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Title: Charming the Highlander
Author: Janet Chapman
Publisher: Published July 31st 2007 by Pocket Books (first published January 28th 2003)
ISBN: 9781416523413
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A feisty beauty tempted by a bold highlander's touch... When a plane crash strands brilliant scientist Grace Sutter on an icy mountaintop in Maine, she finds herself alone in the wilderness with the only other surviving passenger -- Greylen MacKeage, a sexy, medieval warrior who's been tossed through time to find the woman he's destined to love. Forced together to survive A feisty beauty tempted by a bold highlander's touch... When a plane crash strands brilliant scientist Grace Sutter on an icy mountaintop in Maine, she finds herself alone in the wilderness with the only other surviving passenger -- Greylen MacKeage, a sexy, medieval warrior who's been tossed through time to find the woman he's destined to love. Forced together to survive the harsh, wintry landscape, neither expects the fierce passion that flares between them. But Grace is not used to letting her heart take control, and Greylen will settle for nothing less than her heart's surrender....

30 review for Charming the Highlander

  1. 5 out of 5

    kari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like to read a good romance novel now and again, but unfortunately this was nothing like a good romance novel. The contrived meandering plot didn't draw me in and I found Grace to be a character that I cared nothing about, if not actively disliked. Grace promises her dying sister, Mary, that she will take Mary's newborn baby son to his father. Then decides that she isn't going to and it's just too bad for the father. Really? She keeps justifying it because of one single thing Mary said about hi I like to read a good romance novel now and again, but unfortunately this was nothing like a good romance novel. The contrived meandering plot didn't draw me in and I found Grace to be a character that I cared nothing about, if not actively disliked. Grace promises her dying sister, Mary, that she will take Mary's newborn baby son to his father. Then decides that she isn't going to and it's just too bad for the father. Really? She keeps justifying it because of one single thing Mary said about him, but she also said he would love his son, be a wonderful father and she wants him to have his child. Nope, Grace decides before ever meeting the man that she will totally disregard her sister's last request. Seriously. Then Grace makes a point of constantly telling every man she meets how she's as able as any man, but any time she gets into trouble, she expects some buff, studly man to come help her out. Example, she finds baby things, crib, cradle, in her attic and brings down the cradle, thinking to herself, that she'll ask one of the men to bring down the rest when they stop by. She flounces out of the hero's home in a temperamental hissy fit and runs her truck into a snow bank, getting it stuck. So she walks to the home of the baby's father(from whom she is still keeping the fact of his son a secret) and asks him to come help her. What about how independent and capable she is? Yeah, not so much. The plot is a mess. Grace is a rocket scientist and the company she works for has launched a satelite in order to do I don't know what, but the company's ultimate goal is commercial space travel. Don't worry about this because this plot line goes nowhere, other than possibly destroying the world because another company of baddies want to use her technology to create weapons. The baddies come to kidnap her and instead of picking up something from the tool box to use as a weapon, she decides she will burst in and kick them in the shins. I'll repeat that: kick them in the shins. Ridiculous. By this point my head is aching from the near constant eye-rolling. The whole kidnapping plot is foiled(the men rescue her again) and nothing more is ever said about it. Then there is the magical element which I thought was the real basis of the story, but that even seems more of an afterthought. When Grace, the rocket scientist, finds out magic is real, she accepts it all far too easily. Her mathematical mind wouldn't turn that easily, but then she's all zoned out on the never ending lust anyway. Speaking of the lust, the love scenes pop up out of nowhere. Grace is arguing in the snowcat with Grey, the hero, and she jumps out in yet another hissy fit. He comes after her, grabs her, lip locks her and she is suddenly shouting I love you, I love you and they traipse off to a conveniently located summit house to consumate their love. After this behavior and at the end of the book, she gets all Victorian, saying she must be properly courted and romanced. Kind of a little late for that, imo. The reasons Grace is always thinking of why she can't be with Grey are so artificial, so contrived as to be laughable. She can't be with him because she has this baby, she can't because she has her job to think about, she can't because he might be from the past, she can't because he makes her all gooey inside and not feel smart, she can't simply because he's too gorgeous for real life. Okay, I made that last one up, but you see my point? Grey is Alpha male X 10. He is marginally more entertaining then Grace; his character being a bit more consistent in his behavior. Their relationship is based solely on their sexual attraction and his ability to always be there to rescue her from whatever stupid thing she's done now. Lastly, for a book all about highlanders, I'd have liked to get some idea of their speech, other than the occasional aye, nay or lassie. All in all, a mess.

