Tall Dark And Kilted Mass Market Paperback – Nov 4 2008
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Cilla goes of to Scotland from Yardley, Pa (near where I live) and visits her Aunt's only to meet her ghost, Hardwick. (has a pun intended with the name) deStudley. It's interesting as to how Hardwick's curse ends. She captivates your attention throughout the story. I would actually like to see her write about the "Dark One". Maybe he can meet the woman he loved centuries ago...Something to consider, Allie!
A highly recommended read to all my Scotland/Paranormal followers!
Cilla Swanner has traveled Scotland to visit her aunt and uncle who live in Dunroamin Castle. Cilla makes elaborate jewelry out of broken china but ever since her boyfriend broke up with her, she has not been able to get anyone to commission any pieces. Faced with not being able to pay her bills, Cilla comes to Scotland hoping to relax and rethink her business plan. Her first day there, she is astonished and almost faints when she sees a huge Scottish man move in a poster. Not believing her eyes, she thinks she is going crazy, especially when the voices start. Cilla refuses to give in to her thoughts that ghosts exist except for one thing. This ghost in particular is breathtakingly handsome and Cilla is attracted to him in ways she shouldn't be.
Cilla and Hardwin fall in love, despite his promise to the Dark One. He does everything he can think of to not give in and I smiled more than once at his dilemma. If there was one thing Hardwin knew, it was that Cilla was his and he wanted her badly. Never believing that he would ever find a woman, Hardwin almost let her pass him by. Working together to get to the bottom of forces rising to demonic proportions, Cilla and her man continue to fall in love all the while trying to figure out why they are seeing hellish demons and hags.
Witty to the point that I laughed out loud more than once, I have to admit that Hardwin's nickname made me giggle in hilarity. His predicament, while serious, was almost comical, especially with the only item he used to hide his arousal - a round shield. More than one ghost teased Hardwin but the laugh was on them because by the end of TALL, DARK AND KILTED, he was one happy Scottish warrior.
TALL, DARK AND KILTED is outlandishly funny one minute and seductively sensual the next. Never expecting to find true love, both the heroine and her hero had to adjust to the feelings each invoked in the other. Allie MacKay has written TALL, DARK AND KILTED in such a way that makes the reader truly believe in the idea of happily ever after. Grab a plaid and your favorite kilt - readers won't want to miss this amusing and romantic time travel romance.
***Natalie S. for Wild on Books***
I enjoyed this book slightly less than the others, but if you read Highlander in Her Bed and/or Highlander in Her Dreams you will probably be okay with Tall Dark and Kilted. Hardwick, Bran of Barra, and Wee Hughie were introduced previously, and reading Highlander in Her Bed will add some depth to this story for you. Over all, it's a good read.
Cilla Swanner has been deeply hurt by a man she gave her heart to and goes to her aunt and uncle in Scotland to recover from a broken heart and a broken business. She starts seeing a handsome Highlander and comes to realize he is a ghost. Her aunt sees him too and when she learns that Cilla is starting to care for this ghost, and that he in turn cares for her niece, she encourages the match. Hardwick goes to the Dark One asking for one night with Cilla but when he does the Dark One asks for Cilla's soul in return. Hardwick rejects this and is whisked away from the Dark One.
Trouble is brewing at Dunroamin Castle and Hardwick, with the help of some of his ghostly friends, start to unravel the problem. He is finding that he cannot conjure his ghostly abilities and when he chases after Cilla to stop her from going into danger he finds that even darkness holds light and his wishes come to life. With the help of a ghostly Viking couple, and even the Dark One, Hardwick and Cilla find a way to save Dunroamin Castle and their love for each other.
This was a heartwarming tale of forbidden love packed with hilarious situations and wonderful secondary characters. It left me feeling that no matter how unattainable something may seem, if our heart and soul want something bad enough, nothing is beyond reach.
Hardwick and Cilla finally get things figured out, and it's a merry tale of sweet temptation and desire to say the least. Complete with a bit of mystery as there is someone trying to "hurt" the McGhee's, plus there turns out to be buried treasure, and let's not forget there are more ghosts, and of course the evil lord of the underworld. Truly, an adult fairy tale if I've ever read one!
I am hoping Mackay writes her a book about the boisterous Bran MacNeil of Barra who thinks it's so funny that his friends are falling in love left and right. He who laughs last, laughs loudest!