Title: My Highland Lover
Series: Highland Hearts #1
Author: Maeve Greyson
Format: Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published: March 24th 2015 by Loveswept
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Maeve Greyson unleashes a thrilling tale of magic and desire as a feisty Southern gal falls into the arms of a rough-hewn Highland chieftain.
As the proprietor of a homeopathic store in rural Kentucky, Trulie Sinclair knows that her neighbors think she’s strange—but they have no idea how strange she really is. Trulie was born in Scotland in the thirteenth century to a line of time-traveling Highlanders. When Trulie’s grandmother convinces her to return to their homeland,Trulie jumps back in time, right onto the powerful chest of Gray MacKenna. Just as his steely good looks send ripples through her body, their fierce attraction will send ripples through the ages.
After his parents murdered, Gray is consumed by thoughts of revenge. As the new chieftain of the MacKenna clan, he has reason to believe that there’s a traitor in his midst, and nothing—not even the bonny lass who suddenly drops from the sky—can distract him from his single-minded pursuit of the culprit. But when Gray learns that this sassy beauty possesses gifts beyond the sparkle in her eye, he allows his gaze, and his heart, to linger. While he hunts for the murderer, Gray finds in Trulie a precious companion—and a timeless love.
"Yer true future, the future waiting to set your soul on fire, can only be found in the past."
MY HIGHLAND LOVER by Maeve Greyson was a lovely, entertaining Scottish time-traveling romance. It's the first installment in a planned series. I was drawn to this book at first by the cover... isn't it gorgeous? I love my Highlanders and this book rendered an eyeful! Sexy, alpha hot Highlanders, dashes of humor, despicable villains, a tad of mystery, and a steamy romance combined for a fun, well-balanced tale. This is the story of Trulie Sinclair and Chieftain Gray MacKenna.
We first meet the heroine in the modern day. She's betrothed to lackluster Dan - not because he stirs her passion - but because he's there and willing and Trulie believes it's time to marry. She's committed to staying in the modern day even though every day is a struggle to please her customers and keep her homeopathic store in rural Kentucky stocked. We learn that Trulie comes from a time-traveling family with mystical powers and that Trulie was actually born in the 1200s but Granny had to whisk her away, to raise her in the current century. Now Granny keeps pressing her to time-jump with her once more. Granny says it's the last time she'll be able to as she's getting old. Against Trulie's best judgment, Trulie joins her grandmother in one last jump and the rest of the story takes place in the magical highlands of thirteenth century Scotland.
I really liked both the hero and the heroine - Gray was yumminess personified and Trulie was determined and stubborn as could be- but my favorite character was Granny. She told it like it was and never held back. She was also a very good matchmaker! I'm so glad she got Trulie away from ho-hum Dan.
At first, Gray and Trulie were not receptive to Granny's match-making, but as their attraction deepened, they started realizing that they were indeed the perfect match. Even so, Gray is determined to revenge the death of his parents first and Trulie joins him in solving the mystery. Life-threatening danger lurks, though, at every turn and it's impossible to know who to trust. I don't want to spoil anything, though, so you'll have to pick-up this book to discover the whole story!
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes in which you can get a hint of the humor and tenderness to be found in this tale:
"Don't let the doorknob hit you where the good Lord split you."
"If he caught sight of ye in yer wee bit o' black lace, the man's plaid would surely stand out stiff as a banner hung across a pole."
"Kissing me will not make the horse any smaller."
Laughter rumbled from Gray's chest as he closed his arms around her. He inhaled the sweetness of her hair and nuzzled the warm silkiness just behind her ear. "Kissing ye will no' make me any smaller either."
"Tha gaol agam ort," he whispered against her lips.
Trulie smiled against his mouth. "I love you too," she whispered back.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and thought the author's take on time-travel was quite original. I absolutely loved the ending - it was warm-fuzzies wonderful. I would recommend MY HIGHLAND LOVER to anyone who enjoys a bit of whodunit mystery with their Highlander romances! I look forward to the next book in this series!