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Beryl Blue, Time Cop

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Librarian Beryl Blue shelves books in her hometown library. Dull, but after being orphaned and years in foster care, she prefers the mild life. Until a time cop from the future crash lands in her library with an offer Beryl isn't allowed to refuse—she must stop a time traveling assassin from killing a WWII soldier on leave and changing history forever.

Whisked to 1943 and stranded there, told to keep Sgt. Tom "Sully" Sullivan safe at all costs, Beryl soon learns two things: Sully's more than capable of taking care of himself and it's her heart that's in danger. The more time she spends with the sexy, stubborn sergeant, the more she comes to care for him. She's lost everyone she's ever loved and there's no way she's going to open herself to loss again. Best to complete the mission, return to her own time, and never see Sully again.

If she can get the job done.

With an assassin on their heels and all of history on her shoulders, Beryl scrambles to figure out how to protect a man who refuses to be protected—and keep her heart intact.

249 pages, Kindle Edition

Published November 9, 2021

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Janet Raye Stevens

10 books33 followers
Meet author Janet Raye Stevens – mom, reader, tea-drinker (okay, tea guzzler), and weaver of smart, stealthily romantic tales.

A Derringer Award and Silver Falchion Award finalist and RWA Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Janet writes World War II-set mystery, time travel, paranormal, and the occasional Christmas romance with humor, heart, and a dash of suspense. She lives with her family in Massachusetts. Connect with Janet at janetrayestevens.com.

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Profile Image for Julie Bihn.
Author 6 books17 followers
November 4, 2022
I stood up as daintily as I could with an audience looking on and with, I was almost certain, Sgt. Sarcasm looking up my skirt. I straightened the seams of my stockings then leveled an accusing stare at my rescuer. I went from looking down my nose at him to looking up as he heaved his bigness off the ground. I was struck again by his powerful build. Oh, who was I kidding? I hadn't lost track of that since I'd first clapped eyes on him.

How cool a name is Beryl Blue?!

From the very title of the book (and also the various quotes I read!), I expected this to be a fun story, and it doesn't disappoint on that front. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of witty and snappy lines. It also gets plenty serious, though, as Beryl starts to care about Sully, the WWII soldier she's tasked with protecting. The story maintains a balance of excitement and banter/romantic tension, while the end has quite a few twists I didn't see coming. I found the ending to be satisfying.

Beryl was a delightful character; it was fun to see her grow, and her voice is maybe the strongest I've read so far this year. I really enjoyed the bits of WWII-era life, too--there were a lot of aspects I'd never thought of, so it was neat to "feel" the era.

I think this is a perfect fit for anyone who enjoys some combination of snarky female leads, time-travel with some romance and flashes of spice, and/or life on the homefront in WWII, and who doesn't mind a bit of strong language.
143 reviews1 follower
December 9, 2021
I love 1940s-era books and films. I love science fiction. This book deftly weaves together both in an exciting tale that keeps you guessing how the heroine will work out an almost impossible task of saving history. Beryl Blue is a modern young woman with some well-earned chips on her shoulder, when she is whisked into the role of time cop by a woman from the future. Tasked with preventing a rogue time cop from murdering one of a group of soldiers about to go overseas to fight in WWII, Beryl must try to fit into a world where women are restricted by different mores as much as by clothes while not messing up history. Stevens gives us characters we can care about and handles Beryl's trials with humor and insight. Along the way, Stevens effectively develops a bittersweet romance between her main character and the man she must save that recaptures the bantering affection so delightful in classic-era films. And then there are some startling but well-developed plot twists that leave you hungering for the next installment of the Beryl Blue series. I particularly enjoyed how naturally the author captures the language, the clothing, the mindset, and general milieu of the 1940s. This book is not just exciting but downright fun to read.
Profile Image for Jeanne Estridge.
Author 5 books87 followers
November 22, 2021
Beryl Blue, Time Cop, is one of those rare books that pulls you in on the first page and doesn’t let go—even after you’re done reading.

Beryl Blue was orphaned at age 6. Her Grandma Blue took over, but died when Beryl was 15, sending her into the foster care system. Beryl has grown adept at guarding her feeling s and running away from painful situations but when a futuristic time-tourism corporation drafts her to go back to WW2 and save the life of Sergeant Tom “Sully” Sullivan, she finds herself falling in love with him. And Sully is the perfect hero—heroic and honorable and unselfish. (Also, great in the sack.)

