About the Book:
- by Tamara Ireland Stone
- Series: Time Between Us #2
- Time Travel / Romance
- Pages: 380
- Publication: October 8th 2013
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Received From: Disney-Hyperion NetGalley
- Rating: 3.5/5
Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.
It’s so hard to rate this one after reading the first, absolutely amazing Time Between Us. And if I could I would have given the first more than five starts! So I think I had hugely high expectations with this one, and it’s not that they weren’t met, it’s just that they didn’t rise up to the first.
What I liked:
There was still the push / pull of Anna’s and Bennett’s relationship. Lots of strangeness intermingled with a deep love and every time they are together I could feel the intensity of that love. The rest of the characters are just as interesting. Both Anna’s and Bennett’s parents and his sister are in this one more, as are quite a few of their friends. It’s interesting to see how each character takes the idea of Bennette’s time travel to a different ideal, some good, some not so much. The reactions are very diverse and I think that makes the story even more interesting!
The ending! I loved the way this ending. Not exactly cliff hanger, it was just perfectly on point and really led the story to a great conclusion. Although… I’m curious if Tamara Ireland Stone left just enough openness so there could be a third. Inquiring minds want to know!
What I didn’t fall in love with:
I think it was the length that did it this time. And I just wanted a bit more to Bennett and Anna. For some reason I started feeling like I was on the outside of their relationship, kind of like looking in instead of feeling like I was a part of the story. While reading the first book the pages just flew and I couldn’t get enough, this time I felt myself wanting to skim more of the story to get to the meat of what was going to happen between the two of them!
So, like I said above… this is harder for me to rate than the first. I love the interplay but at times it just fell short for me. I am hoping that Tamara may write a third, however, I know I will be at that counter on day one to pick it up! Totally recommend both books for time travel lovers!