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Crossing In Time: A Genre-Bending Love Story (Between Two Evils Book 1) Kindle Edition
If she ever wants to see him again, she'll have to take the risk.
"Engaging, Funny, Romantic & Harrowing"
~Publishers Weekly Starred Review
After reconnecting with the one-that-got-away—and then losing him in a pandemic—middle-aged Iz struggles to survive in a remote mountain cabin. As loneliness and despair set in, she finds hope in caring for abandoned pets—until a man appears and offers her a one-way trip to the past.
With humanity teetering on the edge, she gives up everything in an attempt to alter the dystopian present—and see her missing lover once more.
As time runs out, she's whisked into a coffin-like machine set to plunge deep into her past. (A neural net insists she is humankind's best hope. No one knows why.) They neglect to mention the time machine has been activated once before—with deadly results.
Miraculously, she awakens on a pristine beach—buck naked and suffering radiation-like side-effects—but 20 years younger! With only hours to live, she must persuade a young man to modify their future relationship and thereby set off a chain of events that will prevent the pandemic.
Our young hero falls hard for her (what guy could resist a smart, middle-aged woman in a newly acquired vixen's body?) until she blurts out that she's from the future and here to "fix" him.
Turns out, it's not him that needs fixing; it's her—and it's far too late for that.
Or is it?
This book contains material that may be disturbing to some and, in movie form, would be rated NC-17 for strong language, nudity, sexual situations, and violence. It includes attempted sexual assault, abduction, intense physical danger, miscarriage, confinement, a pandemic, religious fanaticism (Christian), government incompetence bordering on malice, mistreated animals, gun violence, near drowning, and (human) death.
Crossing in Time is a smart, character-driven love story told from 3 points of view (in 1st-person, present tense): our plucky heroine's, her steadfast lover's, and a gay British physicist's. At times, the gentle reader must keep track of 3 intertwining storylines. If you prefer your fiction to be light, this is probably not the book for you. (But the audiobook might be. The dual narrators are effing awesome.)
Although the book contains a love story, it does not have a Happily Ever After ending and is not a genre romance: There's no alpha male or damsel in distress. If you're inclined to assume smart, head-strong women are annoying—or thoughtful, empathetic men are weak—this is likely not the book for you.
Even though the story contains a time machine, no laws of physics are violated. But if you're looking for hard sci-fi that focuses on gadgets and world-building (or you dislike the word breast, for instance), skip this one.
This is NOT a YA novel. If you can't imagine being in love with someone you haven't seen in 20 years, pick another book.
Also, there's profanity, blaspheme, alcohol consumption, frosted donuts, and a bowling alley (but no smoking—except for the time machine.)
Finally, the story jumps between a dystopian action-adventure, a sci-fi techno-thriller, a time travel suspense mystery, and a tumultuous love story. Steer clear if you prefer your fiction fit into neat and tidy genres!
This is the 1st book in the Between Two Evils series (5 total), and all will be revealed in the end. I ask for your indulgence as I tell the story in the best way I can. I know how it all ends, and I think you'll like it.
If you made it this far, woohoo. I think you might like the book.
TLDR: Reader discretion advised.
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- ASIN : B00TL8KXIG
- Publisher : Rocky Mountain Press; 1st edition (21 April 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 7294 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 559 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 368,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Based on the blurb, I thought more time would be spent in the past. I thought the way time travel would work would be different.
One of the great things about time travel is that every author can make it their own thing. I’ve seen quite a few different types of time travel of the years and explored the laws surrounding it. And still I was totally surprised about how this works!
Before I talk about the ending, I want to say one thing. The prologue doesn’t seem to fit with the story and when it occurs. The information in it felt conflicting once I got to the part of the story it sat in. I’m not sure if this was just something small that got overlooked, but a couple of sentences really made it feel weird to me. And it’s something that can be easily fixed so I wanted to call it out.
Ok. The ending.
What an ending!
Of all the twists and turns we’d already experienced in the story that ending was NOT one I saw coming!
I got to the end and all I could think was “But…but…wait…no…what? What just happened?” Obviously, that means I need the next book. I need to know what happens next. I need to understand which of the theories going through my head might be right!
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This isn't in any means a simple plot to follow and the time travel element means you have to focus a little more than with most romances in order to keep tack (well at least I did anyway).
