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Honey From the Lion

(Love Across Time #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Soulmates across time. A love that was meant to be.

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published September 21st 2018 by Blue Rain Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
In North's first Love Across Time book, a WWI soldier travels to the present. That story was told in an alternate POV, and both MCs were aware that one of them was a time traveler.

In Honey From the Lion, which is a standalone with no relation to the first book except for the time travel theme, one MC (Laurie, a 24-year-old software developer taking a much needed vacation on a Wyoming dude ranch to unwind and get away from it all) travels to the past (the year 1891 to be precise).

The story is t
24-year-old software developer Laurie takes a vacation at a Wyoming dude ranch, and after a night under the stars complete with cowboys playing harmonicas, steak on the grill and ghost stories, he wakes up in the middle of a snow storm. After struggling through snow drifts in his new boots and Carhartt jacket bought especially for the trip, he finds a small cabin and when a man dressed in a buffalo hide coat opens the door, Laurie is convinced this is part of some enhanced dude ranch experience. ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
When a week’s vacation at a Dude Ranch turns into much more adventure than he planned for, Laurie quickly finds himself in over his head. Now, lost over a hundred years in the past, Laurie must find a way to fit into a world with very few modern conveniences or social understandings. It is only with the help of John Henton, the taciturn man who rescued Laurie from death-by-blizard, that he has any hope of survival. But John is thawing much more than just Laurie’s hands, which can cause all sorts ...more
...When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally a current time travel romance that lives up to the idea. Great research, strong characters, slow burn, deep emotion and fulfilling loyalty and love all wrapped up with an interesting premise. *

I really enjoyed this book which says a lot because I've been loyal in my heart (and still am, this book was good, but not AS good, haha) to the time travel books of Constance O'Day-Flannery from back in the mid 80's and hadn't found any that could do it as well as I think she did. This one has co
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
New author for me. Very reminiscent of some time travel romance books I read as a teen (which I can't recall the name of. Grrr!). This book is tame, but sweet, and a whole lot romantic. :)
Funzee Shu
"I would lie to keep you…If they asked me, do you love him, I would lie and say no just so I could keep you..."


If the first book of Love Across Time series was about a soldier from WWI who traveled across the time to the present day. In this second book is about a man who traveled back in 1891 and then met the love of his life...

When I read Heroes for Ghosts, I was amazed by the author writing and her capabilities in engaged the reader to the story. And I fall in love instantly with her wri
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I took a bit of a chance on this; I’m not a fan of historical westerns but I like time-travel, thrown-into-the-past stories. This was done well, with a strong sense of the era, places and customs of the past. Laurie, in spite of his job in software, seemed a little old fashioned from the start. The author did an excellent job of blending the present and past, using the dude ranch, to bolster how Laurie reacted to meeting John. The pace felt a little slow at first but did set scenes well to showc ...more
Mia Sciberras
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? Straight up I'm going to tell you that I absolutely adored this story, oh my god! The romance between Laurie and John has this gorgeous slow burn that just fits so beautifully with its setting that I could have happily continued to read chapter after chapter after the original story concluded. I want to watch them both grow into old age together, to continue to enjoy the cadence of their love. I want more nights by the fire and more tales of what comes next. This ...more
3.5 stars rounded up

Unfortunately this did not go as well for me as reading the first book in this series. Not to say it wasn't good overall or anything like that, because I very much enjoyed Laurie and John together - once they actually got together.

Which is the thing. This was slow. Like...molasses slow. I get that Laurie is taken back in time to 1891 and being gay was illegal and John needed time to get used to being with a guy and so on and so forth. But honestly, it just felt like it took
Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Time travel stories will always call to me and this one did the same. The book features a snowed in theme and forced proximity and a love spoken as a heart’s true desire. However, there is always the possibility that time travel stories don’t cover all the aspects needed to make it all fit together, and that was my impression with this one.

Laurie is burnt out from life and work and when he needs a getaway, he goes to a dude ranch, only to wake up in 1891. It’s the
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Amy Aislin
Beautiful. Just beautiful. Well-written, solid characters, a slow-burn romance. Simply put, this is a story of two men getting to know each due to their forced close quarters and falling in love.

It did leave me wondering a bit about Laurie's background since he never mentions any parents, and I wondered what he'd left behind by accidentally ending up in 1891. But overall, this was just a wonderful book with a relatively simple storyline, but as a reader, I got so much out of it, and I felt like
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Heroes for Ghosts (Love Across Time #1): 4.5/5 stars

I was so excited to read this because I adored the first book in the series. I'm a huge history geek +I love LGBTQ books, so this series feels like it's written personally for me.

And it turned out so amazing!????

Note (because i'm trying to be an objective fangirl 2018): It took until 20% into the book to feel invested, and the love story is slow-burn, HOWEVER if you persist through t
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was a lot I liked about this story and there were some things I didn't, overall, however, it was a great book, a very sweet love story, slow but very romantic.
Laurie visits a dude ranch to get away from his job for a few days. One night sleeping under the stars he is transported to the past, the year 1891 to be exact, where he meets John, who left the army after seeing too much cruelty and death especially the killing of native Americans.
The way their life in a little cabin is described wa
Sadie Bermingham
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Nanna Sander
A near perfect story filled with slow burning love, separation angst, old-fashioned phrases and maneurisms, and sweetness.

