Reviewer Comments: I started this book with high expectations but was disappointed with several events that happened that pulled me out of the story. The first one happens right at the beginning when Grace's sister dies. It was so unexpected and I felt it was not integral to the story and could have been left out. Another event was Grace's boss showing up and her subsequent abduction. I felt these events forced the story into another realm and took my focus away from the main plot. I also had a problem with Grace passing herself off as Baby's mother while considering whether or not she was going to give Baby up to Michael. I felt she should have done this sooner. If the story hadn't started in 1200 Scotland, you would never know there was any time traveling. By the time Grace and Grey meet, Grey has been in the present for 4 years and has adjusted to the time period for the most part, including flying on a plane. If Michael hadn't told Mary about the time travel, it would have never come out. I think the story should have started sooner after Grey and the group arrived in America so the reader could share in their adventures. I never understood why Grey was reluctant to share this with Grace until nearly the end of the book.
Having said this, I did enjoy the book. I liked Grace and Grey and enjoyed all of the scenes they shared. I was looking forward to knowing Grey's reaction when he learned who Baby's father was. I also liked the interactions between the rest of Grey's clan, especially Ian, who provided some humorous scenes.
This book is the first of a trilogy and I will probably read the others as I am curious to see what happens in Michael's and Morgan's stories.
Ratings Overall: 9
Time Travel Element: 7
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Reviewer Comments: The book starts off, on the sad side, as our heroine Grace Sutter, is at the bedside of her younger sister Mary, who was in an accident and just delivered a baby. In her last dying breaths, Mary tells Grace, the rocket scientist, the incredible story of why she had fled the baby’s father; and makes Grace promise to bring the baby back to his father who is all alone in the world. Further she is to promise to sprinkle Mary’s ashes on their childhood home on Tarstone mountain on the day of the summer solstice which is four months away. Taking a sabbatical to grieve and care for ‘Baby’ Grace travels home during a winter ice storm. The charter plane crashes into a mountain but Grace, the baby, and another traveler, Greylon MacKeague survive the crash and through superhuman effort, Grey is able to bring both Baby and Grace, to safety.
It is of course, no consequence that Grace and Grey have met or have this incredible ‘lusty’ attraction to one another - very sensually described! Also, in the background you have this delightful wizard who cast the spell (after a few mishaps) that brought this 12th century warrior, along with a few others that were not necessarily planned for, to the 21st century to find Grey’s soul mate who would bear the child, that would one day be the wizard’s heir. Grace, in the meantime, has secrets of her own and continues the deception that the baby is hers, while trying to determine if the Baby’s father is sane enough to raise the child – being a scientist, Grace does not believe in time travel! Discovering that the baby’s father is an arch- enemy of Grey’s makes the complications of her attraction to Grey and growing love of ‘Baby’ all that more heartbreaking. The relationship between Grey and Grace as the scientist, comes to terms with this purely alpha male is divine.
What I found unique in this book was that the 12th century warriors had four years to become acclimated to modern day life prior to the time period the story takes place in. As such, you didn’t have the normal ‘awestruck’ behavior that most time travel books would depict. This initial offering from a new author was very charming and sensual and I look forward to the sequels as Grey’s band of ‘merry men’ get on with their lives in the 21st century. Excellent read, fast moving, humorous and intelligent. Bravo on this first book from an author who I predict has a very bright future!
Ratings Overall: 10
Time Travel Element: 10
Reviewer Comments: This is the first book written by Janet Chapman and I could NOT wait to finish the series! I am a huge fan of time travel romance, If they are done well! and this book is at the top of my list. The part that made these books more interesting is, as we begin the story, the highlanders have been in this century for around 10 years. We go back to the time they traveled through and learn how and why that happened and then we see how they have settled into life in the 20th century and built new lives for themselves. They have learned to adapt to our times and have thrived! The chemistry between the main characters sizzles right from the start and it leaves you anxious to read the next episode. When I had read this, it was just released and had to wait almost a year for Loving the Highlander to come out and then another year for Wedding the Highlander. If you have not yet begun this trilogy, you are fortunate because you can get them all at once and enjoy the entire story of the Scottish clans. I hope she does more with the families in future books.
Ratings Overall: 10
Time Travel Element: 6
Reviewer Comments: I could not put this book down once I started it. To be honest I was a little cautious at the beginning because it was a little sad, but as I read more I realized it contributed to the story. This story had all the necessary componenets to be a great romance. There was humor, compassion, passion, sensitivity, and manly men. Greylen came across as a strong leader such as a laird should be but also sensitive and a man you would feel safe, loved & protected with. Grace was able to be very vulnerable in dealing with everything that had all of a sudden been dropped in to her lap, but also as very intelligent in the type of job she had. Grace was such a good character that I wanted to be her as I was reading the story. The scenes were so well written I could see in my mind's eye the mountains, the cabins, the lake. I can't wait for the next 2 books or anything from this author. I don't want to give away too much of the story of this book but if you love Julie Garwood's books you will absolutely love Janet Chapman.