29 July 2016

The Villain by May Nicole Abbey

The Villain by May Nicole Abbey.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Time Travel.
Publication: June 18th 2015 by River Valley Publishing.
A fall and crash
A violent journey through the doorways of time
A villain or hero in the making

Rosemary Mayfield teeters on the brink of ruin. With the murder of her parents she is left the sole guardian of her younger brother and sister. Once a wealthy socialite in New York City, she now finds herself stranded in the untamed wilderness of the American West. When a wounded man comes crashing through her roof, as rough as the savage land, it is against her better judgment to bring him into her home and her heart. But she soon discovers he holds a secret that shatters everything, and she must make a choice, unaware that often destiny hinges on a single moment.

Fresh from an unsavory past and a violent fall, Nicolas Ekkridon awakens to find himself cared for by three orphans ignorant of the role he played in their parents’ untimely death. They accept and embrace him, and a lifetime of hardened barriers begin to crumble. On the precipice between good and evil, only Rosemary and her spirited defiance stands between him and villainy. But time and space are against them. As its weaving tentacles envelop them in an indifferent grasp, they are swept into a shattering series of circumstances that threaten the very makeup of their lives. But when time can be bent, nothing is written in stone.


This was a thoroughly captivating story that drew you in and played with your mind as much as it did the fabric of time. Though a bit confusing at first, being plopped into the middle of a story, it kept you interested in figuring out what was going on. The romance was strong and sweet.

The Villain is one of those books you pick up and read in one sitting. The kind that surprises you with its powerful and compelling characters and its poignant message. To say that I was surprised at how much the story touched my heart would be an understatement.
~ Author C.J. Anaya

Reviewed by Kelly.

When I got the book in exchange for an honest review (and my opinions are my own) I had forgotten the blurb and just started reading it. I forgot that there was time travel involved or that this man, Nicolas, had anything to do with Rosemary’s parent’s death. In that aspect I think I fell for Nicolas as much as Rosemary did and was shocked and didn’t know what to think except that she should talk to Nicolas about it when she found out!

The story is very sweet and innocent. Rosemary and her young brother, Benjamin, and even younger sister, Emily, were left orphans while on the train heading west to begin a different life on a cattle ranch. Rosemary’s parents were rich but everything they had left was stolen by robbers and her parents were murdered on that train. So Rosemary decides to go to the cattle ranch her parents had already bought and try to take care of her siblings and her ranch.

With not much to eat and little knowledge of how to make fires or cook or survive, they do the best they can. Then Nicolas falls down on their roof. He is wounded badly and in and out of consciousness. Rosemary attempts to sew his wound together with Nicolas’s knowledge of how to do it. As he recovers, he discovers who they are and helps them learn how to live in the west. Meanwhile, Nicolas falls for Rosemary and she falls for him, knowing that he has lived a bad life. His face is scared and one eye has a white film over it. Nicolas helps Benjamin become a man and lets Emily tell him fantasy stories that she believes are true.

It isn’t till the end that you discover all of Nicolas’s transgressions but Rosemary and Benjamin and Emily still love him and hate him at the same time. What to do and what happens then keeps you on your feet because then it is nonstop action and drama to find out what will happen next! I loved it!

My only beef (yes cattle ranch pun intended) is that occasionally out of nowhere Rosemary would talk to the reader. It didn’t feel right and it would throw me off!

If you like time travel, hard work, living on a ranch, barn raising, family, guns, explosions, romance, forgiveness then this is for you!

Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson are a sister writing team who, despite the incongruity of their very different characters, always seem to be on the same page when it comes to their passion for reading and writing. The difference in their personalities create a well rounded vision of what life should be; stable yet chaotic. College, construction, motherhood, wrestling, management experience, or traveling the world as a nanny, all fall under the experiences of this pair.

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