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If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?When a faulty time machine deposits Diego at the top of a pine tree, he knows he's in the wrong place—but has no idea he's in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the chilly mountain air, he attempts to climb down, but slips, whacks his head, and falls into oblivion. He wakes up inside a darkeneIf someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?When a faulty time machine deposits Diego at the top of a pine tree, he knows he's in the wrong place—but has no idea he's in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the chilly mountain air, he attempts to climb down, but slips, whacks his head, and falls into oblivion. He wakes up inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging biodomes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves, dead, he can find no reason to go on living. But Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who finds him, refuses to let him die, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes... complicated. He struggles to let go of the past but is unable to get Isabel out of his head—or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction...Another note arrives from the future: Isabel is alive—but not for long…...

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Lost Time Reviews

  • Vicki
    2019-04-12 13:16

    As a fan of time travel, what is not to love about this book. Well, I did love it, but I felt the frustrations of Diego as he is where he is not supposed to be and he is not able to connect with Isabel. I liked the doctor, but she was not Isabel. The tension was stronger in this book and I felt more emotionally stressed reading this. That is great writing. I am already reading book 3 and I can see where I am going to face a bit more tension and stress. I hope it is all for a good cause. Although I am not a fan of cliffhangers, this book left me ready for book 3.

  • Jill
    2019-04-20 17:03

    3.5 starsDiego is part of top-secret government project to change the past and prevent an apocalypse. However, the time machine malfunctions and sends him twenty years into the future instead of the past. And into a parallel universe. Landing in the wrong universe in a tree, buck-naked is just the beginning of Diego's problems.This is not a standalone. You absolutely have to read book #1 Crossing in Time first. Ms Orton's creativity is evident once again in this well-written time-travel story. Much shorter than the first book, it is just as gripping, and filled with some wonderful humour, especially from the very likable seventeen year-old, Shannon whose sexual naiveté is matched only by her curiosity.After thoroughly enjoying book #1, I was so looking forward to this second book, and for the most part wasn't disappointed....except for the direction it took with the (view spoiler)[ love story between Diego and Isabel. Believing Isabel dead, Diego begins a relationship with another woman, though his heart's not in it. (hide spoiler)] Like the first book, I wish there had been a way to show how much time had passed from one chapter to the next.Other characters from book #1 make an appearance in this universe, or at least their doppelgängers do. Told from several points-of-view, it does end again on a cliffhanger. But there's some consolation in the addition of excerpts from upcoming books. I recommend this series to readers of sci-fi romance, and I'm very much looking forward to the next instalment, Down Time.Steam: 2-2.5ARC courtesy of D.L. Orton

  • Petra
    2019-04-10 10:16

    My original Lost Time audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.This is the second book in the “Between Two Evils” series, which consists of three books so far. Crossing in Time should ideally be read prior to this one.Having listened to the first book two years ago, I was a tad worried whether it would be difficult to get back into the story. In book 1, the story line was very complex with several perspectives and different time periods. Here, we have a linear story line and basically just Diego’s story. It was no problem at all to get back into it. However, I was expecting to find out more about Isabel. The love story between Diego and Isabel was a major part of book 1. Instead, there are two other perspectives introduced: 17-year-old Shannon’s and her mother’s, Lani. Lani is the doctor treating Diego after he mistakenly arrives some 20 years in the future in an alternate reality.The story line is easy to follow. Even though I am not a big fan of science fiction / dystopian / time travel stories, I really enjoy this series because D.L. Orton has a genuine talent for creating interesting, likeable, multi-layered characters and all the relationship aspects are extremely well done and believable. This installment is a lot less steamy than the first book was. There is also less action. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed it. It is very well written and filled with some nice little bits of humor. While I’m still dying to find out about Diego and Isabel, I am now also fully invested in what happens to Shannon.My main complaint would be that the end just came out of nowhere. The story moves along quite slowly initially and then becomes pretty intense and really emotional towards the end. I was actually really shocked when the audio stopped and had to check I wasn’t missing anything. If I had checked that book 2 was only half the length of book 1 maybe I wouldn’t have been quite so taken by surprise.So, by the end of this book, there are still lots of questions unanswered, but I am looking forward to the next installment, which – fortunately – is already available on audio.The narration is once again done by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard. They won an Audie Award in 2016 and are my favorite duo of narrators. Their performances are simply outstanding. They work together so well. Erin deWard’s portrayal of young Shannon is brilliant. Noah Michael Levine’s accents are excellent. This would be worth listening to just for the narration.There were no issues with the quality of the production.I would highly recommend this series to anybody who enjoys time travel adventures and/or dystopian stories and who is not put off by some romance / relationship issues and enjoys a bit of humor / banter.Story: 4.5 starsNarration: 5 starsAudiobook provided for review by the audiobookreviewer.com

  • Grumpus
    2019-03-23 18:11

    As I said in my review of the author’s first book Crossing in Time, I am a fan of D.L. Orton and this book has only reinforced that opinion.I enjoyed the focus on the intrigue of this book rather than the love story of the first book. Seriously, this was one of those books that I wanted to keep reading as each chapter built on the next while I become more involved with the characters wondering what would happen next in this future world. And, talk about a cliff hanger ending! I don’t know if it was planned this way, but as I was reading on my Kindle, I noticed I was about 85% complete and moving excitedly through the story when it abruptly ended at a highly emotional spot totally by surprise. The remaining 15% of the book was a wonderful letter from the author, explaining her thoughts on this book and the previous. I was pleasantly surprised to see how she considered and took to heart all the feedback from her fans after her first book. Authors may have done this previously, but I personally do not recall being aware of this. I was very impressed. In addition, she included a preview of the next book for which I anxiously await.

