Spotlight: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds
Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.
Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.
But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?
Tyler grabbed the back of Eli’s head in a way that he hoped looked cooler than it felt. He allowed his fingers to trace Eli’s soft curls before pulling his face in close and pressing their lips together. Soft but firm. Curious and inviting.
As Eli’s face slowly pulled away, the music, which was already fuzzy due to the quality of the speaker, blurred entirely, and the lines of the trees and the figures of other students became hazy. Tyler’s heart rate took off in a full gallop, and his breathing was stilted and uneven. Most people describe the feeling as butterflies right after you’re kissed, but these were more like fireflies. Not only were his insides jittery, but it felt like he was glowing from the inside out. For a few fleeting moments, it felt like he and Eli were the only two people in the woods.
About the Author
Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.