  2. 4 out of 5

    BookLover

    Originally read in 2014. Re-read in 2016. This was my first Janet Chapman read back in 2014. After finally making my way through all of her books to-date, I decided to start all over again with the book that started it all for me. The first three books in this series center around 8 highlanders from 13th century Scotland thrown forward to modern day Maine thanks to some magic gone wrong of an ancient druid priest. The rest of the books are about the “next generation”. This story is about Greylen M Originally read in 2014. Re-read in 2016. This was my first Janet Chapman read back in 2014. After finally making my way through all of her books to-date, I decided to start all over again with the book that started it all for me. The first three books in this series center around 8 highlanders from 13th century Scotland thrown forward to modern day Maine thanks to some magic gone wrong of an ancient druid priest. The rest of the books are about the “next generation”. This story is about Greylen MacKeage, laird of the MacKeage clan, and his modern-day match, Grace Sutter. They meet under the stressful circumstance of a plane crash and Greylen figures out quite quickly that Grace is the one for him. I loved this story just as much the second time around. Summed up, I loved the throwback alpha male hero in the form of a highlander, the modern heroine who does not easily bend to the traditional thinking of said hero, the loads of magic and the great community, filled with rich characters!! In addition to the romance developing between Greylen and Grace, this story is also largely about Grace as she worked through some very heavy grief and mourning. I will admit to (view spoiler)[feeling pretty devastated for Grace in this book over the tragic loss of her sister, Mary. It didn’t seem fair that Grace lost her sister, “baby” lost his mother and Michael lost his love. Having read the rest of the books, though, I really like the way Janet deals with death in the form of spirits living on through other means. It’s great for the healing process. (hide spoiler)] Loved this!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    Alas, Janet Chapman's Charming the Highlander is not a book that will change your life or teach you anything new. But there is magic, loss and healing, medieval-warriors-transported-to-modern-times, a great pair of hero-heroine, suspense and romance, well-developed secondary characters, and plenty of hilarious moments. It is a very entertaining read and will probably guarantee you have a few hours of fun. A perfect brain-candy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eastofoz

    This was a disappointing read. I love a good alpha Highlander story and had high hopes for this one, but it was a below-average-couldn’t-wait-to-finish-it kind of read :-/ It took a long time for the h/h to get together once they could actually be together and there were long scenes where they were never together which made the story annoying. Too much attention was paid to boring details about other people that no one cares about. Even the steam was blah. When the heroine’s neaderthal brothers a This was a disappointing read. I love a good alpha Highlander story and had high hopes for this one, but it was a below-average-couldn’t-wait-to-finish-it kind of read :-/ It took a long time for the h/h to get together once they could actually be together and there were long scenes where they were never together which made the story annoying. Too much attention was paid to boring details about other people that no one cares about. Even the steam was blah. When the heroine’s neaderthal brothers arrive ready to kick some butt over their sisters' honor (they had sex before getting married see –and this is a contemporary not a historical romance [!]) it was just silly. I kept asking myself “Why? Where’s this coming from?” There are too many of these “why?!” scenes to make this a good book IMO. What started out well quickly spiraled into a borderline clichéd, syrupy and poorly put-together story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria

    This was just an average read for me. I liked it, but didn't love it. It took me ages to read. I normally read books in around three days, two if I'm in love, but this one took about six days. So I liked it enough to keep going, but not enough that I was eager to get back to it. I'm on the fence as to whether I'll read any more of them. I think there just wasn't enough character development that I was intrigued by either the hero or the heroine or any of the secondary characters that I thought, This was just an average read for me. I liked it, but didn't love it. It took me ages to read. I normally read books in around three days, two if I'm in love, but this one took about six days. So I liked it enough to keep going, but not enough that I was eager to get back to it. I'm on the fence as to whether I'll read any more of them. I think there just wasn't enough character development that I was intrigued by either the hero or the heroine or any of the secondary characters that I thought, oh, yes, I'll keep going because I liked this character so much and I want to read their book. Everyone was just ho hum. On paper I should have loved it, it had all the elements that I normally love, but it just came up short. There was one aspect that bothered me right through most of the book which made me not really like or connect to the heroine and that was (view spoiler)[that the heroine spent most of the book keeping the child of her sister who had extracted a deathbed promise from her that she would take her newborn child to the father whom she was going to marry and said was a good man. I would have been more on board if the heroine had kept the child pending checking the father was a good man, however, she in fact kept the child because she loved him and didn't want to give him to his father, she just simply wanted the child for herself. And to make that worse, she was going to be living in the same town as the father, so it's not like she couldn't be a good aunt to him when she passed him over to the father. So it wasn't like she would never see him again. She even lied to the hospital and kept the father's name off the birth certificate after her sister died. And, the hero was also on board with her keeping the child even though he also knew who the father was. Sorry, but that's just not right. I kind of didn't like the heroine or the hero because of it. She watched the father fall into despondency over losing his future wife, and yet she still kept it from him he had a child. Yeah, it really spoiled the book for me, but since there was little to engage me with the characters it probably doesn't really matter. But this will be the thing I remember most about this book, the deception. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (Sugar & Snark)

