Title: Rise of a Legend
Author: Amy Jarecki
Series: Guardian of Scotland, book 1
Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Publisher: Rapture Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Running away from her catastrophic life, historical journalist Eva MacKay joins an archaeological dig at the battleground of Loudoun Hill. Unearthing the seal of William Wallace, Eva gains notoriety. But her dreams of Bowie knives—the weapon that murdered her husband—morph into great swords and dirks.
Drawn to a ruined monastery, Eva drifts into the worst nightmare of all. Awaking to the sharp point of a madman’s sword, she’s hurled into the midst of a bloody thirteenth century battle. Just when certain death is eminent, brutal arms surround the lass, dragging her deeper into unknown terror.
When Eva realizes she’s been hauled to the hideout of rebel William Wallace, a revelation dawns—she’s landed the story of a lifetime—if she can stay alive and find a way home to tell her tale.
What she doesn’t count on is her mounting chemistry with the greatest legend Scotland has ever known…or the absolute love swelling in her heart.
Without knowing, historical journalist Eva MacKay is giving the chance of her life, to go back in time and write the real story of William Wallace. When she realizes the opportunity she has she decides to do whatever is necessary to make Wallace accept her; she wants to write his story and for that she needs to be around him. One thing Eva has very clear is that she can’t change the past, the moment she does anything that could change it she will be send back to her time. Not changing the past is harder that she could have ever anticipated. Since she can remember, Eva has admired Wallace the historical figure, but what she wasn’t expecting was falling for Wallace the man.
I’m a fan of Jarecki’s historical romance books, but I wasn’t so sure about this one because of the time traveling aspect; I should have trusted a seasoned writer as Jarecki because Rise of a Legend was really great.
One of the things I like the most about Jarecki’s books is all the research she puts into her work; she keeps her stories real even when the reality of a character isn’t the happy ending readers are expecting and I admire her for keeping things real.
Writing a historical romance about William Wallace takes guts, because we all know of Wallace’s fate. I don’t know how she’s going to end this series knowing what we know about Wallace, but I’m willing to enjoy the journey and trust her instincts to deliver a hopefully not too heartbreaking ending.
I liked everything about Rise of a Legend; I liked the characters, the story, the historical aspects, the writing, everything. The end is a cliffhanger of sorts, one that left me dying to get my hands on next book in the series.
If you like historical fiction, historical romance or time travel romance Rise of a Legend is a book you need to read.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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