First Time with a Highlander

First Time with a Highlander

by Gwyn Cready

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"Cready plays to her strengths in this dashing, breathtaking, and extremely sexy time-travel romp."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

Serabeth's scoundrel of a fiancé is dead, and her only solution is to present her indignant and handsome 21st century captive as a pretend husband...if she can keep her mind on the business at hand.

What do you get when you imbibe centuries-old whiskey—besides a hangover the size of the Highlands? If you're twenty-first century ad exec Gerard Innes, you get swept back to 18th-century Edinburgh and into the bed of a gorgeous, fiery redhead. Gerard has only a foggy idea what he and the lady have been up to...but what he does remember draws him into the most dangerous and exhilarating campaign of his life.

Serafina Seonag Fallon's rascal of a fiancé has left her with nothing, and she's determined to turn the tables. If she can come up with a ringer, she can claim the cargo he stole from her. But the dashing man she summons from the future demands more than a night, and Serafina finds it easier to command the seas under her feet than the crashing waves he unleashes in her heart.

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)

"Cready displays her wonderfully inventive, intelligent, witty style in another charmer as a 21st century businessman is sent back in time. Blending modern-day lingo with a Scot's burr and a take-charge heroine with an alpha male is guaranteed to set off the kind of sexy fireworks Cready's fans expect." —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492601968
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 562,337
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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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The Hollow Crown Inn, Edinburgh, 1706

"What if one could piece together a perfect man the way Abby's dressmaker has pieced together the perfect gown?" mused Serafina Fallon, gazing appreciatively on the neatly pinned amethyst silk with soon-to-be-beaded sleeves her friend Abby Kerr modeled before the mirror. Serafina remembered a time when she had not regarded the possibilities of the masculine sex with quite so much cynicism. If her former fiancé, Edward, had been a gown, he would have been a cheap printed cotton, finished to look like Oriental satin-very much like the gowns Serafina's reduced circumstances forced her wear-but betraying its inferiority within the first few wearings.

Undine appraised the half-completed dress with her knowing fortune-teller's gaze and took a generous sip of the Kerr whiskey. "If we could, my friends, what sort of man would we piece together?"

Abby, who wore a veneer of solemnity in public to earn the respect of the clansmen she led, could not subdue her natural vivacity in private. "Start with strong arms," she said, quirking her brow.

Undine smiled. "And a mind nurtured by experience and curiosity."

"Add a sense of humor that makes his eyes twinkle," Abby said, "and a pair of calves that do the same for mine."

Undine laughed and filled Serafina's glass.

"You two are scandalous," Serafina said, trying without success to stifle her own smile. In truth, she was quite glad to have been invited to share in the wonderful friendship these two women had. She had grown up on a ship, with no sisters or brothers, and as an adult had only a few friends, most of who had cut her from their circle when she'd begun her ill-fated liaison. But even at the best of times, her friends had never drunk whiskey and discussed the relative merits of male attributes. This was eye-opening.

"Ooh, and fields of copper hair!" Abby cried. "'Tis rather like wrapping your arms around a flesh-and-blood bonfire."

Clan Kerr's steward, Duncan MacHarg, the dashing and devoted man who had recently won Abby's heart, had hair the color of newly minted pennies, and the women dissolved into peals of laughter.

The owner of the bonfire in question opened the door. A silence so complete crashed down on the room, Serafina could hear the words of the song the brewer sang as he stacked kegs on his wagon in the busy Edinburgh street a block away.

Duncan narrowed his eyes. He was as canny as he was handsome, so it did not take much observation of the bitten lips, downcast gazes, and pink faces to deduce the general nature of the conversation he'd interrupted.

Patches of bright rose climbed up his neck-the curse of being a redhead, a state for which Serafina had much sympathy, being possessed of similarly colored hair herself.

"Mmphf." He backed out, re-closing the door with a disapproving click.

The women broke out in renewed giggles.

Abby said, "There is at least one benefit to falling in love with one's steward. One never minds the long hours spent reviewing the balance sheet."

Serafina gazed in admiration at the gleaming fabric that fell from Abby's waist, held together with pins and tacking thread. "Is that to be your wedding dress?" she asked.

