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Review: Kiss Across Chains by Tracy Cooper-Posey

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Kiss Across Chains
Author:  Tracy Cooper-Posey  
Release Date: June 29, 2013
Kiss Across Time #3
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 978-1927423967
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Format(s): paperback (318 pgs), e-book
Book Source: author

About the book:

      When dying becomes an act of love.
      It is four years since Taylor and Brody almost lost Veris during the First Crusade. Now they know how to control time jumps, they have settled into a very nearly perfect, nearly human life, raising their daughter Marit.
      When Brody defies Queen Tira to protect Marit, the three of them jump back three days in time to collect evidence the queen set up Brody for a drug bust in retribution. The jump sends them back to Brody’s personal nightmare: Fifth century Constantinople.
      While Brody survives as a flogged slave, Taylor masquerades as the wife of an aristocrat and searches for Brody to release him. They must wait for Veris to find them before jumping home and Taylor watches each brutal chariot race, wondering if this will be Brody’s last. Brody once died in the Hippodrome and he is human this time, too….

What VampBards talking about:

      Ms. Cooper-Posey creates the perfect blend of present-day paranormal menage romance with history.  Intriguing and indulgent of my desire to know the details, I found myself longing for stolen moments from ‘real life’ to spend with Taylor, Veris and Brody.
      I was completely captivated with the third book in the Kiss Across Time series.  Much like the first two.  While I believe that Kiss Across Chains could work as a stand-alone title, I definitely would recommend the backstory that goes along with the series.  Read. Them. In. Order.  Ms. Cooper-Posey has done a phenomenal job weaving present-day and history in a seamless, silken web that keeps the readers ensnared.
      I think what keeps me so engrossed in this trio is the inner conflict that the characters need to overcome in order to restore the timeline to some semblance of their present-day once they time travel.  I really like their ‘today’.  Marit, biological daughter of Veris and Taylor – conceived during a jump – is growing up, and naturally she has a nanny, Mia.  Mia is definitely able to take care of herself as well as Marit.  Alexander joins us from the last title.  It seems as though Veris and Brody have created for themselves a tight-knit family, with Taylor as the matriarch.
      Honestly, there’s nothing I didn’t like about this title.  It took me up and down the roller coaster of emotions.  It’s smokin’ hot!!!  I’d rate it a 4.5 out of 5 for hotness factor; however, don’t pick up the series if you’re uncomfortable with M/M, or M/M/F menage action.
      Veris was the ultimate savior.  He literally saved Brody.  Even though he had a lot to overcome in order to make that happen, Veris was able to keep it together when it really counted.  Even though he wasn’t totally in the headspace to accomplish the task.  He knew he had to do it for the greater good…for the present-day Veris-Brody-Taylor (and Marit).
       Taylor, as usual, was the level-headed, quick-on-her-feet matriarch that seemed to be the glue that held everyone together.  Even when it seemed like things were darkest.  What I like the most about Taylor is that she is able to reign in her emotions and not broadcast them.  I epically fail at that.  The way she is able to quickly and seamlessly adapt to whatever is thrown at her is nothing short of amazing.
      This book, for the most part, was Brody’s backstory.  I absolutely felt for him.  As a slave in Constantinople, as one forced to race the chariots… the beatings, and the moments of solace he found when he was with Taylor.  They were all so vivid for me.  Ms. Cooper-Posey painted a detailed portrait of Brody in this time in his life.  By acknowledging his weaknesses, Brody was setting himself up for his future.  With Veris and Taylor.  His resolve to live with gusto – to go into the races and slave pits with the same tenacity he possessed during that time period, was nothing short of bravery at its finest.  Brody knew what was going to happen.  He suspected when, as well.  If I knew the future, I don’t know whether I would be able to ensure that the timeline was as uninterrupted as possible.
      Over-all, I really love this series.  I know it’s going in my favorite of 2013.  As much as I liked the previous titles in the Kiss Across Time series, I do believe that Kiss Across Chains might just have the dubious distinction of being my favorite title in the series thus far.  Kudos to Ms. Cooper-Posey.

VampBards Rating:

Personal favorite – a must read (A+)

Purchase Info:
Kiss Across Chains (Book 3)
Reviews in the Series:
Kiss Across Time (Book 1)
Kiss Across Swords (Book 2)
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