Author: Sarah Granger
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/14/2014
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Childrens, Historical, M/M Romance, Regency
Duty, honor, propriety…all fall in the face of love.
Captain Hugh Fanshawe returned from the Peninsular War with a leg that no longer works properly, thanks to a French musket ball. Now his fight against Napoleon is reduced to quiet, lonely days compiling paperwork at Horse Guards headquarters.
His evenings are spent dutifully escorting his mother and sister to stifling social engagements, where his lameness renders him an object of pity and distaste. But his orderly, restricted life is thrown into sudden disarray with the arrival of Colonel Theo Lindsay.
Theo is everything Hugh is not—a man of physical perfection and easy yet distinguished address. Surprisingly to Hugh, Theo appears to be interested in making his acquaintance. Lindsay turns out to be a most convivial companion, and Hugh finds great pleasure in his company. Their friendship deepens when they become lovers.
In spite of himself, Hugh falls desperately in love. But when a French spy is suspected at Horse Guards, Hugh discovers nothing is as it seems…and the paper he shuffles from day to day could be the instrument of his lover’s death.
A Minor Inconvenience is a thoroughly enjoyable regency story that follows the traditions of harlequin romance. Captain Hugh Fanshawe is the equivalent blushing virgin. Invalided back to England after the Battle of Salamanca Hugh now lives with a permanent a limp, he fills his days with paperwork at Horse Guards and his evenings escorting his mother and sister through endless social balls and soirées. Believing love will pass him by (it’s slightly awkward that he prefers men anyway….) Hugh is passably content until he spots the dashing, handsome and obviously upstanding Colonel Theo Lindsay.
Suddenly Theo is everywhere Hugh is, actively seeking out Hugh’s company. It doesn’t take long for Theo to show the same inclinations as Hugh and their friendship develops into more and they become lovers. Theo even saves the day when Hugh’s sister Sophia gets herself into a compromising position which threatens her reputation. But what happens when Theo appears not to be the man Hugh thought he was, when he betrays Hugh in the worst possible way?
As most people know I adore historical romance and in particular regency romance so I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover, and then hooked once I read the blurb. Sarah Granger is a new author to me and I’ll certainly be reading more of her work. I love books like this; they are gentle, unassuming and easy to read.
Hugh is sweet, a touch naïve, and a quite oblivious soul. He really doesn’t understand what Theo sees in him and why he seeks out his company. I was routing for Hugh’s happiness throughout the book and I really didn’t see the plot twist when it came. I did suspect early on that Theo was not exactly what he seemed but I was taken by surprise when all was revealed. I did like Theo though; he was confident, popular and made Hugh feel a proper man again. The sex in this book is quite sedate, very much left to the imagination but I like that, I’m not a fan of pages of explicit sex, I like books that stop at the bedroom door. This one goes a bit further into the bedroom, but the sex isn’t much and not descriptive at all.
The book is full of all the expected other characters; there’s Emily, Hugh’s loyal and faithful best friend. Sophia, his simpering silly younger sister, James, his overbearing brother, and his mother is exactly as I’d expect her to be, fawning over Sophia’s chances of grabbing an eligible husband, not concerned with Hugh at all. Some people may find this predictable and boring but I don’t I loved this book, it was a quiet, gentle, unassuming read with a few tense moments that left me with an ‘ohh no’ and ‘how could you!’ on the tip of my tongue.
Sarah Granger’s writing is quite distinct; I found it complimented the setting of the book very well, I also found some of the dialog quite funny in places. All in all I loved this book. It was exactly what I expected it to be, and what I wanted it to be. I think anyone who loves historical romance written in the style of its setting and who likes a plot based story will love it too.
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