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Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the sixteenth-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilte Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the sixteenth-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilted fantasy man. Tall, handsome, and heir to his uncle’s lairdship, Darcy Keith should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill. Instead, thanks to a prank played on him in his teenage years, he is known for being too large under his kilt to ever make a proper husband. “Big Darcy” runs his deceased father’s windmills and lives alone at his family manor, believing he will never marry. But a strangely-dressed woman he rescues from a clan skirmish makes him long for more. When the woman’s claims of coming to Ackergill by magic reach the laird’s ears, she is accused of witchcraft. Darcy determines to protect her any way he can, even if it means binding her to him forever.


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Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the sixteenth-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilte Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the sixteenth-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilted fantasy man. Tall, handsome, and heir to his uncle’s lairdship, Darcy Keith should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill. Instead, thanks to a prank played on him in his teenage years, he is known for being too large under his kilt to ever make a proper husband. “Big Darcy” runs his deceased father’s windmills and lives alone at his family manor, believing he will never marry. But a strangely-dressed woman he rescues from a clan skirmish makes him long for more. When the woman’s claims of coming to Ackergill by magic reach the laird’s ears, she is accused of witchcraft. Darcy determines to protect her any way he can, even if it means binding her to him forever.

30 review for Wishing for a Highlander

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    Nothing felt believable and I started skimming half way through. They fall in love in like a day and Darcy forsakes his clan and family, his home and everything he knows for Melanie. After a day. Darcy figures out how to drive a car after Melanie describes what one is once. Constance figures out Anya's scheme with the rose oil from a thank you note (I know this is out of context and it won't make sense if you haven't read the book, but believe me - Sherlock Holmes wouldn't have been able to make Nothing felt believable and I started skimming half way through. They fall in love in like a day and Darcy forsakes his clan and family, his home and everything he knows for Melanie. After a day. Darcy figures out how to drive a car after Melanie describes what one is once. Constance figures out Anya's scheme with the rose oil from a thank you note (I know this is out of context and it won't make sense if you haven't read the book, but believe me - Sherlock Holmes wouldn't have been able to make this deduction). I could keep going. Suffice it to say this had very little going for it and I'm glad to be done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall rating: 4 mo gradhach stars!! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ no - in fact, the hero is a virgin (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes ... too cute! (hide spoiler)] My review: Melanie is done with men. Her boyfriend abandons her after he finds out she is pregnant because she isn't the one he wants to marry. Think leaving her isn't douchey enough? He was cheating on her the whole time Overall rating: 4 mo gradhach stars!! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ no - in fact, the hero is a virgin (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes ... too cute! (hide spoiler)] My review: Melanie is done with men. Her boyfriend abandons her after he finds out she is pregnant because she isn't the one he wants to marry. Think leaving her isn't douchey enough? He was cheating on her the whole time they were together as well. So yes, Melanie is done with men, of course pregnancy hormones have her about tot go crazy. While finishing up her work at the museum one night, she makes a silly wish that actually comes true! This heroine is just too cute for words. She ends up meeting Darcy aka BIG Darcy right away because he rescues her and the rest is history. He doesn't care that she is pregnant with another man's baby, nor does he shun her when she tells him who she truly is. He protects her from start to finish and I loved that. There is no crazy ex GF drama, even thought here is a crazy biotch that DOES cause drama, but it isn't because she wants Darcy by any means. Her sights are set much much higher. If you are looking for a light and sweet historical romance, this is your book! The reason why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because I felt like I wanted more time (view spoiler)[ with the hero, heroine and the baby :) (hide spoiler)] QUOTES: "I am yours," he whispered between kisses. "I give myself to you, lass, now and for all time. Your happiness shall ever be my greatest goal, your pleasure my greatest desire." "Help me out, mo gradhach" She truly was his beloved. His most precious treasure. That which he would kill for. That which he would die for.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Although this book was recommended for Outlander fans, there's not all that much in common between these two books besides the time travelling aspect. Outlander is one hell of an example of a slowburn romance done right, with great character development, marvellous background research and outstanding writing while this one ... I'm sorry to say but Wishing for a Highlander isn't any of that. Want to read more why I was disappointed in the story? It's possible to do so HERE Although this book was recommended for Outlander fans, there's not all that much in common between these two books besides the time travelling aspect. Outlander is one hell of an example of a slowburn romance done right, with great character development, marvellous background research and outstanding writing while this one ... I'm sorry to say but Wishing for a Highlander isn't any of that. Want to read more why I was disappointed in the story? It's possible to do so HERE

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    DNF. This book was horrible. I can't understand why it was so well reviewed. It kept getting more ridiculous with every chapter. Once I got to the time travelling automobile that the 15th century highlander just instinctively knows how to drive, I had to stop. I wish I could go back in time and not purchase this book. DNF. This book was horrible. I can't understand why it was so well reviewed. It kept getting more ridiculous with every chapter. Once I got to the time travelling automobile that the 15th century highlander just instinctively knows how to drive, I had to stop. I wish I could go back in time and not purchase this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christen Jeschke

