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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sylvan Mist (book Three in The MacLomain Trilogy) by Sky Purington

Sylvan Mist (book Three in The MacLomain Trilogy) by Sky Purington
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (293 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

Coira O'Donnell refuses to acknowledge the Scotsman haunting her. Why should she? She carries no magic and is newly engaged. Well aware of the mysterious tie between the medieval Mac'Lomains and her mother's clan, the Brouns, Coira will have no part of it. She much prefers a proper English gentleman to a barbarian living six hundred years in the past. However, as one whirlwind day will prove, she has little choice in the matter.

Chieftain William Mac'Lomain did not call her back, yet she arrives. Coira is not the woman meant for him. Or is she? Her arrival marks the start of a highland war unlike any Scotland has witnessed before, one born of magic. Soon, he finds himself in a tangled web of duty, loyalty, and unexpected love. A love so unattainable and powerful it may cost him the war, and his heart.

Take one non-magical nineteenth century mild mannered school teacher add one thirteenth century wizard, Highland Laird - oh did I mention he’s gorgeous? Add a pinch of time travel, a sprinkling of mystery, a dose of adventure, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one of the best romances of the summer.

Sky Purington brings us a great imaginative story - one filled with unbelievable events, and yet she makes her readers believe it with her passionate and heartfelt dialogue. Words that will illustrate her tale for her audience, who will feel the chill of winter and experience the emotions of her characters. Now her characters are a wondrous group and it will become obvious to readers that the author knows each of them intimately as she brings them to life for us.

Her hero William and heroine Coira are the well-developed three dimensional stars of this story who you will feel compassion for, hurt with and cheer on. Her supporting characters are stars in and of themselves as they add meaning and depth to the tale, and to our understanding of not only our hero and heroine but to their own stories as well. The romance is fanciful, fraught with pitfalls and failures as the author makes her characters work for that always-elusive Happy Ever After. The love scenes are sensuous and steamy but never crass and are filled with love and longing.

If you’re looking for that great summer beach read that will take your mind off all your worries this one is for you. If you love the time travel romances of Lynn Kurland, this one equals any of hers. This is a must read for fans of great romance. Even though this is book three of the trilogy it stands well on it’s own, but I have to admit that now I have to read the other two.