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The Labours of Lord Perry Cavendish | Joanna Chambers

Winterbourne #4

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Release Date: April 28th, 2021

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Blurb

Lord Perry Cavendish knows that he’s seen as a not-too-bright, amiable, sporting sort of chap. The type who can hold his own in the boxing ring, drink most men under the table, and offer a useful opinion on a piece of horseflesh—but not much else.

When Perry visits his friend, Lysander Winterbourne, he is introduced to the Honourable Jonny Mainwaring, a free-thinking artist who is everything Perry is not: unconventional, emotional… and very talkative.

At first, Perry is overwhelmed by the vibrant, witty Jonny Mainwairing, but when he agrees to sit for him, he discovers the real man beneath the dramatic flourishes, and the undeniable physical attraction he feels for Jonny begins to develop into something more.

But Jonny is not to be easily won over. While he has a longstanding weakness for brawny men like Perry, he’s still smarting from his latest heartbreak and determined to change his habit of throwing himself into each new affair without pausing to recover from the last.

Can Perry convince Jonny that he is more than just an empty-headed young buck, and that they could have a real future together?

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About the Author

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Joanna Chambers primarily writes MM romance. She lives and works in Scotland and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.

She likes wine, loves books and hates cleaning.

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If you’re looking for a warm hug in book form, this is it.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joanna has crafted the most beautifully caring and elegant romance between two men who are so different, and yet each complements the other perfectly.

It’s a historical romance, but not overtly so, but when it does flex itself in that direction it’s done with the usual impeccable quality of all Joanna’s work.

Lord Peregrine aka Perry Cavendish (which had me chuckling as that’s the name of the current Duke of Devonshire, who I interviewed on inheriting the title) is feeling a bit aimless when he turns up to visit Lysander and Adam (the first two books in this series).

He’s been there a few days when his world is blown apart by the arrival of the Honourable Jonathan Mainwaring aka Jonny.

He’s an artist running wounded from life, his father’s disapproval, his ex-lover’s criticism, his own anxieties and fears of abandonment.

But, to Perry, he’s perfection. And, as Perry is the sweetest Chelsea Bun to ever exist (it’s the post Regency version of a cinnamon bun), it’s not long before they’re exploring the mutual attraction.

What follows is a narrative I won’t spoil, but it takes the reader on a journey which will have them gnashing teeth, shaking heads, wringing hands and, ultimately sighing the most happiest of sighs.

There’s not much smexy, but what is there scorches the sheets and was enough to satisfy my needs, although I wouldn’t have said no to more.

Let’s just say, when Jonny takes charge, he directs Perry in more than just the art of how to pose for a portrait sitting.

I honestly could talk about this book for way longer, but I think you all will benefit from me shutting up now and letting you fall in love with the sharp tongued Hylas and his Herakles 😁

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Kit and Henry’s story is one of loss and longing but ultimately of love

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Utter perfection.

This book was everything I hoped it would be and much, much more. Kit Redford has always fascinated me whenever he’s appeared in this series of books from Joanna.

Henry, Duke of Avesbury, we last saw bursting into Simon Reid’s office when he was meeting Murdo and David in The Bequest and in obvious distress.

In this book we find out why. Poor Henry has spent 18 years believing his Christopher was comfortably living in the house he’d bought for him with a yearly stipend and a nice payoff to invest for his future.

Instead, the reader knows Kit has had a traumatic time, glimpses of which we’ve had throughout the Enlightenment series, as he was left alone and vulnerable when Henry was forced to leave him because of a promise to his dying wife.

Henry is such a wonderful man, he is everything you’d ever hope a Duke would be, caring, responsible, willing to do his duty to the best of his ability, and capable of dealing with immeasurable loss and still go on. His is the perfect English stiff upper lip in attitude.

There may be readers who think “but he cheated on his wife?” with Kit. But, it’s more than that. There is an understanding between Henry and his wife because of her own nature, and I really appreciated that she was herself a thoughtful and kind person. She’d been fully complicit in Henry finding himself a lover.

Kit has always been there in the background, the owner of the self-named club where gentlemen of a certain persuasion could come and freely mingle without fear of discovery or exposure.

But there’s always been a sense of him holding something back, there was an air of aloofness amid his joviality and here we finally get the full story of these two men.

With a beautifully written narrative, Joanna gives the reader their journey back, they are Restored not only in each other’s eyes but also in the love that they’ve never lost.

And she does it through a multitude of individual plotlines which weave brilliantly together to create a build up of tension which all comes to a head with a dramatic encounter at a gaming den (and hello Jake Sharp, aren’t you a delicious character!)

This is also wonderfully steamy, the dynamic between Kit and Henry is turned utterly on its head and oh gawd how much did I love seeing Henry willing to do whatever Kit wished?! So, so emotionally vulnerable and chemistry bouncing off the charts.

I won’t go into more detail than I have here, other than to say there wasn’t a bit of this story that didn’t work for me. In actuality, it was the complete opposite, it left me wanting more.

More Kit and Henry, more of Simon Reid, definitely more Jake Sharp.

It also gave me George and Freddy, Henry’s two grown-up sons, and George is just like Henry and oh, how my heart hurt for him. His has clearly been broken and a throwaway comment from his father years before has led to a world of unintended pain, which I really hope Joanna is going to resolve with his own book.

And yes, I’m begging you for that one, Joanna! 😁😉😊

PS: How gorgeous is this cover too?! The Enlightenment series has some of my absolute favourite covers in the genre, such simplicity which evokes not only the time period but the men inside.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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