Paradox Lost

Libby Drew
Paradox Lost
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Carina Press
Release Date
January 2014
LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Time Travel

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?

Book Review by Laurie P (reviewer)
Mar 04, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
187 people found the following review helpful
This is a fascinating journey into one of the ultimate sci-fi "what if's". What if time travel is real? What if someone deliberately decides to change history? Loved the premise this story was based on, when most of these kinds of stories hold to doing nothing to change history. This story also has suspense and some mystery thrown in as well.

Libby Drew has created a realistic future world and the characters that inhabit it are interesting, flawed, vulnerable and all of the rest of the things that make characters real and easy to relate to. The sci-fi aspects of the story flowed and were completely believable.

This story did start out a bit slow, but it kept building as Reegan and Saul got together. It was fun watching Reegan's reactions to what is his history and Saul's reality. And it was fun to watch the two of them dance around their attraction for each other.

Reegan is a history buff and a time travel tour guide. He is on shaky ground with his boss because of a mishap in a previous tour that led to a customer being injured. So he needs to be on his best behavior with this group. He panics when he loses a member of the group, who happens to be the wife of a very powerful man. How do you find someone who doesn't want to be found in a time you don't know? You hire a PI. It was interesting to watch how Reegan skirted the truth while trying to not completely lie to Saul.

Enter Saul into the story. Saul who is as damaged a person as you'd want to meet. Who is just a drink of vodka away from losing both his sobriety and his job and all of this after losing his sister. And yet I loved him as a character, maybe because of his flaws.

I loved the secondary characters of Silvia and Cammie, but Cammie especially. They were well rounded, strong and yet at times funny. And since Silvia started the whole mess by running away, it was interesting to see how the author makes her lovable, explaining the reason for her running and hiding.

There is more I could say but then I'd be getting into spoiler territory and I can't do that. You need to read this book. Overall, this was an enthralling and entertaining story, and one I enjoyed thoroughly.
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