by Kay Austin
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
308 pages; ISBN: 0505526212
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Love Spell, Feb 2005, $5.99, 308 pp.
In Dallas, Mackenzie Cates believes that the Pompeii Man and the rest of the exhibit from that doomed city will be the final ticket for her to become the museum director. However her former lover archeologist Professor Rick Mason is also back and wants a second chance after foolishly dumping her.
Besides the weird noises that Mack insists must be from the new ventilation system, she sees the statue move; that has no rationalization. Unable to resist, Mack touches the stone and somehow frees Dak a time rogue trapped inside the stone who now shares Rick’s body. As Mack and Rick begin to reconcile, a strange bald female stares at him and the statue as if she desires both. Rick tries to persuade his beloved that he will marry her, but first must save the world from the tome rogue and get Dak back to his body; failure in the first could mean the end of the world as Mack knows it, but worse failure with the second means Rick shares his body and so does Mack with that bald beauty.
This is an exciting time travel romance starring two delightful battling lead protagonists (kind of like the couple from Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Lost Ark). The story line is fast-paced and action-packed but can be difficult to follow with numerous short inserts that spin away from the prime players, which in fairness paradoxically gives the science fiction feel to the tale. Mack and Rick are a wonderful pairing struggling with a second chance at love while under pressure to save the world. Fans will enjoy the TIME ROGUES, a wild torrid trip back and forth into the past, present, and future..
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