I received a copy of My Highland Lover by Maeve Greyson in exchange for an honest review.
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 are 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.
Spitfire modern time jumper Trulie is ultra-resistant to the idea of going back to the past, but when her granny gets an idea in her head there’s just no stopping her. And if granny had Gray MacKenna in mind for me, I would be jumping at the chance, but Trulie attempts a merry chase that is humorous in how obviously it is going to fail to last. But Trulie’s objections aside, there are dark things lurking in the shadows that will threaten the future of the highland past.
Greyson pens a pert tale here. The narrative moves along at a good clip, the romance formula isn’t thread bare here, allowing some creativity to shine through. Gravelly Gray is a worthy male and granny, as maternal backbone, is a fabulous supporting character. While I found the present time narrative less successful then the past time narrative, the book works overall. There are enough gaps in reasoning about time travelers that make it difficult for me to maintain my suspension of disbelief, I found myself stopping to consider things like “wouldn’t that change the trajectory of history?” and “but now wouldn’t that change the future that Trulie’s sisters are living in?” But I’m sure that Greyson’s purpose isn’t to delve into quantum physics (although that is a hiccup when you dip into science fiction). I like this book.