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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Redeeming Vows by Catherine Bybee

Redeeming Vows by Catherine Bybee
A MacCoinnich Time Travel Trillogy
Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (316 pages)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Iris

For her own safety, modern day, single mom, Lizzy McAllister is forced to bow to the medieval men who surround her when she’s thrust back in time to the sixteenth century against her will. When Lizzie finds herself trapped in time with Fin, the one man she finds both irresistible and maddening, she agrees to combine forces with him to rid Scotland of the evil witch, Grainna.

Finlay MacCoinnich’s attraction to Lizzie sizzles the very air they breathe. Tearing down the solid walls the woman has built around her won’t be easy, but he’s willing to do anything to keep her by his side. When a spell cast by their deadliest foe throws them forward in time, will they manage to find their way back in time to save their family from peril? And will Lizzy willingly stay in his time, or abandon him altogether?

Apparently book three in a time-travel trilogy, this story appears to be the consummation of a battle between good and evil.

While the book frequently references events which occurred in previous books (Stephen’s kidnapping, Tara’s disappearance into the 15th century), I was able to read enough included background that I did not feel I was missing any information.

The book opens with everyone in the 15th century. The four people from the 21st century have connected themselves to the MacCoinnich family. While this story chronicles the end of the family’s charge to finish the war with the witch, Grainna, it is also the love story between Liz and Fin.

There is plenty of sizzle between them. True to many great story romances, the initial interactions in this volume are tempestuous. These interactions include kickboxing, verbal arguments, and literal playing with fire. In true romance fashion, “everyone” knows they “should be together”, except, of course, them.

Through the manipulation of Grainna, Liz and Fin are sent to the 21st century. While grateful for a hot shower as well as a mattress and box spring, Liz is separated from her son. This starts Liz and Fin on their quest to return to the 15th century.

With the help of author and 21st century druid, Selma Mayfair, Liz and Fin navigate the pitfalls of Liz being declared missing, Todd’s police partner’s suspicion of Fin, and the problems surrounding time travel.
The battle between Grainna and the druids is suspenseful and well-detailed. It is nice to see the women take a leadership role in the battle. The story points out that this would not be how the typical 15th century woman acts, and how the main female characters circumvent this.

This does remain a romance, despite the warcraft, practice and use of Druid powers, and time shifting. Expect and enjoy the love scenes and sexual tension between all of the couples, not just Liz and Fin. Although formulaic in the plot, there is plenty of sizzle, multiple twists and turns (thanks to the time travel aspect), and of course, the epic battle!

Reading the first two books in the series might make this book a bit easier to read, however, I found the book thoroughly enjoyable, even without doing so. (although I do now want to read the first two!)

One caveat for the reader: leave a large chunk of free time when you start reading this book. You won’t want to put it down!