Friday, November 3, 2023

Book Review: The Once and Future Fling by Leigh Heasley

Title: The Once and Future Fling
Author: Leigh Heasley
Genre: Romance; Science Fiction
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Publisher:W by Wattpad Books

Looking for love in all the wrong ages.

Time travel is now legal, and matchmaking agency Kairos lets clients travel through time in search of love.

Ada Blum has always been “an old soul.” She’s convinced that she was born at the wrong time, and after a series of break-ins at her apartment and threatening messages, she’s determined to figure out where she really belongs. She thinks she wants to go to Regency England, meet her Mr. Darcy, and settle down. However, a disastrous date ends with Ada covered in rancid chicken stock and rethinking her plans.

She returns to The Kairos Agency and agrees to try an entirely different era. She travels to 1920s New York where she meets Henry Leverson, a small-time hood. After yet another horrible experience, she’s about to give up on the whole matchmaking, time-traveling adventure when she bumps into her first love, Samson St. Laurent, a State Senator with whom she had an affair that resulted in a major PR scandal for him and ruined Ada’s life.

Sam is on the run through time, trying to use his knowledge of the future to make a fortune. He says he wants to win Ada back, but she’s not sure that he’s entirely trustworthy. In some ways, she’s drawn to Henry, and when she discovers that he is going to be murdered, she decides to go back and save his life by bringing him to the present day―even if it violates every single Kairos rule.

As Ada jumps back and forth from the present to the past, she’ll have to decide where her heart truly lies and which man she wants in her future.


* I received a copy of this book digitally for free and am leaving this review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Readers,

The synopsis for this book is so unique and interesting, plus with such a gorgeous cover I jumped at the chance to read this. Sadly, this book is a bit of a disappointment. First, Besides the amazingly colorful cover, the thought of a time travel dating agency romance just sounded so good. I was hoping we'd get a couple of chapters about this and just how Ada can't seem to find her groove before we got to the meat of the story but sadly that didn't happen. The first chapter grabbed a hold of me and I was so invested but eventually, as I got to know Ada and read more of the story I just kept getting frustrated. 

As must as I wanted to like her, Ada just did not seem that likable. She was flat and seemed really immature, in fact, most of the characters and dialogue just seemed immature. Also, it could have benefitted from more description because there were plenty of times that I was just lost. I couldn't quite picture any of the scenes in my head and I had to go back and reread to grasp what the hell was going on. 

Overall, this just wasn't for me. 

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