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
is not at all what she imagined.
He’s under house arrest for betraying Bridgewater , 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. England
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
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