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Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his new assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

In 1920s Manhattan, they find that are more than mobsters vying for po
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Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published February 2nd 2010
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Stacey
Here's the thing: I turned 40 last week, and while I know that 40 is the new 30, and I'm only as old as I feel, (blah blah blah, whatever else my birthday cards told me,) I look in the mirror, and I see that my hair is turning grey at an alarming rate, I have wrinkles near the corners of my lips where they never were before, and my boobs are hanging about an inch lower than they were last year (dammit.) The worst of it is that my eyes get tired if I try to read half the night; of course, that's ...more
Lyndee
How do you even rate these cheesy romances? They're all pretty bad. I finished this one, although I did skim a little. It's a readable book if all you want is a few steamy scenes and little bit of plot, but parts of this book are worthy of an eye roll. You've got your typical damsel in distress who also can hold her own (Sort of. Not really.), there's time travel, and some sexual tension which of course leads up to a great big love scene. Much emphasis is put on the age difference between the ma ...more
Moses Siregar III
I've never read a romance novel before 'Out of Time,' but I'm really glad I gave this one a shot. I enjoyed it from its great premise at the start to its suspenseful finish. I think the strongest element of 'Out of Time' is the writing itself, particularly the dialogue and the characterization of the two main characters (as well as, of course, the romance). Even when there were aspects of the book that I questioned, and that didn't happen often, the strength of the writing and the tension in the ...more
Allison
Based on the description, I expected to find Out of Time a combination of time travel and historical mystery with a bit of romance. It is true that these elements are present, but really what I found myself reading was a fairly generic romance that could have taken place anywhere, anytime, with some time travel and mystery thrown in, but not sufficiently developed.

The story starts out in the present, with a professor of the occult and his assistant finding themselves unexpectedly launched back
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Ella Belakovska
Hmm, think I must have missed whatever the other reviewers on here found to enjoy about the 'romance' in this book. While it's fair to point out that I generally avoid the romance genre, I'm not averse to a bit of sexual tension to keep a good storyline bubbling along. Unfortunately, I was already getting a bit fed up with these two characters when one of them did the inevitable 'I cannot let them get close to me because I'm such a terrible person' rubbish. It feels like such a cop out of a plot ...more
Melindeeloo
Kindle is opening my horizons and Out of Time is a great example of the wonderful treasures you can find if you get lucky. Despite the 'paranormal romance' subtitle, Out of Time is really more of a time travel romance with a paranormal complication as part of the conflict, than an actual paranormal romance since neither of the leads go bump in the night. But it is a really good time travel romance.

An accidental trip to the past, lands Professor Simon Cross and his graduate Assistant Elizabeth W
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Out of Time is a time travel romance that starts out introducing you to Simon Cross, a professor of Occult Studies, and his assistant Elizabeth West. One evening, while looking through Simon’s recently inherited belongings, they come across a pocket watch that belonged to his grandfather. It turns out that the pocket watch is a “vehicle” for time traveling, and they are both picked up from their safe modern day surroundings in California, and thrust back in time to the summer of 1929 in New York ...more
Sandra
I love time travel, mystery, paranormal and romance...so this is my genre, but this book really didn't capture the best of any of these pieces. This book reminds me of The Magic Treehouse series for 3rd graders, and that isn't a good thing. I thought the author did a good job on the backdrop and the period of 1929 and she came close to making me care about the main characters, but it was very cliche. Instead of sprinkling in the paranormal, like seasoning to a good soup and building up to the co ...more
Lindsey
I was initially pleased with the premise of this book but that pleasure didn't last long.

A professor and his graduate student assistant being secretly in love with each other... ok. 20 year age gap? Whatever. Trip back through time with no way to return for 6 weeks? Excellent. And that's where this book lost me.

