I am a fan of Nora Roberts' mainstream fiction, but I had never read one of her romance books. A friend insisted I read this since she considered it not only a great romance but also because of the interesting aspect of time travel. After reading all 505 pages, some highly interesting and some not so interesting, I think I will stick with her mainstream work.
Now, don't get me wrong. The book was enjoyable. If you can accept the idea of time travel and believe that two men from the 23rd century find their way to 1990's Oregon, you are in for a treat. The humor of their situation is played beautifully. Their inability to manipulate a stove, recognize a radio, or understand current phrases is comical. The sexual tension is great with many, many pages devoted to sexual attraction and union, the cutting edge of erotic writing that has made Nora Roberts beloved by millions.
The book appears to be a compilation of two previous works. In the first, "Time Was," Caleb Hornblower is sucked into a black hole and finds himself at a mountain cabin in Oregon, the residence of one Liberty (Libby) Stone. The attraction is immediate, the sex passionate,and the ending extremely romantic. In the second book,"Times Change," Caleb's brother Jacob comes to fetch him home. Since Caleb and Libby are on vacation, the only person he finds at the cabin is Libby's sister Sunbeam (Sunny) who is spending some time alone and deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Jacob and Sunny have a feisty yet passionate affair that will probably come to an end when he leaves to return to the 23rd century. Or will it? Can two smart and savvy women find love with men who will be born long after the women will die? Can flying in and out of black holes and going from century to century really be possible? Can the reader accept any of this and find the story satisfying? To a great extent, yes. My only complaint is that there is much repetition and the story goes on about 200 pages too long. Nora has been blessed with better editing and tighter writing in her later books. However, this one is definitely worth reading if you are a fan of her romances.