by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published December 4th 2009
ISBN 1601546076 (ISBN13: 9781601546074)
Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them. When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland she could accept that. But, can she forgive him for taking away her modern life when she finds herself in the sixteenth century? And is it love they feel? Or something else?
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I recently read the Highland Shifter and fell in love with the entire MacCoinnich's family. I knew that I wanted to go back and read the entire trilogy and fall in love with them all over again.
The first book in the series is Duncan and Tara's story. I loved the uniqueness of it, it was a quite refreshing. It was not the same old same thing time traveler story. I am ranking the entire series as a must read!! This book has it all- romance, steamy hot romance scenes, a villian, time travel, and a bit of paranormal. Oh my...
Not exactly how she planned to spend her vacation, Tara couldn’t believe she’d gotten herself roped into another one of her friend, Cassy’s adventures- to attend a Renaissance fair. "To attend they needed to wear the costume they think is most befitting their station in life. So, only young unmarried maids are allowed to wear their hair down and uncovered. If ye are married, divorced, or are no longer virtuous, your hair should be bound or covered the entire time ye are at the fair." Talk about having a "scarlet letter" across her virginal chest. And if that wasn't enough, everyone had to pass the scrutiny of the town’s Gypsy Queen. There was no fooling the Gypsy... she was to decide if the costume and appearance is appropriate to each guest.
Enter the time travelers, Duncan and Finlay MacCoinnich traveled from the sixteenth century to the present to stop an evil Druid witch. The brothers' mission is travel to the 21st century to deflower a maiden so an exiled witch, Grainna, didn't regain her powers. Grainna was cursed to an eternity in an aging and powerless body. She was pushed five centuries into the future; into a time and land she had little knowledge of. Now, in order to break the curse, she had to find a woman of Druid descent, a virgin. Only the virgin’s blood would set her free.
Tara finds herself the 'chosen' maiden for this year's event, as part of the closing ceremonies of the event she participates in what she thought was mock hand-fasting ceremony with Duncan. But they weren’t handfasting pledges of love and devotion, but Druid wedding vows, "binding vows."
“Where two hearts beat, there is now but one. This tie that binds us together shall never be undone.”
Once spoken, they could never be taken back. Once spoken by one of Druid descent, they would bind you to the other person past this life and into the next...soon after that vows, Tara's adventure begins as she travels back in time.. and meets the "family" and their magically ways. Can Duncan convince Tara that it was not just an act and that they truly were destined to be soul mates?
I am not much for cliff hangers, however Catherine Bybee did a wonderful job building the fantasy world and adding so much depth to the characters you felt like you were part of the family, then she cleverly took you right to the edge and left you wanting more.... in a good way, it had me looking for more that I immediately had to buy the next book in the series "Silent Vows".