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1. Dragonfly in Amber
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Asin: 0440215625
Catlog: Book (1993-11-02)
Publisher: Dell
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Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets.But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills.Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
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5-0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Reading these books will cause a strong addiction!
And I might add that no amount of therapy will cure you!
I had to go to a conference this past week--a four hour drive from my home. Since my husband drove, this gave me a glorious block of UNINTERUPPTED time to finish DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. I also brought almost a month's worth of unread newspapers and several unopened PEOPLE magazines. In addition, I brought along a newly published and highly acclaimed book of short stories written by one of my former students. My intentions were to finish my book and then catch up on the aforementioned readings. HA! Thankfully, I also packed Gabaldon's third book because no amount of self-control would allow me to read anything but VOYAGER! I have no idea when I'm going to clean my house or do my Christmas shopping (I do still go to work). The only reason I'm writing this review is that I don't want all the books to 'run together'.
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is the second book of the highly acclaimed Outlander series. Jamie and Claire's adventures continue but the story actually begins at the end. It is 1968 and Claire has returned to Scotland with her 20-year-old daughter, Brianna. The next nearly 1000 pages involve Claire, Brianna, and a young historian named Roger and their attempts to find out what happened to Jamie, the love of Claire's life (and Brianna's father). Most of this novel is about what happens to the young lovers in the two years before Claire escapes back through the rocks in the year 1746.
Gabaldon is an extremely gifted writer. Her character development is so phenomenal that I too, have fallen in love with the red-headed Scottish Highlander. When he says things like: "Oh, Claire, ye do break my heart wi' loving you." or, "Dye think I don't know? It's me that has the easy part now. For if ye feel for me as I do for you--then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it." and, " I will find you, (he whispered in my ear). I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you--then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest. Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well,"--it makes me wish I was Claire!
Well, there I go, I'm crying again! Let me go get my Kleenex and continue with VOYAGER. Thank Heaven for carryout!

5-0 out of 5 stars FYI:Read-You WONT be disappointed!!
I'm still riding high from the first book, Outlander. As soon as I finished it I started on Dragonfly in Amber with more relish.

The characters are so memorable, strong and resilient. It's great that they can be continued and the transition is well done. The strong Red Jamie and the mystical Claire, the healer.

She doesn't spend too much time retelling and gives us enough glimpse of what happened during those missing years without boring you too much.

Enter Brianna, Jamie and Claire's only child, who is unaware of the true origins of her heritage.

Some of the events and scenes are little unbelievable. It seems that everybody wants Jamie the Warrior.

Their plight in Paris and political escapades are intriguing and we are enlightened about Claire's husband, Frank Randall's relative, Black Jack Randall. Gaps are filled in that weren't there in the first book. As soon as you finish this book, the cliffhanger will make you get the third installment ASAP!

All in all, you will highly enjoy the second installment of the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still Addicted
This is a great sequel to OUTLANDER. The hero and heroine are in for more action, wrenching emotions, and the war for Scottish independence. What more can I say? - GREAT READING

4-0 out of 5 stars Not so easy to change history after all
I read this whole book with a sense of dread at the impending prospects of Culloden and what Jamie's involvement would be. It was quite stressful! It made me think about how maybe it is not so easy after all for one person (or two) to actually change the movements of history. How awful to go back in time weaponed with knowledge that you can do so little about no matter how hard you try. Perhaps a lesson for our times?

I was, however, disturbed in this book by the duplicity of Claire. She MADE the decision to stay with Jamie and not return to Frank. So why, then, does she keep Frank's ring on her finger and not let him go? She holds onto Frank out of duty and I felt sorry for poor Jamie and how fiercely he loves Claire. I just kept expecting her to come to a point where she was completely and wholly "with" Jamie! I truly don't understand it (maybe it's just me?). Perhaps it is all just a plot device by the author so we all don't feel too guilty that Claire WAS a married woman when she stepped through the stones and she DID get married again. That we have to feel some semblance of respect for Frank?? I dunno.

This author has some guts, I tell you. It seems in this book everything pure was turned into the profane. I was constantly shocked that she actually went through with some of these things! I.e., before young Mary was raped, I thought surely.... But then it happens! In vivid detail!

I approach Voyager with a sense of relief that at least Culloden is over!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outlander
I just read Outlander and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. The book is fantastic. I now want to go to Scotland to find a carbon copy of Jamie! Incredible storytelling, I strongly recommend this book. ... Read more

2. Voyager
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Asin: 0440217563
Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
Publisher: Dell
Sales Rank: 3919
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took.Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser.Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden.Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived.Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite--or forever doom--her timeless love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars VOYAGER BRINGS IT ON HOME!!!
The third in a series of exceptionally well written time travel, adventure/romance books by the author, it tells a gripping and highly entertaining tale. There are four such novels published to date in what is hoped to be a series of six books. I urge the interested reader to start at the beginning and read each and every one. Do not be daunted by the length. Trust me when I say that you will wish that they were longer, so riveting a story does the author unfold. A masterful storyteller, the author employs the superlative use of historical events and period detail to weave an engaging three dimensional tapestry of timeless love and adventure. While the core of the story is about a love that transcends time, it is, however, much more than that. It is an adventure story that grips the reader from beginning to end and is positively addictive!

The love that spans time is that which twentieth century Englishwoman, Claire Randall, has for eighteenth century Scottish highlands warrior, James Fraser. Those readers who have read the first book in the series, "Outlander", know that in 1945, Claire, a combat nurse during World War II, is reunited with her husband, Frank, after the war. While on a second honeymoon in Scotland, she visits a strange, flat topped hill, where a forbidding stone circle draws her. Touching one of the stones, she is hurled through a vortex in time and finds herself in eighteenth century Scotland, where she meets a brave and brawny, red headed Scot, James Fraser, with whom she falls head over heels in love. Finding herself thrust into the midst of clan warfare and intrigue, she and her beloved 'Jamie' have enough adventures to last a lifetime.

The second book, "Dragonfly in Amber", is a continuation of that story, told from the perspective of the twentieth century where Claire, now a doctor, has lived for the past twenty years. Upon the death of her twentieth century husband, Frank, Claire returns to Scotland with her grown, red headed daughter, Brianna. There, she discloses to Brianna the events of her secret past, as well as the truth of whom Brianna's biological father truly is and of the love that Claire bore him.

While in Scotland, however, Claire discovers something that will forever change her future, as well as her past. You see, for the past twenty years, Claire has mistakenly believed that her beloved 'Jamie' died in the historic battle of Culloden. It was there that the Scottish highlanders bravely fought the English in a misguided attempt to restore Charles Stuart, their bonnie Prince Charlie, to the throne of England, only to be decimated on the battlefield. Those few who survived were branded as Jacobite traitors and imprisoned, and their families disenfranchised. It is this very event that Claire and 'Jamie' had conspired to change, only to fail.

Their story transports the reader from the turmoil of the Scottish highlands to the intrigue of the French Court and regales the reader with the adventures of the two lovers, as they conspire to change the very course of history. It was this valiant attempt that ultimately brought Claire and 'Jamie' to the crossroad that would compel them to part and have Brianna become a denizen of the twentieth century.

In "Voyager", Claire, now realizing that the love of her life and soulmate survived the battle of Culloden, makes the decision to go back in time and find James Fraser, as for the past twenty years her love for him has remained constant. Leaving her daughter, Brianna, she once more hurls herself into the vortex of time to eighteenth century Scotland to begin her search for James Fraser, in hope of being reunited with her 'Jamie'.

This book tells the story of what happened to Claire Randall and James Fraser in those intervening twenty years. It tells of their ultimate reunion and rediscovery. With historical events as a backdrop and an unforgettable cast of characters, it regales the reader with their new adventures, as Claire returns to a still divided, turmoil ridden Scotland. Reunited with James Fraser, none the worse for wear, they seek to make a life for themselves. As their love comes full circle, they take to the high seas, and their adventures continue. This compelling time travel saga is sure to captivate the reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars The series only gets better...........
First of all, this 3rd book in the Outlander series introduces Major Lord John Grey who is the main character in Diana Gabaldon's new trilogy.

I am not a "romance" reader but am completely hooked on this series. The Outlander Series was recommended to me 10 years ago and when I read the discription of the story, I thought, "noooo, not for me". Then it was recommended by another person who just raved about the book. So I picked up a copy of Outlander almost a month ago, then Dragonfly in Amber, now Voyager and haven't put the series down. I absolutely loved reading the historical detail, the growth of respect and love between Claire and Jamie, and the fascinating characters introduced in each book in the series. Who couldn't fall in love with Jamie afterall?

It is seldom when an author can make me unconsiously smile and then a few pages later tear. I liked this book more than I did Dragonfly because the intimatcy between Claire and Jamie was left more to the imagination of the reader. This made the story flow more smoothly in my opinion. In addition, this book answered a number of questions left from Dragonfly.

This is more than a story of Claire returning to Jamie. It explains what happened to the clansmen during and following the Battle at Culloden. In addition, we find out what happened to Claire and Jamie during the twenty year separation. I felt sad to think that Jamie had not survived after Claire stepped through the stones, even though I knew better because he appears in the next book. Now that's good writing!

There is only one issue, just how many more whippings, stabbings, hits over the head, rapes, and shootings is Jamie going to be able to take?

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good (Not Great) Read
I thought this book started slow, I would have preferred jumping right into the plot instead of so much backstory. There were quite a few things that were hard to suspend disbelief about. How many times can Jaime be injured? Does anyone realize how hard it was for a woman to get into medical school in the 1950's, especially since she has no formal education whatsoever? And what is with the homosexual hangup? It was OLD in the second book. Does the author think every gay man is out to get her husband? Lots of great action, though, still a very entertaining read.

3-0 out of 5 stars How much more torture can these guys take?
I never read reviews in detail until AFTER I have read a book because I never want to spoil my impression of it. This book was good, if somewhat contrived. There were just too many coincidental "meetings" of characters again and again. I feel Gabaldon could have moved the book along significantly by jumping right in where Claire goes back in time to find Jamie, and THEN filling us in on the backstory. As it was, the first third of the book grew tiresome to me sometimes.

In Outlander, I loved the sweetness of Claire and Jamie but was concerned back then that they were altogether too "good" and the bad characters were too "bad." As their story unravels, however, I love that they are increasingly revealed as complex and at times troubling people. Sometimes they make bad choices. Sometimes they make decisions that hurt each other or betray each other (witness Claire associating with Jack Randall in Dragonfly). That's what makes their relationship so heartbreaking to me and what keeps me going through all the wordiness and slowness of these books. You feel like you slowly learn the dimension of these people. There are no pat answers in this series and nothing is quickly wrapped up.

