Time travel - 1200 AD to present day - In the second installment of this time travel trilogy the MacKeage brothers, Greylen and Morgan, their friends and their nemesis, the MacBain's were all in a battle when the wizard Daar, in an inept moment to transport Greylen, accidentally sent all of them hurtling 800 years into the future. (Greylen's story, the elder of the two, was told in "Charming the Highlander".)
It is eight years later and Morgan, Morgan the younger brother is simply, biding his time, living in the backwoods close to nature and reluctant to let go of his past to join the `moderns' as has his brother. Sunning himself, `au natural' Morgan's solitude is disturbed by Mercedes (Sadie) Quill who is both researching the area for a proposed wilderness park and searching for the lost dream of her father - the rumored gold mine of a legendary hermit. Sadie, discovering Morgan, couldn't resist taking photos of and enjoying the magnificent view this `Adonis' provided her. Morgan catches her, destroys her film and hopes to scare her sufficiently to leave the area and it's secrets intact. Morgan's concerns were real, should the unnatural `rain forest' appearance of the gorge be discovered. (The gorge exhibited unbelievable traits after Greylen, so furious with Daar tossed the wizard's magical staff into the deepest depths of a Maine pond.). The threat of danger to the pristine condition of his land would be endangered as well as the `highlanders' lives should they be discovered. What Morgan did not realize was that the bigger threat though would be to his state of mind once he'd tasted the lips of Sadie Quill, the graineag, he dubbed her as her stubborn and prickly nature became quite evident.
I thought this was a really superb offering for the second book in this unique trilogy of forward time travel and the problems inherent in the adaptation of time. The romance was nicely done, in that both the heroine and hero had many obstacles to overcome. Sadie, had both physical and emotional problems stemming from the blame she assumed for her father and sister's deaths. Morgan, the confirmed bachelor, had to accept the fact that life without Sadie was nowhere near as complete as loving her had become. I found the writing to be beautifully balanced with just enough passion, magic, and wonderful secondary characters - a truly delightful and fun read.