Sadie's Highlander by Maeve Greyson
Series: Highland Protector #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Time Travel
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Highland warrior Alec MacDara and his brothers traveled forward in time to protect the sacred Heartsone. Their cover? Owners and operators of a theme park called Highland Life and Legends. As the chairman, Alec has been fending off requests to film at the breathtaking property. It’s only because of the charming correspondence from an enterprising production assistant that he agrees to a meeting at all. That’s when Alec meets a woman whose lush curves make him forget, for the first time, all about tenth-century Scotland.
A lowly assistant for her sister’s motion picture company, wannabe screenwriter Sadie Williams is shocked when Alec agrees to let them film at the park upon one condition: that she report to him daily. Sadie’s sister always told her that their parents only adopted her because they felt sorry for the ugly little stray. But Alec looks at Sadie like she’s the most tempting creature in the world. And with his gleaming, musclebound body stripped down to nothing but a hip-hugging kilt and boots, Alec clearly knows a little something about temptation.
Alec MacDara and his family are druids in charge of the Heartstone. The Heartstone is the item that brings hope, love and creativity to the world. The MacDara family were brought forward in time by goddesses from the 10th century to modern day North Carolina to protect the Heartstone, and the family. They began and have run Highland Life and Legends theme park for many years.
Sadie Williams’ sister owns a film company and wants to film at Highland Life and Legends. Sadie emails Alec thinking that an assistant of some sort would be reading the emails. Alec actually reads them and is so enthralled with the sender that he agrees to an interview. The film company gets the right to film at HL&L but Alec has the stipulation that Sadie must stay at his home with his family the full six weeks for filming.
While Sadie is at the MacDara household she gets closer with Alec and soon they fall in love. Unfortunately Sadie’s sister, the evil beast that she is, ruins everything and soon Sadie is on her own once again.
Right after I received an eARC from NetGalley I opened this book up as I was pretty excited to read it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very far into it when I put it back down. Alec seemed creepy and I wasn’t sure about him at all. When the book title came up in my schedule again I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish it but I actually started from the beginning once again and gave it a fair shot. I think it might have been my state of mind that had previously made him seem creepy – he wasn’t. That said he was completely smitten by Sadie even before he met her and once they’d met he was like a puppy with a bone he couldn’t put down. They fell in love extremely quickly – like in a couple of days and that didn’t feel right to me. Sadie kept vacillating back and forth and that drove me nuts. They got engaged within days and yeah…that just doesn’t happen. (OK, I’m sure it does but extremely rarely IRL.)
The part that had to do with Sadie’s sister was ridiculous, imho. I guess Sadie had been conditioned by her sister to accept blame for everything the sister did, but I think Sadie took it to the nth degree and that was just too far. She put her relationship with Alec on the line because of something her sister did and it just didn’t ring true.
I’d love to say that what Alec did to win Sadie back to wonderfully romantic but I just didn’t think so. I wanted him to just talk to her instead of coming up with this incredible ruse – like that’s what he needed to convince her to be with him. IDK, seemed far-fetched to me.
Overall the story was decent but there was enough in there that bothered me that I’m not sure I can recommend this one.
Rating: 3 out of 5