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Review: The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

25th April 2013

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*This book was sent to me by the publisher, Dutton, in exchange for an honest review.

Julia Percy sits beside her grandfather’s deathbed, grieving his coming death and anxious about what life without him means. As an orphan whose cruel cousin Eamon will come into the family estate and title, Julia is concerned. Plus, the magic of her life, her grandfather’s ability to manipulate time, will die with him, and it saddens her.

Meanwhile, Nick Davenant is 200 years in the future and an ocean away. Having jumped just as death was imminent on the battlefield, Lord Nicholas Falcott wakes up to the knowledge that he can never go back. The Guild, a secret network of time travelers, trains him to live in his new present and gives him a new name and an ungodly amount of money to adjust.

And he’s mostly fine with that, except the dark eyes of a young woman haunt his dreams. When an edict from The Guild arrives, Nick learns that everything he’s believed about time travel is false, that he can go back – and The Guild needs him to return to his own time because there are others like him but with different, more sinister aims. Nick is hesitant to return, but he’s thrilled to reunite with his mother and sisters and the dark-eyed girl, Julia, the granddaughter of an earl who lives in the neighboring estate.

Time travel in The River of No Return is no scientific experiment. Instead, time jumpers only move within the river of time through periods of intense emotion – and most jumpers only discover their abilities on the point of death. Learning to harness that energy is Nick’s task. Julia, on the other hand, is unaware of her abilities, thinking her grandfather was the manipulator of time. As her cousin attempts to find the talisman, something he believes will give him these abilities, Julia comes to realize her grandfather was not the manipulator…she is. Her abilities far exceed those of her grandfather or The Guild, and that puts the dark-eyed Julia, the woman Nick realizes he loves, in danger.

I don’t think there’s much you can say about a book that kept you up until 3:45 a.m., but I’ll try. The story of my relationship with this book began when I told the publicist I was intrigued by the premise of a different sort of time travel novel. The relationship heightened when I opened the package and discovered an absolutely beautiful book tucked inside. I actually gasped. I knew it was true love when I didn’t eat dinner, missed the gym, and only looked up at 3:45 a.m., the book finished and tucked by my side. Even after I set it down, I thought about this book, part time travel, part Regency romance, all adventure. Now that’s a good read.

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Review: Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

22nd August 2012

*I received this book from the publisher Dutton in exchange for an honest review.

From the back of the book:

Attorney Olivia Mackenzie and FBI agent Grayson Kincaid make an excellent team to fight corruption. But Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.

Olivia has a somewhat…odd relationship with her family. She wants to put her father in jail. Growing up in a hospital with three other girls, all undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer, Olivia didn’t have a typical childhood. Her parents and sister never visited her and wrote off her disease as weakness. Her father has hopped from one bogus career to another, and Olivia is sure he’s cheating people, running a pyramid scheme. But the further she digs, the more danger she is in, and that’s when Grayson enters. Tall, confident, and dangerously handsome, Grayson is drawn to Olivia and wants to protect her. Olivia, unused to being taken care of, resists his protection.

Ahhh, my brain! I wish I could turn off my critical side when I read something for pure enjoyment. Because Sweet Talk is good. There are female characters who talk about things other than men (a la Bechdel Test). Olivia is strong and intelligent and unwilling to change her life just because she meets Grayson.

But there are also children not talking like children, even mature children. (Trust me. It feels stilted.) Characters are either good or bad, no in between. And the classic “barrier” that I plan to talk more about at some point. (“They had been acting like horny teenagers who couldn’t keep their hands off of each other, and it had to stop…She was getting too emotionally involved, and since the relationship couldn’t go anywhere, separating herself was the only decent thing to do.”) And some funny language that made me laugh out loud in the final pages. (“Grayson only fired one shot. That was all he needed. The bullet sliced into Simmons’ black heart.” [emphasis added]) And the requisite “you’re beautiful without makeup” lie. (“…she wouldn’t believe him if he told her that, no matter how she dressed, she was beautiful to him. Her face scribbed clean and dressed in clothes that could pass for bag lady rejects, Olivia could still grace the cover of any glamour magazine.”) Please.

So the verdict? I still raced through this book. I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also a pleasant surprise that Olivia didn’t wilt the minute she realized she loved Grayson.

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