Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Review - The Highlander's Folly by Barbara Longley

The Highlander's Folly by Barbara Longley
Narrated by Phil Gigante
Series: Loch Moigh #3
Publisher: Brillance Audio /Montlake Romance
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Date Read: August 10, 2018
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes / 288 pages
Source: Kindle Unlimited / NetGalley
★★☆☆☆
A brave fifteenth-century Highlander fiercely devoted to his foster family, Hunter of clan MacKintosh can defeat any man in battle. Thanks to his fae gifts, he can read the intent of his opponents and guess their next moves. But when the faerie Madame Giselle sends Hunter to the present day, he stumbles into a staged battle and rescues a young knight—only to discover that the knight is a woman, and she’s anything but a damsel in distress.

Meghan McGladrey learned martial arts and sword fighting from her father, a time-traveling Highlander himself. To Hunter’s surprise, Meghan is as skilled as any knight. When both of them are pulled back to the fifteenth century, Meghan becomes desperate to return to her time. Hunter, who is pledged to another, begins to fall for the beautiful, brave warrior as they fight side by side against a common enemy. Now, he must decide which matters more: his honor or following his heart.

Exciting battles and intoxicating passion reunite in the third Novel of Loch Moigh from award-winning author Barbara Longley.
My Review

I hate to say that I had a few issues with this book.  I grabbed this one from NetGalley a few years ago because the premise sounded like something I would enjoy since I usually love time travel stories.  For some reason, I didn't get around to reading it right away but decided to pull it out of my virtual stack a few weeks ago.  There were some things that I did like about the book but the things that I disliked did hamper my overall enjoyment of the story. 

I enjoyed the time travel aspect of the story.  I thought that the way Meghan is pulled back in time by Hunter was rather unique and added a fun twist to the story.  The influence of the fae on events was also a nice twist that easily made everything impossible quite possible after all.  The time travel in the story was easily accepted by all of the characters since it has happened before to people that they know and I kind of liked that it was a big secret or something to be disbelieved.

My big problem comes in with the characters, namely Hunter.   By the end of the book I kind of wanted him to be sent to a place and time where we wouldn't ever have to see or hear from him again.  I haven't disliked a lead character quite so much in a very long time.  He was attracted to Meghan but he still planned pursue another woman that clearly didn't want him.  He also didn't want any of the other men to have Meghan and wasn't doing a good job of keeping things hands off.  I guess he was thinking that she should be stuck in his time period without love while he was free to pursue others.  His stupidity seems to almost increase as the book progresses and by the end of the book he has given her all kinds of mixed messages and doesn't seem to even know what he wants.

Meghan wasn't quite as bad but I didn't like how she seemed to fall deeper and deeper for Hunter despite how he treated her.  There were a couple of other men that were interested in Meghan and treated her very well but she only had eyes for Hunter.  I did like that Meghan was tough and able to hold her own in a fight but I wish we could have seen her demand that Hunter treat her a whole lot better or move on to one of the other more appalling men angling for her attention.  I have to admit that I spent a lot of the book rooting for the other guy who never had a chance so you know there was just something off about their romance.

I thought that Phil Gigante did an acceptable job with the narration.  I thought that he was easy to listen to but I was not a fan of some of the voices that he used.  I thought that all of his female voices sounded really off and it tended to pull me out of the story just a bit. 

I think that other readers may enjoy this one more than I did.  It is the third book in a series but I thought it read perfectly fine as a stand alone.  I do still want to read other books from the series and think I may have more luck with those as long as the characters are somewhat likeable. 

I received a digital review copy of this book from Montlake Romance via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from Kindle Unlimited.
About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Longley moved frequently throughout her childhood, but she quickly learned to entertain herself with stories. As an adult, she's lived in a commune in the Appalachians, taught on a Native American reservation, and traveled extensively from coast to coast. After her children were born, she decided to make the state of Minnesota her permanent home. Barbara holds a master's degree in special education and taught for many years. Today she devotes herself to writing contemporary, mythical, and paranormal stories. Her titles include Heart of the Druid Laird, the Love from the Heartland series (Far from Perfect, The Difference a Day Makes, A Change of Heart, and The Twisted Road to You), and the Novels of Loch Moigh (True to the Highlander, The Highlander's Bargain, The Highlander's Folly, and The Highlander's Vow).

Author Link:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

16 comments:

  1. This is one of the reasons why I'm not an audiobook fan . . . Based on your review, though, I'd have issues with a psychical copy as well. When the characters don't work, it's really hard to enjoy the story, even with a good premise :( Hope your next read is great!

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    1. My problem with this story was not the narrator. I would have been able to enjoy the story even with his female voices if the characters were somewhat likable. Thanks, Silvia!

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  2. I dont think I knew about the series but I think I'll pass

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    1. I do want to read some of the other books from the series. I think that this Hero and me just didn't get along.

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  3. That is a lot of falling forward to and back in time ;)

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    1. It really wasn't. They spend just a few pages in the present day before she ends up in the past. Almost all of the book was set in the past even though I wish that I could have just sent him away :)

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  4. Hunter sounds like a jerk. It's hard to like a book when you don't like one of the characters.

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    1. Hunter was definitely a jerk. I was kind of mad at Meghan for putting up with him.

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  5. Yep, when I don't care for the characters, it brings down the romance for me, too. I've read two over the last week with this wishy-washy behavior. I feel your pain. LOL

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    1. I was hoping she would go for the other guy for most of the book which was a really bad sign.

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  6. I like a good time travel romance but don't read near as many as I used to years ago. I also like the Highlander part. However, the Hero sounds horrible so I will be passing on this one as well.

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  7. "My big problem comes in with the characters, namely Hunter. By the end of the book I kind of wanted him to be sent to a place and time where we wouldn't ever have to see or hear from him again".

    This comment jumped out at me and had me laughing. From the sound of it your review was much better than the book itself. :) So sorry you did not enjoy this one.

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    1. I just needed Hunter to go away. Thanks, Nadene!

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  8. I don't think I would like Hunter much either, given his behavior. I am glad the time travel aspect worked though. Hopefully the next book you read in the series will be better!

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    1. I hope with different characters the other books from the series would be much more pleasant reads.

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