Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the 16th-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilted fantasy man.
Tall, handsome, and heir to his uncle's lairdship, Darcy Keith should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill. Instead, thanks to a prank played on him in his teenage years, he is known for being too large under his kilt to ever make a proper husband. "Big Darcy" runs his deceased father's windmills and lives alone at his family manor, believing he will never marry.
But a strangely dressed woman he rescues from a clan skirmish makes him long for more. When the woman's claims of coming to Ackergill by magic reach the laird's ears, she is accused of witchcraft. Darcy determines to protect her any way he can, even if it means binding her to him forever.
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A Critical Reviewer
I wouldn’t recommend this book as the main character Melanie is enough to make most women cringe, and the reader is awful.
I’ve not listened to any of this authors books before.
Someone capable of a proper highland accent; hers was abysmal and veered between Glasgow, Edinburgh with hints of welsh to offset the cadences; an interesting mix but very annoying to listen to. Also someone less dramatic, often I had the impression she was performing for a group of 5 year olds, not reading for adults.
Avoid this book if you can, the reader is awful and completely ruins what already is a pretty borderline book.
"Time Travel...with a neat twist!"
Yes. The story is pretty engaging, if I listen to it again it would be on a road trip, or while doing housework.
I really liked Melina's feisty spirit. She brought just the right amount of innocence (more from being such an earnest character than actual virtue). And she was bound and determined to get her way, one way or another.
The portrayal of the characters. She does an excellent job with her Scottish brogue and defines the characters with individual voices. Her performance made a pretty good story a pretty great story. Her Voice acting really brought the characters and the experience to life.
Never under estimate the tenacity of a girl from Charleston.
I am assuming this is Jessi Gage's premier novel as I cannot locate any additional works under her name. I hope she continues with this series, maybe give some backstory on some of the other supporting characters. Although I wish the sexual tension between Melina and Darcy had lasted a bit longer and was perhaps a touch more complicated, one of the aspects of this romance which appealed to me were the love scenes. They were tasteful, not overdone, not overly graphic and ...well...they were really sweet! They were actual honest-to-goodness love scenes - complete with unique euphemisms and tender lovemaking moments. They were not graphic nor "in-your-face" sex scenes. I would have preferred Darcy to have a little bit of a stronger backbone, considering he is the romantic lead and a highland warrior to boot. But he has his own story of past pain which Melina slowly draws out of him and help him to overcome. The time travel aspect is very unique, and the twist was not anything I was expecting. I look forward to reading more of Jessi Gage's work in the future and recommend listeners to give this book a go. I think it's worth it.
"A charming medieval romance laced with magic..."
I have been in a historical romance slump so the fact that I was able to start this + become so engrossed made it more enjoyable.
When Melanie and Darcy were reunited after a two day separation.
The scene outside of the shop in Inverness.
"Modern meets Medieval with a magical punch"
So..... I've been on another romance hiatus. I tried listening to a new book from one of my favorite regency authors but just couldn't get into it. This is becoming an all to frequent occurrence. Then this little series appeared to fall into my lap! Medieval Romance was my absolute favorite and the only genre I would read up until a couple of years ago. I slowly branched out to other genres including medieval-themed time-travel and some paranormal so needless to say I was excited to get back in the mix of romance via my gateway genre. I had not heard of this author but based off the synopsis/reviews, I was eager to get started. She did not disappoint!!!
Melanie, a modern day fellow romance reader and a museum worker is on the brink of becoming a single mother. She teasingly wished for a highlander while holding an artifact... well you get what you wish for and in her case, it was in the form of Big Darcy. Darcy, a strapping warrior/highlander from 1517 is the heir apparent as laird of Clan Keith. He's good looking, braw and has a heart of gold. Unfortunately a vicious rumor about him being 'too big under the kilt' has ruined any romantic prospects for him (Obviously times have changed as he’d be worshiped in our day and time lol). However, when he stumbled upon Melanie and discovers her box he knows that he must wed her to keep her safe from his paranoid and vicious uncle. These two were great together. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, danger does fall upon Melanie. Will they form a bond that will withstand previous desires, promises and evil?