    Ok, so I feel compelled to write a review to warn people to not be deceived into reading this book. Bookbub advertised this as a book for Outlander fans in the similar style of that series, etc. The cover showed a serene lake with a candle glowing--had I only known to check Goodreads first I would have NEVER gotten it or read it. Not only does the Goodreads version of the cover show a half dressed man which goes against my policy of reading smutty shirtless man books, but the description more ac Ok, so I feel compelled to write a review to warn people to not be deceived into reading this book. Bookbub advertised this as a book for Outlander fans in the similar style of that series, etc. The cover showed a serene lake with a candle glowing--had I only known to check Goodreads first I would have NEVER gotten it or read it. Not only does the Goodreads version of the cover show a half dressed man which goes against my policy of reading smutty shirtless man books, but the description more accurately portrayed what this book was about. Spoiler Alert--IT IS NOTHING LIKE OUTLANDER. The main male character feels out of place in life, because he was rejected based on the size of his gigantic man member--seriously?! I could not believe this was an actual book premise. He meets a modern pregnant girl who accidentally travels back in time and is forced into marriage with him. They fall in love and she uses her sexual wanton ways to teach him that his size is not a disability (I can not believe I am typing this.) However, an evil laird is out to get them until she tells his wife about the magical lubricating powers of foreplay and thus the laird marriage is fruitful and brings forth children. This makes him nice again and all is forgiven, so everyone is friends again. This is a horrible book and Bookbub tricked me and I imagine many people like me. I honestly can't believe that this is an actual book. It was the worst.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Raby

    This is my favorite highlander romance. It's about a pregnant museum worker, Melanie, who, when working with an artifact from medieval Scotland, accidentally triggers its magic and travels back in time, into the midst of a clan battle, where she ultimately meets the hero, a Keith warrior named Darcy. "Big Darcy" is a fabulous hero. He's honorable and compassionate and protective, very alpha in some respects but in other respects rather vulnerable. An early and devastating rejection left him insec This is my favorite highlander romance. It's about a pregnant museum worker, Melanie, who, when working with an artifact from medieval Scotland, accidentally triggers its magic and travels back in time, into the midst of a clan battle, where she ultimately meets the hero, a Keith warrior named Darcy. "Big Darcy" is a fabulous hero. He's honorable and compassionate and protective, very alpha in some respects but in other respects rather vulnerable. An early and devastating rejection left him insecure about his ability to please a woman, so it's up to Melanie--also a little insecure, since she's also dealt with rejection in her past--to draw him out of his shell sexually. I especially enjoyed the humor in the first half of this novel, and in the second half, the sexual awakening that 21st-century Melanie brings to her gentle Scottish warrior.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    I made it to page 99 and I am going to have to throw in the towel. It's just not a good read for me. I'm really disappointed. I wanted a good time travel romance and this sounded like a good bet, it just fell short on many levels. The dialogue is bad, on the verge of being ridiculous. The reason for Darcy's failure with women is laughable and Melanie is annoying. This was a good idea that got mucked up in the telling. DNF so no rating. I made it to page 99 and I am going to have to throw in the towel. It's just not a good read for me. I'm really disappointed. I wanted a good time travel romance and this sounded like a good bet, it just fell short on many levels. The dialogue is bad, on the verge of being ridiculous. The reason for Darcy's failure with women is laughable and Melanie is annoying. This was a good idea that got mucked up in the telling. DNF so no rating.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LPJ

