When Time Falls Still

Brenda Margriet
When Time Falls Still
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Brenda Margriet Clotildes
Release Date
April 2016
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

​Professor Charlotte Girardet is focused on one thing – securing tenure at a large, prestigious university.

Her career is firmly on track, but her life is complicated by her attraction to rough and rugged security guard Justice Cooper. It isn't only Charlotte's heart in danger, however. Tensions blaze on campus after several students are viciously attacked.

Struggling to balance her ambitions and her growing passion, Charlotte takes a leap of faith, and trusts Justice with her deepest secret. As they attempt to redefine their relationship, Charlotte is kidnapped by the assailant that has plagued the university. Trapped and tormented, Charlotte must use all her ingenuity and strength to escape her attacker. Will she have the chance to decide between her long-held dreams or a new life with Justice?

Book Review by Steffi (reviewer)
Mar 09, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
210 people found the following review helpful
A professor's life gets shaken up by a sexy security guard when attacks on women around campus become more frequent and Charlotte herself has to fear for her life.

Charlotte Girardet is hard at work on her book to finally secure tenure at a prestigious university. Until then she's lecturing in small town British Columbia for one year. That's where she meets Justice, a security guard at the university.

Justice has been badly burned by his previous marriage. Charlotte's loneliness calls out to him and he can't help but try to draw her out of her shell. There is an instant attraction between Charlotte and Justice but both of them come with baggages. Justice's ex-wife is trying to get back into his life and Charlotte has severe trust issues from a previous relationship. Both of them need to learn to let go and admit to their feelings, but when someone starts attacking women around campus, the situation gets out of control, especially when the assailant has Charlotte is his sight.

WHEN TIME FALLS STILL especially shined for me in the romance. Justice and Charlotte are both very likable characters and their connection is not just physical but they genuinely admire each other. Justice's son, Max, was a welcome addition to the story. I was happy to see that Brenda Margriet doesn't stereotype Max, but allows his character to adjust to seeing his father with a new woman.

If you're looking for a great contemporary romance, WHEN TIME FALLS STILL is the book for you. Readers who hope for a romantic suspense might be disappointed, as the suspense plot seemed fairly half-hearted to me. It becomes clear very early who the assailant is and the reasoning behind the attacks didn't seem especially convincing. After reading the book, I was a bit disappointed that the author gave away Charlotte's kidnapping in the blurb of the book. Letting readers find out for themselves would have gone a long way to making the suspense more unexpected.

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed WHEN TIME FALLS STILL. The romance between Justice and Charlotte was full of ups and downs but their connection, friendship and attraction a constant. A fantastic introduction to a new-to-me author, I will happily browse through the Brenda Margriet's backlist.
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