First Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

first time with a highlander

She needs a man-but only for a night…

What do you get when you imbibe centuries-old whiskey-besides a hangover the size of the Highlands? If you’re twenty-first century ad exec Gerard Innes, you get swept back to 18th-century Edinburgh and into the bed of a gorgeous, fiery redhead. Gerard has only a foggy idea what he and the lady have been up to…but what he does remember draws him into the most dangerous and exhilarating campaign of his life.

Be careful what you wish for…

Serafina Seonag Fallon’s scoundrel of a fiancé has left her with nothing, and she’s determined to turn the tables. If she can come up with a ringer, she can claim the cargo he stole from her. But the dashing man she summons from the future demands more than a night, and Serafina finds it easier to command the seas under her feet than the crashing waves he unleashes in her heart.

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Publisher and Release Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca, October 2015

Time and setting: Edinburgh, 1706
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars

Review by Vikki

First Time With a Highlander is a light-hearted time-travel romantic romp set mostly in early 18th Century Scotland.

Serafina Fallon needs a man for the night to help her retrieve her ship and cargo from the scoundrel who wooed and bedded her with pretty promises he did not keep. Her friend dabbles in a bit of magic and pulls Gerald Innes from the future, a man who resembles the man who has ruined her and holds her property.

Can a 21st century ad-executive adapt to the 18th century for the woman he loves, or can he convince Serafina to travel with him into the future?

As the story unfolded, I found myself chuckling and at times, laughing out loud. The pacing is good throughout, and the characters are engaging, drawing me into the book. The romance between Gerald and Serafina is sizzling, and I enjoyed it a great deal.

Serafina is feisty, independent and doesn’t let the bad hand of cards dealt her keep her down. Her youthful naiveté, caused her to make some bad decisions that have irrevocably changed her life, separating her from polite society. I loved her take-charge attitude when she sets out to get back what rightfully belongs to her.

Gerald is a fun-loving 21st century man, who is exceptionally good at his job. He has a bit of a swashbuckling character arc, making him a good rogue and the impetus for quite a few humorous scenes throughout the book. He is also willing to change his entire life for the woman he comes to love.

This is an enjoyable read, although the plot is a bit convoluted and at times, hard to follow. While it’s commendable for Gerald to be willing to enter Serafina’s world, personally, I think she is much more suited to the 21st century than he is to the 18th. You’ll need to read this book to find out whether he stays or she goes! I shall not give that away.

My reservations with the plot aside, I’d recommend First Time with a Highlander to anyone who enjoys their romance sprinkled with a healthy dose of humor. The love scenes are not explicit, but there is plenty of sexual tension between the couple. Ms. Cready does an excellent job with world building, which is so important when there is time-travel involved. This is a fun read, and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.