Sweet William by Dianne Hartsock
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is a bit messy because there isn’t enough time for the story to develop and there’s a whole load of exposition thrown at the narrative.
It’s also a bit off for a historical in that William’s behaviour is wholly out of keeping for a man of his standing and the laws as they pertained to homosexuality at that time.
He’s reckless in his potential exposure of his nature and within the first few pages has been in compromising positions with three different men.
I’m afraid it just didn’t work for me as too many elements felt placed in just for the sake of it as a plot point rather than being an extension of where the story was going.
Both men felt too young as well, at aged 19 and 22 (if I worked it out correctly) for the positions they were in and the conclusion felt rushed. I believe this is a new edition of a previously published work but I’m unsure if anything has been added.
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Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stunning, simply stunning. This book is a triumph, it takes a common trope – of vampires and vampire hunters, along with all associated paranormal species – and creates a unique exploration of their world in a strangely familiar, but still mysterious, modern Boston setting.
In both Benjamin and Tzadkiel, Tibby has crafted an enemies to lovers romance which is not only wholly believable, it is one which the reader wants to triumph. The UST in this book is delicious and when it finally bears fruit, the heat factor rockets through the roof.
The world building is brilliantly executed, there’s never an info dump of exposition, instead the setting is allowed to gently reveal itself as you read it. There’s enough mystery left to keep you reading and the touches of “real world” mythology were very clever.
I can’t wait for the second and third books on this series to come out. Gorgeous cover, gorgeous book and an interesting look at how being sightless doesn’t make you blind to life.
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