Title: An Enchanted Spring
Series: Mists of Fate, Book 2
Author: Nancy Scanlon
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Time Travel, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
Nancy Scanlon continues the timebending saga she began with The Winter Laird, pulling heroes and villains alike through the portals of time to help save their futures and find their truest loves.
A time travel accident has left Aidan MacWilliam, younger brother of a medieval Irish laird, trapped in the future. Though he’s become a successful entrepreneur in the twenty-first century, Aidan still can’t banish thoughts of the world he left behind. In search of distraction, he heads to New York to scout a PR person for his cousin’s matchmaking firm, Celtic Connections.
Emmaline Perkins might be the perfect candidate. A PR expert and closet medievalist, Emma has always put work before her social life. When a breathtakingly handsome man who looks like he stepped straight out of the Middle Ages proposes business, she struggles to keep her professional and personal lives separate.
Then Emma's ex-fiancé resurfaces, threatening Emma’s livelihood, her home, and ultimately her safety. Aidan jumps to protect her and not just because she’s good for business. He feels a primal need to defend the alluring young woman. But the question is not where she'll be safe, but when.
Did I like this story? Very much so. I enjoy time-travel stories. They can be an amazing blend of everything modern versus historical, or vice versa depending on how the story is written.
This one was a bit different. It begins in modern times with Aidan and Emmaline meeting thanks to his cousin Colin, who owns Celtic Connections. Although Aidan is, it me, the personification of a very modern man, his mannerisms reflect when he's truly from. His need to shield and protect and defend Emmaline was darling, especially since Emmaline, despite being worried sick about her ex, is stronger than she appears to be. Whereas Aidan is truly a Medieval Irish warrior, Emmaline is truly a modern day woman and her ability to hold her own in the toughest of times shines as brightly as Aidan's feelings for her.
The trip back to the past took me by surprise. Since this is (duh!) a time travel romance, I can't say why I was surprised just that I was. But it was still incredible, mainly because Aidan was finally home but that Emmaline was living in a time period she was obsessed with. That Aidan was there to assure her everything was real and not a dream made the transition to the past for her that much easier for me to accept.
This story isn't without trouble except neither Emmaline nor Aidan would face it alone or without each other. Family came through in the biggest way imaginable for Emmaline and Aidan. If I wasn't sold on their happily ever after by that point, the solidarity given in that moment of need and distress did it for me.
Aidan and Emmaline's story is one I'll probably read again. It's a journey of love that defies time, adventure, danger, and happiness. They might be from different centuries but Aidan and Emmaline learn that love knows no boundaries.
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Nancy Scanlon, wrote her first romance novel at age 16, when she realized that fictional boyfriends were much easier to figure out than real ones. In the time since, she managed to earn a degree in English, obtain a graduate certificate in creative writing from the University of Cambridge, and marry the man of her dreams (but she still holds tight to her fictional boyfriends).
Currently, she resides in Puerto Rico with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not writing, Nancy spends her time reading, reviewing and blogging about romance novels, watching too much HGTV, and taking care of her family.