Abby's face lost a bit of its joviality. "The clansmen have just begun to accept me as their chieftess. 'Twould be unwise to introduce such a change now, I think."

Serafina knew Abby put the needs of her people above all else, but she also thought it must hurt Duncan's pride to have to keep the relationship secret.

Undine met Serafina's eye. "What about you? You've contributed nothing to our ideal man. What would you desire?"

"Och," she said, flushing, "dinna ask me. I've proven to be quite unwise in my choices."

Abby laid her hand on Serafina's shoulder. "Making mistakes is the only way to learn, ye ken? Look at me. I'm the wisest woman in Scotland."

Serafina smiled.

"Come now," Abby said. "Where would we begin in a man for Serafina? A Scotsman, of course-no proper Scotswoman could want anything else."

Undine, an Englishwoman, rolled her eyes.

"A Scotsman would be good," Serafina said, nodding. Edward had been English, and long before she'd begun to feel like she'd betrayed herself by falling in love with him, she'd felt a bit like she'd betrayed her country.


Serafina thought of Edward's lean waist, golden hair, and finely cut features. When she'd met him, she'd thought him a perfect Adonis. Had she only remembered then that the Adonis of mythology had two sides to him-the attentive lover for whom the goddesses pined and the narcissistic man whose happiness depended upon capturing the attention of every woman he met.

"Shoulders," Serafina said boldly, naming the feature of Edward's that had most disappointed her.

"Shoulders, is it?" Abby said. "How do you like them?"

"Large and labyrinthine. All hollows and girders-as if a warm coat of flesh had been laid over the most carefully sculpted bones. Shoulders upon which I could rest my head as easily as be tossed, whole body, like a keg of gunpowder. And with the scent of surf on them."

Abby ducked her chin in approval. "I'm glad we didn't ask about eyes."

Undine swirled the whiskey in her glass. "And his chest?"

"Two planes of burnished gold."


"Generous when it needs to be," Serafina said, "demanding when it doesn't."

Abby looked at Undine. "I don't have the courage to ask any more."

Undine said, "Wisps of smoke are rising from my drink. I think you may be in need of my special marigold tisane, Serafina. I usually recommend it for women whose husbands have lost the spark of virility, but in this case..."

"Does it restore their marital happiness?"

"Certainly the wife's. Once the tisane has been steeped in alcohol-I recommend Abby's fine Kerr whiskey-it brings on what one might call a prolonged fever dream."

Abby said, "This is the reason why we never let Undine pour the whiskey."

Undine put down her glass and leaned forward, frivolity gone. "Serafina, I'm sorry my business in the borderlands and again here in Edinburgh has kept me from addressing your issue. I know we've reached the point where we can delay no further."

Serafina's eyes widened. She had told no one of the possibility of the ship's arrival. She had only heard about it herself yesterday, when their traveling party had arrived in Edinburgh after a two-day ride from Kerr Castle.

"You seek a man," Undine said. "I can tell that from your face. But what sort of man do you seek?"

"'Tis not the man of shoulders and burnished gold," Serafina said, firmly pushing such whimsy aside. "The only man I seek now is the one who will help ensure my small inheritance is returned to me."

"And what sort of a man is that?"

"To begin with, a man both brave and true."

Undine stretched her feet toward the fire and sighed. "A rare creature, don't you think?"

"Will Duncan do?" Abby said.

Serafina flushed. "Oh, Abby, I need him for a night-"

"Duncan will not do."

"-and he must resemble Edward."

Her friends' eyes narrowed.

"Why?" Undine asked carefully.

Serafina bit her lip. "I'd rather not say. 'Tis only to protect you," she added quickly, seeing their faces.

"Keeping part of your mission from me is a risk," Undine said. "I can help, but my help is apt to be less than perfect."

"'Tis a risk I accept."

Undine dug in her pocket and withdrew two twists of the distinctive orange paper in which she dispensed her herbs. "I have crafted a concoction I believe will bring you what you seek-a man brave and true, aye, but also capable of deceit, susceptible to a woman's charms, and willing to hold his tongue."

Abby's eyes widened. "Is that true?" she said to Serafina.

