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(An Untimely Romance #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  49 reviews
** We have took a lot of comments on board- which are all really appreciated- we have since made Ruben a little nicer in book one, and Heather a stronger character **

Heather Richardson is a seventeen-year-old British girl whose life quickly becomes an emotional roller coaster when she meets Ruben Brown, a controlling twenty-four-year-old man who works for her father at Fre
Published June 2013 by nexgate press (first published May 26th 2013)
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L.L. Hunter
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i had amazing opportunity to ARC read this book and wow! where do i begin? Heather is a seventeen year old girl who lives in an ancient manor house with her family, moving there when she was 13. Once there she meets an array of colourful characters including Ruben, (who annoyed me immensely!) and Frank.. Oh, Frank, who is very Darcy-esque. Its like he has stepped through time. Heather's family have bought the house and are getting it renovated and restored to its original beauty to re-open to th ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What if the love of your life may not be of your time?

DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this book by the author (via Goodreads/Shut Up and Read/Read It And Reap) in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. (I received a revised/updated copy directly from the author, which is the version that I am reviewing at this time.)

ADVISORY: This book contains sensuality and abusive situations


Heather Richardson is a 17-year old English girl who has spent the past several years living on an estate t
H.R. Savage
Going into Untimely, I was a little skeptical. It’s really hard for me to get into some of the time travel novels because I absolutely adore Outlander. It has ruined me for other books with time travel elements.

Yet J&L Wells truly surprised me with this one. It had its ups and downs, mostly because I’m impatient and want to get into the nitty-gritty, but it was fun. I liked Heather, not only because we have the same name, but because of her personality. While I didn’t always agree with her c
S.F. Benson
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Untimely by J & L Wells was an interesting read. If you are someone who appreciates romance and time travel, you may enjoy this story.

For me, the time travel portions were problematic. In all honesty, the story set in the eighteenth century could have stood alone. It was complete with details, description and a plot line involving a gentleman of money and a young servant. I would have been happy to read more abou
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit to being a bit tired when I first started reading Untimely, the first book of Untimely Romance Series. It didn't take but a few minutes and I was wide awake and caught up in this story.

The characters are all well-written and evoked strong emotions in me. I loved them, disliked them, loathed them, but ultimately found they were all necessary to develop the plot and move it along.

Young Heather Richardson finds herself living in an old manor house with her parents. She's young at seventeen
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Ruben from the very first time we met him, I know a lot of people will say they didn't because of the way he acted, but I saw vulnerability in him from the start. I did like Frank but I felt that he wasn't right for Heather, nor Anna for that matter. The whole idea that he slept with Anna for whatever reason when he was 'in love' with Heather would automatically stop me from wanting to
S.K. Anthony
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This story follows a seventeen year old girl, Heather Richardson, who is taken on a ride through time. Her fate already written and her encounter with ghosts makes her determined to find a way to fix a horrible past. A past that is set in the 19th century.

I will go ahead and say that I think the beginning was a bit slow for me, but that might be because I disliked a certain male character and couldn't wait to move on to the one I *did* like. A bit impatient over here. But the story picks up and
Linzi Selby
I was given this book to provide an honest review
Initially read edition One, the author then kindly sent the 2nd edition of it. I must say me second edition is far better than the first however it was not a book that I enjoyed.
The concept is great and if you like time travelling romance kind if books then you may enjoy it but the characters - I found them very difficult to like.
Heather where do you start I found her to be very immature she drove me to despair. Ruben what a awful person, he an
Rinny Rainwind
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author submitted revised book:
Untimely by J C Wells
After reading the book before revision, I was shocked at how well this new book was written. The characters have changed and are now more sociable. The main character was( in the first writing ) quite immature. The new book has her thinking and acting more age appropriate. The antagonist is still a jerk, but you relate to him more in the revised book. The story flows with better continuity. I enjoyed the read much more. The author has also gifte
Jamie Calvete
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I think the story line itself was pretty good. Most of the book, the characters seemed very immature. I guess it was just frustrating at not understanding what was going on at first. Once I figured out what was really going on with many of the characters, things that happened early on in the book made a LOT more sense. I can definitly sympathize with Heather.
L. Wells
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Haha may be a little bias to say I loved it :)
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, kobo
Will post my review soon!!!
review for blog tour date Aug 2/13:
I Received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
To be honest when I first stared reading this book I had forgot what it was all about, of course I had read the summary when I signed up for the blog tour but I did not re-read it before starting the book. With all the mystery in the beginning I was glad I chose to do it that way I felt it made the story much more exciting. I really enjoyed the setting of an o
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Heather is a sheltered and isolated soon-to-be 18 year old that is plunged into an emotional roller coaster when she meets Ruben, a 24 year old hunk.
Strange Frank pops up and soon there are love triangles all over the place, and in the midst of it all Heather discovers her sexuality.
Under pressure to have sex with Ruben she tries to figure out if she is ready, and eventually whether Ruben is the right guy.

