Title: Blowing Off Steam
Author: Joy Lynn Fielding
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Released: 26 May 2015
Cover Artist: Syneca
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.
Warning: Contains train geekery, bed-hogging, a hero with no experience and another with plenty to spare, and a spider called Mabel.
Foxy Rating = Five Stars
*ARC provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
This was such a surprise read for me and so much more than what I was expecting from the blurb. I loved it!
Sam is such a sweet, gorgeous guy who loves trains. He’s a bit of a loner and most of his friends are over sixty. He has always been a bit of a geek and seen as an outsider for this plus he is gay. But since leaving school and working at the local pharmacy, he has grown into a caring and utterly gorgeous man just waiting for his own someone to share his life with. His passion is trains, especially Old Bess and now he has an added incentive to watch Old Bess – the young sexy new train driver Ryan.
Ryan comes from a rich and entitled background. In the past he was renowned for his partying and being a bit of a player but cast out by his father he is now content in his new life in the village away from his past. He feels an affinity with the old train he is honoured to drive each day for the tourists. He sees the geeky guy in the hoodie doing his trainspotting which before he had gone unnoticed but then the story evolves and the pairing takes off in a wonderful romance.
I really loved how the story evolves and the romance build up between Sam and Ryan. There was plenty of passion, humour and also a touch of angst. There was plenty of depth revealed in both the main characters and the chemistry was unmistakable. The backstory of both was a little tragic in a way but that just added to their likability.
I loved the small town/village feel and it immediately brought to mind a couple of places I have visited in England. The secondary characters were a welcomed addition and true to form of people in a small village, which was a nice touch. Oh and Mabel was a star in her own right and I also have come to meet a couple of Mables in my time! Loved that Sam got to be the hero each time and save tough Ryan from a fate worse than death in the shower.
The whole ambiance of the storyline was so sweet but yet with that touch of passion and intrigue just kept me hooked and unable to put my kindle down. I found myself thinking back to the story many days after I had read it, even now a few weeks since I still smile when remembering certain instances in the book. When a book does that to me it just rings out that this is a stellar read and one I would definitely recommend. It just touched my soul! Five stars.
“You’re kind of built for a nerd, aren’t you?” Ryan said. “I guess trainspotting’s a more active hobby than I’d thought.”
Sam should have walked away because this guy was insufferable. Except there was humour gleaming in those eyes as well as something else. Something that if he wasn’t entirely losing his mind was actual, sexual interest.
In him, Sam Chancellor.
“It’s all that running alongside the engines to get the numbers down,” he blurted out before he could stop himself.
To his amazement, Ryan laughed. A true laugh that caused his eyes to crinkle at the corners. It made him even more gorgeous than he already was.
“Ryan Saunders,” he said. “I drive old Bessie.”
“Bessie?” Sam was horrified at the heresy. “She’s Bess. She’s always been Bess.”
“Given I’m the one whose hands have been over every inch of her, I guess she’s allowing me intimacies the general public doesn’t get,” Ryan said.
The low seductive voice and the thought of Ryan’s hands stroking over him the way they did over Bess meant Sam was getting hard. He clutched his satchel in front of him like some sort of shield, except that wasn’t helping at all because it was pressed against his dick and, God above, he was about to get a hard-on, here and now, right in front of Ryan Saunders.
“You haven’t told me your name,” Ryan said.
“Sam,” he choked out. “Sam Chancellor, and I have to go.”
He put his head down and fled.
Meet the Author
Joy Lynn Fielding lives in a small English market town, where she indulges her passions for vintage aircraft, horse-riding and gardening (though not all at the same time).
Joy has a tendency to wax lyrical about the fascinating facts she discovers during her research for books. Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador who has a gift for looking interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.