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Tam Paradiso is one of the few people who can see the dark creatures that lurk in the human world. While she protects people by day as a cop, by night she hunts down the unthinkable. One night an awful creature crosses through time, and with it the handsome Christopher Marlowe. Yes, the Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe has been hunting down creatures through time. Now a new bloodthirsty creature roams the streets and there's no telling when Marlowe will be swept away. Tam and Marlowe will team up in a race against time.
I love any story with a strong female lead, and Tam is exactly that. She's cool under pressure and a quick thinker on her feet. She doesn't fall head over heels in love with the male protagonist right away. Too many times I read books where the female character just dissolves into a romance-driven woman with little need for anything else. Tam thinks everything through and like most of us, second guesses her feelings before realizing what they are. I connected with her on all her awkward moments as she started crushing on Marlowe.
The awkwardness of Marlowe acclimating to a future time was realistic and hilarious. Tam learns quickly that sarcasm goes right over his head. The language barrier between the two provides many pages of laughs. I also appreciated that Marlowe's old English was for the most part easy for the reader to understand. Anything the reader might not understand, Tam called out. Marlowe was a well balanced character and it might just so happen that his flair for writing won me over. What can I say? I do enjoy a man who can spin colorful words.
I do wish there was more explanation of how certain elements of the world worked. Like the effect metals and things had on monsters. I also would have liked to see a bit more back story between Tam and forensic scientist Ziggy. But I am hoping some of the answers to questions I have will be in the next installment. I can't wait to continue reading this series!
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