Quickie Book Review-The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman

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The Highlander Next DoorTitle: The Highlander Next Door
Author: Janet Chapman
Series: Spellbound Falls (6)
Publisher; Jove
Release Date: September 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 413
Acquired: Barnes And Noble (Self Bought)
Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal/Time Travel Romance
ISBN: 978-0-515-15322-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

 

From the New York Times bestselling Janet Chapman comes this delightful tale of a young woman who’s had enough of men…until she meets her spectacular new neighbor.

Legend has it love is carried on the rising mists of Spellbound Falls, and not even time-traveling highlanders are immune to its magic…

Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother’s four marriages, Birch now runs a women’s shelter and doesn’t want a man in her life. But there’s something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can’t figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate—and sexy. Or how she’s falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century.

Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men. Yet he also knows she has a secret—something that drives her to place herself in harm’s way for the women of her shelter. Niall would gladly rush to Birch’s side to protect her from harm, but with their secrets standing between them, he’ll have to reveal his own truth if he wants to keep her…

My Review

 

This is a story that I wanted to love and even though I did love parts of the story, overall it was an average read for me, it felt a little flat and considering this is one of my favorite authors, it’s quite a disappointment. I have enjoyed seeing how this series has progressed, but with each book I have felt less and less interested, and I had too high hopes for this one. And I just want to say I have been waiting for Niall’s book for quite some time. Niall along with some other Scotsman, were transported from medieval Scotland to modern Maine. He has come to Spellbound Falls, and is the chief of police and his neighbor, is a pain in his backside, a woman out for women’s rights…Birch Callahan. When we learn of Birch’s history with men, most especially the men her mother has been married to but all four husbands ended up being scumbags….and only her birth father is the only man she has ever loved or respected. There were many scenes that were quite fun to read and boy can Niall and Birch go at it. The quick-witted bantering and the easy-going playfulness that these two characters tend to have with each other….was enough to keep me interested. As a bonus we get many characters from previous books and love seeing these characters again. The two main characters are both equally matched, they each have their own interests and goals, and we see how despite their differences, they work best together and not fighting each other. I did enjoy seeing the fun banter, but after so long it got too old, meaning that it was too much. I did enjoy Niall way more than Birch though. She was a bit of a harpy and she tended to be too harsh in her judgments, she didn’t really soften until the very end. But as an overall read, it didn’t come to par as Janet Chapman’s usual style, so I felt disappointed. I will still read her in the future, and maybe I will re read her previous books before I read her next book coming up later this year. I would still recommend this author, and try out her earlier books (because they are outstanding) and I hope the next book of hers sings to me better!!

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7 thoughts on “Quickie Book Review-The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman

  1. Bummer, but maybe this novel was just a bump on the road and the next one will be fabulous 🙂 OK, I’ll try some of her earlier production !

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    • You should try her earlier books, I would recommend the Pine Creek Highlander series. Totally hilarious and entertaining. A group of medieval highlanders that are brought in the modern era…The first book is Charming The Highlander…you would love it. I am always re reading that series when I need a good laugh.

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      • Thanks for the rec, I like hilarious too ! I added book #1 of that series to my to-read list, but couldn’t believe the price when I added it to my wish-list on Amazon : more than 23€ for an e-book !! So I added book #2 also, 3€27 seems like a lot more reasonable price ^^

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