The Merchant and the Clergyman by Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Title: The Merchant and the Clergyman

Author: Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon

Narrator: Noah Michael Levine

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 10/14/2016

Length: 06 hours 39 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance, Historical

Summary:

A village clergyman
Curate James Fletcher is content shepherding his parishioners through the good and bad times of their lives. If he sometimes dreams of making a deeper connection with a man who truly knows everything about him, it is an impulse he ignores and sublimates.

A workaholic businessman
Declan Shaw solves problems at his family’s far-flung business enterprises. Recently, he’s considered taking a break from traveling to settle in one place and pursue a few desires of his own. He’d love to explore his secret love of cooking, and perhaps have a relationship that lasts longer than a night.

The event that brings them together
In town for his cousin’s wedding, Declan meets James just as he’s bested the annoying groom. Intrigued by the mild-mannered cleric’s surprising grit, Declan asks James to help him discover if his aunt is being mistreated by her spouse.

As their paths repeatedly cross, the two men reach an intersection of attraction they can’t ignore. Will they take the forbidden trail of passion and perhaps continue to travel together into the future?

Story Review:

I’m rather torn on how to rate this book. I’ve enjoyed most books by Bonnie Dee, both her solo titles and the co-written ones with Summer Devon. I didn’t not enjoy this one but it wasn’t an audiobook I was excited to get back too. Though I think that’s because historicals aren’t my preferred genre not due to bad writing.

It was all rather dull at first but picked up when the sexy stuff started happening. The chemistry between James and Declan was positively off the charts and I wanted them just to get down to the good stuff.

There weren’t anachronisms that stood out to me. The language felt right for the time period but that’s part of what made it dull for me. The realistically stuffy and puritanical attitudes didn’t make it all that exciting. Again, perfect for fans of historicals but not my thing.

I enjoyed the tug of desires between James and Declan. These guys were fully realized characters and the authors had a strong handle on who and what they were.

The BDSMish aspect of the story worked well for the characters and the ending was appropriate for the time period.

Recommended for fans of historicals without a doubt.

Narration Review:

Noah Michael Levine did a fantastic job here. I’ve listened to him in several books now and can see how versatile he truly is. He handled the voices and attitudes of the time period perfectly.

Links

The Merchant and the Clergyman on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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