  • -y.a
    2019-04-20 15:54

    Malfunctioned time machine takes Diego to the future in a parallel universe where Isabel is thought to be dead. Like book 1, Ms. Orton’s creativity is clearly shown in how she explores the idea of time travel and parallel universe. I was totally psyched by the world building, storyline and characters in Crossing in Time, but I am having a hard time liking the direction of the plot in Lost Time it took, mainly because (view spoiler)[I have no interest in reading a new relationship developed between Lani and Diego. *urg* Not only does this pairing have no spark, but it also seems forced. While I enjoy the love story of Diego and Isabel, I am not looking forward to a sub-story with the main protagonist being involved with any ow.(hide spoiler)]All in all, the writing, pace, and world building stand out. Plus, the series sort of crosses genre boundaries and has a broad-based appeal. It is just that the romance in here completely bugs the heck out of me. arc kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!

  • William Bitner Jr.
    2019-04-17 13:11

    Just finished reading “Lost Time: Between Two Evils Book Two” by DL Orton. I won a print copy of this book on Goodreads.com a few months ago. This is the second book in the Between Two Evils Series. Book One was really good (a little heavy on the romance), but Book Two is so much better and gets more into the Science Fiction/Time Travel and backstory of some of the characters and the new locations in this somewhat dystopian society that reside inside bio domes to survive. Diego being the only exception to this rule, and may have the answer to living outside the domes in his blood. I am looking forward to the continuation of this series and the next book in this series.Synopsis: If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back? When a faulty time machine deposits Diego at the top of a pine tree, he knows he's in the wrong place--but has no idea he's in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the chilly mountain air, he attempts to climb down but slips, whacks his head, and falls into oblivion.He wakes up inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging bio domes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves, dead, he can find no reason to go on living. But Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who finds him, refuses to let him die, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes... complicated. He struggles to let go of the past but is unable to get Isabel out of his head--or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction... Another note arrives from the future: Isabel is alive--but not for long...

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2019-04-10 17:06

    My original Lost Time audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.This is the second book in the "Between Two Evils" series, which consists of three books so far. "Crossing In Time" should ideally be read prior to this one.Having listened to the first book two years ago, I was a tad worried whether it would be difficult to get back into the story. The story line in book 1 was very complex with several perspectives and different time periods. Here, we have a linear story line and basically just Diego's story. It was no problem at all to get back into it. However, I was expecting to find out more about Isabel. The love story between Diego and Isabel was a major part of book 1. Instead, there are two other perspectives introduced: 17-year-old Shannon's and her mother's, Lani. Lani is the doctor treating Diego after he mistakenly arrives some 20 years in the future in an alternate reality.The story line is easy to follow. Even though I am not a big fan of science fiction / dystopian / time travel stories, I really enjoy this series because D.L. Orton has a genuine talent for creating interesting, likeable, multi-layered characters and all the relationship aspects are so well done and believable. This installment is a lot less steamy than the first book was. There is also less action. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed it. It is very well written and filled with some nice little bits of humor.  While I'm still dying to find out about Diego and Isabel, I am now also fully invested in what happens to Shannon.My main complaint would be that the end just came out of nowhere. The story moves along quite slowly initially and then becomes pretty intense and really emotional towards the end. I was actually really shocked when the audio stopped and had to check I wasn't missing anything. If I had checked that book 2 was only half the length of book 1 maybe I wouldn't have been so taken by surprise.So, by the end of this book, there are still lots of questions unanswered, but I am looking forward to the next installment, which - fortunately - is already available on audio.The narration is once again done by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard. They won an Audie Award in 2016 and are my favorite duo of narrators. Their performances are simply outstanding. They work together so well. Erin deWard's portrayal of young Shannon is brilliant. Noah Michael Levine's accents are excellent. This would be worth listening to just for the narration.There were no issues with the quality of the production.I would highly recommend this series to anybody who enjoys time travel adventures and/or dystopian stories and who is not put off by some romance / relationship issues and enjoys a bit of humor / banter.Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

