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FBI agent Morgan Nash has a hard time believing that a magic spell has swept him into the past, especially considering that in his own time he was facing down a bullet. Now he's facing down a bunch of nineteenth century dabblers, whose ancient spellbook goes missing before they can send Morgan back where he belongs.

Chief among Morgan's new friends, Ezra Glacenbie is more t...more
ebook, 1st Torquere Press Printing Editon, 332 pages
Published January 2007 by Torquere Press
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A Gorgeous, lovely romance and another favourite from Tamara Allen who has a talent for building wonderful atmospheric stories. I could almost smell and feel that I was there with Ezra and Morgan. Jack the Ripper is a big feature and a gripping addition to the story, loved the way Ezra and Morgan teamed up to investigate the murders. The institution where Ezra ends up briefly, is terrifying and spine-chilling in its desperate hopelessness, a horrible place for anyone who has the misfortune of en...more

Well surprise, surprise…”Downtime” is one of my favorite books of the year.

…and for none of the reasons that I love other books.

No steamy sex scenes.
No action.
No angst.
No fast-pace.

Instead, it was a slowly rolled-out, beautifully-written love story about time travel, 1888 London, friendships, transformations, and Jack the Ripper. Not an obvious recipe for a winning read, but Tamara Allen produced just that.

I love Morgan, Derry, Kathleen, and Hannah. I also love creepy George, mystery-Sid, and...more
Mar 24, 2014 julio rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to julio by: ttg
OMG I'm in the 1800s. Wait until twitter hears about this—O NOES! Stupid cellphone. Y U NO HAZ SIGNAL???


It's grating to spend time with a character so dense he was as likely to blurt out something that could alter the course of human history as he was to reach for 21st century identification to soothe the suspicions of a 19th century constable.

The sex scene was an embarrassment of ill-considered plotting. By which I mean orchestrating a scene that involves two men taking turns diddling one anoth...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I just spent the whole day reading this 500 page beauty, and I loved every second of it! This book really had everything for me. It mixes time-travel, historical fiction, a sweet m-m romance, and fully developed plot.

Thank you Tamara Allen for giving this romance a SLOW BURN. There was no rushing, everything was built-up at a wonderfully delicious pace. The chemistry felt real and the 19th century world was described beautifully. I have nothing but praise for this book. My one wish is that it w...more
I’m really not one for historical reads but Tamara Allen has converted me as long as she is the writer. This is my second book by her and it will not be my last. Her writing skill is amazing. She can bring to life the past. OK as you can gather this will be another ramble rather than a detailed review lol.

This wonderful story mixes the present with the past in a way that is totally absorbing.

First we have a beautiful love story between Ezra and Morgan. You wont find any detailed sex scenes or co...more

What a wonderfully romantic read.

I do enjoy a good time travel story and this has a lot of elements that so worked for me. Great MC's who were flawed but charming, a strong historical element with an interesting paranormal spin on time travel and well fleshed out secondary characters with an engaging storyline.

I loved the slow burn here but I admit to being worried about how things were going to turn out. So much so that (view spoiler)...more
I loved Tamara Allen’s The Only Gold, and now after Downtime, I want to wander the streets singing songs about her and her ability to write such enveloping stories that are bursting with such realized characters and such a sweeping, heart-filling romance. I want to cry. I want to gush. I want to go back immediately and relive it again and see all the beautiful bits that I missed the first time.

The story itself seems far-fetched--modern day FBI agent Morgan Nash is working a case in London, only...more
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars. Tamara Allen is an auto-buy author for me. She has just the right touch with a historical romance, making the settings and characters feel relatively authentic and yet not alien, giving rich description but not so much it feels overworked or intrusive. In this book Morgan Nash, a modern FBI agent is transported back in time to 1888, where he meets Ezra, who sees ghosts. Morgan is cool, brash, determined and abrasive. Ezra is quiet, sweet, honest and haunted. And gay in a time when tha...more
Dee Wy
If you are considering reading this book after having read a fast-paced action thriller, chill out first. Have a glass of wine and relax. The slow pace at the beginning of this wonderful historical may send you into shock at first as it did me. But the measured pace of events, characters being introduced and relationships established all come in good time, and you will soon feel so invested in these characters and their lives that you won't want to stop reading.

