Have you ever seen the movies Back to the Future or Somewhere in Time? Did you like them? Well, I did and Paradox Lost reminds me of both. I daresay this is more thriller than scfy, so for those that are looking for strictly scfy, you may be disappointed. By and large, Paradox Lost focuses on the predicament in which Saul, Reegan and Sylvia find themselves in 2020. If you’re wondering 2020 looks much the same as today. A bit disappointing, yes, considering that technology advances exponentially on an almost daily basis, but watching Reegan’s fascination with all things “retro” more than made up for it. Also, there are several references to the future, it’s technological advances and even some commentary on how technology has negatively affected society, all of which satisfied my scfy quotient.
Title: Paradox Lost
Author: Libby Drew
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
Time travel tour guide Reegan McNamara’s job—taking eager tourists 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.
PI 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 is 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?
It’s a classic, possibly clichéd trope but an effective one. Let’s face it classics don’t become classics for no reason. The star-crossed lovers trope, I admit it; I’m a sucker for it and Paradox Lost uses it effectively. It even managed to break through my insta-love boundary with just a few simple words:
“Yet every taste, every brush of Reegan’s tongue and teeth against Saul’s body felt right. Familiar. As though they were lovers connected by years of exploration and intimacy, not virtual strangers.”
Saul has a checkered past. He’s not all that verbal and doesn’t trust easily; so, his connection to Reegan shocks him as much as the rest of us. He’s ex-military and an ex-cop so you can extrapolate that he’s had his fair share of loss which he’s unsuccessfully trying to bury in a bottle of Stoli when there’s a pounding on his door. Reegan tornadoes into his life and makes him an offer he can’t refuse especially since his PI business is on the cusp of folding. You can also extrapolate that with Saul’s military and police background that he’s highly perceptive as well as observant, so he’s not buying Reegan’s story for a second.
Aside from him believing that Saul would have him sent to the nuthouse, Reegan’s playing it close to the vest for a reason:
Research proves short jaunts are overwhelmingly safe. But the longer a traveler stays, the greater the danger their presence will cause a potential paradox. Their interference radiates and expands at an exponential level. When that happens, when the ripples get too big, the traveler is eliminated.
Thus, they need to find Sylvia quickly and get her and Reegan back to 2145 with a quickness. The trouble is Sylvia doesn’t want to be found. So, it becomes a game of cat and mouse. They’re literally dodging bullets both real and figurative. Without spoiling too much, the thriller aspects were fun, kept me guessing as to why Sylvia’s bodyguards were on their tale and kept the pacing up. I’ll admit the rationale was a bit of a letdown. I was expecting something a bit more sinister or shocking. I’m not sure what exactly, but something with some meat; this felt a bit anemic.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story arc and the characters. Reegan’s childlike fascination with everything from doughnuts to Garmins was highly entertaining. AND he dresses like Indiana Jones complete with the hat! No whip though. *sad face* The Wal-Mart sequence was hilarious.
“Here, danger could come from any direction. It was Walmart, after all.”
Indeed. Truer words were never spoken.
The sexy times were intensified to near desperation by the exigency of the situation. The secondary characters added positively to the story, adding some levity. The weaving together of present and future was executed well, but what I liked most was the message of time being relative to love. Like I said, I’m a sap for this trope.
One final note which may be of no interest to you, the editing of Paradox Lost is sloppy. The MCs name is misspelled, not an ellipsis is executed correctly, hyphens where there shouldn’t be and none where there should, and I had a hard time keeping up with the dialogue due to the formatting. For the most part I was able to ignore it, but at times it was distracting.
I would highly recommend Paradox Lost to saps like me who are a sucker for the star-crossed lover trope and those who enjoy a little scfy.
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