Author: Carrie Pack
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/19/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, New Adult
Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time traveling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love.
Traveling more frequently, Miles assembles the puzzle pieces of his life and, in doing so, alienates his wife. As he loses control, Miles must realize that sometimes fixing your past mistakes means changing your future. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?
I confess: I’ve been chomping at the bit to read this title since the day the (fantastic) cover was revealed, and while it turned out to be quite different than I expected, it was no less satisfying. It has a clear timeline – inasmuch as any story that deals with temporal changes can – and Miss Pack does an excellent job maintaining teenage Miles’ confusion and frustration no matter how old he is in each particular scene.
In The Present Tense isn’t a love story, but rather a dense mystery with some romantic elements. I appreciated the pace, which allowed things to dawn on me gradually, and the uncertainty created by the alternating POVs. It was also neat to see a male MC initially identify as gay and then come out as bisexual; in my limited experience (both in life, and with this genre) it’s typically the other way around.
I can’t really say much more without spoiling several crucial bits, so I’ll wrap with a simple recommendation to pick up this book if it piques your interest at all. It’s a solid effort free of major annoyances, and I’m definitely looking forward to the (as yet unannounced, but cross your fingers) sequel.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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