Well surprise, surprise…”Downtime” is one of my favorite books of the year. …and for none of the reasons that I love other books. No steamy sex scenes.No action.No angst.No fast-pace.Instead, it was a slowly rolled-out, beautifully-written love story about time travel, 1888 London, friendships, transformations, and Jack the Ripper. Not an obvious recipe for a winning read, but Tamara Allen produced just that.I love Morgan, Derry, Kathleen, and Hannah. I also love creepy George, mystery-Sid, and broken-Jem. But most of all…I love Ezra…sweet, patient, witty, smart, capable, gifted. And though the ending wrapped itself up almost too conveniently into a “love conquers all” happy ending, it was exactly what I needed and wanted.