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Lessons in Power by Charlie Cochrane
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Oct 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, historical, male-male, mystery-crime, romance
Read on September 25, 2011 — I own a copy

I hadn't expected Jonty to face up to his childhood trauma at all, so this was a shock. In Jonty's era keeping a stiff upper lip and pretending it never happened would have been what was expected. Any resolution was welcome though. I'm not sure that the resolution was less painful than the original trauma, at least from the readers' perspective. Even if Jonty found it liberating and it was one more secret that didn't have to be kept between him and Orlando.

In my review for book two of the series I said I was unsure if the romance could keep going for eight-plus books. This is how it should be done - each book resolves some aspect that isn't quite perfect in the relationship between the two men and brings them closer. Sometimes the problem isn't apparent until it is pointed out (usually I've assumed it was sorted out behind closed doors) or, like this one, was something I expected to be endured rather than cured.

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