Title: Out of Time
Author: Monique Martin
Release Date: February 2nd, 2010
New York in the 1920's is the world of Prohibition, speakeasies and an underground run by the underworld. Vampires and mobsters vie for power in the seedy underbelly of Manhattan.
A mysterious accident sends Professor Simon Cross and his assistant, Elizabeth West back in time to face demons real and imagined.
Simon Cross has 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. Simon’s life has been a ritual of research into the occult and stoic solitude. He prefers it that way. Until he meets 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.
Trials of murder, intrigue and danger push Simon and Elizabeth to the edge of sanity.
Out of Time is an award-winning tale of love and redemption.
Out of Time is the story about Professor Cross and his assistant, Elizabeth. Both of them are interested in the other, but their work is between them. One day, when Simon receives an old watch from his grandfather, everything change. Suddenly, they aren't at his house, but an alley that looks strangely from the past.
When they find themselves alone in the past, where society is very different and without any money, the have to create a plan to survive until they can come back.
Elizabeth is a strong but also naive young woman. She is Professor Cross' assistant, and she's secretly in love with him. She's spontaneous and fun, very different from Simon. Simon is very serious and solitary. He likes Elizabeth, but she's young and his student, so he can't have her.
The characters of this book were beautifully created. Not only the protagonists, but their friends and enemies, have their own personalities and all of them are described until you know every important detail about their lives.
Also, it's difficult to find a book with so much plot on it, without becoming excessive. Maybe it was because as I read it, I felt as if I could divide this book in two. The first part is mainly focused on Elizabeth and Simon's relationship. The sexual tension between them is so strong and tangible, I felt as if I was in the same room with them. Their looks, expressions, words...everything they did was because/for the other. Having them share a room and a bed wasn't easy, specially when they wanted to keep their barriers so much.
The second part of the book is more focused on the paranormal. The vampires starts to show, and the time travel issue became more important.. It's strange to combine these two, but the author manages to make it work.
Sometimes I felt as if the story was moving a little bit slow, but still liked it. Specially at the last chapters, because I wasn't expecting some of the things that happened and I always like turns in the stories.
Overall, it's a great book. I recommend it if you are looking for a sweet romance story combined with paranormal and science-fiction.