Monique Martin spends chapter after chapter glossing over actual action and focuses instead on how wonderful the characters find each other. Simon spends his time pushing the idea of bein
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Stella
My thoughts: I have to confess I was sold at the very first sentence, when I learned this story would take place in New York in the 1920s. I mean that is such an incredibly exciting time with so many unexploited opportunities: the prohibition, the universe of gangsters, speakeasies, barmaids, gunfights just to name a few, who wouldn't be excited to read a story set then and there? So with so many ideas jumping in my head after only reading the introductory sentence of the blurb, I have to admit ...more
Jo Anne B
I loved this book! I didn't know what to expect and I am so impressed with it. It was so well written and flowed beautifully that you couldn't help getting caught up in the romance between Simon and Elizabeth. It had everything you could want in a fiction novel- suspense, mystery, romance, time travel, paranormal, religion, history, gangsters, humor, action, and adventure. It had two main characters you really bonded with, endearing supporting characters, and a great sexy, bad villain.

Simon is a
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Amber
This is such a great romantic story with a little twist. And who doesn’t love a twist! We have Professor Simon Cross who teaches a fun class on vampires, zombies and other supernatural entities. Many students take his class because they find it so interesting and fun. Then we have his student aid Elizabeth. Both have feelings for one another but have never acted on it due to many reasons…Some being OOooh Professor Cross is 40 and Elizabeth is in her twenties and he is her boss along with teacher ...more
Taylor Hale
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Janelle
Started off well. Minimal paranormal, more of a supernatural/sci-fi feel. The paranormal element wasn't introduced until after the second half. About two thirds of the way through I got bored with the story and struggled to want to pick it up again. It would have been 10x better if they stuck to the sci-fi element. The lone vampire was a bit lame. He was a gangster circa 1920's vampire. Just didn't really fit with the whole story.
Zeek
Although an interesting premise and setting, I couldnt connect with the characters. Set it down about halfway through and have no desire to pick it up again. ::shrug::
Mara
A very slow book, with a very weak storyplot.
cathepsut
*mild spoilers*

The romance part of the story does absolutely nothing for me. There is no spark. I skimmed over most of the romance bits and the inner thought processes of Lizzy and Simon, because they did not interest me. But I am not much of a romance reader anyway.

The rest of the story is mildly interesting. I could have done with a bit more suspense.

The time travel aspect is nicely done, I like the setting in 1920s New York very much. The arival in New York with their initial difficulties we
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Debra Martin
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 ...more
ALPHAreader
‘Out of Time’ is a time-travel paranormal romance from Monique Martin.

I bought this e-book for two reasons. It only cost me 99¢ on Amazon, and Stella from Ex Libris wrote a smashing review.

Elizabeth West is teacher’s assistant to Professor Simon Cross. Simon teaches classes on the Occult, and for as long as he’s been teaching about werewolves and vampires he’s been hunting for proof of the paranormal.

One day a package arrives for Simon. Inside of which is all the most precious artefacts belong
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Ruth
Wow! This book was so good, I'm struggling to write the review!

The premise sounds confusing, and it doesn't really seem to fit it any one genre (maybe this is why it took me so long to find it?). Is it time travel, or paranormal, or contemporary or historical? Is it suspense or mystery or romance? Is the hero alpha or beta? You'd probably be thinking "WTF? Sounds like it's all over the place!"

Well, this book just flows. The writing is excellent, the dialogue is great, the plot is fabulous. The h
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Aimee
Out of time had its moments, but overall I wasn't impressed. Although the characters were somewhat likable, there really isn't any development. Why does Simon feel as though no one could ever love him? Why is he so distant? This is never addressed, but it should be. Simon and Elizabeth are also too back and forth. It's obnoxious. The ending of this book is also super super cheesy and nothing about it is remotely believable. I know it's a time travel romance, so naturally I did not expect it to b ...more
Loves To Dive
Simon Cross is a professor of occult studies at the University of California; Elizabeth West is his underappreciated teaching assistant. One night, after delivering graded papers to his home, to avoid leaving, Elizabeth gets Prof. Cross to go through unopened boxes and the ride begins. I don't think it would be a spoiler to say that Simon and Elizabeth are transported back in time to 1929 and their adventure begins there. They have to figure out how to get home, how to live while there and how t ...more
Steve Vernon
I bought this e-book on Kobo - my e-book pusher of choice.

Okay – so even if this series is SUSPICIOUSLY romantic – I’m over halfway through your first book – just hit the point where somebody shot somebody – (no spoilers, please) – and I’m enjoying it immensely.

