Charlie Cochet is fast becoming one of my go to authors…
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Fallen Rose: Book Two
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 growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.
Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous—client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.
Book One, Roses in the Devil’s Garden, was published in Don’t Read in the Closet by Charlie Cochet.
Set in the roaring twenties and prohibition this is almost a m/m fairy tale. The wealthy powerful but damaged man and the whore who brings him to life. I loved it. The writing is fast paced and well written. There is no exposition that isn’t also entertaining and enjoyable. Julius Knight is an adorable character a beautiful Eros in the Pantheon also the name of a hidden wealthy gay men’s club in New York City. Managed by Aphrodite, a madam who looks after her beautiful boys, the club flows with prohibition booze, illicit sex and is never raided. Edward, a rich entitled heir to a department store fortune, is taken there by his extrovert cousin, Maxfield and dear friend, Albert for his birthday and his life will never be the same again.
There is an undercurrent which includes the evil Ares, this becomes the main story and is one which will have you booing the villains and cheering for our heroes. There is hardship some violence and drugged abuse but it is not too graphic or explicit that this reader had any problem. This does seem to be a story of ‘instalove’ initially, but there is courtship and time for the love story to become totally believable and delightful.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and read it very quickly, despite it being a good length. At the end my only disappointment was having to leave the world of Edward, Maxfield, Albert, Julius and his friends.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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