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Out of Time

(Out of Time #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  5,730 ratings  ·  607 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Monique Martin
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Dawn W Dieselpunk or Decopunk, it is the wrong era for Steampunk as it is set in the 1920's. Not young adult.…moreDieselpunk or Decopunk, it is the wrong era for Steampunk as it is set in the 1920's. Not young adult.(less)

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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
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
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is not one star, this is one half a star. And that is a generous half star. This was a Book bub bargain but I still felt duped and that the blurb set an expectation that was far from met. Caveat - I do not like romance novels. Especially those of the Harlequin variety. And I am not a fan, at all, of Fifty Shades of Grey - not because of the subject matter, but because I don't feel the subject matter was handled well. But I digress.

When I chose this title, what I was expecting was a time tra
Ella Belakovska
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Moses Siregar III
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jo Anne B
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-amazon
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
Steve Vernon
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: freebies, trash-bin
A very slow book, with a very weak storyplot.
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
‘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
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
A fairy tale where love wins. Literally.

Story: Professor Simon Cross is in love with his assistant, Elizabeth West. Miss West is in love with Professor. Both think it’s unrequited so they only have sex in the second half of the book. Which is coincidently also where the action starts. By action I mean vampire hunting or running away from vampires, whichever way you look at it. Anyways, in chapter 3 they’re transferred to the past and end up in the centre of a gangster-vampire war. You’d think th
Debra Martin
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Loves To Dive
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Taylor Hale
Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I came across this book on iTunes because I believe it was free and sounded like it might be an enjoyable read. I was intrigued by the time traveling and paranormal elements of the story. There was a dash of romance, but that aspect was not heavily developed.

I thought the backdrop of 1929 that the author set her story worked well. Her main characters and story telling voice were nicely developed, so it was a pleasurable experience to read this book. There was a few places in the story that were
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, e-books
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. ...more
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::
Erin Mcfadden
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Out Of Time was a great book it was about time travel. it was sorta like Outlander in the sence like time travel but nothing else. This was my first book i finished for 2019. I read this book on my nook. It was a free book they had in the free section so i got it because it sounded like a good book. It's a series i plan to read the other books on my nook. This so far that i read this year is one of my favorite books. I love the main two charators Simon and Elizabeth I would read this book again ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recap: Professor Simon Cross and his assistant Elizabeth West get mysteriously transported back in time by his grandfathers pocket watch to 1920s New York.

Review: A well written, easy to read love story through time with vampires! What more could you possibly want? The love scenes are both steamy and tender and Simon's vulnerability when it comes to a relationship with Elizabeth is endearing. You're not entirely sure whether there will be a happy ending either which makes it a compelling read an
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining read just more romance than time travel. That being said I will be continuing with the series. I mean you have everything you need to enjoy. There are monsters,time travel , a cluless professor. .. I did enjoy it.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Time travel, romance & vampires - what more would you want? :)
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
What I expected: a fun time travel mystery.

What I got: A failed attempt at romance that was just a professor being a horrible jerk to his TA when they get stuck in the past and he thinks he has any right at all to be possessive of her. It was gross.
Yvonne Davies
Simon Cross was a professor of the Occult, helped by assistant Elizabeth (Lizzy)West, he taught his student the theory behind vampires, demons and other creatures. What he does not expect is an artefact off his deceased grandfather transporting him and Lizzy of to the 1920s. Where he must put all his knowledge to the test.
Simon and Lizzy were likeable characters; however, they were complete opposites. Lizzy strived for adventure and took everything in her stride when they were transported back t
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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.”
“THE NIGHTMARES HAD COME again. With a surge of panic, Simon Cross pushed himself off the bed and away from the cold, sweat-soaked sheets. His heart racing, his breath quick and rough, he forced his eyes to adjust to the dark room as the last vestiges of sleep faded.” 1 likes
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