Time for a Highlander
by Maxine Mansfield
GENRE: Time Travel/Romance
Forty-five-year-old history teacher Bethany Anne Anderson wasn’t supposed to die on her dream vacation to Scotland. Someone else was supposed to rescue the child from the falling druid stone. But she’s perfectly fine with moving on to the hereafter. She has loved ones waiting for her. Then Tobias Morie, better known as Fate, steps in. Her intervention has changed the future. Before she can move on, she must first help him correct one of his own mistakes. That’s fine until she wakes up in 1643 in the body of twenty-year-old Lady Elspeth Frasier. Worse, she’s engaged to the very handsome, very young, very virile Quinton MacLeod. But that’s not all Fate demands. She must give the Highland laird the heir he’d originally been denied.
Quinton MacLeod loved once. He won’t do it again, even if he had time for such nonsense. With the Highland lairds divided between loyalty to their beloved country and the English king, he seeks only peace—in his keep and in his heart. But raised in England and a ward of the enemy, his beautiful new wife has strange notions of education and cleanliness that cause chaos within both. There’s also the matter of her very unlady-like views on the marriage bed, which, come to think of it, he’s more than happy to overlook. If only he could trust her.
He pulled her down until she was snuggled in his arms and close to his heart, and she went willingly. “Do nae go, my Beth. Do nae leave me here all alone. I need ye. Ye son needs ye. Duncan needs ye, and Brochel needs ye. Fight to stay here with us,” he pleaded. “Fight with every bit of that great strength I know ye ta possess. No matter how hard it may be for ye ta do so. I’m begging ye, my love, do nae go.”
Good Jesus. What a book. Reading, loving it, sighing, blushing, intrigued, laughing and then BAM!!!!! Not the ending I was expecting at all. I can’t decide if I even liked the ending. Ms. Mansfield wrote it in such a way that some people will either love it or hate it. Me? I’m not sure.
Beth went through a lot in the present and my heart broke for her and then she landed in Scotland with Quint. Most of the book is spent there but we do get Beth’s background in snippets throughout the story. I like when an author does that. No info dump, but just enough for the reader to understand Beth’s emotions and thoughts. At times when she is dealing with Quint, I had to laugh. Quint was not used to such a forward female in and out of bed.
Quint is not your typical medieval Highlander. In fact, he broke the mold. He was kind, gentle (when need be) and needed a woman like Beth to challenge him and be his equal. Plus, come on…he wears a kilt. I also thought that the cover model was Quint. *sigh* I also liked how he treated the people around him. He wasn’t the alpha*ole that most writers write when it comes to the medieval Highlander.
This book has a nice intriguing plot with some secondary characters that only enhance the romance between Quint and Beth. To say that the body that Beth embodies is great but the person that had it before was almost hateful and mistrustful when it came to the Scots. I loved that plot line of the book. Beth had to figure out what Elspeth had said and done so that she wouldn’t trip over herself.
Overall, I really did like the book. The ending for me is somewhat sad, but also hopeful. Do they get their HEA? You will have to read it to find out. Warning…you will either love it or hate it. Me, being the author, I loved it. As a reader and lover of romance, not so much.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy, erotic romances. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.
I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.
Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.
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