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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beware What You Wish

Beware What You Wish by Faith V. Smith
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Hibiscus

Leah Barnett's travel to research a romance novel sends her back two hundred years--right into the bathtub of one hunky half Scot, half English male. His chauvinist attitude stiffens her spine, but his sensual kisses weaken her knees. Not to mention flipping her heart like a kilt in the wind.

Alistair MacKinnon's vow to stay out of trouble falls by the wayside when a sensual, outspoken woman falls into his tub out of nowhere. Her insistence that she's from the future doesn't cause him as much concern as the way his heart thuds just looking at her. He's finally found a woman who sees eye-to-eye with him--even if she does only reach his chest.

When Alistair orders the headstrong Leah to marry him to keep his despicable cousin from taking her to bed, the Scottish-English hottie gets a talking to that singes his ears. But it's not his ears that sting when they find a portal to the future for Leah.

If I ignore the title of this book (because she never actually wishes for anything), I found it to be a delightful tale of time travel and romance with a little bit of mystery thrown in. Leah Barnett is in the ruins of a castle when she falls asleep. She wakes up as dark is nearing and rain is coming. The stairs are wet, she is leaving and finds a lose brick in the tower. Suddenly, she falls back two hundred years.

Alistar MacKinnon is a tall, dark and handsome hero. He is certainly my idea of the perfect hunk. He is not rattled by the discovery that Leah comes from the future but I thought he explained why very well. Alistar knows what he wants and does not let anything stand in the way of his getting it. He handles the matter of his cousin in a very civilized way and I believe that this is due to his English and Scottish heritage. I see Alistar as both a polished gentleman and a rugged highlander. I loved how noble he seemed when he makes the decision about time travel for Leah.

There are a few secondary characters in this story. Gavin, Alistar's cousin, is the evil presence in the book. He wants to steal the castle, title and Leah from Alistar. I liked how he was portrayed but wish there was more of him in this book. Clarksey and Higgins are likable servants who lend a hand in keeping the story moving and they help with the believability of some of the happenings. I felt that Leah's agent, Judi, was hard to believe in this story as all the communication with her was by cell phone.

For a first effort, “Beware What You Wish” is a pretty good story. Cute, funny and romantic where it should be. I can't wait to read Ms. Smith's second story.