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Inventor Henry Wallens accidentally made a time machine out of an old cell phone, and he’s decided it’s the perfect opportunity to make his life less lonely. He goes back in time and poses as his own uncle to try to make himself more outgoing… but when he runs into his old high school science teacher, Ryan, it’s his current—future—self who ends up changing to look forward instead of back.

52 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 31, 2012

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Lori Toland

20 books104 followers
Writing romance since the tender age of 13, Lori Toland somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her cats and husband. I'm also a secret cat.

Visit Lori's web site at http://www.loritoland.com or e-mail her at lori@loritoland.com.

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Profile Image for Ami.
5,865 reviews496 followers
June 2, 2012

Although Henry Wallens is on his way of making something significant in his career, but in his love life, he is lonely. He never socializes much even when he's young. So Henry decides to use a time machine he creates on his job to go back to his past. Posing as his uncle, Henry tries to remind his younger-teenager-self, that there's more to life than science. But Henry's happiness in the future might actually be tied up to this moment when he travels back in time ....


I love this one!!! The chemistry between Henry (even when he poses as his uncle) and his high school teacher, Ryan, is strong and wonderful. Henry has this loneliness surrounds him and he feels like nobody in his current life understands about him. He has always love science and he feels that his dates don't understand what he is talking about when Henry talks about his job. But Ryan is his science teacher -- so Ryan shares the same love of it as much as Henry.

I love their interaction --- and that little 'twist' in the end (about who Ryan turns out to be in this present time), the one that brings the happily ever after for Henry, well, it brings smile to my face as well :)
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Author 98 books768 followers
August 18, 2015
Going back in time to correct your own mistakes, or to make your life less lonely, sounds like an attractive proposition. That Henry, the super-clever scientist, used a ‘modified cell phone’ to do it made me smile. All that aside, traditional theory assumes it will lead to a paradox if you meet yourself, so the author adds a slight twist to this story to make it work. Of course, the theorists would still have a fit about the whole idea, I am sure, but this is fiction, right?

Henry is a lonely guy, brilliant and totally focused on his science projects. He’s always been that way, but the repeated reminders from his mother to be ‘more sociable’ eventually get to him. He decides to travel back in time, disguised as his uncle Tommy whom he resembles a lot. What he finds isn’t quite what he expected…

Ryan is as lonely as Henry, but his position as a science teacher keeps him busy and sort of fulfilled. I loved what he does after Tommy’s/Henry’s visit, it really does give the story a great spin into the unexpected. A very nice variation on the effects of time travel.

My favorite quote was when Henry uses his time-machine/cell phone in the past: “Knowing my cell phone plan, I would get a huge roaming charge on this one.” Wouldn’t that be typical? Anyway, if you enjoy time travel stories with a twist, two geeks who heat up the sheets, and an unexpectedly happy ending, then you will probably love this short story.

NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.
Profile Image for Chris.
2,863 reviews205 followers
June 4, 2012
Very good short m/m romance about a scientist who inadvertently turns an old cell phone into a time machine and decides to go back to encourage his younger self to be more social. Loved the twist to this one!
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2,203 reviews329 followers
June 22, 2012
This is a really cute story, although I figured the 'mystery' out at the very beginning, but I am a huge fan of mysteries.
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Author 117 books4,681 followers
June 2, 2012
Okay so this one where the person you looked up to and whose belief in you helped you become the best you could be and then that's the person you end up with? Yeah, I loved it.
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3,014 reviews17 followers
June 9, 2012
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

Henry is a scientist. A dedicated scientist. One who spends a lot of time poring over his work. The fact that he is also lonely is mainly due to the fact that he likes to talk about what he’s interested in, and what interests him is SCIENCE. This causes dates to get eyes glazed over and not many second dates. Henry’s mother is always trying to get him to go on dates. She wants her boy to be happy. During a lunch together, she also reminds him how much he looks like her brother, Tommy, who died in the military as a scientist. Henry had been very close to Uncle Tommy, who was key in guiding Henry’s love of science.

At his lab at Leaf Industries, Henry has been developing alternative power sources, self renewing energy. Accidentally, he also discovered the way to make a time travel device. He has perfected it into the size of a cell phone. In a fit of loneliness, he decides to go back in time, posing as Uncle Tommy, to encourage his younger self to be more social, get out more, be with people more. He figures this will translate into a more social present him. What he doesn’t count on is falling for his old science teacher, Ryan Green, who believes him to be Tommy. It’s really less confusing than it sounds. I loved that even as I thought “wow, how does that work, Tommy isn’t gay”, it is addressed by Henry in the story. I also loved that as he rewrote some history, he could feel the memory of it click into place.