  • Maria
    2019-04-07 18:10

    Diego was meant to go back in time to try and stop a deadly virus from killing the world’s population. Instead of waking up in the past though, he seems to have made it to the future… and in a parallel universe. Is there still hope for his mission?I must confess I was slightly worried about starting Lost Time after having finished Crossing in Time over a year ago. All it took was one chapter, though. Honestly, it felt as if I had never stopped reading in the first place. The consistency is beyond extraordinary. Even though we’re traveling across time and space, it feels so congruent that it opens doors to probability. I believe that to be a testament to D.L. Orton’s skill. I am no longer reading from the realm of incredulity, I have comfortably moved to the one of possibility. This change creates a flow between the reader and the text that makes bonding with this story, with these characters, something that happens naturally and that requires no rationalization whatsoever.I will never grow tired of saying how exceptionally clever this saga is. The original premise has developed into an intricate series of events that seem to flawlessly blend with one another as layers of an immense composition ironically named reality.Imagine you are given a puzzle with an endless number of pieces. It’s overwhelming at first, you having absolutely no idea of where to start. The Between Two Evils saga is that puzzle, but with a twist. All you have to do is acknowledge the pieces and then watch them come together, becoming a whole − and what a whole it is! I don’t know how D.L. Orton does it, but there are no loose ends. Everything plays a part.“If you don’t take the time to do it right, how are you going to find the time to do it over?”Not only is Lost Time intriguing, it manages to be interesting without feeling at all dense. I think the epic references to pop culture, that go from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Harry Potter, and the incredibly written humor are to blame for this delightful dispersion that will keep you floating, even when submerged.If you liked A Vision of Fire and/or The Martian, I believe you will feel right at home with the Crossing in Time and Lost Time.

  • Lynn Worton
    2019-03-22 09:54

    This is the second book in the Between Two Evils series. I enjoyed this book more than the first one.Diego is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is kind and loving. There is a lot of cheesy/pun-y dialogue by him that had me rolling my eyes at times, but its all part of his charm. When the time machine (from book 1) malfunctions, he finds himself trapped eighteen years in the future. This future/parallel world has been devastated by a terrible event and the survivors are living in biodomes created by David Kirk (who is known as Dave Kirkland where Diego originally comes from). Will Diego find a way to get home to Isabel, or will he be trapped in this alternate universe forever?This story is a lot less complicated than the first book and is based purely in the alternate world where Diego finds himself. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Diego, though other characters have their say too, mostly Lani, the unofficial doctor in the biodome (called affectionately the Bub by its inhabitants) and her seventeen year old daughter Shannon. These two characters play a major role in this story and I liked them both. A lot. They have a warmth about them that made them come alive, not to mention they are both stubborn and opinionated. There are also other characters that are introduced and give the story an interesting twist. One of them is Madders, a pilot who is a father figure to Shannon and encourages her to follow her dream of being an engineer. He doesn't actually make an appearance until late into the story but he too has a major role in this tale.This book is action packed and took me on a wild roller coaster ride of emotion. There is even a hint of romance, and I found myself hoping that Diego and Lani would get together. However, his heart still belongs to Isabel. Diego struggles with his new reality and is determined to find a way to get home to her. I did find some of the story repetitive plot-wise to book one, which annoyed me, even though the scenes were completely different. I suppose this is the problem with time travel type stories, where the plot follows the same line even if events happen in a different way. The story does end on an exciting if somewhat heartbreaking climax and it left me in tears. Although not exactly a cliffhanger, it definitely made me eager to find out what happens next. I am now looking forward to reading the third book, Dead Time, as soon as possible.DL Orton has written an intriguing time travel romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is not as fast paced as some other authors I've read but it still had me turning the pages. The flow of the story is a lot smoother than the first book and this made it a more pleasurable read. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.There are no scenes of an explicit nature, although there is mention of sexual activity. Having said that, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 16) due to the nature of the story. However, I do recommend this book if you love dystopian or time travel romances. - Lynn Worton

  • Sally Lindsay-briggs
    2019-04-07 10:18

    Book TwoI liked this free ebook from the author. It was not as great as book one. Yes, I missed the intense love scenes that it had. Those two people really cared intensely for each other! Diego, in this story was a lesser hero but a pleasant one. The ending irritated me. Two more books to go.

  • Alison
    2019-03-31 15:17

    I loved this book, totally different to the first book, but loved it nonetheless.This will contain spoilers for the first book if you haven't read it.In the first book (view spoiler)[we see how the world descended into a nightmare post-apocalypse as a result of pandemic Ebola and a 'cure' which just accelerated the problems told by Isabel and Diego, two lovers who reunite after many years just as events start to unfold. In that book Diego receives a number of cryptic messages from an unknown source which seem to be linked to a metallic sphere which has appeared from somewhere other than earth. Decrypting the contents of the sphere leads to a group of scientists in an underground government facility building a time-machine which allows them to travel to alternate versions of their universe. The scientists hypothesise that a small change in one of these other universes might avert the apocalypse by changing the past. However, when they try to send Diego back to change his history with Isabel he is accidentally sent to an unknown destination. At the end of the book we see Isabel successfully sent back in time to an alternate reality where she meets Diego as a young man, before he ever meets the Isabel in his reality and tries to teach him how to woo her other self. (hide spoiler)]In this second book we see what happened when Diego leaves the time machine. He has been sent over 20 years into the future in an alternate reality. Rescued from the toxic outside air by a young girl, he is brought into a bio-dome and healed by a doctor called Lani. As we read on, similar to the situations that befell Isabel when she went back in time, Diego finds out that things are subtly different in this universe. Several of the characters we knew in the first book reappear in this book but they have slightly different names/nicknames for example, in the first book when Isabel meets Diego in the alternate universe he is known as Tego by his friends and family. Diego is a miracle man on this world because he can live outside without breathing apparatus whereas the remaining humans on earth would die almost instantly. Could his blood form a vaccine to enable humanity to live outside the bio-domes?First off, let me say, there is no other time travel in this book. This isn't like Just One Damned Thing After Another where the scientists and historians make several jumps around time. Diego is stuck 20 years in the future in an alternate reality which did not build a time machine, desperately trying to find out if Isabel is alive(view spoiler)[, I have my suspicions that Isabel is very much alive in this world and that we have seen her (hide spoiler)].This book reminded me (and I don't know why) of some of Robert A. Heinlein shorter stories and books. Maybe it's the living in a bio-dome, trying to repair old and failing equipment. Maybe it's the religious fundamentalists. Maybe it's Shannon, the young girl who rescued Diego, who reminds me of some of Heinlein's wide-eyed and naive heroes and heroines. I don't know, but it's not a bad thing to be reminded of.So, if the first book was comprised of two halves: part one being the backstory to creating the time-machine and how the world ended; and part two being Isabel's trip back in time to meet Tego, this book is firmly all about Diego's trip to the future.I am waiting with baited breath for the third book - so much is up in the air and I worry what will happen to them in the interim ...I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

