Review: Just In Time For A Highlander by Gwyn Cready

Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready
Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands (# 1)
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebook Casablanca
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

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…

 

Review: Not a fan of time travel books but I did enjoy Abby and Duncan in Just in Time for a Highlander. This is the first in a new series by Gywn Cready. I found that I was entertained by the story and I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

What happens when you transport a Scottish reenactor into 18th century Scotland? You get someone that fits right in with the lifestyle. Call me stupid but I had to re-read as I didn’t catch that he was transported. He fit in so well. He had the Scottish burr so I was a little slow.  He seemed to not miss a beat falling right into the thick of things with Abby’s clan.  Duncan also enlists the help of a young boy as his inside spy. I liked the interaction between them sort of like an older/younger brother idolizing. How else do you find out things when you are misplaced in time?

Abby as the Chieftess of Clan Kerr worked. Ms. Cready showed that women could be in charge in a time that tended to be thought of as a man’s position yet still be sexy.  They were brought together with things looking promising but lacking a bit. It could have used a little more heat.  But however brief the encounter was there is a spark between these two. It was magic pure and simple even across time.

I liked that Ms. Cready brought in a lot of background for this story as most times the first in series contains but there were times when it seemed a little over the top for me. I thought of it more as ‘filler’ or ‘fluff’. A few times things were mentioned but a little more would have been helpful. For instance she touched on the basis of Duncan’s grandfather having a similar travel experience. I felt a little more depth would have been enjoyable.

All in all this is a really nice light read that is really enjoyable and despite the extra background filler I really did stay interested. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.