I feared alongside Laurie that time would take him away from John, I laughed at John's antics, smiled at his sweetness, felt every other feeling, Jackie North tried to evoke in me with this story.


My two problems with this is 1) how easily Laurie dismisses his friends and saying 'they'll get over him', when he should have taken the time to explain it to them, as t
Elaine White
DNF'd at 21%. This review is to explain why.


So, I was asked to review book 3 in this series and was told it was a standalone. Barely 5% in, I realised it *wasn't* a standalone and that I'd have to read this book first, so I bought both books 1 and 2, and began reading. Book 1 was a bit okay; it was sort of half/half good and bad. This one, unfortunately, was a bit Meh!

It didn't have a dual POV and I think that's probably one of the reasons I didn't enjoy it. I didn't particularly take to Laurie
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Michael Barnette
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Honey from the Lion
Author: Jackie North
Publisher: Blue Rain Press
Genre: Time Travel M/M (Gay)
Series: Love Across Time
Release Date: September 21st 2018
Price: $.99 cents for three days at release $3.99 thereafter.
Additional Information: This book will be available to KU readers on Amazon
Rating: 4.25
This review is based an ARC provided by the author.

Reviewer’s Note: This review is based on an unedited ARC. The story will release on September 21st of 2018.

Review: Author Jackie North has spun
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bb-review
Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow.

Laurie is going on vacation at a Dude Ranch to get the genuine experience of a roughing it as a cowboy. After a night around the campire, Laurie listens intently to the story of John and his Little Red fox that became his constant companion before disappearing just as quickly as it appeared. That story broke my heart before I realized the significance of it. And then it shattered my heart to pieces.
Laurie falls asleep as comfortable as a guy could get in a sleepi
3.5 Stars

I think on a good day I would have loved this book so much. But unfortunately I’ve been enjoying books that are a little more fast paced than this. I always poke a little fun at my husband because he is a moseyer... always taking his time as though there is not a care in the world. That’s what this book, it moseyed the entire time and never really picked up at all.

Now if you’re looking for a sweet little relaxing read that goes through the process of daily chores in great detail multipl
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 sweet, tentative love stars

Stepping out of your normal life and into an experience doesn't end up like Laurie plans. There's mysticism that draws his interest and a yearning for a simpler life. So when he finds himself lost in the snow and at the mercy of a grumpy mountain man, he's left to wonder just what he did to deserve being lost in time as well. Their story moved along at a much slower pace than I expected, but there's so much in terms of learning about one another, adjusting to harsh
4.5 Stars!

I don't know why more people aren't reading this book! I'm so glad that I stumbled upon it. Yes, there needs to be a lot of grammatical editing, but it's such a good book!

We have 24 year old Laurie who is a software developer form Denver who has decided that he needs a vacation. He chooses a Dude ranch in Wyoming to get away from everything, everyday life, friends, his job, and everything else. He falls asleep in front of the fire the first night of his stay and finds himself awake and
Claudia Lezár
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
3,5 *


To my ratings (thanks to amazon I had to change it again and 'upgrade' it a little bit)

5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow- Away-book like 'Liberty' from Seth King,
'Save the kids' series from EM Leya or 'Jesse's Smile' from Angelique Jurd), it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises
(like most of Andrew Grey books) it's like an A

3,5* - a really good book, which will be rere
Elizabeth H.
I've rarely had mixed feelings about a book the way I do about Honey from the Lion. I ranged between two and five stars as I was reading, and more than once raged at the text. I really do not like the way Laurie was demeaned and treated like a child, called "boy," called "Little Red," and I especially hated when he was literally hit with a belt. Child abuse, adult abuse, bullying, assault, even if those things are set in 1891, they are still awful.

At the same time, this was an interesting story
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was really tough to put this one down. Something about the narrative structure draws you in, and keeps you engaged. I didn't care much for the way in which Laurie perceived things around him in a petulant, sulky way at the start of the book. However, I grew to appreciate his appreciation of the life of someone who struggled with far fewer resources than Laurie had. It was an entirely pleasant feeling to watch the two protagonists fall in love, and the pace and sequence of the lovemaking came ...more
Kathryn Manzella
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laurie is worn out from his present day job and goes to a ranch for a change of pace. A freak incident causes Laurie to travel back into time. He meets John, a man in the 1891 who takes Laurie in to save him from the the weather and outside dangers. The men are from different world and have different ideas of what the world is like. At first this causes issues but with more time spent together, the men form a bond. But in 1891 being gay was definitely not accepted and is just another obsticle in ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Jackie North announced their Love Across Time series, I was uncertain how different each book could be, as time travel is a narrow genre. I need not have worried, as the second book in the series, Honey from the Lion, is completely different than the first, Heroes for Ghosts. I liked that the hero Laurie was not a history major and so much of what he experienced in 1891 was a revelation to him. Few of us are experts in all areas of history, so his lack of knowledge felt real. It also felt r ...more
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