May 27, 2014

Through Time-Pursuit by Claudy Conn (Through Time #1)

Through Time-Pursuit by Claudy Conn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Bottom Line: An interesting plot with some sexy Fae, but the romance was a little forced. I think as a novella, this was a nice story, but it was lacking in complexity if you approach it as a full-length novel.   

Rating: 6

Through Time Series
1.  Through Time-Pursuit
2.  Through Time-Whiplash
3.  Through Time-Slamming
4.  Through Time-Frankie 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Milesian immortal Chancemont LeBlanc is determined to avenge his sister’s death at the hands of Dark Prince Pestale, who remains free after the war between the Seelie Fae and the Dark Fae. Nothing will stop Chance from fulfilling his mission of vengeance, not even the time barrier.

The queen of the Seelie Fae has other ideas, however, and she sends Princess Royce to make sure Pestale is captured, not killed. Royce would rather spend time with the human family she has grown to love, but she has broken the rules one time too many, and Queen Aaibhe wants her to grow up and act like the Seelie royal she is!

Royce doesn’t want to be part of Chance’s team. He most definitely doesn’t want her on his team, and from the start—fireworks.

Chance has Pestale on the run, but after seeing the beautiful princess with the flaming red hair, Pestale has decided Royce must be his.

A hunter becomes the hunted … 

Purposes collide …

My Thoughts:

I may have come into this book a little unprepared. I thought this would be a full length story, but I believe this is a series of novellas that follows Conn's Legend series (beginning with Spellbound, if you want to start there), which I have yet to read. With that in mind, I thought this was a pretty intriguing, quick story. This book was about a member of the immortal Milesian race, Chancemont, and the Seelie princess Royce. I have heard that the Legend series covers Chancemont's background story in more depth. In Through Time-Pursuit, Royce is assigned to help Chance and the Seelie prince Trevor capture the escaped Dark Fae prince Pestale. Chance wants to kill Pestale, Royce wants to capture Pestale, and Pestale just wants to have lots of dirty sex with Royce and rule the world with her by his side.

This was a pretty steamy book. Pestale was pretty dark in his desires (what do you expect from a Dark Fae), but Chance and Royce were quite passionate and romantic. My main issue was with how Chance and Royce seemed to fall in love instantly. Seriously, there was nothing leading up to it. It was like they met and decided "hey, I'm a manly man, you're a pretty girl, we fall in love and have lots of sex now, yes?" And that was that. There really didn't seem to be any development of their feelings. At one point, Chance said something along the lines of "Oh, that's so Royce!" Really? You've known her for about 3 days and you've spent half of that time thinking about her naked or working yourself into a jealous rage whenever someone touches her... Please tell me when you had time to actually learn anything about her. Now, I'm not saying the raw attraction wasn't enjoyable (oh it was), but I would have liked their love to be a bit more believable.

The actual plot of the story (yes there is a plot behind all that lovin') was pretty intriguing. I always enjoy stories about the Fae and their hallows. I thought this world was well developed and Royce's special abilities added to the story. I expected time travel to play a larger role in the story (since it's in the title), but it was kind of a minor element; honestly, there was enough going on with the plot that I don't think it needed more time travel. The plot was quick but thorough, though the ending did kind of cut off in preparation for the next book, so you may be left feeling a little unfulfilled there. I had a bit of an issue with the dialogue... I thought it was a little cheesy at times, and some of the background information was forced, like Conn wasn't sure how to weave it in to the story. Overall, this book had an interesting plot, but the romance seemed a little rushed. As a novella, this was well put together, but it might be improved by reading Conn's earlier series first.      

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