FBI agent Morgan Nash is pulled ba...more
Heather C
Wonderful story!

So the other day, Nikyta sent me a text telling me that I should read this book. I didn't really take the time to ask why or even what it was about, but immediately jumped in blind. She's known me for years and when she tells me to read something, there's a 99% chance that I'm going to love it...

...and I totally loved this!

While on a case in present day London, FBI Agent Morgan Nash gets accidentally sucked back through time into 1888 by Ezra and two of his housemates, Derry and...more
Mark ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
This book contained everything that I love; intrigue, mystery and suspense, historical, supernatural and a sweet romance. It's so difficult to write a review on such a intricate and multi-faceted story.

FBI agent Morgan Nash is on secondment in London and is thrown back to 1888. This throws him for a loop first of all, but then finds values and a love that he never experienced in modern times. While there and trying to get back to the present day he meets Ezra, a gentle but troubled soul battling...more
J.L. Merrow
It's probably nearer a four-star book. But I loved it, and I shall give it as many stars as I like. *nods*
Oct 29, 2009 Rosie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
This was just the sweetest, most beautifully written love story. I ADORED the characters and definitely want to keep this one.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This was a very good book, even if I had a few reservations. Anyway.

You have to read it:

1 - for the beautiful love story. Morgan is basically married to his job. He's not a bad guy, but he has never tried to give himself to another man with all his heart. He's a bit arrogant and set in his ways, but when he goes back in time he meets Ezra, who's really an angel. Ezra is able to make Morgan change his mind and attitude by proximity. The story is in the first-person point-of-view of Morgan, but af...more
I am not a fan of historical romance. Not a fan of time travel stories, either. Furthermore, my thoughts on the explicitness of sex scenes in the M/M Romance I read are: the more, the better, thank you very much. This story had NO explicit sex scenes, was set in the late 1800's, and one of the MCs was from present day. Yet I loved it.

Why? Because the characters made me fall in love with them, pulled me in and made me care. All of them, not just the main ones, or the good ones. I felt for Sid, fo...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
Huh I feel like there's a lot to say with this book, but I've been feeling particularly ineloquent so I'll keep it short and sweet.

The first half of the book was rather tedious. It was slow, a bit boring, and the characters weren't likable enough to keep my motivation going steadily. However, it did perk up later in the book, especially once Morgan stopped being such a disbeliever, and we got to know Ezra more. I grew to really like the characters, and their romance was incredibly sweet.

I think...more
4.67 stars.

Sweet, slow paced historical timetravel m-m-romance novel with paranormal (Ezra’s ability) and a murder-mystery side plot (Jack the Ripper).

main characters:
Ezra Glacenbie, son of Sir William and working at the British Museum in London, is a medium who can see and talk with ghosts since his childhood. He is characterized by his caring and conscientious personality.

Morgan Nash, FBI agent, is accidently conjured into the year 1888 by Ezra. He is a hardheaded and cocksu...more
Serena Yates
I really liked this book. An interesting twist on time travel which gave it a touch of fantasy, mixing with a sort-of-mystery and some great characters, not to mention a heartbreakingly beautiful love story, made this a very fun read for me.

Following Morgan Nash back into the Victorian era and watching him react to his new environment was more fun for me than his attempts at solving one of the most famous crimes in history. But then, I am not really a mystery fan, so that is to be expected. I wa...more
So... I'm not totally sure how to rate this book.

On the one hand, Tamara Allen is a wonderful writer, and always creates these perfect, atmospheric (I've stolen this fitting description from Vio's review ;D) stories that make history come alive. There is depth and complexity to the main and side characters alike, believable character development over the course of the story, the description of the settings are precise and pictorial, and the flair of the time is nicely captured.