Serafina shifted, shocked at the accuracy of Undine's description. "Well...aye."

"I have to leave now for an appointment in Argyle Square," Undine said, putting the herbs on the table, "but when I return, we'll figure out the best way to help you."

"But dinner is on the way," Abby said. "And you didn't eat this morning."

Undine held up an allaying hand. "I will eat, I promise. Serafina, while I'm away, pray consider whether secrecy is the best route and whether the man I described is truly the sort of man with whom you wish to consort."

The heavy silence that followed was broken by Abby, who announced her intention of tracking down the seamstress. Serafina followed her friends from the room, feeling as if she must have betrayed them.

From down the hall, Duncan caught her eye and gestured for her to remain behind. Abby and Undine descended the stairs into the inn's public rooms, and Serafina approached him.

"I did as you wished," he said in a low voice. "And the dockmaster confirmed the ship is arriving, though it's sooner than you were expecting."



"Tonight!" Had Undine left? She needed her help right away. "Thank you, Duncan. I...well, you can imagine the likelihood of a woman's inquiries being answered."

"I should never think of allowing a woman to walk the docks of Leith, no matter how strong the likelihood was." He bowed chivalrously. "What do you intend to do with the information, if I may ask?"

"The cargo the ship contains belongs to me-well, some of it in any case."

"That's not what the dockmaster said. Nor is it an answer to my question."

Her cheeks warmed. Why had she thought he would limit his inquiries to the single question she had asked him to answer? "The cargo's not in my name," she admitted. "But 'tis mine, nonetheless. My father was a sea merchant and before that a sea captain. As his only child, I inherited his business when he died. As you know, I fell in love and behaved foolishly. And part of my foolishness was allowing my fiancé to gain control over the business. He bankrupted it, or nearly so, the blackguard. That cargo is all that remains, and I intend to have it."

Her words had been more passionate than she'd intended, and Duncan led her farther away from the staircase. He was an imposing man, over six feet tall, and not one to suffer fools with patience.

"I'm not without sympathy," he whispered. "But stealing, however moral, is incontrovertibly illegal, and Abby will have me flogged if she thinks I contributed in some way to you ending up in prison. Frankly, though, I'm far more concerned about Edward and whoever his partners might be. Investors are an uncompromising bunch, as are the men who work for them, especially in Edinburgh. If you cheat them out of what they consider to be theirs, they'll nae go easy on ye because you're a woman. The docks are nae place for mischief."

She stood straighter. "I'm not that much of a fool. I'll have the help of a man who can-"

"What man?" His eyes narrowed into slits.

"He's a friend of the family," she said, lying, "and well versed in the ways of the sea trade." She had no wish to implicate Abby and Undine in her scheme. If they wished to tell Duncan about the help they were giving her, they could.

"A friend of the family?"

"Aye," she said, attempting not to wilt under the heat of the gaze. "You know I'm from Edinburgh. I have a considerable number of friends here."

"I have nae doubt. Well, I'd like to meet him. Will you be bringing him here?"

"I-I...can do that."


"Duncan, my money is nearly gone. Abby is kind, but I dinna wish to be dependent upon her to live. I dinna have your skills or Undine's powers or Abby's position. That cargo is my last hope."

"You will never be penniless. Abby needs a secretary, but if you somehow felt work was beneath you-"

"I'm penniless, Duncan, and pragmatic. No work is beneath me. But if there's a chance I can get back the money that was mine, I insist on the right to try."

He chewed the side of his cheek but seemed to recognize he faced an immovable force. "You will bring the man to me though, aye? Abby and I are dining with the bankers this evening, but we should be back before eleven."

"I will." She hated to lie, but she had barely enough time to carry out her plan as it was, let alone give Duncan the right to approve the players. She hoped she could still catch Undine's carriage. She waited a beat longer, then turned.

"One more thing," he said.

She turned back, hiding her impatience.

He looked down his long nose at her. "Use your head, aye?"

• *

Using her head was not as easy as she might have wished. Undine and the carriage were gone. The ostler in the inn's stables knew nothing concerning her destination. Without Undine's spell, Serafina would have to hire someone on her own. She much preferred a man who had been summoned out of the Edinburgh crowds specifically to meet her needs. She had no idea how Undine's magic worked, but work it did. Duncan was sterling proof of that.

