Title: Bannockburn Binding
Series: Beloved Bloody Time #1
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Genre: time travel, futuristic, 14th century
Stand Alone: YES
Re-issued /Re-edited: NO
Date published: December 14, 2011
Published by: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Purchase links: LINK
Page count: 164 pages
In the early 23rd Century, vampires learned how to travel back in time, and created a time-tsunami that threatened life as we know it, until they corrected their mistake. They created the Chronometric Conservation Agency, which is tasked with preserving history and therefore protecting humanity’s future. The Touring arm of the Agency offers trips back into the real past, with vampire guides, called travellers.
When Natalia (Tally) Marta, vampire and traveller, takes her client to visit the siege of Stirling Castle in 1314, she is caught and held hostage for ransom by Robert MacKenzie, a Bruce clansman. Rob finds himself drawn to the wilful, stubborn and very different English lady he has captured and the relationship becomes an intimate, highly-charged sexual pairing. Swiftly, Tally and Rob realize their bond is more than sexual, that the emotions stirring their hearts are true.
Christian Lee Hamilton, vampire, one of the last true southern gentlemen, and Tally’s ex-lover, knows the 1314 time marker enough to jump back and help Tally return home. His arrival at Bannockburn adds complications, for Christian finds himself drawn to Rob MacKenzie as much as Tally is. But neither of them can stay in the past forever. To do so means certain death.
This is a romance that I was ready to give a 4-stars but two major things bothered me enough that I decided to give a 3-stars.
First, the author did not respect my mother tongue. One of the hero spent centuries in France and yet the french was a very bad online translation. There is no excuse with this. It is exactly as if an author claims to know what is History, yet did made any serious researches and claims that king Arthur lived in the 19th century. To believe that online translator can do the job is like hoping that we will never receive spams in our mails because we paid an anti-spam program: utopia.
So yes. I was upset. Especially because it was probably three sentences in all the story and all of them were a mess.
Second, the story jumped into the past and future with no explanation. I had to wait pages 95-100 to get one. It was disturbing to try to figure it out two parallel stories at the same time, one in the past and one in the future. Indeed, both collided at the end but it is a 164 pages story so it was a long time before it made sense.
In my opinion, the explanation about why and how the vampires could travel time (pages 95-100) could have been a chapter put in the beginning of the story. It would have made sense immediately who was who and why. I really got confused to remember all the characters with such a short time.
Tracy Cooper-Posey did not disappointed me regarding the level of emotions, the characters and the romance. I think she masters this perfectly.
Rob stole my heart. He is the kind of character that you keep thinking about even after the last line. He is the kind of character that you dream to find in every single romance you read. At east, I wish. I liked also Tally and Lee but Rob made all the difference in the romance. Did the author forgot he was in the 15th century with all the superstitions and warriors rarely were genius? Yes, most probably. If we think about it closely, it was completely inconsistent. But he was so lovable and since he interacted only with characters coming from the future, it was acceptable.
One thing that I must praise about this author is the love and passion she put into her characters. I felt it from beginning to end.
Once I understood who was who and why, it was easier for me to jump from one story to the next one. However, I would have loved better to concentrate to the main characters. I also missed a little bit more at the epilogue which was surprising.
I am on my way to read book #2, Byzantine Heartbreak which was a best seller praised by many and also book #3, Romani Armanda which is a new release. So stay tune for those reviews 🙂
Characters:5 ~ Plot:4 ~ Sex Heat:3 ~ Romance:4
Equality Level:4 ~ Credibility:3 ~ Originality:4