I have to admit, Claire and Jamie I felt rather departed from their sensible selves in this volume. As far as Jamie's bastard son, come on, Jamie's an intelligent man. You can't tell me he wouldn't know of the ways NOT to get a girl pregnant (even if it is the 1700s)! Claire rarely tells Jamie she loves him and she doesn't adequately explain to him the emptiness of her life with Frank. Also, I felt she expected way too much of Jamie upon their meeting again. She flies in off her fairy hill and expects things to be exactly the same between them. Twenty years is a LONG time to be apart and she should have been more accepting of his choices. I commend Jamie for trying to get on with his life. Besides, for one who has enough guts to ask people, "who the hell are you?" -- don't you think Claire would have just ASKED Jamie straight out if he had remarried? This just seemed a departure from her character as we had known it. However, I am so taken with Claire and Jamie and their relationship I have to keep reading the series to find out what happens to them.

I am fatigued with the homosexual theme in these books - when it popped up in this one I hit my forehead with my palm and said, "AGAIN??" Not that I am a prude by any means, I just think it has been repeatedly overused and with the continual mention of homosexual sex and even various forms of male rape among various characters, I have to wonder at the psyche of the author??? I am also growing bored with poor Jamie (and now Claire) being wounded again and again and again. Jamie seems to spend his time being sewn up by Claire and I have to wonder how much a body can take!

That said, this is an awesome and very thorough series of books and I can't wait to continue the adventure. I approach Drums of Autumn a bit apprehensively, but I'm sure it won't disappoint. None of the books have, yet!

5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT A RIDE
Diana Gabaldon can tell a story!!! This is the third in the series and what a book. You feel like you are right in the middle of it all. History masterfully woven into the tale of great love and advernture. I recommend the series to EVERYONE! Men love it, too! ... Read more

3. Outlander
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Asin: 0440212561
Catlog: Book (1992-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Once in the Highlands....
The book and series were recommended by some friends of my Mum's and she went searching. Not really a "romance" kinda gal, the book store lady assured us--in glowing terms usually reserved for the most elite of movie stars and politicians--that these books were the read of the century. Well, she said the magic words to me--"time travel" and "Scotland." Hey, I'm there. What I was not prepared for was not only an action packed piece of historical fiction, but a hero that I fell in love with as well. There is something so unique and endearing about Jamie Fraser, that I couldn't help it. He is, in turn, the hard headed, pragmatic Scot of his time (1743) and the big, dumb, romantic kid with his wide eyed innocense of love and marriage. And his ability to whip out the one liners had me laughing hysterically. But this book is action from beginning to end as we, through Claire, discover life in the Highlands prior to the Culloden uprising. It was brutal and not at all the romance we've been led to know. Ms. Gabaldon has written an incredible piece with real characters performing real life and I was so caught up, I stayed up far too late to read. I was not disposed to put it down to sleep or eat. I doubt you will be either. I've started the next book in the series and the promise of holding me rapt is there as well. Bottom line...GET THIS BOOK!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Adsolutely Enthralling! I'm Still Entranced By This Book!
I came across this book by accident, and it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in recent years. Having just read J. Suzanne Frank's "Reflections in the Nile," I came across a review of her book that commended Frank's work as equally satisfying as Gabaldon's. From that review, I decided to buy "Outlander" and quickly became absorbed in this well-crafted tale of history, romance, gallantry, and desire.

Despite it's voluminous size, I read it every night well into the wee hours of the morning as if I could finish it in a day. I was enraptured by the vividly-drawn 18th century characters of Dougal, Collum, Captain Randall and of course...Jaime Frasier and Claire Beauchamp. The detailed intermingling of historical events, time-travel, adventure, and of timeless love blew me away. This book made me cry, hold my breath in suspense, laugh out loud, and share in the escapades of Jaime and Claire as if I were there myself. I felt their pain, triumph, and undying love, and wished I was Claire being comforted by Jaime's strong enbrace.

I was a bit depressed to come to the end of this book, but absolutely elated to find that it was simply the first of a six-part series. I promptly ordered the next three installments and found myself waiting impatiently for them to arrive. I guess I'm lucky that I stumbled onto this remarkable series late in the game...I don't have to wait so long to read each successive novel. I will order the fifth installment when it's released and will likely hold my breath waiting for the sixth. I can't wait to see how the story of Claire and Jaime and their colorful supporting players unravels.

Diana Gabaldon is an extraordinary writer with a penchant for mixing history with romance. If J. Suzanne Frank whetted my appetite for historical romance adventures, Gabaldon certainly sealed my fate as a fan for life.

3-0 out of 5 stars This book is a bodice-ripper romance
I had heard wonderful things about it, and for the first couple of hundred pages, really enjoyed it. But let's face it, this is a historical romance -- great if that's what you like. I learned that I really don't like historical romances any better than I like romance novels. I quit reading about halfway through -- the book just went on and on, and after a while, the novelty of the device (time travel) seemed to have lost interest for the author, because we were totally imbedded in the earlier time period.

If you love romances, this will probably be just your cup of tea. If you don't normally read romance novels, be warned.

5-0 out of 5 stars I would give Outlander a 10 if I could!
The ENTIRE series is magnificently written and the love story between Claire and Jaime is beautiful. Never have I read of another couple so in love with and dedicated to one another. EVER. That is saying alot when I have read so very, very, many, many, many, many, romance novels. Truthfully, I think that I continued to read -and reread- the series because I was so enamored of Jamie and his utter gallantry and sexiness. I do not believe that I have ever -or since- fallen so deeply and terribly in love with another romance hero the way I fell in love with Jaime Fraser. To give Claire her due, I must say that she was so kick ass. She does not fade into the background nor does she let any situation get her down. This fact is impressive when you find that many heroines at some point cease to be themselves and are sucked up into whatever the hero wants them to be. Claire remains Claire. And Jaime{sigh}well Jaime loves her with all his heart. This is a story that will make you laugh, rage, and weep with sorrow. Jaime and Claire's story will haunt you and remain with you long after you have read the last word. Theirs is a love that you know will never die.You will be DRIVEN to read the next book in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I LOVED this book, and all the sequels! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer, and therefore the books are very well written. The romance is wonderful, and the main character is an amazing woman. I LOVED IT!!!! ... Read more

4. The Outlandish Companion
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-29)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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For nine years, four books, and nearly 4,000 pages, Diana Gabaldon has entranced readers with her talent for historical authenticity, dramatic plot lines, and strong characters in the Outlander series. Her superb writing has earned a loyal audience, but after a million and a half words, even the most fervent of fans may have a difficult time trying to recall the exact details of the secondary characters, let alone the obscure ones. Thankfully, Gabaldon's The Outlandish Companion is here to help.

Part crib notes and part trivia guide, this essential handbook includes synopses of the first four novels, a character guide, notes on plot development and research, answers to frequently asked questions, and teasers for the upcoming novels--there're even horoscope charts of the central characters, a list of fan Web sites, and choice recipes for the truly devoted.

Readers looking for a fix of Gabaldon's humorous voice or insight into her writing processes and characters will certainly be more than satisfied, but those looking for the next installment of Jamie and Claire's adventures will have to wait for The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in this bestselling series, expected sometime in late 1999 to early 2000. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, just like her other books.
I read THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION and found it very entertaining. It's a great complement to the first four books. I wish all serial authors would follow suit and supply something like this for their readers. Diana is true to form, always eons ahead of the fictional writer's pack.

I'm surprised by some of the "green with envy" bad reviews she's received. To the lady from Grapevine, Tx, read this "I am a disappointment". There was so much pre-publication write up about the COMPANION, only residents from Pluto would have missed not learning about it's contents and that it was a "COMPANION" to the previous books. To PA, USA, "BREEKS" are breeches, now if you want to know what that is you'll have to open up a dictionary. If you want facts and a true understanding of the times, open up a history book and read to your heart's content. Since you already have the COMPANION, it would be wise to take advantage of Diana's resource list. Mr. Gaelic from Seattle, "BAD GAELIC" is bad grammar, oh, that's right, your expectise is in Gaelic not english grammar.

What is it with you ppl, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION was a gift from Diana to her fans. If you're not her fan, then what are you doing paying out money for a book you don't want. Your reviews say more about your character flaws than they do about Diana's writing technique or her books. There aren't many great writer out there of Diana's calibre but Diana does have many loyal fans. Those of you who don't like her, it's your loss not hers.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's not perfect, but it's still a great companion
After reading the first four Outlander books, I was very excited to read The Outlandish Companion. I absolutely love the way Gabaldon writes just as if she is talking to you, telling you the story of how and why and where the books came from. I felt like we were hanging out together as I read through this book.
I won't give this book five stars, because I do think there were several things that could have been improved (i.e. the dictionary!), and I did find some areas a little boring (the
horoscope isn't my thing and I felt she rambled on about a few subjects that didn't matter, plus I think she spent far too much time trying to explain the computer). However, I loved the FAQ and other Q&A sections. I really enjoyed reading HER answers to some of the questions I had. I still didn't always agree with her on some of the points made in the section on things people complain about, but that's what makes the world go 'round! I thought it was such a neat idea to put in the book, and she did change my thoughts on some issues (and I was with her from the beginning on the rest!). I absolutely loved reading where all her ideas came from and how she wrote the books.

I hope that there will be a final companion to the whole series and that she will take into account some of the criticism she got on this one and make it excellent. I think this is a must have addition to any Outlander Collection. Full of tidbits I'd never considered myself, full of wit and love and fun. Just a wonderful wonderful companion to the series!

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy investment
This book is just as good as you would expect, coming from Diana Gabaldon. It merges right into the Outlander series & is just chock full of information. It really is worth the money, especially if you plan to read the entire series. It was released before the 5th book, The Fiery Cross, so there is very little (if anything) about that book in the Companion.

Be sure to check out the web links section, there are some really cool Outlander websites & E-groups on the internet!

Happy reading,


4-0 out of 5 stars FUN & INFORMATIVE
This is a neat addition to the BEST series of books I have ever had the pleasure to read. OUTLANDER, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN & THE FIERY CROSS! Must reads one and all.

I really felt like I was sitting across the table having a warm and friendly conversation with an old friend, Diana Gabaldon! Because her 1000+ page books in the OUTLANDER series were written over the course of several years, people tend to forget some of the lesser characters or events. This book makes it easy to look up a person or even a Gaelic phrase to become familiar with past events. Having recently discovered this series, I've been fortunate to read these books straight through (at great expense to my personal life and sleep, I might add). Frankly, I can't imagine the torture of having to wait years for each book, especially between DRAGONFLY and VOYAGER!
Subsequently, I read this book in chronological order (5th) because I absolutely didn't want to miss a thing (even though the plot and characters remained familiar to me). I did turn to it twice before to look up a forgotten name and wish I hadn't because I learned something about an individual that took place in a future book. I do know people who like to read ahead but I won't even read a review of a book until I have finished it; I like to be surprised!
The great part of this book is all the information gleaned from Gabaldon's personal life. We are introduced to her husband and three children. We learn that besides the fact that she is a genius (she didn't state this--it's just a given considering the epic tales she weaves) and best selling author (not to mention going without sleep), she has quite a normal life as a wife and mother. Diana tells us the unorthodox way she spins her tales--not in sequential order, but in bits and pieces. The result is not only a tremendous insight into the author, but background information of characters (even horoscopes and genealogy-which did not interest me) and events in her delightful novels. ... Read more

5. Beyond the Highland Mist
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He would sell his warrior soul to possess her....

