Loving Across Centuries
I’ve written a few unconventional love stories in my time. I’ve even had a man and a ghost fall for each other. So telling a story about two lovers separated by over a century seemed tame in comparison. What I didn’t realize when I began Paradox Lost was that the very intricacies I was using to enhance the plot were making a happily-ever-after ending almost impossible.
Not having a happy ending for my characters Saul and Reegan, however, was out of the question. As was compromising my plot points. So for a long period of time, Paradox Lost—and Saul and Reegan’s love—stayed in limbo on my hard drive.
The turning point came on the advice of a good friend, who said quite simply and with little nonsense, “Libby, this is a love story. Write that and the rest will come.” It seemed ridiculous at the time, to disregard every other aspect of the book for that one point. But as I gave it more and more thought, I came around to his point of view.
Love is what drives us forward, whether that love is for another person or a place or an idea. It’s why we read, watch movies, listen to certain music, and compose poetry. Why not focus on the love story within Paradox Lost? I wasn’t risking world peace. Only my time. And it worked!
The plot came together more precisely than I could’ve hoped, and my two heroes earned their happily-ever-after. Turns out, love really does conquer all.
In book stores, Paradox Lost is classified a time travel adventure. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, and has some futuristic sci-fi elements. But at its heart, it’s simply this: a love story. A tale of two people who fall in love across centuries and move time and space to stay together. If you’re curious as to how… give the book a try.
Genre: M/M Romance, Time Travel, Science Fiction
Published January 27th 2014 by Carina Press
Length: 228 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Review copy provided by author
Time travel tour guide Reegan McNamara’s job—taking eager tourists whenever they want to go—is usually a breeze. A trip back to 2020 to watch a world-changing speech seems no different, until a woman runs away from his tour group before the jump home. Now her tycoon husband is demanding her safe return—or Reegan will lose more than just his job.
PI Saul Kildare’s business is running on borrowed time. Due to a messy break with the police, he can’t get a referral to save his life. When an enigmatic stranger bangs on his door one night and promises a windfall for a missing-person case, it seems too good to be true. But the two men have an immediate connection, and Saul can’t pass up the chance to spend more time with Reegan, even if he is clearly hiding something.
Saul knows he shouldn’t trust Reegan, and Reegan knows he can’t get involved with Saul. But as their attraction evolves into feelings neither can deny, will they have the strength to take a leap
About the Author:
Libby glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school's fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.
Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She Libby’s State of Mind received rave reviews for being fast, clever, and relentless and was nominated for a Bookie Award for Best M/M Novel of 2011. 40 Souls to Keep, Libby’s third novel, has been described as intense and heart-poundingly good and was praised by Publishers Weekly for maintaining a high level of suspense.
An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.
Reegan is a time traveling tour guide from 2145. He takes a group back in time to 2020 to watch a historical moment. Silvia from the group uses this chance to run away from her husband and escapes into 2020. She doesn't know that she's living on borrowed time and she will be killed by universal design if she doesn't return to her correct time, 2145. Reegan enlists Saul's help to find her. Unfortunately, by associating with a person in 2020, Reegan too is in danger of randomly dying and murder by Silvia's husband.
I love the time travel and the paradox effects in the story. The science fiction elements are well explained but are not a forefront of the story. They don't compete with the romance between Reegan and Saul, the mystery chase to find Silvia, or the life threatening situations involving Silvia's possessive husband. The action scenes and sci-fi story line definitely keeps me reading the book. The romance between the MCs is acceptable for me.
These two MCs both have their emotional scars and personal secrets. Reegan's heart is heavy with guilt over a tour trip gone wrong and someone in the trip got permanently injured. Saul is in the middle of an economic and alcoholism crisis. He lost his sister and convinced himself it was his fault. His PI business is in danger of folding and he can't escape the urge to drink. When Reegan enters his life, he's at the brink of collapsing and wasting away. Saul is wary of people, clients, and the lies Reegan tells him.
But it's the need for these secrets to be revealed and how they are told that makes the story a big hit for me. Saul and Reegan both learn to trust each other and believe in each other's good intentions. The antics, drama, and verbal dodging-questions game played by the MCs are entertaining to read and show how well they "clicked" with each other and connected. The facts that Reegan is fated to die if he doesn't return to the future and Saul cannot cross the portal into the future makes these MCs star-crossed lovers and adds to the drama.
The side characters in the story are likable too, even Silvia despite her faults with running away into the past and a bad choice in husband and Cammie whose unobtrusive and made the already happy ending even more amazing. Overall, this is an stunning sci-fi, romance, action story with star-crossed lovers and an amazing story line. The pacing is perfect for me and it's a non-stop page-turning book. I highly recommend this for fans of the star-crossed lovers trope and time traveling, science fiction novels.
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