A past shrouded in mystery
Violet Sinclair remembers nothing of her life before the day she awoke several years earlier, drenched in blood that wasn’t hers. But since she met Tony Solomon, she’s been certain of one thing – sometime in her hidden past, she knew him… loved him… and did something terrible to him.
A present fraught with danger
Time-traveler Tony Solomon is sure he never met Violet before they were coworkers, yet she bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman he loved and lost decades before he was born. After an impulse encounter leaves Violet pregnant with his child, she becomes the target of killers from the future.
A future feared in jeopardy
Framed for murder, Tony will do anything to protect Violet and their child, even if their only escape is to jump into the past, something he swore he’d never do again. But when they jump back much further than planned, they find their troubles are only beginning—and secrets can get them killed.
Ms. Powell does it again!
She has created a world that is equal parts romance, suspense, and sci-fi that will keep you turning the pages. When I reviewed the first book in this series, TIME’S ENEMY, I described it as “…if you take THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, mix in THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE and sprinkle it with SOMEWHERE IN TIME, you’ll get this amazing book.” So, in keeping with the movie theme, TIME’S FUGITIVE is a combo of THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, THE FUGITIVE, and TERMINATOR (minus the killer cyborgs).
People from the past are trying to capture and punish Tony for something he did to alter time. But then people from the future come after him too and he has no idea why they want to kill him. He’s not sure if it’s for his crimes of the past or for something he has yet to do. Regardless, when these same people target Violet, a woman who can’t recall her past, he knows that the only way to stay alive is to do something he swore he’d never do again – time travel. And this time he drags Violet along for the ride. Powell takes us to a time and place few (if any) romance authors have dared to tread – prehistoric America. Think 10,000 B.C,. only the tribal people aren’t nearly as good-looking or nice to strangers. I loved witnessing Violet and Tony having to “go native” to survive, learning how to make weapons and clothing from what little was available to them.
But even thousands of years in the past, they aren’t safe. With people from the past and the future trying to eliminate them, difficult sacrifices are made and their trust in each other is tested time and again. Powell keeps us on our toes as Tony and Violet race through time—sometimes together, sometimes apart—in an effort to protect their child and stay alive.
I don’t believe this is a standalone book. I highly recommend that you read the TIME’S ENEMY before diving into this one. While the author does a good job of filling in the details without dumping huge chunks of backstory, a reader unfamiliar with Tony and Violet’s history will be missing major pieces of the puzzle. You won’t be able to understand why Tony and Violet are so drawn to each other, yet conflicted in their emotions. Their actions at the beginning of the book may seem rushed and out of character if you don’t know what happened between them “before.” IMO, you really, really need to know what happened "before." It is a journey well worth taking.
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