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Book Review: Kiss Across Time

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

So what do you do when the subject of your dissertation and entire post-graduate studies is deemed a fairy tale? What would you do if you suddenly heard a snippet of song that directly quotes that person? Well, if you’re Taylor Yates, you hunt down the death metal artist/lyricist and demand their sources.

As it turns out, the lyricist, Brody Gallagher, is also the subject of her post-graduate research. And that’s not the only secret he’s been keeping. Brody’s also a vampire with a lover of his own, the equally sunlight-challenged Veris. With a kiss, Taylor is sucked into their world and…. then there’s sex. Lots and lots of MMF sex.

Kiss Across Time has an interesting premise and fun characters, but falls down when it comes to the execution. Seriously, loved the premise. I wanted more of Taylor’s hunt for the poet she’d spent her life studying only to discover he was a vampire. I liked Taylor. She was fun. I liked the side characters, particularly Andy. I understood their motivations.

But the rest… well… it was kind of meh. There’s some similarities to Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Stephanie Meyer. But that wouldn’t have bugged me if there was more to the story. But there wasn’t. I liked that there was a fully equal triad – a rarity in most romantic fiction. I wished there had been more plot and less sex… Something I rarely say.

I know I’ve said it before, but I need to say it again.

This book needed a good editor.

Specifically a content edit. A content editor would be able to tell the author what could be expanded on and what could be cut. A good content editor would be able to pinpoint the dangling plots and pacing problems. A good content editor would point out the historical inaccuracies. Because there was good here.

Even more. This book desperately needed a proofreader. There were rampant homophone, wrong word, and missing word issues. The grammar, punctuation, and spelling needed work.

If there’s one piece of advice I could give to every single aspiring author out there: if you want to publish your work be willing to invest in an editor. Trade favors. Save up. But never let your manuscript out into the wild without at least one set of critical eyes looking over your work (preferably more).

Additionally, this book was billed as time-travel romance. But it wasn’t. Flashbacks and past lives aren’t time travel unless the person actually journeys through time.

So because of that, I can only give this:

Two stars

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