  • Jess' Reads
    2019-04-12 17:16

    Orton formed the three components in a way that seemed seamless. I wasn’t sure how it could be done but Lost Time illustrates that flow very well. Not only were the categorical rudiments fashioned flawless, but, just like in Crossing Time, the characters, as the plot, were well-developed and realistic. Diego and Isabel, the time-travelled couple, are back with their respective stories and points of view. Furthermore, Orton makes this novel very easy to follow with the separating of different vantage points. This way, you know exactly who is speaking, how they are feeling as they speak, and where they are speaking.This time around, I felt like I got a little more Diego, which I was fine with me as he’s my favorite of the characters. In this story, you meet him literally out on a limb and wounded, clutching tight to a shell in his hands while humanity has entered the brink of ending. All the while, he is searching for Isabel. My heart was racing and breaking all at the same time. Also, you’ll meet some great new characters. Shannon, the humorous teenage girl who finds Diego, is favorite of mine because I know people just like her who, among other things, bring humor and personality to an otherwise bleak situation.At its core, Lost Time is an enduring tale of love and enigma with an Armageddon-esque twist. While I would have liked it to be as long as the last book and it does end on a cliffhanger, I thoroughly enjoyed it as the plot was constructed in a way that the reader does not feel like any story has been lost.

  • JessicaPeach
    2019-04-02 16:59

    A man in strong plot and a delicious story too boot!I thought this authors books couldnt get any better, but i was severely wrong! i was glued to the story. A story that followed characters on another journey that was emotional I got invested in his character. A strong confident male lead this time, who I could imagine was gorgeous. You just have to read this, you'd be a fool not to! I was so glad I bought this the second story in this series. Really can't wait to see her next offering in this series! I'm honestly blown away by the plot, its like she has written with her heart and soul!

  • Michael Golvach
    2019-04-18 15:07

    Although this book (The second in the Between Two Evils series) switches to different characters and story threads, and paces a little differently than the first book, I couldn't help but love it. The book deals more with the depths of interpersonal relations, and the characters are all fully fleshed out, relatable and (even though I didn't want to like some of them) lovable. This book dials back the "action" but it doesn't suffer because of it. The character studies and story flow smoothly and it's truly a joy to read. Every character's story will hold you and they won't let you go. Heart breaking at times, funny, smart, and bloody-well told. I can't wait to read the next one!!!

  • Heidi
    2019-03-22 17:01

    The next installment of the Between Two Evils series. A top-star rated book!Read my official OnlineBookClub review here:http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/view...