The cobbles of the Royal Mile stretched southward toward Leith and the sea, and she could smell the briny scent even if she couldn't see the water. Employing someone to pretend to be Edward offered risk enough without the added uncertainty of using a person of questionable skills and trustworthiness, but what choice did she have?

She sighed. If I'm going to hire someone, she thought, I'd better hurry. With a fortifying shake, she pelted into the inn, up the stairs, and into the sitting room the traveling party shared. She'd need to change her clothes and gather what little money she had-

A flash of orange caught her eye.

The herbs lay on the table, abandoned. Serafina's foot tapped involuntarily. What had Undine said? Mix it with alcohol? But these were Undine's herbs, not hers. It was one thing to steal cargo, quite another to take advantage of a friend's kindness.

She wandered to a chair and sat down, gazing at the twists of paper. Undine had said quite clearly the herbs were for her. She'd mixed them for her. Serafina shifted. The onion-shaped Kerr whiskey decanter sat uncorked on the table.

With a sigh, she reached for the papers and slowly undid the ends. She would have to add this to her ever-growing list of sins.

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First Time with a Highlander 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best Scottish Time Travel books ever. Romance, hunky hero, gorgeous lady and even a witch to boot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun time travel story into the past.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Serefina was critical about males after being with her ex fiance Edward. Serefina had grown up on a ship and had no sisters or brothers. Now that she was grown she had a few friends. One was Abby who was a chieftess to her clan and engaged to Duncan although her clan did not know that. Undine was another friend. Edward had gained control of Serefina’s business left to her by her father. Edward had almost bankrupted the business except for a cargo coming in that night. It was Serefina’s but didn’t have her name on it. I don’t like time travel stories and this one kinda confused me so I read about one third of the story and just didn’t seem to get into the story. The story didn’t hold my attention so i stopped reading it. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
funny, fast and interesting with intrigue and romance all mixed together I have always loved two types of books. Time travel and Scottish Historical Romances but adding humor is a great twist to these two genres. I am first drawn to a book by it's cover then the blurb so of course I just had to read it because this cover is amazing. This book is highly amusing with the spicy character Serafina giving Gerard a run for his time and patience. Her character isn't afraid to take back what is hers and it is quite refreshing to see her putting Gerard in his womanizing place. This story is funny, fast and interesting with intrigue and romance all mixed together to give the reader an entertaining light read. The author does a fine job with character development and got me so interested in the back story to Duncan and Abigail from Just in Time for a Highlander, Book 1 of the Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands Series that I have added it to my To Be Read file in Goodreads. AN ARC COPY WAS GIFTED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION VIA NETGALLEY.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
First Time with a Highlander brings us a business advertising mogul who finds himself swept back in time to 1700 Scotland. Not only does Gerard wake up in the past but he is buck naked in bed with the beautiful Serabeth. They must work together to traverse treachery, betrayal and the romantic tension that blooms between them. I liked First Time with a Highlander. It has plenty of humor, romance and strong women leading the charge to save Scotland. A quick, easy, entertaining read, First Time with a Highlander has it all..Kilts, Romance and Time Travel, where could you go wrong. I received this ARC copy of First Time with a Highlander from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for a honest review.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
First Time With a Highlander by Gwyn Cready is the 2nd book in her Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series. This is a time travel Historical Romance, which takes place mostly in the 18th century (1706 Edinburg). Though the two main characters in the 1st book are part of this story, the book reads well as a standalone. At the start, we meet Serafina Fallon, our heroine, who is in a bind financially. Her fiancée stole her cargo, leaving her with nothing. Both Abby and Undine (a witch?), whom we met in the first book, scheme to help her steal back her cargo. How? Undine will make a potion that worked to help Abby (in the first book) and bring a dead ringer for Serfina’s fiancée from the 21st century to help her claim back her cargo. Piece of cake…… Gerard Innes is a wealthy executive, who is a known womanizer. He wakes up after a night of wild partying in current day New York, and finds himself in a bed with a beautiful naked woman in 18th century Scotland. Gerard adapts to his situation quickly, and immediately is attracted to the fiery redhead Serafina. Though Gerard is used to