The second book in the series is even better than the first one and can be read as a standalone
This is a review of book one and two
This series is a hiThe second book in the series is even better than the first one and can be read as a standalone
This is a review of book one and two
This series is a historical paranormal mysteries talking place in old England. The two heroes were school best friends and went to university together. At Uni, they were less close, but after Uni, they rekindled their illicit couplings. Lynes is a private investigator and Mathey, my personal favourite, is a metaphysician practitioner. People call Mathey because their silver is cursed, like in book one, or because they want to put a ward around something for protection, etc. He's young, he just started his practice and has never dealt with a murder case. In book one, he is hired to solve a paranormal murder and he asks his friend Lynes to team up with him, since Lynes has more experience with investigations. The person who hires them is a former classmate and bully of Lyne and Mathey, and this brings back horrible memories of boarding school. The relationship between Mathey and Lynes is still casual; they both want more, but each of them is persuaded the other is just playing and will move to other paramours sooner rather than later. By the end of the book, they become a couple
Book 2 takes us into the "sodomites" clubs in London, how men of that persuasion lived and loved. You have the eternally single, the young single, the unhappily married... Someone or something is killing people in London by taking their heart out (literally), and magically sewing back the wound so that there is no scar, no sign. As the newly appointed metaphysical consultant of the London Police force in charge of metaphysical cases, Mathey will be called by the police to help solve the case, and Lynes, somehow, will get involved. Most of the men dying belong to their special clubs. In this second book, the romantic relationship develops beautifully, the two men get to know each other better and overcome insecurities caused by misunderstanding and fear.
The metaphysical world building in this series is enchanting (if you like magic, sigils, wards, wands and all). The relationship between the two heroes has this realistic feel and that "epic romance" potential. There are many secondary characters but not so many that you can't keep track of who's who. I like Kennet a lot, a happy single man, older friend and ex-lover of Lynes. I also like Challice, again an ex-lover of Lynes (yeah, he "did" them all), and a potential rival for Mathey because There was something there, and Lynes still has... Well, just read the book.
This is the kind of series I like: book 1 is good, book 2 is better than book 2 and book 3 is better than the one before. The third instalment in theThis is the kind of series I like: book 1 is good, book 2 is better than book 2 and book 3 is better than the one before. The third instalment in the series is fantastic! The two men finally fix the loose screws in their relationship. The secondary plot is good and beautifully clinch with the main plot (romantic plot). The climax is excellent, clever, unexpected, believable.
What I like the most about the book is that: (1) the HEA came at a very high price and (2) the high price was the hero's choice, willingly paid (3) even though it was obviously a very painful choice to make.
This is definitely a must-read series in MM Romance.
Lovely historical romance with lots of depth and non-explicit sex. this is a book I could recommend to my mum. Harrison and Daniel are a great couple,Lovely historical romance with lots of depth and non-explicit sex. this is a book I could recommend to my mum. Harrison and Daniel are a great couple, very loving but not cheesy at all, not even a little bit. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the too perfect end. The HEA of the 2 MCs was over the top, and I woud have liked for at least one of the secondary characters to have a HFN instead of a perfect HEA like the MCs. I liked Harrison family, Todd his protective brother, Elisabeth his caring mum, and Alexandra his sweet cousin. Great family spirit. ...more
This is the love story between Middle Road Maker, a Shoshone chief and Gives Grain, a Paiute chief and Shaman. It's set during the reservation wars an This is the love story between Middle Road Maker, a Shoshone chief and Gives Grain, a Paiute chief and Shaman. It's set during the reservation wars and it is as beautiful as it is bloody. It's interesting how men married men and women married women in their culture. I wonder if it is till like that with the influence of old christianity.
The love story is exceptionally beautiful but the reservation wars are heartbreaking and the end is bittersweet.
Family drama in an African-American family living in a small town, early to late 20th century.
Paul was born a boy but his mum decided to bring him upFamily drama in an African-American family living in a small town, early to late 20th century.
Paul was born a boy but his mum decided to bring him up as a girl. Paul believed he was a girl. Everybody, including his dad and brothers, believed he was a girl.
His mum named him "Perfect", for the perfect little girl she was. In a house full of boys, she was the family's little princess. Her brothers' love for her was stronger than their jealousy, and she had always felt loved, unique, precious, perfect. Then when Perfect turned 7 (or 8), she was told that she was a boy. Suddenly, everything was taken away from her. They started by cutting her beautiful hair with scissors. They gave her a new name, Paul. They took away all her beautiful dresses, her beloved doll, her girlfriends ("boys don't play with girls"), her favourite activities: chatting, cooking, playing dress up with mum. Perfect now had to be Paul, dress in boring boy's clothes and do the same hard manual work his brothers did.
She was not prepared for that, but she was not granted a transition period.
Overnight, she had to do everything like her big brothers, and do it well and without complaint. When she failed to act like expected -and that happened many times and for years, she was beaten and humiliated in order to take the "sissy' out of her. Her mother now avoided her out of guilt, her father had replaced kisses with beatings "unable to love the son he had adored as a daughter". Her brothers did not treat her like their fragile and beautiful sister anymore, they beat or avoided her too. The family lived in small town, the kind where everyone goes to church on Sunday to see and be seen. Well, the good christians were not nice to Paul either. If maybe Perfect had been a tomboy, then maybe it would have been less unbearable -at least physically- to Paul. But Perfect was a soft, sensitive, girly girl.
