So, it is 1814 and Gideon Frost is almost down to his last sou. While publishing has been reasonably lurative in the past, bad times have beset fair Gideon and he is reduced to the occasional dabble in prositution to make ends meet. But, hark our erstwhile hero, Mr Joshua Redfern, arrives on the scene to rescue sweet Gideon and perhaps divest him of his breeches.
I like historical novels. I do! I love the detail and manners and honor these gents have. The balls (of the dancing kind) and the silly social niceties and rigmarole one went through back then. It appeals much and the sex seems naughtier and somehow more illicit than in a contemporary.
Gideon and Joshua provided me with several entertaining hours reading. Despite his job on the side Gideon has managed to retain an innocence about him that was rather sweet, but not sickeningly so. Joshua just wants someone to love, but has been burnt in the past and is hesitant to put his heart at risk again. Made for some lovely angst.
One thing I was most impressed with was my own vocabulary. Smarter than the average bear thank goodness, ’cause man, this author does not hold back! Macavity the Mystery Cat came in right handy! The physical descriptions of the fair and London were also vivid and provided depth to the world building. This is all good and marvy in my books as often historical in m/m can leave little to be desired and miss the mark in believability. The sex, while not a boink fest, was definitely merow and the end was a lovely happy for now, which I appreciate far more than wrapping it up in a bow.
All in all a delightful, angsty read with a vivid historical London backdrop. Well worth a look.
Check it out here at ARe.