Trick of Time

A lover from another time


When Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity. At first he thinks it’s all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man…

What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boy quickly turns into something much deeper, drawing him back again and again as he gets to know Jem and craves meaningful encounters with him.

But Ted doesn’t understand the exact conditions necessary for his trips through time—and for Jem, time may actually be running out. Now Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship, before it’s too late…

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wonderful, well-paced, sensual…Ted and Jem were both so sweet that I just wanted to reach in and hug them both. Victorian and modern-day London were both brought vividly to life, just as both characters were… It’s an engaging read and easy to get lost in for a few hours – 5 stars, Annetteg, The Romance Reviews

The two men develop a mutual attraction and tenderness despite the harsh penalties for being caught together, but as their feelings begin to truly bloom, Ted finds the portal may have shut forever. Sweet, fun, and intriguing, this is a fun, quick read for a foggy evening – Publishers’ Weekly

I loved this sweet, romantic, steamy time travel story…The relationship and dialogue between these two felt so real. I could feel them falling in love with each other and was excited to see how everything would work out – 5 stars, Kris, Bitten by Paranormal Romance

Beautifully written with likeable characters that live and breathe off of the written page, Trick of Time is one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. I loved the creative and heartfelt storyline and never wanted the book to come to an end…Highly Recommended – 5 kisses, Gabbi, Top2Bottom Reviews

What really shines through in this novella is the descriptive setting… Jem and Ted were also excellent together and steamed things up – Jessie Potts, USA Today

Merrow skillfully balances the deepening relationship with the growing fear of loss of same and keeps us teetering on the edge, caught between happiness and horror, joy and pain for Ted and Jem…I loved this story and I think you will find it magical too – 5 stars, Melanie M, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

The time travel aspect is handled well with the realities of Victorian living shown not too harshly but contrasted with the comforts of modern life. The characters were sympathetic and the writing, as always with this author, very readable – Grade: Excellent, Jenre, Well Read

Trick of Time is an engrossing, well-written and heart-warming novella that combines romance and time traveling in a compelling way. It’s a memorable read that I can recommend – Janna, Rarely Dusty Books

This was a great, romantic read with an adorable set of characters and an interesting set of events that kept my attention throughout. I will certainly be looking for more from J.L. Merrow from this point on – 4 stars, Shirley Francis, LeAnn’s Book Reviews

Things move fast for Jem and Ted during the first encounter, leaving Ted with his mind blown… The rest is their journey to be together and I have to say we are on edge toward the end wondering if it will all work out – Kristy, 3 Chicks after Dark

Ms. Merrow’s meticulous attention to detail brings the historical information vividly to life…
Trick of Time is a fabulously entertaining novella. JL Merrow is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely loved this unique romance
 – B+, Book Reviews & More by Kathy

This is a little gem… an excellent read and perfect to snuggle up with and lose your self in Ms Merrow’s Victorian London, just beautiful! – Monique, Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

I absolutely love the concept. I care for these characters, I wanted them to be able to be together and I wasn’t sure if it was going to work…I highly recommend this book – 5 Hearts, Connie, Hearts on Fire Reviews

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