Romeo vs. Juliet Wild Rose Press
Saturday, August 4th, 2007
REVIEWED BY:Singapore Sling
This book has one of the most intriguing opening chapters I’ve ever read. It starts straight into the action – eighteen year-old Josephine waking from a nightmare to see her husband – nineteen year-old Ambrose, who is originally from sixteenth century England, complete with Shakespearian language – saying goodbye and vanishing into a time portal. Josephine summons the portal keeper, Ambrose’s boss, and challenges him. The portal keeper has ordered Ambrose to undertake various assassination missions in different time periods, and Josephine isn’t happy about it.
So they strike a deal. The portal keeper will allow Josephine to arrive on the scene of Ambrose’s next kill ahead of him – and it’s up to her to make sure that the course of history as she knows it isn’t altered. Her task is full of risks – and of course, it pits her against her husband, who isn’t too pleased with the arrangement. Using the portal can also bring about memory loss – a plot device used to devastating effect throughout the course of the book....It’s difficult to describe this book, as it crosses so many genres – time travel, romance, historical, contemporary, action – and at the same time it defies any attempt at labelling. It’s fresh, it’s different, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This is a good thing. A very good thing. I’m seriously impressed by how well Ms Hogg juggles so many plot-balls in the air without letting a single one drop.
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