I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
From the author of My Highland Bride—hailed by Sandy Blair as “an entertaining time-travel story packed with spice, humor, fantasy, and nonstop adventure”—comes a sensual novel featuring a wolf-shifting chieftain who travels centuries to modern-day Scotland to tame his one and only.
Cursed to live forever with neither wife nor child, Ronan Sutherland has watched all he cherishes turn to dust—more than once. For hundreds of years, he’s been trapped behind the mists of Loch Ness, hoping to identify the one woman who is prophesied to break the spell. Now, at last, the fates have aligned, and he’s being sent into the future to fetch her. After a single glimpse, Ronan knows he’s been waiting all his life for this passionate woman.
Unlike her time-traveling sisters, Mairi Sinclair is perfectly content to remain in the present. As a hospital nurse in Edinburgh, she cherishes the opportunity to put her gift of healing powers to good use. But everything changes the morning a mysterious wolf darts in front of her car. Touching the wounded creature’s tawny coat, a tingle surges through her. Yet when she returns with aid, Mairi is shocked to find instead a man with broad shoulders and fire in his eyes—a man who tempts her to unleash the animal within.
Time traveling characters (or movies) don’t typically appeal to me. In fact, my husband always gets mad at me when we watch anything about time travel because I ask so many questions, but when I saw the blurb for this novel, I was intrigued. A shapeshifting, cursed Scottish warrior and a modern-day nurse? How was this going to work out?
My worries over the time travel part weren’t justified. I was never really confused over the events of the past versus the events of the present. In fact, though full of romantic scenes, that section of the book was pretty slow. It wasn’t until the book shifted to the past that it really had any action, and even after the shift, the plot was a bit weak. I do love a good romance, but I like a plot as well. It seemed as though the book went from one kiss to the next with little between the sections.
While Ronan had the typical “damaged goods” vibe that most love interests have, he wasn’t as strong as I’d have like to see. His constant apologizing was irritating, and it would have been interesting to have his “wolf” come out more often. The shifting was almost a second thought. More show and less tell would have made a stronger plot and made the threat of the barely seen evil curse more imminent. Mairi’s abilities weren’t utilized much either, and though I loved all of the paranormal possibilities in the novel, I was disappointed by not seeing much of them.
Overall, I didn’t hate the novel; my problem was I wanted to LOVE it but couldn’t.