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Friday, May 15, 2009

Time and Again by Nancy Fraser

Time and Again by Nancy Fraser
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal; Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (257 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: Best book
Reviewed by Water Lily

When reporter, Kate Brogan, and her ex-husband vice cop, Matthew Kelley, both end up investigating local psychic Olga Limas, Kate realizes the fluff piece of journalism she'd anticipated might just turn into something more. Out to debunk the woman's claim of being able to guide seance participants into the future, both Kate's and Matt's skepticism is put to the test when they find themselves transported to 2057.Certain the only one they can truly trust is each other, they form an alliance that quickly stirs more intimate and loving memories. Just as they are about to be shown the way home, a presidential assassination puts their lives, and their chances for a "happily ever after," in jeopardy.

Pardon me if I gush.

This book caught me from the first word and didn’t let go until I finished it three hours later.

Torn apart when someone poisons Kate two years earlier, Matt and Kate Kelly find themselves at Madame Olga’s psychic reading for similar reasons—Kate is on assignment from her newspaper and Matt is there from the vice squad. Neither believes Madame Olga can send a person into the future. As the mystic mumbo jumbo begins, one person, Kate, is chosen. Only one person is supposed to go, but Matt won’t let go of Kate’s hand.

Matt won’t let go of Kate’s hand could be the entire synopsis of this book. Matt let go of Kate’s hand once, following the death of their unborn child and has regretted it ever since. Kate feels she batted Matt’s hand away and is torn between struggling to keep the remainder of her heart whole by continuing to push him away and snatching his hand and holding on for dear life. Of course the reader is rooting for hand holding and more. Much more.

I loved both Matt and Kate. They are thrust together in a new age and must rely on each other as they try to get home. I was sympathetic to their dilemma and turning the pages as fast as I could to make certain they got the happily ever after they deserved.

I don’t want to give too much of the book away because Nancy Fraser does a wonderful job with pacing and tension, but suffice it to say—it’s not an accident that Kate is chosen to go into the future. Matt, now that’s an accident, but a delightful one.

The secondary characters are as well drawn as the main characters. I loved Ezekiel and Esther and found the president and his wife a bit creepy. Their motivations are clear and believable. I understood why they did what they did even if I didn’t agree with their actions. While I figured out parts of the climax before it arrived, there were still some aspects which surprised me. I suspected the wrong guy.

Fraser did an excellent job with world building, characterization and dialogue. I saw the future—both the good and the frightening aspects of it. I enjoyed how, despite advances in technology, people are still as flawed as always.

There are so many delightful scenes, but my favorite comes when Kate and Matt are given magic stone that allow them to converse via their thoughts. Kate has a slight problem keeping her mind on the conversation and the banter between the two was delightful.

The back of the book says that Nancy Fraser is a multi-published author of a variety of genres as well as a screenplay, but doesn’t list her other titles. I’m going to find them anyway. I want to read more by this author. If you like witty romances with a paranormal/sci-fi/time-travel bent, you are going to love this one.