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir.No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart--until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue.Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length--but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time...

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her.Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love.Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .
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5-0 out of 5 stars Up all night
I bought this book on a friday afternoon. I happened to just pick it up in a bookstore and thought, "Why the Heck not?" The cover turned me off a little, but hey, it's romance. I usually read Lavryle Spencer and Beatrice Smalls books, but the bookstore had currently ran out of their novels. This book was sitting on the shelf out of place in plain sight so I read the back cover and snatched it.
I got home around 5 Started reading about 9 I had to finish the book to the end. I was up until 4 am finishing the book. It was intriguing...The time travel, the Heroine...I loved the fact that she was not a snivelling, whimpering woman who crumbled whenever a man scowled and screamed.
I love the fact that Hawk had to work for attention unlike in other bookd where a gorgeous man has woman falling all over him including the one that resists him at first.
I was a bit comfused by the King and Queen but I plan to go back and reread that section so that I can comprehend it better.
I thought that this book was one of a kind, I was definitely pleasantly suprised. I hope all who enjoy a good romance novel pick this book up and read it...I just hope that you don't stay up half the night trying to finish it like I did...and if you think it might happen to you, then read it on a friday!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Read
I did enjoy this book, despite the rather odd use of fairies and magic, which, even in the historical romance genre, is not real. The time travel theme is intriquing, but the use of the fae is even more far-out. Moning is a talented author, however, and breathes vivid life into her characters. You can visualize their expressions and emotions, and feel their love for each other. The hero is a very powerful yet tender, brave, man. The kind of guy you wish you could find. But, alas, this is romance and all heroes end up as the ideal man, even if they don't exist in real life. I feel this book should have been listed under paranormal romance or fantasy romance, if not time-travel. While the heroine goes back to a historical time period, it's not accurate to say this book is a historical. Quite romantic, yes. If you like fantasy and romance you will like this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Slow to Get Started
I think if I had skipped the first 3/4 of this book I would have loved it. You have to get beyond Adrienne's annoying and nasty character and the problem of why Hawk loves her almost at first sight even though he has bedded many more beautiful women. Adrienne was so mean to Hawk that I was hoping the poison or the arrow would actually kill her. Aside from that the last few chapters were great and the love making when it occurred near the end was also terrific. If you like the Highlander series, you should read this, but I would not recommend it as a first read in the series or you might not want to continue.

4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific story.Keeps you interested, but has annoying parts.
This is the third "Highlander" book I've read. I previously read Moning's "Kiss of The Highlander" and "The Dark Highlander." Both were 5- Star reads for me. This one was also excellent, but there was one thing that annoyed me: The leading lady's meanness at times. She purposely calls the hero (Hawk) by another man's name whenever he kisses her. She does this because she was hurt by another man in the past, and she has sworn- off men. But she has no regard for how much it hurts Hawk every time she does it. She treats him with a generally mean spirit through most of the book.

Other than that, the overall story is captivating. There is plenty of mystery, romance, and action. The love scenes are great. The book is really hard to put down. Moning truly knows how to write a story. I'm anxious for the next Highlander book coming soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Awesome! From the first page to the last, I couldn't put one of these books down for a minute without thinking about the characters and wanting to get right back to the stories! (My husband was thrilled with how fast I cooked supper for him while in the middle of reading one of the Highlander books.)
Karen Marie Moning knows how to do it right!
1. Beyond the Highland Mist
2. To Tame a Highland Warrior
3. The Highlander's Touch
4. Kiss of the Highlander
5. The Dark Highlander
6. The Immortal Highlander (Not Yet Released, I am anxiously awaiting it's release.)
This writer's work is a great escape from an everyday ordinary life. These books are worth the time and twice the money they are asking for them. Don't miss out, buy yours today! ... Read more

6. Son of the Morning
by Linda Howard
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All of Linda Howard's novels are wonderful but this exceptional time-travel is her first foray into paranormal romance--and it's not to be missed. Grace St. John, a scholar, unwittingly discovers the Knights of Templar's secret treasure. Suddenly, her life is upturned when she spies her boss murdering her husband and brother. With no reason to live, except to extract vengeance, Grace becomes a fugitive of the law as she attempts to find an explanation for this horrible act. Grace simultaneously translates 14th century medieval documents written by Black Niall. This embittered knight reaches into Grace's subconscious and the two begin to share dreams 700 years apart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Passionate, Compelling Must Read Romance
Time travel, history lesson, page singing romance all in one book. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. Linda Howard has truly outdone herself, her best romance story yet.You live the hero and heroines lives, you see through their eyes, you feel with their touch, and their emotions set the pages on fire. April 27, 1996 Grace St.John sees her husband and brother murdered and she runs seeking the reason why the senseless killing. On Friday, the thirteenth of October in the year of Our Lord 1307, the date which would be remembered as the day of darkness, was the destruction of the greatest military order to ever exist, the Knights of the Temple. A guardian of the treasure was chosen. Niall, Black Niall as he was called was chosen the Guardian. He protects a power that greedy people thru time has killed for. Grace St.John travels backward thru time seeking that power from Black Niall. Together they will conquer the greed of mankind in a romance that has no bounds. One other item I found of interest is that there is no proof that The Knight of the Templar did not exist.

I read this book because of the time travel after reading another similar romance theme. WOW! My only disappointment was that there wasn't more book. Linda Howard amazed me with Grace's authentic struggles to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. Grace's character made me proud to be a woman. I loved her because she wasn't particularly beautiful or helpless, instead she more like us ordinary human females. What made her so extraordinary was her intelligence and willingness to do and learn anything necessary to survive and extract vengeance.

Black Niall was a terrific hero. He can haunt my dreams anytime. I liked him rough, very masculine, and just slightly barbaric. Linda Howard did an excellent job of creating in Niall a hidden sensitivity and vulnerability that made him irrisistible. You realize very quickly that he loved and needed Grace passionately when he chose not to kill her, as his duty demanded, for discovering the "treasure". I understand Niall's anger with God for the destruction of the Templars not only because they had been in God's service for so long, but also, because they had become Niall's friends and "brothers". I think it was important to Niall to have family because he couldn't claim his own. It was a bit ironic that as the "Guardian", Niall could travel through time but he couldn't see far enough into the future realized that his God had provided for him.

For the reader in San Diego, if you wanted something that dealt with only fact and truth, look for your next book in NON-FICTION. Don't pick out a book whose excerpt reads: heroine travels back in time to meet hero. You'll be sadly disapointed. I take my own religion quite seriously but I also realize that fiction is just that: fiction. To enjoy you must "suspend your disbelief". By the way, Niall never wanted to become a monk, he was forced to in order to live. However, he never broke any of the vows he took while they were invoked. Remember that once the Templars were disbanded and he became the "guardian", all vows were revoked except that to protect the treasure with his life for as long as he lived. Niall was a lusty fellow, but then again, in those times, most men were.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too long
I liked this book because it had both romance, adventure, suspense... a kind of female Indiana Jones. The problem, in my humble opinion, resides in the fact the LH spent too long on the introduction and Graces' escape. Only about 1/4 of the book is dedicated to romance with Niall.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars, I definately would. This was one of Howard's greater books! I could not put it down. From the first page to the last, I would hang on her every word. I wish there had been more for me to read about Grace and Black Niall. Their chemistry was simply amazing. I would like to see another book by Howard along these lines, perhaps incorporating this story. It is a keeper for me, I plan to read it again, soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Okay...
This is one of Linda Howard's boks that I like but not one of the best. I would rate this book 4 and 3/4 a star but since they don't have that option I chose five.
In this Book the heroine, Grace St. Jone, she is well rounded and lives in a comfertable life. But that changes in a blink of an eye.
First her husband and brouther are killed in front of her. Her boss sends goons after her to kill her and steel her work...that her boss gave her!
Running for her life, and translating her work she runs into some unexpected friends.
Hiding from your evil boss, and his friends, while tring to translate, would be hard. But going through a strang flash back to vist a sexy man called the Black Niell. Who also seenms to be writting to you from the past.
I enjoyed this book. With all of Linda Howard's classic writting and awsome supportive characters. The ending was okay, the reason behind the last 1/4 missing of a star. But still worth recommending.

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7. Touch of Enchantment
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Most witches are delighted with their talents, but Tabitha (yes, she's named after the Bewitched character) is not only embarrassed by her talents, she has never honed her skills. Things just happen, especially after she is bequeathed a mysterious amulet that transports her back in time. In this sequel to Breath of Magic, modern girl meets medieval knight. And although Sir Colin of Ravenspeare, Tabitha's knight in shining armor, can't figure out her pajamas and bunny slippers, he is able to look past Tabitha's short hair and modern manner to find true love. Witches aren't exactly welcome in medieval England, so unless Tabitha can convince Ravenspeare to travel into the 20th century with her their future will remain uncertain. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a funny timetravel book!
This book is actually the sequel to "Breath of Magic" which I am going to go back and read now. I have loved very book Teresa Medeiros has written. She has humor, tenderness, true to life characters and she doesn't gloss over the harshness of the historical times of which she writes.

This book starts off with Tabitha, a modern day witch. Yes those of us old enough to remember "Bewitched" from Tv will know that Tabitha was the daughter with the cute little nose. The book actually mentions that show several times. Anyway she hates her magic because it never goes right. The 1st boy she ever kissed she turns into a frog by accident and it just kept getting worse to the point that she has almost hidden herself away from the world and her magic. Her parents,from "Breath of Magic" have tried to help her embrace her magic but to no avail.

Tabitha learns that her parents are missing and her mother has left her a special message to find an emerald amulet which transports her back in time to be found by her "knight in shining armor" Colin. Colin is on the run from the man who has killed his family and ruined his castle while he was away on a Crusade. He has returned to find eveything in ruin and his once best friend wanting to kill him. He almost trample Tabitha and from that day on they are forever linked.

Teresa Medeiros takes the reader on a wild adventure where your not sure you will end up next. The humor is terific, the love scenes hot enough to burn the paper and enough tenderness to make you cry. I really liked this book and can't wait to get the 1st book and read it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Touch of Enchantment
After reading Breath of Magic, I was on tenterhooks waiting 2 know what happened 2 Arian & Tristan after they got lost in the Bermuda Triangle. I was totally disappointed 2 know that they were missing 4 such a trivial reason. Anyway, while I might've liked Tabitha better if I hadn't read the 1st book but after knowing Arian, her daughter didn't seem that interesting.& I missed Sven(& his un-cat-friendly ways), who didn't even make an appearance till the end & a brief 1 at that.Sir Arjon just didn't measure up.
There were some funny scenes, & Colin is a great hero but he's not as memorable as Tristan. I would have loved 2 see Tristan go back in time again(without all the modern stuff he's used 2 + food loaded with all that fat & cholesterol).
p/s:The ending for Roger (the bad guy) was a tad too ridiculous.

