Author: Jude Deveraux
Basic story: Dougless Montgomery has been unceremoniously left behind by her loser boyfriend without any money during a sight seeing tour through an English church. When she starts crying, an honest to goodness Knight named Nicholas Stafford appears before her and while he’s helpless in modern day England, he still manages to aid her in getting her life back on track. After a brief but heavenly time together, he disappears returning to his own life in the 17th century. Desperate to have him back, Dougless does everything in her power to reach him through time.
Why You Should Read It: Nicholas is sex on a stick! He’s arrogant, dreamy, thoughtful, sweet, has an English accent, is rich, and so overall swoonworthy I dare you to say no to him even when he’s sporting a suit of armor in 20th century England and looking like some loony escaped from the local Renaissance faire; the writing is superb and the story is effortlessly lyrical; there’s plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing at the running mystery of who wanted Nicholas killed in his own time.
What You Might Hate: Time travel–some people like it, you might hate it (but it’s done very convincingly IMO); Nicholas is an ass through half of the book and that brand of macho male hero doesn’t appeal to everyone; at the risk of not spoiling anything: the outcome between Nicholas and Dougless isn’t what you will hope it will be and it’s a bit unsatisfactory.
Our rating: 5/5 stars. I read this when I was 17 and it resonated with me throughout 10 years. When I read it again two years ago, I kept thinking, “This can’t be as good as I remember!” But it was, dear reader, it was.