Just in Time for a Highlander

Just in Time for a Highlander

by Gwyn Cready

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From RITA winner Gwyn Cready comes a Scottish time travel romance perfect for fans of Outlander

Modern day battle reenactor Duncan MacHarg thinks he has it made-until he lands in the middle of a real Highland battle and comes face to face with the clan's beautiful, spirited leader. Out of time and out of place, Duncan must use every skill he can muster to earn his position among the clansmen and in the heart of the devastatingly intriguing woman to whom he must pledge his oath.

Abby needs a hero and she needs him now. Duncan's a man with no measurable battle skills and a damnably distracting smile. But she sees in him a fighting spirit, and Abby will do whatever it takes to turn him into a Scots warrior herself-one demanding and intimate lesson at a time.

Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands Series:
Just in Time for a Highlander (Book 1)
First Time with a Highlander (Book 2)
Every Time with a Highlander (Book 3)

Praise for Gwyn Cready:
"Cready's writing is romantic and wickedly witty." -Rachel Gibson, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author
"Fun and sexy...a reading adventure you don't want to miss." -Janet Evanovich, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, on Tumbling Through Time
"Passionate, suspenseful, adventurous and highly entertaining." -RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, on Aching for Always
"Cready's writing is as brilliantly seductive as it is historically gripping." -Fictitious Musings, on Timeless Desire

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492601944
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 66,526
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gwyn Cready is a writer of contemporary, Scottish, and time travel romance. She's been called "the master of time travel romance" and is the winner of the RITA Award, the most prestigious award given in romance writing. She has been profiled in Real Simple and USA Today, among others. Before becoming a novelist, she spent 25 years in brand management. She has two grown children and lives with her husband on a hill overlooking the magical kingdom of Pittsburgh.

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With a shriek of frustrated bloodlust, Duncan jerked to a stop as the crossing signal turned red. The musket-wielding French soldier he'd been chasing sprinted to the safety of the opposite sidewalk, nearly knocking down two young women carrying Macy's bags in the process.

Och, Duncan thought with irritation. There's only one thing you can count on with Frenchmen: they run better than they fight.

One of the women looked at Duncan and grinned. At six foot one with flaming red hair and a Scottish burr, he was used to being noticed. However, the kilt-his grand-da's from the Korean War-inevitably turned the looks into something more prurient. A gust of wind blew down Pittsburgh's Grant Street, and he palmed the wool against his thighs. Sometimes he wished he lived in a world where a man's bare legs weren't the object of such fascination.

"Reenactor?" the woman called.

He lifted his carved wooden sword and blank-filled pistol and gave her a lopsided grin. "Battle of Fort Duquesne."

A roiling gray now edged the blue sky. Duncan hoped the storm they were predicting would hold off until after he was in the air tonight. He hadn't been home to Scotland since Christmas, and by all rights he should have skipped the reenactment since he could only spare a week of holiday time. But there were so few battles in North America in which the Highlanders had fought, he'd hated to say no. His grand-da was his last immediate family member still around, and the old guy was in his eighties. Duncan knew a visit was in order, and he fought off a wave of guilt he knew he deserved for putting the reenactment first.

The walk light turned green just as a band of Seneca warriors, bows drawn, emerged on Fourth Street. In this particular battle, they were allied with the French and therefore his enemy. Not only that, but their leader, a blustery fellow named Dylan, had been a complete arse the night before in a debate over rugby versus gridiron. The Senecas spotted him and Duncan's adrenaline surged. Time to teach the old boy a lesson. With a nod to the women, he lifted his sword and flew directly into the hail of rubber-tipped arrows.

God, how he loved a battle.

