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When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn?t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it?s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it?s not without risks?to Russ and to the world as he knows it.
After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn?t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended ...
When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn’t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it’s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it.
After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn’t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended trip, he meets Quentus Maximus, second in command to the Legate of Nemausus. While learning firsthand about the realities of life in Roman Gaul, Russ is shocked by his reaction to Quentus’s dominant nature. After a week with Quentus, Russ’s vacation is up, and he realizes he wants a chance to see if their relationship can flourish.
Arranging a year-long sabbatical from work to give time to make the decision is easy. Figuring out if he can live with Quentus's dominant nature long-term, and finding a way to establish a life for himself in Roman Gaul, is an entirely different matter.
Chateau d'Eternité was previously available as a short story, published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2012.
Posted April 6, 2013
Rating: 4.5 stars overall.
Chateau d'Eternite is one of those books that you think would be a quick and light read. Nothing special, right? Boy, was I very wrong! I won't go much into the details of the book (the blurb does a good job giving details without spoiling anything), but I will say this: the intricacies of the time traveling was done well - nothing complicating. The limitations to the mechanics and such were stated and makes sense.
Russ, the main character, is a well-rounded history major who is very likeable. He is VERY rational, and thinks things through before actually taking action. Quentis, the Roman from the past, is another character I ended up really liking. Quentis is the perfect match for Russ, and throughout the story, you will see how Quentis has changed (in a good way, not that he was every really bad to begin with).
The story definitely had a couple instances of conflicts. This isn't simply a time-travel and fall-in-love novel - there were issues that Russ and Quentis (along with other supporting characters) had to come together to resolve. The pacing was very good, since the length of this novel didn't allow for anything to drag.
The only weakness I had with this book was the slow-to-start beginning. If you can get through the first 1/4th of the novel, then the good stuff actually starts. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of M/M romance and time traveling. You won't be disappointed!