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Thursday, March 12, 2009

America's Hero by Regan Taylor

America's Hero by Regan Taylor
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Action/Adventure; Historical; SciFi/Fantasy
Length: Full (293 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Orchid

He plays American’s Hero, she is America’s hero.

A hot shot pilot is forced to be nice to a Hollywood star – but there is a twist. The heroine is the pilot and the hero is the award winning actor!

Major Cassie Winter’s crash and subsequent rescue in the Persian Gulf catches the attention of Austin Quinn, the star nicknamed "America’s Hero." Austin decides Cassie’s experience will make a fabulous movie. Dedicated to intense research for his role, he gets permission to join Cassie’s ship to discover the intimate details of the event.

Cassie is not thrilled when asked to look after the Hollywood star. Her every action lets him know she doesn’t like him, or his idea for the film. Austin wants to go up in a plane. A reluctant Cassie is overruled by her Captain. The routine survey flyby turns nasty when the enemy attack and Cassie forces the plane into a steep climb to escape the situation.

They lose consciousness for a short period, and when they wake everything has changed. How did they arrive outside the walls of Troy, and why is Austin being addressed as Achilles? They are still trying to understand the situation when they are whisked from Troy to Sherwood Forest. Austin now appears to be Robin Hood. Another leap takes them to the time of Morgan the Pirate. Both of them begin to worry if this leapfrogging through the centuries will ever take them back to their own time.

Cassie believes herself to be in charge of the situation. At first she thinks it is all a Hollywood stunt, but after the second time leap she begins to doubt her own belief. Despite thinking it is not real, Austin was in her plane at the time of the change, and as such she is responsible for his safety. Austin doesn’t help matters when he handles each time period with knowledge and composure. His research for his films has come to his rescue.

Even though I enjoyed the first few chapters, I had the feeling I’d picked up the wrong book. This wasn’t time travel, it was action adventure. Wrong! Once Austin and Cassie started leapfrogging through time I had to read on to find out what happened. Each time period captured me completely and ended with a jolt when Cassie and Austin slipped into the next era. The love scenes were beautifully written and as I read them I experienced the emotions of both hero and heroine. The historical events appeared to be specifically crafted to bring Cassie and Austin together.

With so many different time periods it would have been easy to become ho hum about the story. This didn’t happen because history from the personal viewpoint of the hero and heroine brought the siege of Troy and all the other events to life in a completely modern way. This in turn highlighted Austin and Cassie’s growing love and their reaction to what was happening to them.

This book is a must read! It has everything. Strong hero and heroine; time travel; romantic interludes and a bit of history thrown in. Ms Taylor has crafted a well rounded and beautifully written story which has something for everyone. Even the cover is fabulous!