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Love wasn’t supposed to be part of the bargain…
On every visit to Madame Delacroix’s brothel, Nathaniel Travers requests the same man. Stunningly handsome and highly skilled, Jasper not only shares Nate’s fondness for wickedly erotic games and black leather corsets, but he has become a trusted confidant. And Jasper’s the only person who knows Nate longs for a committed relationship with his childhood friend, Peter Edmonton.
Unrequited love hurts, but it hurts even more when the object of affection is in love with another. Jasper Reed has been working at Delacroix’s for a decade. He’s saved enough to retire, yet he remains at the decadent London brothel. Leaving would mean leaving Nate and the hope someday the rugged gentleman would stop pining for his best friend and realize he loves Jasper, just as Jasper loves him.
Edmonton’s impending marriage looms before them, causing Jasper to take another look at his stubborn heart. Yet Jasper’s a bastard whore, and Nate’s the nephew of a viscount. Surely there can’t be any hope for them…
Note: This is a previously published work. This second edition has been edited with minor changes. For readers who purchased the original edition, this second edition is not substantially different.
I am in love! Totally in love with this book. I mean, I knew it would be good but I had no idea I would feel the way I felt through the whole story. I felt hope and love and despair and LOVE! My Gawd!
I don’t think I can give a comprehensive review of this. I am giddy and overwhelmed and still emotional from this short but intensely romantic story of two men who both thought they weren’t what the other could possibly want. Couldn’t be what the other could need and couldn’t possibly have a future together. Have I mentioned I loved this story yet?
Perhaps in an odd way, he and Nate were perfect for each other. Both blind fools. Both wanting something so badly, so desperately, that they had refused to see it could ever be.
Told in the dual POV’s of both Jasper and Nate we meet them in a familiar space, not only the room frequented when Nate calls on Jasper at Delacroix’s for a night of passion, but this an in-between space. Jasper is in love with Nate, has been for years and Nate likes his time with Jasper yet pines away for his childhood friend Peter on the eve of his wedding. Ugh.
Jasper, I fell so hard for this amazingly determined man who has worked as a whore for the last ten years to sustain a life, a life of financial stability albeit a lonely one. Jasper is in love with all that is Nate and wishes that once, just once he could have a moment with him without the money passing between them. But things are what they are and Jasper takes the small intimate moments with Nate and hides them away deep in his heart and soul, knowing he can never have what we wants most.
He was suddenly very aware of the stack of pound notes on the cabinet, nestled next to the silvery tray. A firm reminder…
Then there is Nate; dear clueless Nate who responds to Jasper with unbridled passion and lays his deep and honest secrets at the man’s feet. Nate believes to be in love with his best friend and yet it’s with Jasper that he is truly himself.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. They say, if you love something set it free. If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours. I used to think those lines were a bit cheesy but in the context of this story with Jasper and Nate, they are spot on. They are so true and the angst that they create had me a full on sobbing mess on an air mattress in my living room. Don’t ask, just know that I sobbed as I the mattress creaked and rumbled beneath me as I curled into a ball to give myself a full body hug and deflated the mattress as the boys tore my heart apart. MY GAWD! The angst. The longing. The passion. The love. These two freaking fracking killed my poor romantic heart and I LOVED IT!
Ugh. These two. They were so wonderful together. They were so intense and the role playing they did was sexy as hell. It was hot and it was fun and it was… sigh.
I’ve told you before. You’re wonderful. Any man would be lucky to win your heart. You just need to expend the effort to look for him.
His Client was the perfect story, it really was for me. I fall hard for unrequited love stories and this one was amazing and set in one of my favorite times in romance. Ms. March nails the historical boys who love boys and does it so passionately you cannot help but get swept into the romance right along with them. Jasper and Nate were perfect for one another and perfect for me.
I am off now to read the free short, His Request, to see the boys do a bit more role playing. Rawr. Did I mention how much I love these two?
Ami: 4 stars