Author: Sara Dobie Bauer
Release Date: 28 April 2018 Price: TBA
Reviewed by Sophie
Cover Art: I think that the cover is very attractive. It has a well dressed Victorian male standing next to a brown leather chair. He is rather handsome. The cover art’s background is a nice shade of blue that blends in well with the man and the brown leather of the chair. The title is written in a nice mustard yellow colour that goes remarkably well with the rest of the colour scheme.
Blurb: The author introduces the reader to the main characters and the plot.
Main Characters: James Reynolds, a young university student hired to catalog a gentleman’s library
Thomas Warwick, a middle-aged man who recently lost an uncle who owned a library of rare books that needs cataloguing
The men are opposites. James is a young single man and Thomas is middle-aged and married. Even though James is the younger of the pair, he is the more worldly of the men. Thomas is sheltered and married to a woman. An unexpected fascination leads to more for James and Thomas. They were passionate with each other.
Secondary Characters: These characters are just as important as Thomas and James. They set up the story and cause Thomas and James to meet.
Plot: It was a historical romance set in the Victorian era. I found it very interesting.
Writing Style: The story is narrated by Thomas. In my opinion, the first-person narration was great. It flowed nicely from beginning to the end. Another thing that I liked about the author’s writing, was the way that she described her characters. The author describes James’ movements nicely. She also does an excellent job at showing the reader, Thomas’ growing passion for James.
The author did not place a lot of graphic sex in the story. She only puts one full on sex scene. She then only briefly mentions other trysts. I think that this lack of sex was okay with me because the author makes up for it with little touches, thoughts and glances.
Conflict/Climax: There was not any major conflict in this story. I think that it is just a momentary confusion in the mind. The characters end the confusion in a delicious way.
Conclusion: I really liked this story. I liked James and Thomas. They had passion for each other. My only complaint with this story, if I had to have one is that it was too short of a morsel.
For all these reasons, I give this story an 8 out of ten stars!