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Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 6, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
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.
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.