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A Rose By Any Other Name

(Fallen Rose #2)

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought ...more
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Published September 12th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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Gina
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy historical romance, and this one just had my heart all a flutter! I became a fan of the author when I read the paranormal book Hell & High Water. Now i am a fan of her historical books as well!

Read this book!
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Book 2 in Charlie Cochet's Fallen Rose series really surprised me. Let me stop right here to suggest you go download Book 1 (64 pages), it's available for free download here., so that you'll get the full experience.

So, yeah, this one surprised me. I was reading along, knowing that this was going to be a solid 3 star read when, bam! Right turn, right into 4 stars. This story became bigger, more involved and so much more intertwined in Charlie Cochet's interconnect universe. Oh, how I
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Kaje Harper
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
One of the things I like about M/M (among many) is that our characters are allowed to have pasts that they don't necessarily have to apologize for or atone for. This is another book with a rent boy as a MC, this time set during the Prohibition era in the US. Although the reasons that Julian and his friends got into turning tricks early make sad reading, I do like that they own what they did, whenever it was a choice, and don't apologize. The men they love must take every part of their past as it ...more
ttg
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - an overall fun historical, set in the roaring, mostly drunk 20s, about a wealthy albeit a little war damaged young veteran, and the hot dancer/performer/man-of-the-night that he meets in a gentlemen's club.

Young and angelic-looking Julius is used to having men fall at his feet for any of his "favors" or attention, but he doesn't know what to make of doggedly sincere Edward, who seems determined to win Julius' affections by sheer force of kindness. Unfortunately for them, they are in
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Heather C

After reading Roses in the Devil's Garden, I was really excited to read Julius’s story.  I knew by the blurb that this would delve more into the sex industry than into prohibition, but it still wasn’t really what I expected…

It’s 1927, two years after we met Julius Knight in Roses in the Devil’s Garden.  He’s moved into the role of Eros, the most desired performer at the Pantheon: the high-dollar, exclusive club catering to the fantasies of gay men.  On the night of his 30th birthday, wealthy bus
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Ariadna
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
New York City, 1927. Edward, sole heir from one of the wealthiest families, has returned home after dealing with a tragic event in Europe. As part of his homecoming/birthday celebration, his cousin and best friend take him to a super exclusive club/brothel that caters to queer men.

Initially scandalized by all the goings on, Edward is soon infatuated with Eros, a young man who is the star of the club. He decides to begin courting him. But the road to true love has many obstacles on it, the large
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Karen Wellsbury
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the period, the 20's.
I thought Edward was a lovely character, and Julius had charm. The supporting characters were endearing.
The build up between Edward + Julius was great.
The writing is terrific, and descriptive. For me, I found too much emphasis on the physical distracting in places, and didn't get enough connection between the MC's.
Teri
3 stars
I liked this okay, I may check out another from this series because we met some interesting characters and I was enjoying their dynamics. I liked Julius a lot and I liked Edward, but there was something about them once they finally figured themselves out that seemed quite....meh...I really loved them at first, especially (view spoiler)
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Chris
5 out of 5 stars

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Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but
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Jennifer
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, t1
Fantastic follow-up to freebie Roses in the Devil's Garden! Julius and Edward were both engaging MCs, strong and capable in their own ways but also with significant flaws/difficulties and traumatic back stories. There is action, romance, sexy scenes and a plethora of complex, interesting supporting characters. I knew I was immersed when I felt physically ill at one terrible turn of events. The effective descriptions of the environment pulled me into both the glamour and seaminess of the time per ...more
Bo
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisitely Perfect

Historical MM novels are a challenge to say the least, but most particularly if the era in question might be recent enough so that mistakes can be spotted by those in the know, and therefore the entire book falls apart.

On the other hand, you have Charlie Cochet, who has come up with her second brilliant episode of the Roaring Twenties in New York City where Prohibition rules and clandestine speakeasies or private clubs cater to men of a certain persuasion. Caveat right here: Y
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

Journey back into the Roaring 20’s, the days of Prohibition, where illicit gaming, illicit alcohol, and illicit sex can be had for the right price. And the right price gets you into the Pantheon, a heavenly operation full of scantily clad young men who are yours if you have the cash. The sweetest prize of all is Eros, a blond angel, complete with wings, who will take your breath away. Us
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

It’s no big secret I love historical romance, but it wasn’t until I’d read Charlie Cochet’s free novella Roses in the Devil’s Garden some years ago that I realized what a scarcity there was of stories set in the 1920s, a time when Prohibition and gangsters in the United States created a matrix of cause and effect. When liquor was criminalized by the 18th Amendment and, therefore, became profitable to make and sell illegally, a hotbed for organized crime was created. What a great time in
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Love Bytes Reviews
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 star review by Vicki

