Review: Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo

thanes-redemptionReviewed by Joanna

This is an unusual book.  Not bad, but slightly conflicted as to its identity. It’s a romance involving a time-traveling rock band. Who are ex-military. And now deployed by an ancient being to fight deadly events in the future. If you put it like that, it sounds crazy, but it was interesting and definitely a brave attempt to bring something new to the genre.

Our main characters are the eponymous Thane, or Nathaniel, a time traveling rock star/military guy, and Celine, a normal girl who runs a shop and lives on a normal temporal plane. They meet at one of the gigs the band plays to keep themselves occupied whilst not on a future-mission. Thane is a love ’em and leave ’em guy – he has to be, as just as soon as he ‘phases’ into the future, everyone he knows, besides his crew, forgets him. Relationships are therefore impossible. Celine is a year into mourning her fiancé, a soldier killed in action. She’s highly attracted to Thane, cos he’s super hot, and wants to try to get herself out of the rut she’s been in for so long.

The two hook up, but Thane’s vanishing act is already going to be a problem – he likes Celine. A lot. And she could feel the same. If she didn’t forget him. You see the dilemma for our hot-for-it duo.

There’s a side story of a virus epidemic that happens in Thane’s time-travel world (the books are written in third person) which tbf, I kinda lost interest in the details of. It split my view of the story overall as though it wasn’t heavy, I wanted to get back to the romance. Wanted to see how they could be together with such unusual rules of physics governing them. In fact I couldn’t see how the romantic side of this was going to work at all. Even pretty close to the end, I was worried about this cos the focus had changed so much.

The story is well written (though feels heavily edited as if a ton of detail has been stripped out,) coherent, and leads to what I think, but can’t be sure, is a HEA.

Overall, I really like the premise for originality. I enjoyed the characterization and the quality of the writing. The story was okay and the romance in the first half was great. However, the two side to the book didn’t gel for me. I had a ton of unanswered questions at the end and was a little frustrated at the too-fast pace where everything was wrapped up.

I might go on to read the second in the series (the third book has just come out, hence why I picked this up), I just hope it has better pacing and explaining.

Rating: C+/B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Thane’s Redemption
by Nina Cresso
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press

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