The book just hasn't been able to keep my attention. Nobody feels real and the heroine is literally perfect now. Blah. I just don't care about anyone...moreThe book just hasn't been able to keep my attention. Nobody feels real and the heroine is literally perfect now. Blah. I just don't care about anyone or anything in the story. Life's too short, so I'm movin' on.(less)
A nice and sweet time-travel romance. Melissa was a well-developed heroine for Rory, who while not as developed and portrayed as practically perfect,...moreA nice and sweet time-travel romance. Melissa was a well-developed heroine for Rory, who while not as developed and portrayed as practically perfect, was a wonderful hero for her. The story was smoothly written, although I could have done without some of the flowery prose, and had well-defined plotlines. I thought the epilogue was a little bit of a letdown because I would have liked to hear about the children at Freedom House. An easy and otherwise nice read, but it didn't connect with me as much as other books. Still, it really was well-written and the romance between Melissa and Rory was lovely. (less)
3.5 stars I found this to be a sweet story. Not the best time-travel romance I've read, but it is far from the worst. Rome and Adrian were pleasant cha...more3.5 stars I found this to be a sweet story. Not the best time-travel romance I've read, but it is far from the worst. Rome and Adrian were pleasant characters, although Adrian's constant questioning and thought process could get annoying at times. The end was a bit rushed and I wish it could have been a little different, but it was decent. Still, I thought it was a lovely story with likeable, and one not so likeable, characters.(less)
At first, I thought Elizabeth and Jamie were a couple of nitwits. I couldn't understand why she wanted to stay and why he didn't want her to leave sin...moreAt first, I thought Elizabeth and Jamie were a couple of nitwits. I couldn't understand why she wanted to stay and why he didn't want her to leave since they didn't even know each other or spend much time together at that time. Nevertheless, after that, they started to endear themselves to me, as did the secondary characters. I found it to be unputdownable and a very fun (and funny) adventure! I'm not sure if this is a keeper or not, but I think it'll stay on my shelf for a little while yet. This has fueled me to read more of this series! I can't wait!
Here are a couple mistakes I noticed, and for me to spot them, that's saying a lot! :P By the way, this is all in good fun. 1. If Elizabeth was born in 1970 and the year is (when she left) 1996, that makes her 26 or possibly 25, but it says repeatedly in the book that she is 24. I can't believe Lynn Kurland (or the editors) could have missed that, it seemed glaringly obvious to me. Of course, for some reason, I have a thing with ages of people in books. It drives me crazy when there are inconsistencies! LoL 2. I think Ms. Kurland got confused on whose eye color is whose a few times. Elizabeth was buying an aquamarine so that it would match Jamie's eyes. It is specifically said that his eyes are a pine green and hers are more aquamarine colored. And Jamie said that she was just buying it to match his eyes, too. Around that area, I think, was where all the confusion lay. That's all that I found. :) (less)
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was well-written, Margaret and Ashton were sympathetic, but I hated the way she time-traveled. It started of...moreI have mixed feelings about this book. It was well-written, Margaret and Ashton were sympathetic, but I hated the way she time-traveled. It started off well enough until that point and I had a hard time getting past it. (I'll talk more about that in a hidden spoiler) Other than the time-travel, which is a big part of the book obviously, I enjoyed it. The relationship between Margaret and Ashton was pretty realistic and loving. So as far as time-travel romances, it's not one of my favorites, but it is still a good love story. In some ways, I think it might have been better strictly as historical romance.
Be warned! Massive ranting ahead! (view spoiler)[ 1. Like I said before, I hated her time-travel method. I don't quite get even how she time-traveled and the part I hate the absolute most is that she's in someone else's body. I just recently read a short story that had the same time-travel method, except that it was explained. I just find it disturbing and creepy, not to mention the amount of times it is said in the book how beautiful and perfect her looks are. Pretty nauseating. I just don't know how you could get used to looking in the mirror and not seeing yourself. That'd just be weird to me, even if I did happen to enter into a drop-dead gorgeous body. And Margaret acted like she was some freak of nature when she was in 1993. Boo hoo. Be happy with yourself for goodness sake! It seemed somewhat like the author was saying that you're not good enough if you're not beautiful. At least, that's the impression it gave to me.
2. It seemed to me that Ashton was infatuated with Mag. He couldn't have possibly actually loved her the way she was before Margaret entered her body, but he said he had. He really had to have fallen in love with Margaret, not Mag, and the blurriness there bothered me.
3. They're cousins. Okay so Margaret actually isn't, but the body she's in is. So what about children? Not a major point since cousins marrying isn't all that odd back then, but because of my other problems, it creeped me out more here.
