Out of Time is the first book in a series that focuses on Simon Cross and his asisstant Elizabeth West and how they end up back in the 1920’s all due to a small pocket watch. Simon is a lecture on the occult, Elizabeth is a student who helps him grade papers and slowly the attraction burns between them.
It’s only when they end up in 1920 that they learn each other’s feelings. There is also a vampire involved in this as well, to make it a bit more supernatural but to be honest the vampire is very much a minor thing to make the book become more dramatic at the end.
Character-wise, I think the characters need to be looked at.
Simon Cross is a man who rarely apologises yet we find him apologising so many times in one chapter, it kind of makes you wonder what has happened. He is also a man who prefers his own company to being in a big crowd, he likes his books more than people. And he’s British, so expect to here him saying ‘love’ a lot.
Elizabeth West is meant to have unruly hair – we learn this in the first part of the book when we meet her, trying to tame her hair. When she goes to get a job in the 1920’s she soothes her hair down and doesn’t really complain about her hair as she did before. There was also moments when you felt like you weren’t fully connected to her, she was just a bit all over the place as a character. This could have just been me as I slowly worked my way through the book, but she didn’t seems complete.
Charlie Blue is a stereo-typical character, but he is very much a minor character so we can forgive this one.
King is the ‘villian’ of the piece and yet we know little about him until the end and even then we don’t actually know that much about him. Just little pieces of information that he allows Elizabeth to know about.
The romance is definitely there, but could this story be called supernatural? Not really, it’s first and foremost a romance novel, I think it’s close to a Mills and Boon type of romance, with a sprinkle of supernatural just to lure those who don’t read full on romance book in.
If you enjoy your romances and want a slight change of pace perhaps give this one a go, but if you want supernatural with a sprinkle of romance I’d give this one a miss.