Tag: Time Travel

Guest Review: Stars in Your Eyes by Lynn Kurland

Posted November 27, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Stars in Your Eyes by Lynn KurlandReviewer: Tracy
Stars in You Eyes by Lynn Kurland
Series: de Piaget series #14
Also in this series: Dreams of Lilacs
Published by Jove
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Historical, Medieval, Time Travel
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three-stars

Imogen Maxwell is on a hunt for rare, antique items to use on a period movie set. The last thing she expects to discover in the peaceful Scottish countryside is a pristine medieval sword...or to suddenly find herself facing its very vintage owner in a far too authentic castle.

Phillip de Piaget has run out of patience with his recalcitrant Scottish betrothed and is determined that she will join him, once and for all, in front of the altar. Only the lass he captures fleeing his would-be keep seems more interested in running away from him than talking to him. In fact, she seems to have no idea who he is.

Imogen finally gets to Scotland after an incredibly long journey from America.  She is in Scotland to try and find inexpensive yet authentic looking medieval antiques for use in a movie that she’s a part of.  She heads into one store and is approached by a woman who she learns is named Heather.  Heather invites her to her castle which she says is chock full of authentic medieval antiques.  Imogen is excited and takes her up on her offer to visit. At one point in the tour of the castle Heather invites Imogen to touch a sword that’s been stuck in the floor of the great hall since (supposedly) the 13th century.  Imogen again takes Heather up on her offer and ends up being knocked over.

Imogen has been transported to a different time but her brain can’t even think that way.  She thinks, for a bit too long imho, that she’s on a movie set and that eveyone is method acting and not breaking character. The other possibility is that her evil siblings have once again played a trick on her and their filming the prank.  She finally has to come to realize that she’s been transported in time but it’s almost too much for her mind to contemplate.

Phillip de Piaget is the eldest son of Robin and Anne de Piaget and has been engaged to Heather of Haemesburgh for the past seven years.  He made the contracts with her father and without even meeting Heather in person.  Phillip is interested in the Haemesburgh castle and it’s position long the border of Scotland and England more than anything else.  He has tried to see Heather over the years but he’s gotten nothing but flack and even how dung thrown at him. He’s ready to marry and he’s not taking no for an answer this time.

When Phillip arrives at Haemesburgh right when a woman, who he at first thinks is Heather, hanging from the drawbridge that is going up.  He saves the woman, who is Imogen, and ends up watching over her.  Phillip is mystified by everything he finds at Haemesburgh  – including the absence of Heather – and then even more mystified when he heads to his uncle’s house and finds out that the “paranormal oddities” that he’s heard about most of his life are much more involved in his family than he ever would have thought possible.

This was a cute book.  With Imogen and Phillip falling in love pretty quickly I found it to be more about Phillip’s discovery of time travel and what that meant for his family than I would have expected.  Yes, the romance was sweet and I loved Phillip to death but I didn’t feel it as strongly as I have in past de Piaget books.

Imogen was an interesting woman.  She thought non-stop about being in a movie (as that’s what she thought happened when she time-traveled) but she did it for so long I found it to get a little old after a while.  I was happy when she finally started accepting the facts and seeing the incredible opportunity for what it was – a chance to see medieval life in person.

Overall it was pleasant read but I definitely had my issues with the blending of the romance with the rest of the story.

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars

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Review: Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo

Posted March 19, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Thane’s Redemption by Nina CrespoReviewer: Holly
Thane's Redemption by Nina Crespo
Series: The Song #1
Published by Kensington
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary
Pages: 70
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three-stars

The one night she'll want to remember, she'll be forced to forget. It's been almost a year since Celine's fiancé's death and she's still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…   Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane's Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?...
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When Army Ranger Thane’s helicopter starts going down, he knows he and his whole team are going to die. He isn’t wrong. But it turns out death is just the beginning. The entire team is offered a deal they can’t refuse; Die now or live forever as immortal time-jumpers who are sent out on missions to stop bad guys. They won’t be able to make lasting connections, but they’ll be saving the world. None of them thought very hard before accepting.

5 years later Thane meets Celine at a show they’re playing. He’s immediately drawn to her and decides he has to have her. But Celine isn’t the usual groupie. She’s been hurt, badly, by the death of her fiance a year before and still isn’t recovered. He wants her, but he also wants to heal her. They end up spending a night together and connect deeper than Thane ever expected…but the side effect of his time-jumping is that no one remembers him as soon as he moves forward in time. When he gets called out on a new mission the next morning, Celine’s memories of him disappear.

