Hemlock - NJ Layouni


By NJ Layouni

  • Release Date: 2014-04-27
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 119 Ratings


Broken hearts aren't always broken. Sometimes they're just bruised. 

Desperate to forget her worthless ex-boyfriend and the humiliating way in which they parted, Martha Bigalow goes on a long hike in the rain, hoping the dramatic scenery of the English Lake District will ease her unhappy heart. But as she crosses an ancient set of stepping stones, she tumbles into an angry river. 

Time Travel. Sideways. 

She wakes up in a cave, wearing nothing but her dodgy, mismatched underwear, and her only company is the strange man who saved her life. Tall, dark, and extremely handsome, Vadim definitely has the potential to help Martha forget. But this isn't the twenty-first century, and medieval Erde is nothing like home!

If Martha wants to fit in here, she'll need a lot of help, but Vadim's protection comes at a price. In order to secure his aid, she must assume the role of his "wife."

Vadim is a wanted man. An outlaw.

The last thing his life needs are complications of the female kind. But when he happens upon the strangely attired woman lying beside the river, he cannot abandon her. And so, despite all the risks, and against his better judgment, Vadim offers to help Martha find her way home.

But until then, Martha must adapt to medieval society, avoid the Evil Earl and his minions, and maybe--just maybe--learn how to trust her heart again.

NB: This is NOT a standalone novel. Please steer clear if cliffy endings aren't your thing. This is the first book of an ongoing serial, a bit like a time-travel soap opera! 

Categories: Time Travel Romance, Historical, Medieval, Fantasy, Adventure.


  • Other reviews too harsh

    By 'vannah
    I disagree with the other reviews. The author keeps the specifics of time and location just vague enough for her purpose. The characters and their interactions are well constructed and interesting enough. I read this in one day and enjoyed it!
  • Try Outlander

    By Former game player 2
    So this book just by the sounds of it is a cheap knock off of Outlander.... Just by the sample I read I deleted it...
  • Boring and very badly researched

    By Ebb23
    I tried to give this one a chance since the price was right, but the characters are dim and the author's knowledge of the time period is even dimmer. I give up.