To Maria from N.Y.,please don't give up on Teresa Medeiros.Read Breath of Magic & you will see why Ms. Medeiros is 1 of my FAVORITE authors.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cute but dis-ENCHANTED by the heroine
Tabitha Lennox is a witch of the "Bewitched" variety. Kooky things happen when she and her mother try to cast spells. (Her mother makes enchanted cookies which can dance and sing), and she herself can conjure fast-food out of thin air. The problem?

Tabitha doesn't WANT to be a witch. All she wants to do is be NORMAL. She is embarrassed by her parents and her own 'witchiness' and wants a normal life. Unfortunately, this state of normalcy is denied her and she hates the world and blames Mommy and Daddy.

When a magic accident sends Tabitha back in time she meets a knight in shining armor. Can Tabitha find true love with Colin or are their differences too much to overcome?

Well, first, I must say that I detested Tabitha. Her 'poor little rich girl' attitude annoyed me extremely. Her over-studied frumpiness and hatred of her loving and well-intentioned parents made me dislike her. Most of the novel she acted like a spoiled teenager instead of a business executive. Tabitha must be dragged kicking and screaming through each adventure. Ugh. Boring.

The hero Colin was nice, tolerant and quite patient, but we didn't get to spend too much time with him. Instead, most of the novel was spent listening to Tabitha shout inane things, act like a spoiled brat, and hand-wring about what an outcast she is.

This novel had some cute dialog, especially when Sir Arjon and Colin were involved, but Tabitha was too annoying for words.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite 4 stars; maybe 3 & 1/2
This sequel isn't nearly as good as Breath of Magic, although it's entertaining. Tabitha can be a bit annoying and Colin is a little too accepting her her strangeness. Nevertheless, there are some truly funny and wonderful moments. The ending was a little too pat, especially the demise of the villain, who was a cartoon character (nothing like the true villainy in Breath of Magic).

Best enjoyed if you wait a long time after reading Breath of Magic to pick this one up; won't be quite so disappointing that way. Medeiros can be good or fabulous; this book falls in the good department, but the love scenes are very well done.

3-0 out of 5 stars Funny, but very cheesy
I was very skeptical about a time travel romance, and was therefore surprised I ended up liking this one OK. It was outrageously farfetched and admittedly cheesy. I do have to admit that once Tabitha met Colin, I started snorting with laughter and continued through the entire book. I kept seeing her through his eyes. I think Medeiros could have played up a bit more on what he thought of her ridiculous statements and how he could not understand what she was talking about. But I let my imagination do the work and that's what made me laugh - thinking about how ridiculous she must have sounded to him! All in all, a funny and light read if you can suspend reality. ... Read more

8. Rejar (Timeswept)
by Dara Joy
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1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money spent
I've read all 3 of the Matrix of Destiny books and have to say, of the 3 this is the worst. That is a stretch considering the other 2 aren't particularly good either. Mine to Take was the best of the 3 and I'd only give it 3 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cats Rule! Fun reading!
I am reading Dara Joy's fantasy series all out of order, yet loving them. This is (I believe) the second book and I actually liked it better than a later one I read -- I loved Rejar, a "familiar" who's altered form is a cat. He was cool as an odd-eyed cat and stunning as an odd-eyed man. Totally an Alpha-male type so if your bent does not run that direction, stay away. I did feel that Rejar was a little too forceful at times and some sex scenes were not sensual but almost violent. I did like the many "cat" references and the little licks Rejar gave Lilac when she stirred while he was sleeping. Since he was sprawled all over her (just like a cat) the little licks by her ears were to comfort and settle her. Cute!

Although many reviewers did not like Lilac, I did. She was not very bold but I don't think a man like Rejar would have endured a woman who stood up to him, "soul/life" mate or not. This was after all Regency England and not a modern society. She really did not like Nickolai (aka Rejar) and was as rejecting as she could be. Forced into marriage, Lilac relishes the sexual awakening but guards her heart. Of course a crisis (illness) forces both Rejar and Lilac to reexamine their feelings and admit love for each other.

The secondary characters (Traed and Aunt Agatha) were interesting though not really well fleshed out. What did Jack the bottle green dressed groomsman/coachman add to this story? Anyway, all in all a fun story to read - very light on storyline, sometimes confusing when descriptions of Rejar's real world is mentioned. (I DO hate the name Rejar - though pronounced Ray-jhar, I still keep thinking he was interrupted during a canning process and had to be re-jarred??) Others will most likely enjoy meeting people from earlier books which I have on my list to find and read. I hope Traed's story is one of the books I have missed. Fun afternoon reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars Imaginative...
...If that's even a word. I must admit, Rejar was not as good as Knight of a Trillion Stars or Mine to Take, but it is still a good read. You can't help but fall in love with Rejar, although I would recommend reading the series in order.

Rejar is a Familiar (the book adequately explains what Familiars are) and he falls into a vortex that bends time, space, and dimension and ends up in Regency England during the 16th century or so. There he finds the woman that everyone else on this webpage seems to deem a genuine loser: Lilac. Then the story develops how they come together as man and wife, the obstacles that face them and how they deal with them.

I guarantee that you cannot help but love all of the Aviarans and Familiars that you will encounter in this book. I can almost guarantee that you will not like the heroine at all, though the time period she was living in and her family shaped her "boringness". During her period in time, sex was taboo and because of her personal vendetta against men, she put Rejar through a lot. Well, if you're anything like me, I hate to see a good man suffer. That is why I do not like her too much at all.

But yes, back to the review. This is a good book; an interesting read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Strange romance
This is a time travel novel, but not in the traditional sense. Rejar does travel through time, but he is a familar (shape-changing cat) from what I believe is another planet. Kind of confusing because the term familiar, usually refers to a witches cat not a "species". He is a likeable character, but his love interest Lilac is not. She is simple, dull, and lacks any sense of adventure. The book was just strange.

2-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down to the heroine in this book
I really enjoyed the other two Dara Joy books I have read, Knight of a Trillion Stars and Mine to Take. I liked the women in those books. I just wanted to slap the female lead in this story. What on earth does Rejar see in her???? She has no imagination or sense of adventure. She was totally boring. ... Read more

9. Enslaved
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Where are all the real men? she wondered...

For Lady Diana Davenport, they existed only in her books and dreams. There she could lose herself, becoming the licentious Diana, goddess of the hunt--far from the rigid restraints of eighteenth-century London, where she was courted by fops and fools. That is, until she tried on an authentic Roman helmet in an antiques store and was catapulted back in time, landing in Marcus Magnus's arms. This was no dream! She was lost in Aquae Sulis, the city she knew as Bath, prisoner of a Roman general who accused the violet-eyed beauty of being a Druid spy--and then made her his slave!


His words were soft, imperious, charged with danger and desire. Marcus Magnus was powerful, arrogant, and infuriating. A real man. And now Lady Diana was his slave, hostage to his will, vowing to fight him to the end--with every seductive weapon she possessed....

Virginia Henley is the author of eight romances published by Dell, including the New York Times bestsellers Seduced and Desired.

She divides her time between Ontario, Canada, and St. Petersburg, Florida. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding and unique historical romance!
I have been a romance novel fan for several years now, and this book really stands out in the crowd! I have read all of Virginia Henley's books and find her to be one of the finest romantic storytellers of our time. This book is one of her best. It blends not only time travel, but told from the unique perspective of the Roman Empire, in all it's hedonistic glory. I have not come across another novel written in this time period and Ms. Henley describes it with breathtaking clarity. You feel as though you are there. The undying love, passion and incredible eroticism shared between Marcus and Diana will leave you breathless. You will come away feeling as though you just stepped out of a time machine and have experienced the agony and the ecstasy of Nero's empire and Marcus and Diana's timeless love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading of any genre. Romance fans will adore it and those who have never tried romance will be hooked after this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Time Travel Read
This was a great time travel book. Diana travels back in time from the rule of Mad King George to the time of Roman rule in England. Diana is intrigued with anything from the Elizabethan era and finds her contemporary male counterparts lacking. While on a stroll from her plotting family she walks into a antique store and tries on for size a Roman Helmet. The next thing she knows she is in Bath during Roman Rule. While in Bath Diana falls in love with Roman General Marcus Magnus much to her dismay for to him she is nothing but a slave. But her situation can't come in between these two because they are soul mates and will experience many ups and downs before they will have their "Happily Ever After" ending. Such is the price when finding true love.

This is one of my favorite books by Henley. The Characters are likeable, and Diana is not one of those insipid, selfish, nasty characters that sometime find there way into her novels.

There is plenty of suspense, and of course there are the love scenes that Virgina is famous for. There is also the hisoric information that I love about her books. You almost can see yourself in Bath during the rule of the Romans. This is a book that I will keep.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dumb, dumb, dumb!
My mother-in-law is a voracious reader. She, along with her friends, exchange "reads" by the bagfull. I found this book in one of those bags and I thank God I didn't waste money buying it. This is simply the worst book I've ever read.

A reader from Germany stated that Ms. Henley (apparently) wrote this in the style of the early bodice-rippers. If that is correct, I'm most delighted I've never read one. I like my stories to have some credibility, but I couldn't even muster a chuckle for this. It's poorly written, too. In one example, Marcus Magnus, the brutish Roman general and throbbing sex object, converses with his slavemaster about the upcoming orgy he organizes, "I have a problem regarding the feast I throw for the governor..." Now, it's a small thing, certainly, but I don't believe Romans "threw" feasts. There is nothing likable about Diana, the main female character. The sex is graphic without any beauty or elegance.

