Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

REVIEW: Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband - Melissa Mayhue

Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband - Melissa Mayhue
June 26th 2007 by Pocket

356 pages
ISBN: 1416532862  (isbn13: 9781416532866)   

Summary:    


SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on.
DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day -- she just discovered her fiancé with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.
But nothing's simple when Cate is trapped in the thirteenth century. The wedding's delayed, someone's trying to kill her, and in the middle of all this, she realizes she's falling in love with a man who can only be her husband for thirty nights.

My Review
I've decided I am going to put this note before each of my reviews.  I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing.  I am just a Librarian with a love for a good story. The opinions in the following review are ONLY my OPINIONS.  I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be.  If you are the author of this book, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

This is the 1st in a series titled "Daughters of the Glen" about time traveling descendants of the Fae. It is a cute and light fantasy time travel romance set in Scotland (1272) from new author Melissa Mayhue

The main characters Connor and Caitlyn are likable if not very realistic or well-developed enough for my tastes.  My problem with the heroine was that she adapted far too well in 1272 Scotland for a modern women. I know it is a silly point, but seriously there was a lack of good hygiene back then and can you say a serious lack of womens rights.  I also found many of the back characters could be a little more developed and they are almost forgettable.

The plot was very smoothly written but a little underdeveloped. I was a little irritated at times with some of the situations and plot twists. However, the author has a talent when it comes to descriptions and brought the characters and the setting to life.  I really enjoyed the opening chapter that read like an old fashioned fairy tale with a lovely tale of a doomed love between a mortal and a Fae prince.  I also enjoyed some of the authentic Scottish brogue -- although it irritated my hubby because I am now saying dinna know(in a bad Scottish accent) instead of don't know. There is also a wonderfully written scene in which Connor walks in on Caitlyn while she is shaving her legs. Hilarious!

I think the series and the author have a lot of potential and will take a look at the rest of the series and see if it improves.  Please also take into consideration when reading this review that I have some issues when reading time travel fiction.  The very idea of time travel puts my brain into overdrive with questions of what could potentially go wrong if someone went back in time.

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