  • Josie Jaffrey (The Gin Book Club)
    2019-04-04 11:54

    The Gin Book Club received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.JOSIE SAYS:The first book in this series ended on a cliffhanger. If, like me, you were expecting that this book would follow on from the first, then you're going to be disappointed. I was. At the end of the second book, the book one cliffhanger remains unresolved.I should state upfront that this is still a well-written book, and still enjoyable and worth reading, but in this review it's really going to suffer by comparison to the first in the series. The plot construction isn't as good as that of the first book, and it just doesn't fizz and sparkle in the same way.One of the reasons I was so taken by the first book was that it was intensely complex; the storylines criss-crossed in a really compelling way, and we were hearing from three separate characters each carving out their own sections of the story on separate adventures. This book was completely different in structure. It follows three characters again, but they're in the same place doing the same things. The plot is simple and linear and, compared with the first book, just a bit slow-paced and boring.From the first book, I had understood that this series was the love story of Iz and Diego (not Tego, and not Bella) across space and time. So why does Iz not get a single chapter in this book? She's barely even mentioned in it. I was expecting the book to build to a climax in which she would appear (Iz, not Bella), and that some issues from book one would be resolved to provide a compelling springboard for book three. This 'all about Diego' structure left me completely unsatisfied, because it had very little relevance to the central storyline.I think my issue with this series is that I feel strongly that Tego is not Diego, and Bella is not Iz. They are different versions of them from parallel universes, but entirely different people. It feels wrong for Iz to be with Tego at the end of book one. I want Iz and Diego, who have been through hell together, to find each other and have their HEA. I don't want to read about Tego or Bella or any other versions of Diego and Iz, because I don't care about them. Can we just get back to the central love story?Lost Time feels like exactly that: a placeholder while we wait to get back to the plot. The entire book was a 'meanwhile...'. I really hope that book three will herald a return to form. The good:Orton writes with intelligence and compassion, and her characters are wonderfully crafted...But the first book in the series showed us exactly what standard she can attain, and I feel that she just didn't live up to that potential here. Someone get the woman some coffee and a massive bar of chocolate, stat.The bad:I've addressed my main criticisms already, but as a side note I was really sad to see the decline in Diego's banter. In the first book, his puns were hilariously awful and the interaction between him and Iz during those portions of dialogue was joyfully electric. In this book, his puns are all a bit rubbish and the audience reaction is muted.I'm afraid I still don't like the time travel aspects either. Maybe this series just isn't for me.The ugly:There were only a couple of typos, but two more instances of incorrect use of the phrase "sweet Fanny Adams" to express surprise and awe (this time not just by the English character, which felt a little like character voice confusion).I also thought the 'ohana' reference to Lilo and Stitch was odd and out of place. It felt like a personal reference the author had put in to amuse herself, rather than because it had anything to do with the characters.VICKY SAYS:Although an easy and enjoyable read this instalment just didn't do it for me like the first one did. As far as time settings for books go I always lean towards the historical, so novels set in the future are never as much of a hit for me; I just can't visualise it as well and I find the logic behind why some things are the same and some aren't difficult to get my head round. For example, they can only communicate by radio, yet the internet still seems to be functioning fine (there are a few references to looking things up on the net)... now maybe it's just that I'm not technologically minded but it makes it that much harder for me to immerse myself in the story.There wasn't as much action as in the first book and I didn't find it gripping in the same way. Whilst I appreciate that it's interesting to find out what happened to Diego after he disappeared in Crossing in Time, it frustrated me that the second book didn't get as far as his reappearance in the action, so it didn't actually really answer any questions. I didn't have the same interest in the characters because, after the first book, I'm still rooting for Diego and Iz, so anything or anyone that gets in the way of them just isn't as interesting for me, no matter how sympathetic and well written they are. I also still found the time travel difficult to get my head round (reflected in a couple of the points below, but it may just be that I didn't get what the author was trying to achieve).Three things that really annoyed me were:1) Diego's complete inability to connect the dots to the fact that David Kirk's wife could be the Iz in this world - he's constantly searching for her but not in the most obvious place.2) Half the Time Diego seems to forget the fact that he's actually jumped universes as well as time period. Why is he searching for himself and Isabel in this world when they aren't the same people?3) All the colloquialism. I realise that the author is trying to point out that people don't remember things from before doomsday as well and so some phrases are being remembered incorrectly and language is evolving, but things like 'ranger that' and 'Madder's thinks it's the cats purr' just irritated me (unless these are Americanisms that I'm just missing!).Basically overall it was a good read but, as Josie says, it just feels like a placeholder.ZOE SAYS:I don't entirely agree with Josie on this; it's still 4* for me! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I may even have enjoyed this one more than the first. The time travel element was less confusing and I wasn't bothered by it being Diego's story. The first book was, after all, predominantly Isabel's story, especially at the end. But she was (I believe) taken away from annoying Tego's world at the end, back to her original world.This one does end on another cliffhanger, quite abruptly, and I hope that in book 3 both Diego's and Isabel's timelines reconcile or are both taken up again in tandem to aleviate that.It's quite a standard plot line I feel: Introduce the lovers, they find themselves separated, what they get up to whilst trying to find one another, conclude with reunion (I hope!).

