Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review: Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready & Giveaway!

Book Review: Flirting with Forever
By Gwyn Cready
Pocket Books Romance
4 Heart Review

Art Historian Campbell Stratford is about to make a name for herself with her scandalously sexy tell-all “fictographies” of famous seventeenth-century artists, but she's more intimately familiar with her subjects than her eager readers can imagine. Thanks to a time portal she accidentally discovered, she has caused quite a stir in the Great Beyond. To save their reputations, the Guild protecting dead artists convinces playboy Peter Lely, portraitist to the king, to sabotage Cam's latest project. A few hours posing on Sir Peter's modeling chaise leads to a night of seductive passion – then Cam returns home and discovers his betrayal. But before she can turn her angry pen on her lover, Sir Peter makes a surprise visit to the future and transforms Cam's twenty-first-century life into chaos of classic porportions...

This was my first time reading Gwyn Cready and I really enjoyed her funny voice and interesting characters. She did an especially good job with the hero Peter Lely and I felt like we understood him much more than we did the heroine Cam.

For all of Cam's good points – and there were many – I questioned why she didn't realize her boyfriend was a scumbag or why she allowed her sister to constantly put herself in Cam's way. Somehow those two things didn't mess with the rest of Cam's personality and I wanted to scream at her about them. Cam still managed to win me over and again, had so many good points that those two “off” items didn't bother me that much.

As far fetched as this book sounds, it's such a fun ride that you will suspend your disbelief without any worries as to how the time travel happens. The set-up for the time portal and the Guild that watches over dead artists is original and feels fresh. Who cares about “can this really happen” when you've got a great hero to play with! I love books that allow me to escape the real world and this one did just that with humor and with a surprisingly emotional book.

Embedded in the story is a very emotional and moving look at a man who loved and lost and is willing to give everything up to love again. It's a moving love story with more meat to it than I expected. I will be checking out Gwyn's backlist to read her other time-travel romances since this one was a winner for me.

Have you read a Gwyn Cready book before? Do you like time travel romances? If so, which is your favorite or favorite time travel romance author? Tell me and you'll be entered to win a copy of Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready!

Winner annouced Wed. June 30th - Open to US and Canada residents only.

13 comments:

  1. Great review, thanks!! I have not read Gwyn Cready before, but I want to! I read a lot of historicals but not really a lot of time travel romances, but I'd like to give them a try! Thanks for the contest!!

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  2. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I love time travel romances. I like a lot of authors, but I think Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series is my favorite so far.

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  4. A great review! You made me interested in reading this book, which would be my first of Gwen's titles : )

    I have two favorite time-travel romances:

    "Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake" by Laurie Brown

    "Mariana" by Susanna Kearsley

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  5. Cready is a new to me author but this story sounds like a lot of fun.

    I like time travel when it is done well...because when it is done poorly, oh it is awful!

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  6. I do enjoy time travel romances. I've read Gwyn's Tumbling Through Time which was a great story - with a unique way of traveling through time.

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  7. I enjoy time travel romance. I have enjoyed Sandra Hill's Viking time travel books. I have not read any of Gwen's books.

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  8. This would be a new author for me, sounds good! I enjoy time travel and really enjoyed the movie Somewhere in Time!

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  9. I love time travel stories! Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is the one that got me hooked. :D

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  10. This will be my first Gwen Cready novel. Because the premise of Flirting With Forever is original; I am definitely intrested in checking out her backlist even though,I don't normally go for books with a time travel plot.
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  11. Great review! I have Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn - was really good. Ebooks- Cathryn Bybee has a couple of really good ones, Print - loved Pamela Montgomerie (aka Palmer) time travels out.

    Pam S
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  12. Have not read a time travel romance in a long time. Loved the movie Somewhere in Time of course.

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  13. I have never read her books or any time travel romances before.

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