    This book is seriously convoluted! It starts off (and I was under the impression it was) as a time travel story. But after the initial leap through time that plot point is not entirely but in a large part brushed aside. There are no anecdotes of confusion and learning "the new culture" as we see in most stories of this kind. We just skip to 5 years later. I just don't get the point?! The rest of the plot is just as arbitrary and confusing. Grace the heroine has a job that makes no sense and an "e This book is seriously convoluted! It starts off (and I was under the impression it was) as a time travel story. But after the initial leap through time that plot point is not entirely but in a large part brushed aside. There are no anecdotes of confusion and learning "the new culture" as we see in most stories of this kind. We just skip to 5 years later. I just don't get the point?! The rest of the plot is just as arbitrary and confusing. Grace the heroine has a job that makes no sense and an "evil boss" that makes even less sense. And to top this off she spends the entire book making the worlds most illogical decisions, constantly omitting the truth and breaking a promise she made to her sister on her death bed. Although I won't go so far as to say she is unlikable, she is certainly not endearing! And to top it off the rest of the plot is really SLOW and the main characters just don't seem to spend enough time with one another to hold my interest or for their relationship seem credible. I was also expecting a Hot Highlander. But not only was Grey the hero a little bland but he didn't even have a Scottish accent! WTF All in all this book left me wondering how the hell the author came up with the concept.I am no stranger to the idea of Time Travel Romance but the way this book was put together just did not gel!

  7. 5 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    This was an okay read, actually closer to 3.5*, but after a great beginning, it didn't grab me until I got to the last 80 pp. or so. A story that begins with 8 Scottish warriors fighting a skirmish in the 12th century & suddenly being transported to modern times intrigued me. Maybe the problem was with my expectations, but I just found it too easy to put down and do other things, always a bad sign for me. Grace had great scientific & mathematical ability and knowledge almost at her finger This was an okay read, actually closer to 3.5*, but after a great beginning, it didn't grab me until I got to the last 80 pp. or so. A story that begins with 8 Scottish warriors fighting a skirmish in the 12th century & suddenly being transported to modern times intrigued me. Maybe the problem was with my expectations, but I just found it too easy to put down and do other things, always a bad sign for me. Grace had great scientific & mathematical ability and knowledge almost at her fingertips, but for one reason or another throughout the story, she wasn't able to put them to positive use (mountain peak in the way so she couldn't triangulate position, so the strong hero had to find the way out; later she was all set to use her math skills to solve the problem of iced cables on the ski lift, but kidnappers got in the way, etc.) I was left frustrated with the buildup of the idea of strength in the heroine because of her skills, but then always needing the hero - a strong warrior from the 12th century - solve all the problems for her, or at least deal with the aftermath when things went wrong. I will continue with the series, but have now modified my expectations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    No head-hopping, great paranormal elements (loved the wizard), cute romance and the book had its funny at moments, a total win in my book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I really enjoyed this story, I put off not reading it because of some reviews, turns out what others dislike, I love 😍

  10. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    Charming the Highlander seems to get very mixed reviews here on GR, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Was I going to love it, hate it, or not care enough to be moved either way? The answer is.... none of the above. While I didn't quite love it, I really liked it and found it to be an easy and highly enjoyable read. In the midst of battle in A.D.1200, Scottish laird Greylen MacKeage, his nemesis Michael MacBain and a number of their men find themselves transported 800 years into the future b Charming the Highlander seems to get very mixed reviews here on GR, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Was I going to love it, hate it, or not care enough to be moved either way? The answer is.... none of the above. While I didn't quite love it, I really liked it and found it to be an easy and highly enjoyable read. In the midst of battle in A.D.1200, Scottish laird Greylen MacKeage, his nemesis Michael MacBain and a number of their men find themselves transported 800 years into the future by a druidh in order to fulfill a prophecy. Four years later, and in the modern day, Grace Sutter is heading back to her family home in the mountains of Maine to fulfill her sister's dying wish, and finds herself sharing the flight home on the small plane with Grey. Grace is traveling with the baby her sister gave birth to the day before she died. The baby's father, Michael MacBain, knows nothing of its existence. Before revealing to Michael that he has a son, she must first understand why Michael told such a fanciful tale of time-travel to her sister and satisfy herself as to his mental state. When the plane crashes in the midst of a devastating ice storm, Grace must trust Grey to bring them out of the mountains alive. Grey was a magnificent hero in every way. The scenes following the plane crash were the kind that I absolutely love reading, with Grey doing everything possible to save both Grace and Baby in the most difficult of circumstances. Charming the Highlander had some touching scenes, and there were a couple of occasions where I shed a tear, but the death of Grace's sister Mary and the care of Baby was dealt with in a very positive way for the most part. I know some readers don't like children in their romance novels, but Baby was one the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. I generally like some angst in my novels, and it was a change to have the angst arise from an issue separate from the main couple's relationship. I also thought Baby added warmth to the story. I loved the supporting characters, particularly Morgan and Ian, and I'm really looking forward to (hopefully) seeing them in future books in this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (My Not So Vacant Shelf)