I liked this one too! This book takes place several years after Roses in the Devil’s Garden, and features Julius the sweet boy that Nathan and Harlan saved from arrest in a booze raid. Julius now works as a performer and prostitute in a club called The Pantheon. He is the featured performer, both on stage and in his dressing room. He’s pampered and spoiled, making top dollar for all of his skills. All of the performers go by stage names and are based around Greek gods, as i
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Sunne
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
An “okay” read if you like historical settings. Charlie Cochet did a good job capturing the spirit of the time (prohibition). The blurb “rich guy/whore/bad guy” isn’t essentially a new one but she gave it a unique background.
Unfortunately for a long time I missed the humor I’ve experienced in other books by this author. There were funny situations etc. but I really missed the dialogues being as witty as in her other books. This only changed till the end with the introduction of two additional c
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Julie
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one is even better. Very rich in detail with great banter. Things got a little tense when Ares made his move to try to break up Julius and Edward, but thankfully, our favorite guys from book one, Nathan and Harlan make an appearance. I loved Maxfield. He had some of the best dialogue and interactions in the book, with Edward, with Lawry, with Albert...he would have been deserving of his own book.
Lizzie
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Charlie Cochet has a real talent for creating characters who draw you in, are tough an vulnerable at the same time and make you love them. Her ability to do "period" is awesome and she really takes you back to the era. I laughed, cried, yelled - what more could you ask? Can't wait for the next book!
Melissa
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stories set in this time period featuring rent boys usually focus on hiding from society or society's disapproval, and the escape from prostitution includes a whole lot of drama and suspense. Thankfully, these aspects didn't overshadow the romance here. The side characters were also wonderfully fleshed out. Here's hoping to a sequel!
Rissa
A very enjoyable sequel! ♡
I liked reading about Julius and Edward but also about Lawry and Maxfield and Terry and Albert! I love the historical aspect but I also love the theme of friendship and family with the two groups of three! I love the shoutout to Jacky! And it was lovely seeing Nate and Harlan again!
:)
Bad guys were bad and I wonder about David...
Teresa
I hard a hard time believing that this place could exist, and the first part dragged a bit for me. Edward was sweet though, and I liked him and Julius together. The second part seemed odd with a different couple's story thrown in. Overall entertaining.
Lily
I was totally caught up in this story from beginning to end. It's wonderfully written with an interesting, likable cast of characters.
Kaci
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Excellent work as always from Charlie.
Sue
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this era, love the plot, love the characters (especially Nathan and Harley) and LOVE this writer <3
Shaunté
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Far better than the first. Wonderful!
Karla
Mar 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: m-m-romance, meh
Read maybe 20% but I can tell this won't work for me. This is a very subjective judgment, but I'm finding it too removed from reality for my taste.
Heather
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Series Review:
I fell in love with Harlan and Nathan in Roses in the Devil's Garden, originally written for a story prompt in the Goodreads M/M Group, and it is amazing! Then in A Rose by Any Other Name, we get to see Julius, who we were briefly introduced to in Devil's Garden, in his glorious element as Eros at the Pantheon. Then there's Edward who is not exactly comfortable in his own skin since returning from the war. Put them together and WOW! the chemistry is explosive, throw in Edward's fri
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Ashley
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Julius is Eros in the Pantheon, he uses his charm and beauty on patrons, although he is starting to lose the appeal of superficial love, and longs to find a love that will withstand his past. Edward has been piecing his life back together after being declared mental unfit, from spending five years in No Man's Land trenches. To celebrate his 30th birthday, Edward's cousin takes him to the Pantheon, where he spots Eros for the first time. Edward will have to fight Ares for a chance to woo Eros awa ...more
Clarene
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure I was going to love this one. I thought that I may be like ok, because historical is not really a genre I gravitate to. But Holy heck I loved this one. I love Julius and Edward. I love this author so much and would probably even read genres I hate if she wrote them. The characters are just so great. The detail and the secondary characters just make me want to read more. Charlie posted this did not have to be read in order and I did not read the first one, but I will definitely go ...more
kasjo_peja
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for the book. I loved THIRDS and The Auspicious Troubles of Love series, and liked the free story that was a prequel to the book. Unfortunately A Rose By Any Other Name was only passable read.
The story was artificial and over-the-top; most characters behaved with no sense at all (spoiled brats, airheads, brawlers); the romance was too sweet considering the circumstances. The 'unreal/fairy tale' quality that worked in other books of Charlie Cochet, here didn't worked for me.
DeeNeez
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Melodrama! This is Julius' and Edward's heartthrob romance story, and a side romance between their best friends. A Cinderfella tale with an evil villain who wants Julius all to himself. Can Edward save Julius? Does Julius want to be saved? *melodrama pause here* At times the heartthrob romance can be a bit boring and too sweet. But what really got steamy was the side romance between Max and Lawry! The chemistry was magnetic, you could see the crackles of electricity between the two. Hot, hot, ho ...more
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Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.

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Fallen Rose (2 books)
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