Two guys, a train, and lots of steam.
Sam Chancellor has been in love with the steam engine Old Bess since he was six years old. Well, maybe not literally, but even when he’s lost everything else in his life, he’s always had her. But now her place in his heart has been unexpectedly challenged. Her new driver, Ryan Saunders, is the embodiment of all Sam’s fantasies.
Ryan has written off Sam as just another geeky trainspotter—until the moment Ryan sees him without his usual shapeless hoodie, and realizes that for a nerd, Sam’s pretty built.
When Ryan overlooks Sam’s awkwardness long enough to suggest a hook-up, Sam seizes the opportunity—and Ryan—with both very eager hands. Finding common ground in their shared love of Bess, their time together is better than Sam ever dared dream.
But there’s a reason Ryan never talks about his past. And when Ryan’s job is threatened, Sam’s well-meaning intervention puts both Ryan and Bess in deadly danger.
Product Warnings: Contains train geekery, bed-hogging, a hero with no experience and another with plenty to spare, and a spider called Mabel.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
This book is just too cute. Sam is absolutely adorable, a twenty-four-year-old guy living the life of a seventy-year-old. He doesn’t have any friends his own age, he works in a dinosaur of a department store, the closest relationship he has is with a house spider that lurks in his shower – oh, and he’s a trainspotter. Well, that’s just a hobby, but when it comes to Bess, the local steam engine, then it’s pure love.
Until Ryan arrives, of course, and Sam gets acquainted with lust instead. But as I said before, Sam is adorable. Yes, he’s a complete geek when it comes to trains, and he doesn’t have much of a life, but he’s not obnoxious or rude, he’s just shy and introverted, not to mention tall and gangly and just lovely. I adored him.
Unlike Ryan. I really wasn’t that fond of him at first. He’s cocky and irritating and arrogant. Yeah, he’s good looking but doesn’t he just know it. However, when it comes to moments that matter, he’s nice to Sam. He’s gentle with him too. Actually, underneath all that bad boy attitude, there’s a tiny hint of a geek in him. Where Bess is concerned, anyway.
I never thought I’d enjoy a book about trains so much, if I’m honest, but this book is sweet and fun and quaintly charming, not to mention has some not-so-subtle threats and danger moments. It also has a romance that starts out as a straightforward hookup that somehow slips into a relationship without either men realising it. The chemistry between the two of them is hot, but the way Ryan treats Sam and the way Sam’s confidence grows is just the cutest thing.
Hot geeks, steam trains, pet spiders and deadly peril with a hint of the Railway Children about it, the whole thing is adorable. In a fun and sexy way.
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