Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Highlander for Christmas by Sandy Blair

Book Description:
Welcome To My World

'Tis the season to be jolly, but Boston antiques dealer Claire MacGregor isn't looking forward to a solo Christmas, or cocoa for one, or trimming the tree by herself. But company's coming. Claire is fooling around with an old puzzle box and when it opens...a gorgeous, studly laird appears. Thumbs down: Sir Cameron MacLeod is centuries old. Thumbs up: he doesn't look it. And Cameron is tall, dark, and lusty - very lusty.

Come Away To Mine

Who is this lovely lass? And where is he? Before awakening in the 21st century in Claire's bedroom, the last thing Sir Cameron MacLeod remembers was readying for war with a rival clan. Despite her strange clothes and odd ways, Claire is bonny and brave. He's about to find out that love is a many-splendored thing indeed...

I know, I know, this one looks really over the top as far as Highlander time traveler romances go, but the title really caught me and I like this author so I gave it a try. What a quick read, I read it one day! I've read one of the author's previous books, Man in a Kilt, which I really liked a lot. This one wasn't as good, but it wasn't bad either.

Cameron really is a studly guy! *sigh* This book was pretty amusing, he's constantly getting himself into trouble with the police. The whole thing is definitely lighthearted as he and Claire try and come to grips with the fact that he can't seem to find his way back to 1745, which is where he came from, only a few months before the Battle of Culloden. His loving aunt, who's a witch, spirits him away so that he won't die in the battle, and he winds up in 2008 as part of an inheritence that Claire received from a kindly older man that she had befriended. He moves in with her as they try to find a way to send him back in time. They fall in love, but do not admit it, since both think he's probably going to be leaving and they don't want to have broken hearts - but they do anyway. Eventually, they give in to their feelings, they begin sleeping together, but he's still holding back. Once he realizes he's not going back, he's disatisfied with his life and feels he must earn some money and get back to Scotland to see for himself whatever happened to his clan's lands. It's kind of bittersweet, but a surprise ending, and he winds up with a pretty cool career so they have some money to live on. A few nice sex scenes, but nothing outlandish as the cover of the book would indicate!

The book itself had a few loose ends (whatever happened to his joining the army? Did Tracy ever date the mailman and leave the Purple Pussycat?) and it's a bit disjointed in some parts but nothing major. It was cute how Christmas tied in, buying Christmas trees, drinking egg nog spiked with whiskey, Christmas gifts and shopping. I especially liked Cameron's idea of how to bring in new customers to Claire's antique shop.

I enjoyed this little bit of fluff with it's happy ending. It's not the greatest time traveler highlander romance I've ever read, but it's not the worst either. Cute.


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