Sunday, December 25, 2016

5 Wine Glass #Audio #Review for The Time Traveler's Christmas by Amy Jarecki

31361641Title: The Time Traveler’s Christmas
Series: Guardians of Scotland #3
Author: Amy Jarecki
Narrator: Dave Gillies
Format: Unabridged Audiobook, 9 hours and 12 minutes
Published: 7 November 2016 (Amy Jarecki)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A man’s life can fall apart in an instant…

Tougher than oxhide, Lachlan Wallace can take about anything except a breakup call from his wife two minutes before competing in the Karate Championship of the World. Arriving home with a loss, he agrees to watch his uncle’s cat over the holidays. Or so he thinks—until he awakes on a fourteenth century battlefield beside a woman fighting for her life.

Never underestimate a woman’s determination…

Taken from her at the age of two, Lady Christina de Moray hasn’t seen her son in thirteen years. While traveling with Robert the Bruce’s army to exchange an English prisoner for the lad, a battle erupts. Losing the fight, Christina is rescued by a mysterious warrior while the English escape with her son yet again.

And never bet against the potency of passion…

Left with no way back to the twenty-first century, Lachlan agrees to help Christina rescue the lad from his English captors. If the heir is not returned by Christmas next, the Bruce will make his decision whom to grant the de Moray lands, including Lady Christina’s hand. Once his duty is fulfilled, Lachlan hopes to discover a way home—as long as he keeps his mind on the goal and ignores his growing love for the spirited woman who gives him her trust—and her heart.

Linda's Thoughts:

“My mum always taught that the truth will set you free.”
“Did she now?”
“Mm hmm,” Lachlan brushed the pad of his pointer finger over her cheek’s silken skin. “But she kept one truth hidden from me until very recently.”
“What was that?”
He gulped. “You know the truth thing on the medallion?
“Well, if that’s my rallying cry, then it will mean the world to me if you trust that I’m not lying.”
She let the disk drop back to his chest. “Ye can tell me anything, I’d reckon.”
He needed to tell her the truth. “My father is – was William Wallace.”

Amy Jarecki’s The Time Traveler’s Christmas totally swept me away! It is the third installment in her excellent Guardians of Scotland series and is just as awesome as its predecessors. Amy’s Scottish romances are interwoven with real historical events and spotlight factual characters from the period. Amy does a super-duper job of research and it shows. This series features an intriguing take on time travel historical romance. The legendary Scottish hero, William Wallace, is a common thread in this series. This is the story of karate champion Lachlan Wallace and Lady Christina de Moray.

If you can, read this fantastic series in order. I absolutely loved the first two books in which one romance spanned both books. That said, this book, because it has a self-contained romance and plot, could be enjoyed as a standalone, if you absolutely insist. Amy fills in any pertinent information from the prior books so you need never worry about being lost.

There is absolutely nothing that falls short in this book! The characters both rock! I loved the Christmas element! And the martial arts addition! And I have to mention the cover! It fits the character of the hero perfectly! Lachlan is intelligent, passionate, strong, loyal and a predator on two feet. When Lachlan is thrown into Christina’s time period, he is struggling personally. Christina has been dealt a difficult life and is in need of rescuing.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from The Time Traveler’s Christmas:

Before Christina could stop herself, her gaze dipped lower. Holy saints, the outline of his manhood stretched the cloth taut. She’d never seen a man so well endowed. Taking a deep breath, she pressed her hand against her forehead and tried not to swoon while she forced herself to snap her gaze to his face. “They’re braies, not box-ers.” She bent down, picked up his blue ones and held them up. “Ye ken?”
“Right, bra-ie-s,” he said as if it were a new word for him. “How do you keep them up?”

When their lips finally met, all the pent up emotion within Christina’s breast surged, funneling into a whirlwind of heat. Pushing away all thoughts, she allowed herself only to feel. Lachlan could be so physical, so powerful, so brutal, but when he wrapped his arms around her, Christina felt invincible. Be it true or nay, she felt loved, and cherished, and valued. Reaching up, she slid her fingers through his locks. Soft waves of thick tresses contrasted with hardened male….
As his kiss eased, he cupped her cheek in the palm of his hand. “I wish I could hold you in my arms forever.”

When she straightened, he leaned back in the chair, his eyelids heavy. “My God, woman, you know how to make a man melt.”

Dave Gillies returns to voice The Time Traveler’s Christmas. His voice is music to my ears. As with every audio I’ve heard him perform, he does an outstanding job bringing this story and these characters to life. He differentiates between the characters to where I have no issue whatsoever knowing who is speaking. His voice is clear and easy to understand even with his wonderful sexy brogue.  The pairing of Amy Jarecki and Dave Gillies is nothing short of perfection personified.  If you can listen to this series in audio, by all means, do it!

Amy is one of my very favorite authors. I’ve not read a single book by her that I didn’t enjoy. That said, this series has raised the bar. All three of the books in this series have surpassed everything she has written before –which is huge when the previous pieces garnered five-stars too. If you love history, romance and Scotland, Amy’s entire superbly-crafted Guardians of Scotland series is a must-read.

Suggested Reading Order: 
Rise of a Legend (Book #1)
In the Kingdom’s Name (Book #2)
The Time Traveler’s Christmas (Book #3)

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