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TITLE: Crossing in Time
BY: D.L. Orton
SERIES: Between Two Evils #1
GENRE: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present–and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives twenty years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured nineteen-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heart breaker, save the world or not.
This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it’s the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn’t have the proper footwear. It’s a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for die-hard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.
I’m not going to lie, there were times I was confused while reading. But that always happens when I’m reading science fiction – go figure. And actually, confusion is a good thing. It pushes me to finish the book because I want everything to be clear.
Crossing in Time starts with a prologue giving a hint to the present, when everything is already messed up. Then the storyline goes back ten months earlier and showed what really happened. But it didn’t really clear up everything. The story has mysteries and puzzles to solve which prompted the main characters to travel through time to correct things. As time travel story goes, Crossing in Time did the job well. Time is a tricky thing in this story and I love how the events unfold in each timeline. There’s always tension and I’m always curious as to what happened, what is happening and what will happen.
That said, I was engrossed in the characters but wished they were smarter most of the times. Crossing in time is heavy on Romance. I love the relationship between Isabel and Diego…Okay, actually not that much. At first, when they met again after 14-15 years, they had dinner and fought about their past. Then there’s an explosion and things pretty much turns worse after that. But anyway, for me, the fact that Isabel and Diego didn’t see each other that long should be handled better. Many things has happened in 15 years, things changed and people changed, and when Diego and Isabel had dinner, it was like their separation was just a month. Maybe this is just me. Aside from that, I think Isabel, many times ended as a victim and Diego is the savior.
But I really want to see them happy and with each other. But it’s not easy and I think that’s what makes reading their story more engaging. I just can’t help but keep going to see what’s going to happen between them. And warning, the sex scenes are too graphic, which personally I don’t mind that much because in my mind, the characters are mature. In real world, they are in their early forties. But this is a time travel story so we get to see the characters in their younger versions.
There are so many elements in the story and intriguing characters. But I’m thankful, the book didn’t use so many scientific terms that I couldn’t understand. Also, I applaud the author for touching some hard topics like having a miscarriage and having an abortion.
RATING: 3.5 blissful pages with lilies
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend it to sci-fi lovers. Especially if you’re new to this particular kind of story. Crossing in Time is a good book to start. I wish to read book 2 because I still have many questions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DL ORTON, THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS series, lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.♂
In her spare time, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.
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