Immortal Desires by Cerise Laudine

Immortal Desires by Cerise Laudine
Well of Souls Book 1
Publisher: Misthaven Press
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Time Travel
Length: Full Length (216 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Dumped at the altar, Deanna Cameron seeks a fresh start in life. She gets more than she bargained for after accepting a new job, when an Immortal Guardian sends her five hundred years into the past. She can’t return home and a magnificent highland warrior accuses her of being a spy.

Ian Mackay knows the beautiful woman who appears in his castle must be a spy. After all, she’s a Cameron, a clan he despises. The powerful magic surrounding her obstructs his Druid senses, plus he finds he can’t stay away from the temptress. But loving Deanna could come with a price too high to pay. Will she be the downfall of his clan—or its salvation?

Is it truly better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?

I think it’s called the “butterfly affect” when one decision, a yes or a no, can change the course of history for better or for worse. No one knows with a 100% certainty what the ripple effects will be. This book, Ian and Deanna’s story, explores the “what if’s” and challenges the notion that changing the past is a detriment to the future.

Not to say that Deanna slipping into the past didn’t cause heartache that wasn’t there previously, it did and I have to wonder about the effects on one particular characters timeline, his ancestry, by her choices. So many paths, so many possibilities and it all goes back to free will of choice.

I love the idea of soul mates. Two souls that know each other at first sight, who gravitate to each other and if there was such a thing as recycling of souls, they find each other again and again. That’s the epitome of romantic.

Ian and Deanna are both well drawn out characters. Deanna was an interesting character in the present but I was very drawn to her, to see if she had the strength to make the hard choices, when Ian realizes who she is to him. The story moves quickly and covers a whole lot of space and time. I quickly became vested in knowing how the author would bring them together and allow them to remain together knowing that at some point Ian became an Immortal while Deanna was all too human.

The story moves back and forth from present day to the past but it’s clearly defined. I especially loved the places where Ian begins to have new memories of his past based on what happened once Deanna landed in 16th century Scotland. There were some humorous moments when he wants to kick his own (younger) tail for being so stubborn.

It all works out to a very satisfying HEA for Ian and Deanna but I still have so many questions. Especially about Robert and the mysterious Mylia. There’s a lot of highland mysticism in this book that I wasn’t familiar with as well as world building between the Guardians and the Conri. I don’t have those two factions figured out exactly so, I look forward to the next book to shed more light.

This is the first book in the Well of Souls series. It’s a good start and good hook without being a true cliffhanger. Readers who enjoy a good time travel romance with a touch of the highlands, should definitely give this one a try.

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