The Syndicate by Sophie Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy freaking cow!
In The Syndicate, Stassi is incredibly grateful for the life she lives with the Syndicate–a time travel artifact procurement company–but she still wonders about her parents. A picture with a woman wearing her necklace points her to 1920’s Paris, and when an assignment for that period turns up, she jumps on the chance. But this job, while more detail-oriented than others she’s taken (stealing an unpublished manuscript from a famous and paranoid writer), has a lot more going on than she expected. Time has a hiccup, and she finds that her and her partners’ lives are in danger–as well as the present time they left behind.
Oh, my goodness. Where do I start?
Let’s talk about mystery. As if stealing a manuscript and trying to find more about the family you don’t remember and the locket they left behind wasn’t enough, there’s danger on the loose in Paris that doesn’t match up to the timeline. Pile on a healthy dose of romance and a load of Paris 1920’s glamour, and a goofy partner that is equal parts entertaining and heartwarming, and you have a story that is equal parts entertaining and engrossing. I didn’t want to put it down, and I find myself still thinking about it and wondering what all the future of the series has in store.
The Syndicate and subsequent books in the Timewaves series are going on my must-read-the-whole-series list, which I only reserve for the absolute best stories. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Seriously, it is THAT GOOD!!!
**This book is not entirely clean, having quite a few swear words (though they tend to use alternates) and a couple of steamy romance scenes. Overall, the less savory parts are rather mild, and well worth the story you get as a result.