Please pass up the urge to read this unless you are truly into campy, trite, underwritten stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sexy time-travel story
Enslaved is a romance in the good old tradition of seventies and eighties bodice rippers à là Kathleen E. Woodiwiss: Flawlessly beautiful virginal teenage heroine, desired by every man with blood in his veins meets incredibly dark, tall and handsome, middle-aged and somewhat brutish hero desired by every living, breathing woman. I actually enjoyed it a lot for it is so wonderfully full of every traditional cliché. But the novel takes itself not too seriously and that's what makes it such great fun. Credibility? Henley doesn't even begin to bother with that. Not a sheltered young and naïve debutante but a contemporary saucy high school queen whose youthful hormones have run wild romps around Georgian society and later in ancient Roman Empire. Henley put her a corset on, made her a virgin and that's all Diana has got in common with a real girl of that era. Even the coming of age is that of modern times: 18. Let's forget that the coming of age had been 21 for eternity before it changed in the late 20th century. Besides Henley's Georgian heroines are miraculously able to master their own fortune with 18. A Georgian heroine would not have been able to control her own finances before her 25th birthday if ever at all. Furthermore she also changed the ancient beau ideal in the contemporary one. Diana is rail thin as a super model and her waist can be spanned by only one hand of her lover Marcus. Her wrist is a third of that of Marcus wrist. But nevertheless he is instantly attracted to that undernourished slip of a girl. Henley's Romans all of a sudden abandon their own beau ideal of broad-hipped, well rounded beauties with big butts for the modern ideal of scrawny nymphs. Henley just doesn't care at all about historical facts which I found very amusing. She also doesn't bother about political correctness. Marcus is a Schwarzenegger-like muscled and incredibly hairy bully whose virility is not always appealing. He actually slaps the heroine because she dares to protest against a roman orgy with prostitutes. The only reason why he doesn't beat the rebellious heroine to pulp is not that he's a nice, sophisticated guy who appreciates a woman with an own will and some backbone but because he is afraid to mar Diana's "delicately boned face" and her oh so refined beauty. And a refined beauty Diana must be for the authoress refers to it constantly. Yet it annoyed me that Henley felt obliged to weakly point out Diana's intelligence and wit when it is in fact only Diana's 21th. century Barbie-doll beauty and her virginity combined with limitless sensuality that totally enslaves poor lust driven Marcus Magnus. Allegedly he also loves to talk to her-yet we actually never see them talking together. Now, why doesn't that surprise me? Marcus is hilariously political incorrect, entirely testosterone-driven and utterly masculine which he constantly proves to the heroine on the battle field and in bed. He's seething with sexuality and that is what enslaves Diana. The sex is incredibly hot and steamy. Enslaved is erotica disguised as romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However if you look out for a story where the heroes are attracted to each other because of their personalities combined with a minimum of historical detail this is definitely not the book for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is the lowest I've ever rated any book
This is the first book in my life that I couldn't finish. It's simply a porn!!!! This book just gives romance a bad name. No more book from Virginia Henley. ... Read more

10. Frankly, My Dear (Timeswept)
by Sandra Hill
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Ms. Hill outdid herself with this brazing, wonderful, laugh-a-minute novel. I laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed. To be honest, I am not one for time-travel and precivil war novels, but I decided to buy it because of the cover. That may sound a bit off beat (never judge a book by it's cover) but just one look at James and Selene and you know they were meant to be. By the second page, I was hooked. I didn't put it down until the end and I was ever so sorry that it ended! A story like that should last forever! Ms. Hill is a terrific romance writer (and the only novelest who ever answered a fan letter from me). Thank you, Sandra, for the many great novels and the fan appreciation!

5-0 out of 5 stars best book ever!
Frankly My Dear was the first book i ever read by Sandra Hill and it was the best ever! This book was outragously funny , it had me laughing out loud! Sandra selente better known as Selene is a supermodel who is fed up with modeling. but just as she is about to quit, while on her last job she is put under a curse that transports her back in time where she meets the dashingly handsome James Baptiste. James thinks she is crazy of course and does not believe that she is from the future. This book is great . I love novels that have good humor , the blonde jokes, the Gone With The Wind references were priceless! I recommend this book to anyone with a good sense of humor.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! FUNNY, WONDERFUL
I love Sandra Hill and this book is one of her best. I can not believe that some people did not love this story. The combination of the humor mixed with romance makes it one of the most enjoyable books I ever read. I did laugh out loud in parts, the characters are great and the story interesting. i highly recommend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and Cute
I purchased this book in response to all the positive feedback it had received. I was anticipating side-splitting hilarity and a sexy romantic parody of Gone With The Wind. In these expectations I was disappointed. The book was, however, pleasant and cute...a mildly entertaining way to shave a few hours off my life.

Sandra Hill is a fairly good romance writer. Her dialogue, unfortunately, is modern and trendy. That works fine for the supermodel from the future, but makes her world of 1845 a bit difficult to believe. The book's plot is flimsy at best. The humor of the book relies entirely on the model's "hilarious" desire to eat fattening pastries, a child's appallingly bad behavior, and the heroine's constant barrage of blonde jokes. That one-trick pony gets tired within a few chapters.

On the positive side, this is a satisfying time-travel novel. It isn't earth-shattering, it isn't drop-dead hilarious. But it does entertain with a story that is cute (if historically unbelievable). Not the best book ever...but certainly pleasant.

2-0 out of 5 stars Stop The Madness!!!
When I first read the "pre-reviews" of this book before it was released, I was very excited. So excited that I pre-ordered the book. I read this book in one day and had to force myself to finish it. The concept behind the book was great - model goes back in time and is mistaken for a mulatto/quadroon at one of the famous Quadroon balls. Wow! This should make for an interesting read, right? Wrong! For one, the heroine bemoaned living in a society where she and other women were judged based on their outward appearance - and she spends half the book trying to get the other women around her to change their appearances in attempts to attract the men they desire. And a Black woman bemoaning her big behind? Give me a break! As a Black female and avid reader of historical romances, this book was just plain silly! I am not a stickler for historical accuracies and such and get tired of reviewers who spend so much time criticizing small inaccuracies that they miss the beauty of a well-written story but this book was just unbelieveable! For one...the characters sounded like they were from modern days, not historical times. Secondly, the 4-year old (E.T. *eyes rolling) - he wasn't funny. He needed his behind paddled and his mouth washed out with soap. I could go on and on but why bother? What could have been a perfectly good story is ruined by an excessive amount of silliness. ... Read more

11. My Outlaw
by Linda Lael Miller
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Seven-year-old Keighly Barrow never forgot the night she spied a boy her own age at her grandmother's Redemption, Nevada, mansion. He was staring at her from an antique mirror in the ballroom, standing among gaudily dressed women in an old-time western saloon. Keighly could only discover that his name was Darby Elder -- and that he lived a century ago.

Twenty years later, engaged to be married, Keighly inherited her grandmother's house. Back before the ballroom mirror, she faces a handsome cowboy whose roguish air radiates trouble. Keighly senses the spirit of Darby Elder -- along with an electric charge of passion passing through the glass...and into her heart. But old news clips declare this outlaw son of a local madam would die in a shoot-out. Keighly's magical connection to Darby is too strong not to try and save his life or, if history will not bend, to love him as fiercely as the fleeting moments will allow. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Wish
How I wish that I could find that special somthing that Keighly found with Darby. Linda makes you long for the past and maybe, if possibly, for the impossible to happen to yourself. I have lent my book to many friends and we all agree that if we were to meet Darby in person that he would be everything Linda has described in such wonderful words ( and probably more). This is a book full of twists that makes you wonder what will happen next. It deffinately is a re-read for me and I plan on getting it in hardcover for my "Love these books" shelf. Thank you once again Linda, for taking me back in time and letting me forget the worries of the day and live in a fantasy for a while. So to all those readers out there--if you need a break--this is the book for you :) Oh---the love-making scenes were breathtaking How I wish!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Didn't think I would because normally I'm not a fan of time traveler books. But, I threw my spirit through the looking glass with Keighly & Darby and didn't come back until the last page was read.

Wonderful story, wonderful characters, wonderful read. Pure entertainment from page one through the final paragraph. Now I'm off to find another Linda Lael Miller book to read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I just loved this book. There were points in it that I just could not put it down. I can not believe that anyone would not like this. It was the most romantic novel i have come accross in such a long time. I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply entertaining!
I didn't know if I would enjoy this book or not because I'm not big on time travel, but this was a wonderful romance. Darby and Keighly had such wonderful chemistry and I found the whole book intriguing. Wonderful work by a wonderful author!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great time travel......
I know other reviewers thought this bk was full of mistakes. However, I am normally one to plainly see mistakes in stories I did not really notice them. The story was so sweet that I didn't care about the science of time travel. It's fiction, not a text book. I think it was supposed to remain mysterious to the reader. My only thought through the bk was like another reviewer mentioned, why didn't Keliegh take medication with her when she went back?? I would have, but I can forgive that error b/c the story was so great.

I did feel like there was more to the secondary characters that could be explored but I got the impression that LLM might want to tell their stories in their own bks one day. ... Read more

12. Once A Pirate
by Susan Grant
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5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME! WONDERFUL!
ONCE A PIRATE was such a refreshing change from the run of the mill time travel books! Susan Grant was able to transport me into the story and make me believe I was actually on the ship with Carly and Andrew. This was a light-hearted romp through time, and I enjoyed the concept of a woman fighter pilot ending up on a Pirate ship - completely out of her element, yet able to cope. Ms. Grant has a way of writing that made me smell the salty sea air and feel the salt spray on my face - and feel Carly and Andrew's emotions. The ending was such a complete surprise that it left me shaking my head in wonderment. As an author, she is a combination of Deb Stover and Sandra Hill, but has her own unique way of telling a story. I can hardly wait to read other books by her. She should go far.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book you won't be able to put down...
Lieutenant Carly Callahan had always loved to fly. When flying over the Atlantic Ocean, she encounters a storm and has to eject from her jet. She is rescued almost at once by a man who reminded her of a nineteenth century pirate. Everything from his clothes to his ship tell her that she made the incredible feat of traveling through time. As her panic increases, so does her desire for her captor, whom she feels she has known and loved. If this isn't enough for her to handle, Andrew believes that she is Lady Amanda, his Duke cousin's betrothed. With plans to ransom her for revenge, Carly has six weeks to convince him that she's not who he thinks she is.

Sir Andrew Spencer has suffered at the hands of his father's family. With thoughts of revenge, Andrew takes Amanda captive. He didn't plan on the pull he felt toward her, nor the dreams that he can't stop having. In every dream he is trying to save the woman he loves, but is unable to help her. He has dreams of metal and helicopters, something that doesn't even exsist in his time. Over the course of their journey, Andrew finally excepts the awesome possibility that Carly came to him from the twentieth century.

This is a great book with where emotions run high. Grant portrays Carly and Andrew who are solemates in many lives. I couldn't put it down and read it in less than one day!

4-0 out of 5 stars A love that reaches across time...
When Carly Callahan's jet crashes into the sea she hopes to be rescued, but not by 19th century pirates! Andrew Spencer believes that he has snatched his stolen cargo, Lady Amanda, from the sea as the very ship carrying her sinks to the ocean floor. When she states that she is not Lady Amanda, that her name is really Carly and she is from the future, he believes her to be daft. Once A Pirate offers a nice blend of adventure, romance, and has the hero and heroine not only battling some nasty villains, but time itself. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
It was a rainy day and a friend had given me this book to read. I finally picked it up that day. I really enjoyed it.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Attention Grabber From The Beginning!
This story had me hooked from the first page and held me captivated until the very end!

Lt. Carly Callahan is a Navy Fighter Pilot whose plane goes down in the Atlantic during a thunderstorm. She awakens in the water and finds herself being pulled onto a ship that looks like it has been painstakingly restored. This ship comes complete with pirates and a Captain who's just about the biggest hunk that she has ever seen.