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Just in Time for a Highlander 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so tired of trying to read a Historical Romance novel full of the F word. I just stopped reading this book. Enough is enough. Regardless of how well an author writes, to fill it with vulgar language is a real turn off for me. I wish we knew beforehand so we wouldn't waste our time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book...steady pace, enlivened characters...ending was kinda abrupt tho for me
SadieHunt More than 1 year ago
Our hero might be a bit of a whiner in the beginning – he is a 21st century businessman magically transplanted to early 18th century Scotland in the midst of a sword battle, after all – but once he finds his footing we root for his success. He’s sincere and trustworthy, good man qualities we just don’t see as often as we should nowadays. With perfectly primal sex scenes spicing up a developing friendship, Gwyn Cready draws a delightfully nuanced tale. Verdict: Time-travel is fun but always tricky to pull off. Cready does a nice job plotting her characters through both their immediate difficulties and those more existential challenges. 4/5.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another sizzling time traveler. Yes, but this is a great read with humor and a lot of fun in the back balance to make it an enjoyable wroomp through history. The length of the book is just about right for me. I was surprised when I found out this was the first of three books. Yhooo, can't wait to read more.....,,dawna
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Duncan time traveling to the past abbey gave an extra star for that, but he was a bit over bumbling and she was a bit over cheiftessy and they were both kind of annoying
gaele More than 1 year ago
A fun and lighthearted fantasy historical romance, Gwen Cready has mixed together clan struggles, time travel, a love triangle and plenty  of bold personalities into a series that promises to be fun!  Different from other Highlander stories out there, the hero is a modern-day man, thoughtful and intelligent, thrust back in time due to an  ill-advised wish.  While Duncan is wholly grounded in the present, he’s perhaps just what this fearsome and fearless lass needs.  Abby is the head of her clan, unexpectedly, and is aware that marriage to a strong, fierce man is the best option. But the best option, and  the need for it grate at her: she is bold, decisive, intelligent and completely capable of managing her clan; if only the others could see  that it was possible for a woman to do so.  What a fun romp- first between Abby and Duncan and their dancing about one another- preconceptions and misguided communications  have the two at loggerheads, fighting at the attraction that is palpable between them. More involved and intricate than one would expect,  Cready brings in background and history with flair, allowing the reader to picture and understand both living and political conditions of  the early 1800’s.  While occasionally feeling a bit over-loaded with background information that I feel is necessary to help establish the world and the time  for the series, this information does build a fuller understanding for readers.  Most intriguing are the cast of characters, many with strong  and bold opinions and the determination to share those opinions. The interplay between the characters, especially where Duncan’s unfamiliarity with the events and time as well as his more modern approach and view of life adds moments of laughter and some  interesting attempts at backpedalling to explain his true intent.   A nice mix of history, heat, fantasy and just plain fun I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to this new series and am excited to read the next installment.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from January 25 to 26, 2015 Book Info  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492601934 (ISBN13: 9781492601937) edition language English series Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1 other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS It's tough being a woman in a man's profession, especially for Abby Kerr, the unexpected chieftess of Clan Kerr. Loathe to marry but in need of a strong arm, Abby wishes for a Scots warrior and gets . . . Duncan, the historical reenactment hobbyist. Wall Street Impresario Duncan MacHarg isn't bad with a fencing foil, but he's no Highlander. When a misdirected spell plucks him from the 21st century, he lands in 1705 Scotland at the feet of the fiercest woman he's ever laid eyes on... My Thoughts The Scottish time travel twist is one of my favorites, what is not to like about reliving a bit of history with a fiery leading lady and a sexy leading man! Unlike so many of the other books that have availed themselves of this particular venue am happy to say that this time around the time traveller was a man who actually went back 300 years in time rather than a scantily clad female who was than forced to accept the help of the clan chief in whose arms she landed.  I enjoyed watching Duncan find his way amongst the members of clan Kerr, he may not have been exactly what Abby thought she needed in a man but she found out that he was exactly what she wanted and he found out that she was the one he longed to spend forever with if only that were possible. There was no one thing in this story that really stood out as different from what have enjoyed before but with a twist here and a twist there it added up to an enjoyable foray into one of my preferred settings of time and place in historical romances, the back and forth banter that the characters indulged in also added to the story as did the bickering that led to Abby and Duncan indulging in sexual encounters of the utmost intensity. The way in which things played out with the unexpected source of the method to travel back in time was poignant as well as romantic, the finale to this first installment in the series leads me to hope for Undines story soon. A fish out of water, historical time travel romance which introduces the series and which happily promises the beginning of many hours of of pleasurable reading. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready is the 1st book in her new Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series. Just in Time for a Highlander is a time travel Scottish Historical romance, but what makes this different than most time travel romances of this sort is that the man is the one thrown back in time. Most of the historical time travel books I have read, they have all been woman. Abby Kerr is our heroine, who is the Chieftess of Clan Kerr. Abby and her clan are in the midst of trying to come up with funds to save her land, and to avoid war with the English. She is in desperate help for a strong arm warrior, and may be forced to marry her cousin, Rosston to save Clan Kerr. Abby’s friend Undine is a witch, who uses potents, charms and spells and one of these will bring Abby an unexpected gift. Duncan MacHarg is our hero from current time, a successful financier and a Scottish Battle reenactor, who while playing in his fun battle, is caught into a spell and ends up in 1705 Scotland. It takes him a short while to realize that he is indeed in old Scotland, and becomes enthralled by the Clan’s leader, Abby. When Abby sees Duncan, at first she is not impressed, but soon realizes that Undine has brought her the strong arm she needs. What follows is a story of Abby trying to avoid a war with English soldiers, keeping her clan safe, and hopefully avoiding a forced marriage. Duncan at the same time must try to earn the respect of Abby, Rosston and the members of the Clan. The romance between Duncan and Abby is scorching, even though both know at some point he will be sent back to his time, once he completes his forced mission to help Abby. This was a nice romance, with a very likeable couple and the story had a nice theme. However, I had mixed feelings, as I thought the story was a bit disjointed at times, with some repetition, forcing me to skip a little at times. Overall it was a good story, with potential of being even better.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I don’t remember the last time that I laughed so hard and so often while reading a novel.  Cready has definitely written a fun and eventful novel.  She develops this world in such a way that readers can easily picture the events in question.  She also tells a very intricate story that takes into account the time period in question, while writing with creative liberty that makes the story so original.   I loved these characters.  They were such a ridiculously fun bunch to get to know.  The larger than life personalities combined with the clash of times in a wonderful whirlwind of miscommunication and assumptions.  I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous strong, opinionated characters that we came to know throughout.  This was all topped off with a formidable couple who took centre stage.  Their similar outlooks on life but very different backgrounds melded together into something fantastic.  Heck, I even enjoyed the love triangle Cready developed, something which I generally find tedious.  Cready presents it in such a manner that it really adds to the plot of the story. This novel encompasses a bit of everything.  The time travel was very believable, the story entertaining, and the romance sizzled.  It is definitely a great introduction to Cready’s new series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.