Friday, February 28, 2014

#Review: 4 Stars True to the Highlander by @barbaralongley

True to the Highlander (Loch Moigh, #1)True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This historical romance will have you drooling over hot men in kilts with sexy brogues!

Alethia Goodsky is working at a renaissance festival until she is ready to attend Juilliard. This beautiful and talented violinist finds herself in 15th century Scotland after a cryptic conversation with a creepy fortune-teller. Somehow, this fortune-teller knows she has special abilities and now she has been given the task of saving someone’s life. Malcolm MacKintosh, aka “Alpha-jerk”, finds this lost maiden on his land and as intriguing and beautiful as she is, he will soon find out that she someone whose abilities have the power to save him and his clan. If he can only make sure the mysterious fortune-teller doesn’t show up to take Alethia back to her own time.

It’s not hard to understand why Alethia has a hard time remembering she should want to go home to the 21st century to her family. Malcolm takes over all her senses and makes her want to stay in the past with him. He messes up time and time again, but you can’t help but want them together. He is a completely bullheaded alpha male and although Alethia is from the 21st century, he shows her there is a bright side to a dominant man.

I loved the humor of the 21st century woman being caught in the 15th century. Alethia is so excited to remember that she had tampons in her backpack! Seriously, what did they even do back then when Aunt Flow came to visit? The men are scandalized by her feisty nature and attracted to it at the same time. Alethia must learn quickly that women were expected to act a certain way in those times, but of course, she keeps showing them that empowered women are a force to be reckoned with.

“Had he thought her delicate? Nay, he’d misjudged her. She was a wildcat. A cornered wildcat. He tried to raise his hand out of her reach. “Foolish woman, a broken finger is naught to me.”
“Fine, I’ll break it then.” Keeping her tenacious hold, she increased the pressure. “If you mean me no harm, then let me go.”
“Let. Go.”
“You first.” The rise and fall of her breasts against his chest stirred his blood to a boil. His gaze roamed her face, settling on the fullness of her lips pursed into a determined pucker. An idea formed in his mind. Raising his eyes to hers, he grinned.
Her eyes widened, then narrowed. “Oh no.”
He covered her lips with his. She gasped, and he took advantage, deepening the kiss and drawing her closer. She sucked his lower into her mouth, and desire surged through his body in a rush so strong, ‘twould have brought him to his knees had he not already been on them.
Then she bit him. Damnation!
Never had he been in a more absurd predicament. How the devil had one tiny female managed to best him?”

There are plenty of twists and turns in the story and tons of action. Scotland is rife with rivalries after all. Alethia is constantly at odds with what her mission is and how she’s supposed to protect someone when Malcolm won’t let her out of the castle. Her relationship with Hunter, an orphaned deaf child, is endearing and very important to the story. The curveballs don’t stop and will keep you engrossed until the very end.

TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER is a easy read, but also very entertaining and well written. Barbara Longley’s writing sets you in 15th century Scotland so clearly you would think you are really there. If you love historical romances with a supernatural twist, then TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER is one to get.

✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

✳✳ Reviewed on I Bookie Nookie Reviews by Tickled Pink for Book Ink

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