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Monday, June 8, 2009

Without Regret, My Love by Melissa Blue

Without Regret, My Love by Melissa Blue
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Historical, Time Travel
Length: Full (222 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Jilted by her fiancé, Marissa is done with men until fate steps in and she finds that Craig Langston may be more man than she can resist.
ER nurse Marissa McClafferty is betrayed by the man she loves, and her heart aches for what she has lost. One night, after work, she’s driving home when her car stalls. She gets out and walks, and some very strange happenings occur around her. She sees a rustic brick house ahead and rushes toward it to find help.

Then her life changes. Forever. Drastically. Never seeing him appear, she plunges headlong into the arms of a very hunky man. She notices that he’s wearing the clothing of a Civil War officer. She stares into his captivating blue eyes.

Craig Langston, a doctor and officer for the Confederacy, studies the strangely dressed beauty with the Northern accent that he collided with and can’t make much sense of her pale blue raiment resembling a sailor’s clothes. His reverie is interrupted when a local woman calls his name.

Mrs. Harris greets him, and then later when she escorts Marissa to her home, she assures her that she isn’t crazy and that she’s living in the year 1863. She herself was cast back in time, exactly twenty years before Marissa, from the year 1988. They talk, and it’s a fascinating conversation. Lines like, “What is a cell phone” from the lady leaving 1988 to go to the 19th century drew a smile to my face.

Without Regret, My Love will sweep you back to the era of the Civil War, and do so with such vivid and realistic details, you’ll almost forget that you’re not there, experiencing things as they happen. In a passionately romantic tale filled with danger at every turn, you’ll be on the edge of your seat, rooting for the nurse and her doctor love.

It’s deeply intriguing to watch Marissa use her modern knowledge of medicine to make a difference in the 19th century. She knows more than the doctors! Craig falls madly in love with her, having a deep respect for her and asks her to practice right beside him. His hospital is never the same after that.

A jealous woman after Craig’s family’s money spreads vicious rumors that Marissa is a traitor. Marissa’s life is in grave danger, and due to his love for her, Craig may have to sacrifice everything to save her.

The characters are excellently drawn out. You’ll feel the anxiety, the love, the fear, and the courage that they do as you go along for the wild ride they experience.

A well-written and beautiful story, I’d recommend picking up this book if you want to read something that you won’t want to put down.