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Title: A Time for Loving
Author: Nico Jaye
Publisher: Self Published
Genre/Sub-Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
Jack and Christopher have made it through years of campaigning and the horrors of Waterloo together—side by side by day and, by night, in each other’s arms. After the war is over, however, will the love shared between this batman and his officer survive when Christopher returns to the life of a gentleman?
A Batman in Waterloo – More Than Just The Caped Crusader:
A huge thanks to Prism Book Alliance for inviting me to chat about A Time for Loving today! I had so much fun writing this historical short story.
A Time for Loving follows a former military couple whose official relationship goes from that of batman-and-his-officer to valet-and-his-gentleman once they return to England after the war.
The idea of the batman and the officer whom he serves has always been fascinating to me.
Batman isn’t a caped crusader in this case. Far far far from that. =) In military terms and, particularly, the Regency setting in which this story is set, a batman is a soldier assigned to an officer as his servant. In this case, Jack was Christopher’s batman during their time in the cavalry together, and they grew to know each other—intimately—in those years.
From everything that I’ve read, a batman and his officer are incredibly close and work together on a daily basis as the batman prepares his officer’s equipment and anticipates his needs. What intrigues me is how the lines of servitude may have blurred when taking into account the dangers of battles and skirmishes. When lives hang in the balance during battle, after all, every man looks the same.
Although A Time for Loving is an established couples story that takes place post-Waterloo after Jack and Christopher have been together for several years, in my mind, their relationship developed out of the difficulties encountered in wartime and close quarters. If you decide to read the story, I hope you can feel the love and trust they have for each other as they encounter the day-to-day trials of being gay men of different social statuses in Regency England.
When Christopher returned to the bedchamber at the time the clock ticked its way past midnight, Jack was waiting for him. As was their routine, they locked the doors to bar any unwanted nightly visitors, such a practice explained to the household as a way to deter Christopher’s childhood habit of sleepwalking.
Little did they know he’d outgrown such an inclination years ago.
“A pleasant evening,” Christopher said mildly over his shoulder as Jack assisted him out of his well-fitted navy evening jacket.
“Was it?” Jack murmured in response. Setting aside the garment onto the clothes valet, he turned to face Christopher’s back and skimmed his hands over his shoulders. His palms, forever callused from years of campaigning, nevertheless picked up the texture of the silver-embroidered brocade waistcoat. Those shoulders were broad, carrying with them the weight of responsibility—for their regiment, for their secret, for their future—well beyond Christopher’s twenty-three years.
Lost in his thoughts, Jack startled when Christopher turned around to grasp his wrist gently. He looked up into Christopher’s familiar gaze and sighed, his heart settling into place even as his pulse began to race at the sight of the heat in those blue depths.
“It would have been much more pleasant with your company, Jack,” Christopher said, his voice warm and low.
With a hard swallow, Jack smiled up into that precious face. Tilting his head, he listened for a moment and heard the sounds of the house going to sleep around them.
This was their time—the time between days when they could be lost in their world.
“You know ’tis impossible, Christopher,” Jack whispered regretfully, searching his gaze. Jack moved to clasp his hand, drawing Christopher’s palm to his neck and curling it against the skin there. Leaning into the touch, Jack closed his eyes briefly before glancing up again. “But our time is now, and my company is yours. Yours always.”
When Christopher’s gaze dropped to his lips, Jack moved forward, touching their mouths to each other lightly…
About the Author:
Nico Jaye is a fan of all things HEA and has dragged her romance collection along for her moves from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Chicago to New York and back. She thinks reading is awesome and loves that she can hang out night after night with crinoline-wearing debutantes, brawny firemen in suspenders, and werewolf shifters with Scottish brogues. An overall feline enthusiast, Nico secretly (or not so secretly?) adores Hello Kitty, cat GIFs, spontaneous traveling, pretending to be crafty, emoticons, hot menfolk, and parenthetical statements (not necessarily in that order). After starting as the pitcher for Team Awesome (literally) and visiting places like South Africa, Oman, and Fiji, Nico discovered that letting the boys in her head tell her where they want to go could actually be the most exciting journey of all.
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