The book paints a vivid picture of life on the home front during WW2 with blackout curtains, food rationing, big band music and the ever-present specter of death hanging over the soldiers.

Beryl’s story runs the gamut from laugh-out-loud funny to scenes that bring tears.
Highly recommend!
Profile Image for Paulene Turner.
Author 14 books4 followers
May 3, 2023
I really enjoyed this story about the librarian on an unexpected mission through time to save one soldier. Beryl Blue is a sassy narrator, full of lip and romance, thrown into a difficult situation during wartime America. Janet Raye Stevens makes the story trip along, with fun dialogue and fascinating detail she draws out about life in these difficult times. I enjoyed taking the ride through time with Beryl, and witnessing her courage and missteps as she is charged with being a hero out of her comfort and time zone. A story full of heart with the added twists and turns that only time travel can really provide. It really made me want to read more adventures of the time travelling cop, Beryl, and her colleagues protecting the world's time continuum.
46 reviews
November 19, 2021
A fun and exciting romp through time!!
I’ve been waiting for Beryl Blue, Time Cop forever to come out. It won so many writing contests, I couldn’t wait to read it. DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Filled with action, a quirky heroine who is thrust into time to save a military man, one who’s my dream hero in every way. One she ends up falling for. Yup, so much goodness. The writing is fun and engaging, yet also will pull you in to root for the main characters. I read this in one sitting because I could not put the book down. The only downside is it’s the first in a series, so you have to wait for the next book to come out to see what Beryl is up to next! I’ll be first in line to buy book 2!
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Author 50 books34 followers
December 11, 2021
Good time-travel novels can be a lot of fun, and this one is no exception. A bored librarian is whisked from her life to embark on a dangerous mission that spins her years past smack into a world war. She must save one man and try to kill another, or more terrible things will occur. She's smart-alecky, confused, full of doubt, and unsure of the motivations of those who plunked her in the past, but she pulls up her bootstraps and sets to, though falling in love wasn't on the mission statement. Good debut time-travel novel from a writer who we'll see much more of in the future.
Profile Image for Beth Barany.
Author 29 books537 followers
December 5, 2022
Mouthy, Bright, Gutsy Heroine, Plus Time Travel, Romance, and Real Stakes - I really enjoyed this book. Well-written, Beryl Blue is a heroine I can root for. She feels real, I love that. Love time travel and Janet Raye Stevens pulls off the craziness of it well. It was fascinating to be dropped into WWII era and heart-breaking too. Well done, Janet Raye Stevens! Off to read book 2!
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Author 9 books318 followers
November 10, 2021
Great writing with a feisty, occasionally bumbling librarian on a mission to go back in time and save a soldier. He thinks she's the one in danger -- and she is -- in danger of losing her heart to him. Can she change history to give them a future?
Profile Image for Brenda Lowder.
Author 12 books615 followers
November 13, 2021
I loved this book! It’s original, exciting, and so full of heart! Beryl drew me in with her sense of adventure, and I stayed around for the toe-curling romantic tension and the mystery I just had to keep reading. A wonderful read! Five stars all the way.
Profile Image for Susan Vaughan.
Author 32 books42 followers
June 17, 2022
Beryl Blue, Time Cop is an exciting start to Janet Raye Stevens's new series. Combination time travel, action with futuristic tech, suspense, and romance. Clever dialogue and emotion sucked in this reader immediately. I couldn't put down this book and look forward to the next installment.
Profile Image for Katherine Decker.
1,145 reviews
March 29, 2022
An exciting trip through time that had me hooked from page 1 until the end, and frankly beyond. Beryl Blue is a fantastic MC, who goes from quite librarian to a rookie time cop trying to save history in a matter of minutes when she is whisked away to the 1940s. A perfect blend of historical fiction, a bit of sci-if and wonderful romance. A really fun read, I can’t wait to see what next is in store for Beryl. If you like historical fiction with a little romance then this is a must read. If you’re looking to check the genre out, this is well worth your time, I can not recommend it enough.
September 2, 2022
When Beryl is plucked from the twenty-first century and dumped into the 1940’s to save a sexy sergeant from a time-traveling assassin, she doesn’t expect her life to be forever changed. I raced through this fun novel, too invested in the characters to care that the clock was ticking past my bedtime. Humor, romance, and a plot that kept me guessing were much more interesting than any dreams I may have missed. Definitely worth the read!
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