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Monday, February 14, 2011

RiverTime by Rae Renzi

RiverTime by Rae Renzi
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (277 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Casey Lord needs a break. Her great-on-paper boyfriend, Reed, is pressuring her to marry him—but she's not sure if he sees her merely as an asset to help his political career. A river-rafting trip in the remote wilderness provides the perfect opportunity to clear her head. Until a flash flood sweeps Casey away from her group—and straight into the arms of Jack, a mysterious man also stranded by the flooding river.

Jack won't tell Casey his last name, and her innocent questions about his life are met with evasive answers. Yet they have to trust each other to survive, and as the pair await rescue, their uneasy truce slowly blossoms into friendship—and love. They agree to keep secret whatever differences may separate them in the real world.

When rescue finally arrives, will it spell an end to their budding relationship or can they find a way to stay in RiverTime?

From cover to cover, RiverTime is riveting. Whether in ‘river time’ or real time, when Casey and Jack are together, it is magic time. Survivers from a flash flood on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Casey and Jack ignore baggage of the past, realize the tenuousness of the future, and concentrate on surviving in the present. Casey’s innate open curiosity as a social scientist and Jack’s secretiveness create a unique atmosphere that makes the reader feel ‘in-on-the-know’ with each new tidbit of information gleaned from the actions, conversations, and inner thoughts.

The imagery, metaphors, and delectable candy comparisons add richness to the story that feeds the imagination, heightens the senses, and often tickles the funny bone. The adrenaline-pumping beginning is a foreshadowing of the strength and underlying fortitude of both Casey and Jack, truly heroine and hero. Even with their flaws and fears, each withstands the slings and arrows of real time when the magical river time is no more.

RiverTime is packed with a fun cast of secondary characters like Casey’s true friend, the politically incorrect Ditsy, that looks like a “goddess of fire” to Nocona, Jack’s brother and security guard. Justin, Nocona’s twin who is also a security guard, plays a subtle role that charms women. Both Nocona and Justin share a past with Jack that makes them never-failing friends with a super understanding of the foibles of human beings.

Reed, with his controlling ways and deceitful acts is a secondary character that creates a firestorm as he tries to bend every thing and every body to suit his own, self-centered wants. Ramona runs him a close second as she runs roughshod over whomever she needs to in order to get what she wants. But neither of them can hold a light to Senator Patricia Carr and her machinations.

The glorious, enormous, cathedral-like canyon where Casey and Jack stay during their ‘river time’ nurtures their undeniable soul mate connect that seems impossible to make work in real time. As love finds a way through thorny, emotional, and often heartbreaking conflicts, the reader is engulfed in the maelstrom of events almost as scary and swift as the flash flood that set in motion the awesome RiverTime love story that looks at the worst and the best of what people can be.

Rae Renzi’s RiverTime is a gripping, breathtaking, beautifully told tale. Thanks to this new author for a spellbinding, vicarious adventure.