I'm very surprised that I'm the first to review this book, as it's exceptional. Let me start by saying that I normally do not like time travel romances. However, boy am I glad that I was out of reading material one night as a teenager and plucked this gem off my sci-fi loving mother's shelf. This is one that I now keep on my own shelf with my other favorites, and have read multiple times. It's a great, quick, passionate read!
Scott Ramsey is a modern-day time machine test pilot. For one of his test runs, he is sent back to the American south during the Civil War, where he accidentally stumbles upon our heroine, Rachel, who is living with her extended family on their plantation. Rachel is actually a Union spy, who is on a mission of her own to prevent money from going to a pirate helping the southern cause. When she finds Scott, she believes him to be the pirate, and what ensues is a story that combines science fiction and the American Civil War into a tale of passionate love.
There's a lot of things that make this book great, but I'd say the immensely likable characters are what make it really shine. Rachel is a great heroine - a feisty, strong woman who isn't about to take crap from anyone, even if she has to put up with the stifling southern lifestyle to keep her cover. The hero, Scott, is perfect. He's sexy, suave, and has a great sense of humor, all while being the type of wonderfully nice guy you want to take home to mom.
The book is shorter, and can be read in one night if you've got some time on you, which I often do if I want a familiar tale that I know will leave me satisfied. The ending is the best part. I cried, which I only do with about 1% of the romance novels I read. For such a quick tale by a relatively unknown author, this book packed a lot of emotion into its pages. I definitely recommend this as a fantastic little read!