4 stars for Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding #MM #Romance #steamtrains #trains


Title: Blowing Off Steam
Author Name: Joy Lynn Fielding
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2015 – 66,000 words


They set out to save a train. Instead, they save each other.

Sam Chancellor has been in love with the steam engine Old Bess since he was six years old. Well, maybe not literally, but even when he’s lost everything else in his life, he’s always had her. But now her place in his heart has been unexpectedly challenged. Her new driver, Ryan Saunders, is the embodiment of all Sam’s fantasies.

Ryan has written off Sam as just another geeky trainspotter—until the moment Ryan sees him without his usual shapeless hoodie, and realizes that for a nerd, Sam’s pretty built.

When Ryan overlooks Sam’s awkwardness long enough to suggest a hook-up, Sam seizes the opportunity—and Ryan—with both very eager hands. Finding common ground in their shared love of Bess, their time together is better than Sam ever dared dream.

But there’s a reason Ryan never talks about his past. And when Ryan’s job is threatened, Sam’s well-meaning intervention puts both Ryan and Bess in deadly danger.

Product Warnings:
Contains train geekery, bed-hogging, a hero with no experience and another with plenty to spare, and a spider called Mabel.

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 FourStarsSam is a train-spotter.  Raised by an elderly great uncle and his Gardener’s Club friends, Sam is a young man living an old man’s life.  Wealthy London bad-boy Ryan needs to grow up. Fast.  As his very last chance, his father has secured him a job driving Sam’s favourite steam train, Old Bess.I love Fielding’s characters.   Ryan is sardonic, snobby and smug.  But he’s also lonely, kind and terrified of further rejection.  He’s embarrassed by how much he loves his train driving job.  Sam is awkward, obsessive and lonely but he is also brave and loyal.  Alternating between Ryan and Sam’s perspectives, Fielding  illuminates the best and the worst in each man as they awkwardly attempt a relationship.


All I’ve ever known about trains are departure times, so much of the technical details about steam trains washed over me.  Readers don’t need to love trains to enjoy this story, though it might help.  This is a story about growing up.   It is a story about trust and love.


Steamy sex and nefarious goings-on add excitement to an otherwise gentle romance.  Fielding brings a small English town to life with careful observations and vivid descriptions.  This is a charming story about two very different men who build a very special relationship.



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“You’re kind of built for a nerd, aren’t you?” Ryan said. “I guess trainspotting’s a more active hobby than I’d thought.”

Sam should have walked away because this guy was insufferable. Except there was humour gleaming in those eyes as well as something else. Something that if he wasn’t entirely losing his mind was actual, sexual interest.

In him, Sam Chancellor.

“It’s all that running alongside the engines to get the numbers down,” he blurted out before he could stop himself.

To his amazement, Ryan laughed. A true laugh that caused his eyes to crinkle at the corners. It made him even more gorgeous than he already was.

“Ryan Saunders,” he said. “I drive old Bessie.”

“Bessie?” Sam was horrified at the heresy. “She’s Bess. She’s always been Bess.”

“Given I’m the one whose hands have been over every inch of her, I guess she’s allowing me intimacies the general public doesn’t get,” Ryan said.

The low seductive voice and the thought of Ryan’s hands stroking over him the way they did over Bess meant Sam was getting hard. He clutched his satchel in front of him like some sort of shield, except that wasn’t helping at all because it was pressed against his dick and, God above, he was about to get a hard-on, here and now, right in front of Ryan Saunders.

“You haven’t told me your name,” Ryan said.

“Sam,” he choked out. “Sam Chancellor, and I have to go.”

He put his head down and fled.


Joy Lynn Fielding lives in a small English market town, where she indulges her passions for vintage aircraft, horse-riding and gardening (though not all at the same time).

Joy has a tendency to wax lyrical about the fascinating facts she discovers during her research for books.  Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador who has a gift for looking interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.


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2 Responses to 4 stars for Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding #MM #Romance #steamtrains #trains

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