by Nina Bangs
Lovespell, May, 2002.
Paperback, 368 pages.
Subgenre: Time Travel
In the year 2502, most of the men have an unfortunate performance problem. Earth is a virtual paradise of riches, with no disease, poverty or need to work. Procreation is accomplished via scientific methods and everyone is incredibly bored, which has led to some odd sociological changes: sex is now a spectator sport, with teams and MVPs -- much like the present-day NFL. Superstar Brian Byrne is at the top of his game: he's rich and enormously popular throughout the known worlds. He grew up on a poor outer rim world, and was rescued by an agent who knew his good looks would serve him well in the rough and tumble world of professional sex sports. Brian made it to the top (he's the MVP of the Sex Super Bowl), but he's been feeling a bit burned out lately, so he pops back to old Earth via time travel (a popular vacation method) to his ancestral home in Ireland. The last thing he wants to see is another woman -- but he immediately runs into Ally O'Neill. The bestselling author of books about how to be the perfect, subservient wife has big problems -- her husband left her and her editor now wants a book from a single woman's perspective. And it better be juicy. So when Brian shows up, he seems like the perfect one night stand, all in the name of research. But somehow, as she gets to know him, he seems more like a keeper. The trick is how to convince him that life in the past with one woman is better than a life in the future with thousands of women, but without love or commitment.
No one writes paranormal romance quite like Nina Bangs. She takes a wild premise, throws in likeable, passionate, and great supporting characters and then lets the fun begin. Her stories are fast-paced, funny and, of course, sexy. This is a great summer read that is sure to put a smile on your face.
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This review was published in the May, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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