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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: Timeless Desire by Gwyn Cready

Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love StoryPublisher: Astor + Blue Editions LLC
ISBN: 1938231295
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Time Travel
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing grief. During a routine search within the library, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman. The man is Colonel John Bridgewater—the historic English war hero whose larger-than-life statue looms over her desk. However, the life of the dashing Bridgewater is not at all what she imagined. He's under house arrest for betraying England, and now looks upon her as a possible spy. Despite bad first impressions, Bridgewater warms to Panna. She is thrown into a whirlwind of high-stakes intrigue that sweeps her from Hadrian's Wall to a forbidding stone castle in Scotland. 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.

My Review:

I have no idea why it took me so long to pick this one up. I do have this weird tendency to put off books I know I will like in case of a reading dry spell. It's a weird form of paranoia that I am burdened with. And I knew I would like this one--an Outlander adaptation and a librarian heroine. How could it possible be wrong if it seems so right? I also should probably warn, that I have only read the first book of the Outlander series and it was a long time ago.

Panna was awesome. She is one of my people. A librarian and a bookworm. She was so normal and smart and crafty (as many librarians are). I have to admit that I liked her much better than I liked Claire from Outlander--and Claire is one of my all time favorite heroines. It took courage to name a hero Jamie in an Outlander adaptation. I mean, how do you live up to the original? Jamie Fraser is the prototype, an icon of herodom. But this Jamie came very damn close. He's more rough around the edges than the original Jamie and not as squeaky clean (from what I remember of original Jamie). I prefer this one, to be honest.

I have never read an Outlander adaptation before. I didn't even know they existed. And now that I know that they do, I want to read more. Especially if they are even close to this good. It had a lighthearted and fun feel to it. All of the characters were engaging and lively and Panna and Jamie were amazing together. And if anyone is worried that this Jamie cannot possibly live up to Jamie Fraser, let me assure you that this Jamie is just as amazing--maybe even a little bit better.

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