Successful matchmaker Brianagh O’Rourke believes in happily-ever-afters...just not her own. She’s convinced passion only exists in her dreams. When she reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal, Bri decides she needs a vacation—but she didn't expect it to be in 13th century Ireland.
Laird Nioclas MacWilliam just wants peace for his clan. The time for him to marry has come, and after waiting years for his ally to present their daughter, he’s agreed to marry another. But on the eve of his nuptials, a daring rescue brings his missing betrothed right into his arms.
And she does not want to be there.
Brianagh has to return to the future. Nioclas has to marry. He offers a solution for the both of them: She marries him and stays for three months, and they work together to convince his clan they are a love match. In return, he vows to safely return her home. But as the days turn to weeks, they both begin to see what a happily-ever-after could be. And when the time comes, does Brianagh return to the life she’s built, or does she remain in the past for a chance at true love?
The Winter Laird reminds me a bit of Melissa Mayhue's Magic of Time series. I love the idea of a man or woman traveling back in time. Add in the fact that one character thinks everything is just a dream until reality sets in and I am hooked! I enjoyed the tension, the bit of drama and the constant action. I was constantly on the edge, curious to know how things were going to end. The characters are fun and felt realistic, while the story was cleverly written.
The one thing that threw me a bit off was the constant back and forth from present, to past, and then to the future. I found that to be a bit disconcerting and had me a bit woozy. But the overall story was good and the characters were great, so I think it kind of evened everything out.
If you like romance featuring time-traveling sexy Scots and spirited heroines, then this book will be PERFECT for you! I give The Winter Laird by Nancy Scanlon a FABULOUS FOUR SHOOTING STARS! Its full of action, sizzling chemistry, and an interesting plot.