This is an interesting, fun story with very likeable characters. You feel so bad for Tommy, even though he isn’t really in the story (but you know what happens). I liked the twist at the end, as well. Recommended.

Profile Image for Sheila.
2,948 reviews43 followers
October 26, 2013
Henry invents a time traveling machine that takes him back to high school where he tries to get his teen-age self to be more social. He discovers his favorite science teacher is gay and he wants to be involved with him but will it change the future. I liked Henry. I got a sense of who Henry was and I was glad the present time turned out as it did. I thought it might but I was glad to discover I was right.
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3,287 reviews382 followers
December 7, 2017
This is totally a comfort read for me.
Going back to the past , and found out that your science teacher is sexy and you're falling for him while the little you was very busy with the project.
I loved how Henry and Ryan talked like a real adult about their 'relationship' and made a right decision 'to wait'.
Oh how I wish I could do the time travel thing, and 'manage' what was wrong in a past life and re-arrange it...keep dreaming...keep dreaming... :)
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2,632 reviews42 followers
June 22, 2012
3.5 stars. This time travel story has Henry, a scientist working on an energy project, going back to try to counsel his younger self. Not quite sure how the "occupying the same space" as his younger self works, but the story has a very sweet and romantic twist that leads to happy ending.
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249 reviews
June 11, 2012
Time travel to change one's past, ending meeting his future lover...
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1,483 reviews69 followers
December 29, 2013
The old saying “Sometimes less is more” comes to mind when I think about this book. It has nothing to do with the story itself, I think that it was done AMAZINGLY well, but it’s more about the length of the book.
This is a short quick read, but it’s a very good one in my opinion. I completely loved the fact that Lori didn’t over do the book with excessive amounts of “fluff”. All the important details needed for this book where put in there and that was it.

I think that this story is one that is great for the sci-fi readers just because of the main topic mentioned in this book, the time travel. One main thing that I did enjoy about this book was the twist that happened at the end of the book. I had my thoughts throughout it, but I have to say come the ending, I did not expect it at all.
Overall, I personally think that this is the best book of Lori’s that I have read! And I do completely recommend it to anyone who reads these genres.
Profile Image for A.E. Lawless.
Author 3 books16 followers
November 15, 2013
I enjoyed the heck out of this for a couple of reasons. first, the pacing was excellent. I love a good, long read as much as the next girl, but not when there's not enough material to support it. Ms. Toland knew exactly what she had with this story and she didn't try to make it any more than it was. The story speaks for itself and nothing felt forced. I also really enjoyed the fact that this started and ended in the appropriate place. i can't tell you how many books I've read and stopped halfway through because the story was just done for me and I couldn't figure out what in the hell could be in those last few chapters. Lastly, the ending of this was just really satisfying for me. It didn't take me entirely by surprise, but it was more a case of presenting the expected in an unexpected way. Overall I just really enjoyed this!
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3,013 reviews172 followers
August 2, 2012
2.5 stars, rounded up.

Okay short story about a science nerd who invents a time travel device in a cell phone. He travels back in time to give himself some social advice and there, runs into his hot High School science teacher. Time travel (which I love) usually does my head in and time travel in 38 pages is that x 1000. There's really not enough time to develop the characters, the story or the science and I felt the sexy times at the end seemed a bit out of place with what had been a sweet story up til then. Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos liked it better than I did, so maybe I was just having a grumpy evening last night. :)

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1,656 reviews3 followers
October 3, 2014
Awwww, definitely worth the wait! I totally understood Henry! :) I may have been the same back in high school but boy I wish I got into MIT. So only similar in the social aspect but not the intelligence aspect, lol.

I kind of guessed who Ryan was but wasn't completely sure. The note makes sense now. And talk about waiting! Definitely sweet! I enjoyed it!
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1,137 reviews87 followers
May 7, 2015
This was fresh and original. I really enjoyed it. A little slow paced but the payoff was worth it. Dr. Green and Henry were great protagonists. The time travel stories can be a little confusing but the author did well with communicating the temporal sequence with clarity.

Short, different and intelligent.
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1,168 reviews9 followers
July 7, 2015
so i read this then find out its book 4 but i dont think it might have anything to do with others expect the series title its self. But i will read it again when the time comes but its ok i read backwards sometimes.LOL.

Henry travel back in-time as his uncle to tell his young self there is more to life then science. But in the process he finds tr love that is worth the wait.
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1,168 reviews9 followers
December 26, 2015
read this already but didnt know there was a series not sure if same genre but reread later again with the whole series and review then. Well already review it with another edition never mind will add this or i might end up deleting both again like before
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1,169 reviews45 followers
February 15, 2014
Loved it and I knew where it was going but it was still a great read. I love time travel.
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