Author: Vicktor Alexander
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
In an alternate universe, in the country of Angland, 1814, the gentry live lives of culture and class. It is a time of courtships, marriages of convenience, and titles, where scandal can ruin an entire family. Gender lines are blurred, and making a good match is of utmost importance. Children are born to men and women, which has led to the acceptance of same-sex marriages.
Lady Lucien Timothy Hawthorne is shocked and angry when he is betrothed against his will to Lord Heathcliff Eddington, III, the Duke of Pompinshire. While drowning his frustration at a popular gentleman’s club, he meets “Robert,” a gorgeous older man whom he sleeps with as “Timmy,” regardless of the potential damage to his reputation.
After their liaison, Lucien corresponds with Robert via letters left at Remmington, and they decide to elope. Before they can get away, Lucien meets his betrothed, Heathcliff, who he is surprised to discover is also his beloved, Robert. Both men desire a marriage of the heart, but they find out that sometimes a marriage of convenience can turn into love under the right circumstances. But Lucien has a secret, and Tlondon isn’t as safe as they once thought.
I thought this story was adorable. It reminded me of some of the m/f historical novels I have read in the past. Things start out as an arranged marriage, but progress into a love match. The plot was mostly light and fluffy with little real angst other than whether or not each MC loves the other. Just like many historicals, the men are reluctant to say the words “I love you” unless forced. The rest of the story seemed to be more on society and manners than any real external conflict.
I do want to mention that the romance in this novel is very sweet. While the MCs never really use the words “I love you” until the novel was mostly complete, they had no problem showing and treating each other very sweetly. I love seeing the traditional “rake” character show his tender side. I enjoyed the relationship between these two men.
My one complaint on this story is that it was very hard to follow who was who and what character was female/male. In this alternate universe there were male men, female men, male women, and female women. I understand the author was trying to show gender fluidity, but it got a bit confusing with such a large cast of characters. The interchanging of he/she for the same character made it a bit confusing even with the explanation from the author at the start of the novel.
I believe I read somewhere that this is the start of a series. There was definitely good world building and many characters I look forward to seeing again. If this is the start of a series, I want to read the next story.
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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