I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Time Traveler's Christmas by Amy Jarecki
on October 4th 2016
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A man’s life can fall apart in an instant…
Tougher than oxhide, Lachlan Wallace can take about anything except a breakup call from his wife two minutes before competing in the Karate Championship of the World. Arriving home with a loss, he agrees to watch his uncle’s cat over the holidays. Or so he thinks—until he awakes on a fourteenth century battlefield beside a woman fighting for her life.
Never underestimate a woman’s determination…
Taken from her at the age of two, Lady Christina de Moray hasn’t seen her son in thirteen years. While traveling with Robert the Bruce’s army to exchange an English prisoner for the lad, a battle erupts. Losing the fight, Christina is rescued by a mysterious warrior while the English escape with her son yet again.
And never bet against the potency of passion…
Left with no way back to the twenty-first century, Lachlan agrees to help Christina rescue the lad from his English captors. If the heir is not returned by Christmas next, the Bruce will make his decision whom to grant the de Moray lands, including Lady Christina’s hand. Once his duty is fulfilled, Lachlan hopes to discover a way home—as long as he keeps his mind on the goal and ignores his growing love for the spirited woman who gives him her trust—and her heart.
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
The Time Traveler’s Christmas is the third book in the ‘Guardian of Scotland’ series by Amy Jarecki. I have had the pleasure of reading the other books in this series, but this book can easily be read as a stand alone one.
This is the story of Lachlan Wallace. We first learn about him as a modern day man. A man whose wife is divorcing him, and one suffering his first defeat in a martial arts championship because of only just finding out about his pending divorce.
His uncle, knowing how jaded Lachlan is feeling, and also knowing that he has nowhere to live, asks him to look after his cat while he goes away. It is more than just cat sitting duties though. His Uncle has a much bigger plan in mind, a plan that has Lachlan falling asleep in the 21st century, and waking up in the 14th. It’s quite the awakening too, he wakes up in the midst of a battle, where we first meet our heroine of the story Lady Christina De Moray. She is being assaulted by the enemy, and if Lachlan didn’t come to her rescue she would undoubtedly have been raped. Being a martial arts expert it doesn’t take long for Lachlan to dispatch the man, and all the others that attack him. Christina is in awe of his talents, and his strong physique and good looks of course.
Christina had her son stolen from her 13 years ago, and for most of that 13 years she was held captive and unable to try to get her son back. Since her release she has done everything in her power to find him. An arranged exchange of prisoners is where the battle takes place that Lachlan is thrown into. The man who was supposed to hand over Christina’s son, double crossed her, he had no intention of handing the boy over.
So the story continues where Lachlan has to prove his fealty and trustworthiness to the clan heads, and the King. Once he does, he is trusted to find and rescue Christina’s son. During all this time there is an obvious attraction between Lachlan and Christina. She learns of his time travel and the fact that he could disappear at any moment. The more she finds she cares about him, the more she tries to fight it because nothing can come of it. As for Lachlan, he isn’t sure what he wants, he misses home, mainly his mum and dad, but the thought of being dragged from Christina and a time when things were much simpler in a lot of ways doesn’t stop him wanting to become intimate with her.
Will Christina get her son back, and after so long away from her, will he be happy to be home, or will he be resentful of being rescued. If Lachlan rescues him, will that be the reason he arrived in that century, will he then be whisked back through time? What of Christina, can she risk giving her heart to a man who has no right to be in her time?
This was a really wonderful story, one that I couldn’t read quickly enough to find out what happened. Lachlan was a wonderful hero, taught to defend himself with martial arts rather than kill with it. His love for Christina develops beautifully, and when they finally give in to their attraction, the love making was written really well, with the love they feel for each other making the sex a really intimate occasion. Of course apart from the romance, there is the hunt for Christina’s son. There’s some fabulous fighting scenes, and not only in battle, but where Lachlan shows Christina’s men how to fight too.
Another part of the story which I adored was hearing about the Christmas preparations. As I read about the ‘greening’ of the castle I quite fancied doing something traditional like that here at Christmas. Amy’s descriptions were wonderful and really set the scene, and of course the suggestion that Lachlan gives Amy about a Christmas tree is just perfect.
All in all this is a perfect story, and I loved every minute of it. I definitely recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.