Must Love Kilts by Angela Quarles
Overview by Publisher:
The Jacobite Rebellion–not the best time to get drunk, hook up with a guy, and lose your sister.
A drunken bet…
When computer game designer Traci Campbell gets too close and personal with a bottle of Glenfiddich while vacationing in Scotland, she whisks her kilt-obsessed sister back to 1689 to prove hot guys in kilts are a myth. Hello, hundred bucks! But all bets are off when she meets Iain, the charming playboy in a to-die-for kilt.
Wrong place, wrong time, wrong name…
Iain MacCowan regularly falls in love at the drop of his kilt. The mysterious red-haired lass with the odd accent is no different. But when his new love is discovered to be a Campbell, the most distrusted name in the Highlands, his dalliance endangers his clan’s rebellion against King William.
It’s all hijinks in the Highlands until your sister disappears…
Traci thinks men are only good for one thing–thank you, Iain!–but when she awakens once again in Ye Olde Scotland and her sister is gone, she must depend on the last person she wants to spend more time with. He wants to win a heart, she wants to keep hers, but can these two realize they’re meant for each other before the Jacobite rebellion pulls them apart?
I love this series! Each book features a strong and independent twenty first century woman who travels back in time to a place where things are very different.
This one features Traci and her sister Fiona. They are from America, but are vacationing in Scotland. Traci’s family is crazy about Scotland. They participate in Highland Games every year and the dancing was on the agenda growing up. Traci never shared the fascination for everything Scottish. The trouble all begins when she bets her sister that there are no hot Scots in kilts. (One a side note: my twitter feed @kiltsandswords is FULL of hot men in kilts)
Using the silver card case that transports people back in time, drunken Traci and Fiona head back in time to 1689 and the fun begins! While they came prepared in period costumes meant for the Highland games they would be attending, they didn’t think through much else. Landing in clan territory that was not friendly to the Campbells, nor with an escort, they are in trouble…
Until the hot Scot rescues the ladies. Iain is definitely handsome and friendly. He’s that jovial and friendly guy at the bar who flirts with the ladies and no one takes seriously. More drinking happens and then we flash forward to the morning. Traci wakes up in the inn and with the mother of all hangovers. However, she can’t find her sister. Being chased by strange men, she flits back to the future to get her shit together. A few quick purchases and she is ready to go find Fiona in medieval Scotland.
Traci reunites with Iain quickly. She follows him on her newly purchased horse. It turns out that Las Vegas isn’t the only place that drunk people make bad decisions. Traci and Iain handfasted in their drunken adventures. When Iain greets his wife, it was hilarious!
That is one of the things I like so much about these books. While there are serious and dramatic elements, there are also light hearted moments that bring a balance to the books. Traci and Iain both have introspective moments about their lives and how they perceive the world around them. I really enjoyed that as it really created depth to the characters and made them multi faceted.
Once Iain and Traci are reunited, the search is on for Fiona. We meet a cast of characters as they traipse all over the Highlands. I won’t give away the plot, but the beauty of Scotland is revealed through the eyes of Traci. What is so enjoyable is having a modern woman describe and experience life in a completely different time. Angela Quarles has a wonderful and vivid imagination.
If you are interested in time travelling, historical and contemporary romance, then you will love this book and series! Definitely check out Must Love Chainmail, Must Love Breeches and Must Love Kilts!