Trick of Time

Trick of Time A lover from another timeWhen Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London he begins to doubt his sanity At first he thinks it s all a

  • Title: Trick of Time
  • Author: J.L. Merrow
  • ISBN: 9781426895005
  • Page: 410
  • Format: ebook
  • A lover from another timeWhen Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity At first he thinks it s all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boyA lover from another timeWhen Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity At first he thinks it s all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boy quickly turns into something much deeper, drawing him back again and again as he gets to know Jem and craves meaningful encounters with him.But Ted doesn t understand the exact conditions necessary for his trips through time and for Jem, time may actually be running out Now Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship, before it s too late 27,000 words

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    1. J.L. Merrow

      JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.Find JL Merrow online at jlmerrow, on Twitter as jlmerrow, and on Facebook at facebook jlrrow

    217 thoughts on “Trick of Time”

    1. This is a little gem an excellent read, perfect to snuggle up with and lose your self in J L Merrow's Victorian London, just beautiful!This Novella is told from Teds point of view, which is so poignantly delivered by J L Merrow through her impressive writing skills and command of the English language she some how manages to put us in the mind set of this character giving us a perspective of what makes him tick making him so believable you are totally engrossed and drawn in by the sublime prose. [...]

    2. Question: you step out of your house one day to go to work andWHAM.ddenly find yourself in 19th century Victorian London. Astonished, you suck the grime, dirt and decay into your lungs and thenyou lock eyes with a pretty boy who casually leans against a lamppost. He's a prostitute and it shows.Now would you or wouldn’t you get your freak on with him?I have to say, knowledge can be a bitch. I confess to being somewhat of a history nut and thus can’t help associating Victorian rent boys with f [...]

    3. *full review now posted*This is a lovely story about time travel, and what a person is ready to do for the one he loves :)The storyTed Ennis works in the Criterion Theatre, and one day, stepping out to take a cigarette break, he walks out and finds himself in the past.At first he thinks it's a movie set, but soon realises he's in Victorian England (or possibly having hallucinations LOL)He sees a beautiful young man standing on a corner, approaches him and finds out that he's a rent boy.The next [...]

    4. When I first started this novella I wasn't sure I would like it. The time travel elements were clumsily introduced and there wasn't enough detail for my taste. I had just finished "Downtime", which is a beautifully written MM time-travel romance, and I think that colored my impression of this book. However, as the book progressed, I found myself liking the story more and more. The romantic elements really perked up the story and added a depth that the plot was sorely missing. I became attached t [...]

    5. Doctor Who is to blame! The man is the source of so many of my obsessions, but time travel and scarves are two biggies. :D Time travel! Nothing makes my geeky sci-fi heart happier than traveling through history.Ms. Merrow’s Trick of Time wastes no time jumping into the action. After a life changing loss and punch to the heart and soul, Ted Ennis is trying to start a new life and career in theatre management in London. Work keeps him busy--too busy or tired to think of his pain. So perhaps fate [...]

    6. *wiggles**squishes book*Looooooooved it!JL Merrow delivers. Again.Unique time travel concept that could have been total shit in the wrong hands. But no. Not in JL Merrow's awesomely wonderful ones.Ted, victim of a tragic accident that left him alone in the world (and related to which he still suffers some physical symptoms), travels through time back to Victorian England and meets Jem, a rent boy with a heart of gold. They're pretty much perfect for each other, but the obvious question of how th [...]

    7. An enjoyable read with a nicely done bit of mystery. I can’t say I felt much connection between the two male leads. While we learn a bit about Ted, Jem remains little more than a name. I never felt like I knew him.I did enjoy the whole mystery of the time portal and was rushing to read how things would resolve themselves towards the end. But at the same time I never felt pulled into the past the way I have in other historical books. I enjoyed this more for the mystery than for the romance. May [...]

    8. This book started for me with the Criterion Theatre on Piccadilly Circus. I went there years ago to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company - and while enjoying the show, I couldn't help falling in love with the theatre as well, with its plush pink seats, Art Deco tiles and intimate atmosphere, as if the play were being performed in your own living room.I popped back in while writing the book to refresh my memory of the place, and the staff couldn't have been more welcoming, letting me wander around [...]

