Cottage By the Stream

Gail Wolfe
Paranormal romance
Available from New Concepts Pubilshing
ISBN: 978-1-60394-466-3
October 2010

Forced to leave the United States and hide from a stalking psychopath, Sarah King moves into a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands. If fleeing her would-be murderer wasn't enough to turn her world upside down Sarah meets gorgeous Ian McAlister who draws her into a world she isn't even sure she believes in. Before she knows it Sarah is learning about Celtic legends concerning Star-Children and their mission to destroy otherwordly beings called Repeaters. In order to protect her Ian must teach her and for that he needs extra time so she finds herself time-traveling with her very own Watcher.

This was an enjoyable elaborate paranormal romance. I was honestly not expecting the time-travel aspect in this story because it was not mentioned in the blurb I read so it threw me for a bit of a loop as I'm not a particular fan of the genre. I was expecting a sweet damsel in distress who is saved by a sexy Scottish Laird and some interesting Celtic legends thrown in for flavor. What I got was that and so much more. The author took an ordinary situation of a young woman simply being polite to a man interested in her and having it blow up into something so threatening and even for it's implausibility it was believable. Sarah is a genuinely likable character and her strength and courage during her ordeal is admirable, however I wish I could have gotten more insight to her feelings. Ian is a wonderful leading man, strong and sensitive a real Renaissance man. He is a commanding presence yet he is gentle with Sarah as she adjusts to the recent events and his startling revelations. The bad guy in this piece was wonderfully complex and I enjoyed each fact or feature as it was revealed about him. I enjoyed the detailed paranormal components along with the even more detailed historical aspects. The secondary characters were well developed and I enjoyed the interaction with the main couple. Overall this was a good story with many interesting twists.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Theresa Joseph
March 3, 2011

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