Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love Story

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Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing grief. During a routine search within the library, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman. The man is Colonel John Bridgewater— the historic English war hero whose larger-than-life statue looms over her desk. However, the life of the dashing Bridgewater is not at all what she imagined. ...
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Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing grief. During a routine search within the library, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman. The man is Colonel John Bridgewater— the historic English war hero whose larger-than-life statue looms over her desk. However, the life of the dashing Bridgewater is not at all what she imagined. He’s under house arrest for betraying England, and now looks upon her as a possible spy. Despite bad first impressions, Bridgewater warms to Panna. She is thrown into a whirlwind of high-stakes intrigue that sweeps her from Hadrian’s Wall to a forbidding stone castle in Scotland. Written in her signature style—described as delightfully original, fun, and sexy—RITA Award–winning author Gwyn Cready produces yet another lightning-paced, delectable winner of a time-travel romance—a genre she has quickly come to master.
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"Gwyn Cready is the master of time travel romance."
—-Royal Reviews

"Cready’s writing is romantic and wickedly witty."
—-Rachel Gibson, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Cready is an author worth watching."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781938231292
  • Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 7/18/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwyn Cready is a RITA Award winner (Best Paranormal Romance 2009) and the author of several beloved romances including Tumbling Through Time, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Flirting With Forever, Aching for Always, and A Novel Seduction. Highly regarded by her fans and peers, Gwyn has been called, "the master of time travel romance," and her writing described as “sexy,” “delightfully original,” and “wickedly witty.” Timeless Desire is her latest foray into the time-travel genre and men in kilts. She still finds both eminently satisfying. Gwyn lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Fun & Flirty

    I was immediately sucked in to the story and couldn't read fast enough (and I'm a pretty quick reader!). Panna is a witty and intelligent main character, and the story itself is fast-faced and fun. The book contains just the right balance of paranormal and romance to make it believable and sexy, without it becoming too fantastical or blatantly erotic. Timeless Desire has all makings of the perfect "beach read" or curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-good-book story. If you're short on time, you can easily read it in just a few sittings. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in need of something light and just downright entertaining. My one complaint is this: There's room for only one Scotsman named Jamie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Lonely librarian Panna needs money to save her library...she jus

    Lonely librarian Panna needs money to save her library...she just knows there must be something valuable left to sell from the handsome benefactor. She opens a closet and ends up in a battle zone on the English-Scottish border of Hadrian's Wall. Castles, handsome officers, spies, and a second chance at love with a particular officer. This sexy read of time travel romance will having you rooting for the couple as they traverse a portal with limits--can they overcome centuries to find a love that lasts? Will the library be saved from budget cuts? Gwyn Cready's TIMELESS DESIRE doesn't disappoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Great book.

    I was lost in this book. I love it and recommend every to read it. It was a perfect sit on the couch and get lost in a good book. I will reread this as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    loved loved it!

    A great must read.. I enjoyed everything from the start from the library to going back in time. Got hooked and can't wait to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    I Recommend - Good read

    I liked the book. It was very interesting. The book was easy to read and follow the story and it moved along well. I however think the ending was a little flat.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Great Read

    Loved the historical aspects..it was clear research had been done to make it sound as authentic as possible. Loved the characters and was glad the ending tied up loose ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Great read!

    I really enjoyed the characters and story! Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Be prepared for a late night

    Enjoyed reading this book. Nice storyline. Engaing. On the cleaner side of romance novels. Feel good

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    i would love to tell everyone about this book but since i dont h

    i would love to tell everyone about this book but since i dont have a
    e-reader and this book is not in paperform. hpoefully it will be in
    paper form soon.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    Truly Timeless!

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    Recently widowed Panna Kennedy has anything but love on her mind; she is still grieving for her husband, the library she works at is suffering from massive budget cuts, and everyone insists that she get back into the dating pool. But when she opens a long- forgotten door and is transported back to 18th century England, her desires are awakened by the dashing, yet verbally abrasive, Captain Bridgewater; the man who's life-size statue just so happens to stand in the middle of her library.

    Bridgewater, is currently under house-arrest for suspicion of treason against England, so when an out-of-place comely woman enters his study, he can't help but accuse her of spying. But after she proves her intentions by saving his life, he must find a way for both of them to escape the looming battle.

    Can Panna and Bridgewater ignore their growing passions long enough to prove their loyalties and retain their lives? Will Panna risk losing her world to join his? Or will their love crumble just like Hadrian's Wall?

