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Time Served

(Time Served #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,156 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Dean Barclay had nothing to do with my decision to flee my old life, but he is 100 percent of the reason I vowed to never look back.

I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean—dangerous, daring, determined—away from the crowd and climb into his beat-up old Trans Am. I was sixteen and gloriously alive for the first time. When I felt his hand cover my leg and move upward
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Published March 23rd 2015 by Carina Press
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~Stéphanie's Journal~
DNF 88 %, NO rating

I'm mad right now!!

I can't believe I spent 2 days reading this!

Damn that girl is beyond stupid!!

The story was promising; the characters seem a little broken but good. I've never read a second chances story between an ex-con and his ex-girlfriend so I was thrilled to start.


Rachel has left her home-town without a backward glance. She left her life at 17 but she also left her boyfriend Dean without an explanation and without even a note.

Ten years later, Dean is not the sam
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Time Served by Julianna Keyes
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: March 23, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Dean Barclay had nothing to do with my decision to flee my old life, but he is 100 percent of the reason I vowed to never look back.

I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean—dangerous, daring, determined—away from the crowd
Sam (AMNReader)
I'm not sure I can rate this yet.

Update 1/2/19

I'm not kidding when I tell you this book gave me dreams. It was that raw, emotional, personal...fill in the blank. So angsty. What about its impeccable writing that just matches the mood, and holy shit, it's so sexy. Sounds great, doesn't it?

I usually think of my friend Blackjack here, when rating romance when deciding how exactly to set my standards between 2/3/4 stars. Blackjack's said here before - to paraphrase-she likes a romance where she can
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Going on my favorites shelf -- so anyone!
Recommended to Michelle by: Jane
03/28/2015 --

Well .. I've found a new author. I loved this book. The story pulled me from the very first. The characters were written with depth and were edgy. It isn't a "nice" story, its one you could sink your teeth into and really feel.

Found this one through Jane Litte -- Dear Author blog. She gave it a B rating, but also marked it as a Recommended Read. Loved her review. The cover on this one POPPED too which pulled my eye.

What things did I like about this one:
1 -- Mentioned before, the sto
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot, arc, 2nd-chance, ex-con
4.25 stars - I'm going to be totally honest when I say that at about 20% into this book, I wanted to DNF this book. I couldn't stand the heroine, Rachel. She came across as stuck up and mean. I didn't like her reasoning for leaving Dean. I'm so glad I continued reading this one because the evolution of Rachel's character was really good, it just took a while to get there. Rachel and Dean were high school sweethearts. Rachel left Dean without saying goodbye and never looked back. 3 weeks after Ra ...more
Jan 28, 2015 added it
Shelves: arc

...starting this book.

Have you ever read a book in which you can't actually pinpoint what you don't like about it but it's just not working for you?

Well this is it for I decided to cut my losses short and move on...

*ARC generously provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Lu Han
4 unsure how I feel about this book ⭐️’s

I loved this but at the same time I didn’t, it’s all very strange and confusing in my head. LOL nothing new there. But I will say I found this book completely captivating and the dynamic between the hero and the heroine was HOT, but I don’t think it was romantic and therein lies my problem.
Time Served by Julianna Keyes is a book that I will treasure among the hordes of books that are published today. All because Julianna dared to write a hero that might not be well received by certain readers because he doesn’t turn into a “girl” the minute the heroine re-enters his life. I mean this in the nicest possible way, but I seriously find it absurd when heroes who are described as formidable, reticent, and especially not to mention if they have a bone of contention with the heroine so to ...more
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)



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Rachel Moser left her life behind and Dean Barclay once she got the chance to leave her trailer life and go to college. Now she's a successful lawyer in Chicago with a hot accountant to boot.

But when she meets Dean again she doesn't know where to fit him in her polished lifestyle.


When I requested this book from Netgalley I wasn't really expecting much since
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not a bad book.The heroine was a problem for me,I thought she was a hard ass bitch and not very likeable at all.I don't know what he saw in her.Well maybe his 8 years in prison left him desperate in his quest for vengance against the heroine because she left him 10 years prior without a goodbye and he turned to strong armmed robbery and got caught.
Lots of sex scenes,did not feel the love connection with this couple.There were some huh moments for me as how he could afford his apt ,it was stated
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by Carina Press/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me feel. It made me really think. Can you change who you are by running away from your past? Can you better your life after making a terrible mistake? This book took me on an emotional journey. Rachel and Dean both were trying to move past the hurt and unresolved feelings as they navigate towards their future, whether together or apart. At times I cringed at the hurtful things Dean and Rachel said to each othe
Angie Elle
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to CARINA PRESS and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Time Served is a story about a man and a woman that share a sordid past. When their paths cross years later, sexual sparks reignite.

If you’re picking this book up hoping for a tone similar to the one found in Just Once, you’re going to be shocked. While there may have been some gruffness in Just Once, there was also an undercurrent of sweetness and romance that you won’t find in Time Served
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
copy received via Carina Press/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Unfortunately this book was not for me, I found it very very difficult to connect to the heroine, or even like her. She seemed at times, very derisive of those around her, she pretended to be well bred, yet seemed to sneer at those who were, and expected Dean to be living in some crappy trailer park, not having made any changes to his life, as if that was just her sole right.

It felt too much, like she spent a lot of time te
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Hard Time, everyone
Shelves: contemporary
Amazing. I read contemporary so rarely, I didn't have a shelf for it until now. I always prefer a little magic mixed in. I'll make an exception for Julianna Keyes' writing.

