Review: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1) by Gwyn Cready

February 6, 2015 Review 0

Review:  Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1) by Gwyn CreadyJust in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready
Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romantic
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

It's tough being a woman in a man's profession, especially for Abby Kerr, the unexpected chieftess of Clan Kerr. Loathe to marry but in need of a strong arm, Abby wishes for a Scots warrior and gets . . . Duncan, the historical reenactment hobbyist.

Wall Street Impresario Duncan MacHarg isn't bad with a fencing foil, but he's no Highlander. When a misdirected spell plucks him from the 21st century, he lands in 1705 Scotland at the feet of the fiercest woman he's ever laid eyes on...

What makes JUST IN TIME FOR A HIGHLANDER unique in the 'time traveling to the past historical romance' genre is that the genders are switched. The guy, Duncan gets shuttled off to the Highlands of Scotland and meets a Scottish lass, Abby and they fall in love.The conflict (aside from Duncan being stuck in a time with no flush toilets) revolves around Abby trying to avoid war with the English, keeping the clan safe, and avoiding a forced marriage.  With so much going on the plot was really hard to keep track of. Half the time I kept having to stop and figure out what was happening and to who.

I liked both of the characters and Duncan was really a good sport about being out of his time. He seemed to adjust pretty well though its probably a bit easier for a man to go back in time than a woman considering some of the limitations and attitudes towards women at the time. I was baffled at how he was perfectly fine with staying in the land of no penicillin so soon after he arrived. There didn't seem to be anything about trying to figure out how he got to Scotland or how to get back to his life in the 21st century.  It was also interesting to see that Abby was a clan chief which puts her in a position of power  yet she is still bound by some of the prejudices and hurdles women had to leap over to be respected.

I am always up for a good time travel story but sometimes the method of time travel is a bit unclear or random for my taste. JUST IN TIME FOR A HIGHLANDER's time travel method seemed really odd and the revelation towards the end of the book left more questions than answers. This story had potential with a female clan chief and a man being sent back in time instead of a woman. Unfortunately it fell flat in the execution of the plot threads which were really hard to follow and the romance got lost in all of the plot too much for me to get invested in it.


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