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The Reigning and the Rule

(Surviving Time #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,995 ratings  ·  284 reviews
Étienne Lacroix and I had a fire I thought would never die.
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
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Published November 18th 2018
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Storiesandcoffee
"Perhaps the greatest agony you can feel is to watch the love of your life walk this Earth with someone else."

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
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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
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Type: Book 2 of 3 from Surviving Time series
POV: First Person - Multiple
(3.75 stars)

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
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
That end! (view spoiler)😣😣😣

~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This series is amazing! It has it all; intrigue, romance, sensuality, suspense and a love that is so powerful it defies time. What else can you ask for? This series is going straight to my favorites of 2018. Can’t wait for the next one in this trilogy.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series, pnr
Oh the wait! I hate to wait but I know it will be worth it. I’m positive. Holy hell the last 20% was awesome. So many twists and turns. This is why I love time travel because your actions has consequences and Serene and Étienne knows that. Still they change the timeline because of their everlasting love. They’ll do anything for one another and for family.
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
talon smith
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Our love is timeless."

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
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars!

"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
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
FUUUUUUUCK!!!! That cliffy! How are we supposed to concentrate after that? What did they do?!!! Omg I need part 3 right the fuck now!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-stars
★6 Stars! The Reigning and the Rule...
“This Kingdom is mine.”

Review coming soon!

The Book Bee
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SPOILER FREE REVIEW!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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
Michelle Claypot_Reads
What did I just read???? OMFG I think Calia is trying to kill me. She seems sweet in her photos but don't let that fool you - she's the devil I swear!!!

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
3.75 Stars!

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
"I would always love Serene. She would possess my soul in a way no other woman could, but maybe it was time to accept that I could never have a life with her."

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
m ✦ foesandlovers
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Jina |  BookRampage
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020

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
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Stars
Dora Koutsoukou
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I loved this one as much as the first one - The Surviving Trace! Wow, Calia Read is really good.

I'm really happy that we'll get another book.
Sentranced Jem
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wowza! I'm still utterly under the spell of this series. The Reigning and the Rule is still good. Definitely NOT better than book 1 but almost just as good.....and that cliffhanger?! ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“What have we done?” I whisper.

I need book 3 pronto!!
Damn. DAMN!

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

Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, this series, and this author is nothing more than magnificent. Each word she writes is phenomenal to say the least. Calia Read has become my top favorite author of the 21st century. She has away to write words and bring you to tears with every book she writes. A lot of her novel's are so relatable that you feel what the characters feel. ...more
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Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, review
3 of 5 stars


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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Reigning And The Rule sucked me in from the get and hasn't let me go yet, it may be a while before it releases me from its grasp. I'm still mulling over and digesting this story.

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.
Cindy M. Green
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
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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,
And here I abandon this book.

The first book was so awesome. And I was so excited to read the sequel (this book).

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)
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love is timeless!

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
• Lindsey Dahling •
Dec 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I can’t even put into words how bad this was.
Berry ♡ Nice
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This was AMAZING. ADDICTING. Edge of my seat kind of read. The way my heart skipped and twitched was the best feeling ever!
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!
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