ARC Book Review: My Highland Lover

I received this book for free from Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review: My Highland LoverMy Highland Lover by Maeve Greyson
Also in this series: My Seductive Highlander
Series: Highland Hearts #1
Published by Loveswept on March 24th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Loveswept
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Maeve Greyson unleashes a thrilling tale of magic and desire as a feisty Southern gal falls into the arms of a rough-hewn Highland chieftain.
As the proprietor of a homeopathic store in rural Kentucky, Trulie Sinclair knows that her neighbors think she’s strange—but they have no idea how strange she really is. Trulie was born in Scotland in the thirteenth century to a line of time-traveling Highlanders. When Trulie’s grandmother convinces her to return to their homeland,Trulie jumps back in time, right onto the powerful chest of Gray MacKenna. Just as his steely good looks send ripples through her body, their fierce attraction will send ripples through the ages.
After his parents murdered, Gray is consumed by thoughts of revenge. As the new chieftain of the MacKenna clan, he has reason to believe that there’s a traitor in his midst, and nothing—not even the bonny lass who suddenly drops from the sky—can distract him from his single-minded pursuit of the culprit. But when Gray learns that this sassy beauty possesses gifts beyond the sparkle in her eye, he allows his gaze, and his heart, to linger. While he hunts for the murderer, Gray finds in Trulie a precious companion—and a timeless love.
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Summary

Trulie Sinclair, helps run a homeopathic store along with her grandmother and her sisters. She loves living in the modern world and has built her life here. But her grandmother has different plans for her and they reside in the past in the highlands. Trulie was born in the 1200’s, but had to come to modern-day. But now she knows that she is needed in the Scottish Highlands. So they make the jump back in time and lands on top of Gray MacKenna. Gray, is the chieftain the MacKenna clan, but is bent on revenge for the death of his parents. He knows that there is a traitor in his midst, he just needs to find him or her and bring them to justice. But then a young lass Trulie lands in his lap, a lass of mystical powers, a woman who is stubborn and full of determination. He can’t resist the passion he sees in her eyes, or the way she has opened his heart to other possibilities in his life. But will the revenge for his parents deaths take control or will the power of love heal the worst wounds…

The Hero

Gray, is quite the hero. He hasn’t had an easy life, but knew the love of his parents, and the love they had for each other. But Gray is full of pride and bitterness, and he just doesn’t know if he has room for anything else in his life. He is protective of his clan and everyone that resides within. What did I truly admire about his character? His tenacity and the way he leads his people. You see from the beginning of the story his strength and fortitude, and such determination to find his parents killers. The way he is with Trulie is wonderful, he doesn’t deny his feelings for her…he embraces them, which was quite refreshing.

The Heroine

Trulie loves the modern world and all of its conveniences. She doesn’t deny how simply and easy life is. At first she is determined to stay in this time, but she knows that there is something more for her in the past, and does the right thing, even if she doesn’t understand the why. You see the way that she is the perfect match for Gray. She is no pushover, and she doesn’t stand idly by, she takes action and I love her sassy attitude. It was quite an energetic feeling you get seeing them interact with each other. Her character was charming and fun, she is quite the free spirit, but she craves what any human woman does, and I love seeing the different facets of her character.

Plot and Story Line

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to read this author. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to try this one out and I do love my sexy highlander romances, but when you add a blend of magic and time travel…and you have a winning gem of a story. Now I am a bit picky at times of time travel, but this is one that any one who loves a good romance would enjoy. This is the first in her latest series, so I definitely would recommend trying it out. My Highland Lover is a story that does have a bit of a paranormal element, with a bit of mystery and danger aspects included that really make a well-balanced read. The story in the beginning is very engaging and witty, and you don’t have a hard time with the flow of the story…at least at first. About halfway…I did struggle a little bit, I felt like the flow felt a bit staggered and now as smooth as in the beginning of the story…but it does level out and becomes more smoothly a bit later. What I truly enjoyed about this story, was how we have a balance of a mystery and a love story. There is a focus on solving some murders here, as well as a current crime, and plus we have the intense relationship between Gray and Trulie. There are some truths revealed that I didn’t see coming, and I do love a good twist that keeps you engaged. You definitely need to stick with the story, and I am so glad that I did. What I found a delight, was the historical context as well. It is very obvious that this author has done her homework and studied the era she takes us to. It was quite an enjoyable ride of passion, adventure, and magic.

Cover

Now who wouldn’t love this cover…oh my…I might just swoon. I love the pose, and man that male model…such a gorgeous body…all that muscle and sinew, that hair, and in a kilt…I mean who can resist such sexual appeal right? Then you have that majestic background of the highlands, overall one hell of a cover!

Overall View

A wonderful and stimulating time travel romance that takes you to a time of magic, myths, and desire. A tale of danger, intrigue and sensuality. A DELIGHT!

About Maeve Greyson

Writing paranormal romances helps Maeve Greyson escape the stress of everyday life better than anything she's ever tried. She's twenty-four years into a full time job at the steel mill but writing is her driving passion. She's lucky enough to live in the middle of a five acre wood not too far from Kentucky Lake. Her writing partner, Jasper the dog, critiques her work while her UBER-supportive husband of over thirty-two years fixes her favorite dinners every night.