Author: Tyler Flynn
Publisher: Carina Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Marcus, Lord Rothbury, is on the run. Part of a foiled plot to help King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette escape to Switzerland, he’s searching for the jewels the rebels stole from the queen—jewels that, when sold in England, will buy the monarchs’ freedom and restore the aristocratic order Marcus holds dear.
Pamphleteer James Lockhart publicly condemns the monarchy and has his own plans for the jewels—selling them to help the Parisian poor. But when the two are thrown together against a common adversary, Marcus finds himself increasingly at-tracted to the impetuous American.
As they hunt for the jewels, Marcus begins to suspect his companion isn’t all he seems. Secretive and changeable, James could be playing a double game, and Marcus can’t be sure who James is fighting against—the enemy, or the man who’s fallen in love with him.
Chasing the Rebel by Tyler Flynn is a boys own adventure set among the hedge-rows and the copses of France during the French Revolution. Full of daring deeds, action and suspense, but also the most endearing courtship I’ve ever read.
Englishman Marcus, Lord Rothbury, and American James Lockhart couldn’t be further apart in the fight to keep France a monarchy. They stand at diametrically opposing ends of the argument, Marcus actively risking his own life trying to get King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette to safety, and James preaching that King Louis isn’t fit or duty bound to rule. Both men are of a similar ilk; in fact they had one furtive clandestine night together in Paris, after an evening of heated debate, before King Louis’s disastrous attempted escape to Switzerland, so when they both find themselves in the French countryside hunting for the Queens stolen jewels they agree to set aside their differences and work together. However as the two men work towards finding the jewels they find that they are also being hunted, an orator called Serrault, one of the men calling most virulently for the Kings death, is hunting for both Rothbury and the jewels.
Marcus is the perfect English gentleman, upstanding, loyal, full of a sense of duty and dynasty, for him nothing matters but preserving the status quo and the Monarchy of France. Marcus is an angry man though, his belief in duty and loyalty warring inside himself with the lonely future he sees stretched in front of him once he returns to England and picks up the duty of his rank and station. James is much more cavalier and impetuous, he lives life for today. As an American, who’s recently seen his own countryman throw of the English Yolk, he’s on the side of the people of France, of freedom and democracy, he owes no loyalty to anyone least of all the French king.
Both men are attracted to each other but they live in a world where men like them take what they can, when they can, never expecting more. James is the more impulsive character and as such he’s not adverse to a quick grope and tumble whenever the opportunity arises. Marcus is much more circumspect, he’s a thinker and a worrier, always on alert and aware of his station, although having James in such close proximity, and with such wondering hands, causes Marcus to doubt the future he knows he should accept. He just can’t get James out of his mind, thoughts of him unsettling and pervasive. All of this complicates the hunt for the jewels, especially when Marcus begins to wonder what side James is actually on.
As a lover of all things historical Chasing the Rebel was always going to appeal to me, especially once I saw the glorious cover. It’s a plot based story covering a period of history that fascinates me. The story setting is a bit like the Three Musketeers, full of men darting around the French countryside hunting, and being hunted. The story itself is wordy and descriptive, full of long conversations and periods of reflection, interspersed with moments of action and the ever increasing intimacy between Marcus and James.
Told mainly from Marcus’s POV the story was easy to read and it flowed well. The romance element is very understated, it only comes into its own in the last few chapters when things seem to slip into place and that is what I think cements the story as a really good one, it’s not a traditional MM romance, but then it’s nothing like I expected, but everything I could have wanted, and in my mind the ending is pure perfection.
I loved Chasing the Rebel immensely and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical novels and dashing heroes. Tyler Flynn is an author I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase again.
I would like to thank Tyler Flynn and Carina Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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