Forged In Dreams And Magick by Kat Bastion.

This time travel novel was dubbed very raunchy.  I didn’t think it was anymore raunchy than any other modern romance novel, so if that’s what you’re looking for you will be disappointed on that score.

That said, the story is pretty pleasing and makes a refreshing change from sexy billionaire bosses getting it on with their assistants!  Isobel is an archaeology student who is in the Scottish Highlands to see her dying Grandfather.  As she is travelling back to the airport along the open countryside she stumbles across a box, buried alongside a stream.  Something about the box calls out to her, she cannot explain her need to dig this box up, but once she has freed it from the earth she feels strangely attached to it.  She manages to get it through customs as she renters the USA where she is studying at a Californian University.  She contacts a friend of hers, a Scottish actor who she hopes might be able to help her identify something about the box.  But when they both touch it they are transported back in time to the Scottish Highlands in the 13th century.

Her friend has become the laird of the clan and he intends to marry her in a couple of days time at an ancient ritual for Beltane.  Isobel is determined not to fall for his charms but she is as smitten with him as he is with her.  Life in the 13th century is good for Isobel but her curiosity gets the better of her and she ends up discovering a wall that resembles the box – only on a grander scale.  She cannot keep away from this wall and she also wonders what will happen if she touches the box again.

When she does touch the box again she finds herself even further back in time amongst the Picts.  She is taken captive by a group of them but she soon falls for the leader of the clan.  She spends her time learning to understand the clan and life during this time but soon she longs to return to the 13th century.  Once back her husband forbids her to travel back in time, but it is only a matter of time before she goes back again.

The story is well written and the historical facts that come up are given a new twist, which is great.  Isobel can come across as a little annoying at times, but this is down to her feisty attitude and determination to learn as much as she can.  Towards the latter part of the book the story takes an unexpected turn and I was left a little baffled by this turn of events at first.  It was only when I realised that this book was part of a series that this particular plot twist made sense to me.

All in all a good read and I would definitely recommend this book.

***** 5 stars.

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