Thursday, August 30, 2012

Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love Story by Gwyn Cready: MY REVIEW

Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing Grief, even as she battles to deal with yet another library budget cut. During a routine search within the library’s lower levels, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman. She soon recognizes the man as Colonel John Bridgewater, the historic English war hero whose larger-than-life statue loomed over her desk.However, the life of the dashing Bridgewater is not at all what she imagined. He’s under house arrest for betraying England, and now looks upon her—a beautiful and unexpected half-dressed visitor—as a possible spy. Despite bad first impressions (on both sides), Bridgewater nonetheless warms to Panna, and pulls her into his escape—while both their hearts pull the other headlong into their soul-stirring secrets.Very quickly Panna is thrown into a whirlwind of high-stakes intrigue that sweeps her from Hadrian’s Wall to a forbidding stone castle in Scotland. And somewhere in the outland, Panna must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband, or with the man whose life now depends on her.Written in her signature style—described as delightfully original, fun and sexy—RITA Award-winning author Gwyn Cready produces yet another lightning-paced, delectable winner of a Time Travel Romance; a genre she has quickly come to master.

4 Stars
This was an enjoyable read that effectively combined multiple elements.  Mystery, adventure, humor, history, time travel all come out to play in this rousing romp featuring current day Panna Kennedy, head librarian of a small library in Carlisle Pennsylvania.  Panna is still grieving for her dead husband who passed away two years earlier.  Faced with huge budget cuts, she’s searching old storage areas of the library for items that can be turned to cash, when she discovers an odd room. Duty calls, interrupting her exploration for the present, but when she returns to the peculiar room hours later she steps through a portal, landing in the 18th century.  It is at this point that the fun ensues.
I got caught up in the story and was carried along effortlessly except for a few times when I felt overwhelmed by the political intrigue transpiring along the 18th century Scottish border, near Hadrian’s Wall.  I also could not help but compare this story to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  I feel Diana made the political aspects of her story easier to understand. However, I absolutely delighted in all the double entendres and sly sexual innuendos that are liberally sprinkled throughout Timeless Desire.  I particularly enjoyed the snap and sparkle that Panna brings to the tale. She manages to shake up John Bridgestone’s world, and that endeared her to me. This well-written story is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers.  I guarantee Mrs.  Brownlow’s sexual advice will cause anyone to laugh out loud.
This book was provided to me free of charge from the author’s publicist in return for my honest review.  I received no other compensation.
Reviewed by Laurie-J 
Gwyn Cready is the recipient of the 2009 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance and the author of Tumbling Through Time, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Flirting with Forever, Aching for Always and A Novel Seduction. She has been called "the master of time travel romance." A Novel Seduction is her first foray into contemporary romance as well as men in kilts, and she found both eminently satisfying. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

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