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Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 28, 2012
This was the story I’ve eagerly awaited through the last two books. I just knew Laughing Crow’s story was going to be a favorite the way he intrigued me as a secondary character. And for the first time in the series, I got to see what happened when someone actually left the past behind and went back leaving behind loved ones. I knew it would have some added tension as a result along with a strong plot and it didn’t disappoint.
Shaye Montgomery can’t get over the disappearance of her closest friend Rayne and continues to search even after everyone else has given up. Her family and her friend Trevor encourage her to let Rayne go, but she decides she needs to back track to the place where Rayne was last seen. So it is in that old building in Chicago that she goes and ends up traveling back through the same time portal that Rayne and several others found.
Crow leaves his friends behind after they reveal to him the most astonishing news. Samuel, his best friend and a few of the other men and women share their secret with him. Several of the ladies, Jamie Ford and Stephen Paxton are time traveler. He accepts this news better than most, but mysticism and the such is not new among his people. Crow agrees to meet up with them for Thanksgiving after he completes another scouting mission that takes him into the mountains.
Shaye finds herself at a cabin where an seriously injured Native American man is staying while he heals. She can’t believe what has happened. He tells her that she has gone back in time and even more surprisingly he shares that her missing friend Rayne is here. She couldn’t be found because she went back to the Civil War era. Shaye is frightened of Crow at first even though she surprises him with her ability to use his language, but soon she goes from frightened of him to frightened of the strong attraction she feels for the big handsome Creek.
Crow is equally interested in the unusual female who landed in his life suddenly. Her naive and fierce way of treating him with equality both warms his heart, but terrifies him for her safety. He wants to be with her, but they cannot carry on an open relationship in this time. Prejudice is high against his kind. Shaye doesn’t see it that way and pushes him for an all or nothing. For her sake, he won’t give her the public courtship or the chance of a future marriage.
Shaye is devastated that he refuses to make a commitment to her and wants to hide their relationship so she gives up and leaves the past behind. It breaks her heart to leave behind Rayne now that she found her, but that’s not nearly as devastating as walking away from Crow.
Crow can’t believe that Shaye left him, but he knows that it was his decision that pushed her into leaving. He wants her back and can’t live without her. His friends encourage him to find a way to be with Shaye and not just let her go without a fight.
The plot on this one as I said was my favorite of the whole series. I really wanted to cry for these two brokenhearted people. Now I did think Shaye was on the naive side particularly because she really wouldn’t try to look at things from the perspective of the times so that she could see how Crow wasn’t trying to hurt her, but protect her. On the other hand, I respect her need to not be a kept woman and the need to stand up against prejudice. Later, when she was just so insistent that a certain person couldn’t possibly have done what he was accused of I got a bit frustrated with her naïveté again. All her true friends and family tried to guide her, but she refused to listen. Fortunately, her stubbornness made for some excitement and danger with the big plus that it allowed Crow to be the strong, handsome hero to the rescue.
I just loved these two together and I loved the solution to finding a way for them to be together without drawing danger to them for the multi-racial relationship.
The tie-in to the bad guy Carys was great and the ongoing danger they still represent.
One of my favorite parts was seeing the connection between the time travelers to the past and what their legacy in the present turned out to be.
And that epilogue, it was so adorable and had me smiling from ear to ear. Totally fab way to end the story.
If you’re looking for a solid time-travel romance series with the romance leaning toward the sweeter side, then you should give these a try. I definitely recommend starting from the beginning and reading them in order.
My thanks to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.