    4.5 stars So I just have to say it. Best. Premise. Ever. Seriously. Read that blurb and tell me it doesn't make you want to run out and buy this book immediately! I'm sorry big, handsome, Highlander dude - you're just too big to ever fit inside a woman and are doomed to spend the rest of your sexy life alone. Jessi Gage should get some kind of award for this premise alone. Plus she named her Highlander 'Darcy' -- I feel like she Jedi mind-tricked me into loving this. Modern woman Melanie gets swept 4.5 stars So I just have to say it. Best. Premise. Ever. Seriously. Read that blurb and tell me it doesn't make you want to run out and buy this book immediately! I'm sorry big, handsome, Highlander dude - you're just too big to ever fit inside a woman and are doomed to spend the rest of your sexy life alone. Jessi Gage should get some kind of award for this premise alone. Plus she named her Highlander 'Darcy' -- I feel like she Jedi mind-tricked me into loving this. Modern woman Melanie gets swept back in time to 16th century Scotland, immediately meets too-big-for-his-kilt Darcy and finds herself relying on him as she tries to figure out how to get back home. There will be inevitable comparisons to Outlander, and while that book is a force of nature, a huge tome full of historical detail and patient storytelling, this one is a much more pleasant read. There aren't any two dimensional characters. The bad guys are bad, but not so bad they give you nightmares (not so with Gabaldon, at least for me). There are surprises, magic, love, redemption, forgiveness. I really, really liked it. (view spoiler)[The car scene was the best. The. Best. (hide spoiler)] I was so enthralled that I completely forgot a key plot point had been foreshadowed earlier, and that almost never happens to me. So yes, if the blurb didn't convince you, and you're not a robot, then read this. It's super.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm upset the heinous villain of the book, who had the pregnant heroine shoved to her knees and slapped around, actually got a happy ending. Fuck that motherfucker piece of shit. And fuck this book for rewarding his foul, unforgivable behavior. I'm upset the heinous villain of the book, who had the pregnant heroine shoved to her knees and slapped around, actually got a happy ending. Fuck that motherfucker piece of shit. And fuck this book for rewarding his foul, unforgivable behavior.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I am definitely coming back to this book again and again. It is refreshing to find a new favorite series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I really enjoyed this time travel book, quite a bit of magic and great characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I was drawn to this book by the uniqueness of the two main characters. I loved the idea of a single pregnant woman from our time and a laird's nephew who is the heir to his clan but not the typical 'alpha' male as the lead characters. The characters in this book were well written and they had depth to their personalities and reasons for their actions and beliefs. We meet Melanie first in her own time, where she seems nice enough. When Melanie first arrives back in time, she isn't showing the typica I was drawn to this book by the uniqueness of the two main characters. I loved the idea of a single pregnant woman from our time and a laird's nephew who is the heir to his clan but not the typical 'alpha' male as the lead characters. The characters in this book were well written and they had depth to their personalities and reasons for their actions and beliefs. We meet Melanie first in her own time, where she seems nice enough. When Melanie first arrives back in time, she isn't showing the typical disorientation and distress that one might have expected when facing an unexpected time travel -- she really is acting like a spoiled brat. Melanie has no money or trade goods (except for her magic wishing box, which she can't show people because it is future dated), no way to hunt or otherwise provide for herself, no concept about how poorly strangely dressed travelers to a remote area of the land with no explanation of how they got there are taken - but yet, she acts like she feels entitled to be welcomed and treated well. It was troubling to me that for a woman who works in a museum and is supposedly knowledgeable about history, Melanie did understand the fear of witchcraft but shows no understanding about what daily life was like in the time period she has traveled to. I also felt disappointed and a bit of resentment toward Melanie because she made a wish and was lucky enough to have it granted, but she wasn't willing to give it a chance to see how things would turn out in this strange time until she was literally confronted with the fact that she had no. way. back. home. At the start of the story, I honestly didn't like Melanie much. If you hang in there for a few chapters, Melanie eventually mellows out stops being so demanding, and at that point she actually becomes quite likeable. Melanie does have many good qualities, and I was glad to see them finally come through. When Darcy and Melanie seek shelter with the Murray clan, Melanie is befriended by Lady Constance. Lady Constance was from the modern day and traveled back in time, fell in love and chose to stay in this era. Lady Constance's experiences seem to give Melanie a new perspective on deciding if she wants to keep pursuing a way back to her own time, or if she wanted to build a future here with Darcy. It's at that point that Melanie starts to look at the larger picture of weighing the differences between a museum job, her parents, and things like modern medical care versus staying in a strange time a man she realizes that she is quickly falling in love with. It was interesting to watch her consider her options and weigh exactly what was important to her. I loved how Lady Constance helped Melanie adjust to the time period, and taught her some skills (such as working with herbs) to make her life in this time easier. Despite my dislike for his name - both because of "that other book" and because I don't consider it an accurate Highland name, I really liked the character of Darcy. He is not typical "Highland Hunk" of the time period, but it is his wonderful mixture of strength and resolve tempered by compassion and protectiveness that makes his so wonderfully dreamy. When Darcy was younger, a cruel joke was played on him by a woman who felt rejected by him previously. She pretended to want to be intimate with him, only to mock him and tell him he was too big to ever be with a woman. She spread the rumor through the village, and by the next day he was getting stares and whispers, and being called 'Big Darcy'. Because of this, Darcy has no confidence in himself as a mate and feels he will never be able to be with a woman. Though his uncle pushes for him to get married and have children, none of the women in the village has shown an interest in him since word of his 'impressive size' got around. Darcy runs the village mill, and he is the heir to the laird even though he accepts that his younger brother Edmund would likely be better suited for the position. I'm given the impression that Darcy would be happy to step down and let his brother become laird, and that he would be happy working at the mill and having a wife and family. Perhaps it is because Darcy feels the dream of a wife and family is something that he will never have, that when he does meet Melanie he is determined to be a good mate to her and a good father to a child which is not his own. I loved that Darcy was willing to step up and take responsibility for this strange woman he barely knew, even though she wasn't acting very kindly to him. I love how protective Darcy is of her right from the start, and that he is compassionate and kind even when Melanie is behaving poorly and doesn't deserve it. The romance between Darcy and Melanie had a rough start, but it was believable and engaging. I really enjoyed watching them fall in love. I liked both of them, and I was hoping for a HEA for them. The love scenes where Melanie is teaching her virgin husband how to give and receive pleasure were both sweet and steamy. Lord Stefan is the laird of the clan, and he feels a responsibility to his people. He rushes his nephew into a wedding with the strange foreigner that Darcy claimed responsibility for, feeling relief and thinking his problems of getting Darcy a wife and heir have finally been resolved. Stefan has a great fear of witchcraft, and the same woman who started the rumors about Darcy brings the laird news of Melanie's magic box. He sends his enforcer to find the box and bring Melanie to him, and once he sees the box that is enough proof to have Melanie beaten and sentenced to death. Darcy makes an escape with her, and that's when the real love story begins. Stefan continues to play an important role throughout the book, but his character is very well developed. Though I don't agree with his actions, I can see how he came to feel the way he does and how he tries to keep his clan safe. His love and devotion to his wife Ginnie is a very endearing trait, and I think they are a good couple. So while Lord Stefan is a 'villain', he's not the typical evil guy - the suffering he causes is more through being misguided and stubborn then out of any sense of true malice. Anya was a truly vile villainess - petty, mean, sadistic and cruel to the extreme. We see multiple examples of how she takes delight in the suffering she causes, how the people she hates all deserve the suffering she inflicts, and how she feels that she is never responsible for any ill fortune that befalls her. No, any problems she faces are always the fault of some random person who must be made to PAY! I believe that part of a HEA is that a villain should "reap what they sow". Yet in this unconventional book, Anya did not get punished for the years of torment and suffering she inflicted on others - rather, the author tries (but fails, at least with me) to get me to feel badly for her. I do not think a villainess, especially one willing to endanger a child's life for the chance that she can kill the man she is angry with, should not only escape any punishment for her actions, but be rewarded with her own love story in book 2 of the series. If it wasn't for the lack of resolution of Anya that we are left with in this book, followed by the announcement that book two of the series would be Anya's love story - this would have been a 5 star read. This book suffers a serious loss of stars both over how Anya escaped receiving her just rewards in this book, and how the evil despicable villainess goes on the a starring role in the next book of the series. I am seriously disappointed in that turn of events! I have not read this author before, but I would consider reading her works again. However, I will NOT be reading book two of this series, because I was extremely disappointed ... no, downright angry to find that the vile villainess of this book becomes the heroine of the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    This is a time-travel romance set in the 1500’s, Melanie a pregnant single mother finds herself unexpectedly transported by an antique Rosewood box to the Scottish Highlands. Here she is rescued by Darcy Keith but when accusations of witchcraft are thrown Melanie’s way Darcy vows to protect her even if that means going against his own clan. I did finish this and the writing wasn’t awful bu any means but some of this just felt so unbelievable and I know total contraindication and all considering th This is a time-travel romance set in the 1500’s, Melanie a pregnant single mother finds herself unexpectedly transported by an antique Rosewood box to the Scottish Highlands. Here she is rescued by Darcy Keith but when accusations of witchcraft are thrown Melanie’s way Darcy vows to protect her even if that means going against his own clan. I did finish this and the writing wasn’t awful bu any means but some of this just felt so unbelievable and I know total contraindication and all considering this is time travel but that and the magic wasn’t my issue it was actually all the other stuff I had problems with. How fast Big Darcy decides to forsake his whole clan for a woman he’s known literal hours. The fact that he even believes he’s too large because of one woman’s spite I mean surely he would have learned otherwise from someone or somewhere else he is a grown man after all. Then there’s all the forgiveness from Melanie and Darcy for his uncle it’s all just seemed very anticlimactic and highly improbable. There are so many things here that really niggled at me and It did affect my overall enjoyment. I’m also highly surprised at the identity of the heroine in the next book in this series Anya I’m also very sceptical over her redemption. I mean the woman came across here as pure poison it will be interesting to see if I can be won over or even believe she’s contrite or even a changed character. I just need to decide now if I want to read the next book as this just had something slightly missing for me so I’m still slightly on the fence. Also having Anya as the focus doesn’t really inspire me to pick it up we will see, I might I just haven’t decided either way yet, Some Interesting ideas here for sure but I did struggle slightly. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Loesch

