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About A Destiny Reborn by Rebecca Hefner

Lost in a timeline that was never theirs…

Thrust into a world they barely comprehend, two time travelers are forced to survive with only each other as allies. Claire Finch, the kind, bubbly scientist, has sacrificed her hidden dreams for the cause: to prevent the apocalypse and save the world. Cyrus Montgomery, a tough, stoic soldier weary from the battle scars of war and barren dystopia.

Together, they traverse the unfamiliar circumstances, both fighting and denying their mutual attraction.

But destiny can be manipulated by unseen forces, and as they navigate the uncharted timeline, they discover a united strength they never possessed apart…and learn that true love ultimately prevails if the warnings of the past are heeded with caution and diligence.

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Review of A Destiny Reborn

If you are going to read any of the books in the Prevent the Past series, read A Destiny Reborn. This one can be read as a standalone. (Although, I recommend the entire series).

Before they time traveled, Claire and Cyrus were already attracted to one another, although neither had let on. When their trip to the past took them even further into history than intended, a great relationship between the friends may be the last thing they are thinking of. But it may prove to be the most important asset.

Claire and Cyrus working together to figure out how to live in the past is what made me fall for these characters. And while the romance was a foregone conclusion, I enjoyed the evolution of their friendship into something much more. I also enjoyed the connection to a younger version of Marie from book 1.

Throughout the story, the reader wonders how Claire and Cyrus are going to make it back to the mainstream of the story and connect with their friends. (Actually, you only wonder if you have not read book 1.) Being complicated, time travel cannot easily fix things. The final outcome for Claire and Cyrus and what it will mean for their friends proves to be perfect.

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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About A Timeline Restored by Rebecca Hefner

Eli Hernandez spent decades cultivating an image of fear and domination as the nefarious leader of the New Establishment. Yet, deep inside, he still clutches onto the barest hope that his irredeemable soul has vestiges of virtue.

Alora Castillo lost everything one fateful day long ago as Eli looked on, unable to stop the carnage. Resolved to detest him, she must forge ahead when they are thrust together as unlikely allies.

As the ragtag team of time travelers strives to reconnect with their leader, dark forces hide behind the scenes, manipulating fate as the cycle carries on.

Determined to succeed and prevent the past, the team battles the evil regime, unwilling to accept failure. But accepting the yearnings of the heart requires forgiveness—a concept Alora dismissed long ago, no matter how fervently she secretly longs for Eli’s embrace.

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Review of A Timeline Restored

Alora and Eli seem to be the most unlikely couple. Alora views Eli as the enemy that destroyed her family. While Eli has done terrible things in his past, he wants the same thing as Alora – to prevent the catastrophe of the evil regime.

This is, perhaps, the most complicated story line of the series. In it, a group of people from the future work out how to live in the past while they plot and plan to save the earth from President Edward Randolph. Throw in enemies working against them who are also time travelers, plus that whole time paradox issue and you have plenty to sink your teeth into in A Timeline Restored.

While the blurb for this book talks about Eli and Alora, readers should know this story includes the rest of the Lainey’s scientific time traveling team (except for Claire and Cyrus from book 2). Each character has his or her very important role to play in saving the world.

Eli and Alora do have the biggest part of the story. Their love/hate relationship (or is it hate/love) is tempestuous and passionate, stormy and exciting. Both Alora and Eli will need to change how they view each other if this is ever going to work out. Of course it will work out. This is a romance. But the journey is bumpy.

Full of exciting action and steamy romance with a few twists that will sneak up on you, this series is best read in order. Plus there is that whole time travel thing. Read these books out of order at your own risk of paradox.

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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