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Posted December 10, 2010
Area 51. Buzzards.and high security. Oh yes - this one had me from the start. Tangled in Time is identified as 'steampunk' and is my first foray into the genre. I worried that it would be a chaotic hodgepodge. However Pauline Baird Jones has convinced me quite otherwise.
First off - Tangled in Time is all about a couple of quirky characters; Col. Carey's early interface with the buzzard develops reader sympathy early on, but Miss Olivia simply steals the show, hands down (or hands up, as they case may be, because she believes in being well-armed). She cares about stature and credibility we see. but her effort to establish it might leave the poor nonplussed Colonel in some doubt. She has no such troubling doubts - she knows a ruffian when she sees one, crinkly blue eyes or not.
However, they are both find themselves in not-entirely-predictable circumstances, fabulous pseudo-scientific machinery notwithstanding. Sharing a goal, (and fixing their problems) helps to bring them together.
Throughout, the colonel's wry humor, Miss Olivia being so herself, and the brilliant dollops of humor all contrast nicely with the hardly-subtle threads of romance. Rest assured a bit of snogging will have a role to play here, and in more ways than one.
Time and space bend around - or force things (and people) to bend around them, in this fast paced action-slash-romance novella. That's somewhat also Sci-fi with a perhaps a dash of fantasy.so let's just forget about trying to assign it any particular descriptives. Tangled in Time has something for everyone.
Let's face it, if you accept the time-space portal, the fact that the buzzard has some personality won't really throw you.
I love original plots, quirky characters and surprises and I enjoyed every minute of Tangled in Time. Do read.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted December 2, 2010
US Air Force Colonel Braedon Carey volunteers to be a guinea pig for an experiment to traverse space and time through an alien portal on the planet of Kikk. Instead of landing in Area 51 in Nevada in the year 2010, he thinks he's somewhere in Texas in 1944. When he stumbles across a Mary Poppins lookalike holding a parasol in one hand and gun in another, Carey knows he's in the wrong place. Olivia Carstairs, from New York circa 1894, arrives in an experimental machine trying to locate the professor who devised it. When Carey suspects his retrieval chip has been damaged in transit and Olivia's machine mysteriously disappears, the two team up in hopes of finding a way back. It doesn't take them long to realize they're highly attracted to one another but there's the frustrating issue that they're from two separate worlds. Will they be able to return to their own times or be stranded in 20th century America, or will one decide to remain with the other?
Jones packs a wallop of a story in Tangled in Time. Humor and suspense abound in a tale filled with action. The diversity between Carey and Olivia in manner and speaking is portrayed with engaging wit and the chemistry between the two is fun and highly entertaining. Fans of Jones will recognize favorite characters from The Key and Girl Gone Nova, an added bonus. This novella will appeal to readers across genres, offering romance, suspense, and mystery all wrapped up in an intriguing Sci-Fi plot that grabs the reader from beginning to end.
Posted November 22, 2010
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