Author: Tamara Allen
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Cory Clubb
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/31/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Drama, Fiction, Gay Romance, Historical
Jonah Woolner’s life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It’s a satisfying life until he’s passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who’s convinced Reid’s progressive ideas will be the bank’s ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there’s more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid’s charms-but unlocking the vault to all of Reid’s secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.
Losing his promotion-and perhaps his heart-is the least of Jonah’s difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.
I would be remiss if I didn’t start this review by giving Ms. Allen research props for the depth and variety of detail in The Only Gold. I’ve never been much of a history buff, so I can’t speak to the accuracy for the time period, but the world-building and consistent language here are top-notch.
If I’m honest, I enjoyed everything about this book except for – regrettably – Jonah (the MC). He just had no discernible personality, and although I understand that he needed to be a certain way in order for the narrative to work, he often seemed more stubborn and droll than even the story would dictate. Reid, on the other hand, is as vivid and charming as any secondary lead could be. I found myself looking increasingly forward to his scenes and trying to figure out his secrets during lulls in the action.
Speaking of action…hold onto your hats in the latter third of the story! Our characters get walloped with a stunning betrayal, a bank robbery AND a huge blizzard in the span of 24 hours – a pace which could give you whiplash in comparison to all the lead up, which covers a stretch of about eight weeks. The way everything resolves (or doesn’t) and ties into itself at the end is a satisfying resolution for a solid period piece from an author whose work I plan to read more of.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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