Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review "Smack Your Mama, Good!" – True to the Highlander(A Novel of Loch Moigh) by Barbara Longley


              February 18th 2014 by Montlake Romance – Add it on Goodreads


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Treachery rules the Highlands of 1423. With their king captured by the English, Scottish nobles plot to ransom James behind the back of the brutal regent holding their land in his iron grip. But not every clan wishes to see King James back on his throne…

Sitting atop this powder keg of bloodthirsty rivalries, Malcolm of clan MacKintosh takes the mysterious, lone maiden he finds along his road as a bad omen…though an undeniably beautiful one. When he attempts to save her from a rogue within his own garrison, she deftly brings Malcolm to his knees. Who is this willful lass who has so quickly laid siege to his heart?

Alethia Goodsky has met all kinds working at the New York Renaissance Festival, but no one like the fortune-teller who tasks her with a cryptic life-saving mission and flings her into the fifteenth century. Now Alethia must rely on her wits to unravel the mystery in this violent land. Malcolm has sworn to protect her, but her gifts may soon make her his protector. With enemies closing in, Alethia must choose between finding a way home…and remaining true to her Highlander.

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So, let me tell you how freaking awesome this book was. This was the kind of book where you call up people in the middle of the night and go "OMG, you HAVE GOT to read this book!!".

This book was Julie Garwood good!! I don't know what Barbara Longley put in her cereal while she wrote this but she needs needs to market it, because this lady had it going on! Now, I am a fan of time travel romance, but one of the problems with this trope is that very often, there are just parts that don't make sense. Not so with True to the Highlander. It all made perfect sense and nobody acted contrary to their time period and I just want to be buried with this book. It was soooo hard to keep my review to myself.

First of all, IMHO, the star of the book, Alethia (*gasp*) yep, you heard me right. The heroine. She was perfect. Lippy, brave but not stupidly so, smart and since I want you to read this for yourself, I won't tell you why, but of all the females in all the known world, Alethia is the only choice for this adventure/romance.  I will tell you that my girl, Alethia is responsible for the modern day tampon, and my new favorite word.

Malcolm is a flat out hoot. He just doesn't know what to do with this modern day woman. He considers himself to be a modern man, (for his time) he just doesn't realize that to Alethia, he is barely out of the cave. There are just so many elements that combine to make this one of my favorite reads this year, the humor, the romance, the lack of overwhelming angst, the wonderful story, and the great secondary characters, and it is a SMART book. At no point did I have to grit my teeth and go "Nooooo, it doesn't fit!!" I implore you, please, please, please read this book. And to Barbara Longley, please write more I already miss my new friends.

Malcolm - "You have a sharp tongue."

Alethia - "You smell like your horse."

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Award winning author Barbara Longley and each of her four siblings were all born in different states, and because her family moved so frequently, she learned early on how to entertain herself with stories. As an adult, she has lived on a commune in the Appalachians, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled from coast to coast. When her own children came along, she decided to try something new--staying put. She has made Minnesota her home ever since.

By day, Barbara is a teacher. She holds a Masters in Education, and has taught for many years. By night, she likes to explore things mythical, metaphysical, paranormal, and/or newsworthy. Much of what she learns makes its way into her stories, where all things are possible. While she loves teaching, reading and writing are her passions.


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