    Yep, it's time travel romance that reminded me of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Melanie falls through a time portal due to her idle wish on a special box and ends up coming through the stone circles (think Stonehenge style) to old school Scotland. Like Gabaldon's book, Melanie meets a Highlander warrior who sweeps her off her feet. However, here's the big difference for me between the two tales: tongue in cheek humor and a heck of a lot less Scottish history lessons. While I love the Outla Yep, it's time travel romance that reminded me of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Melanie falls through a time portal due to her idle wish on a special box and ends up coming through the stone circles (think Stonehenge style) to old school Scotland. Like Gabaldon's book, Melanie meets a Highlander warrior who sweeps her off her feet. However, here's the big difference for me between the two tales: tongue in cheek humor and a heck of a lot less Scottish history lessons. While I love the Outlander, the history bogged it down for me to the point of where I never finished the series! That's not the case here. Wishing for a Highlander is a tight tale that has you rooting for Melanie and Darcy to get together. I loved that Melanie was pregnant, and I kept wondering how the author was going to make this romance thing work. After all, pregnancy isn't always the most romantic thing! But she pulled it off by creating a hero who feels like an outcast and has sympathy for the strange woman from another time. While Darcy is a the macho type that must be present in a romance, he comes off as a human being capable of changing his thought process. Melanie is a well written, down to Earth character who makes you laugh with her quirkiness and wonder if she really wants to go home to her time. I thought the chemistry between her and Darcy was fun! Of course, every romance like this has it's bad guys. Lord Stefan is definitely a guy with a few issues of his own. He has a thing about witches and the fact that Melanie speaks differently and has this odd box, has him immediately wanting to set up a campfire and start roasting our heroine. Again, I was surprised at how well developed his character turned out to be. Let's just say that he's not the traditional bad guy. I enjoyed the character of Anya. She's the one who sort of keeps the revenge ball rolling as the story goes along since she has had a past with Darcy. Okay, it's time for the sex talk. How does Wishing for a Highlander measure up? Hot, hot, hot! I will not be going into detail on the subject, but it's well written stuff that makes you want to go out and buy your man a kilt! Great book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paulina Woods

