Title: Highland Hearts #1: My Highland Lover
Author: Maeve Greyson
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: Time Travel (Modern to Historical), Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
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.
Oh man. I can just imagine the shock on Gray's face when Trulie fell out of the sky! I can also see the look on his face when she stormed away cursing up a storm. I mean, in 13th century Scotland, the heavens didn't rain women and women didn't swear openly. God, what a sight that must have been!
As far as time-travel romances go, this is the first I've read where the traveler can go back and forth by casting a spell. No machines were involved, no one fell through a time hole somewhere. Trulie and Granny needed to go back and they did. And while Trulie is originally from that time period, it still had to be a shock for such a modern woman.
And Gray... Well, I wouldn't say poor Gray, lol. As strange as the situation was, he was more accepting of it than I thought he'd be. But then, his uncle did know Granny and about her being a time runner so there really wasn't any reason why he shouldn't be accepting of all the craziness. Except for Trulie. Her beauty, intelligence, and inner strength were unmatched by any other woman he knew. Her ability to swear so profusely and stutter when she was pissed only made her more intriguing (and endearing) to him.
Trulie's reason for going back in time was to help Gray. And while she did help him like she was supposed to, she found herself falling in love when she didn't think she should. With the mystery of his parents' deaths to solve, anger and betrayal to deal with, the timing just didn't seem right. But then, no one ever said love made sense, lol.
My heart went out to Gray when he asked Trulie to use her ability to stop his parents' deaths and she said no. I understood her reason, I understood his disbelief and anger, but I still wanted her to say yes. Though she couldn't give him what he wanted, he did find peace about their deaths thanks to Granny and his uncle. Their help gave him insight he didn't have but desperately needed.
Trulie received the same kind of help when she miscarried. Just like Gray's despair over not being able to stop his parents' death was palpable, so was Trulie's grief and desolation over the loss of their son. She was inconsolable, and Gray had no idea what to do. He knew it wasn't her fault, knew she wasn't a failure. Miscarriages happened, especially in a time when the complications that could happen during pregnancy weren't so well understood.
I liked the synopsis of this story and fell in love with every part of it. Mystery, murder, mayhem, lust, and love. This is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good medieval Scottish romance with a fantastical twist.
No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them. That’s been Maeve Greyson’s mantra since she was a girl. When she’s not at the full time day job at the steel mill, Maeve’s writing romances about sexy Highlanders and the women who tame them. Tucked away in a five acre wood, Maeve listens to the wind singing through the trees and hears her characters telling their stories. Her work is proofed by her sharp-eyed dog, Jasper, and her greatest supporter is her long suffering husband of over thirty-five years who’s learned not to throw away any odd sticky notes filled with strange phrases