Definitely a 4.5 book. Personally, it's probably a 5 star book. The 4 stars given above are more about acknowledging this is probably not a story forDefinitely a 4.5 book. Personally, it's probably a 5 star book. The 4 stars given above are more about acknowledging this is probably not a story for everyone. So.... who should read this? The people who demand good writing, want more than "brain candy", like well developed multifaceted characters, and/or character studies. Who else should read this? Those that have loved someone with or are themselves: obsessive compulsive, control freaks, socially oblivious, repressed, and / or have various mental health issues especially due to early trauma.
I loved watching Con trying to figure out the puzzle that is Tim. His patience while trying to work his way under Tim's prickly exterior was beautiful. I loved how he would give Tim space but not let him completely withdraw. He attempted to educate himself and help not just bully through with what he thought was best. The sex when they were finally able to get to it was sweet and hot. I loved this story, but I'm fully aware that a lot of it could be due to the ability to relate so thoroughly.
Who shouldn't read this story? Those that: need a lot of action, don't like to wait for the sex to get started, need a lot of emotional drama / angst, prefer not to be patient for slowly unfolding plots, and / or need to be able to easily relate to both main characters.
Due to the excellent writing and obvious care, I think anyone aware of the above considerations would (at the very least) find it a worthwhile read even if it's not their "cup of tea"....more
This was a very nice story. The characters were interesting enough & the reading easy. Lots of sex which is a large part of what I like about m/m.This was a very nice story. The characters were interesting enough & the reading easy. Lots of sex which is a large part of what I like about m/m. If I have a complaint, it was just that nothing stood out or made it particularly memorable. Struggling with the rating. I really wish I could give half stars, but I will round my 3.5 to a 4 on GdRds....more
It's hard to compare to the others for it has been awhile not counting a brief skim to refresh. I definitely feel that one should read the previous boIt's hard to compare to the others for it has been awhile not counting a brief skim to refresh. I definitely feel that one should read the previous books to get everything out of this one, but I do think it could be read without feeling too lost. I loved seeing more of the King and his Consort. The whole family and their dynamics are wonderfuland well drawn. I hope we learn more about Seb's father in a later book. It appears to be his husband and son that are the problem. The book is rich in detail even the horses have personalities. You never forget it is a Regency society even if it is on another planet. The IN mystery had little to do with this story until the end, but it did progress. Sebastian and Colton were touching as they dealt with their previous roles and grew into their new ones with each other. Their honesty with each other even when slow in coming was refreshing. It's a beautiful story first. There is sex and it is hot, but it is a bonus not the purpose. This is a novel not just easy fluff. There is obvious effort in the writing, and the editing. It was meant to be done well not fast, though the fans of this series are always clamoring for more....more