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.
Two guys, a train, and lots of steam.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Blowing Off Steam is both the story that is the romance between Ryan and Sam and Bess, the little train that could. Set in a situation where the local government is having financial difficulties running their transportation, Ryan is the conductor amd Sam is a trainspotter but ulike the tech savvy spotters of today, he still holds on to the time honored tradition of taking down his notes and observations in a notebook.
Ryan comes from money and had spent his time partying and drinking and all that. Now that he is approaching thirty, he realizes he should be beyond childish games. So he gets a job as the old Train Bess and in the process meets Sam. He cannot resist Sam although he did try at first, thinking the young man was fifteen.
Sam is a very quiet young man, raised by an elderly uncle after he lost his parents to a car accident. Now alone, he spends his time caring for his demised uncle's group of garden club friends and trainspotting. He is also a virgin so when he encounters Ryan, he is confused at first and then enthusiastic.
As a read, this is enjoyable to say the least. There is a whole lot of tango in the sheets and the romance did build up nicely. What got my attention but failed to hold on to it were the longish lecture on trains so that kind of made my mind drift away. Otherwise, this is a nice story and a bit romantic. Erotic is more like it but the plot did develop well so a solid three from me.
Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding
“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.
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About 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.