Aug 032012

Timeless Desire by Gwyn Cready
Source: Review copy from publisher
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Book’s publishing page, Author’s website

Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing Grief, even as she battles to deal 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.

This book was both fun and romantic. There quite a few double entendre jokes that made this a romantic comedy. The best example is Mrs Brownlow’s sex advice. I was laughing so hard reading it. It was both hilarious, and true.

Panna is a strong heroine. She’s a librarian who loves her job, and is witty and sharp and stands by her word. She made a great heroine that I wanted to see get her happy ending.

The ending had a slight twist on traditional time travel story endings. It was fun and refreshing and matched the rest of the book very well.

3 stars

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

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