ARC Review: The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read

Title: The Reigning and the Rule
Author: Calia Read
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Type: Book 2 of 3 from Surviving Time series
POV: First Person – Multiple
Expected Publication: November 18, 2018

 

Étienne Lacroix and I had a fire I thought would never die.
Our love was timeless.
An irreversible decision sent me back to the present day with a family I barely recognize, but I am determined to find a way back to Étienne.
I can survive time. But I can’t survive life without him.
Time bends to no one’s demands, so I must fight with everything I have to return to the past. However, I am terrified that the past I once knew might not look the same, and the man who once called me his surviving trace will no longer be waiting for me.

Time bends to no one’s demands but sometimes love does…

 

 

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Étienne Lacroix and Serene Parow’s love for each other transcended time. When a ripple in history ripped her back to the present that she did not recognize, she needed to find her way back to him. But going back also meant risking their past and her future. She must decide if it’s worth meddling with the fragile thread of time.

My love is giving yet selfish. And selfishly, I want him to only be with me for the rest of his life.

I loved Serene in book 1 because of her spunk and strength. She still retained those qualities and it was amusing seeing her interacted with people from the past. However there was a certain part of the story that I was not happy with her actions and self-righteousness.

“It shot me to pieces to have you out of my life for so long. To be honest, I’m still not over it. And I can’t help myself from thinkin’, ‘If I’m still lickin’ my wounds from the recent separation, how can I prepare myself for you to leave again?’”

I’ve always love Étienne’s broody persona and how he was very supportive and selfless when it came to his loved ones. But I wanted more of his presence in this one and Serene eclipsed him in a lot of ways.

I like how the book ended because of the potential direction for the final book. Unfortunately, the events leading up to the ending felt repetitive and drawn out. It lacked intrigue and unpredictability that were well played in the previous book.

The Reigning and the Rule is the second book of the three parts Surviving Time series. I’m curious to see how the series will wrap up in the final book.

Final Verdict:

(3.75 stars)

This review is also available on Goodreads.

Books in the series:
The Surviving Trace (Surviving Time, #1) by Calia Read The Reigning and the Rule (Surviving Time, #2) by Calia Read

 

 

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Calia Read lives in Texas with her husband and their five kids.

 

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