    9. A lovely, sweet, heartfelt short with a HEA, even if a little melancholic due to the loss of Ted's family and partner in a car accident. However, he finds love once more and the story shows us that even after a tragedy life goes on and it's possible to find love again.The time travel aspect was a wonderful idea and well thought out making it totally believable. Merrow brings victorian London to life with all its atmosphere. Although I found Ted's reaction to his first time travel experience a li [...]

    10. 3.5 stars. Sweet story about Ted who works at the Criterion Theater and travels back in time while on break. He meets and falls in love with Jem. Unfortunately, I read Downtime by Tamara Allen last month so I couldn't stop myself from comparing the two. I wish it were a bit longer to develop the story.

    11. Review posted at The Armchair Reader.I always read the books that JL Merrow writes, so even though this is a time travel romance (which I don't usually like), I decided to go ahead and read it. And I'm glad I did -- none of the things that usually bother me about time travel romances (like the lack of details about the time travel itself) were present here. And most of all, this story had the charm that I've come to expect from this author, making it a pretty good book.Ted Ennis works at the Cri [...]

    12. This was a really appealing time travel romance that had poignant and very tender undertones. As the blurb states, Rob steps put of the Picadilly theatre where he works one night to have a ciggie break and mysteriously finds himself transported back in time to Victorian London. His first thought is that he's stepped onto a film set but stranger forces are at work here. He sees a beautiful young man leaning against a lamppost and is immediately taken by him. It becomes obvious that this young man [...]

    13. I am an impulse book buyer! I saw JL Merrow's name and auto-bought it! Some writers just do that to me. I don't expect to love everything but I trust those few writers not to insult me. Imagine my surprise, I don't like time-travel and I avoid sad stories but as expected Merrow hooked me and wouldn't let me go until long after the last page. Ted Ennis is a sad, broken man on the edge. He barely exists in his own little world. Strange things happen and he meets Jem. I loved Jem right away. I saw [...]

    14. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. My thanks to the publisher, author, and NetGalley. This review is cross posted on my blog.I will admit that I have a unabashed love for romance involving time travel. It is one of my favorite romance genres when done well, and this story does it well. Ted is a man recovering from a tragic loss. He is a bit lost, but not completely broken. He has his moments of angst (which considering the depth of his losses is completely understandable), but he has [...]

    15. 4.5 StarsReview posted on World of Diversity FictionsI love time travel stories. I haven’t read one for awhile. After reading this novella I have no idea why I haven’t. Now I’m totally on the hunt for more! I just wish the MM romance genre had more of them. I don’t care if they drive me nuts trying to figure out the logistics because that’s part of their charm.This story has charm galore. It was sweet and romantic with a little bit of sadness in there. When we meet Ted he’s trying to [...]

    16. 4.5 starsI'm having a delightfully difficult time knowing how to classify this one. Part historical fiction, part paranormal, part contemporary, with elements of recovering from loss. All of these crazy disparate elements combine here with delightful alchemy into a lovely, sweet, hopeful story.I'm glad the blurb didn't mention that Ted was kind of still dealing with the loss of his husband and his parents. I have to be in a certain kind of mood to deal with grief stories like that and I might ha [...]

    17. Well that packed quite an emotional punch. Not so much as it made me bawl my eyes out, but more of it having me go through from heartache to excitement to swooning to hopeful to just overall satisfied with how everything played out. Since reading Tamara Allen's Downtime, I've been searching for another decent time travel m/m romance (view spoiler)[but with a different ending in that the couple decides to pick now instead of then as their HEA time setting (hide spoiler)]. Ted Ennis goes out for a [...]

    18. 3.5 StarsWhen I saw this was a time travel story, I was so in. There were a lot of elements in this one; Ted is mourning the death of his long term lover and his parents, his accident has left him with some kind of brain injury, he time travels to the late 1800's, and he meets a rentboy named Jem. I would have settled for any of those topics to be explored in depth but I think due to this being a novella, some of this was treated superficially.This may be because we only get to follow Ted and wi [...]