    I loved this twist on the typical Highlander series. Instead of taking place in Scotland, or having them go back in time to the time of Highlanders we get Highlanders whom are thrown into the future. Into our modern times (well 2003). The twist brought along a lot of new aspects that I really liked such as the Clan/males learning the value or women and seeing them as equals, while still keeping their Alpha-Male and occasionally cave man personalities. I admit that I do still like the novels were I loved this twist on the typical Highlander series. Instead of taking place in Scotland, or having them go back in time to the time of Highlanders we get Highlanders whom are thrown into the future. Into our modern times (well 2003). The twist brought along a lot of new aspects that I really liked such as the Clan/males learning the value or women and seeing them as equals, while still keeping their Alpha-Male and occasionally cave man personalities. I admit that I do still like the novels were they order them around as well. And then they threw in a baby. That’s right Grace is responsible for a little one during this novel and I loved watching Grey react with him. That made me have a heart swelling crush on him. And of course the fact that he could lift a sword that was big as Grace kind of helped. I loved the love between Grace and Grey, but for Grey is happened instantly. Love at first sight, which is always something I am weary about, but in this novel there is magic to help explain it and a long with magic comes the belief in soul mates. Janet Chapman does charm you in a novel filled with Highlanders, action, drama, and emotion, and has hooked me into the series. Good: Grace—independent, smart, and determined. Grey—protective, determined, loyal, and a hot sexy highlander. Bad: The love moved a little fast, although I liked the passion. I also got a little lost in some of the technical space talk, but that was barely an issue. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, I was enchanted. I loved Grace and I loved Grey, and I loved the isolation of the small town so that it didn’t make their transition into the new world seem unrealistic. The writing was easy to follow, and the passion had me blushing. I cried and worried when necessary and completely got dragged into their lives. The story was interesting and brought a new twist on the Highlander genre (it really should have it’s own, there is definitely enough books). Janet Chapman brought some new twists to a traditional story and made an ensemble of memorable characters. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the other characters of the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Grace Stutter, having the responsibility of delivering her sisters baby to the father, since her sister died, waits six weeks before heading to Maine, having a feeling that she would be making a new start....but then her plane crashes on the mountain and she, the baby, and a sexy highland warrior -Greyland-are the survivors. Now they are pushed together out of survival, but a deep passion is awakened between them...a passion that burns slowly to a deep love that will change their lives forever.. Grace Stutter, having the responsibility of delivering her sisters baby to the father, since her sister died, waits six weeks before heading to Maine, having a feeling that she would be making a new start....but then her plane crashes on the mountain and she, the baby, and a sexy highland warrior -Greyland-are the survivors. Now they are pushed together out of survival, but a deep passion is awakened between them...a passion that burns slowly to a deep love that will change their lives forever..... I have never read this author, but I was in the mood for some good highlander romance, and I decided that after hearing some great things from this author, I knew that I needed to try her out, and I definitely wasn't disappointed. I just got this book a few hours ago, and just finished, I was that drawn into Charming The Highlander. I think I loved everything about this book. I just love it when you have time travel books when dealing with sexy highlanders from the past....so yummy with the accent, attitude and their fiery passion for a woman they love. There were definitely many witty moments throughout the story that would make you bow over and laugh your heart out. The writing was charming and tended to draw the reader in from the first to the very last page of the book. I felt like I was actually there in the story...the scenes were so vivid in detail....definitely a keeper for me!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Slytherin Rose

    Genre: Romance/ Time travel Author: Janet Chapman Book: Charming the Highlander My star rating: 5 out of 5 Will I re-read this? Yes (many times over) This is the first installment of the Highlander series. This book maded me cry and laugh And fall in love althrough the book. I found this book to well writen with very stong characters. The two main characters are Grace Stutter and Laird Greylon MacKeague. Grace who is a Rocket Scientist is going home to see to her dying sisters last wish. The last wish Genre: Romance/ Time travel Author: Janet Chapman Book: Charming the Highlander My star rating: 5 out of 5 Will I re-read this? Yes (many times over) This is the first installment of the Highlander series. This book maded me cry and laugh And fall in love althrough the book. I found this book to well writen with very stong characters. The two main characters are Grace Stutter and Laird Greylon MacKeague. Grace who is a Rocket Scientist is going home to see to her dying sisters last wish. The last wish was for Grace to give Mary's baby to the father. The problem with that is: The father claims to be born in 1171. Not 1971 but 1171. On the flight home she is flying with a cocky pilot, one hot big man and the baby. The big hot man is Laird Grey MacKeague. And just by looking at him you can tell that he is scared to death to fly. Well with a huge snow and ice storm going on I could see why as well. This story is about how men from the 1200's can make a living in the 21st century and how Laird Grey finds his soul mate in one rocket scientist. This book will make you laugh and cry. But warning... this book will make you read the whole thing in one sitting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chumchum_88

