“Monique Martin’s debut offering, “Out of Time” is a delightful, sexy romp back in time to the 1920s. The story revolves around “stiff upper lip” British professor, Simon Cross, and his research assistant, Elizabeth West. I’ve worked with university professors for over twenty years and believe me, the character of Professor Cross is pretty spot on although his sarcasm with his students probably would not be tolerated at many universities today. Of course, his brilliance saves him from any rebukes because students always want to take a class with the cool, eccentric professor.
I absolutely adored Elizabeth West. She is your typical research assistant, overworked and underpaid, but the author gives her such depth and wit that you immediately want to be her friend. The banter that goes back and forth between her and Simon keeps you captivated and you just want to read more and more.
Without divulging any spoilers in my review, Simon and Elizabeth find themselves transported back to the 1920s when they inadvertently activated Simon’s grandfather’s pocket watch during a lunar eclipse. They figure out that they are stuck in this time warp for six weeks until the next lunar eclipse that will once again activate the watch. This is where the story really notches up the action with a perfect blend of these two navigating the ins and outs of daily life in 1929 and how it changes their relationship, the peek into life during prohibition and of course, the unlucky event of coming to the attention of local mob boss, King Kashian.
Everything is connected and Ms. Martin unfolds all the drama and angst in perfect style. This book won’t you let put it down until you finish so I’ll give you fair warning now to carve out enough time to read it through to its exciting conclusion. Highly recommend!”
“Great beach read. Time travel with many twists and turns.”Kathryn A wrote this review Wednesday, August 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was really good until the author ruined it by adding the vampire. How unnecessay.”Kim C. wrote this review Sunday, July 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was so good! The vampire bit wasn't brought in until about 1/2 way, so you could really get familiar with the characters - and they were so well written. The time travel was really close to the beginning and was from present day into 1929, a time that isn't written about often; so that made the story great fun to read.
Elizabeth West had worked as an assistant to Simon Cross for a couple of years. He was a professor in occult studies, 20 years older than she was and rigid, brusque and aloof. She didn't know that he cared for her but wouldn't allow himself any closeness to her; he had no idea that she cared for him at all. But when a box of his much-loved and deceased grandfather's belongings finally came to him, a strange watch they were checking out was suddenly responsible for sending them back in time to 1929. The two of them had no money or proper clothing for those times, and had to make do - and they had to figure out how to survive until they could time-travel back, once they figured it out - if it would work. Their adventures together were wonderful to read about, scarey when an awful gangster became interested in Elizabeth, and even more so when death threatened both of them.”
“In this book a professor (Simon Cross) and his student intern (Elizabeth West) accidently travel back in time. Into the 1920's with prohibition, gangsters and yes- vampires! While they are figuring out how to get back to the future, they admit their feelings for each other- but also find themselves in the middle of a dangerous situation.... I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! I bought i for my Kindle and have not read any other stories by this author...”Nerissa H wrote this review Sunday, January 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 stars”Tanya B wrote this review Sunday, January 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“About the book: Simon Cross was different. He was a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. But it wasn't his profession that set him apart, but that he was a professor of Occult Studies. He took the study of the occult very seriously, as his grandfather had before him; and, even though his introductory class was very popular, his colleagues did not view him seriously.
Elizabeth West had taken his class and had ended up changing her major and becoming his graduate teaching assistant. Little did she know what a life changing event that would be.
Simon and Elizaabeth had an interesting relationship. They weren't really friends and yet they each were harboring an attraction for the other that ran deeper than friendship. It wasn't until they were unwittingly transported back in time before they allowed themselves the freedom to let the attraction shine. (It probably helped that they weren't sure about how to get back. . .)
Going back in time seemed to be an answer to everything they had hoped for, both professionally and personally. They were able to discover things about their area of study that they had only dreamed about. The time proved to be more dangerous than they thought and they wondered if they would be able to reach the day they thought they could return to the present or if they would be Out of Time. (Did you like the way I did that?)
My thoughts: Let me start by saying this was the first book that I read on my new Nook that I got for Christmas - and I am so happy that I LOVED the first book that I read on my Nook! It makes me want to read more on it (because I was a little concerned that I wouldn't like to not have an actual "book" in my hands). This was the perfect blend of romance, paranormal, and - what would you classify time travel as - science fiction? None of them outweighed the others, but blended together beautifully in the story. This was Monique Martin's first novel, but I am hoping for more. I would love to see Simon and Elizabeth go on another adventure together!
“really good time travel would read more in series/world”SandyLu562 wrote this review Sunday, January 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No