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Out of Time: A Paranormal Romance Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Picture Monique was born in Houston, Texas, but her family soon moved to Southern California. She grew up on both coasts, living in Connecticut and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Southern California with her naughty Siamese cat, Monkey. Monique attended the University of Southern California's Film School where she earned a BFA in the Filmic Writing department. Monique worked in television for several years before joining the family business. She now works full-time as a freelance writer and novelist. Out of Time is her first novel. She's currently working on an adaptation of one of her screenplays, her father's memoirs about his time in the Air Force's Air Rescue Service and the next book in the Out of Time series.
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An accidental trip to the past, lands Professor Simon Cross and his graduate Assistant Elizabeth West in New York during the summer of 1929. Being stranded out of time with only each other to rely on, allows the unacknowledged attraction between the pair to come to light and I enjoyed the way their relationship slowly -and steamily - builds into something more. (For those concerned with sensuality level, Simon and Elizabeth's relationship does become physical and the first love scene is descriptive but not as detailed as most main stream paranormal romance and nowhere near the paint-by-numbers descriptions of the more erotic stuff.)
All of the characters in Out of Time are interesting and fully fleshed with interesting back stories - even the supporting characters. But I really loved Simon and Elizabeth. The pair couldn't be more different. From a moneyed background, Simon is a man who has held himself back from life and relationships with all of their messy complications, so the accidental trip to the past pulls him way out of his comfort zone. Elizabeth's upbringing was almost on the opposite end of the spectrum, but she genuinely likes people and has a talent for relating to others, so she approaches their `ordeal' as an adventure and an opportunity to experience first hand all that this era has to offer.
Simon of course wants to be careful not to make ripples in time. But since they have to survive until they hopefully will be returned home, Elizabeth wins and they both find jobs and end up immersed in 1920's life - the trials and entertainments of the prohibition era itself add an interesting flavor to their story. But survival is going to be more than just making ends meet until it's time to go home. Simon's prescient nightmares and a more than human monster who has set his sights on Elizabeth, add an element of peril to the tale and provide the means to bring about an ending that takes the whole time travel part of the story full circle, which I always enjoy - it just ties things off so neatly.
So I am happy to have stumbled on Out of Time and if it were paper and not pixels it would be going on my keeper pile - I guess I'll have to start a virtual one. But in any case, I certainly will be keeping an eye out for more from author Monique Martin.
This story doesn't disappoint. It takes place in a time period after the War, when the world is still reeling from the incredible loss of life but just before the Great Depression. A period of time when New York was working hard and playing even harder. Time and life were not to be taken for granted because you never knew what the next day might bring.
The two main characters, Elizabeth and Alex- professor and assistant- find themselves looking through an old box of mementos Alex inherits after his aunt passes that belonged to his beloved grandfather. The one and only person who ever loved and understood Alex. Sharing incredible stories of times past and adventures had, supposedly years before his grandfather was even born, only to die in a most horrific way, his last breath and words taken in a 6 yr old Alex's arms.
This tragedy scars Alex in ways he doesn't even understand. Affecting his ability to love and trust anyone and leaving him with dreams that are terrifyingly prophetic. Following in his grandfather's footsteps Alex studies and becomes a professor of the occult where he meets Elizabeth who becomes his assistant after being his student for many years. Together they embark on an adventure that takes them to a time and place they never thought possible.
This story, with its wonderful characters and plot, was so absorbing I couldn't put the book (or tablet in this case) down until I had finished reading it. I felt like I knew Charlie the owner and bartender of the speak-easy where Lizzie goes to work after they find themselves stranded, for who knows how long, in this time period. He's a man who is hard and crusty on the outside because of a painful loss, yet still has a gentle soft side that is revealed to us slowly as the story evolves and he gets to know Lizzy.
Without giving anything away, I love the way the villain is portrayed. How he became a villain is not so different than other stories I've read and perhaps it could have been a bit more original but I liked that even being a villain, there was still a vulnerability to him that made me almost feel bad for him. Almost. But that's what makes a good villain a great villain in a story!
A big reason I like and why I'd recommend this book is the relationship shared between the two main characters. It was decidedly refreshing to me. It developed slowly, over time and wasn't all hot and heavy sex that disrupted the book like so many other books I've read before.
I'm not a prude and I enjoy sex as much as the next person but when I'm reading a book that has a lot of sex scenes I always end up skimming thru that part to make sure I don't miss something important, but quickly to get back to the real story. There's a difference between love scenes and sex scenes. It just becomes annoying and distracting to me after so much, but that's just my opinion. If you are like me and enjoy reading about two people discovering they love love each other over a period of time with a realistic amount of love making etc. then you'll enjoy this novel all the more for the way this author portrays falling in love in this story with these characters.
I'm just a real sucker for a good love story that isn't just all about the two people falling in love but has a bigger story behind it. This one has adventure, suspense, mystery etc..add in time travel to early 1920's N.Y. ... I'm all in!
I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series. But with a more than great possibility that it will be as absorbing as this one was... I think I better wait till at least tomorrow to start it. I couldn't put this one down till I finished and there's still laundry to do and dinner to make.
Oh heck with it. Laundry will still be there tomorrow and I can order pizza for dinner tonight. So think ill do just that and start reading the next one now :) I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. Ill let you know how the next one rates when I finish reading it...which I predict will be in the next day or so! Happy Reading - K.J. Nolan
Personally, I wanted to push the repressed professor under the nearest model-T Ford when the pair accidentally time travelled to New York of the late 1920s. At almost the halfway point of the book when he finally admitted his feelings for his grad student and the focus shifted to why they were there things improved quite dramatically and became a lot more interesting. Meeting family members long dead and fighting the undead does tend to raise the excitement level!
And now that Professor Cross has stopped being an annoying prat and there were some intriguing unfolding revelations, I'll be moving on to peruse book 2 that is lurking in my cloud and hope that it focuses more on the time travel aspects.
Despite my above reservations, it was well written and a mostly enjoyable read.