Duncan MacCoinnich's task...
Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both.
Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them. When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland she could accept that.
But, can she forgive him for taking away her modern life when she finds herself in the sixteenth century? And is it love they feel?
Or something else?
This was entertaining! First of all, you wouldn't believe how long I'd been searching for time-traveling romance novels with Scotland added in, and the plot? Hilarious! Fin and Duncan are brothers who go to the future to deflower the virgins so they can't be used by this evil witch. An evil witch, I might add, who was banned from their time and forced to stay old and weak in the future. Duncan tries to woo Tara into sleeping with him, but she's just not that type of girl to give it up so easily to someone she doesn't know, and he likes her too much to dishonor her in any other way. "Gwen", as the witch is called at the faire, holds a contest for the men to win Tara's fair hand, but she plans for Duncan to win. The brothers don't understand her plan until it's almost too late. Gwen plans to bind Duncan and Tara together so that when he leaves, her soul will leave with him, and her body will be left for Gwen to have so she can break her curse and the ban on her. Duncan knows that the vows Gwen is being told to say is forever binding, but just before Tara finishes, he decides to let her say it all. And then he says it back, and the two are forever tied to each other, in the present life and the next.
There's something about Tara that feels right to him, and later on he and his brother take Tara away to safety, asking (and almost failing) to take her back to his home country where she will be safe. Tara doesn't believe in this whole evil-magic thing, but she goes, and wakes up the next morning in a dress she didn't remember ever owning, in a bed she'd never seen before, with a view that screams isolation.
It was hard enough for her to accept that there were such things as Druids and witches, but when Duncan tells her that she is stuck in 1576, she blows a gasket. The two don't talk for weeks, though it isn't on Duncan's part. Tara has yet more things to take in, and after a few kind talks with his mother, Lora, she slowly relents on her anger towards him. She doesn't fully forgive him until Fin almost stabs Duncan during practice (totally planned) and she takes Duncan upstairs to clean him up. They make up and are now very lovey-dovey, and eventually get married. While they're having a ball, Gwen, whose real name is Grainna, somewhow finds a way back to Duncan's century, and she finds a loop hole in her curse: by killing Druids, her original youth slowly returns, as well as her power.
Now, Grainna's story is very sad. She was a young and magical girl who'd fallen in love and given up her virginity to a man, only to be embarrassed and betrayed when he purposefully has her catch him in the throes with another woman. Her shameless begging did nothing for him, and when her heart broke, her dark magic had the cheating bastard and his woman slowly eaten alive by the rodents within the vacinity. Ouch. So I feel bad for Grainna, but my pity stops where the bastard did her wrong. A little vengeance was understandable as well, but she let the darkness completely erode the good things that made her happy. She unfortunately fucked herself over, and the sad part is, this all started because she was in pain. So, in a way, she's a walking wound that's just too rotten and decayed to heal. That makes me very sad.
Duncan and the men of his family/guard are called away when a woman's body is found, and Grainna uses this opportunity to have Tara lured away by one of her men under her control. Tara- and her newly discovered pregnant belly -are trapped in a cottage waiting to be saved. Duncan comes after his little sister, Amber tells them all where Tara is due to a connection they have through sister-blood-sharing. After she's rescued by Duncan, she banishes Grainna with the help of the Ancients and they live happily ever after.
Book 2 is a continuous of the story following Duncan's virgin sister, Myra, who was sent away during Binding Vows in order to be kept safe from Grainna. I look forward to getting to read that later. ^_^
Overall, I liked it! Again, you wouldn't believe how long I'd been searching for books like this. Yes, there's a whole bunch out there, but they need to have a certain.... er, formula to their synopsis, or I won't find it utterly appealing. My friend was sweet enough to loan this to me (don't wanna return it just yet T_T) and I'm glad I found the author. LOL Actually, if not for Twitter, the author wouldn't have followed me and I wouldn't have found this book. :P
The Scotsmen were all very dreamy and funny, meeting up to the standards that some other authors like Karen Marie Moning and Lynn Kurland have created with their own fabulous novels of the highlands. I seriously want to know if Renaissance Faires in California are real, because I am in LOVE with those things! Though, I think this book gets my hopes up of also being whisked away on horseback by a Scotsman from the past. XP
I recommend this book, and if the cover didn't give it away, there's sex. Sexsexsexsex. :)