A Review by Nikki @ for the love of books
“Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing grief, while she wrestles with yet another library budget cut. During a routine search within the library’s lower levels, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman. She soon recognizes the man as Colonel John Bridgewater, the historic English war hero whose larger-than-life statue loomed over her desk.
However, the life of the dashing Bridgewater is not at all what she imagined. He’s under house arrest for betraying England, and now looks upon her—a beautiful and unexpected half-dressed visitor—as a possible spy. Despite bad first impressions (on both sides), Bridgewater nonetheless warms to Panna, and pulls her into his escape—while both their hearts pull the other headlong into their soul-stirring secrets.
Very quickly Panna is thrown into a whirlwind of high-stakes intrigue that sweeps her from Hadrian's Wall to a forbidding stone castle in Scotland. And somewhere in the outland, Panna must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband, or with the man whose life now depends on her.”
The main character, Panna, is in a situation a lot of people find themselves in: due to a horribly tragedy, they have become reclusive and lack the personality they once had. Our story begins with Panna being set up on a blind double date by her co-worker. Having spent the last two years wallowing in the sorrow caused by the death of her husband, she is dreading the night.
As she is trying to take her mind off of things, she gets curious about a storage room under the stairs of the library. She believed it held antiques that could be sold to help fund the library, but when she stepped out into a chapel, she discovered an entirely new world. (Okay, it’s the same world in a different time period, but that would be just as shocking!)
Plopping herself on the borderlands of England and Scotland in the midst of a battle, she is thrown into a whirlwind of an adventure. Trying to convince someone that you are from the future while planning heroic rescues and epic (nearly naked) escapes can really wear a woman out. Panna’s adventure into the past forces her to deal with her grief and make decisions that could impact her life, or all of history.
This book was a wonderful, fast-paced adventure that kept me devouring it until the end. While the cover may lead you to lump this in with the trashy erotic novels that are taking over bookstores, Cready has bought back the romance in the romance novel and left the filth behind. In fact, Cready has woven adventure, romance, and humor into Timeless Desire in such a way that I think anyone who picks it up is going to enjoy it.
There was only one part that left me confused, and unfortunately it was a big part. When it comes to the way Panna was able to travel back in time, there are some loose ends. For example, Panna was able to travel, but when Marie, her coworker, looked in the closet under the stairs all she saw was a small awkward British boy some cleaning supplies. My hope is that there will be more explained in a sequel or series, but we’ll have to wait to find out!
ABOUT THE AUTHORGwyn Cready is a RITA Award Winner (Best Paranormal Romance 2009) and the author of several beloved paranormal romances including Tumbling Through Time, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Flirting with Forever, Aching for Always and A Novel Seduction.
Highly regarded by fans and peers alike, Gwyn has been called, "the master of time travel romance," and her writing described as “sexy,” “delightfully original” and “wickedly witty.” Timeless Desire is her latest foray into the time travel genre and men in kilts. She still finds both eminently satisfying.
Gwyn lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
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