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Lost In Time

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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Lew’s life is pleasantly boring until his friend Mira messes with magic she doesn’t understand. While searching for her, he is pulled back in time to 1919 by a catastrophic magical accident. As he tries to navigate a strange time and find his friend in the smoky music clubs of Soho, the last thing he needs is Detective Alec Carter suspecting him of murder.

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ebook, Second Edition, 212 pages
Published January 6th 2018 by JMS Books, LLC (first published January 31st 2017)
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bloody cliff hangers, I hate them with a burning rage hotter than the sun. This book finishes with two of them - the paranormal element with a deadly creature on the run and also the potential relationship between Alec and Lew.

Other than that, it's an intriguing story with its alternative reality London setting and the odd dislocation in time of one of the MCs in a post World War I setting.

I liked a lot of the narrative but there's an awful lot of setting up going on in this book and no real
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Lost In Time takes an interesting premise including time travel, Lovecraftian critters wreaking havoc in post WWI London along with a homosexual slant only to fail on almost all accounts. The reasons for this are many and range from a very poor grasp on the English language, a superficial understanding of the period in question that results in at least one anachronism, to the strange lack of focus on the part of the narrative to
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, ow-om
“Lost in time” is about Lew, whose sister accidentally traveled back in time and he used magic in order to go and find her. He landed in 1918 where he met Alec, his mission might have only been to find his sister, but he ended up helping Alec with a series of mysterious murders and maybe he even started developing feelings for the detective.

That’s the plot of the book or at least what I think this book was about because I had great difficulty understanding what was going on with “Lost in time”.
A.L. Lester
Sep 16, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Both Lost in Time and its sequel, Shadows on the Border, are now out in audio! Callum Hale has done such a fantastic job of dramatising the characters that now as I'm writing the third in the trilogy I hear them talking in the voices he's given them.*

You can listen to him reading the blurb here on my website.

*in my imagination, not actually out loud, obvs.
Tex Reader
2.5-Thrilling but Limited Time Travel\PRN\Crime w\ Hint of M\M.
[Thanks to the author and Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest review]

This debut had many genres I like - time travel/historical, paranormal, crime thriller and m/m romance - that were decently mixed in to make an entertaining enough read. Despite issues with depth and errors, I did like the thrill of the story that took me back in time, much like one of the MCs.

A.L. Lester wrote an intriguin
Joyfully Jay
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.75 stars

Just so we are abundantly clear, this is a paranormal book that has a prologue set in the present (well, 2016) and spends the rest of the 20-odd chapters mostly in 1920 and 1921. Paranormality is most definitely a starring trope—it is what is responsible for sending our main character Lew into the past and what draws a small cast of side characters together to battle a very paranormal enemy. For the most part, this concept was pretty well communicated by referrin
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
In A.L. Lester’s The Gate, the free prequel to Lost in Time, Matty returns to the farm and his brother Arthur, who is ill, after a long absence. Matty sees the state his brother is in—disturbed sleep, piles of books, notes, and papers everywhere—and throws himself into working the farm and caring for Arthur. As Arthur gets worse, he makes Matty promise to keep the Gate shut and destroy the books. Matty happens to discover a book that Arthur had marked, which contained an archaic form of English, ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
When his foster-sister disappears after attempting to “magic” her way into her dream job, Lew tries desperately to find her. But when he attempts the same spell that she did, he finds himself back in time–in 1919 England to be exact–and still with no clue as to where Mira might be. He can only hope that she is stuck in the past as well, since he has no idea how to get back to 2016. With no money, no friends, and no identity, Lew has to struggle his way thru post-war England to find Mira–or at le ...more
Story: 8
Writing: 7
First MC: 8
Second MC: 8
Secondary characters: 6
Mystery: 6
Sexual tension: 4
Humor: 3
Hotness: 1
Product placement: 3
Ridiculousness: 4
Annoying: 2
Audio: 10
Ending: 3
To re-read: 7

