Well, Torrent was decidedly better than its two predecessors. While I did like Waterfall and Cascade, I never found something completely arresting thaWell, Torrent was decidedly better than its two predecessors. While I did like Waterfall and Cascade, I never found something completely arresting that stole my attention and love. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from Torrent. I believed I would like it as I did the other books, but not come to love it and smile so because of it. Although, that said, it still didn’t manage a five star from me. It wasn’t absolutely stunning and brilliant in its execution and writing, but slowly, mayhap without my notice, I began to connect with the story and the characters, and found some small treasure within its pages.
I suppose part of why this novel spoke more to me had to do with the romance. I really felt it more than in the other books. It felt a little too quick, and though I did like Marcello, and he certainly was attractive, and very nearly swooning inducing, he didn’t quite latch onto me. But then in Torrent, particularly the last half, I felt the love more, and his charm and overall hotness that leaves women fanning themselves. His romance with Gabriella became more believable to me, more right. And I couldn’t help but smiling through it, through their interactions and declarations of love. It was rather nice, and beautiful. Although, side note, I don’t really dig the long haired look, tied behind their neck. I never really did like long hair on guys. Some men though, can get away with, and look good. I’m thinking Aragorn. Mind, with his scraggly hair, not his perfectly groomed hair. With Marcello, I just wasn’t really seeing it. I’d have to actually see him to determine if liked I it or not.
I really admire Gabriella. She never was and never became a TSTL heroine who needs the hero to always save her. She is one of those girls in high school whom boys never look at, but then suddenly in her new life, or whatever the story is, is the center of attention with boys left and right wanting her. But it didn’t feel too cliché, or tiring. Bergen was able to make it work without inducing eye rolls from me. Gabi was so strong, so deft with her sword fighting skills, and so determined to save those she loves, to do what she needs to do, not relying on her hero to get her out of predicaments that she landed in. It’s so nice to read about a girl like this, it makes the adventures, the romance, more exciting and refreshing.
One thing that I wish there was more of was Lia and Luca. That is a romance that I would like to see firsthand, because they’re just so cute together, and it would have been nice to watch their feelings grow alongside Gabi and Marcello’s. Oh, and one person I ended up loving, though I probably shouldn’t have, was Lord Greco. Ah, Greco, you, above Marcello, for some strange reason, stole my heart and sent it racing. Why? What was the point of that? No matter what, I knew Gabi and Marcello were meant for each other and that they would, despite your efforts to prevent that. But you, with your ridiculously good looks, and smoldering eyes made me wish I was Gabi right then. Gabi, dear, since you chose to not have him, may I? I would forever be grateful, and deliriously happy. Ah yes, hopeless romantic that I am, fawning over fictional characters that most likely do not resemble any man in this here real world of mine. *sigh* Why can’t you smoking hot men who are good all around and go for the not most beautiful or riveting girl be real!?!
So, despite a few little misgivings upon reading this book, I’m glad they were squelched. The River of Time series was a nice time travel story set in medieval times (which is one my favorite settings, by the way, which most certainly helped in my liking the series). I didn’t utterly love it, it didn’t become one of my favorite series, but it definitely wasn’t bad, or stupidly ridiculous like other books I’ve read. I enjoyed reading it, and was nicely surprised to love it at the conclusion. ...more