    When I finished this book I had a book hangover that lasted about a day and than I had to read it again to make sure it was really that good. I have always had a soft spot for a man in a kilt and when that man is strong and stands feet above his fellow clansmen I am lost. Darcy is no alpha male he is heir but didn’t want to lead. He isn’t a man every girl in the village wants and he has no confidence in himself as husband/lover material. As a young man he was dealt a blow by a soon to be lover t When I finished this book I had a book hangover that lasted about a day and than I had to read it again to make sure it was really that good. I have always had a soft spot for a man in a kilt and when that man is strong and stands feet above his fellow clansmen I am lost. Darcy is no alpha male he is heir but didn’t want to lead. He isn’t a man every girl in the village wants and he has no confidence in himself as husband/lover material. As a young man he was dealt a blow by a soon to be lover that left him feeling like less a man. All he wants in life is to find someone he can take care of and provide for by working hard at his mill. Fate/magic gave him his wish. Ok maybe not the exact wish he wanted because what he got was a strong independent woman from the future. Malina, betrayed by her baby daddy, refuses to let life problems rob her of her will to survive. Having resigned herself to be a single mom with a very stable job in the museum business, she still wishes for a man who will sweep her off her feet. One night she gets her wish just not in her time period. These two have been conditioned to mistrust the opposite sex yet both still know there’s something better. Yes this is a book that should be kept close for all time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is a great highlander romance! It was only $.99 on Amazon by an author I hadn't read before plus it was compared to Outlander due to the time travel. It's about Melanie, a pregnant museum worker, who makes a wish on an artifact from medieval Scotland and accidentally triggers its magic and travels back in time. She ends up in the midst of a clan battle, where she meets the hero she wished for, a Keith warrior named Darcy. "Big Darcy" is honorable, compassionate and protective, very alpha but This is a great highlander romance! It was only $.99 on Amazon by an author I hadn't read before plus it was compared to Outlander due to the time travel. It's about Melanie, a pregnant museum worker, who makes a wish on an artifact from medieval Scotland and accidentally triggers its magic and travels back in time. She ends up in the midst of a clan battle, where she meets the hero she wished for, a Keith warrior named Darcy. "Big Darcy" is honorable, compassionate and protective, very alpha but also vulnerable. An early and devastating rejection left him insecure about his ability to please a woman, so it's up to Melanie to convince him it was all lies. Even though she got her wish, Melanie just wants to go back home and Darcy would much rather keep her in his time but promises to find a way to send her back. The story mixes the excitement of time travel, with the life and romance of the Highland times. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    To remind why the DO NOT READ, I'm just gonna paste Soo's review here. Mini-Review: DNF @ 70% 4 Stars for Narration by Marian Hussey 1 Star for Story There's a lot I can forgive in a historical romance. This one jumped the shark when a car zapped into the past and a MAN of that time drives it. Yah. Dude has never seen a car before and he "knows" what it is by "descriptions" told to him by his wife, a woman from the future. Right. Nope! Moving on. Note to Self: Skip this author. Nothing more to add. To remind why the DO NOT READ, I'm just gonna paste Soo's review here. Mini-Review: DNF @ 70% 4 Stars for Narration by Marian Hussey 1 Star for Story There's a lot I can forgive in a historical romance. This one jumped the shark when a car zapped into the past and a MAN of that time drives it. Yah. Dude has never seen a car before and he "knows" what it is by "descriptions" told to him by his wife, a woman from the future. Right. Nope! Moving on. Note to Self: Skip this author. Nothing more to add.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    Mini-Review: DNF @ 70% 4 Stars for Narration by Marian Hussey 1 Star for Story There's a lot I can forgive in a historical romance. This one jumped the shark when a car zapped into the past and a MAN of that time drives it. Yah. Dude has never seen a car before and he "knows" what it is by "descriptions" told to him by his wife, a woman from the future. Right. Nope! Moving on. Note to Self: Skip this author. Mini-Review: DNF @ 70% 4 Stars for Narration by Marian Hussey 1 Star for Story There's a lot I can forgive in a historical romance. This one jumped the shark when a car zapped into the past and a MAN of that time drives it. Yah. Dude has never seen a car before and he "knows" what it is by "descriptions" told to him by his wife, a woman from the future. Right. Nope! Moving on. Note to Self: Skip this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Great story. Loved Big Darcy.. I first reviewed this book on March 10, 2013 but I liked it so much I thought I would listen to it since it had reached audible. The one thing I didn’t like, at all, was Darcy’s height of almost six and a half feet tall and Melanie/Malina was five feet two. Really? He’d have to pick her up every time he kissed her or drop to his knees or bend so far over it would give him a terrible backache is they kissed very long. Differences in heights have to make some kind of Great story. Loved Big Darcy.. I first reviewed this book on March 10, 2013 but I liked it so much I thought I would listen to it since it had reached audible. The one thing I didn’t like, at all, was Darcy’s height of almost six and a half feet tall and Melanie/Malina was five feet two. Really? He’d have to pick her up every time he kissed her or drop to his knees or bend so far over it would give him a terrible backache is they kissed very long. Differences in heights have to make some kind of sense. So, “when you’re toes to toes your nose is in it and when you’re nose to nose your toes are in it.” This is the second time this past month that I’ve read about someone with blond hair having black eyelashes. Again, Really? I can’t even picture that duo. As much as these things bothered I still loved the story and everyone in it: Aodhan (pronounced Aiden, according to the narrator,) Wilhelm and Constance, Timothy and Gravois. I like Ginneleah but I didn’t like that she was married to a grown man and had been for 2 years. And, as far as I’m concerned her husband, Steafan, was as crazy as a bedbug. And, finally, Anya. Wow, she was so self-centered she was easy to hate. And I did hate her, that’s why I won’t be reading the next story. I have no idea what this author was thinking to make the next book about someone so easy to hate in this book. That must be why this book has 112 reviews and the next book has only 25. To all of you who start a book only to find out there's SEX in it then give the book one star because of it? DON'T BUY THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT HAS SEX. Some of us like that in a romance novel. As to the narrator: She was alright. Sometimes her men sounded like men and sometimes they didn't and she did not have one iota of emotion when she read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I absolutely loved this story! I will not put spoilers in this review. It begins with a woman named Melanie. She is pregnant, single, and working at a museum. She comes across a box that is beautifully crafted. And she happens to make a wish while holding this "box". She finds herself whisked back in time to the Highlands. In the middle of a clan skirmish! She meets a man named "Big" Darcy Keith. The reasons for his name being Big are explained and kinda funny! But they go through quiet an adven I absolutely loved this story! I will not put spoilers in this review. It begins with a woman named Melanie. She is pregnant, single, and working at a museum. She comes across a box that is beautifully crafted. And she happens to make a wish while holding this "box". She finds herself whisked back in time to the Highlands. In the middle of a clan skirmish! She meets a man named "Big" Darcy Keith. The reasons for his name being Big are explained and kinda funny! But they go through quiet an adventure together in this story. I LOVED how Ms. Gage told this tale. She kept the heroine a strong woman, even though she goes through some VERY rough things that would probably break a less strong woman! The mans, Darcy, character is quiet believable, and an absolute dream! I also liked the fact that Melanie was pregnant when she was whisked through time. It made for some interesting twists in the story. I would definitely recommend this read if you love time travel romances as I do, but also if you just really want a great romance story! I am on pins and needles awaiting Jessi Gages next book! Thank you for a great story Jessi Gage!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    There were several things I loved about the story, but mostly the characters made the book. First, Darcy poor guy! He’s a strapping, hot, tough highlander and yet he is fairly naïve when it comes to sex. He’s been led to believe he’s too big for sex! Melanie did amazingly well being thrown back in time considering she’s hormonal from her pregnancy in a strange land. There were many funny moments between the two of them with Melanie’s modern day dialect. Ms. Gage does a great job including the co There were several things I loved about the story, but mostly the characters made the book. First, Darcy poor guy! He’s a strapping, hot, tough highlander and yet he is fairly naïve when it comes to sex. He’s been led to believe he’s too big for sex! Melanie did amazingly well being thrown back in time considering she’s hormonal from her pregnancy in a strange land. There were many funny moments between the two of them with Melanie’s modern day dialect. Ms. Gage does a great job including the concerns of what would happen if someone were to suddenly and unexpectedly be thrown back in time. Melanie had so many concerns about her parents back home, her job how was she going to get back. When they take refuge at the Murray clan, Lady Constance instantly helps Melanie adjust to the era. Overall a great debut novel by Ms. Gage! The story mixes the excitement of time travel, with the life and romance of the Highland times. I would love to read Willhelm and Constance’s story! Please see Lady McNeill's complete review on February 12, 2013 at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kitt Crescendo