    This is the first book in the Highlander series for Janet Chapman, and its my first one for her. I'm not new to the traveling in time highlander theme, cause I read the highlander series for Karen Marie Moning, and I would like to say I wasn't disappointed, I loved it XD Okay I'm not a believer of love at first sight, but the main couple here were adorable. One of my favorite scenes in the book, is how they managed after the plane crash. the scene when everyone in the house enters the bedroom when This is the first book in the Highlander series for Janet Chapman, and its my first one for her. I'm not new to the traveling in time highlander theme, cause I read the highlander series for Karen Marie Moning, and I would like to say I wasn't disappointed, I loved it XD Okay I'm not a believer of love at first sight, but the main couple here were adorable. One of my favorite scenes in the book, is how they managed after the plane crash. the scene when everyone in the house enters the bedroom when one after the other, lets say interrupting the main couple, and how he chased them out with a sword. And the cocky comments the "superman" gave the heroin. Plus I loved the side editions, the gruff yet tenderhearted old Ian, the adorable trolled faced baby. Overall, *thumps up*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Neus Gutiérrez

    Le he puesto 3 estrellas más que nada porque la acción transcurre en tres o cuatro días, entre el prncipio y el final, con todo el amor de por medio, y eso le quita mucha credibilidad. Pero los personajes y la trama me parecen muy interesantes. Recomendado.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Piroska

    I gave up 10 pages before the end. I just can't. It started out okay (hence the two stars) and then it started to be a cheesy, contradictory mess with the attitude of cavemen. Or worse, narrow minded Christians from the 1950's. The other comments are right, it's not even worth the time to list all the faults again.