Great prose, dialogue, and character development. I understood Dean and Rachel so well and their dynamic was smokin'! So was Dean! Those hoodies, LOL. Boxer/gym rat love, LOL. The leads' mutual (working class) backgrounds and history were so interesting. It's also difficult to pull off, as the author did, so much conflict wit
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hawt-sex
My GOD, Keyes can't half write the dirty talk. Off the scales good. Sex scenes were fantastic and plentiful. And around all of those sex scenes Keyes has weaved a believable story with believable conflict which adds to the sex and relates to the sex. I took to Rachel, the heroine, I could understand and sympathise with her life. The pull of a job you've worked towards for so long but you aren't certain you're enjoying. The ultimate struggle to decide what you really want and accepting that. The ...more
You'd think this book was terrible based on my rating. Well the writing was great, the story itself drove me crazy. Let me flash back a few years and explain:

I went to college with a girl and became instant best buds. Soon I started to realize her whole world revolved around having the best of everything. It was exhausting trying to compete with her. I had to pay my own way for EVERYTHING. She got a hefty stipend each month from daddy. She didn't have to work 40 hours a week like I did, just so
nick (the infinite limits of love)

This downloaded on my Kindle last night. I started at 9 and stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish it. The writing was that compelling. Straightforward premise is that the heroine is 28 year-old Rachel Moser, a lawyer for a fancy Chicago law firm who was raised in a trailer park by an alcoholic, distant mother. Her mother really didn't do anything for her except give her all of her life savings one night when Rachel was 17 to get out of the trailer park and go to school. Rachel leaves and never looks ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Was it perfect? Probably not. But did I notice? No. I was too busy hanging onto every word. The characters were so real and honest and so damn sexy that nothing else mattered. Add to it a unique "Erin Brockovich" side story and I was hooked. When it ended I even wanted an epilogue to the epilogue - I didn't want it to end that bad. So what's the next best thing? Make sure this author's remaining three books are on ur TBR and get started on them asap.

And can I just say "Cheers
This is one of those romance novels that are like cake stuffed with chocolate and sugar. I can't seem to put it down and devour as much as I can in one bite, but when it's gone I am left with a feeling.... 'Why the hell did I do that?' Did I enjoyed it? It felt good like it lasted, but now I can't remember why it felt so addicting at all...

Hero is an ex-con and is very rough and degrading to the heroine at the beginning. She is very closed off and doesn't know what she wants. Usually these eleme
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Having loved Julianna's Undecided I decided to give the Time Served series a go. The synopsis drew me in and reading about lawyers sounded good as it was something I'd not done for a while.

It wasn't that I didn't like Time Served. Rachel was likeable enough once you got through to the real her and not the 'her' she thought she wanted to be and Dean, well he was hot enough and bad boy enough for my tastes too. The story wasn't bad either. It had a good pace (Although I'd have liked more from the
RachelW (BamaGal)
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I guess it's a testament to the power of an author's writing that I can enjoy the crap out of a story while not really liking either one of the leads. It was obvious from the very beginning that Rachel was painfully out of place at her high-powered law firm. The fact that she never really changed throughout the course of the book until the very end drove me nuts. That and the fact that there was no real relationship building between Rachel and Dean, just sex; and there was waaaay too much sex in ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Very entertaining. Not a lot of character development and the chemistry was not so strong between the characters but the plot doesn't disappoint and it's an easy read. ...more
Once upon a time Rachel had a boyfriend that she loved, a car, an alcoholic mother and a whole lot of ambition. One night her mother in a rare moment of lucidity gave her a wad of cash and told her to take the money and get out of town. Rachel took the money and ran. She ran to a new life, one where she worked her way through college and law school, where she remade herself to remove any traces of her trailer park past. She now lives in showroom-spotless apartment, she puts in late hours at her ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book the same afternoon I bought it, and now I am having that "I must tell everyone on the internet about this book because it is just that good!" feeling. So:

Premise: Set in and around Chicago, TIME SERVED is the story of Rachel, a 27-year-old associate with a fancy law firm, who lives for her work and otherwise lives a small life. Rachel is currently a successful workaholic lawyer with a fancy apartment, a carefully-curated work wardrobe, and a career that's going places, but s
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I was in high school, I dated a boy that was Bad News. My parents hated him, my friends hated him, but I knew in my heart of hearts that THEY JUST DIDN'T UNDERSTAND OUR LOVE.

Of course, he broke my heart, and it was VERY DRAMATIC and I was full of ALL THE ANGST.

Ten years later, I couldn't even remember this guy's middle name. Which probably means I'm not really the target audience for this book.

The heroine and hero in this book grew up poor in a rough neighborhood. The heroine got an oppo
Ivy Deluca
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Rachel left her trailer park past, ditching her first love Dean in the dead of night. It’s been 10 years and she runs into him unexpectedly - she’s now an attorney and he’s an ex-con. I’m not sure it’s a romance, but they kick off their relationship again.

The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between

-The writing was well done: This is done in first person POV, which is not my favorite, but I did feel it was done well and the characterizations felt genuine, if not exactly warm. In fact, the overall
Romance Readers Retreat
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Rachel left a less than stellar home life to create a better future for herself leaving her teenage boyfriend Dean without so much as a goodbye. Fast forward eight years, Rachel is a woman with a successful career still running from her past. Dean is not long out of prison and even bigger and sexier than he was when Rachel last saw him, the attraction is instant, she could never deny that she still had feelings for him. Dean is p****d that Rachel left him and is hell ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was very deep

But VERY yummy read

I loved the growth of the characters. How they made mistakes, hurt each other, never gave up, and grew together because of it.

May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

This has a little Erin Brockovich vive with romance and very highly erotic.
The romance was surprisingly more touching than I expected.
Dean being an ex-con was unexpectedly more tame than I'd hoped.... *sigh* almost 5 stars.

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Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volun ...more

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