Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARC Review: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1) by Gwyn Cready

Title: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1)
Author: Gwyn Cready
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

It's tough being a woman in a man's profession, especially for Abby Kerr, the
unexpected chieftess of Clan Kerr. Loathe to marry but in need of a strong arm, Abby wishes for a Scots warrior and gets . . . Duncan, the historical reenactment hobbyist.

Wall Street Impresario Duncan MacHarg isn't bad with a fencing foil, but he's no Highlander. When a misdirected spell plucks him from the 21st century, he lands in 1705 Scotland at the feet of the fiercest woman he's ever laid eyes on...

Just in Time for a Highlander has a bit of an Outlander in reverse feel to it.  Instead of the woman falling back in time, the man is drawn back through a spell - and he can't get back until his purpose has been served.  But Duncan isn't exactly what Abby was looking for.  His arrival is quite funny and he is totally unprepared for life in the highlands, and he doesn't adjust all that quickly.

Abby is a unique character.  As a female chief she has a lot of challenges in addition to running the clan and avoiding a war with the English.  But she has quite a few surprises up her sleeves, and down her boots, and under her bed.  She'd do anything to keep her clan together and successful.

There was a lot going on in this one for a romance.  I'm not complaining, but it does make it harder to describe exactly what I liked and didn't.  Trying to figure out who was the bad guy was difficult - and I don't know that I quite buy who it ended up being.  Oh, there is reason in the story, but I just didn't like how that part all worked out.  I think it was just too unexpected for me.

Now, the romance.  That part was fantastic.  They were such a good match in such an unconventional way.  With another suitor in the mix, Duncan finds his jealousy running high a few times, and it's unsure where Abby will find herself.  A good dose of healthy drama and action really keeps the pair on their feet and fighting to be with each other.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


  1. ooh I was wondering how this story would be...glad to see that you enjoyed it, and I definitely need to read this one.

  2. I'm curious to see if the rest of the series is time travel based as well - or just this one story.


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