Thomas Derrik is about to have the worst Christmas of his life. Three days before the holiday, he finds out the father he doesn't get along with is arriving on Christmas Eve, his ex-lover and new brother-in-law will be staying at his estate until the New Year, and his beloved brother, Edmund, has died.
Luckily, Edmund's last holiday scheme may well save Thomas's Christmas: Henry Appleby, a young lord fresh from the Continent, has arranged to court Thomas. But the family tragedy and jealous exes may put an end to the romance before it begins.
©2012 J Rowan (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"Wonderful little story!"
Definitely. Short, sweet and Romantic!
When Thomas learns that something he thought, wasn't true.
EVERYTHING. He is the best narrator there is right now, and I loved the aristocratic air he brought to this story in particular.
Why mess with perfection?
Thomas is considered a miscreant in his era, a place and time where attraction to the same sex is punishable by death. Not long ago he ended a relationship with his best friend of many years after learning the man had a man in every port, Thomas wasn’t as special to him as Thomas had been led to believe. Now with the Holiday fast approaching Thomas is alone, surrounded by family he doesn’t much care for and to make matters worse, he has just learned of his beloved brother’s death.
Edmond, Thomas’s younger brother, was a true friend and ally, very understanding about Thomas’s choice in partners. So much so that it would seem even in death he is still looking out for his brother. A gift, of sorts, arrives along with Thomas’s father in the form of one Lord Henry Appleby and his sister. It would seem that Henry and Thomas have many things in common, including the same best friend, Edmond, and a proclivity for other men.
A deal brokered by Edmond and Henry to ensure Thomas both happiness and stability is set in motion, but Edmonds untimely death and Thomas’s clingy ex could destroy even the most intricately detailed plan.
For such a short story there was a lot of attention paid to even the finite details of descriptives and characters. Set in a time where a Gentleman’s word was his bond and an agreement carried as much weight as a contract. But the relationship between Thomas and Henry becomes much more than just a means to an end, they truly care for one another. The narration was the perfect compliment to the characters and the storyline, Morey is so well spoken and has sort of this aristocratic air to his voice that blended perfectly with the written words of this novella.
A perfect story for the season, and very inexpensive for either the audible or the e-book version. I highly recommend for fans of historical romance, or just fans of romance in general.
"Not a historical, maybe a fantasy?"
First of all, if a book is set in a country the narrator should speak with that country's accent. That's not Paul Morey's fault, but the person/publisher that keeps putting books out without the correct accent attached needs to knock it off.
Secondly, this book is not a historical, there is almost nothing that would make it so other than the characters having Titles and the time frame in which it is set. I can't even classify it as an alternative history as it appears that there was little to no research done into the time period. The characters are unbelievable, the situations and the premise of the book would be questionable as a contemporary let alone as a historical, and I spent way too much time giggling at how silly it all was.
If you go into this knowing it is not a historical, that it's really not even trying to be one, you can enjoy it for a sweet, slightly silly story that will make you smile. But please do not judge historicals by this book because there are so very many amazing historical books out there that I'd hate for this to turn you away from them.
"I should have passed this one"
The description sounded intriguing, but it turned out to be bland and uninteresting. The story is predictable, the characters are flat, and I had a hard time getting through it. Every step seems forced and uninspired. For me this was wasted credit.
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