"Not what I expected..."
The year is 1783 and Irish captain and privateer Declan
O'Shea encounters a dockside gypsy. She tries to give him
a medallion that, she explains will lead him to his true
destiny. Deciding the woman is harmless Declan thinks
nothing of it and leaves wearing the medallion. It is
after this meeting he and his crew are thrust into a dark
raging storm that rips their boat asunder.
Liberty Grayson, or rather Libby is a woman very jaded
by her last relationship with Brett, of several years. A
relationship that she believed would lead to marriage and
family. Unfortunately this was never his intention, even
after she had given birth to their son. Cutting her losses
Libby takes her son JP and heads back home to her
grandfather in the Florida Keys. She hopes to give JP a
better life than the big city and help out her
grandfather's restaurant/bar that is going belly up.
It is on one of her rare moments to herself that she
takes a walk down the beach and stumbles across a cave
exposed at a very low tide. It is here she find half
of a gold medallion in the entrance. Picking it up she
realizes there is also an unconscious man lying upon a
shelf in the cave. Walking over she wonders if he is
It is not until she places her half of the medallion
against his laying upon his chest that Declan O'Shea
From here Say You're Mine takes off as Declan works his
literally, in to the hearts of the people in Sunset Key.
also tries to come to terms with the new century and its
innovations. However there is one thing that has not
changed through time and that is romancing a woman. And
Declan is determined to do just that to Libby.
What I liked about Say You're Mine is the colorful
characters, the sexy hero, and the overall concept. What
frustrated me was the heroine, or rather Libby. While I
understand she has been burned and is cautious about
leaping into any kind of relationship, I found her
character very bitter and too waspish with Declan. For me,
she didn't really evolve but rather fixated on her being
the victim of a bad relationship. I truly did not
understand how Declan could possibly fall for a woman like
this as the romance was just too one sided.
Judi McCoy's concept of time travel in Say You're Mine
is well portrayed and there are many humorous moments with
Declan as he fumbles his way through the changes in the
current century. And I enjoyed all the other little twists
and turns with the secondary characters as she cleverly
connects Declan's past and present. I only wish Libby
didn't guard her heart like such a pit bull.
Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006