Tempus fugit. Time flies…unless you’re Tempus Halt, Father Time’s son.
Day in and day out are the same, except for New Year’s Eve when he steals the life of a mortal on behalf of the Fates. This year marks his first failure to stay the monotonous course. A mortal’s kiss and her insistence on taking the place of his year’s sacrifice stalled out everything. Now, Tempus has to keep her alive for a year so his sacrifice isn’t wasted, but that’s the only reason—definitely.
One of these crazy grim reapers stole Lacey Carpenter’s estranged father’s life two years ago. She’ll give her own life rather than letting it happen again. It backfires when Tempus doesn’t actually kill her, and they have to spend the year together. She’s falling for an immortal who stops time, not just to save her life, but also to ruin her dates and steal her books.
This can never work and fate is just not on her side—in fact, they’d really like her dead before Tempus falls for her in return.
At home in the Pacific Northwest, Wendy Sparrow writes for both an adult and young adult crowd in many genres but always with a happily ever after. She has two wonderfully quirky kids, a supportive husband, and a perpetually messy house because she hates cleaning. She’s an advocate both online and in her community for autistic children in addition to actively trying to raise awareness about obsessive compulsive disorder. Most days she spends on Twitter procrastinating doing the dishes.
When I heard that Wendy Sparrow was turning STEALING TIME into a series NO ONE WAS MORE EXCITED than me. But I was curious, too, how she would keep it fresh while featuring more sons of Father of Time governed by the same rules. I had nothing at all to worry about on that score in this installment!
From page ONE, Tempus and Lacey set themselves apart -- and I loved how Ms. Sparrow brought them together and set them up for their journey into holiday-romance land. Lacey is determined to meet her fate (The Fates?) head on, and Tempus is equally as determined not to find himself in the same position as his brother, Zeit. (Oh, Tempus. So hilariously clueless all the way around.) We even get a (small, teasing) glimpse of what Father Time is thinking . (Which, by now, I kind of want to see Father Time meet his match, not going to lie...)
Even though we see some familiar places and characters in TAKING TIME, our starring couple make this story a unique and satisfying installment all their own -- and I can't wait to dive into Servants of Fate #3!
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Also I will 300000% be buying it upon release because <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Reread 2017: Hi, I still love this book for all the same reasons and you should get yourself a copy for the holiday season because A++++++++
I love this series, and I'm not a big romance reader. I wondered how Taking Time would differ from Stealing Time, and Sparrow did a great job with making it fresh. I love the interaction between the characters and often found my self laughing out loud.
** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy. **
This is rather a 4.5 star rating. I REALLY liked this installment. (This is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone.) Where the prior release was sweet and heartwarming, I found this to be a more tender and yet tormented, emotional, and tumultuous heart-wrenching of a telling. And I loved every moment of it.
Can a kiss change your fate? Or will fate find a way to get her way?
Tempus, one of Father's Time sons, done the wrong thing and now had to make sure that what he did do wont be undone. So keeping his duties seriously he had to make sure that Lacey makes it to the next New Year's eve. But let me say that fate did not take things to kindly when the will was not done.
Lacey and Tempus were fun and different with some similarities. This was an interesting connection.