THE TWISTED TALE OF STORMY GALE
Author: Christine Bell
Carina Press: http://tinyurl.com/3dxytn5
Release date: April 25, 2011
Here’s the blurb:
I’m a time pirate—born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be.
That’s why it’s vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it. The notorious Duke of Leister definitely qualifies as the wrong hands. An amateur scientist of the slightly mad variety, he’s bound to figure out how to use the TTM sooner rather than later.
I knew this wouldn’t be easy. But I wasn’t counting on him being as sexy as hell. Or winding up chained to his bed…
How can anyone resist a feisty time traveling pirate who has a pain-in-the-ass sibling she needs to look after? Why, if not for her brother, Bacon, Stormy wouldn’t be stuck traveling back in time to retrieve an important device he carelessly lost in a bet to The Duke. She certainly wouldn’t have pretended to be a Romanian speaking gypsy when the Duke enters her tent to have his future read. Which turns out to be a real shame because he’s quite fluent in Romanian.
And so it begins. A fast-paced, well plotted, adrenaline inducing read. The concept is original and the characters are well fleshed-out. There’s plenty of humor and some thought-provoking wisdom sprinkled throughout.
Here’s Stormy coming to terms with her mega-mistake after she nearly chokes to death discovering that Mr. Handsome is indeed The Duke:
“Yes, fine,” I replied stiffly. I was pretty pissed at myself and more than a little worried that my Spidey senses were on the fritz. How could I not have known that the man before me was the duke? Instinct is everything in this job, and mine had barely made a peep. When this was over, I needed to reassess a few things. First on the list? How not to be swayed by a pretty face.
And here’s a compelling example of Stormy working through a tough situation:
Apparently, fate was intent on making this a teaching moment. The lessons? You never become immune to new pain, you don’t get credit for old pain and it ain’t up to you to decide when you’ve had your share of it.”
The best compliment I can give an author is to say that their characters or character, stayed with me even after their journey on the page ended. With The Twisted Tale Of Stormy Gale, Stormy did just that. She’s a highly likable, no-nonsense, time traveling pirate that I’d love to be friends with.
My rating on this one is:
I highly recommend this one and I do hope this isn’t the last we see of Story Gale. She’s quite a character in more ways than one. 😉 Personally, I think Ms. Bell needs to follow this one up and give Stormy more landscape on a broader canvas to roam. Because Stormy busts off the page from the get-go and doesn’t let up. Put this one in your TBR. You won’t be disappointed.
The reviews are in: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/159654833