From Library Journal
Thrilled by the prospect of having a new neighbor with whom she can share her scholarly interest in British Roman history and antiquities, Lady Hilary Merton is stunned, and then angered, by James Wincanon's denigrating assumption that she was feigning her interest merely to attract his romantic attentions. However, when a Druid's curse zaps a first-century Roman legionary into Lady Hilary's life, James and Hilary are forced into an uneasy, and eventually romantic, partnership as they ponder ways to keep his identity secret and return him to his own time. Overflowing with interesting bits of Roman history and dashes of Druid mythology, this well-written, rather unusual story displays Barbour's (A Dedicated Scoundrel, Signet, 1997) typical humor and wit and will appeal to Regency readers who like their heroines intelligent and outspoken and their plots a bit magical.
I enjoyed this story about an unlikely pair who both had an interest in Roman history and archeology. The characters spent a lot of time at digs of Roman ruins. The other main storyline involved time travel, which added a neat element to the focus on Roman history. Although the story has Halloween in the title, there was very little actual focus on Halloween, with the exception of a Halloween Ball at the very end. There was an element of mystery through out with the time travel, and an old woman named Dorcas. The romance was very mild and proper, but also charming. There was also a dog that played a main part in the story. I do wish that Dorcas's role in the story was more clearly explained, but other than that, this story was interesting and well written.