Revolutionary Temptation - Silvia Violet
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
The American colonists are fighting for their independence, but the battlefield is not the only place to wage war. When General Washington’s head of intelligence asks Captain Jack West to spy on the British in New York, Jack agrees, despite reservations about this ungentlemanly pursuit.
Jack’s contact in the city recruits bookshop owner Elias Ashfield, an impeccably dressed sensualist who flaunts his desire for both men and women and seeks a place in high society. Jack longs for a simple life guided by clear principles. Eli is a risk-taker who knows how to get what he wants. And he wants Jack in his bed.
Events in Jack’s past have made him fearful of acting on his secret craving for a man’s touch, but Eli intrigues Jack as much as he infuriates him. As Jack and Eli search for the information the rebel army needs, they realize there’s more between them than mere lust. But finding a way to be together may prove more difficult than defeating the British Empire.
As a lover of historical stories I was excited to find one that was set in the time of the Revolutionary war since I haven’t ever read one and I am kind of a lover of all things history. