Review: Lord of the Black Isle by Elaine Coffman

Tuesday, May 29

Title:  Lord of the Black Isle*
Author:  Elaine Coffman
Series: Black Douglas #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format:  Paperback & E-Book
Date/Year:  June 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:


David Murry, Earl of Kinloss, never wanted to be the laird. But the title is thrust upon him, and now the well-being of his clan weighs heavily on his shoulders. He has never felt so alone, until a beautiful healer from another time is brought to the Black Isle...


When Dr. Elisabeth Douglas is thrown back into time to sixteenth-century Scotland, she decides to use her modern medical knowledge to save lives. In a time when a healer may be accused of witchcraft, she must keep her secret closely guarded, especially from David, whose uncanny curiosity could destroy them both.

My Musings:

I picked this book because the premise sounded great to me.  I love time travel, I love Highlanders, and I really love female healers.  How could I not like this book?

Yeah...   I didn’t like it.  I knew early on that this book wasn’t for me.  The first clue was all the literary quotes at the beginning of chapters and then Shakespeare quotes thrown into the dialogue.  I don’t like that.  The next clue was the detailed medical explanations.  They were too detailed and factual, I felt like I was reading passages from a medical textbook.  My third clue was the personal musing.  There were very involved private thoughts going on for pages at a time thrown into the middle of a dialogue.  A conversation would start, the heroine would go off on her thought tangent, and by the time I got back to the conversation I wasn’t sure what they had even started talking about anymore.  I found that irritating.

David and Elisabeth were very difficult for me to understand and get to know because their thoughts and actions wavered too much.  I never got a good feel for them and never liked them.  They weren’t good, they weren’t bad, I just didn’t care about them.  That led me to another problem, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them.  It was described, they thought about it a lot in their thought tangents, but for some reason I didn’t feel it. 

The sex scenes confused me.  I’m used to reading books with graphic and descriptive sex scenes.  The sex in this book was ambiguous.  They would start out kissing, then go onto fondling and all of that was pretty descriptive.  It was once touching started happening below the waist that I got confused.  No specific words were used so I wasn’t sure what was being done to whom.  I actually had to stop reading and question if there was sex with penetration happening or if they were just rubbing on each other to get off.   I don’t care if an author chooses to give me blow by blow descriptions of sex or if they choose to fade to black.  It was the grey area this author chose which caused me so much confusion. 

The best way to sum up my feelings on this book is to say that I didn’t care.  I didn’t care about the characters, I didn’t care if they fell in love or if they had their happily ever after conclusion.  This is not a bad book but this was definitely a case of me reading a book that’s not right for me.  I’m sure there are people that love these types of books and are huge fans of this series.   If you are, then read it, enjoy it and ignore me.  I’m not one of them so I’ll move on and find a book more to my liking... hopefully :)


Overall:  2 stars  (I didn’t realize I was picking up a book in the middle of the series.  It didn’t take me long to figure that out.  Important events and key characters were glossed over in a way that left me confused.  It was obvious that I should have read the previous books and known these things before getting into this one.  That was my fault, not the author’s.)
Sensuality level: 2.5

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