Captain Andrew Spencer has been planning on the best way to payback an old nemesis and that is too steal his betrothed right out from under him so to speak. He hears a faint cry for help over the side of his ship and pulls Carly out of the ocean , only problem is he thinks that she is Amanda. The girl that he plans to ransom. Once Carly starts talking Andrew now feels that he has been duped. The poor girl is clearly not in her right mind she keeps asking for Ray Dio (radio) and keeps talking about flying machines! Yeah right--the girl is addled.

Andrew and Carly despite everything start feeling things for each other that would be best ignored. Carly has her own past that has followed her back into history, and Andrew is coping with the guilt over the death of his mother and brother. Where neither felt that anyone could love them they find a love more precious then anything that they have ever experienced--but is it strong enough to last through time?

This was a fast paced page turner. Both Carly and Andrew were wonderful characters and I loved reading about them falling in love. This book offers plenty of chuckles what with the word confusion of a modern day girl thrust into the early 1800's. This was a great way to pass an afternoon. ... Read more

13. Patriot's Dream
by Barbara Michaels
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Catlog: Book (1994-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite MPM book of all
Was looking for a new author, "somehow" found this book on the library shelf back in 1976. The twists and turns of this story caught my interest and I have had no problem remaining a totally happy fan of her books(Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters)ever since. Patriot's Dream came out around our country's Bicentennial so had an appropriate theme - American History, with time travel, reincarnation, interesting characters, the works! It is still my most favorite of all her books and would be an good candidate for a tv movie if done right!

5-0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable book! Michaels at her best!
I have read all of Ms. Michaels' books and this is my favorite. A wonderful heroine, love triangle and the author weaves the present and the past skillfully. The ending will make you cry! I read this book once a year, a must have!

1-0 out of 5 stars Confusion in a book
I found this book very heavey going, jumping between past and present so often, it kept me from entering into the story line as well I like. I really couldn't stay focused, I was never sure which period in time that I would be dealing with next. The plots weren't clearly drawn and were always changing, I found the heroine to be strange and left wondering who the true hero was.

4-0 out of 5 stars good twist at the end
i read this book awhile ago and found it to be the best one barbara michaels has being from virginia helped the stories history become a little more interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absoloutly amazing, and brilliantly funny.
Barbara Michaels' PATRIOT'S DREAM is one of the greatest books of all time. It was especially great for me because I have been to Williamsburg, and I knew a lot of the places she was talking about. This book is truly wonderful, and about as funny as it could possibly get. The way Michael's ends it in Jan's time is great, (thank God she dosn't marry Richard the ignoramous), but the ending in Jonathon's and Charles' time was kind of lacking. Still, it was a GREAT book, and I give it five stars and think that it's better than Michaels' SONS OF THE WOLF, and GRAYGALLOWS, both of which were truly wonderful. For all of Michael's fans, and even for those who aren't, this is a great story mixed with humor, history, and romance, and I recommend it to all! O beautiful for patriots dream, that sees beyond the years; Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! May God thy gold refine Till all succes be nobleness! And every gain devine. ... Read more

14. Under a Prairie Moon
by Madeline Baker
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5-0 out of 5 stars Madeline Baker at her BEST!!!
This, like "First Love, Wild Love" is one of Madeline's books that will stay with me for a life time! Dalton Crowkiller is a man that will live in my memory forever. Like one of the other reviews said, "Eddie Little Sky" must have really made a lasting impression on Madeline when she modeled these characters after him. All I can say is that I am sorry that I never met him, but felt like I have after reading this book! Thank you Madeline for such a romantic, on the edge of your seat best book I have ever read. I will read it again and again

5-0 out of 5 stars Madeline Baker will have trouble topping this one.
The most moving novel I thought Madeline Baker had written was First Love, Wild Love--until now. Under A Prairie Moon was just as poignant and romantic, if not more, and was definitely a page turner. Mixing in humor, time travel, and honest emotion, I finished the book easily in one night. The end is a tear jerker, knowing that Kathy and Dalton's fate is inevitable, but only for a short time. I can see Madeleine really put her heart and soul into creating Dalton, and I found myself hoping that my own Dalton Crowkiller would somehow appear in my own Montana home. He's the epitome of tall dark and handsome, and still possesses a gentle soul that made me all the more attracted to him. Great book, wonderful character. This Eddie Little Sky must've made quite the impression on Madleine Baker if he was her inspiration for her Indian characters, particularly Dalton. Her attraction for him was more than evident.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love and Passion as pure as gold!
The first third of the story is about Kathy meeting the ghost of Latoka half- breed, Dalton Crowkiller. This is easily one of the most heart- churning and innocent stories of building romance I've ever read. They can see one another, they can talk to one another, he can even hold her and kiss her for a moment. But his spiritual energy becomes weak, causing him to fade away if he spends the energy expressing his feelings. They are becoming so close in heart, but are so far from the ability to show it. Here is the story:

Kathy has inherited a ranch from her late husband's family. No one has lived on the ranch for decades, because the place has a reputation for being haunted. Kathy moves in and begins rebuilding the more- than- century- year- old ranch house. She has a feeling that she is not alone. She thinks she has even seen a man outside her window. Who is he and why is he watching her?

Dalton was the "fastest gun in the west", back in the 1870's. He worked as a hired gun. When a white woman seeks to seduce him, he turns her down because she is married. Angry, the woman accuses him of rape. Being a half- breed, he is not given a trial. He is whipped and hanged. With the rope placed around his neck, he vows to haunt the home and never give his killers peace.

For 125 years, Dalton's spirit has hovered over the ranch where he was hanged. Bored and lonely, he finds fun in scaring the people who occasionally rent the house for vacations. He does so by taking people's keys, and by moving things around in the home. He does all he can to make his presence known, because no one can see him or hear him. This all changes when a woman moves into the home. He is amazed to learn that she can see him. She can even hear him and talk to him. Even more amazing: they can actually touch one another.

Once her fear of this ghost fades, Kathy quickly becomes grateful for his presence. She has been lonely and grieving for her husband for over a year. This Lakota ghost quickly becomes her closest friend. He helps her rebuild her home and teaches her to ride a horse. Before long, their relationship builds just like the home they are restoring together. They are falling in love, but can not express it completely. Dalton pleads with God to give him another chance at life with Kathy. Kathy makes the same plea, realizing that Dalton has given her back what she has been missing for the past year: Hope.

While out riding, the couple stops at "the hanging tree." This time, they make their heartfelt pleas together. As an answer to their pleas, they are sent back in time to a few weeks before Dalton's death. He is now whole and human again. They are given a chance to change the past together.

Again, this is only the first third of the story! There is so much more ahead:
They live in the town where Dalton was killed, travel together to Dalton's Lakota village, then travel to Boston to seek out his mother and get married. They both have a horrible feeling that their time together is limited. Feeling that everyday might be their last together, they spend what time they have showing their love for one another. When time runs out, will they be separated? Will he be allowed to return with her? He would even willingly become a ghost again if it meant being with Kathy. What will fate hand them?

This couple is so beautiful together, I found myself nearly holding my breath while waiting to see if they would win their quest for a lifetime together. I felt every one of their highs and lows throughout the book. This is some excellent writting.

Nearly 400 pages long, I read this book in one day. There was no point where I could put it down.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner for me...
I can usually devour a good book in a day or two(if there is enough time in my schedule). It took over two weeks for me to read, and it felt like a chore. I found myself skimming pages, simply to get through the book. I read the reviews and was excited to read my first Madeline Baker. The book felt preachy toward the end, and I could see almost every plot twist coming. Neither of the characters were intriguing to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I loved this one. There is nothing like love Western style. Baker has been way up there on my list of favorite authors for a while now. Along with Rogers, Lindsey, Brown and many others, including my latest fun, sexy read "Anything, My Love" by Cynthia Simmons. They keep you turning pages and the heros are to die for. You'll love this one. ... Read more

15. A Knight in Shining Armor
by Jude Deveraux
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Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery lay weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, as if in answer to her prayers, the most extraordinary man appeared.

He was Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck...and according to his tombstone he had died in 1564. Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, he was magnificent. Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadowed reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect, fascinating, just as she was.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Happily ever before?
I bought this book 2 evenings ago in an English bookstore in Paris (whilst looking for Johanna Lindsey books)and finished it last night, in between having to go to work and a few hours sleep. This is my first Jude Devereux book and I really enjoyed it. I have been on the look out for time travel/regression romance novels ever since reading Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay as a teenagaer. I enjoyed Knight in Shining Armour but it's not the best I have read in this genre. Both lead characters are likeable. Nicholas is absolutely gorgeous but Dougless is weak (or stupid?) Do real women actually let men walk all over them like Dougless allows her past lovers to? The author's references to Elizabethan details are interesting to discover and Nicholas' discovery of the modern world is amusing. The friendship and relationship which evolves between the 2 lead characters keeps you involved in the book and you can truly believe that there is a great love between them. My only complaint is that there could have been a stronger love, a love throughout an eternity but this is not achieved because Dougless remains the same person in physical body, mind and sole whilst Nicholas changes.

The timeless love story portrayed in this novel is utterly profound. No other Jude Deveraux historical romance has ever affected me as much as this has. And I never would have read it if I haven't read the author's commentary at the end of her novel "The Taming." Ms. Deveraux has talked about the endless hours of research she has put into this masterpiece so I was definitely intrigued to try out "A Knight in Shining Armor." I usually stay away from this genre (time travel) and prefer more realistic story lines but I'm glad I didn't. It took me weeks to get over the "withdrawal symptoms." I now want to go to England and visit the remote village of Ashburton, Devonshire, look into St. Andrew's church and maybe find my own knight. I also want to see the house that Sir H. Stafford built in the Elizabethan era (was Thornwyck based on this?). The author is definitely a genius. She has reflected the lifestyle of the 16th century in authentic detail that I totally got immersed in it. Thanks, Ms. Deveraux for writing this one. I'll treasure this book for always.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
This is the best book I have ever read. It is so full of love and romance and it keeps you on your toes. Hard to put down.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner.
The beginning of this story is terrific. Of course, every woman's fantasy is to have a knight in shining armor, so the story's idea is beautiful. The setup read is quick, heavenly, humorous, and fun! Then the author makes a fumble.

Dougless Montgomery is a modern day woman, but a weak individual. She allows people to walk all over her. She is trying to hold onto a wretched man - a wretched man with a wretched daughter. In a rare moment of strength Dougless disagrees with the obnoxious daughter. The result - Dougless is left behind -- stranded in the English countryside. Heartbroken Dougless breaks down in tears and cries out for a knight in shining armor - presto, Nicholas Stafford, a knight from the sixteenth century appears.

