- File Size: 1140 KB
- Print Length: 137 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0149039F4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gareth: A Highlander Romance (The Ghosts of Culloden Moor Book 5) Kindle Edition
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To be honest, at the start of this story I wasn't sure if I was going to like Gareth. He was very bitter, and I didn't like the fact that he was willing to take out his resentment upon Lissa. However, he quickly realizes that he cannot harm the beautiful and innocent young woman, and they begin a quest to find out what became of Gareth's sister. The relationship between these two was sweet and touching at times, while funny and charming at others. I enjoyed watching Lissa stand up to the huge warrior and give as good as she got. Their romance contained kisses only, and I loved the epilogue which left me with a huge smile on my face =)
Those who have read some of Ms. Darcy's time travel romances may recognize Ian and Samantha MacGregor from "Bewitching the Knight" who make a quick appearance. Or you may want to give that romance a try after reading this one. The only thing that bothered about this story were a couple of inconsistencies. For example, at loc 131 it states Gareth died at age twenty and seven. Later it says he was born in 1720 and died in 1745 though. Historically however, the battle took place in 1746. Other than that I only noted a few typos. Overall it was still a delightful way to spend a few hours and I'm looking forward to the next one!
Gareth is creepy. He begins by trying to kill Lissa, then forces her to stay with him, even tying her up at the begnning, then threatening her so she will stay with him, and referring to her as his servant.
Lissa's token resistance to his bullying is relatively feeble. I can't imagine how she imagines this brute as a possible mate.
Too much of the attraction here is physical, not based on better knowledge and understanding of each person. These stories need to be longer to set a solid basis to build a romance on.
Gareth, maybe more than the others I have read so far uses jarring modern expresssions, and his Scottish brogue is inconsistant. Darcy also puts the word 'such' in his mouth when 'that' would sound better as in 'He hoped for another opportunity to champion her so as to see the adoring way she gazed up at him. He knew he should not care for such, but could not will himself to stop." She does it too much and it is irritating.
Why must most of the stories take place or wind up in modern times? I think it would be more romantic if the settings remained in Scotland, and maybe if the female love interest wound up in the ghost's time (maybe a bit after Culloden) and place, and they made their life there.. And why do all of the women have to be American?
Having these ghosts falling in love with modern women, moving to the USA, and ending up watching football on TV is anything but romantic. And then Gareth has problems finding a job that suits him. I see trouble ahead.
I enjoyed the first few of these novellas, but the quality isn't consistant. I will try a couple more. I like that they are clean gentle love stories (except so far, for this one), but maybe I am just too sophisticated a reader for instant romance.
Who knew a burly warrior, bent on vengeance, had a hope of finding a forever kind of love? After all, he's a ghost, trapped in limbo for nearly 300 years. He has one chance to have a go at Bonnie Prince Charlie, yet somehow a modern woman distracts him from the fire of his vengeful hatred and shows him the redemptive power of love.
Highly recommended to fans of speculative fiction, ghost romances, time-travel romances, brawny Scottish heroes, and stories that will linger long after the last page is read.
Sensuality Level: Fiercely romantic yet clean--will please selective readers
Language: very mild (unless the use of "bloody" is a swear where you live)
The first book The Gathering, gives an overview of the ghosts and the reasons they have stayed at the battleground. The other books give each ghost a chance to do a good deed to be able to meet "Bonnie Prince Charlie" and tell him what they think of his battle planning.
Will each ghost manage their task in the time allowed? Suspense, some romance, witches, ghosts and possible happy every afters! Great, hard to put down reading!