    What do you get when you take a pregnant museum worker, a highlander and time travel? Sprinkle a little bit of magic on for luck and you've got an awesome book! If you thought true love was hard to find, maybe you're not looking in the right era. Melanie, the heroine in this book, had to travel back to medieval Scotland to find a man worth keeping. Pregnant and alone with historic relics as her closest friends, she found herself in the middle of a clan war - in need of rescue. The beauty of a mod What do you get when you take a pregnant museum worker, a highlander and time travel? Sprinkle a little bit of magic on for luck and you've got an awesome book! If you thought true love was hard to find, maybe you're not looking in the right era. Melanie, the heroine in this book, had to travel back to medieval Scotland to find a man worth keeping. Pregnant and alone with historic relics as her closest friends, she found herself in the middle of a clan war - in need of rescue. The beauty of a modern woman is that she rarely waits like a damsel in distress. Together with the help of Darcy, a gorgeous Highlander, she manages to help save herself.... But you know the old adage "out of the frying pan and into the fire?" It's absolutely true for her. Of course the hero's got flaws. Sure, there's angst. And yes, there's a wicked witch...well, if you take the w and make it a b. ;-) Either way, if you like fantasy, it's there. You've got a weakness for highlanders? She's got you covered. You're into time travel? Check. A tale spun with enough intrigue to glue you to your seat? Done. A romance to make the hardest critic sigh? Yup!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mae Clair