  • Keith Moser
    2019-04-09 14:16

    ***DISCLAIMER - I'm one of DL Orton's proofreaders, so I received a (free) pre-publication e-copy of this novel to proof. However, I am also buying the e-book just to see how it changes (if at all) and to check out if the chapters still have those little drawings like the first book had***Was excited at the end of Crossing in Time to see how our heroes—Isabel, Diego, & Matt—would fare when the time machine malfunctioned and Diego was sent who knows when but Tego was in the past with young Iz (possibly being helped by an older Diego). Unfortunately, when you write a series of books about time travelers and the end of the world and parallel universes, you can't exactly follow every single thread—there are just too many balls in the air.Lost Time follows Diego as he travels to another world/another time and Earth Prime (the one we spent most of CiT in) is all but forgotten. Diego is on another Earth some twenty years into the future—a world ravaged by the Doomsday Plague he was supposed to prevent (if the time machine hadn't sent him to the wrong place and time). Most of the world's population has perished, with only a small fraction living among dozens of biodomes built around the globe.Orton keeps the same writing pattern she built in CiT—alternating narrators chapter by chapter. But since we don't have Isabel and Matt to guide us any more, we're introduced to Lani & Shannon who each take every third chapter or so. (Small world alarm—Lani is actually a character we met in the first few chapters of CiT & Shannon, her daughter)Shannon & Lani live in the Bub—a biodome in Colorado that's kept a few dozen (or hundred?) people alive for the twenty years since Doomsday mutated and nearly destroyed humanity. Lani is the de facto doctor who patches up Diego (whom many call "Mystery Man" due to his sudden (naked!) appearance Outside where the virus exists and no one survives) & Shannon is attempting to solve their bulky biosuit dilemma by finding a more streamlined method to travel Outside (and not die). There are a few chapters where Diego keeps the truth of his situation a secret, trying to figure out where/when he his. Eventually Lani & Diego open up to one another, sharing all (most?) of their dark secrets. Diego mourns for his Isabel, but without an Einstein Sphere or Magic Kingdom, his chances of ever seeing her again are practically zero—so a romance develops between the two. But not until after 17-year-old Shannon puts the moves on Diego (after all, somebody's got to try to repopulate the world, and since Shannon was the one who first found Mystery Man outside, she's basically got dibs). Orton has scaled back a bit on the "adult" writing that seemed to come out of left field in the last quarter of CiT, but there is still some passion here and there. Whether it's young, immature Shannon talking about Diego's "boy parts" or some magazine's "hunks in the buff" or Diego worrying about his little "Gus" and the "tent" Gus sometimes makes when he gets excited, there's some writing that's a little NSFW. And yet—I don't know exactly how to put this—a lot of the innuendo seems almost PG-13. I don't know—I haven't read much erotica/Harlequin/risqué material but sometimes it just felt a little awkward—like maybe Orton wants to write more of those scenes, but is holding back?The book is probably about half as long as CiT (25 chapters vs 50+) and I imagine it could work as a standalone novel. It's hard for me to say that with certainty having read both in the series, but I feel like this story works well on its own (although it is definitely enriched by knowing what's come before it). My main complaint (and reason for 4* instead of 5*) is that as a standalone novel it doesn't do very well standing alone. It's very reliant on Book 3 in the series as it basically ends with a cliffhanger.There is a nice preview of Book 3 (yet to be named in my pre-proofreading copy) to give you some insight into what happens, but still. It may be unfair, but I like to compare books in series to Harry Potter—there was definitely a 7-book arc that JK Rowling had in mind and told over the entire series, but each individual book had its own smaller arc with a nice beginning, middle, and end. Lost Time sort of lacks an Act Three, as it were; there's definitely a nice introduction with some set up and just enough exposition; there's some good obstacles and mini climaxes and even a twist or two; but the second to last chapter has a huge crisis/disaster/climax and there's no real resolution or denouement.Now, maybe that's smart writing for an indie writer trying to break out. I know I'll be waiting for Book 3 to come out (even if she doesn't rehire me as a proofreader) to find out more about what happened! But it still feels like, by itself, I can't give this book 5*.Also, for spending a good 3/4 of the book inside the Bub, I couldn't name you more than 2 or 3 other characters within the biodome. I like the world & history Orton is creating (I hope she has the entire series outlined out and this isn't like Lost where there's no known ending yet) but I feel there's definitely a lack of in-world building here. It may have been mentioned, but I couldn't tell you if the Bub held a few dozen or a few hundred people because we only interacted with 4 of them regularly (Diego, Lani, Shannon, and a pilot, Madders) with about 3 other side characters who occasionally popped up. For such a tiny place, I would have expected many more people trying to get to know this Mystery Man, but he never really met anyone else.But still, I mostly enjoyed the story, the world, & the new characters we did meet; I didn't love the cliffhanger ending, and there is a twist hinted at (revealed?) in Chapter 16 (and discussed more in Chapter 19—no spoilers here) that felt a little too gimmicky—like a twist for twist's sake. Another big twist (one I called back around Chapter 7) that doesn't actually get revealed until the Book 3 preview chapter—that one felt more believable. The book reminded me of The Walking Dead meets Under the Dome (without the deep cast of characters) meets The Andromeda Strain meets Lolita (due to flirtatious Shannon).

  • Jenny
    2019-04-08 10:52

    This was a bit different to the first book in the series, with a simpler story line but a reasonable amount of action. It doesn't follow on from the ending of the first book, but is the 'what happened to Diego' book, which I guess we need before we can continue with Iz's story. I am not sure whether someone would enjoy it fully if they hadn't read the first book. However, it would be perfectly readable as a standalone book.There is less of the banter (and English idioms) that made me laugh when reading the first book, but I did thoroughly enjoy the story. This was despite it not being a 'Diego and Iz' book - I think the author has set herself up for a fall with that, as the first book had us all rooting for the pair so much, that anything other than more of the same is hard to take.I found the flying part interesting as it was relevant to me - although I had to suspend my disbelief that the fuel and oil would still be good to use - but found myself yelling at my kindle "land elsewhere and leave her there for a while!".The ending when it came, surprised me and it seemed somewhat abrupt. I don't like books left on cliffhangers, but I know that a lot of books are like that nowadays and many people don't seem to mind. The first book ended in a more satisfactory way.However, one of the reasons the ending seemed so sudden was that I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and was oblivious to how near the end I was (I have it counting down on my kindle). It is rare that I am so distracted by the story. Because the next book is already available, I shall forgive the author and not deduct a star for this! If I was to give this four and a half stars, I would want to go back and give the first book five and a half.It was probably just as well the book did end, as I did need to put the book down and get 'some' sleep last night, and that was certainly not going to happen until I had finished the book!

