A Dance Through Time (MacLeod #1) by Lynn Kurland #mf #review

A Dance Through Time

Scotland, 1311. James MacLeod was the most respected—and feared—laird in all of Scotland. He loved his men like brothers and his land with a passion. And he allowed no women to cross the threshold of his keep…

New York City, 1996. With an indifferent fiancé and a stalled writing career, Elizabeth Smith found passion and adventure only in the unpublished romance novels that she wrote. Until a Scottish hero began calling to her…

Elizabeth longed for the man of her dreams. But she knew she was overworked when she began hearing his voice—when she was awake. To clear her mind, she took a walk in Gramercy Park. She dozed off on a bench—and woke up in a lush forest in fourteenth-century Scotland. A forest surrounding the castle of James MacLeod, an arrogant and handsome lord with a very familiar voice. Elizabeth would turn his ordered world upside-down and go where no woman had ever gone before: straight into his heart…


I’ll make no secret about it. I love Lynn Kurland’s works. Yes, there are times when I want a nice, steamy romance, but there are also times when I just want a romance that might make me go “ahhh” or something similar without all the sex. And Lynn Kurland is not only my go-to for that kind of romance, but she is also one of my favorite time travel romance authors.

I started off with her de Piaget series, but if you start reading them, you’ll soon realize that the de Piaget and MacLeod series interlace and interact. A Dance Through Time is the first MacLeod book, introducing us to the wonderful characters of Jamie, Patrick, and Ian MacLeod. Elizabeth is in New York and finds herself wanting to write a time travel romance. She does some research on Scottish nobles of the fourteenth century and comes across James MacLeod. Something about him calls to her (quite literally) and arrested by it, she goes for a walk and takes a fateful nap on a bench in Grammercy Park.

One of the things I love most about Kurland novels is that each one, while completely interlaced with others, is still completely different. Each hero especially. Jamie is course and cruel at first, tossing Elizabeth in the dungeon (a not so wonderful pit in the ground housing all sorts of vermin) for the thought she might be a witch. At the plea of a member of his clan, he allows her out of it and at first fights his desire for her, a twentieth century lass. Their romance is cute as it the one between his son Jessie and his girl.

But the best thing? The ending, which I’m not going to even hint at, because it’s so worth reading after watching all the hell those two go through.

4 stars. Put it on your reading list.


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