Time Served by Julianna Keyes

Time Served

byJulianna Keyes

Kobo ebook | March 23, 2015

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"One of my favorite things in this book is that it doesn't pull punches… If you're looking for a gritty story with a lot of heat (and I mean a lot) and real characters, I'd definitely recommend Time Served."—Dear Author, recommended read

Dean Barclay had nothing to do with my decision to flee my old life, but he is 100 percent of the reason I vowed to never look back.

I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean-dangerous, daring, determined-away from the crowd and climb into his beat-up old Trans Am. I was sixteen and gloriously alive for the first time. When I felt his hand cover my leg and move upward, it was over. I was his. Forever.

Until I left. Him, my mom, and the trailer park. Without so much as a goodbye.

Now Dean's back, crashing uninvited into my carefully cultivated, neat little lawyerly life. Eight years behind bars have turned him rougher and bigger-and more sexually demanding than any man I've ever met. I can't deny him anything and that just might end up costing me everything.

101,800 words

Title:Time ServedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 23, 2015Publisher:Carina PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1426899629

ISBN - 13:9781426899621

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life After reading Undecided early in 2016 and absolutely adoring it(it was a top favourite of 2016), I knew I needed to read Keyes' back titles. So here were are. Well, the writing and fundamentals of this book are fine. I, unfortunately, did not enjoy 75% of it. The real downer for me was Rachel and Dean. I didn't like nor connect to either of them. And I really did not enjoy their relationship. Both have a lot to learn and really just need to grow up. I can understand Rachel wanting to move away from her past but hey, maybe don't be so condescending about it. She's always sorry for leaving Dean, Dean is bent on hurting her and revenge. But you know there's still love simmering there so it's just all so messy and unappealing. These are two people that just need to move the hell on from each other. The sex scenes were not my thing. They seemed to really be saturated with hate and I just, no thanks. Their whole back and forth, hot and cold made the book feel longer than it is. I kept thinking about DNF'ing. Good news is that I enjoyed a bunch of the supporting characters like Parker, Baxter, and Oreo a whole bunch. So they made the story so much better. Ultimately, Keyes is a great author. This story didn't hit its mark for me. But that doesn't take away from her writing, dialogue or just general storytelling abilities. I look forward to checking out more of her work. Especially Undeclared when it's released sometime this year.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and Intense. Wow these novel was intense with a lot of conflict that was resolved or not. It somehow made a happy ending to their relationship.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great curl up on the couch and read! Awesome read. Felt for Rachel and understood her turmoil. Looking forward to more books by Julianna Keyes
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gritty, compelling and sexy read If you're looking for flowers and chocolates and tender declarations of love, you're not going to find that here. What you will find is a gritty, compelling story, that of Rachel and Dean as they reconnect after 10 years apart. During the 10 years since Rachel left her trailer park home and her boyfriend like a thief in the night, she's become a relatively successful lawyer and is on track to a promotion as she investigates a class action suit against a company whose workers were poisoned. On the other hand, Dean spent most of that time in jail for armed robbery, only in the last 2 years being on the road to respectability again at his warehouse job and using his meaty fists to workout his stress in a boxing arena. They were never meant to meet up again - but they do, and just like when they were teenagers, they can't keep their hands off each other. But what will be the cost to them both? There were parts of this story that I really liked and some that were somewhat disappointing. I thought the legal case aspect and Rachel's job started out really well and was very interesting, but then it kind of fizzled out for me and didn't really end up where I thought it would. I didn't feel like there was a lot of 'romance' in the story either. What there is though, is a definite sexual chemistry and connection between Rachel and Dean and the sex scenes between them are super hot. Lots of rough sex happening here, fully consensual and really emphasizing that even if they don't like each other very much to start (and for much of the story), they still have a connection. I liked their scenes together, gritty and emotional as they are. Both characters had some good parts to them, and show a lot of flaws. There is no denying that Dean acts like a jerk for the majority of the story, and truthfully isn't fully redeemed by the end either. And I'm okay with that, because after 8 years in prison, I'd find it hard to believe that he'd become a softhearted romantic man just because Rachel is in his life again. I felt like that was very true to his character. And despite his antagonistic ways, Rachel knows that she gets to him, as he gets to her. Rachel's character was interesting too, as a woman who has pulled herself up by her bootstraps and made something of herself. Giving in to Dean's sexual demands seems like a step down for her, though it's easy to see why she can't resist him. The sexual connection is all they have to start with besides some good and some painful teenage memories. It takes much of the story to establish a more meaningful and positive emotional connection, and even that is pretty rocky. But they get their happy ending, one they both deserve, one that shows there is still a lot of work ahead to build the trust again between them but that they are both willing to put in the effort. I really liked the secondary characters in this story too, ones that added scenes of friendship and scenes of tension into the mix. They definitely rounded out the story well. Truthfully, I had a hard time putting this story down once I started it, and overall I found it to be an entertaining and compelling read. 4 stars.
Date published: 2015-04-01