  • Jennie
    2019-03-24 10:51

    Second in a five book series. If you were left hanging at the end of the first book - sorry - you are still hanging at the end of the second. This book does not start where the last one ended but instead takes you to where Diego was sent in the time capsule. It's an alternate universe in the future where things have gone differently but we see a few glimpses of continuation in characters. Very quick read and the introduction of some new characters. I was sorry not to see Isabel in this one but it pulled me along enough to want to read the third book and see where this is all going.

  • Shanna Tidwell
    2019-03-28 15:13

    I received book 1 in exchange for a review & purchased book 2 before I was done with the first one. This series is amazing! I love it! If you like time travel, post apocalyptic, science fiction with some romance thrown in then this is definitely the series for you. I highly recommend this series. Starting book 3 today! The narrators are two of the best!

  • Nina Everson
    2019-03-27 10:01

    Another great read from D L Orton!I bought this sequel to the first book from Amazon. Another Great futuristic read from Diego view of the time travel and it leaves you wanting more.

  • Claire
    2019-04-04 12:06

    It's been a while since I listened to the first book, but I quickly remembered. I couldn't stop listening, the premise for the story is so interesting and the execution is excellent, I loved every minute.The narration was excellent, the two narrators worked really well together, the only time I noticed there were two was when both spoke at the same time, other than that they wove their parts together so well it was seamless.

  • Jonathan Reich
    2019-04-15 10:20

    Fantastic book. Orton delivers again and is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. In this book she continues a storyline through Diego. He struggles to adapt to his new surroundings while trying to help the people in need without making them think he is crazy. I've said it before, and I will probably say it again, Orton brings romance to life in a way I feel it's real and genuine and believable. I love it. I will definitely keep reading.

  • Gretel
    2019-04-12 12:58

    I am wavering between 4 and 5 stars. It's a 5 star book that isn't finished yet. It feels to me like there are many scenes missing and the end felt very abrupt. (view spoiler)[ Perhaps most strikingly, Lani & Diego's relationship fell out of nowhere. I was able to get a feel for the complexity of their relationship, but I really would have appreciated seeing it grow some more. There were some really well done scenes, like the first half of the night Diego moves to his own place (I limit this to the first half because really, he just wakes up and Lani's sleeping naked? I couldn't tell if this was supposed to hint something had already happened between them or not... and if not, it didn't seem to fit with Lani's character).(hide spoiler)]Overall, I liked this story SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. I don't know if I knew it before this book, but it has to be in part because, well, Isabel is a piece of work and it was nice being able to read the story without cursing her dumb decisions (ok she is generally smart, but there were definitely dumb-eyeroll-get-over-yourself moments for her in book 1). (view spoiler)[ Some of the other reviews that are already posted are all whiny about how they don't want to read about Diego falling for another woman. For me, this was kind of a breath of fresh air. I suppose it is up for debate, but with any novel, dare I say piece of literature, that starts a dialogue on love, I feel it would be unwise to fall into the only-one-true-love-ever trap. By the way, I absolutely loved the author's past lovers thank yous at the end of book 1!(hide spoiler)]Although I liked Lani more than Isabel, there were times that it felt like the author forgot she was writing about Lani and not Isabel. (view spoiler)[ (Stupid example, but one that brought be out of the storyline: Isabel mentions the smell of Diego's aftershave. First, really, who in a hospital setting where they are low on supplies in a bio-dome wears aftershave? Second, is Lani really swooning like Isabel? uck!)(hide spoiler)] Also, most of the other characters' doppelgängers were intrinsically similar to the originals - but Lani really seemed different at times. The cool-in-charge girl we left 20 years ago barely breaks to the surface and the stuttering, wounded, low-confidence woman takes over. I can see how the circumstances in this universe could lead to that, but I wanted more hints to who she could also have been, if that makes sense.Perhaps this was on purpose, but I had a difficult time judging the passing of time in this installment. There seems to be some pretty hefty time lapses between scenes, and I suppose a reader who is familiar with how long it might take for bones to heal might have had a pretty good idea about whether it had been 1 month or 3 months or 6 months. (view spoiler)[ And, maybe had there been better time markers, I would have had fewer issues with the abruptness of the new relationship...(hide spoiler)]One thing that had me puzzled was the teenagers use of near-correct-but-not words and their almost absurd naivety. I mean, it's only 20 years later and they watch old movies and stuff.. I had a really hard time believing there would have been that much evolution in language and culture. I thought for a moment that maybe this was supposed to be specific to the alternate universe... but then it wouldn't have been limited to just the kiddos...And, as I mentioned in the beginning, the ending was abrupt. Like, uhh, where's the arc to this storyline, because this was a straight diagonal upwards abrupt. I almost feel like a better ending for this installment would have been before they left for the other bio-dome, perhaps revisiting Diego's thoughts about coming to terms with his new life before landing the note from the future on him. So despite how critical this review has ended up, the book was actually very good. And, although I probably would not have read book 2 without the coincidental free ARC landing in my inbox at the perfect time, I'm actually interested in book 3 now.

