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Monday, March 2, 2015

ARC Review: Thane's Redemption by Nina Crespo

I was torn by this short story. I loved it but then I didn't,  however that isn't stopping my curiosity about where this story is going to go.

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: March 3, 2015

The one night she'll want to remember, she'll be forced to forget.

It's been almost a year since Celine's fiancé's death and she's still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…

Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane's Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?

A year after her fiancé’s death, and shop owner Celine is still struggling to cope. When her friends drag her out to a club to listen to a hot new band, Celine finds herself attracted to the band’s lead singer.

Thane and his men’s lives were turned upside down on the day they were supposed to die. Former Army Rangers presumed dead, Thane and his team are now time traveling heroes, saving the world each time they jump forward in time. The only major drawback is that every time he time jumps, the people around him forget he exists.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop being cautious with time traveling romances but I’m now considering them instead of just writing them off.

Thane’s Redemption is one of those quick reads that packs a lot into them. At only around 25,000 words, it’s a quick sexy read that I really enjoyed. What made me give this short story a shot was the rock star element. Thane sounded too good to pass up and he lived up to my expectations and then some. Who doesn’t love a former military man who becomes a time traveling hero and moonlights as the lead singer in a band? He was surprisingly emotional for a hero. While he enjoyed the work he did and felt he had a purpose, he also longed for the simplest thing in life: Someone to share it with. He wanted to fall in love with someone and just live a normal life.

The biggest shocker for me was that Thane’s Redemption is classified as a New Adult romance. Seriously? These days I don’t really care for NA but this story didn’t read like one! I honestly thought it was an adult romance given that Thane and Celine are older than most NA characters.

The only real problem I had with this story was with the ending. It just wasn’t satisfying enough. There was no real resolution to Thane and Celine’s relationship, in fact, the book leaves you wondering just what the heck just happened! It’s not that it was a bad scene, it’s that it felt incomplete, like the author took the whole story and chopped it off just when things were building up to something more between the two. I didn’t like it. I felt like there could have been more of a resolution. It’s in a word: A Cliffhanger! I could deal with the larger plotline being left unresolved for it to be continued in the next book but the romance element should have had a better ending. That alone almost turned me off completely.

So, if you don’t mind an unsatisfying “end” to a romance and are more interesting in the time jumping element then by all means, pick up Thane’s Redemption and enjoy the quick read. Personally, I’m mildly curious about whether or not there will be more books in the series and if they’ll have better endings. Knowing what I know now, I’ll be very apprehensive about reading the next book if there is one.

Final Verdict: Half of me wants to read more but the other half of me is feeling a bit burned by the ending.

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  1. Lovely review. I do like time travels romances...but they have to be done right. I have been wanting to try this one out, but I like a good ending, so I am a little on the fence right now.

  2. Yeah it kind of leaves you hanging there which I wasn't a fan of. Everything else is good except the ending.


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