Look – I’m reading this to keep my wife happy. She loved the first book and wants me to read it – even though there isn’t any shotguns, short-fused dynamite or semi-naked women on the cover.

I find myself deeply invested in Simon and Eliza
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Traci
Hmmm 2.75 stars. :)

Like a lot of the other reviews, I liked the premise but was left...wanting more. Of everything. More.

1. Not a fan of the 20 year age difference between Simon and Elizabeth. I don't mind some difference, but that's too much (sorry if you're reading this and fit in that category, to each his own, but not this one's own)

2. It made it even more noticeable that they're so far apart in age because Elizabeth acts like an idiot teenager and not an early twenty-something grad student.
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Kathryn Wilson
I am always on board for a story involving a time-travelling British professor-type, but even that wasn't enough to save this one.

Elizabeth and Simon are thrown headlong into the middle of a different time, and have to deal with everything that entails, along with some more dangerous undercurrents that surface as they dig further into their circumstances, and their own relationship.

The story is well enough paced, and a simple read, so I didn't bother stopping entirely. Martin just didn't have t
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Annerlee
I read this as a time travel book, not realising the amount of romance that would be involved. I can see that the romance element was necessary for the plot, but there was a bit too much cheese and not enough plot for my taste. Having said that, I have to admit that the book was very readable and the plot was interesting. Made good light reading. The time travel element fits more into fantasy than science fiction (the main character is Professor of the Occult) and isn't explained in any detail. ...more
MountainKat
This is a very sweet time-travel romance, with a little paranormal twist thrown in. The hero, Simon Cross, is a professor of Occult Studies and determined to never let himself care about anyone because to care leads to being hurt. The heroine, Elizabeth West, is the professors' graduate teaching assistant. She is full of life and tenderhearted. She is also the subject of Simon's dreams, nightmares really. Initially set in modern times, the couple travels back to 1929 - a time of gangsters, prohi ...more
MB Mulhall
Let me start by saying I think the writing was lovely. The author has a ncieway with words and I chuckled on several occasions.

As a love story, it was a bit predictable but had a lot of those tense OH GOD JUST KISS AND GET IT OVER WITH ALREADY moments.

I love the idea of time travel and going back to the 20's. It's a fun era.

I think this is one of those indie titles that could have benefited from an agent/editor who suggested to the author to cut parts and rearrange things. For the first half the
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Erin
I'm a sucker for time travel books, which is why I got this one for free from Amazon. It was only when I was 50% through it that I realized it was also about vampires. Okay, I can get behind that story line. Except, it really wasn't about vampires, other than the fact that there was one and the main characters, Elizabeth and Simon, interact with him/it.

I suppose this was also a romance novel, which is where it fell apart for me. There was the typical denial of feelings, then the obvious reveal
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Anas Attic  Book Blog
Slight spoiler***** I enjoyed this story very much. But the addition of King as a vampire seemed like it was added to cash in the the vampire craze. I love vampire books. But this story just didn't need it. King can be a big scary gangster without him being a vampire. The whole time travel thing was enough. I think the book would have read better as a history teacher and assistant...the vampire addition wasn't introduced till the halfway point, and by then, I was so into the book it was unnecess ...more
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Monique was born in Houston, Texas, but her family soon moved to Southern California. She grew up on both coasts, living in Connecticut and California. She currently resides in Southern California with her naughty Siamese cat, Monkey.

Monique attended the University of Southern California's Film School where she earned a B
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“Whenever I'm with you it's as though someone has reached inside my chest, until the pain is almost more than I can bear. And when I'm not with you, I'd give anything to feel that way again." He heaved a deep sigh and continued. "But I...I couldn't go another day as I was."
"And who are you now?" she asked.
"A man hopelessly in love with you.”
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“That’s God,” he said. “He goes by many names, many faces, but God is simply that—love. I find God in this church, in the faces of my parishioners. One man may find it in nature, in the majesty of a tree or a river,” he said and then looked directly at Simon. “Or another man may find it in a woman’s smile. Wherever it’s to be found, it’s to be cherished. When you find it, you hold onto it and nothing, no force, no evil can take it from you. It’s yours forever. And that, my dear, is something very powerful.” 1 likes
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