by Dee Davis

July 2000
ISBN: 0-515-12874-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

If you're vacationing in an ancient Scottish castle, you might want to be absolutely positive you know where the bathroom is before you go to bed! Katherine St. Claire wasn't quite sure, and took the wrong door - the one that led to another chamber and the most incredibly devastating man! A man she couldn't resist, a man who gave her his heart, his love and his body and a man to whom she gave an earring, her virginity and her soul. Unfortunately for Kate, the chamber was on the other side of a portal through time - her perfect lover was from five hundred years in the past.

Okay, this could be a problem. But not when in the skilful hands of Dee Davis, who has produced a fascinating time travel romance with all the elements that make such a story spellbinding! Iain Mackintosh is the perfect hero - strong, handsome (well, all Scottish warriors were), well-built (have you tried fighting with a claymore sword lately? Beats bench presses any day) and devoted to the woman who shared one magical night with him. Katherine St. Claire is an intelligent woman of the new millennium with enough Scots whimsy in her heritage to convince her that the legends of the clans may have some basis in fact, and that her yearning heart is truly locked in the fifteenth century.

I have to confess that I was a little scared as I began reading this book - as points were revealed, I wondered if we were about to merrily trip down the standard "lover lost in time" path that seems to be a staple for time-travel romance writers. But Ms. Davis continually surprised me by swerving away from the predictable and taking a completely new tack. It is hard for me to delve too deeply into how this story unfolds, because to do that I would need to reveal more of the plot - and I don't think I will. You must read this book yourself to find out how the enterprising Katherine finds her true love, and how Iain proves himself to be well above the level of ordinary hero by voluntarily sacrificing so much in the name of that love.

In fact, that eternal emotion is at the core of this tale - is there anything better for a romance? Love is all-powerful here, it can conquer time itself and yet it can be twisted into desires so evil they can have a life-shattering impact! Love can bring families together across generations, and join the past, present and future into a perfect circle. Love comes in different forms; families love one way, husbands and wives another. Yet the thread of love is what binds this fascinating tale so tightly - there is no doubt in the reader's mind that Iain and his Katherine are destined to be together. A really nit-picking critic might observe how handy it was to have the time traveling heroine be conversant in Gaelic and a medieval scholar to boot, but heck, it's a really minor point and does eliminate a lot of plot difficulties. I had no problem with it! If you are a paranormal romance fan, I guarantee you'll find yourself immersed in this book from the first page - if you've never read one, start here; you'll be hooked!

Reviewed in December 2001 by Celia.

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