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Date of Review: 08/06/01
I've been a fan of Jude Deveraux for many years, and I still am. This particular book didn't really impress me, at least not in the romance department. The story, itself, was interesting and I quite liked the heroine (especially once she grew a spine), but the hero left me cold, the way Jude introduced the protagonists left me cold, and the fact that she stuck an Arabic man in nineteeth century Colorado for no apparent reason (other than I get the impression that Jude likes Arabic men) rubbed me the wrong way.
Without giving away the plot, let me note that this is a multi-part story and it's a time-travel novel. There are, unfortunately, a lot of loose threads in the time travel portions, and a few characters that I have to wonder why on earth Jude bothered to write them in at all. Things happen in the past that should have huge repurcussions on the modern world but don't, and, well, I just thought it was fairly sloppy.
I also really didn't think much of Kady's "true love" or the justification for why she falls in love with him. When they meet, he's extremely unpleasant to her, and then he manipulates and lies to her, and she falls in love with him anyway because he's apparently the "Arabian knight" she has literally dreamed about for most of her life.
This book didn't satisfy my romantic side in the least (rather the opposite; I much preferred Cole as the hero!), and the sloppy time travel plot bothered me a little, as did the introduction of a highly anachronistic character (the Arab in 19th century Colorado). If it had been only one of these plot issues, it wouldn't have bothered me, but taken as a whole, it just made me wonder what has happened to Jude's writing style.
So, basically, the story itself is an entertaining read, and certainly not a complete waste of time. As a romance, it leaves a lot to be desired, especially compared to Jude's earlier works. As a time-travel novel, I've certainly seen better (particularly from Jude, herself). I've read worse books. I've also read many better ones.