Time travel is always exciting, but here I was deprived of the details on how our MC acclimated to his new surroundings. I wanted to know (yes I know already!) more of the in which Lew found himself stuck in. Other than mentioning he couldn't use his mobile phone there was none, very disappointing.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow what a read ... time travel, fantasy, murder, M-M romance .... everything I like rolled into one book! I ploughed through this in a past-midnight readathon (kept meaning to put it down but just couldn't LOL) even though the next day was a working day. The plot is presented through both MCs POV; we even get some perspective from the malevolent creature from the other dimension! there's a solid plot, great pacing, several nasty murders (by the creature) and believable attraction between the MC ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great concept, unsatisfying execution. So many things I love to read about here: magic, historic London, police procedural, slow-build sexual tension between two men. But the pacing in this book was off-track from beginning to end. I also found the recurring grammatical errors distracting: constant substitution of "it's" (it is) for possessive "its", occasional similar problem with "who's"/"whose".

The chief pleasure of a time-travel novel, it seems to me, is exploring the differences between cul
Fiona Glass
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I saw the blurb for this I thought it sounded like my sort of thing - and I was right. It's a quirky mix of magic, monsters and mystery with a hero who goes back in time to find his missing sister and accidentally introduces something he shouldn't have into 1920s London. One or two reviews have been critical of the romance but I loved the slow-burn relationship between the two main characters, which developed nicely from initial mistrust and antagonism into something much more tender ...more
Lillian Francis
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've rated and reviewed this and Shadows on the Border together as I believe they should be one story. ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I started reading this a while ago then put it aside to read some other books, as it didn’t quite grab me enough to continue. I came back to it later, and was able to finish it. It was interesting, and the characters were likable enough, but there were some negatives.

I would’ve liked to have seen how Lew coped with being thrown back into time. How does he get away with being a photographer, without having any developing experience? Even though he states he spent two years searching for Mira, th
Sam Ashworth
(A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

This story has a great premise, and the author has clearly put a lot of thought into the idea of the Border, and the ways “workers” or users of the Border aim to maintain it. It’s an interesting twist on the usual other-dimensions concept and all the power and dangers that come with it. In this story, two characters end up accidently using the power of the Border to travel back to early twentieth-century L
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 05-mm-read, dbml
I was given a copy of this book free by the author in return for an unbiased review.

I liked the premise of this book but somehow it just didn't live up to it.
Lew is transported back in time for current day to 1919 looking for his sister. As a year or so passes he does eventualy find her, singing in a nightclub and she has made a life for herself. I wondered then what he would do. Would he try to get back to the 21st century having achieved what he set out to do,. Apparantly not. He stays in 1919
Isabelle Adler
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
4.5 stars

I loved the unusual premise and the historical setting of this paranormal story. The writing was almost dream-like, which meshed perfectly with the slightly strange, compelling narrative.
The only quibble I had was with the pacing, which I thought was odd at times, but overall, I enjoyed this immensely. Thankfully, it's a series, so the story continues, picking up new characters along the way.
May 24, 2020 added it
The universe-building was interesting. None of the main characters with the powers to Pull and Work energy knew much solid information about the powers they had or the other worlds behind the Border of energy or magic that they can perceive, or much about the creatures that could come through the Border into the human world.

In 2016, Lew goes searching after his foster sister Mira, who has used her powers to try to get herself a perfect job. It turns out she inadvertently traveled through time, a
Anne Barwell
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I love time travel stories, particularly those that involve travel to the past. Add in the fact that post WWI is one of my favourite time periods to read about, and I knew I needed to read this book.

