- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1023 KB
- Print Length: 506 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tamara Allen; Third edition (1 April 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007QWJNXK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
i can't recommend this book highly enough - its an incredible well written romance and you feel you're there with them. I'm picky about my star ratings - not that much gets 5 but this one certainly makes the grade. 5Stars and looking for what tamara writes next :)
Once again two distinct and intresting male leads. I loved Ezra's gentle dry wit, and he was a good foil to our hero 21st century Morgan. In fact Ezra, IMHO, is the real star of this story. The other characters , especially Derry, felt real and added texture to the story.
The only thing that I felt was not successful about the book, was Morgan's pursuit of Jack the Ripper. In a book with so much going for it, this was superflous, and did not add that much to an already great story. The sexual content was gentle and tasteful, yet still very sensual. I liked the way she built up the relationship between Morgan and Ezra. It felt like a love worth fighting for. Allen does not write one dimensional characters, and it one of her strengths as a writer. All of them have shades of dark and light and it is wonderful to watch the evolve.
Unlike a lot of m/m fiction this not a quick shallow read. Allen has taken care to give us a sense of time and space, and the story unfolds slowly. Stay with it, as with WITD you will not be disappointed. I was sad to leave these characters, and it almost begs a sequel (hint, hint):-) Highly Recommended.
Certainly Deserves Five star or more if I could give it. I will keep my eye on other books from this author
There is a lot going on here - time travel, mystery plots, broken engagements, talking to ghosts, psychic stuff, romance, fighting, politics, jack the ripper, mental health issues, book theft from the museum, arson...the list goes on! Now on the one hand, you could say that you won't get bored and I definitely like a plot with numerous threads woven in. But despite enjoying it all, I felt at times like maybe there was a bit too much going on and none of the threads were moving quite as swiftly as I wanted them to.
So despite lots of things happening, I started to find myself getting impatient for the story to unfold and I got a little side-tracked around 60-odd% in when it started to feel like it was going quite slowly. However, luckily I picked it back up after a small break and got back into it. I'm glad I carried on to finish it as the pace picked back up again and the various threads started resolving themselves.
I did think a few of the things resolved themselves a bit TOO neatly, but I kind of didn't care by this point as the BIG thing I was bothered about was the romance between Morgan and Ezra and what would happen - will Morgan go back to his own time and leave Ezra? etc... and I have to say that I felt this part was done really well and I was satisfied by the ending.
Overall an enjoyable adventure that could have been edited down a little to be slightly shorter in length.
Regardless, although I don't understand the title (perhaps I'm just being dense) the story and writing were excellent. A novel of decent length, very well observed. The language of Victorian England and the language of current day America. Other reviewers have critisised the subplot, the Jack-the-Ripper investigation. I actually enjoyed it. Morgan, an FBI agent, transported back to 1888 London becomes involved in the Whitechapel Murders case.
My only critism: "Downtime" requires additional editing. There are many superfluous passages, well written admittedly, but serving no purpose to the plot, characterisation or story in general.
Thank you Ms Allen for writing an m/m romance without resorting to pornographic sex descriptions to sell your story. I shall certainly purchase more of your writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully written, no cliches, great angle on forbidden love. Wanted to read more and see the main characters develop further so it's very telling how good it felt.Published 14 months ago by P Ruao
Well told story giving an insight into being gay in 1800's and how the victorian's viewed such things and time travelPublished 14 months ago by pamela jane
A most unusual story but I've enjoyed it tremendously. Definitely something different! I loved the clever inclusion of history into the story without spoiling itPublished 19 months ago by Gillian Frost
This is a well constructed and interesting tale of time travel by mistake. A group of Victorian gentlemen decide to try out an incantation from an ancient book , which results in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by SunnyB
Having read about a zillion books in this genre, I was delighted to find this gem. Instead of focussing on the lust part of the relationship, it focusses on the relationship part... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by AvidReader
Definitely an unusual book and well worth reading because of that. Maybe there will be a sequel or two telling how Nash lives in London?Published on 9 Oct. 2013 by clotguy
Very enjoyable read. Couldn't put it down. Good romantic story in the Victorian times with a modern gay FBI agentPublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by G. Lester
i did not know what the context of this book was and took me a couple of chapters to work it out i was suprised but thought i would continue and im glad i did the charecters are... Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by Amanda Newton-Brady
yes as i said,just ok was quite disappointed that there was so so much touchy feely between morgan and ezra,bored draggy. Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by red
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