“If this was one of those books, there would now be three pages of head-banging sex. The reality was that he pulled me close, whispered, ‘Mfhbnnntx,’ and I pulled his arm over me like a cover and muttered, ‘Trout,’ and that was pretty much it.”
This was a lot better than I thought it would be! (I’ve seen quite a few negative or lukewarm reviews.) I had fun with it. This strange little book is one that only could have come from the bonkers ground of anything-goes self-publishing, but I like that about it.
I’m running perennially five months behind on my reviews apparently, so I don’t remember details anymore, but the main character Max gets recruited to join St. Mary’s, an organization of time traveling historians whose job is not to interfere but to study history. We’re introduced to this organization full of disaster magnets at the same time Max is, and of course things don’t go perfectly all the time. Not only are there the perils of the job, but there is also a splinter organization that is trying to alter history, something that must be prevented.
I had a lot of fun with this in that way that you can sometimes have with books that aren’t the best thing ever written, but that are just silly and smart enough to whet that nerdy itch. It also used to be self-published and so has that feeling only self-published books get where they just occasionally go off the rails or get overly detailed or other things most editors wouldn’t let slide, but that’s a large part of its charm.
I listened to the audiobook and remember really liking the narrator. That’s how I’ll be doing the rest of the series, although who knows when I will find the time. Jodi Taylor has been prolific.
[3.5 stars, rounded up]