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.
©2014 Jessi Gage (P)2014 Jessi Gage
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.
"Definitely no Gabaldon."
this book was ok, but since I have been spoiled by Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, I couldn't help but be disappointed by the lack of depth.
"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.
"Outlander meets the 20th century"
I truly enjoyed the characters of this book but it was very much like Outlander. So many similarities between both of them. The characters in this book where a little funny and much more easygoing than Outlander characters. Much lighter and I found it to be enjoyable.
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.
Shorter, funnier version of the epic Outlander by Diana G. Only a few chapters in, and enjoying it just the same.
This was a really great listen. Kept me listening almost nonstop. I love time travel pieces and this was just that with a wonderful plot. The magic characters were really inventive and would have love more of them in the story.
splendid story that will keep you wanting to read. this books keep you coming back for more just to see what's behind the next page for the heroine and her fierce highland man.
"Sexy highlander and a time traveler who loves romance"
I picked up this book on a whim the other day. Not sure why it was recommended to me but glad it was. A modern day woman dreaming of highlanders from her romance novels is swept back in time and finds her own love story... definitely pick this up
Girl makes a wish. She goes back to the 16th century and meets a highlander. will she fall in love and stay? Will she fight to return to her own place and time? While somewhat predictable, the plot is good and the narration is excellent. I binged listened to the entire story.
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