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Genres: Time Travel Romance
Published by Lyrical Press
Released on March 5, 2015
Hot time-traveling military guys moonlighting as a rock band? I couldn’t pass that one up. This was a shorter piece and dove in with both feet. It got out to a quick start and raced to a cliffhanger happy for now finish, but it still managed to engage me and make me feel for the romance pair who both know loss and seem to have very little chance again.
This one opened with Thane and his team of Army Rangers flying out for their next mission only to have their helicopter take a hit and go down. Right before they crash something amazing happens. They are given the option to finish out as dying heroes and it all ends there or becoming a unique elite time-travel team that will go in and stop epic disasters before they happen. They will forever be alone because any time they leap out of the present in time memories of them will be cleared. Thane and his men choose the life of time-travel warriors and use their music talents as a rock band as cover.
Celine lost her fiancé one year before when he was killed in action and her friends have forcibly dragged her out to a club to get her out of the house since all she does is work these days. She never expects it to happen, but a chance encounter with the lead singer proves that she may be ready to get back into land of the living again. Or not.
Thane is usually so careful to keep it casual, but it doesn’t take him long to realize that Celine is a danger to him. He understands her pain and cares about helping her heal. And he really shouldn’t. One night and several shared words later leaves him hollow when he must leave her for his mission knowing that he will always remember and she’ll forget he even existed.
Alright, this story tackles a lot in its few pages making this ideal for someone who needs a quick sizzler with a little depth. Everything is explained briefly and launches right in. Transitions are rough, moving on fast and not letting the situation and emotions spin out to their fullest. I had moments of disorientation.
The action story line had some mission stuff, but there is still more to come with the world pandemic plot they’re working on. As to the romance, it was an insta-love situation, but was not entirely lacking in development since there is a strong connection made through painful pasts that were similar.
By all rights, I shouldn’t have like it since I’m one that prefers good transitions and a well-developed story, but for some reason I really got into this one and enjoyed the spark of attraction, flirting, hot sexy times, poignant moments and the possibilities created by time travel for Thane and Celine. I sighed when he sang his new song to her, when she shared her dream date and he tried to make it happen, and when there was that connection through time thing going on. I really wanted more with the romance and maybe there will be. I’m not sure of what’s coming for the rest of the series like I don’t know if it continues on with Thane and Celine’s story or if it moves on to another member of the team getting his romance. Or both? Don’t know. I think with any of those combos, I would be fine.
To wrap it up, I was not disappointed in the story concept, but I would have loved to have had it more teased out. I look forward to what comes next. This is for those who need something quick and are down with some mission action, a hot romance, the heady combo of warrior and rocker hero, and a heroine in need of healing.
My thanks to Net Galley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
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