    19. I found Trick of Time to be a most charming, romantic, sexy read. And despite the subject matter of one man stepping into another period in time it felt totally real and had me believing in the possibilites of it actually happening. I loved the MC's, Ted and Jem. I wanted a HEA and at one stage wasn't sure they would get one. Despite the length of the ebook the characters were all three dimensional, from the MC's through to the secondary characters. Both London present day and in the 1880's was [...]

    20. I don't know why I put off reading this story for so long. Oh wait, I do know. I hate time travel. But I love rent boys. And I didn't like half of JL Merrow's stories. But I loved the other half of them. So, it was fifty-fifty whether this story was going to work for me.And oh my, how well it worked! I just loved it so much I feel like rereading it right now. But no, I'll put it to my "Christmas re-read" folder. Even though the story doesn't happen on Christmas - it has that perfect Christmas fe [...]

    21. Loved this!Ted has been left alone after the tragic death of his both his parents and husband. He is now working for a friend in a London theatre, were when one night he steps outside for his usual smoke break, and walks in to 19th century London. There, he meets Jem, a beautiful rent boy who hasn't been living such a beautiful life. Ted needs to figure out he can spend more time with Jem, without losing Jemor the future. Sweet characters and a nice HEA! Plus, I just adore Victorian rent boys! I [...]

    22. I have a great fondness for time travel romances and feel that they are under-represented in the m/m genre. Imagine my delight then when I discover this new gem from JL Merrow, a favourite author of mine. The story follows Ted whose life was altered dramatically eighteen months prior to the start of the story when a car accident killed his husband and parents, and left him with brain damage which gives him huge headaches and affects his speech and hand. Since then he's been working for a friend [...]

    23. I am such a fan of this author. I believe this is my 7th by her. When I saw this book was available I could not wait to read it. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I had to put it on hold for awhile. I am so sorry I did.Ted Ennis works at the Criterion Theatre in London. A former banker, he is now working at the only place that he feels would hire him. Thankfully, he loves his job and his boss is a friend. A year and a half prior, Ted lost his parents and life partner (Alastair) in a horrifi [...]

    24. Reviewed on Hearts On Fire heartsonfirereviews/ Ted Ennis is walking through life but not living it since his husband was killed in a car wreck. A friend gets him a job at the Criterion Theatre just to give him something to do. He goes outside for a smoke while the play is going on and walks into Victorian England, 1886. He meets a lovely rent boy and loses his heart in time. This was a beautifully written time travel story told from Ted's POV that just grabbed my heart. Ted was so broken until [...]

    25. I was pretty skeptical going into this read, for one reason I’m not of fan of time-travel and not many authors can pull off a good enough story without boring the living shit out of me. But this was a pleasant surprise I found that the characters were likable. The whole Victorian Dickens era is one of my favorites being a historical fan and all… Jems, dialect was spot on. I wish there were a villain or two or even some crazy drama to keep me guessing etty much everything was predictable, but [...]

    26. This was a sweet, fluffy novella about Ted who had lost his family—and possibly his sanity—in a car accident. A year and a half later he has a new career and a life. He wanders outside for a smoke and steps into 1886. His second stumble is in insta-love with the nearest rent boy. There was quite a lot of clichéd sex and very little relationship development, but I did understand why Ted wanted to save Jem, why he’d fancy himself in love again. I just didn’t believe Ted was in love. Yet. [...]

    27. Loved it! Another great read from JL Merrow. I devoured it in one sitting. Highly recommended.Reread on April 15, 2014. Loved it even more. 6 stars.

    28. Cute, but you need to suspend all belief to go with it. If you are able to do that however, you are in for a sweet feel good hurt comfort read with a dose of insta-love and a fun little time travelling twist.(view spoiler)[I always have issues when it comes to prostitutes in historical romance, because really, life as a male prostitute in 1886 London has not been a pleasant one. The fact that Jim has all his teeth is actually pretty amazing in it self. As he has been on his own, since fleeing th [...]

    29. Ted has had a rough 18-months after a tragic car accident. As a result of the accident that took his parents and his husband's life, he experiences tremors in his hand, dizzy spells and slurred speech. He lives his life in a haze even if he has always believed that there had to be something more to life than broken dreams and mortality. It isn't until he steps out of the Criterion Theater for a smoke that his belief is confirmed.He is amazed at what he finds and instantly drawn to the figure lea [...]

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