Winter Bees is third in E.E.Ottoman’s ‘Mechanical Universe’, although they can all be read as standalone stories. This is my first book by this author…
Author: E.E. Ottoman
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Lord Marcel de la Mont de Anges, the Marquis de Montespan is a brilliant mathematician, member of the mechanical animation movement and all around dandy. He’s been in love with shy, quiet entomologist and youngest member of the royal family, Prince Gilbert André XVI, since they were children. The Emperor’s plans to arrange a marriage between Marcel and Gilbert should have been the answer to all his secret fantasies.
But Gilbert is still reeling from a nasty breakup, and he cannot picture the man he regards as a brother becoming his lover. The order to marry has thrown their relationship into disorder, and if they cannot sort out the changes there may not even be a friendship left for them to save…
The first thing I will note is that Winter Bees is a true ‘old school’ romance, and although set in a ‘steampunk’ universe that plays little part in this novella, as the themes are timeless. The covers in this series are likewise ‘old school’ romance and perfect for the world E.E. Ottoman has created.
In a world where same sex marriage is just ‘marriage’, two boyhood friends are chosen by their parents to marry each other. Arranged marriage is not a cultural part of this world, but this concerns a Marquis, Marcel and younger son of the Emperor, Gilbert. This is a joining of powerful families and royalty…
The essence of this story is that Marcel has loved Gilbert, in the romantic sense, since their young teens, whilst Gilbert loves Marcel, as a brother. Their arranged marriage brings this situation out in the open between the men, and the story’s internal conflict arises from this.
I loved that sexuality, is a non issue. I loved that both protagonists were, perceived, as flawed physically in some way. I loved it’s gentility and the descriptions of rooms and scenery, which mirror moods. I loved the sensual build up and sexual tension between the two men.
I would love a longer novel version, so the characters could have been fleshed out a little bit with some external conflict maybe.
I didn’t like the ‘misunderstanding’ / ‘misinterpreting’ of each other’s motives or thoughts. This trope is overused generally, and not this reader’s favourite.
The writing is wonderfully descriptive, the kind a reader can lose themselves in, and I already have the previous two novellas in this series on my kindle to read.
I will finish with a note to the publisher…the proof reading did not do justice to this work.
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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