Compelling, lush, and sexy… A page-turner drama.
Rice tells a stunning story of emotional growth, love, longing, regret, and mistakes in this first installment in her time travel romance series. Sixty-two-year-old Susan has always loved James, the lead star of a widely popular band. She is content in her marriage and life, but an innate longing and the regret in the form of ‘what if’ weighs heavy on her mind. While on a cruise ship with her best friend Lynn, Susan meets an enigmatic pair of women, one of whom claims she can see into Susan’s soul and sends her into the past to deal with her unresolved feelings. Intrigued by Mika’s claims, Susan takes on the offer and travels back in time to meet James. The two are quickly enamored with each other. The only problem is—though Susan has the body of a 17-year-old, she still possesses the mind of her 62-year-old mature self and can see beyond James’ charming facade. Will she find a way to move forward? Wrenching emotions and exhilarating romance drive the plot while various believable twists put a new spin on the story of love and rectifying mistakes. Susan’s connection with James is convincing, and the scorching sex scenes both add to the sensuality and help Susan with her growth and healing. Multidimensional, complex characters are at the heart of this novel. Susan, with her determination and strong sense of fairness makes for a sympathetic heroine. Her passionate romance with James and the couple’s steamy sex scenes are interspersed with chapters detailing Susan’s inner turmoil as she tries to come to terms with the fact that James is nothing like the man, she imagined him to be, showing how that sometimes when a dream comes true, it’s not quite what one expected. Delightful supporting characters add to the charm. Rice expertly intertwines Susan’s dilemmas into the affecting narrative and moves the plot along briskly while uncovering the hidden regrets and old desires. Perfect pacing and plotting elevate the intriguing storyline, and the crisp, charming prose keeps the readers invested. Rice nimbly addresses complex topics of old regrets, learning from one’s mistakes, and the scary, sobering experience of placing your heart in another’s hands, emphasizing moving on and recovery. The story delivers plenty of surprises, sizzling hot sex scenes along with the warmth and joy of young love. Intelligent, sensual, and fun, this novel succeeds on all levels.
The Dusky Club, June 1962
By Linda S. Rice
Price $9.99 (USD) Paperback, $0.00 Kindle edition