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REVIEW: Ride the Whirlwind, by Jackie North

Title: Ride the Whirlwind

Series: A Love Across Time Book Three

Author: Jackie North

Genre: Sci Fi, Time Travel, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay MM

Publisher: Blue Rain Press

Pages: 350

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Soulmates across time. Two hearts, stronger together.

In present day, Maxton is good at finding trouble and bad at everything else. 

In 1892, Trent Harrington, sheriff of Trinidad, Colorado, lives a respectable but lonely life, devoid of any closeness.

Trying to escape a past that keeps chasing him, Maxton drives south to avoid getting arrested. When his car spins off the road, he is swept up in a desert whirlwind and finds himself in the year 1892. Lost and alone, unused to the laws of the wild west, Maxton gets arrested anyway. 

Trent is tasked with escorting Maxton to Trinidad. The request isn’t unusual, but the miscreant is. Maxton draws Trent’s heart out of its shell with his flashing green eyes and lush head of hair. It isn’t right. It isn’t natural. It’s illegal. Yet Trent cannot resist the impetuous young man.

As the two men travel through the vast, empty desert to their destination, will they find in each other the love and companionship they never thought they’d have?

A male/male time travel romance, complete with the scent of desert roses, brilliantly colored sunsets, starlit nights, bitter campfire coffee, growing honesty and trust, and true love across time.

The Review

“Ride the Whirlwind” piqued my interest and when I started reading I had to stop and find the stories for two other characters:  Lawrence “Laurie” Quinn from “Honey from the Lion” and Zach from “Wilds as the West Texas Wind”.   So I dived in and  grabbed the first two books of the series and gave them a read. 

“Honey from the Lion” introduces Lawrence “Laurie” Quinn and John Henton who get this mystical series started.  “Wild as the West Texas Wind” brings Zach to the forefront along with Layton Blue and the Ketcham Gang.

“Ride the Whirlwind” brings the troubled, Maxton Barnett into the search for his friend Laurie.  With Laurie’s support and encouragement Maxton’s troubled life had turned around.  Now, he’s lost everything with the disappearance of his friend Laurie and is on the run from cops and a dangerous gang.  There’s nothing left for him but the letters from Laurie who disappeared under some very strange events.  Maxton on the run and in search of Laurie, finds himself in the forces of a whirlwind.  It’s obvious to him he can’t out run the law when he finds himself in jail in the town of Dalia. Little does he know he’s about to be turned over to Sheriff Trent Harrington.  Maxton has to decide if he should run from the Sheriff that could lead him to Laurie or face the whirlwind that’s coming for him.

Jackie North brings the year 1892 to life with her scenic and wonderous descriptions, developing towns, the beauty of the landscape and the harshness of the storms of Colorado.  Through the forces of nature, Laurie, Zach and Maxton have to adjust to the ways of 1892 and be very careful not to reveal what they know about the future.  They each will meet men:  John Henton, outlaw Layton Blue and Sheriff Trent Harrington.  Each one of these six men have different personalities, hopes and fears that make for interesting pairs.  All of them also have to be careful in keeping their secret.  The one secret Laurie, Zach and Maxton have sworn to keep is how they got to 1892.

I hope Jackie North has plans to bring more stories for “A Love Across Time” series.  I would like to see what the future holds for Laurie, Zach and Maxton.  I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes time travel.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights.  Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.  I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors. My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me.  But if a blurb peaks my interest I will read the book. My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading. I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre.   Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.  But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.


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