Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding



Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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: I really liked Blowing Off Steam and how it dealt with a topic I didn’t know much about – steam engines. Sam Chancellor loves a particular engine named Old Bess, a love he shared with his late uncle who basically raised him. When Ryan Saunders gets the job as Bess’s new driver, it doesn’t take long before Sam is noticing him as well. As for Ryan, he eventually takes note of Sam, but only as a baggy-clothes wearing nerd who likes to come and watch the trains.

Obviously, when the two officially meet, it doesn’t take long before they are really getting to know each other. What starts out as a physical relationship soon turns into more. Ryan has never had boyfriends in the past and he isn’t really interested now. As for Sam, Ryan is his first everything, but he knows not to push or he’ll lose whatever they are forming.

Blowing Off Steam has a bit of a mystery included, when Ryan is in risk of losing his job and information comes to light that could ultimately help save it…if they can figure out who is behind it all and gather enough evidence. I liked that this was more than just a romance, though there is plenty of that (and forewarning – there are graphic sexual scenes if that bothers you). I do wish that it had been a bit longer, though, or we were able to dig deeper into the characters more. Ryan has a secret past, but I feel like it wasn’t dealt with enough between him and Sam. 

In all, not a bad read!

10 comments:

Melliane said...

I'm glad you had a good time with this one. It's the first time I hear about it. Not sure it's for me though...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Huh. This doesn't seem to be particularly memorable, but I'll keep it in mind for my next M/M reading binge. I usually go through them during the weekends when I really just want to relax. I'm glad the focus is on mystery and not angst.

Erika Sorocco said...

Interesting to see that it's mystery-focused. Not sure I would pick this one up though.

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

I don't know much about steam engines or the steampunk genre either, but I have had fun reading a few and sounds like you did here

Kindlemom said...

I like that this was more than a love story. Great review!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

A mystery with a steam engine, that is definitely different. I know nothing about steam engines.

Cleo Bannister said...

This certainly sounds different but all the more intriguing for that! A romance with a mystery and steam engines, what's not to like?

Claudia Arroyo said...

This sounds truly original, but I’m not sure if this is something I would take time to read. I’m glad you enjoyed it though! :)

DMS said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It does sound very unique. I don't think I have ever read a book that centers around a steam engine!
~Jess

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

LGBTQ & something completely different? Sounds great (although, the graphic sex scenes would be waaaay out my comfort zone for someone who doesn't venture out of YA that much, haha.)