This book is, ummmm.....interesting? I think that's a good word, it's interesting. It popped up when I did a search for historical romance novels. After reading the blurb, I thought it was a historical romance set in the Highlands with some time travel. It was free at the time, so I downloaded it. I then promptly forgot about it until I received an email from Amazon asking me how many stars I'd give it. After I saw that no one else had as yet rated the book, I decided to give it a read and see what I thought about it. OMG! There is so much going on in this book it's almost overwhelming! It's primarily set in the Highlands in the mid 1500's. Then there is magic with witches and demons, time travel, and a serial killer! The author definitely has a creative mind, and the book is pretty well written, but it is my very humble opinion that the plot encompasses too many different themes to make it more than only passably interesting. Furthermore, there is too much sex (did I really just say that?! LOL.) I like sex in my romance books, graphic or otherwise, but not at the expense of the romance. And unfortunately, in this book, IMO, the sex overshadowed the romance. As a matter of fact, although there is romance in the book, it is definitely NOT front and center, which is where I like my romances to be. The problem I had with the love scenes, is not that they occurred, but that we had to get full details for every sexual encounter. It became redundant after a while, and I finally just started skipping over them. Plus, they left me wondering if Calen and Arianna were really in love or just in lust. (And FYI they are not the only ones having sex.) Then the love connection between them is instant, and I do mean INSTANT!!! For all that, I am sure there are many out there who would enjoy this story. If the synopsis I've provided seems interesting to you then I would say, by all means give the book a read. If you would like to know more about the plot then read on, but be aware that the following does include some spoilers. ***SPOILER SPOILER*** Here's a basic synopsis of the story. I'm including very little detail so as not to spoil the story for anyone who might be interested in actually reading the book for themselves. The story begins with a little boy witnessing the murder of his parents. (This little boy, Arion, is the hero in book three.) He is later found and taken home by the hero, Calen, and his brother, Caleb. Calen later meets the heroine, who is a witch (the politically correct term in the book is "Wicca." LOL) The heroine, Arianna, guides Calen to a hidden Fortress deep in the forest where she lives with the rest of her kind. They need Calen to help them destroy a man who is intent on the annihilation of their people. This man, Damon, is evil incarnate (he is possessed by some kind of demon) and has a long history with the wicca. During the course of the story, Calen, his brother, and Arianna travel to the future, (our time) in pursuit of Damon. While in our time, Damon goes on a killing spree. The reader then gets to follow, to a minor extent, the investigation by the San Francisco Police Department, as they try to solve the serial murders. Ultimately, of course, the bad guy gets his just desserts and the three return to their time. Little brother, Caleb, however, is forced to leave his lady love behind (a woman of our time.) This sets the stage for the story in book 2, where Caleb travels back to the future to reclaim his love. ***END OF SPOILER*** I can't say I would not recommend this book, because I don't know what everyone else likes to read. Personally, it was not for me. It was hard to finish reading because I only found it mildly interesting. I enjoy reading all types of books, mysteries, thrillers, horrors, paranormals, but most especially romances (my favorite being historicals.) Had this simply been a book set between the Highlands with some time travel, or set in the Highlands with the whole magical aspect, I think I would have enjoyed it much, much better. As it is, I found it overwhelming with just too much going on. If it sounds interesting to you then I would say go ahead and give it a try. It definitely is well written and creative. The characters are interesting, although I have to say that Calen and Arianna were like a pair of nymphomaniacs whenever they were together. LOL I do have book two, which I also downloaded for free. I'll have to read it if I want to know what happens with Caleb and his lady love, Amber (yes all the damn female names start with "A".) Since I liked Caleb and Amber, better than I did Calen and Arianna, I might just read book two. But, I'll need a break before I tackle that book.
UPDATE 2/5/14: I've now read all three books in the trilogy. Book two I liked even less than I did this one, but book three I really enjoyed; IMO, it's by far the best of the three. Overall I'd give the trilogy somewhere around a 3 star rating, or just under. FYI if you're interested in the series, I saw today that Amazon has all three books for free!