Rosanna Harlow has just come out of the worst year of her life. 2005 was the pits. She lost her job, was ripped off by her feral cousins and she broke her big toe trying to do home renovations on the cheap. All she wants now is a peaceful, prosperous 2006 with no problems or excitement. The last thing Rosanna Harlow needs is the darkly attractive Archer McCall turning up on her door step telling her he is a Time Traveler from the year 2049 and that he needs her help to stop her best friend, Prue, from becoming a major drug lord. Sure he does. Yet, she soon discovers the Time Traveler is not mad and he is indeed telling her the truth. So why her? It’s not like she’s Wonder Woman or anything. She has no special powers. If she had, she would have used them long before this to sort out her own life.
The evil of one woman will bring Rosanna Harlow the enduring love that she never knew she needed. But will she survive 2006 to be with Archer? Will their efforts to save the future be in vain?
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Archer pulled Rosanna to the sofa. He sat down and patted the soft fabric beside him. His smile was teasingly suggestive. He knew Rosanna was completely on edge. That was understandable. A strange man who travelled through time wanted her to strip and pretend to be lovers to fool her friend. Not something most people would take easily in their stride. Even though he had only known her for moments, Archer knew with a certainty that Rosanna Harlow hated to be forced into doing anything against her will. That was understandable. He liked to be in control as well. As he was now. And she knew it and hated it. He needed her to make this plan work. Archer removed his shirt and waited for her to join him.
Bloody hell! Rosanna found herself swallowing hard. This went way beyond acting like lovers. This stranger had just removed his shirt, displaying a chest that made her want to lick him, and she had to pretend to be his lover. She pinched herself. No, this was real. She was awake. She sat down beside the bare-chested man and tried to look anywhere but the hair-toughened torso that magnetically compelled her gaze.
“Take your shirt off.”
“What?” He may as well have asked her to swim a crocodile-infested river as this seemed to be just as unbelievable a request.
“You have a bra on, don’t you?” Archer smiled softly. Who knew someone who talked so tough was really deep down shy.
Rosanna crossed her arms over her full breasts. Suddenly she did not want his attention riveted on them. “Yeah but…”
“Is there a problem?” Her defensive gesture alerted Archer to the fact there certainly was.
“Well yeah. Is taking my shirt off necessary?”
“Do you always make love fully clothed?”
Yes, of course, at that moment she would go red in the face. That was the way life worked. To be embarrassed right at the moment you didn’t want to be. Again, thank you, life, she thought. “I don’t even know you.” But here you are all hot and half naked, from 2049, in my lounge room telling me to take off my shirt. Yeah right.
Archer smiled widely at her pink, flushed face. It told him so many things. All the things that she tried to keep hidden below the surface. The insecurities, fear and innocence. “You’d wear less at the beach…you know, a bikini.”
Rosanna snorted in an unladylike fashion. “I would never wear a bikini.” She was well aware she did not have the body for it. Exposing her pale flab to anyone was not something she jumped at doing.
Archer needed to move this along. Prudence Jones would be here any minute. He wanted their being together to look convincing. “I didn’t realize you would be so inhibited.” He said the words that he intuitively knew would challenge her.
“I am not!” Okay, she was but Rosanna wasn’t going to be pushed around by the hot, bare-chested time traveler beside her.
“Prove it then. Take your shirt off.” Archer leaned in closer and looked challengingly into her eyes. The woman was pissed off at him, his words and the whole situation. “Are you scared?”
“Oh for God’s sake!” Rosanna grabbed the bottom of her red t-shirt and pulled it straight over her head. “Happy now?” Sure, she had on a simple white lace bra but suddenly it did not seem like adequate clothing with Archer’s eyes on her. She re-crossed her arms over her breasts and tried to look casual. It wasn’t working.
“Ecstatic.” If this wasn’t so important, Archer would have liked to have pushed this woman further just to see how far he could. There was wild passion simmering barely below the surface.
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Rating: 4 Cups
Rosanna Harlow is hoping that after tonight, New Year’s Eve 2005, her life must get easier. She vows 2006 is going to be better than 2005 has been. While out partying she gets a strange message on her cell telling her Archer will meet her January 1st, 2006 dated 11:58pm, 31/12/2048. That must be a mistake!
Archer McCall is part of NOMAD which sends out their operatives in time, literally traveling where they can past or present to stop crimes. He is from the future, the year 2049 and he needs Rosanna to help him stop her best friend from being the worst drug trafficker in his time.
Archer and Rosanna must present a united front to have her best friend Prue accept him as the lover of Rosanna. That is not hard to pretend since he has fallen for her hard from the first time he met her. Getting Rosanna to feel the same is something else. The future Prue and her hubby are drug traffickers putting “Angel Kiss” on the streets and many will die from only a single dose. They must be stopped permanently now in the past of 2006.
I am trying to picture myself in this leading role, the gal next door. A man pops out of thin air and says he is from the future needing my help to stop a criminal. I loved that this is realistic and refreshing with a strong cast of personalities. This is a cross of The Time Tunnel, Star Trek and Magnum P.I. all rolled into one. For those like me that love time travel it is a must read. This gives long distance dating a whole new meaning.
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Title: Rose Perfect
Author: Janet Davies
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Release Date: March 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Time Travel/Suspense Romance
Year/Setting: Present - 2006 Austraila
Overall Rating: 3.9
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Mild+
Janet's Website: www.freewebs.com/janetdavies
Rosanna Harlow remains cool, calm and collected (for the most part) when a handsome man, poof!, appears in her backyard claiming to be Archer McCall from 2049. He not only wants her to believe he’s from the future, he wants her to believe her best friend, Prue, is practically evil incarnate in 2049. Despite her attraction to him, he does present a strong case. But wouldn’t she know if her friend were dealing drugs? He must be crazy. Totally nuts-o.
The tug is immediate for Archer. He’s righted many evils before, without getting his emotions tangled in the cases. Yet there’s something different about Rosanna. She’s an incongruous mix of desirability, which she has no idea she possesses. It’s going to take patience and finesse to convince her she’s the love of his life. Perhaps more so, than it takes to convince her, her friend would kill many for the sake of greed.
Her difficult life has made Rosanna cautious, especially when it comes to relationships. She fears the sparks Archer ignites between them is simply a front to gain access to Prue and her operation. Yet she’ll do almost anything to stop her friend from ruining lives, Prue’s included. Even if it means Rosanna’s heart is on the line, and maybe her very life. Will her trust in Archer be her downfall?
Rosanna became almost real for me with her intelligence and quick wit shielding her insecurities. Though he remains a man of mystery, Archer is a doll with his understanding of those insecurities in addition to his attraction to her other attributes.
Normally, continual POV shift is a big distraction for me, but somehow it works for this story. The premise is intriguing and fun. It definitely gets the wheels of the imagination going and makes you wonder at the possibilities.
There’s a mixture of simple and complex, sweet and sassy, quirky and somber in Janet Davies debut novel. The tension between Rosanna and Archer, personality-to-personality, sexual, and evil-busting sets the pace for Rose Perfect.
An enjoyable way to while away a rainy afternoon.
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