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A Matter of TmeTitle:  A Matter of Time
Series:  Matters of Love #2
Author:  Margaret Locke
Genre:  Time Travel, Regency Romance
Published:  November 30, 2015
Publisher:  Locked On Love Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Nobody would blame widowed doctoral student Eliza James for giving up on Happily Ever After; at twenty-nine, she’s suffered more loss than most people do in a lifetime. But Eliza’s convinced her own hero is still out there, waiting for her, just like in the beloved romance novels she devours. Every girl deserves a Darcy, right?

Only Eliza doesn’t dream of a modern-day affair: she wants the whole Regency experience. When a magical manuscript thrusts her back two hundred years into the arms and life of one Deveric Mattersley, Duke of Claremont, however, Eliza soon realizes some fantasies aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, especially when her duke proves himself less than a Prince Charming.

Deveric Mattersley has no interest in marriage. Determined to atone for his sins after convincing himself he’s at fault for the death of his first wife, he decrees himself content to focus on running his family’s estates, and on raising his son–until the mysterious Mrs. James appears. Who is she? What does shewant? And why does she make Dev’s blood run hot in a way no woman ever has?

Read on for my thoughts on A Matter of Time.  No true spoilers, promise.

A Stolen SeasonTitle:  A Stolen Season
Series:
Author:  Tamara Gill
Genre:  Historical Romance, Time-Travel
Published:  February 23, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

One small mistake in the past will change everything about her future... Archaeologist Sarah Baxter just broke one of the biggest rules of time travel: leaving a piece of 21st­ century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English Earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah’s device. Which means an entirely different approach is needed. It doesn’t occur to the new Earl of Earnston that his charming acquaintance is responsible for his brother’s death. He is merely swept away by a passion that threatens his very reputation. Yet he gets the distinct impression that Miss Baxter is hiding something from him. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl’s brother and—most importantly— not fall in love…

Read on for my thoughts on A Stolen Season.  No true spoilers, promise.

Cinderella and the GhostTitle:  Cinderella and the Ghost
Series:  The Cursed Princes (Book 6)
Author:  Marina Myles
Genre:  Romance, Paranormal
Published:  February 17, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!

The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete’s body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that she’s met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps—or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella’s dreams…

*I received an e-ARC of Cinderella and the Ghost from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

Read on for my thoughts on Cinderella and the Ghost.  No true spoilers, promise.

 
I absolutely loved Cinderella and the Ghost.  Some might call it a retelling novel, but it was so much more than just putting Cinderella in a different time period.  I find I really don’t want to tell too much of this story.  You have the blurb above to give you the basic premise – after that I’d love for you to just dive into it.

The author, Marina Myles, has managed to bring us to an amazing woman, Ella in the present time… and pair her up with a handsome ghost who needs a bit of help in order to claim his lady-love.

The journey for Jean-Daniel and Ella to finally get to their happily ever after is as simple as falling in love – and as complicated as time travel.  The blending of a contemporary love story with a time travel epic, mixed liberally with a haunting ghost story is simply amazing.  Oh, don’t forget to toss the step-sisters (please toss the step-sisters down a staircase)!

Not everyone is going to enjoy every novel.  Some will want just a historical romance, others will be content with a modern day telling and others will go wild for the possibility of time traveling.  No matter which genre you enjoy the most, please give Cinderella and the Ghost a chance to win your heart.  I do not think you’ll be disappointed.

I would recommend this one to anyone who just wants to fall in love.

The Highlander’s Folly is book 3 of The Novels of Loch Moigh series

The Highlander's FollyTitle:  The Highlander’s Folly
Series:  The Novels of Loch Moigh series
Author:  Barbara Longley
Genre:  Paranormal, Time-Travel, Historical
Published:  February 3, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

A brave fifteenth-century Highlander fiercely devoted to his foster family, Hunter of clan MacKintosh can defeat any man in battle. Thanks to his fae gifts, he can read the intent of his opponents and guess their next moves. But when the faerie Madame Giselle sends Hunter to the present day, he stumbles into a staged battle and rescues a young knight—only to discover that the knight is a woman, and she’s anything but a damsel in distress.

Meghan McGladrey learned martial arts and sword fighting from her father, a time-traveling Highlander himself. To Hunter’s surprise, Meghan is as skilled as any knight. When both of them are pulled back to the fifteenth century, Meghan becomes desperate to return to her time. Hunter, who is pledged to another, begins to fall for the beautiful, brave warrior as they fight side by side against a common enemy. Now, he must decide which matters more: his honor, or following his heart.

Exciting battles and intoxicating passion reunite in the third Novel of Loch Moigh from award-winning author Barbara Longley.

*I received an e-ARC of The Highlander’s Folly from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

A fierce Highlander from the fifteenth-century, a faerie’s plot and a modern day time-traveling maiden.  What’s not to love in that combination?

Read on for my thoughts on The Highlander’s Folly.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Here and Now A BrasharesI received a copy of The Here and Now from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title:  The Here and Now

Author:  Ann Brashares

Source:  NetGalley

Publication Date:  January 1, 2015

 

Book Blurb:

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take of an impossible romance.
There are rules.
Never reveal where you’re from. Never be intimate with anyone outside the community. And never interfere with history.
Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn’t come from a different country, she came from a different time – a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan.
She might be able to save the world … if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

My Review:

Our planet’s future is not secure, in fact it is in great danger.  Because of climate changes that raise the water levels around the world mosquitoes have become a menace to mankind.  They carry blood plague and humanity will eventually die off from this pesky insect overpopulation.  People hide in dark homes, sleep under netting and spray toxic fumes around them in an effort to avoid being bit by these miniscule carriers of death.

But nothing can stop the coming destruction.  Then.

Time travelers are sent back in time to assimilate into today’s world.  To escape the future and presumably to stop what is in our future from becoming reality.  Or not.

There are rules for our time travelers.  Strict rules that when disobeyed… well, people tend to die shortly after breaking them.  In perfectly natural conditions, of course.  Or so it would seem to anyone outside of the closed community.

Prenna and Ethan are teenagers, in the same school and friendly.  Ethan has known Prenna longer than she knows at first – but he is her champion, often explaining things that she should know, teaching her ways to fit in with society and eventually bring her to a homeless man who will play a large part in her life and in everyone else’s as well.

Prenna must make a choice to interfere with the history that is or the history that could be.  Doing so could be the most difficult decision of her life.

My Opinion

I really enjoyed Prenna and Ethan’s story.  Putting time travel along with world destruction makes a very interesting and compelling story.

I have a pretty good imagination and I could, often, put myself in a person’s place who came from a very different future and look at the world with both fear and wonderment.  But mostly fear.  Afraid to do the wrong thing at the wrong time to completely change history.  Change one thing here, another thing changes over there where you can’t see.

But at some point Prenna comes to no longer trust the closed community of time travelers.  I was so glad to see that point come to her.

The teenage romance of Prenna and Ethan was presented very believably.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much.

I’m hoping for another book.  Time will tell.

 

Yes, this is an Amazon affiliate link.  The cover is different than the one on NetGalley.

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