An Enchanted Spring
Nancy Scanlon continues the timebending saga she began with The Winter Laird, pulling heroes and villains alike through the portals of time to help save their futures and find their truest loves.
A time travel accident has left Aidan MacWilliam, younger brother of a medieval Irish laird, trapped in the future. Though he’s become a successful entrepreneur in the twenty-first century, Aidan still can’t banish thoughts of the world he left behind. In search of distraction, he heads to New York to scout a PR person for his cousin’s matchmaking firm, Celtic Connections.
Emmaline Perkins might be the perfect candidate. A PR expert and closet medievalist, Emma has always put work before her social life. When a breathtakingly handsome man who looks like he stepped straight out of the Middle Ages proposes business, she struggles to keep her professional and personal lives separate.
Then Emma's ex-fiancé resurfaces, threatening Emma’s livelihood, her home, and ultimately her safety. Aidan jumps to protect her and not just because she’s good for business. He feels a primal need to defend the alluring young woman. But the question is not where she'll be safe, but when.
An Enchanted Spring is book 2 in the Mists of Fate series. I had not read the first book and I found at times that certain references were lost on me. Although, it would be best to read the first one just to be sure of the story’s setting and gain a little insight on the secondary characters.
However, that did not deter me in reading this delightful tale. Emma really was a funny character. She was every bit of a strong leading heroine, but had her soft vulnerable side as well. I always love a heroine with an amusing monologue and Emma did not disappoint.
“Although she tried to avoid looking directly at it, Emma always found herself staring at his shirt, her eyes locked on the bottom button as it strained against the hole. She wondered, if it did pop off, whether she’d have to dodge left or right.”
I found myself feeling sorry for a character whose day goes from bad to worse, all because of a psychotic ex boyfriend that becomes a stalker. Even with that suspenseful tone, it really did not make it such a heavy read. It was light, funny, and full of adventure. The story is clean, so there isn’t any actual sex in it. Which I found refreshing. The story was engaging and for me, a page turner.
With her obvious trust issues, Emma doesn’t jump right into a relationship with Aidan. Whom I must say is definitely hero worthy. Aiden, for lack of a better word, is stuck in modern times. With no family to speak of, but with two friends who are the ones that can time travel, he makes do with what is given to him and finds himself wealthy. He is the typical Alpha type, with a stubborn streak, but who can also melt hearts with his charm. It was his stubborn streak that had me cringing in some parts of the story. He kind of came off as cruel. If the reader wasn’t privy to his thoughts, I don’t think I would have liked him too much. But like any true romance hero, he came through in the end and said one of the most romantic lines in the story.
“I’ve been ready since I met you, Emmaline. Don’t you see? I’d wait an eternity for you.”
That brought him back in my good graces, even if it was toward the end.
Time travel is really a fun trope to read and this one did not disappoint. It took awhile for it to happen, but it was worth the wait. This was a new to me author and I definitely want to read more in the series. I’ll even read the first one because I loved Bri and Nick.
*I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
were much easier to figure out than real ones. In the time since, she managed to earn a degree in English, obtain a graduate certificate in creative writing from the University of Cambridge, and marry the man of her dreams (but she still holds tight to her fictional boyfriends).