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Out of Time by Monique Martin

Out of Time by Monique Martin
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When a mysterious accident sends Professor Simon Cross and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time to 1920s New York, they find it’s more than a the world of Prohibition and speakeasies. It’s a world where the underground is run by the underworld, and where vampires and mobsters vie for power in the seedy underbelly of Jazz Age Manhattan..

As a professor of the occult, Simon’s life was a ritual of research and stoic solitude until he met Elizabeth West. A gambler’s daughter, Elizabeth knows a bluff when she sees one. Behind Simon’s icy glares and nearly impenetrable armor beats the heart of a man in desperate need of love.

Simon spent his life searching for vampires and now that he’s found one, it just might take from him the only woman he’s ever loved. Together they fight demons real and imagined, as trials of murder, intrigue and danger push Simon and Elizabeth together and pull them apart.

Out of Time is an award-winning story of love and redemption

I loved Out of Time.  This book grabbed me from the beginning.  It has everything you can imagine, including traveling back to the 1920’s.  It starts out in present day and the next thing you know, Simon and Elizabeth are thrown back in time to a period full of mobsters, murder and mayhem.

He receives his grandfather’s stuff after many years.  As he’s sharing it with Elizabeth, something happens and they get transported back in time.   Elizabeth is excited to experience things she has only read about.  She takes each day with enthusiasm, even getting a job working at a speakeasy.  There they meet Charlie, Dixie and King.

Both characters are strong and complex and still have a lot to learn.  Elizabeth has been in love with Simon since she first saw him but he was her teacher.  Now as his assistant, he still keeps her at arm’s length.  She has had a hard life and has learned to live life to its fullest.  She has a ready smile and easy going personality. 

Simon watched his grandfather die many years ago and vowed not to let anyone close to him again.  He can’t stop thinking about his pushy assistant and now he is having dreams about her.  He grew up in boarding schools and stays to himself.  He is considered eccentric and quirky because of this.  He learned to depend on no one but himself.

I loved the fact that the period they were transported to was the 1920’s.  It’s one of my favorite periods in history and was fun to read about mobsters, prohibition, and jazz.  Both Simon and Elizabeth were like a fish out of water and did the best they could to survive.  People were drawn to Elizabeth because she was a pure soul who saw the good in others.  

The descriptions of people and places in the story helped paint a picture of a time we can only dream about visiting.  The people we met along the way were interesting and added to the depth of the story.  It amazes me that you could eat breakfast for .25 and rent a room for a couple of bucks for a week.  I loved visiting Coney Island and seeing the inside of a speakeasy. 

I haven’t read many time travel books so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only did it transport me to one of my favorite time periods, I was surprised by the presence of vampires.  Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to others.  I give Out of Time 4 flaming hearts.

*Please stop by the blog tomorrow for an interview with Monique Martin, author of Out of Time.


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