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I loved this book. It's my favorite of the series so far. The first two books of the series were filled with a lot of danger and action (which I enjoy) but, while this one has its share of that, the primary focus is on the characters, their individual growth, and the evolution of their relationships. Both of them have heartbreaking, emotional wounds that have not healed. Deirdre is determined to earn back her sister's love and trust while Reikart is determined to never open his heart to love again. Both also have a burning desire for the other that cannot be quenched. And, both will do whatever is necessary to keep the other safe. They broke my heart, then filled that same heart with joy. I couldn't get enough of them.
While there's an abundance of deep emotion in this story (parts were heartbreaking and, yes, there were tears), Johnstone maintains that emotional depth without allowing it to become too dark by lightening the story with well-placed humor and some delicious sizzle. I especially enjoyed the snappy banter between Deirdre and Reikart, and the unabashed matchmaking going on at the hands of Reikart's mother and aunt, and Deirdre's sister (now also Reikart's sister-in-law). And, as always, the historical facts and figures interwoven throughout add an enjoyable realism to the tale.
I've loved getting to know these brothers, each so different from the others yet all undeniably bound to one another by the love and loyalty of family. I'm already sad about the prospect of saying goodbye to them and yet also eagerly anticipating the fourth, and final, chapter of their journey, youngest brother Ian's story, in book four: Scandalous Scot.
If you enjoy time-travel romances, you'll want to be sure this series is on your must-read list. If you haven't discovered time-travel yet, the Highlanders Through Time series is a great place to begin. I recommend reading the books in order: Sinful Scot, Sexy Scot, Seductive Scot, and (coming May 19) Scandalous Scot.
This is the third in the joint time travel series written by Julie Johnstone & Cecelia Mecca. I am a huge fan of the medieval Scottish stories they both write but have never really read time travel. I have to say the first two books have been great and the third does not disappoint. I was interested to find out more about our heroine Deirdre, who we meet in book one. At first she is seen as a conspirator in the death of the King but as we learn more about her we see she is a pawn who unwittingly plays a part. Her previous heartbreak and trauma shape her into the wary, scarred woman she is. Our hero is the third McCaim brother to travel back from modern day New Orleans to medieval Scotland, Reikart, is even more damaged and scarred by life than Deirdre. He carries a heavy burden of guilt & regret that has led him to distance himself from his family. When these two meet, each are determined not to allow anyone in or accept help, though as you can imagine sparks fly. As they are forced to spend time with each other, slowly they start to open up about their past traumas and begin to heal. Ultimately they find love and have hope for the future that neither of them expected or thought they deserved. I have to say this is my favorite in the series so far. I like to see seemingly unredeemable people redeem themselves and I also like even the most damaged of individuals heal and find happiness. This has been a great series and I cannot recommend it enough, it has everything a reader needs.
Well, here we are at #3 brother and the reckless and soulful one. This story is unlike the others as it is more about redemption than history and survival. I have to say that even though I loved the story, I thought it was a little too drawn out and also very rushed at the end as well. The trip to retrieve the cross was not consistent with the previous books. These were very tense and scary times and to just waltz into the castle and easily get accepted was not very realistic IMO, especially since she was dealing with an arrogant and insecure idiot like Agien. Also, for Reik to just march up to the dais and slap his hands on the table would have never been accepted. I also was a little curious about the fact that no one seemed to be very concerned about the whereabouts of Ian and didn't even try to look for him. I know he is the next book but it was a little strange to me. Hopefully, Cecelia can tie up all the loose ends in the next book realistically.
I devoured this book. When I saw this would be Reikart and Deidre’s story I knew it would be good and Julie did not disappoint! This is the third installment of The Highlanders Through Time series. There are four books, two each written by Julie Johnstone and Cecelia Mecca. They are a fabulous writing team, the transition between books and continuation of character stories is seamless. The characters are strong and some a little more complicated than others. One of things things I love most about this series is that it is modern day men that have traveled to the past. The Middle Ages isn’t as easy for a modern man as we might think. The historical aspect of this series is another great piece. That coupled with the time travel really get you thinking. I’m already on pins and needles waiting for the final book in the series!
Will he be able to let go of his guilt to open his heart in time ...
Funny how this book was different from the first one, when the main heroes are siblings of the first book couple. When Maggie and Rhys were the ideal heroes, resourceful and overwhelmingly perfect, Deirdre and Reikart both live with the knowledge they failed someone dear to them. Why they both enter their relationship with a chip on their shoulder, each relying from their past mistakes, some which came with a heavy price. But each faces their past self-reproach a different way, when Deirdre decides to move forward and be the master of her own destiny, Reikart clings to his remorses, unable to let the past rest, dooming himself to a life of loneliness until he will be able to bury the part of his conscience reckless for being alive.
The storyline was less eventful as it was more a story of healing with plenty of meddling characters. While they introspect their own feelings, Reikart’s kin play their game at matchmaking, if only Reikart can open his heart to a new love. Mrs Julie Johnstone did a great job at redeeming Deirdre as she was not portrayed in a flattering light in the two previous books, and while her relationship with Reikart moved quite fast, I thought his unwillingness to let his past go was dragged a bit too long and the ending resolved too quickly. Still, it is a great addition to this series, 4.5 stars.
I was granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion.
It seems hard to imagine that each brother is hotter and the next. One can only imagine what Ian will be like. Reikart McCain was on a mission to go back in time to get his Mother and Brothers so they could save his Father. Deirdre had a past with Reikart’s Mother Shona when then were serving the Queen. Her past was full of secrets, sadness, and loneliness. When the two met they both brought a lot of problems from their pasts that they were trying to run from. There was a great connection between the two. The Protectiveness was what had me drawn in. A Man that caring for you says a lot. Along with all the Emotional upheaval got up thinking and caring. Another Great Read in this Series.
I love time travel romance’s so much, and this one didn’t disappoint at all. I loved the intrigue, suspense, and chemistry. Reikart had a bit of a past to get over. Deirdre helps him without even trying. I really liked Shona, she’s an incredible woman. I totally recommend this book, I received it as an advanced reader reader and liked it so much I purchased a copy.
Oh, I just loved Reikart and Deirdre! These stories just keep getting better and better. There really was nothing I did not like about this book. I loved their chemistry and their story. Reik really does know how to treat a woman. I was glad Rhys and Maggie had a big part too. I just hate having to wait for Ian's story.
Reikart and Deirdre's story is one that will make you cry when you feel how broken both of them are. neither of them want to really open up to anyone. They both feel guilty and unworthy to find love and happiness. Following their story, I really cheered for them when they slowly find their happily ever after. A can't miss!
I can hardly wait for the next book, hopefully two more. I will be sad when this series ends as I am enjoying them so much. There is so much happening and its so full of excitement, that it's amazing how these two ladies have put this together, it is so remarkable.