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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Review: Jane's Warlord

Title: Jane's Warlord
Author: Angela Knight
Page Count: 324 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: time travel romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

The next target of a time traveling killer, crime reporter Jane Colby finds herself in the hands of a warlord from the future sent to protect her--and in his hands is just where she wants to be.

Well, it's not much of a synopsis, and yet for the most part it sums up pretty efficiently what all goes on in this book. I'd picked this one up for Kindle because it comes up a lot in recommendation lists for fans of science fiction romance; I don't usually go in for time travel but like most people, I make exceptions.

This was a definite middle of the road book for me- it wasn't terrible, it wasn't great, it isn't anything I can envision myself reading over and over again. The characters are fun in a sort of forgettable way, and the drama felt, honestly, kind of manufactured, which made it hard to invest in what was going on. There's a futuristic timber wolf/sidekick guy who's pretty funny and spends a lot of time trying to eat the heroine's Siamese cat. Chuckles abound.

It's the banter between Baran (futuristic warlord hero dude) and Jane (intrepid reporter with a now-dead abusive father) that keep the story moving. The bad guy is super bad, with no morals or scruples whatsoever, and because we know there's going to be a happily ever after, it kind of takes the wind out of the sails of there being any real obstacles between these two. There's an interesting scene near the end where Jane meets one of Baran's former lovers that was fun to read; the author did a good job of portraying Jane as a rational and dynamic person who has a good grasp of what's going on around her, no matter how bizarre that may be.

Would I discourage anyone from reading this book? Not at all! It was a fun way to spend an evening, I just didn't feel at the end of it that I would ever need to reread it. If you're planning a trip to the beach this summer and need something fun to read while you smear yourself with sunscreen, this is a good bet. I don't think it will change your position on life, the universe, and everything, but you'll pass a good afternoon this way.

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