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Such a sweet, gentle, yet passionate and emotional romance. I really enjoyed seeing Wes and Michael learn to love each other. They were great characters, and they felt very real. It was beautiful how they could just be themselves around one another, and they accepted each other without questions, flaws and all. The plot is pretty intense, and it grabbed my attention from the very beginning.

Note: There were pretty major editing oversights that detracted from my experience. For example, one charac
A sweet and tender love story between a whore and the second son of a lord, who happens to be a stammerer and opium dependant. Though it turned into too sweet territory at times, it was never cheesy and those two were so sweet together and so obviously in need of each other, that I didn't mind it at all. I really enjoyed reading it, even if it's not what I'd call my usual 'fare'.
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I would give this more of a 3.5/5. I was looking forward to reading about a shy, socially awkward lead. I enjoy awkward and endearing characters. I was expecting him to be like Jeremey from Carry the Ocean. And although I did enjoy Wes, I enjoyed Michael more. Wes was not really what I had expected. He was far more deeply troubled than just a stutter and shyness.

Carry the Ocean is the only book by Heidi Cullinan that I have read before, and although it was heavy and dealt with some dark issues
"OMG, you've just got to read Heidi Cullinan!"

I don't know how many damn times one of my GR friends who know my penchant for GOOD historical romance kept pestering me about reading this author and this novel in particular. Unfortunately, the last time I got suckered into reading something that came with all these glowing bona fides, I wanted to hurl my Nook against the wall, so to say I was hesitant to jump on the Cullinan bandwagon is an understatement.

All I can say now is THANK YOU and *kisses
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found myself extremely invested in both main characters and their romance which is always a good sign for me. Albert's plight was so heartbreaking and I loved seeing Michael try to help him get through the difficult times. This book definitely packs an emotional punch, but I think the happy ending is worth all the angst. I always find historical male/male romances to be intriguing with the forbidden aspect and thought Heidi Cullinan did a marvel ...more
Apr 16, 2012 chele marked it as wishlist
Mar 15, 2014 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Fani
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Jun 29, 2012 Valerie ~Varuca~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie ~Varuca~ by: djeterg19
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Oct 04, 2013 Julie marked it as to-read
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Apr 15, 2012 Melanie (Moviemavengal) marked it as wish-list
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