Can their bond withstand the test of time?
Lauren isn’t looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane’s Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues–and Reid’s secret life as a time-traveling covert agent–makes any chance for a relationship impossible.
When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety–and directly onto Lauren’s doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid’s memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission–including the woman he loves?
When I read the blurb for this book and saw mention of secret time-travelling agents, I knew I had to read it. I used to love the TV series, Quantum Leap, as a teenager and it made me think of that. So, yeah, I really wanted to read it!
I enjoyed the paranormal aspects of the story, even though I was initially a little confused over certain things ( I haven’t read the first book and assume if I had that it wouldn’t have been an issue at all.) Once I got into the meat of the story, it was more transparent and my confusion cleared.
Lauren’s impulsiveness irritated me a little. She has a list she ranks men by yet she seems more than ready to throw it out the window once she meets Reid. There were a few occasions where she would say one thing only to immediately contradict herself, and that grated on me a little. She doesn’t want to go out with a guy in the military because of her daddy issues. I could understand that, but again she only gives that fleeting consideration with Reid, even though he’s ex-military and then she discovers the whole time-travelling complication.
I loved Reid, and I could understand why he kept himself detached. It made more sense than a list. I liked how the guys were all in a band (Thane’s Redemption) and it was a kinda funny mix, but it works.
They both try to avoid the burgeoning chemistry between them but inevitably give into it. The romantic/sex scenes are well written, and I bought into them as a couple.
There is a sub-plot going on in the background with the time-travelling aspect that was decent, but I felt it could have been further developed.
The balance of action and romance was well-paced, the writing was good, and the book flowed well.
Overall, this was a good paranormal romance, and if you like time-travelling stories then you should definitely pick it up.
Actual rating 3.5 stars.
Thanks to Barclay Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Reid hustled into his jeans and grabbed the fire poker. Just his luck to have a gun in the loft, but no bullets. He’d take his chances. He wanted this perverted, dysfunctional motherfucker.
The French doors rattled as he flung them open. He took the stairs by twos and threes from the deck. At a flat-out run, he hauled it to the side of the house. The full moon illuminated the night. A shadow popped out from behind the covered woodpile. He swung the poker.
The guy ducked and blocked every swing as if he anticipated it. Then he charged.
Reid connected with an elbow to the head.
His opponent retaliated with a swift punch near the ribs.
Reid’s breath hitched. More punches connected for both of them.
“Damn it, Reid, stop. It’s me.”
This asshole knew his name? “Who are you?” Reid felt the opening, and he went for a headlock.
His opponent slipped out of his hold.
“Thane?” Lauren approached with a flashlight.
The beam momentarily blinded Reid. He blocked it with his hand. “Lauren, go inside.”
“No.” She pointed the light and the gun at Thane. “How do you know Reid?”
As Thane sat up, he gave Reid a quizzical look. Thane spat on the ground. “We were in the same band.”
In the kitchen, Lauren dabbed at Reid’s bleeding lip with a cloth. “It’s not as bad as I thought. I don’t think you’ll need stitches. What about your ribs? They’re bruised. Are you sure it doesn’t hurt when you breathe?”
“I’m fine. Take a look.” He lifted his shirt. “It looked worse than it really was.” Funny. It didn’t hurt like earlier.
“Looks like you’re a fast healer.” Her gentle swipes grew harder. The sting zipped into him. “I can’t believe you ran out there like that.”
He took the cloth from her hand. “I can’t believe you didn’t do what I told you.” He suppressed the hint of pride welling up. She hadn’t listened to him, but she also hadn’t shown fear.
“You knowing Thane is a weird coincidence. At least he can help you fill in the blanks.” Her gaze drifted to the living room. Thane was on the phone with Celine. “Do you think you two can talk without wailing on each other again?”
“Looks like we have to.” How were Thane and Lauren connected? Why did the two of them in the same room seem wrong? “You mind giving us time alone?”
“Of course not. I need to call Celine after Thane is finished. Just remember to keep it civil. I don’t like seeing you bruised and bloody.”
A frisson of irritation kicked up. “You make it sound like I got my ass kicked.”
She huffed in exasperation. “Give this to Thane.”
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?
About the Author:
Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.
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