Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardian series ranks as one of my favorite paranormal/vampire series. And then she started the Gifted Ones series. Now this is a favorite to add to favorites. "Rendezvous With Yesterday" focuses on Bethany (from the 21st century) who gets thrown into the 13th century whereby she smacks into Lord Robert. Enough said about the plot. Simply know this can be read as a stand-alone novel with ease. However, having read the first of the series, "A Sorceress of His Own," it added to my enjoyment to know previous characters. The settings are so well-described I was smelling the moat as Beth first encountered it. The characters breathed with life. The dialogue -- quirky, funny, smart. The book had everything I like in this genre: smart characters, believable setting, dialogue that makes sense to the time, a plot that keeps me engaged, and an HEA that makes my heart smile. Dianne Duvall is on my must-read list. If you start any of her books, she will be on yours, too.
As a fan of the immortal guardians series it was very excited for the gifted one series. And it was wonderful to finally get to hear Bethany story. I was always very sad that Marcus lost her and never really understood why he never tried to make her stay. However once Bethany and Robert meet it was obvious that Marcus was never for her. It was nice to see Robert coming into his own in the story. In “A Sorceress his own” Robert was still growing up and finding his way. It was also a lot of fun to watch Bethany come to terms with the time travel and having to live in a different century. I do feel that she ended up right where she belongs with who she belongs with. It was nice to see Marcus again and meet the rest of Bethany‘s family. It was also fun to catch up with Dillon and Alyssa.
Kirsten Potter is still one of my favorite narrators of all time. She is able to bring any world for life and give every character of their own unique voice. Is this book with a credit? My answer is YES anything by Dianne Duvall is.
This was a very good story. I liked both Bethany and Robert and enjoyed seeing how they got together. This story has been coming for a while because of Marcus (the hero from Night Reigns) being part of it and his attachment to Bethany...but, I don't think you need to read Marcus' story to understand this one, just know that there's more going on with Marcus that can be explained in the main series.
Bethany is a bounty hunter that lived in Texas in our time. She and her brother, Josh, lost both of their parents and now they're very close. Bethany has never been involved with anyone seriously and focuses on her job, her brother and her friends.
Lord Robert, Earl of Fosterly, is the brother to Dillon, the hero from [book:A Sorceress of His Own|25154251]. Robert is a good Lord to his people (in the early 1200s) and seeks only to give them a good life and protect them from any threat. Robert was married when he was young but lost his wife and child and made no effort to remarry.
Bethany is on a bounty hunter job with Josh but some things go wrong and she's hurt badly. Josh is also shot and she thinks things are going to go badly for both of them and then loses consciousness. When Bethany wakes up, her wounds are gone, leaving drying blood and scars in their place. She doesn't recognize the woods she's in and can't find Josh anywhere so she's freaked with good reason. Bethany is found by four men dressed in armor and riding horses and she's determined that they have to be reenactors that are fanatic in their attention to detail and sticking with their story. The leader of the men, Robert, tries to help her but they have problems understanding each other, 1. because they're speaking middle English vs modern English and 2. Bethany is talking about things that have no translation...like cars and cell phones and the police...
The men search for Josh but have no luck so they take Bethany back to their keep (castle). This just about tips Bethany over the edge because she's not willing to believe that she somehow traveled in time but the physical proof is mounting and impossible to ignore. It takes Bethany some time to get past her disbelief and all that but she does. It's helped by the fact that Robert has to go out to fight some mercenaries that someone has been sending on to his lands for unknown reasons. Bethany is worried for Robert and realizes that she's falling for him. Since she doesn't know how she got to the past or if she'll be sent back to the future at any time, she's a bit reluctant to get involved but after him being in danger, she also doesn't want to deny her feelings. Robert knows there's something strange about Bethany but he doesn't care, willing to accept whatever her secrets are to be with her. Her secrets end up being more than he imagined but Bethany and Robert do figure out what happened to her and how to be together so they end things with a very nice HEA together.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Bethany...she was a smart and realistic woman and my only complaint about her was that (IMO) it took her too long to accept time-travel (but maybe I just read too many PNR books that make me open to the unexpected). LOL. Robert was a great hero and a sweet guy. Overall, the story and characters were good and kept me engaged in the story. I'd recommend it. :)
* note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a very good job.
Book 2 Not Nearly as Successful as the First Book in the Series! The first book - "A Sorceress of His Own" - was a compelling, charming read and, while the plot verged on melodramatic at points, the setting, magic, and romance was believable and engrossing, On the other hand, "Rendezvous With Yesterday" did not achieve this at all. For me the book could be summarized as trite, underwhelming, and unbelievable. I think the true culprit is the time travel element which was not executed believably or reflected well in the interactions of characters who come from such radically different times/cultures. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief that a 21st century woman can speak and understand Middle English, since the author went to the trouble of noting there would be a language barrier and attempting to justify Beth's ability to speak and understand it, but most all other aspects of the time travel element seemed trite and handled poorly or in a cursory manner. Just think of the misunderstandings that can occur today when traveling to other countries just from differences in cultural understandings of style of dress, acceptable length of eye contact, and meanings of different hand motions. And then multiply this exponentially.
Anyway, the time travel elements of the story didn't work for me at all, so needless to say, I didn't enjoy the characters, interactions, relationships, or plot. The time travel element took away from the experience entirely and I would have been much happier if perhaps the difference in time or space or both was much smaller. Or just create another great strong female character like Alyssa from the first book. I was so looking forward to a great followup in this the second book in the series but "Rendezvous" book missed the mark for me entirely. Which is a shame, considering how very much I enjoyed the first novel.