Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready has a dash of the magical mixed with historical romance. Who doesn't enjoy a time-travel romance?
Just in Time for a Highlander tries to do something different from the norm when it comes to typical time-travel romance. Usually, a woman is dropped through time to somehow help a hero in the only way she sees fit with her modern sensibilities and her undeniable attraction. Instead, in this story, Duncan MacHarg (a battle reenactor) is sent back to Abigail Ailich Kerr who is the new Chieftess of Clan Kerr. She needs all the help she can get to convince the men that she is capable of being a warrior, a leader, and a woman. This is what initially caught my eye about Just in Time for a Highlander.
However, while the premise is unique, the story does not follow through. I liked Duncan and Abby, but it was a struggle to get through. I liked the minor characters also, and I feel like the series will continue surrounding Undine and Serafina. I felt like there was enough there to create an impressive story, that its full potential was not realized.
Duncan was witty, and easy to like, but it was a little difficult to figure out if he was Hero material, or if Abby was supposed to be stronger than him. Abby was witty as well, and smart, and I empathized with her struggle to lead men who didn't believe in her.
This could be a fun read for anyone who enjoys time-travel or historical romance.
From RITA winner Gwyn Cready comes a Scottish borderlands time travel romance perfect for fans of Outlander
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.