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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love Story by Gwyn Cready

4 Stars
Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love Story
Author: Gwyn Cready
Genre: Time-Travel, Romance, Historical Romance,
Publisher: Pocket Books
Ebook/Paperback
Pages: 384
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Outlander Love Story a Time-Bending Treat
Quality Writing Marks Fresh New Addition to Beloved Genre

"Cready's writing is romantic and wickedly witty."
-- Rachel Gibson, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Cready is an author worth watching.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

"Gwyn Cready is the master of time travel romance."
-- Royal Reviews

After six successful novels, RITA Award winning author Gwyn Cready is back with her seventh, and most addictively delectable, romance so far:  Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love Story. [ISBN:  978-1-938231-29-2 (pback); 978-1-938231-27-8 (E-book); Paranormal Romance;  July, 2018].  Written in Cready’s signature style—in turns described as “delightfully original, fun” and “wickedly witty”Timeless Desire provides plenty of twists and heart-touching moments to satisfy long-time paranormal romance fans.  And, it provides enough fun and originality to entertain the casual reader who’s new to the genre.

My Review

In Timeless Desire, An Outlander Love Story by Gwyn Cready we meet Panna Kennedy, a librarian who is still dealing with the grief of her dead husband after two years. She is exploring the library when she comes across a almost hidden door that leads her into the past, but not just anywhere in the past—in the home of Colonel John Bridgewater. A man who’s statue is in the library for his heroic deeds in the war, in the 1700’s.

But not is as glories as Panna always imaged it might be as she day-dreamed about the handsome Bridgewater. He is under house arrest by the English in a time of war with Scotland for being under suspect of betraying England to the Scot’s.

When they meet the impressions from them both are quite bad—Bridgewater thinks she is a whore/spy sent by someone to make him confesses, and she thinks he is and rude-arrogant-ass. But not long after, they both begin to warm to each other, more than the lust that was already there at first sighting and Panna gets drawn into Bridgewater’s time and the war going on around them.
Bridgewater just wants peace, but it may just be more than he can make happen.

Add into all of this a man who knows where Panna really came from, and wants to use her to win the war and become a hero and you have a fast-paced time-travel romance that you will not want to put down!

This book really surprised me, in a good way! I do not know what I really was expecting just that from the description it sounded good and I wanted something historical. “Outlander” automatically made me think of the Highlanders and I was hooked! How could I resist potential Highlander goodness?

I couldn’t and I did not deny myself—but I got more than I bargained for as there are Englishmen as well. Which is what Bridgewater is, but he also has so Scottish blood in him as well. So while the book was not focused on Highlanders (which I actually knew from the description) we do get some mention of them throughout the book.

Timeless Desire was pretty fast paced, the characters were both wonderful; Panna mourns her dead husband but meeting Bridgewater is like a new start for her and she finds her old-self coming back instead of the person she became when her husband died. Bridgewater doesn’t trust anyone and it takes him a long time before he really trusts Panna, but he does learn to trust her and neither of them really fights the attraction between them. Which I admit was great.

Though there were problems. Panna of course lives in the future and wants to see her friends and family again, while Bridgewater lives in the past, and of course the bad guy who knows that Panna is really from the future and wants to use her for his own gain wants her with him.

The one thing that I did not really love about this book was the ending. The last chapter really, not the epilogue. It just felt well, I am not sure what felt so off about it to me, but maybe it has to do with the bad guy ending up not really feeling like a bad guy at all?

Also Bridgewater just shows up. Panna is waiting for him—-I will not say where or anything--and has been for a long time and then he is just there, for some reason that just felt a little off to me.

Altogether, I really enjoyed this book there was not anything I did not really like about, just the ending that kept me from giving it five stars.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes time-travel romance, but also anyone that like historical or is just looking for a good romance novel to read—this is a book that I think most anyone could truly enjoy!
*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.




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