Friday, July 15, 2016

Every Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

Every Time with a Highlander


She can work her magic on any man...

In a quest to bring peace to her beloved Scottish borderlands, fortune-teller and spy Undine Douglas agrees to marry a savage English colonel. Desperate to delay the wedding long enough to undermine the army's plans, Undine casts a spell to summon help and unexpectedly finds herself under the imperious gaze of the handsome and talented Michael Kent, twenty-first century British theater director.

But in this production, he commands the action...

Though he abandoned acting years ago, Michael will play whatever part it takes to guard Undine's safety—he's used to managing London's egocentric actors and high-handed patrons, after all. But not even Shakespeare could have foreseen the sparks that fly when the colonel's plans force Undine and Michael into the roles of their lifetimes.

This was one of those books that you just know you'll love from the first chapter.  I didn't realize that it was the third in a series and I was missing out on some prior knowledge, but I went ahead and read it anyway without feeling like I was lost. 

Both main characters were well-written and relatable.  Michael was especially fun to read about because his skill as an actor led him into several very tricky situations that we're never sure if he's going to get out of.  He was also honorable and so very funny.  I wish the book was twice as long, really.
Undine is the type of fierce woman that we all love to read about but her friendships and love for people kept her from being a rigid ice-queen. 
The author also did a fantastic job of creating a villain that had depth and emotion instead of being a cardboard cutout.  Well done!

I'd absolutely recommend this book for anyone who loves historical romances, time travel, and actors who are just too good at their craft.

I received a free copy for review from the publisher via Netgalley.

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