I’m not going to lie, the premise intrigued me and scared me at the same time. With a time – jumping rock star solider it could have been terrible, but the author made it work. I bought into the premise behind it and got caught up in the story. Unfortunately it felt half-formed. There was a lot going on and too much wasn’t explained. This may be the introduction to a series, but at 80 pages it frustrated more than intrigued.

Thane’s background – including a fiance that may? have broken up with him – was eluded to, but not explored. The plot they have to foil to stop a chemical bioagent from being released onto the world – which was the mission he got called away from her for – could have been interesting, but it was just kind of brushed aside in favor of a resolution between Celine and Thane. Which really wasn’t much of a resolution at all.

I would be interested in reading a full-length story about the same couple, but I’m on the fence about starting a book set in the same world featuring a new couple. I liked the author’s voice, but there were too many threads left unraveled for this to truly satisfy. I couldn’t find any information about future releases, so I have no idea what the author has in mind. I’m reserving judgement until I see what comes next.

3 out of 5

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Guest Review: Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles

Posted February 20, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina MylesReviewer: Tracy
Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles
Series: The Cursed Princes #4
Published by Kensington Books
Publication Date: February 17th 2015
Genres: Historical, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Time Travel
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three-stars

A DANGEROUS ATTRACTION
When her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!
The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete’s body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that she’s met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps—or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella’s dreams…

Tracy’s review of Cinderella and the Ghost (The Cursed Princes #4) by Marina Myles

Ella has been badgered, beaten down and treated like a slave by her stepmother and 2 stepsisters. She promised her father that she would look after her stepmother but it was darned difficult. Once her stepmother dies she finds that her father bought a French chateau for her and left money for her to restore it to its former beauty. She’s excited about the adventure and excited to be away from her horrible stepsisters.

Once in France she finds that the house is supposedly haunted. She does have some rather strange things happening but while scared she honestly believes that the ghost – who she believes is the Vicomte in the painting, Jean-Daniel Girard – is trying to tell her something. She figures out that he wants her to return to him somehow but she has no clue what to do to time-travel. When she finds a magical amulet it manages to propel her into the past.

Once in the past Ella finds many things. First she meets Jean-Daniel who she instantly likes and soon grows to love. She also finds that there are many people in her 21st Century who were surely reincarnated from the people she meets in the past – namely her friend Mimi and of course her evil stepmother and 2 evil stepsisters. Can she not get away from them? She has to find a way that she and Jean-Daniel can be together but also find a way to save his life as she knows exactly when he died.

This was a cute little book and I liked the story, to a point, but sometimes found it to drag in places and go on unnecessarily in others. I think it could have been tighter and the story would have flowed better. The second half of the book seemed to fly by but the first half was slow going. I also wasn’t a fan of the Vicomte playing with a rubber ball with his dog in 1703 as rubber wasn’t invented until the 19th century

This is a twist on the typical Cinderella story and I really liked that. It had some good ideas going for it and I was happy that the couple found love. That is, until that HEA was trashed completely at the end. I ended the book and was ranting to my husband. How could the author dangle that HEA out there and make us think that all was well and then pull the rug out from under us??? The ending, which was supposed to make us happy, I believe, and make us think that Ella found her HEA (again pushing the reincarnation idea) was harsh and completely angered me. I wish that things hadn’t worked out for Ella and Jean-Daniel in 1703 as I would have been much happier with the conclusion in 2015.

Overall the book was ok but unfortunately I can’t say I completely enjoyed it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This title is available from Kensington. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Guest Review: Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’Grady

Posted July 15, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’GradyReviewer: Tracy
Debutantes Don't Date by Kristina O'Grady
Series: Time-Travel to Regency England #1
Published by HarperCollins UK
Publication Date: April 30th 2014
Genres: Romance, Time Travel, Historical
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two-half-stars

At the stroke of midnight...

One minute Grace Lancaster is an overworked event manager organising 2013’s New Year’s Eve ball... The next she’s kissing a rather gorgeous man at the Regency themed party. Everyone’s entitled to an out-of-character New Year’s kiss, right? Except Jasper Mossman, Earl of Bingham, isn’t at a costume party - he’s a real-life gentleman from 1813...

