My Highland Bride by Maeve Greyson
Overview by Amazon:
With bedroom eyes and racetrack curves, Kenna Sinclair seems like just another pretty Kentucky girl. But she can also read minds, erase memories, and jump through time—a skill set that comes in handy when her matchmaking granny sends her back to thirteenth-century Scotland on the pretext of visiting her older sister. When she encounters the clan’s womanizing man-at-arms, Kenna instantly knows the gorgeous Highlander has only one thing on his mind. She vows to steer clear of him, but after a single electrifying touch, she finds that playing hard to get won’t be quite so easy. . . .
Bewitched by the first lass who could ever resist him, Colum Garrison will do anything to prove his devotion, even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage—and swear off his chosen form of recreation until their wedding night. It’s a burden for a man of his thunderous appetite, but the sinful temptation is not his alone: Colum’s fetching bride-to-be is practically trembling with anticipation for a moment that can’t come soon enough. When she’s willing, Colum will be ready and waiting—with a love that lasts a lifetime.
I seem to be on a real roll this week with time travel books. I was so thrilled to get this book from Netgalley. I LOVED the first book in the series, My Highland Lover. I really enjoy the Sinclair women, especially Granny. The Sinclair women are time jumpers. They were born in the medieval ages, but jumped to the future for the health of the youngest ones. Granny decided in the previous book that it was time to return to the past and to the Highlander men waiting for them.
This book features the second eldest daughter, Kenna. Left behind with the twins in Kentucky while her older sister and Granny went back to Scotland, she has been taking care of things. When she gets the summons from Gran, she isn’t exactly thrilled. I can relate. Who would really want to give up modern conveinces like plumbing and microwaves, but she can’t ignore Granny’s demands.
From the moment she lands in the past, Colum is her shadow. At first the brawny Highlander seems like a sure bet, but they Kenna reads his mind and she describes it as a ‘Highlander porn reel’. To say that Colum is a lover of women would be putting it mildly. He doesn’t like the way that Kenna looks at him and vows to her that he will be worthy of her virginity.
And so begins the dance between the two. They definitely enjoy kissing and pleasuring each other and while they know that they are fated to be together, they don’t wed. Kenna was a headstrong character and so fun to read about. I loved how she put Colum through his paces. She makes him jump through every single hoop that she can conceive. She adjusts well to the time period and that is in large part thanks to Colum’s constant presence.
Colum is a guard for Grey, Kenna’s brother in law. He is also Colum’s best friend. Colum wants Kenna more than anything and after six weeks of heavy making out, he is desperate to complete the act. However, he has no house, no money and very little to offer Kenna. His inadequacies hold him back from sealing the deal. Kenna is totally losing patience with him. Lust has a way of making people impatient.
A neighbouring Laird with a creepy reputation hears of Kenna and comes looking for a bride. He has stolen his past two brides, who then passed away in childbirth. Nothing about this sounds good and Laird Sutherland is great for creating conflict. He’s not actually a bad guy, but he still comes between the would-be-lovers.
What makes this book and the series so good is that the characters are excellent. Maeve Greyson knows how to write characters that you can connect to as a modern woman and also to the historical ones. The love scenes are passionate and heady. The author is very talented at crafting a story that pulls you in as a reader and makes you feel thrilled at words on the page. The twins Lilia and Mairi still have to travel back in time, so I am counting on two more books to read in this series and I can’t wait!