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A Warrior's Taking A love that can transcend time 981 AD Brogan Mac Lochlainn has heard of a magical stone that bestows great powers Now the slaying of his father the chieftain has placed the clan's protection in Brogan's hands—and he will brave any danger to possess the stone But only the strongest sorcery will carry the fearless Scottish warrior to the talisman—for it is hidden in Ravenfield an English estate 900 years in the future1813 Sarah Granger is wary yet shamelessly intrigued by the near naked stranger she discovers washed upon the beach His tale is one the beautiful governess can scarcely fathom—yet never have her passions been so stirred by any man Sarah knows in her heart and soul her destiny lies with this seductive barbarianBut an unrelenting evil has followed Brogan from ancient times—and he must battle it to the death to save the breathtaking beauty who is becoming precious to him than the magic he crossed centuries to claim uite a nice bend in the historical genre I'm not usually that fond of time travel subplots but the device was uite seamlessly integrated into the story Some books successfully combine two or genres This book is definitely not one of them Warrior's Taking reads at the start like a fantasy novel then morphs into an historical romance with a fantasy slant that doesn't work Did Maguire have so many ideas that she couldn't decide what to leave in or take out? Where oh where was her editor? Even worse the characters lack dimension clichés abound and terminology is used that is never explained to the reader Confusion reigned by the middle of the book; who exactly was the hero and why was the heroine beyond degrading? Also along for this bumpy ride are two pesky and overall whiny little girls who can’t seem to stay in one place without getting into danger Brogan MacLochlainn is a Druzai warrior living on the Isle of Coruain The Druzai are sorcerers and a thousand years earlier they created the island to keep them hidden from the Tuath in this book the world's non magical people Apparently the Tuath are not the same as the Tuatha Dé Danann whose mythology just so happens to have arisen in the same part of the world which created mass confusion when I read through this mess Brogan lives in 981 and faces a dilemma; he must avenge his father’s death from the evil sorceress Eilinora who escaped with his father’s specter of power 900 years into the future in Regency Britain Brogan decides to go after her and stop her from gaining even power and possibly destroying Coruain and his people He doesn’t end up in the future delicately He almost drowns in the ocean but is saved by Sarah Granger who is governess to two young daughters of a military captain in the year 1813 The moment Brogan speaks she assumes he is from Scotland because he has a Scottish brogue And even though he is almost naked and can give no real explanation on why he was adrift in the ocean Sarah and her friend Maud the estate’s old housekeeper take him in to recover Sarah is uite the depressing and pitiful heroine Her father became a drunk after her mother died and soon after they were forced into the poorhouse Following the death of her father Sarah was taken in at the charity of the parsonage The townspeople treat her worse than a dog and bully her because of her situation She feels unloved and unattractive and even refuses to go into town unless it is an absolute must And things are bound to get worse; word arrives that her employer died at war Now there is no money for even basic needs and the two little girls Sarah loves so much may be taken away from a distant cousin who will come to rule over the estate Sarah is in deep despair until this strange Scot washes up on shore Brogan changes his name to Brendan Locke and assumes the persona Sarah and the rest believe him to be The remainder of the novel features him trudging through castle remains as he tries to find some sort of magic stone that will do away with the evil witch When he defeats her he plans to return home to his time and place even though he has begun to care for Sarah He thinks her beautiful and kind and would make any human man happy Brogan also can’t stand the fact that he can’t use his powers to make things go easier but some statues guarding the surrounding area are magical they speak and lend him aid Sarah remains suspicious of Mr Locke even though she wishes he could stay He alone makes her feel special; the evil townspeople think she is dirt because of her father's past deeds Sarah is also a virgin who has never even been kissed But that doesn't stop her once Brogan comes along During one scene which takes place in an obligatory empty cabin during an obligatory rain storm the two must take refuge Though Sarah has some staunch ideas regarding respectibility that doesn't stop her from doing everything outside of actual intercourse while they wait out the storm After all don't all virginal women particularly during the Regency take their first look at a penis and decide they want to kiss it all over? As the story runs its course we have murder mayhem and talking fairy statues that have really no reason to even be mentioned Brogan constantly makes it known he must go back to his own world even though he starts to care for Sarah’s charges and is still intimate with Sarah so he can show her that she is strong and better than most By the time everything was said and done I was thrilled Brogan defeated the wicked witch and Sarah became a true beauty through incredible lovemaking on Brogan’s part just so I could close the book and hope a story like Warrior's Taking is never written again The heroine