The Reigning and the Rule
Our love was timeless.
An irreversible decision sent me back to the present day with a family I barely recognize, but I am determined to find a way back to Étienne.
I can survive time. But I can’t survive life without him.
Time bends to no one’s demands, so I must fight with everything I have to return to the past ...more
Book two in The Surviving Trace series is complete, and I'm more eager than ever to find out how this portion of Belgrave's story concludes! I'll admit that there were portions of this book that I didn't feel as engaged with (mainly the present day scenes because I just missed Etienne and Serene's chemistry so much), but the writing and atmosphere here are classic Calia in their exquisit ...more
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I'm a chameleon, living two lives. One in the present day, and the other in the past.
'THE REIGNING AND THE RULE' is the second book in Calia Read's 'Surviving Time' Trilogy. It picks up where the first book left off. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'
This review is going to be as spoiler free as I can possibly make it..
Holy Shit!! So I might of inhaled this, this was one of my most highly anticipated book ...more
Type: Book 2 of 3 from Surviving Time series
POV: First Person - Multiple
Étienne Lacroix and Serene Parow’s love for each other transcended time. When a ripple in history ripped her back to the present that she did not recognize, she needed to find her way back to him. But going back also meant risking their past and her future. She must decide if it’s worth meddling with the fragile thread of time.
My love is giving yet selfish. And selfishly, I...more
I’m crazy about these characters. Not only Serene and Étienne but also Nat, Livingston and Asa. There’s still so much story to be told and with ...more
When I say that I have been lucky enough to read these stories beside Calia, I mean it. Being next to her every step of the way has been so much fun. Not to mention, this world that she has created has enchanted me in the best possible way. Which brings me to my most important point of this entire review: The more time I spent working on this, the more I realized what garbage said review is because no words I ever typed could put into words how strategically beautiful and ...more
"Don’t you ever forget you love me.”
WAW! Just waw!!!
I NEED THE THIRD BOOK IMMEDIATELY! That’s not fair!!! I mean how am I supposed to live my life after that cliffhanger?
I need more!!!! This is a series that must be read!!!
I have a lot of explaining to do, but the story of serene and me is not one that you can place commas, periods, and quotation on and say “the end.” Because if our love extends past the boundaries of times, then it certainly extends past words.
After the first book cliff ...more
REVIEW: 5 STARS
"I'm no match for time. Every time I think I have you within my reach, you are ripped away."
DISCLAIMER: I might die and I told my husband my ashes are to be shipped to Belgrave to be buried there. <--- TRUTH.
This book, no...this trilogy is why I read. The very reason why I pick up books and read them. The heaviness, the journey, the love - it's all there, expertly told in a way that deemed me powerless to walk away from the in ...more
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. After devouring The Surviving Trace I was so excited to reunite with my favourite characters. What a ride!!
“Don’t you ever forget you love me.”
I was swearing, I was swooning, I was squirming and I was crying!!! This one gave me everything I love in an angsty romance read. My feelings were all ov ...more
Continuing in the timeline, Serene Parow is thrust forward into the present only to be separated from Étienne Lacroix once again. While she is trying to decipher how to return to the love of her life, she discovers a mystery pertaining to her own family. Searching for answers takes Serene back into the past where the love she shares with Étienne is tested.
”I didn’t plan to fall in love with you,” he says gruffly as if the words have been pulled from his throat. “I didn’t plan for y...more
Serene and Etienne are two of my favorite star-crossed lovers. And the tension. The angst. The impossible things they must overcome to be together (um, like time) makes my heart ache for them.
The Reigning and the Rule had a slow start, but once it took off, I couldn't put it down. I seriously can't wait to see how this series ends. Loo ...more
The Reigning and The Rule, the second instalment in the amazing Surviving Time series by Calia Read, was one of my most anticipated release of 2018. In my opinion, this series has everything to appeal to contemporary romance readers and historical romance readers alike.
It has angst, passion, intrigue, and undeniable sexual tension. While the first instalment focused mostly on our two main characters, Serene and Etienne, this one focuses as much on those two as it does on Emmeline, a char ...more
I can not recommend this trilogy enough and I haven’t even read the third one yet. The beauty in these books, in these words astounds me every time. It’s captivating, immersive, gut wrenching and will leave you in sweet agony.
Calia Reed is such an incredible author. She makes you feel what the characters feel. The angst, the swooning, the anger, heartbreak, betrayal, and so on. The entirety of the book made me emotional and I feel emotional just thinking about it. Just, wow. Five beautiful damn ...more
OMFG! CALIA READ DID THAT!
I need book 3 pronto!!
I'm keeping my review short for this book. I loved it. I loved the angst, the push and pull. Loved how fierce Serene was, and how she wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind. Loved how loving, despite me wanting to strangle, Etienne was toward Serene. I loved how we got to see a lot more of the side characters, as well as got to know new ones. AND LASTLY, I LOVED HOW THIS BOOK ENDED. I can't wait to s
Didn't like it as much as the first book, The Surviving Trace, but I sure did enjoy it. There are a lot of inconsistencies and loose details with the aspect of the time travelling itself and that's my main problem. But regardless of that, I truly enjoyed the interactions between the characters, though sometimes it was kind of frustrating to read the push and pull relationship between Etienne and Serene. How much time they wasted instead of seizing every bit of their borrowe ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was intriguing, interesting and a tad bit annoying well just the one thing, the main characters having the same conversation over and over again. Other than that I loved it, highly recommend it and can't wait to read the next book in the series. I have a feeling the wait just may kill me. ...more
My anticipation for The Reigning and the Rule was at an all-time high in this epic tale of time travel and true love. I knew returning to Belgrave would put a smile on my face and fill my heart with joy, but little did I know that the roller coaster of emotions I’d encounter would consume me.
Calia weaves a story that is so captivating, it’s impossible not to feel part of the characters worlds, both past and present. Her attention to detail and descriptions of their lives i ...more
One of my FAVORITE new-to-me authors I discovered in 2018 is Calia Read. I saw the synopsis for The Surviving Trace – a time travel romance – and knew I had to read it. A heroine who somehow travels back to the early 1900s in the Southern U.S. and takes over the life of a woman who looked exactly like her and had the same name? I had to so many high expectations, and I was absolutely blown away by this phenomenal book. The writing, the characters, ...more
The first book was so awesome. And I was so excited to read the sequel (this book).
But I’m DISAPPOINTED.
First of all catching up with the book was so confusing. There are so many characters. I almost forgot the first book. But I did catch up.
(view spoiler)[The heroine has a boyfriend in present. But she is suddenly thrown back in time and ends up being married to the hero. She falls in love with him. Then she is thrown in present again. Her abnormal behavior w ...more
I'm the continuation of the surviving trace, Serena is thrust into a new trajectory for herself and her family's lives. She dreams of being pushed over the edge.
Her life in the present is not as before and she's confused and begins to search for answers and her way back to Etienne.
"She's still my surviving trace"
Calia Read took me on another heartfelt journey through time. I was apprehensive yet so curious and anxious to see where she led me and I was not disappointed, being o ...more
I absolutely loved book 2 of this trilogy. I fell even more in love with Etienne than should be possible. Serene, Nat and Livingston 😍 I LOVE THEM ALL!!!!
This story has taken me on an intense and fabulous ride. Crushing my theories left and right. LOL! That's a good thing.
I'm definitely diving right into book 3! ...more