winning over most woman, Serafina is different. She is independent, strong, smart and determined to use Gerard to help her get back what she lost. What follows is an adventure that will find them both putting themselves in danger to attempt to steal back the cargo. What is thought to be simple, turns into a major behind the scenes political scheme. Serafina is fighting for her future, but despite her misgivings, she is also falling for Gerard. She knows he will leave soon, since he was meant to help for a day or two. Now she must protect her own life, as well as her heart. Gerard is between a rock and a hard place; he has fallen in love, and wants to bring Serafina back to the future with him, and the wealth that he has. But Serafina has her own pride, and will not leave her time. Will Gerard convince Serafina to go back with him? If not, would he stay in the 18th Century and try to amass his fortune again, with all his knowledge? This was a good storyline, a nice romance, with some humor, and very likeable characters. However, I thought some of it was a bit slow, especially early on. I also felt it was a bit confusing and jumbled at some points. I would have liked it to be more cohesive. Overall, it was a good story, with a great theme. Who doesn’t like stories with men in kilts and that take place in Scotland, during the highlander days.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’m obsessed currently with highlander stories: how can you miss as a lover of historic romance? And when you bring in characters like Serafina and Gerard, and a whole host of secondary characters that aid or thwart the path to love. Engaged to a rather despicable man, who then left her and stole a valuable shipment, Serafina is penniless, friendless and angry. She can’t believe that she fell so completely for Edward, and lost everything in the process. Together with her new friends Abby and Undine, and Abby’s new love Duncan, she is determined to use any means to regain the cargo and reclaim her future. In this story, it is Gerard who is transported back, and his consternation, reluctance to participate in Serafina’s plan and his attitude and approach are well-suited to Serafina’s often stubborn and outspoken approach. There is endless bickering, these two are very similar in personality and that makes for great fire, and neither is particularly interested in a ‘relationship’ per se, so it works to fuel the moments as the story progresses. A far deeper and more complex set of circumstances than we initially understand is behind the cargo, and as our couple, aided with the help of several friends, uncover the mystery the story moves forward nicely. Cready has built this world and the plot with care, what starts as a wild goose chase soon firms up and solidifies into a wonderful tale that feels both of the moment and in the past. There’s a particular modernity that having a time-traveling character adds to a plot, and this story manages to mix the two outlooks and approaches nicely. With a touch of steam, although not bordering on the erotic, this story keeps readers happy. 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.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
The mix of historical romance and time travel was interesting. Cready develops her setting and world well, allowing readers to picture it. That said, there were a couple of times that I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around the plot. It made it difficult to stay fully immersed in the story. This novel was definitely much more comical than I’d expected. The characters were fun to get to know and easy to understand. Cready brings a lightness to the lives of her characters, making them fun to get to know. The byplay between the main characters was enlightening as to who they truly are. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was an enjoyable combination of highland romance and time travel adventure. It was a fun story and a good addition to the series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Ahh, the days of olde, of kilts and maidens, living life to the fullest and those absolutely ridiculous laws that did not allow a woman to own property, even if it was really theirs. When Serafina’s fiancé died, everything she owned was in his name...and the clock is ticking for her to find a husband before she loses everything. Desperate, she enlists a special potion from a friend, and poof, next thing we know, she has brand new husband material, from a few hundred years in the future. Are they ready for each other? Full of sass, great dialogue and characters with attitude, First Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready is a time traveling historical romance with an amusing chemistry between the two main characters. How will a refined up and coming businessman from New York in 2015 and a feisty woman from Scotland, centuries earlier handle this leap through time? Was it fate or a rare and very old scotch that brought these two together? Lots of humor, lots of sensual heat, as well as a love that can be found, no matter the era. Not too heavy, but a light read at an easy pace. Do you like time travel romance? Men in kilts? Strong women? This could be the series for you, seriously who doesn't like men in kilts?! I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Serafina Fallon's no-good, cheating ex-fiancee stole what was left