Yes, I’m a sucker for Janet Chapman’s time-traveling, magical, highlander heroes. Her brand new release is “Moonlight Warrior” and I enjoyed it very much despite a sometimes irritating heroine.
Kenzie has been a man for six months now. He’s also accepted his mission to be a ‘soul warrior’, helping others who have time-traveled or are trapped in other forms by witchcraft. On his first day in his new town, he meets Eve and her mother Mabel, and he’s powerfully attracted to Eve. He struggles to do what’s right and tries to avoid acting on his attraction to Eve since his ‘soul warrior’ job will mean danger. But he’s a highlander who was born in 1048 and he’s used to taking what he wants…so he’s pretty much toast–although smoking hot toast!
Eve is recently divorced from a weasel who left her for a nineteen-year old–and cleaned her out financially at the same time. So she’s fled home to her mother Mabel, only to realize that Mabel’s age-related, dementia-like illness is worsening quickly, and her parent’s business is almost bankrupt. She certainly doesn’t have time for a man…not even a delicious, rich, nice, mouth-watering, protective hunk like Kenzie. Riiiggghht!!
I laugh a lot when I read Janet Chapman’s books. Her characters are such…characters! There’s something very endearing (in print only, I’m sure) about such protective, outdated men and their earnest efforts to adapt to modern society and modern women. The fact that some of them have access to magic is just icing on my cupcake 🙂
The only drawback for me with this story was the irritating heroine. She spent so much time and energy fighting her attraction to Kenzie that I was about ready to jump into the book and bean her a good one! Then, she suddenly jumps him…and then goes right back to being stand-offish. She drove me nuts!
I also enjoyed the touching story of Mabel and her illness. Chapman explains in an afterword that she did model Mabel somewhat on her mother and her mother’s slow decline. Although the stages of grief regarding an incurable illness were necessarily shortened due to the book’s plot, I still found my breath hitching a few times and I think anyone who has suffered with a loved one in such a way would react likewise.
All in all, a VERY pleasant few hours read with a scrumptious hero I’d like to kidnap.