Tag: Time Travel

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...
84,000 words

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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Guest Review: Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland

Posted April 30, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy’s review of Roses in Moonlight (de Piaget #15) by Lynn Kurland

ESCAPING INTO THE PAST…


Derrick Cameron, antiquities dealer and adventurer, is furious when the priceless piece of Elizabethan lace he’s been pursuing slips right by him, in the improbable custody of a mousy textile historian! But he will retrieve it, even if it means dragging a very skeptical, albeit adorable, Samantha back in time with him. After all, he is used to living dangerously—in whatever century he finds himself.

Conscientious Samantha Drummond never dreamed the package her British employer gave her would lead her into places an ordinary gal should never go—like Elizabethan England!—or throw her into the company of one extremely attractive, but highly suspect Highlander who not only thinks she’s a thief, but insists on involving her in his mad schemes to retrieve his stolen treasure.


CAN LEAD YOU STRAIGHT INTO YOUR FUTURE…


Trapped first in Elizabethan England, then caught in a web of modern-day intrigues, Samantha and Derrick are forced into an unlikely alliance by peril, never imagining that what they’re forging is a timeless love….

Samantha Drummond is twenty six years old and is still having her parents run her life. She doesn’t actually like it that way but that’s the way it is. She’s finally put her foot down and taken a job house-sitting in Newcastle on Tyne, England. The Cooke’s are a very nice family and when she’s asked by the wife to make a delivery for them in London she agrees – why would she not? She takes her time getting down to London and does some sight seeing. Little does she know that not only does she have Derrick Cameron on her tail but a couple of sets of thugs as well.

Derrick is hunting down a piece of Elizabethan lace that was stolen from one of his clients. He tracked it down to the Cooke’s in Newcastle. When he sees Samantha making a trip he follows her just knowing that she has the lace and that she is one of the thieves. He eventually corrals her in London but as she’s trying to get away from him inadvertently goes through a time travel gate and ends up in Elizabethan England! Derrick follows and defends her honor and then gets her the hell out of there. Back in current time he basically kidnaps her and they end up at the Ritz. After much discussion Derrick finally believes that he has misjudged Samantha and gets that she’s just an innocent in the whole scheme.

Things are worked out satisfactorily with the lace but Samantha still has thugs on her tail. Derrick comes to the rescue and between smashing chairs over heads, trips to Scotland and yet another trip to 1602 to save an ancestor the pair find that they’ve each found their love in each other.

In this one I just loved Samantha and Derrick together. He’s a sarcastic man who can be a complete ass but even when he’s being an ass he to his family and friends you know he has love in his heart for them. He was brave and kind and for me a really great hero.

Samantha started off as a mouse and got pretty near being a lion by the end of the book. She wanted so desperately to be out on her own and make her own decisions and while that took time, Derrick was there for her helping her in ways she didn’t even know she needed.

This the 15th book in the de Piaget series – yes the 15th! I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I opened the book but I was so please with the story. Even though Kurland’s romances are PG, they are just so wonderfully sweet (not sickeningly sweet) that I can’t help but enjoy them. There were so many things about this book that I liked I can’t possibly name them all. There was friendship, romance, intrigue, humor, time travel, sarcasm and great cars – how could I not love it? lol

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

Posted March 14, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed, and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked girl who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. She’s wi-fi. He’s horse-drawn. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over.

Jamie Marten is helping a friend with antiques in a storage unit when she touches the glass of an armoire and gets sucked into it and into 1816. There she meets Micah Axelby, the Earl of Dunnington. He wants to ship her off to somewhere besides his home but is talked into letting her stay. As the days go by Jamie gets more and more chances to get Mike (as she calls him) to believe her story.

Jamie stays in 1816 (I’m not sure exactly how long it was) and is taught how to be a countess by Mike’s housekeeper, Mrs. Knightsbridge. Mrs. K. tells Jamie that it was her sister Wilhelmina who is a witch and is the one who had brought Jamie to her time as she saw that Jamie was the one for Mike while doing her scrying. Days pass with Jamie having to deal with no running water, baths instead of showers, heavy clothing and all the other changes from 2012 to 1816. On top of that the more time she spends with Mike the more she likes him and sooner rather than later she’s in love. We find out that Mike is in love with Jamie as well but there’s someone who is out to harm Jamie and when they almost succeed Mike pulls back from Jamie as he can’t deal with his failure of not keeping her safe. It all comes down to trusting each other and then figuring out how they can make it all work.

This story was pretty funny – not slapstick but at times laugh out loud funny. It was also incredibly sad at times and my heart ached for the characters in so many different ways. I liked how the author gave us a myriad of of emotions in the story and didn’t try to make it ALL funny or ALL heart wrenching.

Jamie’s reaction to being thrust 200 years in the past was…well, what I would think of as accurate. While she got used to some things while she was there I loved that the author didn’t try to make her become someone she wasn’t. Mike was pretty much a stick in the mud for the most part but I could see his impish side come out a bit at times.

