Crossing In Time (Between Two Evils Book 1) by D. L. Orton
Crossing In Time is the first book in the Between Two Evils series and D.L. Orton’s debut novel. That is difficult to believe because her style of writing is extremely fluid and wonderfully immersive. She has a fantastic command of language, and I loved the subtle humor throughout the book.
Crossing In Time can’t be classified as belonging to one single genre. This is science-fiction, it is romance, it is action and adventure. There is something here for everyone.
It is the story of the relationship between Isabel and Diego and how this relationship could prevent world annihilation. It is told from three different perspectives: Isabel’s, Diego’s and Matt’s. Matt is a British scientist who is recruited with a bunch of other interesting characters to develop a time machine which enables Isabel to travel back into the past to work on her future relationship with Diego.
The characters feel very real and are easy to relate to. There are no one dimensional alpha males or damsels in distress here; these are your average people next-door type of characters that are properly fleshed out and authentic.
The romantic relationship between Isabel and Diego was endearing and sweet. There are some sex scenes, which I found fairly mild and tastefully done, but I have noticed that other reviewers felt they were steamy and explicit. So I guess it depends what you are used to reading. My only criticism would be that the sexual relationship took over a bit towards the end of the book. The stroking and caressing could have been condensed.
What I particularly enjoyed were the scenes of Isabel coping with survival in the bleak and dangerous dystopian future. Some of those descriptions got my heart pumping more than the love scenes. Overall, the story kept me thoroughly entertained and engrossed.
The ending leaves you with the frantic need to find out more about Isabel and Diego’s as well as Matt’s future, and I will certainly look out for part 2.
As far as the narration is concerned: I would give more than 5 stars if I could.
Having two narrators can be very tricky. The way that it was done here was absolutely impressive. Noah Michael Levine and Erin de Ward were a fantastic team. They had perfect timing and the narration was incredibly fluid. Noah Michael Levine did an amazing job switching effortlessly between the characters of Matt and Diego and keeping the accents straight. It felt like being at the movies. Outstanding performance! This is the sort of audiobook you want to give to people who don’t do audiobooks to show them what they are missing. There were no issues with the production.
Crossing In Time should appeal to a wide audience because of its mix of genres and because of the exceptional narration.
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