In MATTER OF TIME, Lizbeth has spent the past fifteen years desperately searching for someone to fill the void left by Logan Steele’s disappearance from her life. However, rather than finding love and happiness, all she’s found is disappointment, heartache, and an ever-present longing for the man she can never have. Fifteen years ago, Logan Steele left the woman he loved to marry his high school sweetheart and be a father to the child he didn’t know he had. He’s always tried to do the honorable thing, to be a good husband and a great father, but despite his sacrifices and best efforts, the shaky foundation of his marriage crumbles and falls apart. When his identical twin surprises him with a reintroduction to Lizbeth, Logan feels like he’s been given a second chance—at life and love. But a lot can change in fifteen years, and after hurting her so badly the first time, building trust isn’t just hard, it’s nearly impossible—especially when duty and obligation pulls him away again.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
For one blissful year fifteen years ago, everything in Lizbeth’s life was perfect. She and her boyfriend, Logan Steele had their lives mapped out and as soon as each graduated from college, they would wed and spend the rest of their lives making the other delightfully happy. For one perfect year . . . .
Fifteen years ago, Logan Steele walked away from the only woman he has ever truly loved. His strong sense of duty and responsibility would not allow him to leave his ex-girlfriend alone to raise their daughter. For fifteen years, Logan Steele has loved his children fiercely and without a moment’s regret, he has built a successful career but, outside of his children and his business, he has not been truly happy. For fifteen years, Logan Steele has tried to forget Lizbeth and make his marriage work but there is only so much a man can take.
After a surprise meeting with Logan’s equally handsome twin, Lucas Steele, Lizbeth finds herself caught up in a plot that is meant to reunite her and Logan after fifteen years apart. In the interceding years, Lizbeth has built a successful business and has slept with many, many men but she has never been truly happy. Though there was nothing to forgive Logan for when he left, Lizbeth has never been able to shake her love for him. No man and no amount of success will ever stand a chance when up against the memory of the perfect man. Lucas and Lizbeth have slowly rekindled their friendship so when Lucas invites Lizbeth to his club on Friday night, she has no real reason to say no. Lucas is a crafty bastard and within an hour of getting to the club, Lizbeth is face to face with the only man she has ever truly loved.
Though he intended to take things very, very slowly in order to give Lizbeth time to adjust and process, Logan finds himself buried balls deep in Lizbeth within an hour of their reintroduction. Once the formalities J are out of the way, Logan lays all his cards on the table: he is a dad to three amazing kids, he has a signature away from being totally free of his marriage and, no matter how hard it is to work out, he will do anything and everything in his power to be with Lizbeth. For the first time in fifteen long years, Lizbeth is happy and being with Logan again is all that matters. In between bouts of extremely satisfying sexcapades, Lizbeth and Logan begin to work out the details of their situation. All seems to be on track until the moment Logan’s brother interrupts to let him know the home his ex-wife and children live in is burning to the ground.
Desperate to see his children, Logan packs his bags and heads for home all the while assuring Lizbeth this is not something that will derail their budding relationship. Though she wants to believe Logan, Lizbeth has been here before and old fears quickly rise to the surface. With Lucas to reassure her that Logan will absolutely honor his commitment to her, Lizbeth does her best to wait patiently for Logan’s call. Logan’s time with his kids is precious and getting them settled and situated following the loss of their home is critical and something he will not compromise on. Once he is certain his kids are well, Logan turns his attention to his ex-wife and her strange behavior. Though he doesn’t want to cause her any more pain, Logan is forced to bluntly and clearly explain to his ex that there is not a snowball’s chance in hell of them every getting back together. His admissions are understandably painful but necessary and will allow Logan to make as clean a break from his ex as if humanly possible.
In the wake of the fire, Logan remains true to his word and true to Lizbeth. He is clearly honest about everything that is happening and Lizbeth assures him she is there for him and will continue to be so no matter what. Little do either of them know how dramatically their lives are going to change when the truth about many, many situations begin to surface.
The Bottom Line: Like the other books in the Heat Wave series, I truly enjoyed this read. Lynne’s tendency to introduce a character in the worst light possible and then redeem them completely continues in Matter of Time. Lizbeth’s initial appearance in Kevin’s book was not at all a good in Crossing Lines. Lizbeth’s previously horrible behavior is thoroughly explained in Matter of Time and it doesn’t take long to really like Lizbeth. She is compassionate, passionate, caring and, kind and not at all cruel and scheming as she initially appeared. Logan Steele is perhaps the most honorable and responsible man on earth. For fifteen years he denied himself and his feelings at nearly every turn. His love for and loyalty to his children kept him in a loveless marriage for far, far too long. With the help of his twin brother, Lucas, Logan is finally able to find the happiness he has long been denied. While Matter of Time is absolutely Lizbeth and Logan’s story, it is also quite clearly the launching pad for a new series based on Lucas Steele and his . . . . wait for it . . . sex club!! With any luck, Lynne’s new series will be as interesting, as entertaining and as sexy as the Heat Wave Series has been.
About the author and where to find her:
Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.