In a way, this novel sort of reminded me of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Except the time travel element was to the future instead of the past. And there were Wiccan rituals involved. And it was in Ireland instead of Scotland. Ok, so it was pretty much nothing like Outlander.
What’s it About?
In the ninth-century, Irish warrior Connar fell hopelessly in love with Aisling, one of the Nine Sisters, a group of priestesses skilled in healing. When Aisling came to a tragic end, he used magic to travel to the future to reunite with her. His beloved Aisling is now Allison Hunter, a free-lance writer in Denver. Although Allison doesn’t remember her past life, she is instantly attracted to Connar when she interviews him for an article. But someone has followed Connar from the past, and they are determined to keep Allison and Connar apart. As Allison begins to have visions of a violent and terrifying confrontation, she struggles to separate the past from the present and trust in a love that transcends even death.
I must be a bit of a sadist at heart, because in my opinion the best feature of this book was Connar’s inner turmoil and heartache. Hear me out. So, some crazy stuff goes down in the 9th century, and Connar travels through time in order to reunite with the reincarnation of his soulmate, Aisling. When he finally finds her again she has absolutely no recollection of who he is, so he has to make her fall in love with him all over again. The turmoil comes from him being so close to the one he loves with all his heart, yet he must take things slow and can’t reveal too much about his past for fear that she’ll pull away from him. I know it sounds sick, but his pain and yearning entertained me. Man, I should probably just hide away from the world and avoid all human contact.
Some Bumps in the Road
Definitely a strong start, but as the story progressed there were a few issues here and there. Firstly, as Allison/Aisling spends more time with Connar she starts to have visions of her former life, and it isn’t exactly all prancing ponies and wildflowers. Even though these visions increase in intensity as she gets closer to Connar, she can’t deny the constant pull between them. This battle of wills was intriguing at first, but after a while it was just a bit too repetitive. It was almost like she was pulling the petals off an enormous daisy, “I like him. I run away from him. I like him. I run away from him.”
The second speed bump came with the storyline itself. There was some initial mystery surrounding what exactly happened to Aisling in the past, and how those troubles may have followed her and Connar to the future. It isn’t too long though before it becomes blatantly obvious where things are headed, and it’s frustrating as hell that the chracters don’t see the writing on the wall. I mean come on, get there faster!
Talented Man Indeed
You gotta give it to Connar, the man is extremely talented handling a sword. His athleticism and concentration involved in Renaissance fair sword fighting is delectible. He’s also talented in using his hands, tongue, and his own little broad-sword to bring a woman pleasure. Anybody know when and where the next Renaissance fair is taking place? I might need to hang around the sword fighting area and practice my eyelash batting skills.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Soulmate series, book 1
Should you read it? It’s a unique time travel story, with some Wiccan and reincarnation elements thrown in too. The end is a little frustrating though because you want Scooby and the gang to solve the mystery already.
Smut Level: Exquisitely graphic foreplay, but the sex act itself seemed rushed.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 282 Pages