REVIEW: The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read

Étienne Lacroix and I had a fire I thought would never die.
Our love was timeless.
An irreversible decision sent me back to the present day with a family I barely recognize, but I am determined to find a way back to Étienne.
I can survive time. But I can’t survive life without him.
Time bends to no one’s demands, so I must fight with everything I have to return to the past. However, I am terrified that the past I once knew might not look the same, and the man who once called me his surviving trace will no longer be waiting for me.

Time bends to no one’s demands but sometimes love does…




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My Review

I honestly don’t know if I was anticipating the next book in a series as much as I anticipated this one. I thought I had an idea on what to expect, but I was so wrong. Every chapter gave new insight in to an intriguing story that will leave you guessing. It also gave us a deeper insight in to the love Etienne and Serene have for one another. Theirs is a love that knows no boundaries. they both realize they are on borrowed time but it doesn’t lessen their passion and their love for each other. They also find out they are a quite the force if they work together rather than keep each other in the dark. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that if you were to be able to travel back in time every single aspect of your current life would be changed forever.
Calia does a superb job at putting you right in the scene with the characters. Her writing is so rich and detailed, you feel it when Serene travels back and forth between present and past. The tone is different. You know where she belongs, and who she belongs with.
The mystery surrounding her family unveils some answers with a whole host of new questions that I can’t wait to get the answers to. The ending will have you cheering and questioning everything you ever thought with the book. I was so confused, but so happy, and sitting her asking myself, how did that just happen??? Why did it happen?? I need to know right now!!
Calia has made me a forever fan of hers with this beautiful love story and I cannot wait for the next book!


Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.

This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything…

Etienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.

Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture.

I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Etienne is my key to going home.

The more time I spend with Etienne, the further I fall for him, until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire.

All I know for certain is I need to survive time.

I need to survive love.

And I need to make it out on the other side alive.

Contemporary Romance/Time Travel


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