A Highlander in L.A. by J.P. Bowie (2 Stars)

Duncan MacGregor is living in 18th century Scotland and about to marry against his wishes to help bring peace to his clan. His dearest friend and witch, Fiona, decides that he needs to be with his soul mate, Darren Holden, a 21st century cop. Darren must decide if he believes Duncan’s story about coming from the past while the two of them fall in love.

The first portion of the story was actually told in part by Fiona to explain why she sent Duncan to the future. There was quite a bit of description of the clan issues during the beginning of the book, allowing us to get to know Duncan pretty well. Duncan and Darren were both dreaming of each other for a period of time before meeting so they felt as if they already knew each other.

Once Duncan is in L.A., he and Darren begin a quick romance which basically resulted in a lot of sex to the point it overwhelmed the story. They did other things together, but those activities were mostly mentioned in passing except for a fun trip to the mall. We really never got to know Darren very well which made it difficult to develop an emotional connection to their relationship. There was a bit of inconsistency with Duncan’s speech patterns which became confusing.

The ending was very abrupt in two ways. First, it ended at the 90% mark on the Kindle. Second, the epilogue was told from Fiona’s POV leaving the reader to question how Duncan ended up fitting into our world. While the overall plot was an interesting and sweet concept, the execution didn’t work out quite as well.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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An 18th century time traveling Scot finds the man of his dreams in present day Los Angeles.

When on duty LAPD officer, Darren Holden, is told to check out a possible dead body lying in an alleyway, he finds a man who is unconscious but very much alive. Not only alive, but gorgeous—and wearing a kilt. Darren is sure he knows the man, he just can’t remember where or when they might have met. It isn’t until that night, unable to sleep, that he realizes the stranger is a man he’d been dreaming of for some time—a man who had made love to him night after night.

The Last thing Duncan MacGregor remembers is that he was home in Glen Ardor, Scotland, betrothed to Margaret Macallister as a bond between their two feuding clans.

Darren isn’t sure if Duncan is playing a game, suffering from amnesia of just plain nuts, but his attraction to Duncan outweighs his scepticism and he takes him home, determined to find the truth.

Duncan believes he was enchanted by a witch who told him his destiny was not in Scotland, nor to be married to Margaret but to have a life of love and adventure with a man—the man he had dreamed of night after night—Darren.

As much as Darren wants to believe him, his common sense warns him of the sheer impossibility of Duncan’s story. Nevertheless, the overwhelming sexual attraction both men feel for one another leads to a night of passionate lovemaking.

Even then, Darren’s logical mind refuses to accept that such a thing is possible, but when a dangerous event threatens to tear them apart, Darren must be a believer or lose Duncan forever.

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