Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/18/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
A conqueror’s decree can’t separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan’s forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family’s name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil’s younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well.
Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn’t count on his charges’ English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds.
Aillil’s father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend.
Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan—and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover’s return. Billy doesn’t believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life.
But the Lost Laird knows his own.
First edition published by Torquere Press (2010).
Ever find a book that hits you just right? That finds a place in your heart and just won’t let go? Well this is that story for me. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.
There are no words to describe the magic that was Duet by Eden Winters. I have not been pulled into a story this way in such a long time. As I read Malcolm and Aillil’s journey, I was transported into the story itself and did not come back to reality until it was finished. And when reality did intrude, I found myself openly weeping. I must have sat immobilized for almost an hour as I just mourned for these men. For all their pain and for the years they were apart. But mostly I found myself weeping for the love they shared and for the happiness (and a bit of jealousy) I felt when they got their second chance. If only I could experience a love even a fraction of this caliber, I would be blessed.
This story was fantastic. It was beautifully written and flowed perfectly. This love was one to last the ages and will stick with me for a while. Even a day later, as I write this review, I am still in tears over these men. Tears of sorrow, loneliness, and joy. Why have I never read this story before? Where has it been all my life? Ms. Winter, you have crafted a story that has renewed my faith in the written word. I will be reading this one again many times. The book hangover was well earned and worthy of another go. This book will be in my heart for a long time as a reminder of everything love could be with a soulmate.
The only way this could have been better, would have been in a audio format with the fantastic accents bringing these men to life.
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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