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.