Escape to Me by Diane Alberts
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (35 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster
Eleanor is tired of being a spinster no one ever notices. Life for a twenty-six year old unwed woman in 1811 is dreadfully dull. She can’t have an affair at the risk of ruining her family’s reputation…unless she finds a way to do so without the slightest risk of discovery. Dare she travel two hundred years into the future to have a 1Night stand with the help of Madame Eve?
Thomas struggles daily to move on after the death of his beloved countess, but being the most highly sought after bachelor of the ton doesn’t allow him much privacy to do so. All he yearns for is a night of lust and fun, with a woman who can make him remember what it feels like to be swept away by passion. Traveling two hundred years into the future seems to be the perfect solution for both discretion and ease.
What will happen when they discover they didn’t escape their lives at all, but merely found each other?
A lonely lord longs for one night of passion without the usual boundaries of society or trappings of marriage. Problem is, such a thing does not exist in London in 1812. How does he fulfill his carnal desires? Madame Eve certainly has her ways.
Thomas, The Earl of Cunningham, is a widower trying to raise his young son while grieving for his deceased wife. Now that she's been gone two years, he feels it is time to move on, but no woman can turn his head, much less garner his interest. Because of his wealth and position, every woman in the city wants land him as a husband, but he isn't looking for marriage - just someone to satisfy his physical needs. He works with Madame Eve's 1Night Stand company and is given the ability to travel in time - forward 200 years - to find a suitable woman who will give him the physical release he needs without any commitments that he doesn't.
Lady Eleanor has similar thoughts, and in fact, has taken the same actions. A twenty-six year old spinster, she's been overlooked for years, and has all but given up on hopes for a husband. Despite socializing in the same circles, Thomas has never even looked her way, much to her dismay. She's been hauntingly in love with him for years. They'd even shared dances, but she hasn't made enough of an impression on him to have him notice her once the music ends.
Neither knows the date they are about to meet is not only from the same time period, but is someone they know!
There is much good in this story. I liked both the hero and heroine, and there was little doubt the two were meant to be together. The author did a wonderful job of describing both their reactions to a world two hundred years more advanced than their own. The awe at the running water and the flushing toilet was endearing, and little touches like the embarrassment at the skimpy clothing and the strange blue lights showing the current time consistently reminded you of where the two originally belonged.
The love between the two blossomed, and the way the sex scenes were handled were perfectly in character. The only part that seemed to be missing, however, was why Thomas never noticed Eleanor before. She described herself as plain and ordinary, and apparently in her time she must have been because Thomas did not know or recognize her, but when Thomas saw her in 2012, he was stunned by her beauty. The reader may be left, as I was, that his attraction was purely because of the scant clothing she wore. A woman in 1812 wouldn't even show her ankles, and Eleanor wore a sleeveless mini-dress for their meeting. The connection between the two was believable once they began making love, and the feelings seemed genuine, but then we go back to 1812 and Thomas again does not recognize her. He now knows what she looks like, so I'm not sure what it was about her that made him not see her.
That negative aside, this was a very enjoyable read. The combination of the past and present made for an interesting story, and the way love was able to connect through time and place was very fun to read. If you like a quick romantic tale, this is one to pick up!