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Who knew another story other than Oliver Twist about pickpockets could be so good.  Only this ain’t your classic literature!!-Fly Girl

Katz Almira’s mission is clear—travel to the past, steal the note that ruins the world, travel back to the present. Easy. She’s the best pickpocket Time Weavers, Inc. has ever had. Posing as a poor widow in Regency London, she convinces her target, Lord John Byron, a man as sexy as he is wealthy, to take her in off the streets. But at her request to keep her hidden, instead of his cushy manor, he allows her to stay in a warehouse full of orphan boys he cares for there.

It’s the perfect place to hide, and bonus, her new roommates can help her find the mysterious note. With John as their pseudo-father, they know what he does every day, and with who. Katz can’t afford any distractions, but she soon finds herself getting attached to the orphans—and John—even helping him plan for their futures.

Each day she spends in the past is another day closer to her deadline, another day closer to returning to her own time, and another day John and this makeshift family get dangerously closer to her heart. But Katz staying in the past would have dire consequences for them all…


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Fly Girl’s Review:

You all know how much I love unique story ideas. Well, this one ranks right up there. Lexi says she based it on Oliver Twist, if you read the acknowledgements, and it is super fun, adventurous, sad, uplifting, and romantic. I know lots of contradictions. The story is about a band of pickpockets an injured war veteran takes under his wing to rehabilitate and love, including out time traveler.

Somehow Lord John finds a few pickpockets in old world England and realizes his new purpose in life. Since returning home from the war on the continent he’s been a drift, injured, and a bit soulless. This band of misfits gives him a purpose to help with a charity and find good and loving homes for them all. See all they need is someone to love them and a place to belong. Only Katz comes in and makes him rethink his purpose in life.

Katz on the other hand does not want to be “saved” from the pickpocket life of danger. She loves it and is actually employed doing it. She’s there to fix a rift in time. You know where our humankind story goes off the rails. And boy is it starting to look like current day. Anyway, I digress. Katz loves what she does and is there with a purpose. Lord John is the mark. What she doesn’t expect is to have feelings for him where she jeopardizes her own safety and security to save him.

So what makes this unusual is the escapades she goes through to get him to notice her and then how she becomes attached to these pickpockets herself. Like she just found her home away from home. Katz knows she must leave, but she wants to give the kids and Lord John the best opportunity to find their own place of belonging too. So she does some unimaginable and totally off limits things to try to save them all. Time Weavers, Inc. has rules and although Katz has followed them until now, she’s decided the risk is worth everything she holds dear in her current timeline. If that doesn’t say big gesture…Anyway, I’m not going to spoil it anymore.

The book is huge on angst, unspoken love, longing glances, being protected, high emotion, cute kids, adventure, danger, witty remarks, and fun. Her characters are well thought out for their roles and are charming and full of life. She makes your feel like this is a world we live in, not some sci-fi novel. That speaks volumes. Lastly, she lets her characters be human, with emotional honesty, inner turmoil, and growth. She takes the story of time travel to new levels with her ability to forecast her story and put everything in it’s correct place at the correct time. You aren’t left wondering what happens to the timeline or the characters.

Honestly, I loved this one and how she so neatly ties up the timeline…Wow!! I’m giving it a 5 of 5 because it might be the best time travel romance I read all year.

5 of 5 Propellers


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Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sensuous romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. So she decided to marry her two first loves by using the classics as a springboard for her romances. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat. -From Author’s Website

(All the Wickedcoolflight Crew has gotten to meet her and she is truly never without a hat. And some of them are fabulous!)