Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo #Review #AfternoonDelight

Posted May 12, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 26 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo #Review #AfternoonDelight
Thane’s Redemption

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Series: #1 The Song
Genres: Time Travel Romance
Published by Lyrical Press
Released on March 5, 2015
Pages: 87
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I would have never guessed this book was about time travel! It’s funny to see the differences between what I was expecting the book to be about an what your review and the synopsis says. 🙂

    • I know! It’s wild all the elements that she pulled in and made work.

  • Interesting story line. Time traveling rock band action heroes. Sounds like a fun premise.

  • Lindy Gomez

    Despite smooth transitions, and lack of development, it sounds like you enjoyed this one. I love stories about time travel. When I was younger, Quantum Leap, was one of my favorite tv shows. I love that the main characters share a similar past that helps them connect, despite insta-love, but it’s so sad when you know that they aren’t going to be able to be together in the end 🙁 Great Review Sophia!

    Lindy@A Bookish Escape

    • Quantum Leap!!!! I enjoyed that one too.

      I think knowing that the second he made the leap into the future to save the world from the pandemic that she would forget him was tough.

  • Great find! This actually sounds a lot of fun. I don’t do time traveling books but I think I’ll get a kick outta this

    • I couldn’t help myself. I was too curious to pass it up.

  • hmmm…rockers and military, nice indeed!

  • RO

    I’m with Sharonda, and like the mix of rockers and the military, and your review is really good. Hugs…

    • That was what grabbed my attention right off. I was dying to see how it worked.

  • RO

    I’m with Sharonda, and like the mix of rockers and the military, and your review is really good. Hugs…

  • Good Review!! I have been wanting to try this one out…and sometimes the insta love does work for me, and it sounds like from your thoughts that it was. So I will be bumping it up my list.

    • I think its b/c they share an emotional connection over her fiance’ and the hero’s past, but it worked for me when usually it doesn’t. Plus the whole losing each other through his time travel made me sniffle.

  • This sounds good and the whole military to rock star yum. I know what you mean about wishing it was full length, but glad it satisfied more or less.

    • It went by in a flash, but there was enough so that I got into it. Definite yum!

  • It does sounds like a lot is going on. But cool rock star premise.