Author: E. L. Phillips
Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing
Cover Artist: Jeanine Henning
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/14/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Historical, Romance, Science Fiction
Krish Nayar is damp. He’s cold. He’s an American lost in the foggy woods of Wales and sporting a sprained ankle. When a handsome renaissance faire player in shining armor, Bleddyn ap Rhys, rescues Krish from stumbling around and getting even more lost, Krish thinks his prayers are answered. At least until Bleddyn brings him to Castle Gwydir, where everyone lives like it really is Medieval Wales, no one knows what an iPhone or indoor plumbing is, and where, by all accounts, the year is 1626.
Traveling four hundred years into the past is improbable, but apparently not impossible. Learning to fit in with medieval Welshmen is difficult, but not impossible. What’s impossible is Krish not losing his heart to gallant Bleddyn in a time when, if acted on, their love means a death sentence.
One of my favourite MF romance time periods was the middle ages. I loved knights, squires and damsels in distress. While this technically takes place in the early modern period, the feel of it was older and it reminded me of those stories I used to read only with two men. Adding to it time traveling and soul mates made for an enjoyable read.
Although Krish cried at everything, I did like him and his attempts to fit in to the time he found himself in. I also liked Bleddyn and felt for his loneliness. I really liked that we have cultural blending with Krish being of East Indian decent and the beliefs that brought to the table.
However, for a book set in a time period where sodomy is a sin punishable by death, they weren’t very careful at keeping their relationship secret or keeping the sex to safe spaces. It seemed odd that even a tolerant castle would turn a blind eye to their goings on.
As well the ending left too much uncertain in my mind. I knew where the author was going but it felt unfinished and rushed. I wanted to know more!
That aside, the rest was an interesting and engaging read. I would be interested in reading more of this author’s 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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