by Liz Maverick
Review by Carolyn Frank
Shomi Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780505527240
Date: 03 July 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
L. Roxanne Zaborovsky knows she avoided her college graduation ceremony and that she uses her computer skills at home to work temp jobs, but that's about all she's sure of. As time starts fracturing around her, even going to the local 7-Eleven to buy a pack of gum becomes a journey to who knows when. In her universe, time is composed of an infinite set of wires that can be manipulated by those in the know, and Roxy as a crucial player for the future is being Wired.
The two men altering the wires that govern her past and present are both more than willing to romance Roxy if that is what is required to move her into providing what is needed for their own preferred future. Mason Merrick she remembers as her college roommate's boyfriend who she secretly lusted over. Leonardo Kaysar is a master of seduction, and they are fighting over her!
Not in the best physical or even mental shape at the start, Roxy starts to add all she's been through up, and eventually starts to take charge of her life. Meanwhile, Mason oscillates between being charming and providing limited explanations, and being noxious and desiring her unquestioning obedience. Leo just wants her to follow his instructions and not think about consequences.
The novel starts in present day southern California, and the physical location stays pretty much fixed and limited to four sites: Roxy's apartment, the 7-Eleven, Roxy's temp employment agency, and an office building. However the time location keeps shifting as each man attempts to wire his preferred future into place. Not much of this future is depicted but the described technological toys derive logically from the perspective of this universe.
This is a Romance set firmly in a universe of shifting time. Those who delight in the unraveling the potential paradoxes of time travel will appreciate the many layers of this tale, while those who are intrigued by relationships will enjoy seeing how this human triangle is resolved.