4. Margaret's whole "revelation." She says now her parents and siblings never went to Cape Cod and are alive after all since they only went because of her and now she's back in time, and her parents only had two kids and not three. Umm no. If her parents never had her, then it would be impossible (yes, so is time-travel, but that's beside the point) for her to have gone back in time at all! She would have disappeared; she couldn't just be there now! Am I the only one who can see that?! Remember the photo featuring disappearing McFly's in Back to the Future? What comes around goes around. There's a few instances of that, but this is the one that bothers me most.
5. How did the papers show up? Seemed really unnecessary just to have Ashton believe her.
Had the back cover described how exactly Margaret time-traveled (like a mention of waking up in a strange body, perhaps?), maybe I wouldn't have had such a hard time with the concept and the other stuff wouldn't have bothered me as much. Who's to know? (hide spoiler)] I promise, I'm really not crazy, even if my rants point to the contrary. I really think it could have been a great story, and I'm sure others will enjoy it, I just was left very disappointed.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Stay With Me was a lovely romance, with a likable hero and heroine. And also a nice secondary romance that almost rivals the main romance. I don't und...moreStay With Me was a lovely romance, with a likable hero and heroine. And also a nice secondary romance that almost rivals the main romance. I don't understand exactly why Sarah became the 'first' Sarah, and why she didn't just say that she's a different person entirely, but it doesn't matter much. I liked the reason why she was sent back and thought that was a nice touch. The story as a whole was very well executed and I can't wait to read the next. :)(less)
Silver Tomorrows was a beautiful romance with wonderful characters. Emily is a modern day woman who's never felt at home in her time and is sent back...moreSilver Tomorrows was a beautiful romance with wonderful characters. Emily is a modern day woman who's never felt at home in her time and is sent back to 1882 Colorado. She meets two men, Teigue and his nephew, Royle. While Teigue adopts her as his daughter and believes she's a good person, Royle refuses to see the good in her and is suspect.
I picked this up after reading a Civil War time-travel and wanted another set in the same era. Even though I'm somewhat organized, I still have books scattered around and the only time-travel romance I could find was set in post-war time, so it would have to do. I am so glad that I had this around to read!
The story unfolds marvelously and I love how logical Emily is, it's really refreshing change from a lot of romances. She doesn't try to convince them she's from the future, and really, the time-travel plays a very little part in the book. Royle is pigheaded in ignoring his feelings for what he thinks he has to do, but of course he can't fight forever (although it might seem so at times) and the chemistry between him and Emily is sizzling. I loved what Teigue added to plot and the direction the story went. I don't want to give too much away but I loved every second of it - a lot was covered, from mining in Colorado to a bit of society in post-war Williamsburg, Virginia over the course of six or so months.
For some reason I'm holding back on a perfect rating, the only thing I can think of is that I didn't get to read it in one sitting. The more I think about it though, the more I appreciate the book and how the author brought everything to life. Even if you don't like time-travel, I would recommend this because it's not an issue in the book, except for Emily finding a home and her logic. The romance is just lovely and that's why romance lovers should read it. 4.5 stars(less)
What a lovely book! I started this a few hours ago and couldn't put it down. I always love to read a time-travel and the romance is lovely between Vic...moreWhat a lovely book! I started this a few hours ago and couldn't put it down. I always love to read a time-travel and the romance is lovely between Vickie and Jason. So I thought the love scene came a bit early on, but I must not be in a picky mood so I won't quibble about it. I really didn't know what the outcome was going to be exactly, except the typical HEA, so that kept me turning the pages. The epilogue left me with a silly grin on my face and I'm so glad the author included that. All in all, it was a wonderful book to pass the time.(less)
When Lightning Strikes is not your average time-traveling romance. It introduces you to two very interesting and unique characters. Alaina Costanza (L...moreWhen Lightning Strikes is not your average time-traveling romance. It introduces you to two very interesting and unique characters. Alaina Costanza (Lainie), an edgy, wise-cracking romance writer with a rough past, and John Killian, or just Killian as he is mainly known, the villian from the historical western she is in the midst of writing. So when she gets struck by lightning, she gets way more than she bargained for!
This book made me laugh, and at the same time it pulled at my heart. The chemistry between the two leads and their fighting that attraction was realistic and heartwrenching. Even though this is a romance, I was unsure of how it was going to end, it was a real nail-biter! I couldn't finish soon enough, and when I did, it left me feeling fulfilled. I couldn't recommend this book more!(less)