Today, I’m hosting author Josie Malone’s latest release Trail Through Time, book five in the Liberty Valley Love series, a time-travel, paranormal romance. Be sure to read my review. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
Blurb: When a suspected murderer escapes from the Junction City jail, the marshal’s younger brother, Kyle Morgan feels honor bound to follow him from 1888 Liberty Valley to the 21st century. From what his new sister-in-law, former homicide detective Beth Chambers-Morgan has shared, Kyle knows a woman he’s only seen in pictures is in mortal danger. Somehow, he must convince her that he’s traveled more than a hundred years to protect her.
The survivor of a horrendous attack, horse rescuer, Nina Armstrong blames herself for the death of her best friend who pursued her assailant and vanished in Mount Baker National Forest. Now, a battle-scarred stranger arrives determined to guard Nina from the serial killer planning to eliminate the sole witness to his crimes. Intelligent, brave, Kyle Morgan talks like an old-time cowboy, but Nina wonders about his claims to be from a distant place and time. Why is she so drawn to him?
Love may prove to be the biggest threat of all when survival is on the line. Will they create a future together in Liberty Valley or will Kyle abandon her and return to the days of yesteryear? What is home and where will they find it?
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When I read the blurb, I was in. I enjoy a good time travel romance, and this one also has a nice serving of paranormal, too.
First, the romance is a standalone. Secondly, the plot isn’t, and ties into the other books in the series. I do recommend you read them before tackling the fifth one, because you will get a wee bit lost with the current events. However, the author does do a good job of keeping the reader up to date of what previously happened. Still, for a better reading enjoyment, start from the beginning.
Now on to Kyle and Nina’s romance. I really enjoyed both characters. Nina is living on her own in off-the-grid conditions since her mother and step-family have laid claim to her house (her inheritance). Rather than engage them in more battles, she’d rather resign herself to a life rescuing horses. When the story begins, Nina is fighting PTSD after the villain, Gary Smith, did the unthinkable in the previous novel.
As for Kyle, he knows there is danger and he enters a portal to travel time to protect Nina from Gary in the twenty-first century (this is tied to the previous novel of why he goes back). Nina is clueless to Kyle’s time travelling, but she’s aware of the paranormal activities happening in the present day, something she accepts and believes in.
I enjoyed the romance between Kyle and Nina. It was nice watching the two try and mesh since they come from different worlds. Nina is a modern-day woman and Kyle, naturally, is an old-fashioned man with very old-fashioned beliefs he sticks by.
There is a big cast of characters to try and remember, because the series plot ties in to each individual romance/novel. But the bigger secondary characters were easy to remember, such as Astra, a witch who I really liked. She’s a savvy lawyer, too, and a great aid to Nina. I do hope Astra gets a story of her own (or maybe she does since I have not read the other books).
There are wonderful scenes of the romance between Kyle and Nina that really adds a lot of depth to their budding relationship, and a good heaping of trust. They find themselves growing close very quickly since Kyle is her protector. I thought this was very believable. The author did a great job bringing the two together in such a short time period.
The writing is impeccable. The author has a great talent for creating vivid descriptions and nice love scenes that solidify the budding love between Nina and Kyle. The dialogue is also true to character. Each one has their own way of speaking. The same for POVs. Each one has their own special narrative and how they view the world.
Because this is a series, although there is a HEA for the couple, the bigger plot isn’t tied up, so there are hints of danger and what’s to come in the next novel.
This is a wonderful read, one I recommend, but be sure to purchase the first four novels before getting the fifth. The series is very much worth exploring. The author did a great job building a world of paranormal, time travel, suspense, and romance.
I live at Horse Country Farm, a family-owned riding stable in the Cascade foothills. I organize most of the riding programs and teach horsemanship, nurse sick horses, hold for the shoer, train whoever needs it – four-legged and two-legged. And write books in my spare time, usually from 8PM to 2AM, seven days a week after a long day on the ranch. When I can’t write, due to the overwhelming needs and pressures of the “real” world, words and stories fill my mind. Even when I muck the barn, I think about books in progress and map out the writing in my mind. There are 26 horses to look after, along with other assorted animals.
As for kids, I give back the ones who come to learn how to ride at the end of each day. Now, I’m teaching the kids and grandkids of the ones I taught way back when we started. I’ve had a lot of adventures over the years and I plan to write all about them. I hope you enjoy reading about them!
I’m a member of Evergreen Romance Writers of America, the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America Chapter, the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest and Pacific NW Writers. I have B.A. degrees in English and History, and my Master’s-In-Teaching degree.
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