Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: The Professor's Assistant by Bren Christopher

The Professor's Assistant by Bren Christopher

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Alternative Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Lured by rumors of a momentous invention, Agent Julian Blake steps into the New York Gate and emerges outside London. It is the same year, 1885, but an Earth parallel to his own. The two timelines are almost identical, but the slight variation is enough to threaten his mission as it includes an attitude toward same-sex attraction that is less than accepting.

He never expected that difference to pose a problem. Julian has an important mission to complete; a mission with far-reaching consequences not only across the alternate Earths, but into their pasts. For the momentous invention is a working time machine. And the inventor’s assistant is a beautiful, auburn-haired young man named Daniel who causes Julian to disregard the Department rules he has lived by for so long.

But there are others interested in the professor’s new invention, and when tragedy strikes, the professor’s lovely assistant might just be the only person left alive with the knowledge to recreate the device.

Now Daniel is a target, and Julian is in a race to protect him and retrieve the knowledge of the time machine from those who would misuse it.

Contains: Explicit m/m sex

Dodie's Review

The story of Julian and Daniel is a beautiful story. They meet – there is an instant attraction – and realize quickly that they are in love with each other. As happens far too often in romance novels, neither one does anything stupid to drive the other one away. As difficulties arise in their burgeoning relationship, they analyze the situation, and correctly realize when they are overreacting to something.

Due to Daniel's job as the professor's assistant, he becomes a target of the “bad guys”. This was my main problem with the book. There is not enough tension and build in the “bad guys” confrontation with Daniel, so consequentially the payoff is not as powerful as it could be. Everything is resolved neatly, there are not any inappropriate leaps or inconsistencies in the story, but the tension is not there in the suspenseful moments, so the denouement falls flat.

The plot with its historical sci fi elements was refreshing and intriguing. The romantic scenes between Julian and Daniel were absorbing, and illustrated the developing love between them. While the denouement was not as powerful as it could have been,The Professor's Assistant is nevertheless a great story and highly entertaining read.

4 Tea Cups!
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