All the Arts of Hurting by Amelia Faulkner ~ Book Review by Queue

ArtsTitle: All the Arts of Hurting

Author: Amelia Faulkner

Publisher: LoveLight Press

Cover Artist: Jenna Fowler

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/26/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance

Blurb:

As far as Lord Duncan Aldham is concerned, war is a thing which affects other people. He’s quite content to sit in the ancestral pile, ride his horses, and defend himself against his mother’s attempts to marry him off. So when Duncan meets the Manor’s new stable hand he’s thoroughly unprepared for the desire which the man ignites within him.

William Fossett is handsome, muscular, and utterly forbidden. A kind and gentle soul, William is a pacifist in a country which is about to force every man to test the strength of their convictions.

Confused by his yearning for Fossett, Duncan will soon be forced to work out whether he dare act upon this illicit attraction to another man – and to a Commoner, no less. But Fossett has bigger problems: the Military Service Act has been passed into law, and even absolutists are at risk of conscription…

My View:

I’m not normally a fan of historical novels but I like to broaden my horizons so I decided to check this book out. I’m glad I did because it was a pleasant read that transported me to the past.
Lord Duncan Aldham is one of the wealthy folk, affected by the war but not so much that he doesn’t suffer much. Yeah, his father’s gone, but he doesn’t miss him. The staffing is low but he and his mother are still served and waited on. He’s happy to continue his life as it is.
Things change when he meets the new stable hand, William Fossett. Duncan’s first sees William when William is shirtless and boy oh boy is Duncan affected. He gets a hard-on right away, but tries to deny his “unnatural desires.” After all, in that time, gay men and woman could hardly be out.
Duncan is thrilled when William admits he feels the same desires and they get to act on their attraction.
These two were a cute couple and amazingly hot in bed. Well, they didn’t actually have sex in a bed. The love scenes literally acted out the term ‘a roll in the way.’
I didn’t connect with Duncan at first, but he soon proved to be extremely humorous. The scene where Duncan meets a prospective bride and her father made me laugh out loud. His snark was sharp and witty and made me love him.
There aren’t many supporting characters but the few there had pivotal roles in the plot. As in what would’ve been common for the time, some people, especially the wealthy, have to act one way in private and another around others. Duncan’s mother was one of those. I disliked her at first, but after a heart-to-heart with Duncan she proved herself an awesome parent.
The conflict of William being possibly sent off to war seemed realistic and the solution of the issue was nail-biting. I wasn’t sure it was going to be an HEA, but indeed it was.
The book isn’t without it’s issues. There were some purplish prose in the sex scenes and some terms that pulled me out of the story—deflated doodle for example.
It was a short read with engaging characters. Additionally it didn’t overwhelm me with the setting as many historicals tend to do.
4 stars

Links

All the Arts of Hurting on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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