  • Paul
    2019-03-26 13:01

    It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!The Weather Girls.So The Human Race is in a wee pickle: Bombs, balls and viruses (mostly a deadly virus) have laid waste to The Naked Apes and what’s left of us, live in big plastic bubbles called Biodomes.We can go Outside, but only in our biosuits (sealed plastic duds - not good if you had a feed of curry the night before), and that’s where we find one hot, blonde Shannon - complete with raging hormones - who’s out near the forest on fishpond-checking duty. All of a sudden, a naked man drops out of the tree, causing Shannon to look up, raise her arms toward Heaven and yell, “THANK YOU GOD!” (Well, I might have added that bit.) Yes, a naked, good-looking man with beautiful long hair and shrunken “boy parts”. Wait. What? Oh well. Three out of four ain’t bad.Unfortunately, our naked man is none other than Diego. You know – the guy from Book 1. What? You haven’t read Book 1? Well off you go and read it then, ‘cos this book won’t make a whole lotta sense if you don’t. Now besides being unconscious from falling out of a tree like a retarded koala*, our man Diego is mighty pissed off. The pointy-headed dudes back in the lab, put the gearbox in his time machine all arse-about and he ended up 20 years into the future instead of the past. Bummer! And not only that; he ended up naked, with 25 broken bones (lucky the ground broke his fall) and shrunken wedding tackle. DOUBLE BUMMER!Yes, Diego does spend most of the book recovering, but still manages to squeeze in a few amorous, and not so amorous, adventures as he realises he is in a different dimension. Shazza (Shannon) and a few other new characters are introduced to keep the pace going and all-in-all, it’s a pretty damn good story. Deb has kept her humorous, but engaging writing style and still punches out some great imagery. It's written in first person narrative, but it's a different first person in each chapter which can be a bit confusing for the weak-minded reader like me. Luckily Deb tells us which character is narrating at the beginning of each chapter. But still - switching from one person to the next can be a bit taxing. This book is a short read – my favourite type – and can apparently be obtained in “two flavours”. Mild, sans sweaty love scenes (suitable for the kiddies, weak hearted or those with delicate sensibilities), or Extra Chilli with bonking included. AND best of all, she kept doing the cool little drawings that preface each chapter.A great read and expect the next instalment pretty soon.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-18 17:17

    Really liked this book as much as Crossing In Time. It kept me guessing and enjoyed getting to know all of the new characters. It's different from most time travel stories which is refreshing and fun. I can't wait to see where the next book takes us, and whether or not Isabel and Diego find each other somewhere in time.

  • Margena Adams Holmes
    2019-04-12 16:08

    I really liked this book. It's not overly technical so it's very easy to read. I don't read most sci-fi because of the technical stuff, but this wasn't the case with this book. The characters are well developed and sympathetic.

  • Paul Wandason
    2019-04-15 17:55

    This is a review of both "Lost Time" and "Dead Time"; "Lost Time" is only some 200 pages and runs straight into "Dead Time" - so they belong together! :) Naturally they both follow in the same vein as Book 1 ("Crossing in Time"), although they offer a different angle.My full review is on my time travel blog.Where "Crossing in Time" deals a lot with red tape in science, "Lost Time" and "Dead Time" are more about family relationships. There are parenting issues as well relations between siblings and coming of age.The basic premise is that there has been an outbreak of a virus and we're reading about the end of the human world scenario. What makes this series an interesting read is that it's concerned with the bits which happen afterwards; the actually battle for survival after the virus outbreak. It's more common for authors to "give up" before that, or to skip right on by and get busy creating lands of fantasy with elves and stuff, but Deb has grabbed the bull by the horns and tackled the hard stuff!She continues to write brilliantly, mashing in subtle references to films and novels as well her humour! :)The writing is powerful - one character is effectively kidnapped, and this situation is covered in first person - and in the third where the horror extends to the worry and anxiety of those who care about her. I really liked the 'nicknames' given to some of the characters - "the Hulk, "Blabbermouth", "Nurse Ratched", etc.. It describes not only those characters, but also gives more of an insight into the character assigning those names!A very enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward the next in her series!

  • Leanne Tovo
    2019-04-10 13:01

    I'm just loving this series so much. Great reads, interesting and well written weaving storylines - and timelines - effortless writing makes for some very late nights as you devour each chapter and think... just one more...... Well worth the time. Can't wait to read more.

  • Jaide
    2019-04-20 14:02

    D.L. Orton's Lost Time (Between Two Evils #2) is the continuing saga of Diego Nadales, after he climbs in the time machine. Due to a malfunction in the time machine, he awakens atop a bunch of pine trees, in an unfamiliar place...and time. Instead of going into the past to change the future of all mankind, he has landed 20 years in the future, where he is discovered, naked, by a teenager named Shannon. Shannon's character brings laugh-out-loud humor to the story. Diego is injured during his fall from the pines and is taken to the biodome, the new living quarters, to be treated by Lani, Shannon's mother and the doctor. However, Diego's one mission remains the same, and that is to find his true love, Isabel, the love that crosses all time, space, and even alternate universe. While he discovers that Isabel is dead, although he never lets her go, he finds brief happiness with Lani, who saved his life. Diego is the stranger in a strange land, looking for his past in this alternate universe.Lost Time is the second novel in the series, and does end in a cliffhanger, just like Orton's first novel, Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils). Her characters are believable, often humorous, and drive the action in the story. The plot is well written, concise, and even though there is a cliffhanger, you know more is coming just around the corner...just in time.I received an advanced copy for free, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.