My Seductive Highlanderby Maeve Greyson
Series: Highland Hearts #4
Published on October 11, 2016 by Loveswept
Genres: Adult, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
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Though part of a legacy of time-traveling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in twenty-first-century Edinburgh. Her granny’s matchmaking with thirteenth-century Highlanders isn’t about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed—or cursed—with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she’s put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross—until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through.
Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he’s transformed into a philanderer of the first order. In fact, because of his dalliances with other men’s wives, a rival clan wants his head on a pike. Before he provokes an all-out war, Graham is banished to the twenty-first century, where he must win Lilia’s hand—or return to die. But after meeting a lass as fierce as any Highland warrior, Graham knows one thing: life with Lilia, in any century, is a fate to embrace.
This was an interesting read, sort of an inverse historical romance as it’s not someone going back in time, but coming forward into the present instead. Time travel and Scotland hold a place in my heart after reading Outlander but perhaps I should have read the previous books in this series instead of this one to get that same feel.
The characters were alright but nothing extraordinary. I didn’t necessarily connect with either one, but I liked the ways that Lilia and Graham sort of reversed their roles through time. Graham is new to the present day so there’s a lot of confusion going on there as he adapts to the modern age. Lilia, on the other hand, has an older feel to her. Not so much age but like she wasn’t meant to fit just in our time, but another as well.
There must be a formula to historical romances set in Scotland. Even though this doesn’t quite qualify as historical like the previous books, it followed the pattern of the two lovers disliking each other but attracted, growing closer over time. Someone is after someone else, there’s a rescue, all that.
Though I did find the matchmaking Granny amusing, manipulating time to pair the couples up.
For those, like me, who haven’t read the previous books in this series, there are some tie-ins with the previous characters featured but it didn’t make it too difficult to understand the story but I have no doubt that reading the other installments would help in understanding the current situation in this book.
My Seductive Highlander was certainly different from the usual romances I’ve read in that it contained a hint of supernatural elements while drawing on the feel of a historical romance. I’d recommend it but only after reading the previous books. You don’t have to but I think it’ll make a better reading experience.