Title: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of The Scottish Borderlands, book#1)
Genre: Historical Romance/Time Travel
Author: Gwyn Cready
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 3, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
**In this time-travel historical romance it is Duncan who is plucked from the 21st century and deposited in 1706 Scotland in the midst of a skirmish between the Scots and the English. There is an immediate attraction between him and the Scottish clan Chieftess, Abby. Abby is told by her friend and confidant, Undine, that Duncan’s presence is the result of the magic Undine has performed and he is there to help Abby by being her “strong arm”.
I was immediately put-off by the opening scene with a modern day historical reenactment battle being performed in the midst of a city or town’s streets. These are usually held in wide open, park like settings not city streets. People walking around carrying their Macy shopping bags would not be part of the historical scene.
There is plenty of action and sexual tension. The scenes are vivid and the side characters are more developed than the protagonists. I never got on board with the manipulations that Abby was fond of. They were always termed jokes but at Duncan’s expense and they were not funny just humiliating for him. The enemy English Colonel seemed smarter than both Abby and Duncan, which made them look foolish.
Too get involved in a book I have to either like or understand the characters. That did not happen for me in this novel.