Upon my word, I can’t remember the last time I was grinning ear-to-ear almost from the get-go. Blowing Off Steam hit all my bullet points for a feel good, engaging read that carries a hint of thriller and a modicum of suspense. Not to mention a few laugh out loud moments and the pleasure wrought by a cast of characters who add depth and color to the story.
Sam is a geek of the usual sort. Painfully shy and obsessed with a trainspotting hobby that’s more an avocation, one he shares with a gaggle of fellow travelers online. It’s enough to fill the holes in his life until Ryan, the new driver for the legendary steam engine Bess, captures his fancy and his fantasies.
Ryan is a bit of a dick (excuse the French) with a chip on his shoulder, but he’s dedicated to keeping Bess running and in tip top shape. He has no time for geeks, though when Sam reveals some of his assets Ryan’s on board for a quick hookup, but nothing more. Sam proves to be more than expected, his endearing qualities winning Ryan over one encounter at a time.
When the future begins to brighten for both men, Ryan’s past and the machinations of a greedy boss contrive to unravel their fragile bond. How the story unfolds is a page turner and the resolution sure to bring a tear to the eye and a hell yeah!
Well-plotted and well-written, with lovable leads, nosy neighbors, heart-stopping action fraught with danger and … Mabel, Blowing Off Steam is a perfect way to get a romance and a trainspotting fix. This one is a winner and a recommended read.
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.