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James had lost the trail hours before. Dawn was swiftly approaching and Charles would expect him to have the lady locked away by now—safe in the Jacksonville jail.
Exasperated and bone-weary, he wanted to turn General Lee around. Until a few minutes ago, the sky had been infinitely cold and endlessly black. A blast of polar air chafing against his skin had reminded him of the cozy warm room he’d left behind. The weather hindered his efforts and if it weren’t for his promise to Charles, he would have turned back hours ago. The trail had led north, into the hills, miles away from Jacksonville, and the old rutted out road he followed snaked alongside Sardine Creek.
Snow seldom fell in the Rogue Valley, but now they had snow on top of freezing rain in February. Even the horses had trouble, slipping and sliding on the frozen surface.
“All-fired,” James spoke fiercely and pulled his coat tight around his neck before pushing the collar up to cover his nose.
When he first saw her, strangely still in the moonlight, he wondered how on earth any man, even a hunted one, could have left her to fend for herself. Her hair lay all around her, a curtain of fire. A perfectly formed face, he thought, surprised to find himself at a loss for words. Her slim form apparent in the tight fitting pants she wore. The tattered material left nothing to his imagination, giving him an unobstructed view of pale ivory flesh. Even covered with mud and tinged blue from the cold he had never seen a woman so perfect.
Wherever she’d been or whatever she’d done, it appeared she’d been to hell and back this night.
General was sidestepping nervously. James wrenched back on his horse’s reins, doing his best to avoid trampling the woman sprawled on the icy ground. His horse whinnied then sidestepped one more time, coming to a halt inches away from the body.
James dismounted, keeping his gaze focused on the girl. He wondered what had driven her to the life she led now. She was beautiful. “Heaven sent.”
After a slight hesitation, he crouched beside her and touched her cheek with the back of his fingers. Her flesh was cold, her lips outlined in blue. When he traced the column of her throat, he found a faint thready pulse. He only meant to set her on his horse, but when he pulled her from the ground, her lashes fluttered open; a wild panic swept across her delicate features and she struggled within his hold, lashing out at him. Nothing he tried calmed her. Fighting like a wildcat, she drew blood.
Running from demons, Alexandra McMurdie stumbles into Forbidden Ground where up is down and elements of nature are contested. Though a strong independent woman in the twenty-first century’ she is unprepared for life in the 1800s. Her first sight of the formidable James Lawrence makes her heart skip a beat, giving her cause to reconsider her desperate need to find a way home.
Born with a silver spoon, James’ life was torn apart during the War Between the States. Moving west he vows to put the life he once knew in the past. When he discovers a half-frozen woman near Gold Hill, his heart begins to thaw. His love for Alexandra and his need to keep her from a man who has pursued her through time might cost him his life as well as hers.
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4 **** – Sweetly romantic time-travel
** I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review **
I’m a huge fan of time-travel and an avid reader of historical romances so my expectations were quite high before I read this book. I think that might have been a negative factor in my enjoyment of the book. It took a while for me to connect with the story and the characters. However, once I did I had a good time with the book.
The author does a very good job with both the main and the supporting characters. The plot is well-written and the suspense builds up to the climax in the end. My reason for not rating it with five stars is that I like my heroes a bit on the flawed side and James Lawrence is too sweet for that. Also, the love scenes were good but felt a bit rushed. As an author of erotic romances I was a bit disappointed in them.
All things considered, though, this is a very good book that I recommend for those who enjoy time-traveling and sweet romance.
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Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master’s degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota’s Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine’s newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.