I was impressed with the leads from the start but what I didn't expect was the host of secondary characters who helped keep things interesting—to say the least. Aidan, a war chief and commander of Clan Keith is a gruff man but one who wants to see Darcy happy. He develops along nicely throughout the book. I absolutely loved The Murray's, Wilhelm and Constance whom we'll get to see more of later in the series. The most surprising of characters were those who we meet in Inverness. The two who stood out for me were an Albino boy + a Gypsy man with a French accent—both appear to have mystery and magic surrounding them. However, there are many more characters good and bad who we get a hefty dose of.
As with most time travel romance, a huge part of the story is focused on how did Melanie get there and how can she get back to modern time. As her speech and mannerisms are 100% modern American woman, she sticks out like a sore thumb. The threat of being taken for an English spy or witch is pretty much a given but when you add a paranoid laird to the mix, it’s even more dangerous.
Darcy who has always been loyal to his uncle and clan is in a position where his loyalty might be called into question if he honors his vow to protect/help Melanie. Someone has been stirring a pot of mischief for many years now and when Melanie arrives the pot boils over. From the beginning I kept wondering how the h/h would get their HEA. There was so much going against the couple but Ms. Gage does a nice job tying up loose ends and weaving a HEA that is very believable.
I’ve enjoyed Marian Hussey before and this was no exception. She did a great job with the Scottish and American accent. I must admit that the American accent annoyed me mostly because she did such a good job of mimicking a southern SC accent (those accents wear on my nerves in real life lol). The narration flowed. She’s a great pick for medieval romance.
Mild – I was happy with this. So many times in romance books sex is used as either a filler for a weak plot or in a vain attempt to prolong a story. As the plot was pretty solid there was no need to bombard us over the head with long, drawn out sex scenes. There was sexual tension, steamy scenes and innuendos but nothing too dramatic, I felt that it was just right.
This book was a delightful surprise. Characters were FANTASTIC and the plot was engaging and made better by the animated narration. I enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery and laughed out loud on many occasions… you know highlanders being superstitious and all. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I was so engrossed that I listened in about a day. I started it late Friday, I got about 1 hour in and listened to all but 30 minutes on Saturday which I finished this morning.
When interrupted by my boyfriend, cats or the phone ringing, I became irritable as I was eager to get to the end of the story. Ms. Gage has some tricks up her sleeve considering who the heroine of the next book is. I am jumping head first into the second book as soon as I hit submit on this review. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and hope to see more medieval romance from this author.
P.S. Apologies if I misspelled any of the character names but I listened so didn't have the benefit of seeing the exact spelling of character names.
Story – 5
Narration – 5
This book was a gift from the writer & I absolutely loved it! The story was well written...an edgy twist on time travel where it turned into a lovely Scottish Highland love story. I loved Darcy & Melanie & look forward to enjoying more from this author. I especially enjoyed the narrator Marian Hussey...she made the story just that more fun!
This was just the ticket for a long road trip. Engaging but not so thought provoking as to distract from the driving, but enough to want to take the long route.
"as a man, romance novels are a new interest to me."
sci-fi fantasy and a true romance novel. looking forward to many more volumes. as a man who loves scifi, fantasy, action types of books, the romance kind of suprised me. the first half of the first chapter sort of had me thinking it was going to be something that I wouldn't finnish, then a corner was turned and I was into it. I found it to be a fun, fast and a well done story. left me wanting more. loved it.
This was a fun ride back in time. The characters are likable and the story imaginative. A great book to escape reality with.
loved every moment of the book I so wish there was another in this series. I would recommend this book and this narrator excellent
"quite a good story"
liked the story and characters. have read many from this author, enjoyed them all. look forward to the next in the series. Great Narrator!
This was my first Audio book with Google. I have always been an avid reader, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening instead of reading. Marian Hussey's narration was wonderful, and her accents awesome! of course she had to have an excellent story to read! Jessi Gage has written an enchanting story that made me eager for my commute every day! ( I would mostly listen during my drive to and from work). The characters are charming and it is a compelling story! I'll not give away any spoilers, but if you love a good time travel romance, then you need to listen!
"Not quite long enough to answer queries"
This hopefully will make quite a series. very interesting twist on a much used idea. So many questions to answer, only hope not too long between books.
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