Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review & Tour: Time for a Highlander by Maxine Mansfield

Title: Time for a Highlander
Author: Maxine Mansfield
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance
Series: Real Men Wear Kilts Novel
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisForty-five-year-old history teacher Bethany Anne Anderson wasn't supposed to die on her dream vacation to Scotland. Someone else was supposed to rescue the child from the falling druid stone. But she's perfectly fine with moving on to the hereafter. She has loved ones waiting for her. Then Tobias Morie, better known as Fate, steps in. Her intervention has changed the future. Before she can move on, she must first help him correct one of his own mistakes. That's fine until she wakes up in 1643 in the body of twenty-year-old Lady Elspeth Frasier. Worse, she's engaged to the very handsome, very young, very virile Quinton MacLeod. But that's not all Fate demands. She must give the Highland laird the heir he’d originally been denied.

Quinton MacLeod loved once. He won't do it again, even if he had time for such nonsense. With the Highland lairds divided between loyalty to their beloved country and the English king, he seeks only peace—in his keep and in his heart. But raised in England and a ward of the enemy, his beautiful new wife has strange notions of education and cleanliness that cause chaos within both. There's also the matter of her very unlady-like views on the marriage bed, which, come to think of it, he's more than happy to overlook. If only he could trust her.

Beth paced back and forth before the fireplace. How exactly did one go about explaining the unexplainable?
With her next pass, Quint pulled her onto his lap and nuzzled her ear. “It’s the middle of the night, my Beth. Ye said we need ta talk. If neither of us says anything, its nae talking, ye ken?”

She blew out a breath and looked her husband straight in the eye. “I’m not who you think I am.”

Quint chuckled. “Who are ye then? Ye look like my wife. Did the sidhe steal in through the window in the middle of the night and carry off my Beth? Are ye simply a pretty little boobrie they left in her place?”

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy, erotic romances. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.

I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.

Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

I can never get enough of historical Scotland!

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I love reading historical romances. This book was mostly a historical romance with a dash of sci-fi/time travel. The time traveling is of divine intervention, rather than a magical source, so if religious themes bother you, this may not be the story for you.

Beth hasn't lived life to the fullest ever since the death of her two sons. A middle-aged divorcee with a history of abuse, she hasn't had a meaningful relationship for quite some time. But Beth finally decides to do something for herself and travels to Scotland on vacation. Little does she know, her international trip will become a time-traveling adventure.

When Fate sends her back in time, Beth finds herself in the body of a young woman and tasked with providing her soon-to-be husband with the heir he was robbed of. However, Beth's new persona is a woman with dangerous secrets.

Quint has no idea that he has just married a woman from the future. Beth looks exactly like the obnoxious woman who was his intended, yet he soon becomes suspicious of her strange behavior. Worse yet, he finds himself falling in love with the woman before him. But once he learns her many secrets, his life will never be the same.

I found this book to be quite entertaining. The story wastes no time, at all, getting straight into the action. In fact, Beth's death occurs on the first couple of pages. From there, the story unfolds to reveal tragedy, betrayal, second chances, and romance.

The pacing was adequate but Beth and Quint's thoughts on their past did happen a bit too often for my taste. I don't mind a book mentioning or explaining a character's history, but it seemed that past hurts were thought/spoke of in every chapter. I did like the relationship that developed between Beth and Quint, however. Once they were able to get away from the ghosts of their past, that is.

If you haven't read the Outlander series, this might not affect you, but I did notice a few similarities between the two: time travel theme with Scotland as the destination, stone ruins, names of people and clans, etc. There were not an alarming amount of similarities, but enough for me to take notice. 

And one more glimpse of Scotland before you go...

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In closing... 
A story of second chances for happiness, betrayal and secrecy, love lost and gained. Four Scottish suns!

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