  17. 5 out of 5

    EB

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the second Janet Chapman book I’ve started, though only the first I’ve finished. I attempted to read The Seduction of his Wife because it sounded so delightfully batshit insane, but within 20 pages of the hero losing his shit with the heroine over the most minor of things I had to put it down. At the very least, this one didn’t start that way. Charming the Highlander begins with a 13th century druid trying to send a 13th century highland laird (it’s always a laird) to the 20th century so This is the second Janet Chapman book I’ve started, though only the first I’ve finished. I attempted to read The Seduction of his Wife because it sounded so delightfully batshit insane, but within 20 pages of the hero losing his shit with the heroine over the most minor of things I had to put it down. At the very least, this one didn’t start that way. Charming the Highlander begins with a 13th century druid trying to send a 13th century highland laird (it’s always a laird) to the 20th century so he can marry an as-yet-anonymous/unknown 20th century lady and produce lots of babies so the druid can eventually have his protegee. But then Greylen MacKeage (Greylen being a totally classic 13th century Scottish name, so many Greylens), along with a few of his men, are ambushed by a rival clan, the MacBains. Long prologue short: everyone gets flung into the 20th century. Flash forward four years and Grace Sutter is saying goodbye to her dying sister Mary. Mary ran away from the father of her baby when he proposed marriage and explained that, oh, as an aside, he’s actually from the 13th century? Several months later, Mary gets into a fatal car accident (trying to get back to him once she realizes she loves him enough to deal with him being a time traveler), leaving her slightly premature baby to her sister with the promise that Grace will take the baby back to its father. This is the set-up, but before I go further with my thoughts, I will say that this book suffers from a common problem of throwing a million plot ideas at the wall and just kind of half-assedly dealing with all of them. I might be in the minority here, but I honestly don’t need much of a plot at all if the relationship is strong enough to carry the novel along. Which is all set-up to talk about the rest of this book. Grey(len) and Grace end up on the same six seater bush plane to Pine Creek, Maine. It crashes. Greylen uses CPR to bring Baby back to life. Oh right, because Mary makes Grace promise to let the baby’s father name him, Grace continues to call the month old baby Baby for 3/4s of the book. Which is delightful, you can imagine. Naturally, because of magic and science, Grey falls in love with Grace at first sight and in true Highlander Laird fashion becomes super possessive. Though, I will say, Grey’s possessiveness and other associated 13th century Man Traits are almost an afterthought. As if Chapman was concerned that maybe he was little TOO modern and forward thinking, so there should probably be a part where he curses at her and screams he loves her while grasping her shoulders almost painfully. It’s all very paint by numbers in that respect, but since the author wasn’t terribly committed to the accuracy of Grey’s characterization, he’s not nearly as intolerable as one would expect. Then there’s another near death experience where Grace almost freezes to death before she finally makes it back home after Grey saves her life. (Again.) But there’s a massive ice storm! This is where there starts to be a million plot threads that are just tossed out left and right. Grey’s family is opening a ski resort and the ice storm MIGHT ruin their ski lift. Baby’s father’s Christmas tree farm is in danger of being ruined. Grace abandoned her job in Virginia to come here, and her almost-sort-of-boyfriend-and-boss shows up more than halfway through the book in order to tell her that her project (she’s a rocket scientist) has been sold to a Japanese firm that is going to use it to build a weapon of mass destruction. But wait! She can’t pull out because agents from that company are coming to kidnap her and will probably kill her! It was such an unnecessary divergence that I was just aggravated. The book developed a totally different tone and plot for all of about 75 pages in the latter half of the book and distracted from what the rest of the book was about. There’s also a whole backstory of the MacKeages hating Baby’s dad because of a whole mess that went down back in the 13th century. It’s exhausting, honestly. I can’t even remember all the stuff that got brought up and dismissed in the blink of an eye. But it resulted in the book just getting terribly messy and convoluted by the end of it. Between the magic plotline that was also in the background but never fully committed to, and the rocket ship/WMD plotline that was never fully committed to, and the 13th century personalities and adjustments that are never fully committed to, it just felt like a novel that was trying to be everything, but not achieving much of anything. All this to say, I didn’t hate the book. Certainly not like I hated The Lion’s Lady that I reviewed previously. I gave this one 3 stars on goodreads, because on the whole, it’s inoffensive and silly and certainly a quick read. But it’s honestly more somewhere in the range of 2.5-2.75. Oh! But I almost forgot my favourite part! Grace had to hide Baby’s feet from his father for a long time because she wasn’t ready to give him up (and thought the father was insane because he thought he was from the 13th century) because —- the both had twelve toes. At that point, I just had to put my head down and laugh.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    So I started this book in 2009 and just finished it now, at the end of 2012, because I was skimming through my Kindle books and realized I had just given up on this book but I was like 85% of the way done. Well, now I know why I didn't bother finishing it. What a stupid book! The plot did not seem necessary at all. Why did Grey and his MacKeage warriors have to be transported from Medieval Scotland to 21st century (a time period that the "heroine" Grace constantly mentioned) America? There are p So I started this book in 2009 and just finished it now, at the end of 2012, because I was skimming through my Kindle books and realized I had just given up on this book but I was like 85% of the way done. Well, now I know why I didn't bother finishing it. What a stupid book! The plot did not seem necessary at all. Why did Grey and his MacKeage warriors have to be transported from Medieval Scotland to 21st century (a time period that the "heroine" Grace constantly mentioned) America? There are plenty of contemporary stories where modern day men act like they are from the Medieval period (until the right lady comes along, etc.) without actually having to bring time travel into the equation. I guess that whole concept just seemed so unnecessary that it just lent a lame tone to the rest of the book. Grace, however, was an exceedingly annoying character. "I am a 21st century, female rocket scientist!! I don't need men, unless I need to lift heavy objects (view spoiler)[or am kidnapped (hide spoiler)] !!!" (view spoiler)[I mean honestly, when attacked in a electrical shed by men meaning to kidnap you, don't go "I shall jump out at them and kick them, very hard, in the shins." Really? Your amazing rocket science brain didn't think "I am playing with live wires and must have some tools around since I just stripped these live wires and I am wearing metal cleats on my feet. I shall use some of these objects as weapons." She was a total hypocrite the entire time! (view spoiler)[And then at the end when she seemed to suddenly remember that she should be a ~virgin~ for her wedding (well way too late: PREGNANT) and then she's all "You need to court me proper, like a lady, all old fashioned like". When she said she wanted old fashioned courting I was hoping Grey would make some crack about "well this is how we did it in Medieval Scotland" and like carry her back to his castle or something. Alas, no. He was quite lame as well. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] Seriously, this was an annoying, not that well thought out book that maybe would make more sense if I read the rest of the series, but that would mean that I would have to read the rest of the series. I am sort of shocked by how the high the rating for this book is on Goodreads as I feel the ratings are generally pretty spot on on this site.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    "None of them looks like Grace," Ian observed. "They're bigger and much rougher around the edges. And one of them, what was his name? Brian, I think she called him. He looks as if he eats babies for breakfast." Grey noted the inflection of praise in Ian's voice for that possibility. 3.5 Stars Who doesn't love a broody, domineering Scotsman? I'm going through a Highlander phase and when I heard author Janet Chapman had a fantastic series about sexy, time-traveling warriors I jumped at the chance "None of them looks like Grace," Ian observed. "They're bigger and much rougher around the edges. And one of them, what was his name? Brian, I think she called him. He looks as if he eats babies for breakfast." Grey noted the inflection of praise in Ian's voice for that possibility. 3.5 Stars Who doesn't love a broody, domineering Scotsman? I'm going through a Highlander phase and when I heard author Janet Chapman had a fantastic series about sexy, time-traveling warriors I jumped at the chance to read them. Charming the Highlander is the perfect story to start the series off. Grace has just lost her sister Mary and been given the task of delivering her baby to the father who lives in Pine Creek, her hometown. She struggles to cope with this enormous responsibility, she's never been the maternal type so has to learn as she goes not to mention she's dealing with her grief over Mary. But she made a promise and intends to keep it, but first she's going to suss the father Michael MacBain out before she hands over the child. Grace then runs into another problem, she has to board a plan along with the overbearing Laird Greylen MacKeage so what else could possibly go wrong?? Well the plane crashes of course, stranding Grey, Grace and a 4 week old baby in the snow. Grace may be the smart rocket scientist but her technology won't work in the middle of nowhere so it's up to Grey to save the day. I really felt sorry for Grace in this book, she's just lost her sister but still manages to take on the role as mother to her child. Her emotions were all very genuine as well, she showed vulnerability and broke down which only made her feel like a real person with real problems. Grey is her perfect match and compliment each other very well. They may butt heads constantly but he knows when to give in. *chuckle* I'm really interested about all the other characters and I'm so glad Michael gets to have his own book, that poor man needs a happily ever after. If you're looking for a sweet, funny romance with sexy Scots then I would definitely recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I didn't love this book as much as the fourth book, but it was still a good highlander romance with the added aspect of some paranormal elements. This book's main character was Greylen, a sexy hero who is trying to still assimilate into modern culture after being ripped out of his own time period in Scotland. He finds himself on a plane ride back to his home when he meets Grace Sutter, sister to one of his neighbors. When he first sees her he thinks there might be something special about her, bu I didn't love this book as much as the fourth book, but it was still a good highlander romance with the added aspect of some paranormal elements. This book's main character was Greylen, a sexy hero who is trying to still assimilate into modern culture after being ripped out of his own time period in Scotland. He finds himself on a plane ride back to his home when he meets Grace Sutter, sister to one of his neighbors. When he first sees her he thinks there might be something special about her, but that's thrust into the back of his mind when the plane goes down and crashes. He needs to help Grace and her 4 month old baby off the mountain safely. I liked the plot of this one, and I really loved Greylen. He was a strong, alpha male but he wasn't so obnoxious that he bothered me. I love the way he interacted with Grace, and how he just accepted that she was smarter than him and wasn't really upset by it. He was definitely my favorite part of the book! Grace was an okay character, I liked that she was really intelligent and pushed the male characters around. But I also thought she had some weird tendencies and it freaked me out how she was so attached to her sister's ashes. That just felt strange to me. It was great to learn more about the characters that I was introduced to in the fourth book and to see how everything started out. All in all, it was a good book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    The first book in Janet Chapman's Highlander series is full of both humorous and tender moments. It starts off on a somber note with the heroine dealing with the death of her beloved sister, but soon picks up its pace with the addition of our hero Greylen and an unexpected plane crash. The interaction between the characters was definitely comical at times and sweet at others. My favorite thing about this book was that in addition to the sweet/humorous romance the author touched a bit on the hard The first book in Janet Chapman's Highlander series is full of both humorous and tender moments. It starts off on a somber note with the heroine dealing with the death of her beloved sister, but soon picks up its pace with the addition of our hero Greylen and an unexpected plane crash. The interaction between the characters was definitely comical at times and sweet at others. My favorite thing about this book was that in addition to the sweet/humorous romance the author touched a bit on the hardships of losing a loved one and how sometimes that love can transcend even death. It is a bit different from usual time travel novels in that the characters have already had time to adjust to their leap through time. The only one who has any kind of problem at this point is the heroine who for the most part is in disbelief at the possibility of them being from a different time. The only problem I had with this book was that the romance was a bit fast and there wasn't as much getting to know you as I felt there could have been. It really was a wonderfully enchanting read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I admit to buying this book only for the word highlander in the title. Grey is great - every woman's dream man. Tall, strong, dependable, trustworthy, protective... But what is that - going after men with guns armed only with a sword. He's lived in this century for four years, and still hasn't figured out the odds? Grace on the other hand only made me want to slap her - hard. The selfishness of that woman made me cringe. In my opinion, every father has the right to know he has a son, and every son I admit to buying this book only for the word highlander in the title. Grey is great - every woman's dream man. Tall, strong, dependable, trustworthy, protective... But what is that - going after men with guns armed only with a sword. He's lived in this century for four years, and still hasn't figured out the odds? Grace on the other hand only made me want to slap her - hard. The selfishness of that woman made me cringe. In my opinion, every father has the right to know he has a son, and every son needs to know his real father. I know her sister died, and all, but what the hell was she thinking?! The plot itself was good - only the kidnapping scene towards the end just wasn't right. It disrupted everything, if you ask me. The author could think of something else, if she wanted to add some suspense.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jodotha

