Book Review: Katie’s Highlander

SHHHH… Don’t tell anyone, but I have a secret.  I. Read. Romances. (Shocking, I know.) Even in my college years, when I was submerged in Shakespeare and other classic literature, dog-eared romances were always close at hand. (That “happily ever after” gets me every time.)

I am also a sci-fi/fantasy geek. So, anytime a romance novel includes time-travel, I’m all in. Finally, because I am an avid genealogist (as evidenced by this blog), I prefer historical romance to contemporary. And if a romance is set in one of my ancestral homelands, more the better.

Which is why I wanted to read Katie’s Highlander, by Maeve Greyson, the third book in the Highland Protector series. The story opens with a pair of legs and a khaki-covered backside dangling out of a sports car’s sunroof. Katie Jenson, a straight-talking, compassionate archaeologist, is stuck.

Suddenly, a horse-riding, kilt-wearing warrior swoops in to save the day. His name is Ramsey MacDara, a Highlander whose entire family was uprooted from medieval Scotland and transplanted into the woodlands of modern-day North Carolina. With his dreamy accent and fit physique, is it any wonder that Katie faints into Ramsey’s arms?  (Okay, maybe it was because she had been hanging upside down for so long and all the blood had rushed to her head…)

Sparks fly between Katie and Ramsey. Heated repartee and passionate exchanges nearly set the pages afire. Although I enjoyed the couple’s verbal sparring, I could have done without some of the X-rated scenes. A little less erotica and a little more nuance would have made this romance more romantic for me. (You know, less Fifty Shades of Grey, more Pride and Prejudice.)

Unfortunately, I found the storyline difficult to follow at times. Because I had not read the first two books of this series, it felt as if I were missing something. Also, occasionally, the story seemed scattered. In part, this haphazardness is due to time travel. However, in several instances, the story sprints from scene to scene; details are not developed. Each time I read these sections, I felt slightly winded and wished that I could have stopped to savor the moment.

Overall, however, I enjoyed reading this book, mostly because of Katie Jenson’s spunk and sass. She is a strong woman with strong opinions who loves deeply. The story begins with Ramsey rescuing Katie, but in the end, it is Katie who rescues Ramsey from his self-imposed solitude, opening his eyes and his heart to a love that lasts through the ages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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