Thursday, October 14, 2010
Title: Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband
Author: Melissa Mayhue
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Pocket Paperbacks (Simon & Schuster), 2007
Rating: 3 Crowns
SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on.
DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day -- she just discovered her fiancé with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.
But nothing's simple when Cate is trapped in the thirteenth century. The wedding's delayed, someone's trying to kill her, and in the middle of all this, she realizes she's falling in love with a man who can only be her husband for thirty nights.
My Review: Anytime there's talk about time travel, I think about Scotland. It seems such a magical and mysterious place, if time travel were real, I'd definitely want to go there. So I count Cate as one of the lucky heroine's of time travel.
I found this book to be great escapist reading, I read it in less than a day and it was quite charming. Add to that a hot Highlander? You've got a book that's hard to put down.
I was honestly a little bored with Caitlyn Coryell, she mostly felt like a method to expose the plot points and get into trouble, but she also gets to be part of some great sex scenes with Connor, so I won't complain too much. I think what really bothered me was that she just didn't feel like a woman who has much of an identity outside of a relationship and her work - not a great role model for a modern woman!
Connor, however, is steaming hot. He's just the sort of confident, experienced, solid Scottish man you expect from a book like this. Sure, he's no Jamie Fraser, but I guess I'll lower my standards every now and then.
I think my only complaint is that the whole time travel to a different century thing didn't seem to affect anyone too much. I mean, even if you're expecting to be transported, don't you think you'd be a little shocked by everything? I can envision the danger, lack of electricity and running water, difficulty preserving food - but actually living it is another question entirely.
I don't feel like I can say much about the plot, there are a lot of twists and turns that I would hate to ruin for anyone, but let's just say - you will want to keep reading and won't be disappointed. This is the debut novel by Melissa Mayhue, and I definitely think she has promise. In fact, I intend to look around for the next few books in this series. She's an author to watch!
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Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 11:10 AM