Have I mentioned I like time-travel romance? I think I might have mentioned it a few times.
So when Tangled in Time came up on NetGalley I was all over it like spaghetti sauce on a toddler.
After selling her business Regan MacCarthy decides to take a year to find her roots and herself in Ireland. Blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see spirits, Regan is naturally unperturbed when an ancient Irish Warrior, Fáelán, approaches her at the mystical site Newgrange. This has happened before, although none of the ghosts she’s encountered in the past have made her heart pound like Fáelán.
Cursed by a jealous Sidhe princess, Fáelán has been looking for a cure for millennia – a woman who can see his cursed state and who he can let himself love. He thinks he might have found her in Regan. The problem: she doesn’t believe he’s cursed, and he’s running out of time.
So I absolutely love time travel romance, it’s a thing. But because of that, I sometimes get the “I’ve seen it all” doldrums when reading. I didn’t get that with this book. The twist was unique enough that I was intrigued, and even better the time travel was rooted in quantum physics. I don’t know about you, but I love me some science with my paranormal.
Fáelán was a unique hero. He was patient in the way that someone who has lived a really long time without going crazy is patient, but at the same time he also wasn’t willing to dawdle. He knew what he wanted and he went for it. He was also super intelligent and educated. Something which surprised me because it was so different. Seriously, he’s a warrior from the fourth century and he’s got a college degree… and he got it in a way which made total sense. He’s the kind of hero that will appeal to fans of both alpha males and knights in shining armor… or leather as the case may be.
Regan was grounded in a way I didn’t expect. She felt human to me. Real. Her reactions made sense and even when I was frustrated with her, I understood her reasoning. Her struggles with her powers was true to life and having a ‘superpower’ didn’t magically make her life better. The author’s knowledge of Ireland shone through. I could almost smell the peat fires and taste the Harp. Her descriptions of the various places the leads visited could be used as part of a “Visit Ireland” promotional campaign.
BTW @pollyssecretlibrary here’s one for your Irish Historical Romance lists.
In all, I really loved this time travel romance. Which is why I’m happy to give it: Five Stars
*** I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
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