has no had an easy life but she is resilient and determined to provide a loving home for her 2 young charges who have recently lost their own father Never will they endure the horrors she had when she was left penniless and put into a girls school that didn't feed her of keep her warm in the winter So now that all of their futures are once again in uestion she works hard to earn as much money as she can in hopes of caring for the 2 young girls who need her so much One day while collecting shells from the beach to sell in the market she stumbles upon an unconscious man who has washed up from the ocean When the man comes to she in stunned by his beauty but so by his arrogance and dismissive personality She'd had to deal with such people all her life and one will not break her no matter how hansom this one may be The hero is on a mission and nothing will prevent him from succeeding He's been sent forward in time to collect a precious stone which will destroy the enemy that murdered his father He's not expecting to remain in this world for very long and he's determined to not interact with the locals as much as he can It's not hard to do because he is uite arrogant As a prince he's had everything given to him He is rich he is hansom and he's had his choice of willing females He is also magically gifted and while he's prevented from using his magic now in case it attracts the enemy's attention he is still dismissive of those less magically inclined But when his uest for the stone turns up empty he is forced to stay with the improvised woman who frustrates him to no end It's slowly and without his complete awareness that he begins to soften towards the woman and 2 girls who depend in her He is disgusted by how she is openly mocked and bullied by the towns folk and whenever possible he stands up for because she never defends herself He is also stunned that the local men don't see how beautiful she is despite her shabby clothing Still he's not permitted to feel this way towards a woman whom he can never be with however that doesn't stop him from falling deep under her spell The heroine feels like she's carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders what with the threat of being evicted from the house and having the girls taken away from her She afraid to trust this foreign man to help her but whenever she is suffocating under the pressure and hopelessness of her situation she finds herself in his arms and he's telling her he will sort everything Dare she hope for a bit of good luck after a lifetime of bad? What a marvelous book and such a strong but tortured heroine I loved her character than I can say because she was so damn admirable and relatable She's had to make due all her life and never has anything seemed to work out for her but despite the constant misfortune she has fought her way through But she's up against a mountain now The new owner of the estate has come home and he is determined to put the girls in that horrid school and kick the heroine out into the streets But she doesn't fear for herself she fears for those 2 girls She had no self esteem and couldn't fathom any man paying any attention to her She never fought back against any rude comments said openly to her face and she was under so much pressure to find a solution to her problems that as the reader you could feel that waves crashing against her But she had a kind soul and a selflessness that made her the perfect woman for the hero though he fought it at first He too was a great character who certainly evolved as the story progressed He paid attention to those around him and after seeing the heroine's struggles vowed to see every single one of them repaired before he leaves Together they had great chemistry and they didn't immediately fall into bed together which I also admired Instead it was a steady progression as they became less and less able to deny the growing attraction between them The plot was interesting but perhaps a bit simple The enemy didn't appear until the end but there was always this looming cloud of evil throughout the story as the suspense hung over the little English village This author is truly gifted and I can't wait to read I don't remember why I bought A Warrior's Taking It's been in my 'to read' pile for awhile so I read it this weekend I almost left it as a DNF around page 80 but I almost never do that since some books redeem themselves by the end This one didn't It did have a happy ending but it needed an epilogue which is absent since there is a seuel I won't be reading that one certainly view spoilerToo much stuff going on here with the mix of fantasy and time travel Things that don't make sense and lots of filler with characters talkingthinking to themselves The hero is always saying to himself 'I want her but I can't have her because she is Tuathhumanand I am leaving' blah blahThe heroine is the ravishingbut doesn't know it horny virgin characterization who initiates a service for the hero soon after receiving one herself I guess this is the fantasy part hide spoiler

  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • A Warrior's Taking
  • Margo Maguire
  • English
  • 20 June 2014
  • 9780061256264

About the Author: Margo Maguire

As a nice sane break from the drama and fast pace of working as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit Margo Maguire returned to college to study history and fell in love Writing about the historical characters she encountered in her classes was a good way to unwind from a crazy day in the unit She soon started creating her own fictional characters and putting them into historical setti

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