    I was immediately swept up in this tale of Melanie, a pregnant museum worker who makes a wish on an old wooden box and is sent straight into 16th century Scotland. Melanie is a thoroughly likable character thrust into a difficult situation. Not only is she pregnant and alone, but she finds herself in an era where any hint of peculiarity can lead to whispers of witchcraft. Hero, Darcy Keith, is the perfect combination of rugged strength and tender vulnerability. This is a man to make any woman swo I was immediately swept up in this tale of Melanie, a pregnant museum worker who makes a wish on an old wooden box and is sent straight into 16th century Scotland. Melanie is a thoroughly likable character thrust into a difficult situation. Not only is she pregnant and alone, but she finds herself in an era where any hint of peculiarity can lead to whispers of witchcraft. Hero, Darcy Keith, is the perfect combination of rugged strength and tender vulnerability. This is a man to make any woman swoon. I loved how protective he was of Melanie, and I loved watching their romance unfold. Due to a trick played on him when he was younger, Darcy believes he is incapable of coupling with a woman. If that sounds like this book is about sex, trust me it’s not! It’s about romance and heart, about tender loving and passion. Melanie and Darcy are exquisite together. Add Ms. Gage’s skilled use of period dialogue and scene setting, and this was a book I found hard to put down. A thoroughly enchanting read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    Melanie newly single and pregnant. While working at the Charleston Museum she receives a box that wont open, While fiddling with it she makes a wish for a Highlander and was swept back in time, to the Highlands. Darcy a man who runs a mill, and try's to be a good man and do is duty to his clan. After an incident in his youth he swore to never be with a woman. When Darcy finds Melanie, he claims her as his own. Feeling very compelled to help and protect her. I really enjoyed reading Wishing for a H Melanie newly single and pregnant. While working at the Charleston Museum she receives a box that wont open, While fiddling with it she makes a wish for a Highlander and was swept back in time, to the Highlands. Darcy a man who runs a mill, and try's to be a good man and do is duty to his clan. After an incident in his youth he swore to never be with a woman. When Darcy finds Melanie, he claims her as his own. Feeling very compelled to help and protect her. I really enjoyed reading Wishing for a Highlander. It was the first time travel book i read in awhile. I loved how it was full of magic and action as well romance. The plot was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat with what was going on. The character were believable, and very interesting. Hero and Heroine were very well round characters and did not seem one dimensional. I loved the back story, it made it easier to see and understand why the character were the way they are. After reading this i really hope Jessi Gage writes more of this genre. Reviewed by SammySosa for Cocktails and Books

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor (The Book Hammock)