Now Deveraux has great fun with her reader. We explore the twentieth century with Nicholas. Dougless may be a reluctant guide but she is hooked -- hooked on this adorable, handsome man. Of course, Nicholas and Dougless fall deeply in love - a love that has dire consequences. These consequences force our lovers back to the sixteenth century.

Now the reader explores Tudor England with the twosome; however, this exploration is not nearly as amusing. Nicholas Stafford does not remember their initial attraction and the couple is forced to begin anew. The results? The reading becomes long. Nicholas' denial grows tiresome. When our duo again finds love, Deveraux also takes control. The author now writes some of most romantic words I have ever read -- sigh! Yet this is not a happily-ever-after story. Dougless and Nicholas do not remain together. Deveraux chooses another romance path? Nicholas dies in the sixteenth century and Dougless returns to her time. Still Deveraux does manage to convince her reader -- every woman needs a knight in shining armor!

This review is based on the rewrite of the original book published in 1989.
Rewrite Publish date: December 2002.

Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best.
A few years ago my friend started describing "the best romance novel she'd ever read" to me. About the time she got to the girl bathing in a fountain, I tuned out. However, a few weeks after that I was at a used bookstore and lo and behold, it was sitting there right at eye-level, beckoning me. I reluctantly bought it and stayed up the entire night finishing it. I love this book and now own the original paperback as well as the revised hardback. I re-read it at least once a year and it never turns sappy on me, like most in the romance genre do. The characters are lovable and have a certain depth about them. The fact that the ending isn't predictable is a big selling point and anyone thinking of delving into a little romance this summer (or winter, depending on where you are) this is a wonderful starting point. It got me hooked and I display it proudly on my bookshelf. Be warned that there are some rather intense sex scenes so if that makes you uncomfortable, you might want to avoid this for something a bit milder. This isn't a trashy book and there is an actual STORY. I love this book and you will too. ... Read more

16. When Lightning Strikes
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Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
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During a magical storm, romance writer Alaina Costanza is hurled back in time, into the Western world of her latest novel. There she is kidnapped by her own character, a ruthless outlaw known only as Killian. Thrown together by fate, Alaina and Killian will discover a love too magnificent to last a single lifetime. But even magic has a price, and time is running out. For the sake of Alaina's child, they must risk it all and fight for a future than depends on lightning striking . . . twice.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Story
When Lightening Strikes, is a great time travel/fantasy romance story by Kristin Hannah. Alaina Costanza is thrown back into time, captured into the latest romance story she is writing. Unbeknownst to Alaina, her villain character, Killian, is actually her soul mate, reaching across time and space to Alaina to rectify the loss and love in both of their lives in the late 1870's.

I thought the concept was ingenious and really enjoyed this book of time-travel! I also found it interesting that Hannah picked out several elements from her book, The Enchantment, and used those elements in this book! I thought it very clever!

Hannah once again paints a heroine who is strong and determined, with supporting characters that are as equally believable. The reader is immediately drawn into the story, and I thought that the story line moved great! This is the last book of Hannah's that I had left to read, and it, too, did not disappoint me.

Kristin Hannah has quickly become one of my favorite authors due to her ability to draw the reader intensely into the heart and plot of the story, with believable and true to life characters. Her love stories are warm and sensitive, with the heroine able to overcome obstacles in her life, and embrace love once again. I have found that all of Hannah's books contain messages of struggle, hope and love. And as always, once you fall in love with the characters in her books, you are dying for a sequel!

2-0 out of 5 stars good escapism read, I guess
Let me start out by announcing that I'm not a romance reader, per se. The aspect that I liked most about this story was the unusual main character, Alaina. She is not your typical female used in a romance. This one has a very rough past. The plot of having Alaina (a writer) traveling through time to end up in one of her own romance novels set in the wild west was pure escapism and lots of fun. That being said, I had a huge problem with the two main characters. There wasn't enough plot development to understand why they would have have such a deep abiding love for each other - oh wait, that bit about reincarnation. Perhaps I'm being picky but I didn't feel any attachment to the characters love connection which, I believe, was kinda the whole point.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lightning Strikes a chord . . .
"When Lightning Strikes" definitely struck a chord with me.

The basic plot of the book is as follows. Alaina (Lainie) Costanza is a romance writer, but she's no wimpy, frou-frou darling. Nope, she chain-smokes, drinks on occasion, wears tacky outfits, and is generally a hell-raiser. There are reasons for her behavior I'll get to in a moment; suffice it to say that only two things are keeping her together at this point: her writing talent, and her teenage daughter, Kelly.

John Killian is an outlaw, a former Texas Ranger who feels like he's lost everything. His wife died years ago and he couldn't save her; once that happened, he felt his soul rip apart, and decided to live down to his reputation. Now he's the leader of a notorious bunch of outlaws.

How do these two relate? It's not as simple as it appears at first. At first, Lainie gets thrown back from her time (early 1990s) to Killian's time (late 1800s); Killian isn't exactly overjoyed to see her. Lainie is in a state of shock at first, thinking it's all a dream.

But it's not.

Instead, Lainie finds out slowly that Killian is her soulmate. And that she, in an earlier life, was the wife that left him alone. And as she and Killian learn to trust each other again, they overcome nearly insurmountable problems.

Item 1: Lainie was gangraped at least once. Used to do drugs. Her parents abandoned her, and the foster system didn't work. Her daughter is the result of the rape; she kept her daughter and loves her, which shows enormous strength of character. (As if being creative and reaching for her dreams wasn't enough strength for anyone; well, this is a romance, and I suppose this is a bigger "hook" to grab the reader.)

Item 2: Killian was a Texas Ranger, as I said before, and was a very good law enforcement officer. He was married to Emily (Lainie's previous incarnation), and was sent off on a mission to Mexico. While there, he got thrown in jail; she waited for a long time, then, (perhaps after being raped and abused herself because her husband was gone -- she lived on the Texas frontier alone), ended up killing herself. That's how John became a villain; he felt like he must be one, because his beloved wife had left him like that. And he blamed himself for being thrown in jail, and couldn't forgive himself.

Both characters are looking for salvation, and in this book, they find it. In each other, granted, but that's what they needed. Both needed a second chance with the other, to be able to love and be loved in return. They get that chance through an unusual twist; they don't want to give it up, yet if Lainie doesn't return to the 20th century, Kelly will be put in foster care -- and Lainie knows all about _that_.

So, she and Killian believe it's a choice between love of parent for child and love for each other, and both make love to each other with a sadness that is palpable. Instead of being joyous, they are miserable; they know this is all they are ever likely to have. Yet, how could they pass it up?

How Ms. Hannah brought off the obligatory happy ending is up to you to find out; I will say that I enjoyed it and found it reasonably realistic. (I still wonder, though, how Killian found the 20th century, what he found to do, how Lainie was able to get him the ID she'd so blithely talked about, and what Kelly thought of him. This book demands a sequel.)

So, even though some of the historical details one of the editorial reviews talked about were missing (Lainie doesn't spend much time on detail; she does talk about what the men wear and a lot about the scenery), this book deserves five stars. For more than one reason; it's not every book that shows that love, even a love like this, can be funny, sexy, sweet, poignant, and sad, all by turns.

Yet love, in real life, _is_ like this. And that is why I'd give "When Lightning Strikes" five stars.

Two more things. The character of Viloula is wonderful; check her out. She might live in the late 1800s, but she's a modern woman indeed, and I believed fully in her characterization. Also, Ms. Hannah is to be commended for how she writes her love scenes; the dialogue and description crackles with life, and it shows exactly how Lainie loses what barriers she has left and surrenders to love. And to herself.

Highly recommended. And by far the best book Ms. Hannah has ever written.

1-0 out of 5 stars YAWN
After reading other wonderful time travel stories by other authors, I was excited to come across this one. What a disappointment. While the first 1/3 of the book kept my interest, after that it was a struggle to even go on with it. I ended up just skimming the pages to get through it. At first, it was interesting with the time travel and her confusion with the whole thing. After that, tho, it just got old. I didn't find the characters interesting, and I felt like it was just the same drama repeated page after page. I got tired of her crying. Do yourself a favor, and spend you money on "Knight In Shining Armour." THAT is a great time travel story!

5-0 out of 5 stars Time Travel For Love!! If Only.........................
Theirs is the kind of love every woman dreams about whether she admits it or not. To love and be loved completely, across time, no matter the barriers, to change the past, thus changing the future, it boggles the mind and it takes a very special writer, story teller, to make it believable, and Kristin Hannah does it as if retelling her own story. Brovo Ms Hannah. One of my all time favorite time-travel romances, and one that I plan to keep and read again, and again and again.................. ... Read more

17. Enchanted Time (Timeswept)
by Amy Elizabeth Saunders
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Asin: 0505523132
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Love Spell
Sales Rank: 176913
Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars reprint of an enchanting mid 90s time travel romance
In Seattle, Ivy Raymond owns and operates an antique store, ENCHANTED TIME. She normally sees sellers by appointment or in bulk lots, but to rid herself of the pesky elderly woman, she agrees to look at the package. Inside is a book from the sixteenth century that obviously is worth a lot, but the woman insists on $100 or she will sell it to the nearby bookstore owner. A stunned Ivy feels some sort of weird inexplicable connection to the names inside the tome and buys the book.

Ivy reads some of the incantations only to find the spells work though she remains skeptical. However, the last spell she cites sends her back to the drafty abode of a seventeenth century gentleman, Julian Ramsden. As they fall in love, he wonders if she is a spy working for his enemy trying to stop Julian from regaining all he lost. Then there is the Witch Hunter General who will hang female family members of Julian including his beloved Ivy if he is not stopped in time.

This is a reprint of an enchanting mid 90s time travel romance that is one of the sub-genre's best. The story line is exciting due to a tremendous cast who will make moving back and forth in the time stream seem possible. Ivy is a wonderful heroine and her beloved is a delightful hunk struggling between love and desire vs. trust. The secondary characters provide depth to the mid-seventh century especially the Witch Hunter General. Readers will have an ENCHANTED TIME perusing Amy Elizabeth Saunders' appealing tale.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
I just love a good "bodice ripper" novel and 'Enchanted Time' fits the bill with bells on. It's a great read for the person who just wants to sit down and enjoy a sparkling love story with a bit of a difference. The plot follows Ivy a young American bookstore owner who is transported through time when she reads from a book of spells a sweet little old lady sells to her one day. Ivy finds herself in 17th century England where she catches the attention of Julian Ramsden, a young man struggling to survive with his family under the puritanical rule of Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads. Of course Ivy and Julian fall in love but not before all sorts of strange and wonderful things happen to them both. Without giving too much of the story away, 'Enchanted Time' is a fun book, with some genuinely witty moments, a lot of delicious love scenes between Ivy and Julian and a delightful plot that includes a time-hopping Granny, a mute child, and a very nasty Witch Hunter General who goes by the name of Josiah Feake. This is a great book to take on holiday as it doesn't tax your brain cells and has the added bonus of being fun to read as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was excellent. It kept me wanting to read "just one more chapter" all night long!

