The Uncertain Customer by Pearl Love ~ Review by Leisa

A sensual friends-to-lovers Historical romance …

The Uncertain CustomerTitle: The Uncertain Customer

Author: Pearl Love

PublisherDreamspinner Press

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Devon Wilcox, the privileged fifth son of a viscount, has everything a man could want … except being gay in a time when such deviant behavior could land him in prison. He tries to console himself with the denizens of society’s underbelly, but frequently ends up the victim of those who’d rather take advantage of his desperation. Fortunately, his best friend and secret object of infatuation, Sir Wallace Church, comes to his rescue. Wallace tempts him with the promise of high-class entertainment at a mysterious boy brothel called “The Garden.” Situated in the heart of mid-Victorian London, The Garden offers an array of choice morsels, beautiful young men named after flowers. There, Wilcox finds not only the perfect bed partner for the evening, but the chance to gain his most ardent heart’s desire.

My View

Set in the time of Victorian London, The Uncertain Customer tells the story of Wilcox, a gay man who seeks only the occasional quick tryst from men who he must pay for their services. Wilcox secretly desires his friend, Church, who invites him to a private gay brothel called “The Garden.” There, the two men select their “flowers” for the evening, and Church suggests that they all partake of their fun in the same room. Soon the two men hired for the night figure out that Wilcox is really enamored with Church, and that Church returns his affection. They begin to engage in sexual escapades involving both men, and Wilcox and Church eventually begin lavishing their sexual attention upon each other. And the sex scenes in this novella are sensual and yummy – so very well written!

This is a lovely historical about a time when merely being gay could land a man in prison. Wilcox has lived in fear that he will not only be outed as gay, but that his fascination with Church will be discovered. The chemistry between Wilcox and Church simply sizzles. They find passion and the promise of love in each other’s arms, and the reader is left feeling optimistic that together they will find a way to overcome obstacles to their own happily ever after.

Read this delicious historical novella.  It is a delight!

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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