I found the story, not only Paul's story, but the story of all his family, very moving. By the end of the book, after many, many years, the family finally learns to accept Paul just like he is. They understand that Perfect will always be a part of him, a part that needn't be beaten away. They understand that Paul will always be effeminate and that it's okay. The understanding does not come easily, though. Each member of the family has his or her own battles to fight, his or her own path to find, and it's while struggling with their own challenge and their own imperfection that they learn to accept Paul and love him just the way he is. But the biggest struggle is for Paul who, for a long time, didn't know who or what he was. Perfect or Paul? A boy or a girl? homosexual or heterosexual? I loved watching his coming of age.
This is a beautifully crafted story with amazing characters (main and secondary) and a complex plot that keeps you on your toes.
Very entertaining historical paranormal horror-mystery. The plot and the characters are great. The romance is nice but the horror-mystery plot is theVery entertaining historical paranormal horror-mystery. The plot and the characters are great. The romance is nice but the horror-mystery plot is the best thing about this book. It's captivating and just dark enough to be real horror but not so dark that it prevents you from enjoying the romance. Apparently it's a series. I'm happy there's more to come!!!...more
Good story, would have been 4 stars if the end had been - at least - a strong HFN. Nice plot, with lots war and politics. I found the commander a bitGood story, would have been 4 stars if the end had been - at least - a strong HFN. Nice plot, with lots war and politics. I found the commander a bit dull when it came to battle. I wanted to see him shine in at least one battle, instead of just being told how great he was.
First book in a series. Great historical paranormal mystery featuring a former cop now PI and a philologist (from wikipedia: the study of language inFirst book in a series. Great historical paranormal mystery featuring a former cop now PI and a philologist (from wikipedia: the study of language in written historical sources; it is a combination of literary studies, history, and linguistics). The characters are likeable, the mystery is engaging and the romance is slowly built, with great intimate moments and unexpectedly hot sex. The mystery plot and the romance plot are cleverly interwoven and the conflicts resolution is good. This may become one of my favourite series if the second book holds the promises of the first one. ...more
This is my kind of historical romance. The style is very, very pleasant and the plot is tight and well executed. No nonsense, no WTF, no OTT, no long- This is my kind of historical romance. The style is very, very pleasant and the plot is tight and well executed. No nonsense, no WTF, no OTT, no long-term idiots, no weaklings, no martyrs, good grovelling, mature handling of emotional situations, etc. Nothing silly. And it takes place in a regency society where same sex marriage is socially accepted. The two heroes have been promised in marriage since birth and when the book starts they are about to get married. One is a rake, one is a virgin BUT they are not cliché characters, far from it.
When I learned that one hero (Stephen) was a 21 years old virgin, I was afraid that we would be the silly, naive and weak kind of hero we had in old school heterosexual historical romance. No worries. Stephen may have been a baby when it came to romance, but he was smart and confident, so he handled this romantic relationship very well. As a decorated soldier and a young Earl managing his considerable fortune himself, he was not a cinderfella.
The other hero, Anthony, was 15 years older and quite the original. He was known for his genius in science. He spent his days in his laboratory making science discoveries related to steam power and helped improve people's lives. He was also famous for being a rake. Although he had excellent social skills, he despised society's class hierarchy and the rigidity of useless social rules. He made his own rules and well, I liked his boldness, his "madness". He was a bit like a Sherlock Holmes, but a Regency Sherlock with great social skills and a very active sexual life.
I liked that the age difference was not used as a source of conflict; it only served to emphasise the fact that Anthony was more sexually experienced. On all things, in and out of bed, when it cam to work, responsibilities and all, both men were equal, just two adults dealing with their feelings for each other.
I also liked that the sex was not repetitive and was part of the plot and not just an erotica add-on.
Warning: Physical cheating (not emotional though, which is actually worst than physical, though both are bad enough), but it's very brief and the grovelling after is well done, in a way that preserves the dignity of both heroes.
I hope this is not the last historical gay romance written by this author.
Very good historical romance set in Scotland. The end is not HEA or even HFN, (view spoiler)[ it's an agreed separation between the two men, and theyVery good historical romance set in Scotland. The end is not HEA or even HFN, (view spoiler)[ it's an agreed separation between the two men, and they separate in not so good terms. (hide spoiler)]. Fortunately, book 2 and 3 are already published. ...more
Small break in my GR diet. I just HAD to say how much I LOVED this story, and I couldn't do that on Amazon since it's not "published". It reminds me oSmall break in my GR diet. I just HAD to say how much I LOVED this story, and I couldn't do that on Amazon since it's not "published". It reminds me of Captive Prince: Volume One when it comes to the dynamics between the two heroes, Christian and William. Christian is a bit like Laurent, superbly gorgeous, deceptively soft and unexpectedly strong and skilled in the battle. He is also freaking cunning with exceptional survivor skills, in a family of treacherous and hateful brothers. I loved him.
William, like Damien, is very much the strong knight who is a bit too honour-bound and fair for his own good. The only "hic" is that while in Damien it's kind of balanced by a high intelligence, in William it's a bit excessive and verges on dumbness. In spite of that, I loved William because I saw him through Christian eyes, and Christian is just madly in love and in awe of his dashing, strong, honourable knight. Okayyyyy.
The conflict resolution is good and the sweet epilogue moved the story to five stars.