Wishing For a Highlander by Jessi Gage

25189903Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the sixteenth-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilted fantasy man.

Tall, handsome, and heir to his uncle’s lairdship, Darcy Keith should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill. Instead, thanks to a prank played on him in his teenage years, he is known for being too large under his kilt to ever make a proper husband. “Big Darcy” runs his deceased father’s windmills and lives alone at his family manor, believing he will never marry.

But a strangely dressed woman he rescues from a clan skirmish makes him long for more. When the woman’s claims of coming to Ackergill by magic reach the laird’s ears, she is accused of witchcraft. Darcy determines to protect her any way he can, even if it means binding her to him forever. – Goodreads

Alright. Whether your love or hate highlander fiction (especially of the romantic variety), that description will either send you running for the hills or running to download a $3.99 Kindle edition. I was clearly in the latter camp.

I never realized that I would be a total fan of highlander fiction until a coworker urged me to read Outlander last year (oh my goodness—I just went to hyperlink this and I realized I read it a year from the date I finished THIS highlander novel. NICE!). Fell in love.

This one popped up on BookBub at a discount so I bought it. It’s been sitting in my Kindle library for a while. I was at a loss at what to read the other night so I said f***k it and started reading. Then I was hooked. It was instantly hilarious and the action started right away.

I’m gonna go ahead and add a ‘read more’ link because it was a ~very~ steamy book not meant for young adults/kids—mature audiences only.

Melanie is pregnant out of wedlock when she is transported through time. Darcy (who I keep wanting to call Jamie a’la Outlander) is a virgin who thinks his weiner is too big because some rude girl told him so.

Long story short, Darcy finds Melanie in a rough predicament with the opposing clan and he claims her—by making her his wife. He promises to help her get back to her time, but in the meantime, wifing her is the best way to keep her safe.

The worldbuilding was great, though I think a lot of what I pictured may have come from reading Outlander. The book reminded me a lot of Outlander with the whole time travel to Scotland thing, but once I got over reading ‘sassenach’ a few times, I was alright and enjoyed it. In fact, I really loved it. I would pick up the next book in the series *but* the MC is the girl from this book whom I really hated. So no thanks.

The only part that I was kind of icked out by was the instalove. Like, I’ve-known-you-for-six-hours-let-me-have-your-Scottish-babies kind. And it happened on both sides. He was more of the I-love-you-I-will-run-my-sword-through-anyone-who-tries-to-hurt-you kind of dude.

This was a great easy ready for a rainy night. I rated it a 4/5 on Goodreads and would recommend to those looking for some fantasy/historical romance or those who enjoy highlander stories.

L

 

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