    Rounding up a 3.5 for this one. Wishing For A Highlander is a really fun story, albeit too fantastical and strewn with lots of magic. I think the Outlander craze made me read this, and to be honest I was almost hoping this would be a naughty erotic story. Not sure why. I enjoyed it, though. Melanie is a curator at a museum in Charleston and is thrown back 500 years to Scotland, after tinkering with an old box. There's a lot happening in this book, and a lot of it involves witch hunt, magic (or la Rounding up a 3.5 for this one. Wishing For A Highlander is a really fun story, albeit too fantastical and strewn with lots of magic. I think the Outlander craze made me read this, and to be honest I was almost hoping this would be a naughty erotic story. Not sure why. I enjoyed it, though. Melanie is a curator at a museum in Charleston and is thrown back 500 years to Scotland, after tinkering with an old box. There's a lot happening in this book, and a lot of it involves witch hunt, magic (or lack thereof), betrayal, vengeance and love. Very cute story, and now I'm staring the 2nd book. Hopefully the heroine in this one won't disappoint me. Spoiler: She's the villain in the 1st book. This is going to be a challenge.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Winsor

    I just found a new favorite author! Wishing For a Highlander is a gem. I happened to find it in Beta Heroes in Romance on Amazon. Time travel and Scottish romance aren't my thing until I read this lovely story by Jessi Gage. The brave but vulnerable heroine, Melanie, immediately captured my heart. I was rooting for her from page one! Darcy, the man she meets in 16th century Scotia, is every woman's idea of a romantic hero: brave, true and so very sexy! I immediately downloaded the follow up roma I just found a new favorite author! Wishing For a Highlander is a gem. I happened to find it in Beta Heroes in Romance on Amazon. Time travel and Scottish romance aren't my thing until I read this lovely story by Jessi Gage. The brave but vulnerable heroine, Melanie, immediately captured my heart. I was rooting for her from page one! Darcy, the man she meets in 16th century Scotia, is every woman's idea of a romantic hero: brave, true and so very sexy! I immediately downloaded the follow up romance,

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracy T.

    This was a fun read\listen. I enjoyed both the hero and the heroine. They had some good chemistry and a couple of nicely written sex scenes. Since she was from the future and thrown back into the 1500's highland times she was the sex ed teacher. Some funny moments there. The story line and plot were fun. There was a lot of dialogue throughout the book. As for the narration it was good, I do like Marian Hussey's narrations. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice, and she This was a fun read\listen. I enjoyed both the hero and the heroine. They had some good chemistry and a couple of nicely written sex scenes. Since she was from the future and thrown back into the 1500's highland times she was the sex ed teacher. Some funny moments there. The story line and plot were fun. There was a lot of dialogue throughout the book. As for the narration it was good, I do like Marian Hussey's narrations. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice, and she includes some emotion in her reading. Very enjoyable to listen to her. She is actually what drew me to listen to this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Bronwyn Ph.D of Smutology

    I liked this one. Uncomplicated. Just a really easy read. I've never read about a pregnant woman going back in time then add in a hero who is self conscious because he thinks he's too big (south of the border) and we have a cute read with very likeable characters. I thought Darcy was well developed, Melanie less so. We got a lot of moxie from her but not much depth. Honestly though, it fit the tone of the book. It didn't try to be anything other than it was. Much appreciated after my last read. I liked this one. Uncomplicated. Just a really easy read. I've never read about a pregnant woman going back in time then add in a hero who is self conscious because he thinks he's too big (south of the border) and we have a cute read with very likeable characters. I thought Darcy was well developed, Melanie less so. We got a lot of moxie from her but not much depth. Honestly though, it fit the tone of the book. It didn't try to be anything other than it was. Much appreciated after my last read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ils

    ***** FIVE SHINING STARS This book was such a pleasant surprise. The blurb grabbed my attention, but I did not expect to love the story THIS much. In fact it ended up claiming its own spot among my all time favorite Highlander's reads. Great character development and beautifully crafted plot. I can't think of anything that 'Wishing For A Highlander' lacked or I didn't like. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for people who enjoy reading real romance, lacking unnecessary drama, set in the Highlands. ***** FIVE SHINING STARS This book was such a pleasant surprise. The blurb grabbed my attention, but I did not expect to love the story THIS much. In fact it ended up claiming its own spot among my all time favorite Highlander's reads. Great character development and beautifully crafted plot. I can't think of anything that 'Wishing For A Highlander' lacked or I didn't like. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for people who enjoy reading real romance, lacking unnecessary drama, set in the Highlands.

  30. 5 out of 5

    SoBeA

    3 stars. Liked it, but didn't love it. Middling amount of low key angst, not the most original plot line, but well told, so much so that I pretty much read this in me sitting...( except for a few sleep filled hours, anyway) . I liked the main characters, but wouldnt have minded if they'd gotten a little more fleshed out, and there were few scenes that got glossed over, especially near the end, but a decent read, altogether. 3 stars. Liked it, but didn't love it. Middling amount of low key angst, not the most original plot line, but well told, so much so that I pretty much read this in me sitting...( except for a few sleep filled hours, anyway) . I liked the main characters, but wouldnt have minded if they'd gotten a little more fleshed out, and there were few scenes that got glossed over, especially near the end, but a decent read, altogether.

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