    Review:

    The time travel theme is a favorite of mine, (thus why I am always quoting episodes of Doctor Who, Sliders, Quantum Leap, Fringe, Early Edition, Stargate, Star Trek, etc...), so although I am not a complete fan of romance novels, I jumped at the opportunity to read Timeless Desire; and I am happy that I gave it the chance! I have not read any of Gwyn Cready's other novels, but after my experience with this one, I am definitely going to seek them out. I enjoyed the novel's starting pace, it gave the reader a little bit of character background before sending them through a crack in time. The characters, mainly Panna and Bridgewater, were well-developed, packed with personality, (and history), and very life-like. Being a pseudo-librarian myself, I do know what it feels like to work in a library environment - the books, the organizing, the funding, (or lack thereof), etc - and I believe that Gwyn Cready creates a very real heroine that readers empathize with, and enjoy reading about. Plot-wise, I was almost always aware of what was coming, but it did not take away from my reading experience; on the contrary, it made me pick up the reading pace so I could get to what was coming, (No spoilers!). The dialogue and attention to detail, especially when describing the differences between two time periods, was well-written, witty, and filled with "old-world" charm. I loved Panna's answers to some of Bridgewater's questions about the future, I definitely got a few laughs out of them, and the more steamy scenes were just as entertaining! The ending was great too! Recommended for those interested in an unexpectedly quirky romance that effortlessly spans time!

    Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

    *** I received this book from the author (Astor + Blue Editions) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    Panna is a librarian who is struggling with budget cuts and a se

    Panna is a librarian who is struggling with budget cuts and a sense of being adrift after the loss of her husband. One day, she goes looking in the library storage for items to sell to garner funds to keep the library afloat when she stumbles across a strange door. Curious, she sticks her hand through... And it disappears! Of course, this adventure is too great to pass up, and down the rabbit hole Panna goes, landing at the 1700s England/Scotland border. Danger, excitement, and passion await. Fans of historical fiction will appreciate the care that Ms. Cready takes with painting the scene: Panna is dropped into the stretch of land that straddles the Scottish/English border, complete with rustic, crumbling castles and sprawling hills and rivers. Cready also deftly avoids being bogged down by the details of such a time period, instead effortlessly weaving them throughout the story.

    Though the romance felt rushed, and therefore didn't ring as true to me as I would have liked, there was none of the discomfort that I held for the relationship between Outlander's Jamie and Claire... At least Panna's husband had been dead for two years, and she was ready to move on. I consider Claire, on the other hand, to be an adulteress, which I can't support. Some of the dialogue in this book was a bit cheesy but other than that I quite loved Panna and Bridgewater's banter. I really liked Panna overall as a character. She was spirited and matched wits at every turn with the handsome Bridgewater. I felt like Bridgewater fell a bit flat as a character, although the glimpses into his point of view were appreciated.

    Timeless Desire is one of those books that you can't help but be swept up in. The perfect beach companion or weekend read, this time-traveling, romance adventure is so fun you'll fly right through it, leaving yourself wishing that you could find a secret time-traveling doorway of your own to go through. (An advance review copy was provided to me by the publisher for the purposes of review.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    England, Scotland and Jamie Bridgewater

    Outlanders, in case you didn’t know are more than someone from just another country. Outlanders come from another time. Panna Kennedy was an Outlander although she certainly didn’t mean to be. She was searching in an old cabinet for a “treasure”, something that would bring money for her library when, at the back of the cabinet she saw a chapel. Odd.
    Then she found she could go through the cabinet and saw the hunkiest man she’d ever seen. He looked just like the statue in the library in Penns Wood, PA. Well, Panna wasn’t in PA any more – not even close. Try early 17th Century! And the hunk? Hunkier than ever up close but also quite sad, kneeling at a grave. A look out the window reveals Hadrian’s Wall on the border between Scotland and England. Their meeting isn’t polite. He calls her a whore-spy and she, well, she flounces away because she has on a dress perfect for flouncing.
    Going back /forward in time apparently changes clothes as well as lifestyles. There is one major hitch, though. You can only go three times. Panna falls and falls hard for Jamie Bridgewater. Jamie is too caught up trying to make peace between his grandfather, and his father – neither who have ever acknowledged his existence. The Earl of Bridgewater has a perfect son in Lord Adderly (who scarily looks just like Jamie) and The McIver tossed Jamie’s mother out when he found she was pregnant. No one has just cared for him. Ever.
    The history in this book is remarkable. The clothing descriptions and character traits quite time specific and the love story rivals that of Diane Gabaldon. A perfect tale for a day or two on the porch swing or lying on the grass. I loved it!!

    Although I do NOT like the book jacket it see here at all! It has no conn3ction to the story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Timeless Desire is Gwyn Creedy's newest time travel romance. In

    Timeless Desire is Gwyn Creedy's newest time travel romance. In her recurring theme, it's a time travel romance, from present day back to historical Scottish border wars.
    Librarian Panna walks through the storage room door into the past. Could it be real? She encounters then the real life image of the man whose statue stands in her very library. Panna has had a secret fantasy about this man for years. Can he live up to her expectations? She is drawn into the controversy and trouble of the times. Bus she has to get back to the library for a blind date. Her friends think her widowed lonely status should be changed. The date is nice, but Panna is distracted and drawn back to the past. She was entrusted with delivering a note to the rebels. What happens if she doesn't deliver it? Will the rebels all be captured or killed? Will her delivery, if she can actually get back to the past, change history?
    Action, adventure, a little suspense and romance. A true time travel feel good romance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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