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
Wonderful time-travel. Ivy is sent back in time by reading a book sold to her by an old lady. She arrives in England at the time of the Commonwealth, witch-hunting & Cromwell from her home & business Enchanted Time in Seattle.

My one hope is that Amy will write a sequel to it for Daisy & Suzanna. I'd love to see them in the 21st. century with their grandmother & Winston. And what about poor Josiah Feake (the witchfinder general) lost in the future. I loved the ending with Josiah ending up in a mental institution & the picture was perfect. Please Amy write us a sequel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding
This is the second romance novel that I ever read. Not that this release is a rerelease, I read the book in 1995, or 96. Despite the fact I first read it so many years ago, I reread it many times.
The historical settings of the novel are done really well. By the end of the book you have grown to love the characters. The way Ivy travels back in time is when someone gives her a book and she reads a spell from it. The person who gives her the book is her future love's grandmother who is searching for her own love. The book ends with Margarethe (Julian's grandmother) finding her love and a happily ever after for everyone except the witch hunter general who most likely ends up in Bedlam because of his foray into the future. ... Read more

18. Lady of the Night (Timeswept)
by Cordia Byers
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Asin: 0843944048
Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 589013
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Average & a bit wishy washy
The characters in this book jump into love almost instantly. Its very old fashioned. The hero spends most of his time trying to resist the heroine & then jumping her bones. The love scenes are vague & not very inspiring. The story of is a nice one, but I don't think I would buy another of this auhtors books

3-0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable light read!
I enjoyed this book and the main characters. The changes and learning process the hero goes through really makes you cheer for him. The leading lady is a strong well defined character, who handles landing in another time and place believeably...(i.e., confusion, disbelief, anger, despair)... Why they say she is manacled to a wall in his bedroom is confusing, for that isnt the case, she gets thrown in the dungeon. All in all, this is a very good book, but its lacking something. Maybe too much paranoia about her being deemed a witch, I'm not sure, but its worth reading. ... Read more

19. Twice a Hero
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Asin: 055356918X
Catlog: Book (1997-05-05)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 254770
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Readers were all raves when Susan Krinard burst on the scene with Prince of Wolves. Then she wrote the wonderful Prince of Dreams and guaranteed herself a legion of fans. This is her first time-travel and you won't be disappointed! As always, Susan plays with the familiar and makes it original. A deathbed promise sends Mac to Guatemala where she hopes to dispel a family curse. At the ruins in Tikkal she is transported back into time, where she must depend on her ancestor's enemy and former partner, Liam O'Shea, for aid. Liam proves to be the definition of refined masculinity and more than a savior to Mac. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars misleading cover
The title twice a hero really refers to Mac- (Mackenzie), the heroine of the novel- not the hero. I found this a refreshing change.
She time travels back in time- not only meets a man, but has to matchmake her number of times great grandparents to each other!
Also there is danger- someone wants to kill the man she loves. Unfortunely he thinks it her numerous time great grandfather who is trying to kill him, and he intends to marry her numerous times great grandmother.
I gave the book only three stars even though the plot was great because the book draged in places and the writing could have been somewhat better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good to read
I like time travel story and as well as romantic adventure. This book is for someone like me. I like the first part of book better than the second part in which the background setting changes. But I thoroughly enjoy the book. Hero is tough guy who protect woman whom he care. And heroin is not so typical innocent weak romance book character. If you want something more strong, intense, hot romantic adventure, you'd better check Linda Howard's " Heart of Fire". That is even better.

Though it's not the best of this genre, it's worth of try.

4-0 out of 5 stars Time travel romance
MacKenzie Rose Sinclair (Mac) had promised her grandfather that she would return to the Guatemalan jungles of Tikal to return a Mayan pendant belonging to her great great grandfather Peregrine Sinclair. For her grandfather, Homer, believes that Peregrine betrayed his friend and partner Liam O Shea by abandoning him in the jungle. Homer believes that their family have been cursed by Liam and that the only way to break the curse was to return the pendant to the jungle.

After Homer passes away, Mac keeps her promise and travels to Tikal, the Mayan ruins in Guatemala. She finds herself walking into a tunnel deep in the jungles and comes across a set of bones with a similar pendant hanging around its neck. She takes the two pendants and suddenly feels unwell, feeling queasy and the ground beneath her feet disappearing. The next thing she knows when walking out of the tunnel she bumps into man who looks very much like the man Liam O Shea, who she has seen an old photo. In fact, she later finds out that it is indeed the man himself she has been transported back in time to 1884. Mac finds herself attracted to the handsome but very macho Liam. And Liam despite finding Mac a little strange can't help finding himself being attracted to her in return.

The second half of the book is set in 1884 San Fransisco where Mac must prevent Liam from marrying his ward who happens to be her great great grandmother Caroline Gresham whom she must ensure marry her great great grandfather Peregrine Sinclair.

The first half of this book was great. The setting was adventurous and exotic. I had a fun time reading Mac and Liam's reaction to what they perceived to be strange behaviour in the other. Their mutual attraction was very engaging and it was nice to read that Mac wasn't your typical beauty but that Liam was still attracted to her all the same. I found the second half of the book a bit boring and couldn't wait for Mac and Liam to get back to the Guatemalan jungle. I really didn't care much for the characters in the second half of the book. I would have given the book 5 stars if the action had continued as in the first half of the book. However, it was still an excellent read as with all of Susan Krinard's books. She has such a wonderful imagination and knows how to pull you into her stories. A brilliant storyteller with high standards for others to keep up with.


5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Surprise!
The Characters: The herione of this story is McKenzie (Mac) Rose Sinclair, the last of the noble Sinclair line, reknown explorers/adventerers. There is also Liam O'Shea and his partner, Perry Sinclair, two men who, in the 1880's, discovered the site of a Mayan ruin in Guatemala. And there is Liam's ward, Caroline, a young woman just turning 18, whom Liam seeks to protect and Perry seeks to wed.

The World The very beginning is set in modern times, but this is a time travel book, so we end up in San Francisco, 1884.

The Plot: It starts simple enough: Mac is urged by her dying uncle to seek out the forgiveness of one long-dead Liam O'Shea for the wrong doing of their ancestor, Peregrine Sinclair. Seems that the two partners had a falling out. Perry left Liam in the jungle, and Liam died. Since then the Sinclair line has not had a whole lot of luck... Feeling foolish but spurred by curiosity, Mac ventures off...

Obviously she is transported, via two charms that were previously apart that she reunited, and a time-obsessed Mayan temple, into the past. Thus we embark on a rather humorous and always entertaining story, where Mac finds herself falling in love with Liam and realising that, should Liam succeed in marrying Caroline, who dotes on him, then she, Mac, very well may not exist, as Caroline and Perry are her great-whatever grandparents...

The Grade: I love Krinard's work; I bought this book soley because she wrote it and because I desired more than 3 books in my order. I wasn't expecting to like it and I wasn't expecting it to move to the top of the list like it did, outplacing itself on the werewolf romances that she has already written. (Only the two that I've read) It is easily my favorite book by her, and very possibly my favorite romance book. The plot takes precedence, not always the case in romances. We have a whole one sex scene and two near-sex scenes. Liam, mind, is as chauvinistic as they come, but it was part of the times.... All in all a great read and one that some should at least consider. Five Stars from me!

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth giving a try!
An excellent read. Character development was good- but left me wanting to know more about some of the ancillary players. It waned a bit about 2/3's through but overall the story line maintained a steady move forward in plot. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a change of location and time. ... Read more

20. Desperado (Timeswept)
by Sandra Hill
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Asin: 0505521822
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Love Spell
Sales Rank: 89277
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Just what is corkscrewing? Major Helen "Prissy" Prescott should know, because she's the one who supposedly invented this infamous sexual act. Helen, who's been mistaken for a notorious Mexican desperado's girlfriend, has a lot on her mind, and figuring out how to corkscrew is the least of her worries. She has been transported back in time to California during the gold rush with Rafael Santiago, the most infuriating, yet sexiest scoundrel the National Guard has ever known. Helen wants Rafe to know that she's in charge, but Rafe's too macho to let a woman boss him around, especially a woman who looks like a Vargas painting come to life and who is far too distracting to take seriously. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading.....
This is the first time travel I've read and the first of Sandra Hill's books. I thought it was great. I loved the verbal combat Helen and Rafe had between them. It was hilarious and crazy. I loved the sense of humor and found myself smiling and laughing along with them and at the things they did and said to each other. Rafe is definitely a hero to fall in love with. I would love to read about the rest of Rafe's family!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Would give this book 6 stars if I could!
This was absolutely the best book I've read in a very long time. I love stories about prim and proper women who fall for bad boys. Helen's prissy ways are perfectly balanced by Rafe's earthy sensuality. I plan to buy every book written by Sandra Hill and enjoy them all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
I ordered this book based on customer reviews. I wish I could ask the author to reimburse me for my money spent and the time I wasted trying to push through three quarters of this book. I kept waiting and waiting for these characters to emerge. I felt nothing for them. Their silly bantering grew tired after the first few chapters. I thought once the story went along that I would actually learn to enjoy them. I think the author relied only on dialogue to tell the story. I ended up tossing it aside and pulling out a great author who always delivers, Lisa Kleypas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book everyone can enjoy!
If you, like me, are a middle-aged man with a penchant for cross-dressing and reading steamy time-travel/romance novels, than this is the book for you! As soon as the wife's out of town, pin an enlarged photocopy of the cover hunk to your boudoir mirror, haul your Gold-Rush burlesque-dancer outfit out of the attic, put the Eagles's "Desperado" on auto-repeat, and get ready for a night of hot, hot, hot romance. This book is top notch all around.

However: while I normally enjoy a nice glass of wine while reading my favorite romance novels, I would strongly caution you to read this novel sober. Otherwise, the discussion of the mysterious "corkscrew" technique may inspire some very unfortunate ideas involving the all-too-narrow neck of the wine bottle from which you've been drinking. Do not entertain these notions, as, in my case, they ultimately resulted in a very difficult change of clothes and my second-most embarrassing emergency room visit of all time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This is the first book I've read by Sandra Hill. I love time travel romances, so I decided to give it a go. Right off, I was laughing my head off. The dialogue between the main characters is funny, sensual and gets very EROTIC. Rafe had me blushing with some of the stuff he said to Helen. I did get somewhat annoyed though with their continual arguing though. For the first half of the book, it seems that is all there doing is fighting, with Rafe baiting Helen, and Helen sprouting horns and bossing him around and giving orders. Its gets better though once they confess there love to each other. Then the sex teasing is on the prowl. What I thought was interesting though, was to have not one, but two people from our time travel back together into a totally alien time and see how they fare. At least they had each other. I would recommend this book to a friend who wanted a good laugh and definently wanted to get hot and bothered under the clothes!!! ... Read more

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