Trick of Time by JL Merrow

Title: Trick of Time
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 110
Characters: Ted Ennis, Jem Pocket
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Historical, Time-Travel Romance
Kisses: 5


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…


When I had the opportunity to read and review Trick of Time by JL Merrow, I immediately jumped at the chance to do it. There aren’t many time-travel themed books in the gay romance world, so I was anxious to read and review this book.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Since the death of his lover, Ted has been going through the motions in life. Through a favor of a friend, he’s managed to get a job at an old theatre, and even though he’s appreciative for the work, his heart isn’t really into it. One night during the middle of a performance, he decides to take a smoke break outside and finds himself in the middle of Victorian London. When he spots a very handsome man standing beside a lamp post, he suddenly decides to approach the man and see what’s up. What Ted doesn’t realize is he’s stepped into another time and that there is one man in the past who will bring light and love back into his dark lonely world he’s been existing in.

I loved this book! It was easy to feel sorry and empathize with Ted. He’s lonely and misses his partner terribly. When he meets Jem, I was happy to see Ted find his hope again. Watching Ted start to care for Jem and take another chance at finding love, was a beautiful thing to see. I thought he and Jem were very well matched and I enjoyed every moment they spent together. I also enjoyed watching the very modern Ted spend time with Jem in Victorian England. I thought Ms. Merrow did an excellent job at capturing the past, as well as Ted’s confusion and shock of suddenly being caught in another time.

My only gripe about this book was I wished it had been longer. I would have liked to see them really work at being in a relationship. I also would have loved to have seen how one of them really handled living in another time. But I did love the ending and I enjoyed the couple of hours of escapism the book gave to me. I also loved the cover! It reminds me of an old-school romance cover and since I adore romantic covers, this one is a favorite of mine.

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. If you are looking for a well-written romance with a unique and romantic storyline, then Trick of Time is definitely the book for you! Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi


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