Dear Ms. Maverick:
I was excited about reading this book as it was the first in Dorchester’s new speculative romance line, Shomi. The promise was that Shomi books would feature cutting edge speculative fiction within the romance construct and Wired delivered on that promise.
L. Roxanne Zaborovsky is on a mission to go to the 7-11 when her world is disrupted by two men: one from her past and one from her future. Mason Merrick and Leonardo Kaysar. both want something from Roxanne. She’s not sure what it is and she’s not sure who to trust. Mason has a wild story to tell her that involves time travel, computer code, and alternate realities, urging her to believe in him. Leonardo shows her that Mason will do or say anything to get Roxanne to do as Mason says. In the end, Roxanne must believe in herself, which has always been the problem.
Roxanne is forced to relive small segments of her life and each time, something different happens. Sometimes she’ll wake up and find something completely new, from her wardrobe to her living companion. And each time, Roxanne gets the opportunity to remake herself. Is she brave today? Does she take a risk? How far is she willing to go to achieve her future, whatever it may be.
Roxannne’s character arc is fascinating in this story, as is the manner in which it is told. The romance, while believable, occupied too little space and ended a bit too abruptly. Parts of the world building faltered for me as did some of the suspense. I never bought into the idea that Roxanne could so easily trust either man, as it appeared she did in the beginning. I also wasn’t a believer that the bad guy was a good guy, for even part of the time, as Roxanne did. Finally, I felt that some of the tension was contrived by having a character act differently than previous and subsequent behavior without explanation.
Overall, though, this story was innovative. It’s one part Momento, one part Groundhog day. The action was non stop and while the plot required the reader to pay attention, there was a big pay off at the end as the story circled back and provided deeper insight to the scenes at the beginning. I love the idea of this story and look forward to reading more from you. B-