Review: Joy Lynn Fielding – Blowing Off Steam

SMBlowingOffSteam_72lgAuthor: Joy Lynn Fielding
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: 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.
Review: Ryan, the rich kid new caretaker of Old Bess, and Sam, the trainspotter nerd, should not be as good together as they are. But, yes, they are. While Ryan came across sometimes as cocky and spoiled, Sam would have made the whole book worth reading on his own. I loved him, hanging out with the over 70 crowd and doing everything the way Uncle Ken did, just because that’s how he’s always done it. And when he finally gets the nerve to try something (because of a comment by the amazing and “I want to be her when I’m 90” Mrs. Verity), it doesn’t go as he planned and yet it’s a start. “…and it was all Sam could do not to cartwheel down the platform.” Adorable. He’s a virgin, added bonus! Sex here is written well and burning hot.
I’m not going to lie – I loved Mabel. Just the whole idea, because that happens in my house too, except no one ever thought to start googling spider life spans.
It’s the trainspotter geek and the rich daddy’s boy.  There is more to the story than just a nerd and the rich boy, however. The conflict between Ryan and his father, or more specifically Ryan and what his father expects, causes difficulty, as well as a mystery involving Bess herself. Still and all, there isn’t a ton of angst here. It’s a light story for the most part and the trainspotting is a character unto itself. I learned something new and that was a positive. I thought the story was sweet and the characters very likeable.


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