I thought that the pair fell in love way too fast but then the author gave us a chance to see the couple in action, so to speak, and it went a long way to having me believe their love was true. While I think I was left with a ton of questions at the end of the book I was still happy they got their HEA and was satisfied with the ending.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: Perfect Timing by Catherine Anderson

Posted March 4, 2013 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Lynda’s review of Perfect Timing (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #11) by Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. All her heroines are strong and resilient, but they usually need saving in some way (blind, paraplegic, abused and on the run, etc.) I’m one of those readers who likes that sort of thing, so it totally works for me. Are they OMG THE BEST THING I’VE READ ALL YEAR? No. Am I going to keep an eye out for more of her stuff because they’re enjoyable reads? Yes.

Perfect Timing surprised me. It’s a time-travel book. I KNOW! Can you believe that?! Don’t worry. No real spoilers. In fact, we find out about this in the first 15 pages or so. I have to admit I almost put the book down in the first chapter. I’m not a fan of Time Travel story lines. Usually they spend too much time “teaching” the traveler the ways of the time period, and it becomes more about the silliness of learning a new culture and less about the relationship between the characters. That and I’m too literal minded. I have too many questions about the consequences of time travel to really believe. And if I’m not totally invested in a book and completely believe THIS CAN HAPPEN, then I get bored or too distracted and I won’t enjoy the book. Interestingly, I had fewer reservations about Ceara’s “skills” than with the time travel.

Luckily, Quincy believes her story pretty quickly, so we get past the whole “Yeah, sure you’re from another time. Uh-huh” debate early on. Now he believes her, so now he trusts her. We have the beginning of a relationship. Next, she adapts fairly quickly. There are a few moments of silliness (the madrigals trapped in the car for example), but on the whole, she jumps into this century pretty eagerly. There is enough family that they can take her in hand and get her up to speed, so to speak, without too much trouble.

Our feisty, time-traveling heroine Ceara has come forward from 1574 in order to break a curse. This is the part that really rang false for me. This sudden and inexplicable “curse” that kills the first wives of all the family’s men. Really? You would think at some point between 1574 and 2013 SOMEONE would have noticed this trend. It seemed to me Ms. Anderson was looking for a reason to do a time travel book, and came up with this because she could force it to fit the story. I understand the urgency in why Ceara and Quincy get married, and why Quincy needs to hurry up, but the family also needed to cut him a little slack. They were sacrificing one girl’s future as well as Quincy’s in order to save Loni. I thought there should have been more fallout from that whole situation, instead of just a quick apology significantly later in the book.

I was happy to see the religious aspect of things toned down a little. It’s still there, but not quite as heavy handed as it was in Morning Light and a few other more recent books by Ms. Anderson. There were a few mentions, but it felt more natural to the story and less like the author proselytizing.

On the whole, this book was less about the time travel aspect than it was about Ceara and Quincy finding their way together through their marriage, and the various land mines they have to navigate. Everything from getting Ceara an identity and the legalities of their marriage, to her homesickness and her loss of certain skills she needs to learn to live without. It made the book far more interesting and romantic than if the focus had been on time travel. At the end of the day I liked Ceara and Quincy quite a bit, and I’m glad I didn’t put it down.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

You can read more from Lynda at Fish With Sticks and Wicked Lil Pixie

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

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Review: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Posted January 8, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie MoningReviewer: Holly
The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #5
Also in this series: Spell of the Highlander
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 1st 2002
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, General
Pages: 400
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three-half-stars

Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....
I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…
From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man....
From the Paperback edition.

I remember loving The Dark Highlander back in the day. Dageus was my favorite character of the series. Rowena and I used to fight over him all the time. It’s been many years since I read this and I’m sorry to say I didn’t love it as much this time around.

Dageus MacKeltar is filled with the spirits of 13 powerful and evil Druids. He used his power for his own purposes when he went back in time to save his twin brother, and the Druids are the consequences. He’s barely holding on to his sanity and his humanity. His hope is to find a cure in some old texts. Unfortunately  he hasn’t been able to acquire all the texts legally.

Chloe is charged with bringing him some texts he’s borrowing from the museum she works at, and finds the ones he stole. He ends up kidnapping her and holding her hostage while he finished his work in New York. After, she agrees to stay with him to help him find the cure he needs.

The story here is well done and kept me interested. I couldn’t wait to see how Dageus would be saved ( I’d forgotten the details) and I loved the parts from his POV. Especially his interactions with his family.

What didn’t work for me this time around was Chloe. She acted like a brainless twit for most of the book. She constantly put herself in danger, rarely thought before she acted and was, in general, a total peahen. I don’t remember hating her this much before, but I admit when I thought about this book at all it was Dageus that came to mind, so I guess that says something.

I’m sad that my fond memories are somewhat marred by the heroine, but I’m glad to know Dageus is still worth reading about.

3.5 out of 5

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

three-half-stars

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