    This is a perfect formula romance, with totally cliche ingredients. Take one time traveling Scotsman. Add muscles and old-world values. Toss in a modern woman with genius-level technological smarts. Stir in a liberal spoonful of strong will. For variety, throw in a dash of family drama, and an ancient feud. Sprinkle with slight trauma. Let simmer for length of book. Viola! Yummy romance. And there's a reason the formula works. Quite frankly, there really were times in this book where I thought, "Seri This is a perfect formula romance, with totally cliche ingredients. Take one time traveling Scotsman. Add muscles and old-world values. Toss in a modern woman with genius-level technological smarts. Stir in a liberal spoonful of strong will. For variety, throw in a dash of family drama, and an ancient feud. Sprinkle with slight trauma. Let simmer for length of book. Viola! Yummy romance. And there's a reason the formula works. Quite frankly, there really were times in this book where I thought, "Seriously?" because it did get overt. But for a girl like me, who does not mind it when a book makes her say, "Awwww!"...usually this was not a problem. Need a weekend chill out? Good book. Need a book to make you think? Not so much. But c'mon people, it's Romance. You get what you pay for, and that's good enough for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I liked the idea of the book: highlander, time travel, romance and snow (yes, I love snow) but unfortunately I found this story a bit of a miss. It starts off really sad with a death of a loved one and some really emotional scenes; if that is your sort of thing I think you will love this, but I read to escape the stress of real life. I found that it set the tone for the rest of the book. The story chugged along without engaging me and I was pleased to finally get to the end. The part of the stor I liked the idea of the book: highlander, time travel, romance and snow (yes, I love snow) but unfortunately I found this story a bit of a miss. It starts off really sad with a death of a loved one and some really emotional scenes; if that is your sort of thing I think you will love this, but I read to escape the stress of real life. I found that it set the tone for the rest of the book. The story chugged along without engaging me and I was pleased to finally get to the end. The part of the story that I think would have been interesting, the highlander finding himself in the future after time traveling and having to get used to a new way of living, wasn't described at all, which I found disappointing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I usually read romances when I'm looking for something light and easy to read and then I get irritated with the standard formula: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, something that could be solved if they'd talk to each other stands in their way, some crisis finally forces them to talk to each other and admit they love one another, and they live happily ever after. However, there are a couple of romance writers that are the exception for me. This Highlander series (and others occurring on I usually read romances when I'm looking for something light and easy to read and then I get irritated with the standard formula: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, something that could be solved if they'd talk to each other stands in their way, some crisis finally forces them to talk to each other and admit they love one another, and they live happily ever after. However, there are a couple of romance writers that are the exception for me. This Highlander series (and others occurring on Tarstone Mountain) by Janet Chapman are one of those exceptions. For one, they rarely, if ever follow that formula. Also, Ms. Chapman has incorporated an interesting premise that the heroes have travelled through time to arrive in present day Maine. Not your usual romance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jewell Moreno

