When Diego Delgado closed his eyes it was 2020. When he awoke, he was one-hundred years in the past.
Thrust into the dawn of the Jazz Age with no money and nowhere to go, Diego encounters a veritable bouquet of acquaintances including a kind-hearted factory owner, a free-spirited flapper, a worldly-wise mystic, and a strong-willed heir named Thomas Greely.
Diego, desperate to return to the future and reunite with his young daughter, must blend in with the roaring twenties lifestyle while searching for answers.
But distractions are all around him, especially Thomas who is both beautiful and charismatic, and Diego must grapple with the reality that even if he succeeds in returning home, half of his heart will stay behind.
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, LGBTQIA, New Adult, Romance
This book was such a nice surprise and definitely not what I expected! I have to be honest, I was stressed out when I was chosen for this book tour because I forgot I signed up and I had a million things to do this week so I wasn’t sure I’d get the book done in time. Luckily, this was so easy to fly through and at certain points, I was reading it at work, under a clipboard pretending I was looking at something else just so I could see what happened next.
I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Diego and Thomas. I haven’t read any time travel romances but there were many moments Diego would say something that Thomas wouldn’t understand because it was a phrase that hadn’t been invented yet. I think those moments were a lot of fun, they grounded us back into the time period of the 1920s and reminded us of Diego’s ultimate goal, to get back to 2020 so he can see his daughter. I appreciated that was an underlying issue for one of our characters as it gave us a reason he was constantly brooding and wouldn’t allow himself to get too close to Thomas. The stakes were high and the tension was as well, so when we ultimately get the payoff it’s so much better. All of the scenes between the two are fade to black, so if you want something that’s not too smutty, I’d definitely recommend this one.
Unfortunately, there were a few aspects I didn’t enjoy while I was reading which ultimately brought it down to 3.5 stars. I didn’t think Henry’s POV was necessary at all. He’s essentially the person who raised Thomas since his parents were always traveling. I appreciated that it was there and I understand the author chose to write about the horrors people back in this time had to go through if they were gay to once again, raise the stakes of the relationship between Thomas and Diego as they’re two men in a relationship in the 1920’s. I just thought his nightmares were unnecessary and it was torturous to get through them as they detailed Henry’s childhood experiences waiting to be castrated because he was attracted to men. I’m not triggered by much, but this was definitely close to being something I couldn’t read. I think we could have learned about this experience through Thomas’s eyes as Henry told him about what happened to him and we still would have felt the same sense of dread about what could be done to Thomas and Diego if they were ever caught together. I also didn’t really understand the explanation of the time travel, but I still thought it was a lot of funny anyway so that wasn’t too huge of a hangup for me.
Overall, this book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed our side characters and our occasional look into what’s going on in 2020 as Diego is still stuck in 1920. I think it grounded the reader and showed us why we want Diego to get back to the right time period, even though he was slowly growing happier with Thomas. There was notable chemistry between the characters and I really felt myself put into each scene with the authors descriptive writing. If this book had just been edited a little bit more, I think it could have been pushed up to at least a 4 star read. However, if this premise sounds interesting to you at all I’d recommend you give it a try! I do know there’s a stigma against indie published authors and I was a bit hesitant going into this read because I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but this was great and so well done. Definitely give it a try if you’re looking to read more indie published stuff like I am.
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084H5FD62
Heather Blair is the author of new adult romance novels including “Lucid Dreaming” and
“Wide Awake.” She was born and raised in Vermont and has spent much of her adult life in
New York and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Connecticut with her two cats.
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There he was, standing by the darkened bay window, staring ominously into the night sky—the most handsome man Thomas Greely had ever laid eyes on.
He was very tall, over six feet to be sure. Perhaps six foot two? Three? And in all that long space between the top of his umber head and the soles of his umber oxfords, there stood an astonishing figure.
He was broad-shouldered and slender-waisted, his posture delicately sloped at the shoulders as if he carried a lofty burden upon them.
From where he stood, paralyzed with curiosity, Thomas could make out only the man’s profile. A long neck dotted with oversized freckles, a square jaw, a subtly cleft chin. His single visible eye showed an iris so dark one could hardly distinguish where it ended and the pupil began. The look of it might have been sinister were it not so spellbinding. Every muscle in Thomas’s body ached to reach out and touch him. To trace the line of that commanding jaw with the pad of his thumb and follow it to the tip of his sturdy chin. To connect the dots of those beauty marks and discover the shapes they made. To brush the back of his fingers against the grain of his sandpaper stubble. Thomas then began to wonder why the stubble was there at all and why the hair atop the man’s head hung a bit loosely in one spot. Why such sorrowful crinkles marked the wide plane of his forehead, and most puzzling of all, why did he cast a million-mile stare out the window with such torrid focus?
Why, why, why?
The restaurant Diego soon found himself in was far classier than the art deco diner where he usually
ate lunch. After almost a month in 1920, he’d finally begun to understand what prices constituted as
“high” and he knew that the eighty-five cent lunch specials at Caroline’s would have been too pricey for
his blood. Incensed, he slapped the menu down on the table.
“Are you trying to rub it in my face?”
“Am I trying to what?”
“Where do you get off taking me to a nice place like this when you know that I…” He trailed off.
Thomas’s mouth parted as he realized what Diego was trying to say. When you know that I’m homeless.
“I meant no insult. I simply have a thing for the creamed chicken on toast they serve here.
Jeepers, friend, do you really think I would do such a pig-headed thing?”
“Yes,” Diego answered simply. “And why do you keep calling me friend?”
A solitary laugh puffed from Thomas’s lungs.
“You don’t consider me a friend?”
“I consider you a spoiled rich kid who’s never been told no in his life and wouldn’t know how to
handle it.” Diego hadn’t meant to be so harsh. He was like a cornered animal, lashing out on instinct.
“Wrong on all accounts,” Thomas replied coolly. “I’m not rich, my parents are. I’m not a kid, I’m
twenty-one years of age, and I’ve been told no plenty of times and I handle it by simply choosing to
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