Blurb: A lad from the streets meets a lord of the manor…
When war veteran Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave.
A night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. As Sir Alan Watleigh’s valet, Jem offers much more than polished boots and starched cravats. He makes Sir Alan Watleigh’s smile and warms his bed. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Alan Watleigh and Jem on the road to save a child in danger.
The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. But is Sir Alan Watleigh’s love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him?
If you hate S P O I L E R S, don’t continue reading!
My thoughts: I got this book because I read an extremely positive review at Literary Nymphs who made it one of their recommended reads. Also I have read two other books by Bonnie Dee (not m/m though) which I liked a lot, so I thought I’d give this one a try.
I can’t exactly say what it is that bothers me about this story, but I’m not that enthusiastic about it. I liked everything about it that was there, but somehow for me something was missing, that I can’t really put my finger on.
Maybe it was that I found the love / sex scenes somewhat lacklustre, even though Jem and Sir Alan were mad about each other. Maybe it was the fact that Sir Alan never confesses his love for Jem. He possibly didn’t because he just couldn’t bring himself to do it, due to his misgivings about his sexual preferences. Those misgivings were supposedly gone by the end of the book, but I didn’t buy that. Maybe it was the fact that we saw more love scenes in the first half of the book when it was more about lust than love, and less in the second one where it would have been the other way around. Maybe all the stories Jem told Sir Alan to cheer him up (a noble intention, for sure) or to steer away from a potential emotional outburst were just too much for me; I prefer characters who talk about their emotions out in the open instead of hiding them (even though I understand the latter very well).
The slang that was used in some of the dialogues I didn’t get at all. Admittedly, it was not really necessary in order to understand what was going on and Jem did translate some of it for Sir Alan. Still, it would have been nicer for me to fully understand what he was saying.
All that makes it sound as if I didn’t like to read this story, but I did. I wanted to know what was going on with the girl, what had happened to her, how Jem and Sir Alan will end up, so I couldn’t stop reading. And maybe this is all that matters.
The last sentence of the blurb, by the way, is the typical misleading question, that doesn’t arise in the book at all. Jem and Sir Alan had to be careful, of course, but nothing happened that threatened to expose them or anything. I don’t know why blurbs always have to create some suspense that is never delivered.
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