To make all this a little
Eliza Leone
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 star plot/story
3 star writing

A time travel romance with an interesting mechanic, very... Doctor Who meets Madam Pompadour.

What a heck of a plot twist! I won't spoil anything but the beauty of this book was truly in the slow release of information that trickled through the whole book. We were fed tidbits of story, just enough to make a scene mildly confusing and then have it cleared up quickly afterwards with an "aha!" moment. The way the
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been offered to read Untimely 2, I had to go back and reread Untimely 1. I noticed more details this time around than the first time I read the book. I remembered who Dannika is, (I read the synopsis for U2) and am more curious now to read U2. I need to know what happens to the characters, to the manor, to everything. Need to know how the time/space continuum continues with U2.
I still don't understand (yet) the little boy. He's in the past but he wants a life anyway he can. Is that fores
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I definitely give this one 3 1/2 stars. I think the story line itself was pretty awesome, and by the end, you want to know what happens to the characters next. But, in the beginning, and even into the middle of the book, the characters themselves seemed undeveloped for some reason, and were frustratingly immature. I don't know, maybe it was just frustration at not understanding where the plot was headed, and that I didn't understand why Heather was getting so involved so quickly with Ruben. Once ...more
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
I first read J & L Wells’ writing when I read Disturbingly Beautiful, and that was my first time travel read. When I saw Untimely on Netgalley I knew I needed to read this story as well!
Heather Richardson is 17 and has never truly had much experience with boys, but then she meets Ruben, she is smitten! Right away she was telling her parents about her new boyfriend Ruben. I thought it was a bit odd that they went out one night and all of a sudden he was her boyfriend, but he also right away
Amy Shelton
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso in exchange for a fair and honest review**

I wanted to love this story, but just couldn’t. I can’t quite put my finger on what was keeping me from loving it, unfortunately. At times, the story line was confusing, and hard to read. At others, it seemed to drag slightly. Those two things combined I guess really kept me from loving the story.

The idea of the story is fascinating and
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New Adult
Recommended to Emily by: free ebook on Amazon
First Review from 7/31/2013 4.5 stars

A page turner for sure, and very romantic.

Updated Review from 2/7/2014

5 Stars!!!

The authors approached me about reading book 2 in THE UNTIMELY ROMANCE series, so to prepare myself I re-read book 1. The authors were very gracious in sending me an updated version of book 1.

So, holy cow...I loved this book. My nerves were on edge the whole time. I was like, "Noooo, don't do that" or "What are you thinking Heather" or "Seriously, Ruben or Frankie? No doubt, go wi
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book. It was a lovely gothic filled with suspense and intrigue. Heather Richardson was a beautiful young woman who in the short time of a few months went from an infatuated girl to a woman in true love. She was loved by two men, both literally in the sense of the word,from two different worlds. Transported back in time to the nineteenth century where she finds her best friend and her friend's brother Frankie, who is her true soul mate. Back in the 21st century she is lov ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-review
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I've read books written with British English before, but with this particular book, I found myself having to look up a lot of words. Perhaps it's because of the setting (countryside) and the time period, but it was a bit distracting for me. Not the author's fault by any means, just clarifying my point of view...

