Friday, December 18, 2009
A Highlander Christmas
Publisher's Summary. Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annual winter solstice celebration. But Luke is hiding his own secret, and he'll need a little bit of magic to earn Camry's trust...and a whole lot of mistletoe to seduce his way into her heart.
Review. In A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman, heroine Camry MacKeage is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. After a fellow rocket scientist, Lucian Pascal Renoir (“Luke”), reveals a flaw in Camry’s ion propulsion work, she is fired from her job at NASA. Thereafter, she flees to a small town in Maine to dog-sit, tend bar, and hide from life.
When Luke inadvertently breaks the news to Camry’s parents, they send him on a quest to bring Camry home for the annual winter solstice celebration. Sparks quickly fly between Luke and Camry when they first meet in person. The pair rapidly falls in lust-love, but Camry is no ordinary beautiful rocket scientist. Strange occurrences, such as, the disappearance and reappearance of transmitters, cabins, and even people, follow Camry wherever she goes. Believing in the “magic,” as Camry calls these events is a problem for logical minded Luke.
As a reader, unfamiliar with the Highlander series (this is the seventh book in the series), I was able to enjoy the novel. That is, the story stands alone for new readers while at the same time should not disappoint longtime fans. The romance between Camry and Luke is cut from the same cloth as the famous Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey pairings: two strong willed characters who challenge and fulfill each other. The magical elements of the novel provided an interesting twist to the plot. The only minor criticism I have is the frequent references to condoms. While I suspect this was the author’s attempt at public service the references were so numerous that it became a bit distracting.
A Highlander Christmas is an enjoyable seasonal fare for romance lovers!
Publisher: Pocket Star (October 27, 2009), 352 pages
Advance Review Copy Provided Coutesy of the Publisher.