The first part of the story is mainly a funky and modern romance. We learn about Isabel and Diego, old flames who have reconnected after time apart. Their relationship is explored well and I got swept up the couple finding out about each other again after so long, learning from their mistakes an building a stronger, new relationship. This is not aimed at younger audiences as the romance gets a bit steamy but I liked this. I think it intensified the relationship further and gave the novel a more adult feel. As with most romance novels, the couple face a huge dilemma. Unlike most romance novels this dilemma involves Isabel travelling back in time to convince a younger Diego to fall in love with her. It's not just a race to save her relationship, it's also to save the world that she know.
And as a genre twist it works in a uniquely brilliant way.
Told from Isabel and Diego's viewpoint with some chapters from an additional character named Matt, this is a fun and pacey story but it deals with a lot of issues to. I loved all the characters and their development as the writer explored relationships but also environmental issues and destruction.
Be warned, this book doesn't seem to travel the path you expect and just when you think you've settled in for the ride, the destination changes.
I highly recommend this to any romance fans who are looking for something with a different setting and not following a typical plot or to a science fiction/dystopian fantasy fan who likes some romance in their novels.
Now I need to go and read book 2 before I burst!
Crossing In Time is a Sci-fi romance, which I wouldn’t have necessarily picked up on my own but one I liked the sound of especially when I found out that it was about time travelling. I have to admit when I first started this book I wasn’t sure about it. Yes, it was because of the romance stuff but at the same time I loved the time travel aspects of the book and these were by far my favourite parts.
The book is well written and I liked how the story is narrated in first person and told from three different points of views from multiple timelines. At times these multiple timelines did confuse me a little as they weren’t made clear at the start of the chapter and it’s only when you’re a few pages in you realise it’s a different timeline, but sometimes you don’t as some chapters are really short.
Now, the characters were interesting and I was liking them all, but then at one point when future Isabel travel back to past Diego, I took a disliking to her. Her character seemed to changed and I didn’t like the way she acted and she became more irritating. Also, I’m a little confused to why the success of Diego and Isabel’s relationship is so important to the survival of the world. Guess I’ll have to read on with the series to find out, as it is really bugging me.
I’m not much of a romance reader so this was the part I enjoyed the least and this is where I would have been happier to be thrown into the sci-fi world more.
Overall I enjoyed this book greatly, it was a definitely a quick read (when I actually got around to picking it up) and one that I would recommend to anyone who are into Sci-fi romances.
As the first in a series I imagine things are pulled together better in later books of the series, I must admit a curiosity as to how the two heroes find themselves in the circumstances they do at the end.
I received a complimentary audiobook code of this book in return for an honest review. However, I also purchased and downloaded a Kindle copy of this book.
The audiobook is narrated by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard. I really liked Noah's performance. He captured the character of Diego and the other male characters quite well. His voice was smooth and easy to listen to. Erin also did a great job portraying Isabel and the other female characters.
Isabel is a character I struggled to like. I found her to be extremely annoying and selfish for most of the book. When she meets up with an old flame outside of her divorce lawyers office, she has no idea how much her life will change. She will have to travel in time (and to a parallel universe) to fix the past to save her future.
Diego is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is kind and loving. There is a lot of cheesy/pun-y dialogue by him that had me rolling my eyes, but its all part of his charm. When a mysterious object crashes into a building, it sets off a chain of events that catapults him into a deadly adventure.
I also really liked meeting Matt Hudson, who also has a say in the story besides Diego and Isabel. He's a physics professor and is drafted by the government to examine a mysterious object found in a burning building.
Time travel books are extremely tricky and this one is no exception. I must admit that I struggled with getting to grips with this story. I started to listen to the story on audiobook, then decided to read the Kindle book at the same time (sort of like a read-along). However, I ran into a slight snag. After the audiobook had been produced, the Kindle book must have been re-edited, as there were a few differences between them. This was a little jarring, so I continued reading the book and listening to it separately.
This book has a mixture of genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian and Time Travel, which, although well written, made the story feel too cluttered in my opinion. There is a lot going on in this story though not much gets explained, and there are several loose ends by the time the story ends. It is only in the last third of the book that the story begins to take shape. I didn't find myself as gripped by the story as I should have been and could put the book down for a few days and then go back to it with ease. However, having said that, I would read the second book in the series when it's released, just to find out what happens next.
DL Orton has written an intriguing time travel romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is not as fast paced as some other authors but it still had me turning the pages. The flow of the story felt a bit jerky in the beginning, but got better as the story went on. I would read more of her books in the future.
Due to some scenes of an explicit nature, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 16). However, I do recommend this book if you love time travel romances. - Lynn Worton