Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Just in Time for a Highlander
Author: Gwyn Cready
Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1
Heroe/Heroine: Duncan MacHarg/Abigail Kerr
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: For Duncan MacHarg, things just got real…
Battle reenactor and financier Duncan MacHarg thinks he has it made-until he lands in the middle of a real Clan Kerr battle and comes face to face with their beautiful, spirited leader. Out of time and out of place, Duncan must use every skill he can muster to earn his position among the clansmen and in the heart of the devastatingly intriguing woman to whom he must pledge his oath.
Abby needs a hero and she needs him now
When Abigail Ailich Kerr sees a handsome, mysterious stranger materialize in the midst of her clan’s skirmish with the English, she’s stunned to discover he’s the strong arm she’s been praying for. Instead of a tested fighter, the fierce young chieftess has been given a man with no measurable battle skills and a damnably distracting smile. And the only way to get rid of him is to turn him into a Scots warrior herself-one demanding and intimate lesson at a time.
Aww man! I really wanted to love this, but it didn’t work for me at all. I mean…I like highlanders and I love time travel, but I can’t say that I liked anything about this book by the time I gave up at 74%.
I knew after the first few chapters that my tastes were not meshing with the writing, but I forged on because I got this book as a review copy and I felt like it deserved my efforts. Sadly, it never got any better and the more bored I became. Seriously, I used this book as a sleep aid every night for two straight weeks. Okay, I know that sounds mean, but it is true.
So what didn’t work? My BIGGEST problem with the story was the H and h, Duncan and Abigail. Here is this seemingly intelligent guy who suddenly ends up several hundred years in the past and he’s ready to stay there forever and marry Abigail…after TWO DAYS!! Oh, and Abigail has been nothing but a skanky bitch to him the entire time!! Did I forget to mention that she’s sorta engaged to another man??!!
So obviously the romance wasn’t working for me, and neither was the plot. It was ALL over the place with so much going on that I didn’t care about and none of it felt important or even interesting. There was no urgency and the big conflicts revolved around building a canal…and Duncan trying to figure out how to get Abigail to marry him. Maybe it somehow all tied together in the end, but I couldn’t find the energy to keep reading.
Overall Impression: Did Not Finish
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*