On the other hand...more
May 22, 2013 Loederkoningin marked it as started-yet-stalled-for-now  ·  review of another edition
Who am I kidding? I'll put this on hold for now.:p
***Re read in November 2012. Really liked it the second time around. Upgraded rating to 4.5 stars***

Once this book gets going, it's a lot of fun to read. FBI agent Morgan Nash is working on a case in 21st London and he 's none too happy due to the dreary weather, the MI-6 agent he's forced to work with & the fact that his New York boyfriend Reese has just decided to dump him. There's an amusing scene where Morgan is chasing down the bad guys while at the same time he's getting reamed out on...more
4.5 stars. As I usual I enjoyed Tamara Allen's writing. I love the story and the characters.
I have to confess that time-travel novels are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I know that they have a reputation for being a bit unrealistic, but I still have a fascination with characters who are somehow able to travel back in time. Perhaps because that's something I would love to be able to do. When the opportunity came up to read Downtime, I grabbed it. M/m time-travel books are very rare - and a much under-represented sub-genre of m/m in my opinion - and so I was looking forward to immers...more
First thing....I don't understand the title of this novel and how it relates to the story. Does it refer to back-in-time, two separate words "down time"?
Regardless, although I don't understand the title (perhaps I'm just being dense) the story and writing were excellent. A novel of decent length, very well observed. The language of Victorian England and the language of current day America. Other reviewers have critisised the subplot, the Jack-the-Ripper investigation. I actually enjoyed it. Morg...more
Touching, adorable m/m time travel story set in Victorian London. The sex is not explicit but still sends shivers down the spine..

"But I remain'd, whose hopes were dim,
Whose life, whose thoughts were little worth,
To wander on a darken'd earth,
Where all things round me breathed of him."

- from Tennyson's 'In Memoriam'
4.5 stars. Excellent time travel m/m romantic suspense about an FBI agent from the present who ends up back in 1888 London. I don’t want to say anything more about it (besides my getting rather tearful at one point), except that, yes, it was rather historical. And I don’t read historicals. I guess I’m mellowing!
Elisa Ramblings
Do you know what can happen when you buy a book only thank to the trust you have on the author? That a nice surprise can wait you. I didn’t read Downtime’s blurb, I read Tamara Allen, the author of Whistling in the Dark, the book who came first in the Rainbow Awards, and a book I really liked, and I bought the book. I didn’t know what Downtime was about, but thank to the nice cover I was expecting a late nineteen century historical novel. So I was quite surprise from finding me reading about Mor...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This book rocketed to the top of my all time favorites list. It was so touching, bittersweet, and romantic that all I can do is sigh. I loved the MCs, Morgan Nash a 21st century FBI agent who finds himself transported to 1888 London where he meets quiet and unassuming museum clerk, Ezra Glacenbie.

Ezra is a medium, the real deal, and early in the story, during a séance where he's reluctantly assisting a friend, he suddenly turns to skeptical Morgan and starts speaking as Sully, Nash's long time...more
Edina Rose
I wanted to love this book so much! I loved Whistling in the Dark and I expected something equally amazing. But unfortunately, that was not the case.

There were too many things to deal with in one book - or the book should have been longer. Talk about biting more than you can chew... And the plot was a bit messy as well. There were major decisions/actions unexplained, choices that did not make sense at all, and an investigation that was not interesting. For this reason, the romance-mystery was n...more
A 19th century medium and a 21st century FBI agent meet when a group of men in a London museum, in 1888, perform a conjuration, little expecting to meet with success. Ezra, with his friends Derry and Henry, are merely examining an old book in the museum where Ezra and Henry are employed, when they accidentally summon Morgan across time, where in 21st century London, he is facing an oncoming bullet.

This is a sweet story for the most part, as Ezra and Morgan find they have rather more in common th...more
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“Yawning, I stumbled off the trolley after him and tried to get
out of the way of people rushing aboard. Apparently manners weren' t a thing of the past.
They' d never existed at all.”
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