This book had a unique premise about two men from different times falling in love and an interesting take on time travel.
I’m generally picky about time travel, but I was able to accept this version. In this future, there’s time travel tourism, and Reegan is a tour guide for trips to the past. But there are rules because, though small changes to the past smooth themselves out, doing anything that might change the timeline too much will end in your death. I don’t know if the author came up with that herself or if it’s already a common theory, but it’s the reason why our protag needs to find a runaway client and get them both back to their time before they’re killed, either by time itself or by others who are after them. This plotline gives the book some high stakes for the characters and a bit of a thriller feel.
There’s also a strong romance element. The characters and romance didn’t really stand out to me, but they were good, and I liked them while listening. Reegan’s curiosity and delight over stuff in 2020 (since he was from 2145) was funny and cute. Saul was a recovering alcoholic, and the topic seemed to be handled with appropriate seriousness. I did find the immediate kissing a bit strange, especially since Reegan was in a hurry, but it wasn’t a big issue. And Saul not knowing Reegan was a time traveler at first made things fun at times.
I also want to point out, this was written in 2014, so though it’s set in 2020, it’s not our 2020. So you don’t need to worry about that.
The audiobook narration by Dorian Greyhound was decent. On a spectrum of reading to full voice acting, he was more on the reading side. Some of the voices, especially women’s, sounded a bit cartoony. His narration was enjoyable enough though.
Overall, I enjoyed this unique time travel romance story!
Anyone who likes m/m romance, time travel, private investigators, and a bit of a thriller vibe.