    Time traveling scottish clansmen falls in love with current rocket scientist. Nothing unbelievable there...Still it was a charming story, and I like the characters. I struggled with how quickly the relationship between the two main characters happened, I think the author was going in the direction that it was magical, but what it accomplished for me was the common sense of the aforementioned rocket scientist was extremely questionable. The secondary characters really filled out this story, and I Time traveling scottish clansmen falls in love with current rocket scientist. Nothing unbelievable there...Still it was a charming story, and I like the characters. I struggled with how quickly the relationship between the two main characters happened, I think the author was going in the direction that it was magical, but what it accomplished for me was the common sense of the aforementioned rocket scientist was extremely questionable. The secondary characters really filled out this story, and I think I enjoyed them more. I liked the way this author described the location and settings in the story, I felt like I could see them, or was there myself. Romance isn't my favorite genre but I like how simple they are to read, and always have a happy ending. This one fit the bill.

  27. 5 out of 5

    3shell

    This is such a disappointing read. Confusing plot, wimpy heroine. I hated her from the very first time she decided to keep her sister's son to herself, conveniently dismissing her sister's last request. It's not even her decision to make, for god's sake, since the baby wasn't hers in the first place. It's really annoying that she knew what was the right thing to do but kept on justifying her decision for her own selfishness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    DNF'd around 50% through. This was so, so bad. A lot of it made NO SENSE, like the wizard transports this guy to the 20th century so that he can meet his mate and have a baby because their baby will be the wizard's heir. HOW DOES THAT WORK? HOW WOULD THAT BE THE WIZARD'S HEIR WHEN IT AIN'T EVEN HIS BABY??? Also the male love interest was an ass who literally states that men are superior to women and it isn't challenged NEARLY ENOUGH for my liking. NO THX.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Warner

    Greylen MacKeage had never given much thought to marriage after the death of his fiancee. Meeting Grace Sutter, Greylen had to face the fact that his trip from twelfth century Scotland to modern day Maine made everything worth while. A delightful tale. Fast-paced with a wonderful mixture of rugged Highland magic and modern day science.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amor

    2.5* en realidad. No lo puntúo más porque, a pesar de que se lee de un tirón, la premisa de la que parte es increíble y el desarrollo durante apenas 1 semana es muy embrollado, dónde a la protagonista no se le ve la supuesta inteligencia o que sea netamente normal, porque algún ataque de ansiedad, o siquiera asombro, debería haber tenido.

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