Review: Re-Inventing Love by Storm Grant (Excerpt + Review)
The road to love is paved with good inventions.
When a ghastly lab accident traps respected inventor Jasper Hamilton in the spirit world, his loyal assistant Maximilian Grün must devise a way to bridge the gap between the planes of existence to reunite them in life and in love.
If you like imaginative plot lines, fast-paced storytelling and quirky characters, you’ll love Storm Grant’s sexy Edwardian steampunk featuring young inventors in love… set in a time when love between two men was a crime punishable by imprisonment or even death!
Engineer and assistant inventor Maximilian Grün is in love with his employer, but he daren’t reveal the truth. It’s 1910 and if Canadian authorities learned of his homosexuality, they’d deport him back to Germany where the country of his birth would become the country of his death.
When promising young inventor and mathematician Dr. Jasper Hamilton expresses his own feelings for Max, the young German regretfully declines. He cannot risk their partnership, their reputations—their very lives!
Then a rival inventor sabotages their inventions. Jasper is caught between the physical and the metaphysical, reduced to atoms, and transported to the spirit plane! Max is devastated, deeply regretting his lost chances.
But Jasper manages to communicate across the aether, telling Max he must reverse the machine’s polarity. But without Jasper’s talent for mathematics, the calculations defeat him.
Can the would-be lovers bridge the gap between life and death to finally be together?
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He steeled himself against his desire to grab the man and kiss him soundly. Instead, he settled for leaning even further into Max.
Max made no attempt to draw away.
They sat side-by-side. Was Max’s breathing quickening? But Jasper’s own thudding heartbeat and shaky breaths masked all other sounds. He cleared his throat again and pointed to the rough sketch on his desk.
“If we were to reroute the electrical current through an asbestos filter prior to it connecting with the element, we may be able to regulate heat without having to monitor it quite so vigilantly.” Jasper tapped the page.
Max leant forward, his shoulder sliding along Jasper’s own. “Ja. Yes. It could work. Not with the insulated wires you haff drawn here, but with…” He snatched up a pencil, scrawling quick, firm marks on the page.
Jasper relaxed. Tuning out the engineer’s words, he rode the cadence of the accented voice like a wave. He fought his smile, but lost. It was so good to have a partner on whom he could rely.
If only there was a way for them to be more than working partners.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
In a time when homosexuality is thought to be a crime, inventor Maximilian Grun is forced to flee from his home and family in Germany to Canada where he becomes Max Green. Keeping his head down he awaits the finalization of his Canadian citizenship ensuring he will no longer need to live in fear of being deported back to Germany.
Meeting fellow inventor and mathematician Dr. Jasper Hamilton and his sister Octavia, Max is soon welcomed into their home in order to assist the siblings in their various inventions. Max and Jasper begin to grow closer as the work together in hopes to present their “machine” at the Spring Inventors' Convention. However, Max fears that if he and Jasper were to act on their mutual attraction that they may somehow be found out and punished. Max no doubt would be sent back to Germany where he would possibly face execution.
With the convention only weeks away, a rival Inventor from their past attempts to steal their ideas once again and Jasper is somehow sucked into the machine separating his body and his spirit which is stuck in between worlds.
Desperate to find a method to bring Jasper back, Max and Octavia work together to find a way to reverse what the machine has done. Only after Max finds help from Jasper's spirit does he come up with a viable plan to rectify what has happened. However not only are they in a race for time to save Jasper but they also have to watch for the return of their rival who seems to stop at nothing in his desire to get his hands on the machine.
I have to say that this was a truly well-written book. Ms. Grant was able to truly capture her readers with both an interesting and intriguing historical mystery and romance. It was apparent that a lot of research and imagination went into developing the characters as well as the story itself.
While most of the story centered around the building of the machine and the growing attraction between Max and Jasper, the romance seemed to play a background role to the overall plot. There was an excellent cast of secondary characters who brought the era to life, giving us a greater look into the time of 1910.
I believe fans of this genre will not be disappointed. I definitely recommend Re-Inventing Love to those who like historical MM romances.
Rating: 4 Stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Storm Grant writes and publishes engaging male/male fiction, more light than dark. Since 2007, Storm has published with MLR, Riptide, Amber Quill, Phaze, Torquere, and more.
Her alter ego, Gina X. Grant, is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Check out Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy, published by Simon and Schuster.
Storm and Gina’s books are available at your favorite online booksellers. She can be found on all the cool social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.