of her dowry and now Serafina is determined to get it back by stealing the ship's cargo he purchased with her dowry money. Summoning a man from the 21st century is no easy feat, but he may just be the key to pulling off her hare-brained scheme. Smooth-talking creative exec Gerard Innes may not understand 18th-century Scottish customs, but his quick wit and charisma is just the thing Serafina needs when they find themselves trapped aboard her ex-fiancee's shipping vessel. Magic may have brought Serafina and Gerard together for a night, but it's up to fate and love to seal their bond and keep them together forever. Serafina is very progressive, perhaps due to her friendship with the witchy Undine. She's headstrong, but loyal, and deeply committed to getting back what's rightfully hers. Some scenes (particularly the one after Serafina first arrives in the captain's cabin) made me uncomfortable; mainly because the subject matter made my skin crawl, but also because it was simply unbelievable! I just don't see any woman, much less an 18th century woman, willingly pull down her britches to allow some man she's never met spank her. Serafina just didn't really do anything for me. She's missing something as a character, but I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is; that spark that turns a character from hum-drum to wow! Gerard was a little different though, still missing the wow factor, but definitely a humorous character. He is supposed to be a modern man and with that comes all the believes and pop culture references of the 21st century. He adapted to being pulled through time remarkably well (a little too well, if I'm being honest) and his creative charisma and leadership skills allowed him to really thrive in this new land. The romance between Gerard and Serafina is very sweet and their love scenes are quite mild. The romance builds through their verbal chemistry - two characters with sharp wit who enjoy banter and barbs. This is the second in a series, but FIRST TIME WITH THE HIGHLANDER can be read as a stand-alone and is a comical historical romance with a surprisingly well-developed 18th century world. Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** First Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready Book Two of the Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: October 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Official Summary: She needs a man-but only for a night What do you get when you imbibe centuries-old whiskey-besides a hangover the size of the Highlands? If you're twenty-first century ad exec Gerard Innes, you get swept back to 18th-century Edinburgh and into the bed of a gorgeous, fiery redhead. Gerard has only a foggy idea what he and the lady have been up to...but what he does remember draws him into the most dangerous and exhilarating campaign of his life. Be careful what you wish for... Serafina Seonag Fallon's scoundrel of a fiancé has left her with nothing, and she's determined to turn the tables. If she can come up with a ringer, she can claim the cargo he stole from her. But the dashing man she summons from the future demands more than a night, and Serafina finds it easier to command the seas under her feet than the crashing waves he unleashes in her heart. What I Liked: I requested this book from the publisher on a whim - mostly because I absolutely LOVE the cover, and because I love Scottish historical romance novels (I could list a dozen!). I've not read Just in Time for a Highlander, book one of this series, but as with most historical romance series, this one is a companion series, so I didn't feel the need to read it. I may go back and read book one though, as I am now very interested in those two characters' story! Serafina needs a man who looks like her ex-fiance Edward Turnball, so that the man will sign over the cargo that Edward stole from her back to her. Her friend Undine is something like a witch, so when Undine leaves herbs and a potion, Serafina mixes a potion and BAM! Gerard Innes from twenty-first century New York is now in the eighteenth century, in Edinburgh. At first Gerard is furious, but he discovers that he likes 1706 Edinburgh, grumpy Duncan, mischievous Abby, contemplative Undine... and fiery Serafina. Serafina is only trying to get her cargo back - falling for the man from another time and country wasn't the plan. But Gerard is seductive and captivating, and just what Serafina needs, This historical romance was different from any other I've read, in that it deals with a bit of time-travel. It's not centered around time-travel, but clearly time-travel has a huge impact on the book. Time-travel novels are hit or miss for me, so I'm glad time-travel isn't overwhelmingly present. It is, but it isn't. It becomes more of an issue towards the end of the book. The paranormal aspect is big in this book, as Undine is something like a witch. Gerard is pulled from the twenty-first century into the eighteenth century - that is magic! I LOVE Gerard. He is hilarious! He is so modern and such a guy, yet he's so complex. He's a lady's man for sure, charismatic and charming, a big flirt ("seducer" in 1706 terms). He has a wonderful sense of humor, and he is so easy to love. He transitions into 1706 remarkably well (too well?), and after his initial shock and anger, he does what he can to help Serafina. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)