Author: C.B. Lewis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction
What began with a dead intruder and a missing scientist quickly becomes the most perplexing case of Detective Inspector Jacob Ofori’s career. Nothing about it makes sense, from the incredibly advanced technology found on the intruder to the scientist’s mysterious workplace, the Temporal Research Institute. Jacob’s gut tells him the TRI is hiding something, and the questions keep piling up: Who would abduct Sanders? What is the strange gate in his basement laboratory? How does it connect to similar gates in the TRI?
TRI engineer Kit Rafferty only wanted one night with the sexy older policeman, but Kit’s mouth tends to run away with him when he gets excited, and nothing gets him more excited than cutting-edge tech—like the intruder’s cybernetic eye. Suddenly Kit is pulled into the investigation—and into a relationship that could jeopardize both of their lives. Kit hates lying to Jacob, but he cannot reveal what really goes on at the TRI—time travel. Faced with time-jumping criminals but unable to share that knowledge with Jacob, Kit turns to a man who knows time travel firsthand: Janos Nagy.
Lawdy, I like this author’s writing. We get just the right amount of detail with steady pacing, making it so easy to take hold and invest in this story and the characters, right from the get go. It gets me pumped when I experience this right from the beginning, and even more so when it carries through the entire read, which was the case here. 🙂
A murder mystery sets things rolling and leads to quite an early and clever conflict between our two main characters, Kit and Jacob, before they even meet. Egads, what would happen when they did meet and discovered each other’s particular lines of work? Told ya, pumped. 🙂
Having read book one, Time Waits, I like the way Dieter and Janos from that story are utilized here. They add to it as opposed to simply being a fun reminder. This also means that you do not have to have read Time Waits before reading this. However, I would of course recommend you do just that. Dieter and Janos’ story is exciting, emotional, and just plain cool. How is it cool? That’s thanks to the particular brand of sci-fi Lewis is peddling here and I bought it, special offer and all.
You know how it feels like it’s taking forever to read a book? And you don’t mind? In fact, you are thrilled? Yeah. That! Here, with this story and these characters. The way this all unfolds, a continuous trail of breadcrumbs that build and build all the way through the last page. The character development and growth, which is especially enjoyable since we get both Kit’s and Jacob’s points of view in the form of alternating chapters. The format is a well-utilized tool as shifting focus, keeping things in constant motion and discovery. This approach hits its stride big time when things get hot, complicated, and messy, on all fronts.
I do feel like I got to know Kit more than I did Jacob. Until much later into the story, most of Jacob’s chapters concern his dealing with the case, the police department, witnesses, and trying to solve the puzzle of what happened to the scientist, Tom Sanders. With Kit, we get into his head in personal ways quite early on. The way Lewis portrays him through his surprise at the nastiness some people are willing to perpetrate, his mix of naivete about some things and his brilliance when it comes to his job, and the way his emotional reactions involve both his heart and his body, the descriptions are brimming with truth. The word ‘palpable’ came to mind often while I was reading. I will say this, though, whether this was intentional or just the nature of the story and these characters, it did help in defining their different personalities, ages, and the thinking behind their decisions at many a turn. Put this all together and their chemistry is one hundred percent believable. It also made their story of meeting and getting to know each other one of my favorites.
Um, just a warning, there be more than one swoon-worthy moment in this here tale, each one pushing the plot forward and adding to the all too real and complicated natures of the circumstances surrounding Kit and Jacob. There were a couple of points that felt a little fuzzy in resolution, almost like being rushed to conclusion. However, they were part of the last quarter of the book that went lightning fast, what with the continuous developments, each puzzle piece leading to another and another. Whew!
This is a joyous blend of science fiction (without overdone detail), criminal mystery, and romance. Never a dull moment encountered, with lux characterization – the cover is ALL too accurate and I love it – and those breadcrumbs kept me guessing until the end.
I will read more from these characters and this universe. I say ‘will’ because I refuzzle to face any possibility that we won’t get more. I want more! Pretty please, C.B. Lewis? 😉
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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