Honey from the Lion

Title: Honey from the Lion (Love Across Time #2)
Author: Jackie North
Publisher: Blue Rain Press
Release Date: September 19, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance, Time Travel
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Soulmates across time. A love that was meant to be.

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier.

As winter approaches, Laurie’s normal fun-loving manner make it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John’s old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows.

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together?

A male/male time travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, true confessions, a shared bed, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time.


24-year-old software developer Laurie takes a vacation at a Wyoming dude ranch, and after a night under the stars complete with cowboys playing harmonicas, steak on the grill and ghost stories, he wakes up in the middle of a snow storm. After struggling through snow drifts in his new boots and Carhartt jacket bought especially for the trip, he finds a small cabin and when a man dressed in a buffalo hide coat opens the door, Laurie is convinced this is part of some enhanced dude ranch experience.

Except Laurie has gone back in time to 1891 and the man in the cabin, John Henton, is suffering PTSD from his role in the Indian Wars and wants nothing more than a quiet place “so he can lick his wounds and recover from the horrible sights his eyes had beheld.” On the other hand, “Laurie’s first goal with anyone he met was to get them to like him by making them laugh at his antics.” Sigh.

I have to admit that Laurie irked the heck out of me in the beginning of this book, and thankfully he manages to curb this annoying habit before too long (just about the time he stops acting like a brat and accepting that maybe he is stuck in the time period) and for me, that’s when this story became very interesting. This is definitely a slow-burn romance and the pace of the story is gentle as Laurie becomes accustomed to a life without cell phones, electricity, instant gratification. But it’s fascinating to learn of all the minutiae of daily life and how these two disparate men learn to love one another.

For John that journey is difficult and Laurie appreciates how monumental it is for this gentle man to embrace his sexuality. Their love story is wonderfully done and really carries the story. The details of the time period feel authentic and after a bit of a rough start with Laurie’s antics, the story totally drew me in and I was enthralled by this story.

I have just a few niggles, for one, we only get Laurie’s POV…

Spoiler
but mostly, Laurie never tells John that he is a time traveler and while the author sets up the story with Laurie hearing a “ghost story” around the campfire about a man who lived alone in the cabin, Laurie never seems to realize that John is the subject of that story, until the very end. As in, it never crossed his mind?
…but on the whole, I really enjoyed this story of two men who find a love together. 4 strong stars for “Honey from the Lion.”

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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