I’m just going to put this out there: I’m a total sucker for time travels. Especially when they feature big beefy Scottish men in kilts. Not going to lie. You put those two elements together, along with a feisty heroine from my home state of Minnesota, and yeah, I’ve got my grubby little paws all over that story.
Thus is the case with the delightful Loch Moigh Series from Barbara Longley. Her delightful and rather spicy time traveling series is set in the Scottish Highlands with men like Malcom, aka Alpha Jerk, there to rescue recently transported Minnesota girls. It’s a time travel. There is going to be some confusion, acclamation, and denial going on, all while in the presence of that beefy alpha Scot. Oh yeah, it’s good stuff. But what really makes this series fun is the element of the paranormal and the special ‘gifts’ the heroines in the series possess.
Native American violinist Alethia Goodsky had plans for her future, and they didn’t include time travel, hocus-pocus good luck charms, or heroic deeds. And she certainly never intended to lose her heart to a fifteenth century Scottish warrior or an orphaned boy unable to hear her music.
A life hangs in the balance, and only Alethia can tip the scale. This is all the supernatural being posing as a Renaissance festival fortuneteller reveals before transporting Alethia back in time to the Highlands of Scotland. Alethia must unravel the mystery before it’s too late if she’s to return home. She throws herself into the task only to have her efforts thwarted by her overbearing, self-appointed protector—Malcolm of clan MacKintosh.
It is 1423AD, the year before Scotland’s King James is ransomed from the British to take his rightful place upon the throne. The Highland clans are at each other’s throats, and all of Scotland suffers under the ruthless reign of their regent, the duke of Albany. Treachery and intrigue rule the day, and all Malcolm wants is peace. Finding a gently bred woman alone on MacKintosh land can only mean more trouble. When the exotic foreigner reveals her strange tale, Malcolm believes she was placed in his path to warn him of coming danger. He cannot allow the willful beauty to put herself in harm’s way for his sake. Malcolm is determined to keep Alethia safe and by his side—if only she’d let him.
Surrounded by enemies, with the mystery still unsolved, passion grows between Malcolm and Alethia until her heart is torn. Should she follow the dictates of reason and find a way home, leaving Malcolm and the young boy she’s adopted behind, or should she listen to her heart and remain true to the Highlander?
The Highlander’s Bargain
Before he can settle down, blond-haired, blue-eyed Robley of clan MacKintosh needs to taste true adventure. So when the faerie Madame Giselle asks him to retrieve her stolen property in exchange for two enchanted tokens that will whisk him across the centuries, he jumps at the chance.
Nurse and future midwife Erin Durie is broke and alone, thanks to a roommate who skipped town and the psychic gifts that make relationships too intense and painful to bear. Then a kilted man magically drops into her arms, looking for a guide to the twenty-first century, and she can’t deny the attraction. But magical treachery soon throws open time’s portal once more—and puts a blade to Robley’s throat. Now Erin must decide where—or when—her healing powers can do the most good . . . and whether she can live without her handsome Highlander.
In the second thrilling Novel of Loch Moigh, award-winning author Barbara Longley delivers more of the action, adventure, and romance that began in the pulse-pounding True to the Highlander.
Of the two, the first is my favorite–for a couple of reasons:
1. I prefer alpha over beta heroes and the hero from the second book is a tish too…lovey dovey for my preference.
2. Taking a medieval Scottish knight and plunking him into the 21st century and reading about his fascination with modern marvels isn’t quite as exciting as taking a bewildered modern girl and thrusting her into the past. There is a reason I write and read historicals–I love the element of history. I enjoy escaping into another time. The second novel gives me that–but not until much later than I would like.
3. I enjoy reading sexual tension. Heavy on the tension. The first delivers it more than the second.
Now, that isn’t to say I didn’t like the second book, because I did. Barbara Longley’s voice is a treat to behold regardless of the book, but the story itself didn’t captivate me quite as much as the first. My preference isn’t swaying me off the series, though. In fact, I’m eagerly awaiting the third and last installment of Loch Moigh that is due to release next year.
Be ahead of the game, get over your “Outlander” withdrawal, and get your copies of Ms. Longley’s paranormal Scottish time travel, which, by the way, just happens to be sitting pretty in the Amazon top 500 romances. It’s a best seller for a dang good reason and that’s argument aplenty.