Behind These Doors
Lucien Saxby is a journalist, writing for the society pages. The Honourable Aubrey Fanshawe, second son of an earl, is Society. They have nothing in common, until a casual encounter leads to a crisis.
Aubrey isn’t looking for love. He already has it, in his long-term clandestine relationship with Lord and Lady Hernedale. And Lucien is the last man Aubrey should want. He’s...more
A gently paced romance well grounded in the period setting, featuring a poly setup with a married couple plus one, where the plus one falls for another man as well. The dance that ensues is carefully delineated, and the pleasure is in seeing the complex negotiations of consent and power and intersections of sexuality, gender, and class across the tangled web of more than one three-way relationship. A really solid and unusual queer historical, satisfying for those who l ...more
Review the first, May 2018: Slight back story: I've been in a bit of a book slump lately, and have spent more time on audiobooks than on my kindle, partly because of time restraints and family obligations (like, I'm obligated to spend time with my family instead of on reading). Anyway, I started ...more
- Everyone is poly! They make it work! \o/
- A character somewhere on the asexual spectrum! (Or that's how I read it; the modern terminology is of course never used.)
- I think this is the first time I've ever read a historical romance novel that had a character carry around a condom. Is that a weird thing to devote a whole bullet point to?
- The historical details are well researched, grounded to a specific time and place without going overboard ...more
* Our main couple, Lucien and Aubrey are... okay. They're okay. They keep arguing in circles and I'm not even that sure why they fall in love, but they're perfectly fine. I was more into them before the Thing happened (and don't worry, we'll get to the Thing) but the Thing completely sucked out al ...more
With this story, I have managed to randomly bump into a book that ticked all the boxes I wanted ticked in a story about polyamory. It’s worth noting that Aubrey, Rupert, and Henrietta’s relationship is on display from page one and Lucens does a delightful job of detailing the dynamic of these three long-time lovers both in public and in private. The new relationship Aubrey finds himself developing with Lucien is then something new and separate from the one he enj ...more
For me, it’s the combination of all factors. Friendships and romances I can believe in, rich writing (if you love phrasing and wordplay, you’ll love this) and trustworthy historical details. It’s a lush novel you can dive into, feel embraced by and learn new things from.
For me it was also a relief from too many historical romances in which ...more
But oh my, it was soooo enjoyable, with all the things I love in historicals : a thouroughly researched historical background having its full part in the plot, complex and three-dimensional characters, so very likable but fitting with their time period, a nice and polished writing.
4,5 stars for this good an solid HR.
First off, this is a polyamorous novel, but not the kind that I'm really into. Instead of everyone being involved with each other, we have branching off groups and subgroups. There's nothing wrong with this, but it's not my cup of tea. We also kind of have primary and secondary partners, although everyone in the book insists we d ...more
This was really quite lovely. I wasn't actually surprised to love it, as I'd read the prequel Gutter Roses and truly enjoyed it. It was fun to see Ben and Cath pop up on occasion, but they're not the main characters here. That would be Lucien and Aubrey, two men from different worlds. Two men who couldn't be sweeter. They were adorable.
I do think that this is one of those books that I love the idea of, finish with a deep sigh and heartfelt "awww," so long as I don't think too deeply about th ...more
I have to admit that this quietly beautiful story left me feeling a bit bereft. Don't get me wrong, I adored the book, I just simply wasn't ready to let go of any of the characters. I think I fell a bit in love with each of them.
Lucien and Aubrey are divine, and despite all of Aubrey's legitimate concerns about getting involved with a journalist, I loved how he was able to let go of his defenses and let Lucien become an integral part of his life. Lucien too had to overcome his trust iss ...more
I also felt like this book did a good job navigating the line of showing how dangerous a gay relationship was at the time with giving me the happy ending I want.
I'll definitely check out more from this author.
The loves, likes and an antagonist are featured in the Lucien & Aubrey historical Edwardian romantic story. What well written tale with a historical look at class system, suffrage and morals of 1900s England.
There is so much to love, the well developed MCs, even the minor characters are well written. I enjoyed the intellectual debated regarding the have and the nots. The suffrage portions are well researched and the unusual relationships are ...more
I hope in the proud romance series tradition the author writes many more Radical Proposals novels full of cameos of all my favorite characters from previous novels because I have a lot of favorites and she's just getting started.
The range of topics is broad and the story well written.
I have difficulty reading stories where the conflict is the draconian Victorian laws. As someone in today's world, I want to see the MC's tell the adversaries to eff off and be done with it. And that doesn't happen.
The story is well written and for those who don't have the same mental blocks that I do, I think you'll enjoy it.
At 40% I just felt the story wasn't going anywhere and if it was, frankly I just didn't care.
To try to generalize - this is a hybrid of a pure romance with historical, almost biographical fiction.
It was definitely a well-crafted novel with many characters involved on so many levels in a dance - dance that all society did in that time.
That time... yes. NEVER am I more grateful for living in these times than when I read stuff like this. Some books I downright delete when a character is oppressed or otherwise lives in ...more
I absolutely loved this book. It has no fast-paced action, no mystery to be solved, no nefarious plots to be dealt with. There is a dastardly villain, but his crime is not murder or violence, only boorishness, bigotry and the wish to poison the happiness of people who do not conform to his narrow-minded standards.
What it does have ...more
For several years, she was a 1st Century Roman and Early Mediaeval re-enactor. Her primary focus was combat and target archery, and her secondary, li ...more