Her Outlandish Stranger

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Expected Release Date: March 8, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website: http://summerdevon.com/
My Source for This Book: Gift from the author
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Dubious Consent
Favorite Tropes: Secret Identity

Official Blurb:

In 2310, Jazz White is one of few surviving soldiers of a hated regime. Now “reprogrammed”, stripped of many of his memories and killing skills, Jazz is an outcast until he’s summoned by the government’s elite time-travel agency and told he must journey to the 1800s. His mission—to protect Eliza Wickman, an English woman trapped in war-torn Spain. Once he arrives in the dreadful place, it becomes clear he’s been tricked. His real mission—Jazz must father her child, who will prove important to the future of civilization.

Guilt-ridden by his deception, Jazz must keep Eliza safe while he escorts her to England, all the while fighting his attraction to her innocent eroticism. But an agent from his time has other plans, and does his best to sabotage Jazz’s efforts. As the connection between him and Eliza grows, the agent could be the least of Jazz’s worries. His biggest fear is far more personal—what will happen once Eliza learns the truth?

What Worked For Me:

  • I loved the idea that Jazz was actually a convict of sorts in his world. The added edge to his “secret identity” that came from just being a time traveler was wonderful.
  • I loved how protective Jazz was towards Eliza, especially when it became clear that he was protective more because of his feelings towards her than because of his “mission”.
  • On a similar note, I loved Jazz’s progression from an almost mechanical sort of man with very few emotions or even, it seemed, thoughts of his own
  • I really enjoyed all of the action in the story, and I don’t just mean of the steamy variety.
  • Speaking of the steamy variety, however, the tension between Jazz and Eliza was scrumptious, and the amount of heat was just right for the book.
  • The ending was wonderful. Ms. Devon had me on eggshells for most of the book wondering how on earth these two could possibly have a Happily Ever After, but she worked it beautifully.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • To be honest, the only downside to this book is the dubious consent in the very beginning.  I admit, it took me a while to get past that fact, but Jazz did have to grovel deliciously, and honestly, in the end, I think he more than made up for it.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good time travel romance, so when I sat down to read this one, I went in with high hopes.  The blurb gave me a bit of warning, but even so I wasn’t quite prepared for the scene with dubious consent, and at that point, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to continue reading.

However, I’m very glad that I did, because this turned out to be one of the best time-travel stories I’ve ever read.  An outcast hero, whose emotions and behaviors were repressed in his current time, sent back in time with fairly little preparation to guard a woman whose bloodline would some day save the world — what’s not to love?

The one scene at the beginning was never glossed over, and I appreciated that. Jazz and Eliza both suffered the consequences of the actions that took place in the cave, and there was some seriously beautiful groveling involved, which was a huge plus for me.

I loved the sexual tension between the two, and the actual steamy scenes fit in perfectly with the storyline, all leading up to a surprise ending that had me cheering.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any fan of time-travel romance.

04stars
A very solid 4/5 Stars