Title: Love Once In Passing
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Author: Jo Ann Simon
Publisher: ImaJinn, 2011
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5+ (sexual violence)
Description from Amazon.com:
This is book one in Jo Ann Simon’s acclaimed time travel romance from the early 1980s. Christopher Dunlap, a man of title and privilege in early nineteenth century England, and Jessica Lund, a thoroughly modern woman, suddenly find their lives mysterious entwined in Jessica’s late twentieth century world. Neither understand how Christopher, a man who had been living a happy life nearly two hundred years in the past, is now flesh and blood in Jessica’s present. They soon share a love for each other as deep as it is dangerous, for whatever has brought them together can just as easily tear them apart.
With all the current rants against “bodice ripper” tags on romance novels, this novel proves that actual bodice rippers do exist and they were supported and encouraged in publishing back in the 70’s & 80’s. Whatever prompted ImaJinn to reissue this book, which was originally an Avon publication, can only be conjecture on my part. For there is an actual bodice ripping, forced sex scene in this book.
Christopher starts out in this book as a kind, sensitive sort of guy but when his wife, Jessica, has amnesia from an accident he becomes a real tyrant, not to mention a marital rapist. As if tumbling through time is not plot vechicle enough, we have an amnesia plot also. On top of all this there is a cliffhanger ending.
The dialog is often stilted and both the hero and heroine seemed to speak with the same “voice” which was, at times, confusing. The story is written in first person which I confess is not my favorite and this may have colored some of my opinion. I can only recommend this book to those who might like to have a glimpse of how romance books were written back in the day.