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Confronting the darkness of his past, he finds the light of his future.
After years gadding about Europe, Everett Gerard can no longer avoid his responsibilities. Word has come that a child bearing the unmistakable Gerard stamp has shown up at the family estate—and he realizes it’s time to face his demons.
As his carriage nears the gates of home, he fights the urge to flee the memory of the horrible crime he witnessed as a child. Yet the Abbey delivers surprises and delights he never expected.
Miles Kenway was content with his quiet life as the Abbey’s bailiff, until the wild child, clearly a bastard son of some Gerard, upends his peace with constant pranks and mischief. And when the master of the house arrives, an unsettling attraction heats Miles’s blood.
As they clash over the fate of the ancestral land, they battle a powerful desire to grapple in ways that could disrupt the delicate balance between master and servant. But when the boy’s real sire appears, they must unite as only true fathers can to protect the boy whose mischievous charm has captured their hearts.
I read two of these authors’ books back in January 2014 when I was doing my personal historical MM challenge. I loved those so much I decided to try another story of theirs – despite my personal go-to-person for MM historical, Heather C, said that she wouldn’t recommend this.
Alas, I should’ve listened…
The truth is I found this quite boring. I struggled to finish it and it wasn’t that long. I guessed with the blurb like “as they clash over the fate of the ancestral land”, I was hoping to read a story about arguments and two men who, despite being attracted to another, didn’t exactly see eye to eye. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it so. Gerard and Kenway quickly succumbed to their attraction. It was sweet but it wasn’t particularly interesting.
In addition, there was this ‘glimpse’ of something troubling in both men’s past — Gerard had nightmares about what he saw when he was younger and Kenway was described as a restless soul – but none of those were apparent. It was more like passing information and it never explored deeper. There was an external problem coming their way (the one about “the boy’s real sire”) but I never felt that it was truly threatening and again, it was easily solved.
It was just too uneventful, I guess, and I was having a hard time investing in these two men because of that. Luckily, I did like the part about the kid – I thought the kid was a better and more appealing character. His scenes were what made me able to stretch this to 3-stars and saved this book from being another DNF.
Bottom line, I am not personally vouching for this …If you like a decent historical/regency story (the writing was good, at least), without too much angst or conflict, you might try it. However if you’re looking for something with more punch, better look elsewhere