And, it seems, kissing a man in Regency London has consequences!
What Grace considers normal behaviour scandalises Regency society and so far she’s provided the irrepressible gossips of the ton with a season’s worth of conversation! In a scramble to protect her reputation, as well as his own, Jasper insists that they marry for the sake of her honour. Marrying Mr Darcy might be a 21st century girl’s dream – but the reality is far from romantic. Corsets are uncomfortable, no running water is disastrous! Grace had always planned on falling in love before she got married, but when Jasper takes her in his arms she just might believe she’s finally found her very own Prince Charming.

 

Tracy’s review of Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’Grady

Grace is an event planner and is at a New Year’s Eve costume ball in 2013. She’s having a good time until the lights go off and she gets very dizzy. Next thing you know she’s crawling out from under a table with her skirts around her waist – then hits her head – and starts wondering what the heck happened. She is assisted from her predicament by a very good looking man. Once she’s up on her feet she leads the man to an alcove and begins to thank him for his assistance by kissing him and practically attacking him. They are having a great time making out when they are caught in the act. Grace doesn’t think this is such a scandalous thing but she has no idea that she has just time traveled and is now in 1813, not 2013, and it’s INCREDIBLY scandalous.

The man who assisted Grace, and ended up kissing her, was Jasper Mossman, the Earl of Bingham. It was highly unlike him to be kissing anyone in public so to get caught was crazy. He had been promised in marriage to someone since birth but had been putting off actually asking for her hand. Now that he and Grace had been caught he was honor bound to marry her instead. Only Grace doesn’t want to get married – she wants to go back to 2013. Jasper finds himself falling in love with Grace and wants nothing more than to be with her the rest of his life. She’s not being very cooperative, however.

When Grace figures out that she’s traveled through time she’s more than a bit shocked. She confesses to Jasper’s sister about the time travel, as she’s staying with her, but no one else knows. She’s highly attracted to Jasper and they can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other whenever they’re together but she doesn’t know when she’ll go back to 2013, or even if she will.

Then there’s the brother of Jasper’s previous intended who owes a lot of people a lot of money and is pissed off that he now won’t have access to Jasper’s money. He devises a plan that will get Grace out of the way and so will leave Jasper open to marry his sister, Anne.

Debutantes Don’t Date was a cute little story that I had some definite issues with. I thought that the book had a good premise to it but unfortunately I didn’t really care for the execution all that much. The POV’s kept skipping around – head hopping from person to person – and I never knew what/who I was going to get next. And, as much as I liked the premise of it all it ended up being pretty convoluted. The character all seemed to be doing things that they would have normally done and that made it way more fantastical to me.

First there’s the time travel part of it all. Grace time traveled but never did she seem aware of history being changed or the impact her being there might have on…everything. It was a little bizarre to have a heroine be that oblivious.

The romance in this story was more lust driven than anything else. Yes, we were told that Jasper and Grace had tea together and talked every day but we were never shown those incidences. Had we been privy to their conversations it might have solidified their relationship in my head.

The threat from the brother of Jasper’s almost fiancé was a bit far fetched but we were shown how bat shit crazy the guy was so I think the author tried to explain things well.

While there were things about the story that I didn’t care for I thought it was a cute, sweet story.

Rating: 2.5/3 out of 5

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This title is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

two-half-stars

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Lightning Review: Her Dark Knight by Sharon Cullen

Posted February 15, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Lightning Review: Her Dark Knight by Sharon CullenReviewer: Holly
Her Dark Knight by Sharon Cullen
Published by Carina Press
Publication Date: November 28th 2011
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 355
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two-half-stars

Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won't be deterred, even if that means standing in line for fifty-eight minutes in torturous heels while she'd rather be home in her pj's with a bowl of popcorn.
A Knight of the Templar, Christien Chevalier was given immortality along with the responsibility of protecting the treasure of the Templars. He's been unwavering in his task for centuries until his one true love—who died seven hundred years ago—shows up in his club, demanding his attention.
Christien couldn't protect Madelaine when they first fell in love. She was married to a lord and he was simply a knight. Now, through some unknown miracle, she stands before him again and they have a second chance. But Christien fears that Madelaine is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game, a game of good versus evil that could affect all of mankind...
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I’m not sure how to review Her Dark Knight. The premise was interesting and the storyline okay. I think that’s the problem…the premise was interesting but the execution just okay. Nothing really stands out for me. The story never really engaged me.

The heroine irritated me throughout the novel. She’s rather weak and insipid. Instead of standing out, she faded into the background. The same with the hero. He was a 700 year old warrior, but his indecision and whining didn’t make him out to be strong.

I was curious how the story would play out, but not really invested in the outcome.

2.75 out of 5

This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

two-half-stars

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