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🏰 This story is a great start to a new time travel series set in Robert the Bruce's medieval Scotland. I loved Mariah Stone's Called by a Viking series and this story had all the same elements: a modern woman swept to the past, big, burly warriors, romance, heat, intrigue and action. Plus, the main characters have excellent backstories to account for their inability to accept the inevitability of their connection to one another.
Amy gets to put her modern day search and rescue and first aid training to the test in a fourteenth century Scottish Highland environment and has her handfasted husband Craig to thank for vanquishing fears she's held since childhood. Craig captures a woman who's a member of the clan he hates most but he can't deny his attraction and her good points even while he suspects her treachery. They're perfect for each other, whether or not they can admit it!😊
One element of the writing that I really thought made the story better: Stone introduced only a touch of Scottish brogue and that made the story so much easier to read. I also liked that she mentions real locations, some of which I've visited, so I could easily visualize the landscapes inhabited by Amy, Craig and Robert the Bruce.
I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
I enjoyed this story but got a little sad. Craig Cambel and his clan were betrayed by a clan they use to trust. They kidnapped his sister and abused her and killed Craig's grandfather. He trusted no one, he felt he couldn't take the chance with his clan. He was tall, strong and she thought he was so very handsome. Amy MacDougall is from the future. She does Search and Rescue. When she was 10 she was locked in a barn and forgotten for three days. She became claustrophobic and hated dark places. When she arrived it was 1308, a siege was going on. The book was absorbing, interesting, and entertaining. The characters were unique and very lifelike. The countryside was green and lush. There was a lot going on. The author did a wonderful job keeping all the lines of the tale straight. I think it was time well spent and would highly recommend it. I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
This book is fast paced, you start off in the middle of a battle and go straight into time travel. Search and rescue officer Amy MacDougall finds herself back in time after going to the rescue of one of the students on a field trip in Scotland. She may have gone in looking for a student, but the story of Craig Campbell, told to her by a woman claiming to be a tour guide, intrigued her enough to investigate a flat rock she found in cave. Next thing she knows, she's being sucked into medieval Scotland and comes face to face with Craig himself. After finding out she's a MacDougall, his sworn enemy, Craig cannot let her go. Their feelings for each other develop over the weeks, though Craig still cannot bring himself to trust Amy. What I loved about the book, the relationship between the two characters was not forced, it developed naturally over time; but that doesn't mean that it's a slow burn. In the end both Amy and Craig realise just what they would give up for love.
Amy MacDougal was helping her sister chaperone a group of students through Scottish ruins when one of the high school students falls after entering the ruins through a grate. Amy goes to rescue her and, after sending the student on her way to safety, she notices a glowing rock with symbols carved in it. When she fits her hand in the imprint, she can’t let go. Next thing she knows she’s falling and then she passes out.
Craig Cambel hates the MacDougals clan. He has been tasked by Robert the Bruce to take the castle and hold it. As they bombard the castle, someone escapes out through a secret passage that comes out in nearly the same room Amy is in. Craig finds frantic and confused Amy and ties her up to keep her from warning anyone of the invaders entering the tower. Later, when he hears her name, he is determined to hold her for ransom because he thinks she is the daughter of the clan chief.
This was a wonderful enemies to lovers story. I really enjoyed it. The storytelling and world building is great.
I'm extremely picky about the books I read. Most of the time if it's a free download I'll read the first chapter then skim the book. This book I enjoyed. A great storyline and likeable characters. I read it in one sitting. EXTREMELY unusual for me. Sex scenes weren't over the top, because the book was about the characters.
i had only two minor complaints, 1) the use of Bang, clang, and boom, made the fighting/training lackluster. Descriptions of movements with reactions would have added to the flavor of the scenes. 2) the teenage-sounding sex scenes. Every time I read "oh Craig," during the sex scenes, I kept thinking, for a divorced woman from the future, her vocabulary is rather limited in the bedroom. It was pretty much the only thing she said when the hero made love to her. She clearly wasn't inexperienced, but she sure sounded like it. I felt like I was reading sex scenes from a new adult book. In fact, they reminded me of the eye rolling I did while reading Fifty Shades of Gray when Anastasia's constantly says "oh my" when she's having sex with Christian. HOWEVER, this book's sex scenes are far superior in writing to FSOG, just wish the heroine had acted a little more mature.
Over all, my objections were out-weighed by the strong storytelling, likeable characters, and the unique method of time travel. I'd recommend this as a good time travel for those who enjoy the subgenre, and want a good book to read.
I think this is one of Ms. Stone's better time travel novels. I can only give 4 stars because it was clear to me early on (not to Amy) that Hamish was the spy and she shouldn't trust him. I also didn't like her dishonestly not only about the time travel but also everything else that was going on and how much hurt she was causing Craig. Could he really forgive her?
Amy travels 700 years in the past in a Scottish castle. The castle is conquered by Craig and his clan. Amy is a member of the clan that owned the castle. Craig distrusts Amy. This story is filled with action and betrayal. Both Amy and Craig have painful pasts they must overcome. Amy does not fall for Craig immediately. She becomes attracted to gin over time. I look forward to the rest of the series.
I really wanted to like this story, but there was no character development, no reason to really care about the characters. I find it very unlikely for someone to constantly say I cannot trust someone to spell their love for them and constantly be having sex with them. Seemed like the rest of the story was just filler in between sex scenes. Would like to have seen the characters flushed out more than just the color of your hair and eyes and rockin’ bodies.
Rousing good story. Amy travels almost a 1000 years into the past into the Scotland of Robert the Bruce. There she meets Craig. What happens from there is the best part of their story. With battles, wicked villians, honest peasants and mighty scottish warriors the saga unfolds. This is one entertaining book.