by Raine McIntyre, paranormal (2008)
Liquid Silver Books, $5.95, ISBN 978-1-59578-436-0
I really like the fact that for a sassy first-person narrator of an urban fantasy style romance, Charity Donovan is 42. After a divorce and a phase of self-discovery, Charity is now ready to embrace life and live it to the fullest with the cute guy who looks as if he's not a day over 30. The thing is, Gavin Carpenter is actually immortal and has lived for... oh, eons. That's a really long time, people. He's a Time Dancer. Does this mean that they have all the time in the world for love or is time really running out and they need to do something to save the world ASAP?
I don't really know how to describe Doing Time accurately here but I do know that I love what I read here. This story is actually a very well done self-discovery journey of Charity and if this story is a straightforward chick-lit style story, it will work just as well. However, the paranormal elements are pretty decent too, although there are some cheesy aspects like the soulmate-is-necessary thing that make it hard for me to take the whole paranormal concept seriously. Gavin is a very nice hero, and even better, the author uses her paranormal premise to create some lovely whimsical scenes here that really appeal to me.
I know, this review is pretty abstract and I'm doing a pretty poor job describing the plot and all. But I feel that this is one of those stories that a reader should best read for herself. It's different, it's hard to pigeonhole into a category, and it is also very interesting and sometimes very beautiful to read, strengths and flaws and all. I really like this one.
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