Heather, the heroine of this book, was incredibly frustrating. She's immature and rather selfish (maybe that g
17 year old Heather finds herself lost between a love that was never meant to be and one being narrated by time.
Living in a historical manner since the age of 13, has kept her life somewhat sheltered. She finds as her 18th birthday draws near, she is now seeing ghosts.
When faced with the ultimatum between the only two male suitors in her life, Heather now must chose to follower her heart or to live life as a possession.

I had a hard time really sticking with this book, as it was hard to follow
Lori Myers
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off...I must say this was a free read for me...and I agreed to review it. I liked the blurb I had read about and was anxious to read it! I was very surprised that I loved it! Well written, excellent plot and enjoyable characters. Once I got through the start (my fault, not the writers, had a ton of stuff going on that day so was distracted to say the least) the book flew! I am still not sure if I even liked Ruben or not...I want to like him, but I am not sure what Heather saw in him to beg ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is hard to write because I had such mixed feelings about two of the main characters. I really enjoyed the story but really hated Ruben from the very beginning so therefore it was hard to get past that. My first reaction toward Beth was dislike and then pity until I realized that Ruben truly loved her in his own way. Even more so, she loved him back but did not want to and they really did make a complete couple. The story plot was great and the rest of the characters were wonderful. Ah but t ...more
Petina Bulmer
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in modern day England with an alternate timeline running parallel set in the 19th century. The plot remains undesiphrable until at least five chapters in. This may have been due to the main characters lack of drive or purpose, at seventeen almost eighteen she has nothing to fill her life nothing to make her feel special or part of anything. Perfect time to acquire a passive aggressive badboy boyfriend and a needy well mannered chaperone. The choppy writing style made it difficult to relax in ...more
Tiffany Bumgardner
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great young romance story filled with a time-traveling twist! The main character is a seventeen year old who is torn between two worlds and two men, making for a very enjoyable read.

At 72,000 words it is a quick read for avid readers, though it took a minute or so to catch the flow of how the story was written. In essences I was confused in the beginning, but found that after a few chapters I had to read on and learn the story of the main character; Heather.

There were times when I felt the sto
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!

Well admittedly it took me a bit to get into this book - language differences. But I was very happy with the ending.

Heather's family has purchased an old estate and is transforming it into a tourist destination... restoring everything back to its original form. As the project is nearing completion and she is broaching her 18th birthday she starts to notice weird anomalies. ghosts of the past if you will. At the same time she meets Ruben who has been hired by her father.

I instantly didn
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feb-2014, may-2014
I received this book in exchange for a review. Heather is seeing people and events that nobody else sees. Heather's family owns an ancient manor. They are renovating it to open to the public. Heather "meets" Frank when she is 13. She is now almost 18. Ruben wants Heather. Heather is interested until she goes back in time and falls for Frank. I didn't understand Heather's interest in Ruben. He is very immature and a cheater! Heather also meets her best friend when she is in the nineteenth century ...more
Shannan Williams
This was the first time travel romance book that I had read in years. It was really nice to go back to this genre as it is one of my favorites. I think that the author did a great job writing this book and going in between the different time periods. The characters all played their roles to perfection. Even Reuben, a guy with a lot of problems (probably passed down through heredity) played his part very well. It was wonderful to read the story of Heather and Frankie; how they met and everything ...more
Tammy Hall
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed books that included time travel in the story they fascinate me. Untimely has no shortage of fascination at all. I absolutely fell in love with the story! As the secrets of the house unfold in front of Heather I see her grow and become such a beauty. She is one character I won't soon forget. Heather is left with a decision to make who will she choose the man she wants to love or the mysterious man from the past Frank? That my friend is for you to find out. Untimely is one s ...more
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Judy and Laura Wells are a mother and daughter writing duo from the heart of England. Between the two of them they own three beautiful but mad Japanese Shiba Inus and two not so active tortoises.

They’ve dabbled with a few different genres in the past, but contemporary romance has been their first love since they began writing. Perfect Imperfections is Book One in their Moments series.

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