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The Return of Black Douglas by [Coffman, Elaine]
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While visiting the Scottish tombs of her forebears, American archeologist Isobella Douglas encounters the ghost of her famous ancestor, Sir James, the Black Douglas. The matchmaking ghost seizes on her romantic fantasies, and before she knows it, Isobella and her twin sister, Elisabeth, a doctor, find themselves whisked to 16th-century Scotland, inappropriately dressed. When the dastardly Macleans capture Elisabeth, Alysandir Mackinnon, entirely fascinated by half-naked, strong-willed Isobella, offers to help her get her sister back. Bestseller Coffman (The Bride of Black Douglas) spins a rewarding love story between her two intelligent, stubborn protagonists, keeping their relationship fresh and their conflicts credible. Toss in a boy in need of a father, intriguing details of 16th-century customs, and a substantial but not overwhelming dose of sex, and the result is a satisfying time travel romance. (Apr.)
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A wonderful testament to the Scotland of old.

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  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MMEG52
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The Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman
Paranormal Romance -April 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars

If you love time travel books and are looking for a fun escapism romance, then this lighthearted romp by Elaine Coffman is the book for you!

After her failed engagement, Isobella decides to go on a trip to Scotland with her twin sister Elisabeth. While visiting the tome of her Douglas ancestors they find a silver case that holds the heart of the Black Douglas. Isobella is moved by his tragic death and feels a real connection to her ancestors. Later, she begins to have strange and erotic dreams of a brawny highlander. When the sisters visit Beloyn Castle, Isobella is captivated by the portrait of the Black Douglas. When she touches it, they both find themselves transported back to 1515 in the midst of a battle! Each sister is captured by a rival clan. Isobella is saved by the Mackinnon clan. She tries to persuade the MacKinnon clan and the sexy Alysandir to rescue her sister.

Alysandir Mackinnon is a tough highlander who only wants to protect and defend his clan. Unlike his other Scotsmen he has no time for women. He had a wife once before and never wanted to experience it again! But when a strange woman named Isobella comes into his life he realizes he may have to rethink his old ideas.

Time travel books are usually hit or miss. They are fun to read but sometimes they are too unbelievable and farfetched. This book made me want to believe that Isobella and her sister had traveled back in time. I really enjoyed each of their adventures. The best part is how the author brings to life some very real characters and makes them human. I was fascinated by each of sister's struggles, but particularly enjoyed reading about practical Elisabeth.
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As a time travel junkie, I was excited to stumble across this book in the "new releases." Everything about the romance is well developed. There is definite heat between the hero and heroine, and the growing attraction builds physically and emotionally in a believable way. Unfortunately, the time travel device just doesn't work. You never quite figure out why "Black Douglas" is doing what he does. Or maybe the reader does discover it, but it's too late for it to be of any real significance at the end of the story. There are gaping plot holes that make no sense, but they have been covered in other reviews so I'll skip them. The dialogue between the two sisters (twins at that), is not believable at all, and the overuse of alliteration in the opening chapter is nearly unbearable. It does stop abruptly early on, so if you can get through the first two chapters you are fine. For some reason, Elizabeth, the doctor twin slips into a Scottish brogue later in the novel. This is after she explains to her twin the story that she made up for the Maclean clan to explain why she speaks with an American accent. So why all the "ye" and "bairn" talk? We learn during the story that Elizabeth is infatuated with one of the MacKinnon brothers, however in the blurb for an upcoming novel, it seems that Elizabeth ends up with someone outside of the clan. It's probably for the best! I would say don't waste your time on this one, but I do think that the author is talented and her relationship growth and love scenes are truly romantic. And isn't that why we read romance? Just don't believe the unreliable RT reviews about how great it is, and if you keep your expectations low, it'll be a decent read.
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I would like to start by saying that I love time travel books. To love time travel books one has to be able to let reality go. 'Cause time travel just doesn't happen. Nor do paintings come to life or any of the other things that tend to happen in this genre of novel. But that doesn't mean that the book can't still be grounded in some semblance of its own reality. The world outside of the time travel still has to make sense for the book to work. And that is where this book let me down.

The tale starts with the visit of twins Isobella and Elizabeth Douglas to Scotland to explore their ancestors. One of them is the famous "Black Douglas." Isobella has studied Celtic history and she wanted to know more about the past of her family. She had also just been dumped by her fiance; he ran off with their dance instructor! She wanted a Darcy but didn't think she'd ever find one in modern times. She felt she was born hundreds of years too late.

Erm, we all know what happens next, right? Both Isobella and Elizabeth are sent back into the past by their ancestor The Black Douglas to the 16th century. A bit before Mr. Darcy to say the least.

While I liked the characters and I enjoyed Ms. Coffman's writing there were just too many stupid plot points that spoiled the book for me. I don't want to go into them in detail because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone that reads it. Things that were obvious to the reader that just were ignored by the characters. Again, I realize that these books are inherently fantastic but there must be some sense of protocol. For example: The hero finds the two girls from the future in a field wearing 21st century clothing. He captures one of them but doesn't search her bag even though he thinks her a spy? Makes no sense...

This is just one of many small little things that helped to distract me from totally enjoying the story.
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