The first thing that struck me when I started reading was the world building. The time period is meticulously researched, and felt very real. I really liked the details, like Lew’s accent being not quite right, something that not everyone would think of, but makes perfect sense with the way language
S.A. Locryn
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
●The Book and the Audio: the characters come to life
There’s a lot of emotional parts ins the book, like Lew’s shock and terror in a London unknown to him. Or Alec’s emotions and painful memories, representing everyone who had fought in the Great War and survived the terrors of it. I liked every bit of the agony of the post-war London, and Lew’s confusion while trying to learn everything new around him and adapt to his new life as a police photographer.
Actually, there are a lot of characters in t
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Lew's friend, Mira, went missing he knew he had to find her at whatever the cost. Well that cost was waking up in 1919. Not only does Lew search for Mira but he also finds himself in the middle of a gruesome murder investigation. The attraction between Lew and the lead investigator, Detective Alec Carter, is something neither man asked for but exists all the same. As Lew learns to navigate through the past and Alec learns to readjust to civilian life after four years of blood, mud, and deat ...more
Jenny Saul-Avila
I loved this book. I will admit that there was a point in the beginning quarter of the book when I began to get impatient, wanting to get ahead to the really suspenseful stuff that I was positive would come, but that didn't last long and soon I was completely riveted, finishing the entire audiobook in about a day, and immediately starting the next book. I can't say that any of it was predictable - at least I didn't find it that way.
One thing that I really enjoyed was the structure of the book w
Eric Westfall
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The headline for my review at AMZ was: "Time Travel, Magic, Murder Mystery and Romance...Marvelous!"

This is an extraordinary time travel tale, with a very creative kind of magic. I very much believed in and cared about what happened to the main characters (Lew, from our time; Alec, the detective who quite reasonably suspects Lew may be the source of a number of mysterious deaths)...and "caring about the characters" is my primary criterion for a good read. The period feels right, and it's a well-
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent writing, poor pacing in m/m supernatural-historical fiction hybrid

While it's clear the author of Lost in Time has the potential to be much better, the novel suffers from poor pacing within each chapter, in transitions between chapters and in its overall story arc. It's not just that the author lacks a sense of timing but that she also does not know how to build and manage emotional, psychological or dramatic tension. Some chapters have a plodding, tedious, meandering feel to them. As a re
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been thinking about how to review this book for a few days now. On the one hand, I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting, but on the other hand the way it ended pissed me off.
(view spoiler)

However, I liked the characters, and I thought Alec was intr
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-pnr
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book, but whatever it was I was still surprised. It suck me in from the start even though I didn't understand what happened in the beginning, I just couldn't stop listening. We're treated to a mysterious tale of magic and time travel and we get an interesting peek into life in the time just after WW1, a time period I didn't think I was interested in, but here I was. There is magic and monsters that the MCs don't understand that well, so they try t ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this story. I loved the Universe created by the author, and I love the characters. The fact that the story is happening just after the end of the WWI is a plus :P

The relationship between Lew and Mira is lovely; and having him follow her to the past just shows how deep their feelings are. Well, okay, he wasn't aware that he was following her into the past, but still :P

The concept of the Border and the creatures following them into this dimension is fascinating, and I want to know
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite a bit of awkward pacing (seems slow in the beginning, the end is an exciting rush) I found this entertaining and fun! I feel like Lew's character skims the surface of his personality, despite the book being written from his perspective, but Alec is wonderful. The concepts of the magic and the other creatures introduced in this book are super interesting, but I do think that it takes a while to fill the reader in on what the characters all seem to know. I wish more time had been spent goi ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-sci-fi
Lew goes back in time to search for his step-sister and settles into life in early 1920s London where he works as a newspaper and forensic photographer. He finds a group of people like himself who can manipulate and patrol the border magic, but a deadly creature has already slipped through. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fantasy world and its characters. AL Lester takes her time to slowly reveal the nature of the magic, the peril, and the budding romance and I liked the pace. My only gripe ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was more of a time travel/paranormal detective story than a true romance. When Lew uses magic to go after his sister in 1919 from his time in 2016, he meets Alec, a detective who he helps with a series of murders. There is no real romance until the end, but even then, you could consider the story a simmering attraction rather than a romance. Alec was a wonderfully rich character, but Lew and the time he was from seemed to be swept under the rug, even forgoing finding his sister for two ...more
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