Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Rendezvous with Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

Title: Rendezvous with Yesterday
Author: Dianne Duvall
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/Adult
Series: The Gifted Ones Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: Paperback via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisModern-day bounty hunter Bethany Bennett helps her brother track two fugitives to a forest outside of Houston, Texas. But what should have been a routine apprehension of two bail skippers spirals out of control and ends in violence. After Beth and her brother are both seriously injured, a mysterious figure suddenly looms over her. And, when the smoke clears, Beth finds herself not only in another place, but in another time.

As Lord Robert, Earl of Fosterly, attempts to identify and track down the nameless enemy who has been plaguing his lands and people with violence, the most peculiar woman stumbles into his path. Small, vulnerable, yet possessed of a bold, fiery spirit and wicked sense of humor, she persists in dubbing Robert and his men members of something called a medieval reenactment group . . . until she sees his castle and labels herself mad. It seems bounty hunter Bethany Bennett has come to him from the future, bringing with her laughter and chaos, swiftly winning the hearts of his people and inspiring within him a love he thought he would never experience again. But when Robert discovers a way for her to return to her time, will the love they share be enough to keep them together?


The Romance Review

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When a trip through time brings you face to face with your true love...


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Bethany's day is about to get a whole lot more complicated. After a shoot-out alongside her fellow bounty hunting brother leaves Beth near the edge of death, she wakes to find her injuries healed. But that's not all. She doesn't recognize her surroundings, her brother is missing, and there are four medievally-garbed men on horseback giving her strange looks as she has a melt down in the forest.

Robert has never seen anything like the woman before him. She's dressed in strange clothes, carrying odd items, and speaking English with a foreign accent. She is also desperately seeking some person named "Josh" and continues to refer to him and his men as "reenactment members". Whatever those are... Beth is a mystery that Robert is determined to unravel.

But Beth isn't sure what she should believe since nothing in this new place makes sense. The only instinct she has is to trust Robert, the man who causes her skin to tingle at his touch. And so she clings to him as they travel back to his castle, just another thing that she can't seem to believe is real. Along with the peasants and servants and horse-drawn carts. It's so realistic that Beth is sure she's going mad or being tricked.

When she finally starts to accept the possibility that she's gone back in time, new troubles arise. Robert's enemy and jealous lovers are just a few of the obstacles standing between our couple and their happy ending. Not to mention the potential that Beth's time in the past may not be permanent.

I loved this book! It had pretty much all of my favorite things--medieval times, a kick-ass heroine, a protective hero, magic, and a dash of mayhem. The plot was steadily filled with one twist after another but never felt as if it were too busy. There was plenty of downtime in which to get to know our characters. And there were several of them.

Bethany was a courageous and quick-witted woman who didn't have much of a filter on her mouth. It was amusing to see the reactions of the people around her when she would spout off things they had absolutely no idea about. It took her a while to come to terms with her situation but her budding relationship with Robert was a delight to witness.

Robert was another highlight of the story. He was kind, loyal, and inquisitive. I was surprised by how easily he accepted Beth's odd behavior but I also loved his dedication to her. His men brought a lot of humor to the book, as well. I can't count the number of times I laughed at one of the knights, especially as they marveled over Beth's futuristic items. Hilarious.

In closing...
A fun time-traveling romp in the medieval hay! Five suns!



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