Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Paradox Lost
Author: Libby Drew
Heroes: Reegan McNamara & Saul Kildare
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 84,000 words
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 27, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Time-travel tour guide Reegan McNamara’s job–taking eager tourists to whenever they want to go–is usually a breeze. A trip back to 2020 to watch a world-changing speech seems no different, until a woman runs away from his tour group before the jump home. Now her tycoon husband is demanding her safe return–or Reegan will lose more than just his job.
P.I. Saul Kildare’s business is running on borrowed time. Due to a messy break with the police, he can’t get a referral to save his life. When an enigmatic stranger bangs on his door one night and promises a windfall for a missing-person case, it seems too good to be true. But the two men have an immediate connection, and Saul can’t pass up the chance to spend more time with Reegan, even if he’s clearly hiding something.
Saul knows he shouldn’t trust Reegan, and Reegan knows he can’t get involved with Saul. But as their attraction evolves into feelings neither can deny, will they have the strength to take a leap of faith–together?
This time-travel adventure was my first Libby Drew book…and won’t be my last!
Seems like all the time-travel books I have ever read either started at the present date and then traveled to a historical setting in the past, or to the future. Well, Paradox Lost is a bit different…
The Situation: 2045 is a time when time-travel is a luxury. If you can afford it, you can walk into any business like Blast in the Past Time Travel Tours and take a quick jaunt back to whenever you want to go. Blast in the Past is the “top dog” tour company in D.C., and Reegan McNamara is their lead tour guide. What should be an easy jaunt back to 2020 to witness a famous speech, quickly turns to disaster when one woman goes missing from Reegan’s group. Reegan’s quest to find the missing woman leads him to the door of PI Saul Kildare in the middle of the night. The problem: Reegan can’t be completely honest with Saul, obviously, and his time is limited before he will be eliminated to prevent a paradox. And what if the woman doesn’t want to be found?
The Heroes: Reegan and Saul are both easily likable characters. Both are holding on to past guilts and have some internal obstacles they must reconcile before they can allow themselves to be happy…their adventure together helps them through that journey. And of course they fall in love. 🙂
The Romance: There is instant chemistry between Saul and Reegan and the sex starts off pretty fast, eh, not what I usually like but it was pretty hot. Plus, I loved the dirty banter between them.
“Are you trying to tell me you’re actually a client?”
“I’m trying to be, so can you stop it with the fuck-me eyes? They’re very distracting.”
They do fall for each other pretty fast (in the span of 2 days), but in relation to the tone and pace of the story…it just felt right to me. I was totally cheering for them.
The Mystery: Well, there wasn’t really much of a mystery in this one like I expected, being that one of the MCs was a private investigator and all. It’s mostly trying to locate Sylvia before she and/or Reegan gets eliminated, and then protecting her from her husband and his goons. I would have liked for there to have been a bit more surprising and twisty.
The Pace: So, it took me ’til about 10% before I really got hooked into this one; but once Reegan and Saul finally met, I couldn’t put it down. This book is on the long-ish side, but read really fast IMO…once I got into it.
The HEA: I loved the ending of this book! Yes, it was definitely predictable but it didn’t feel rushed or sudden and I loved that I got to see them later on down the road.
I totally recommended this!
Now which Libby Drew book should I read next?
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*