was handled nicely and I loved how Tara had to come to terms with 16th century Scotland. Her thoughts and actions felt appropriate and real. I loved how Duncan and Fin had to keep up with modern idioms. I would definitely recommend to those who loved Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series as well as anyone who loves time-travel/Highlander romance.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a book I won from goodreads.. Loved this book. I love to read books when the authors do an excellent job with the character build up and the story line. Will definitely be looking for other books by this author. This book will be added to my book shelf for book I will be re-reading in the future.
Tara Stone
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Me, kindle, and the beach..finished it with the sand betwixt my toes on a small island near Savannah...Luv, luv, luv this story, going to purchase the 2nd book in the trilogy now:)Cant wait!!!
Megan Fall
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story, I love time travel books, especially when it involves highlanders. The characters were wonderful too. I look forward to reading Fin's story.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I did not expect to like this...but...I was wrong!! I really enjoyed the story and especially the combination of modern and history. Well done!!!
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“What's under the kilt?"
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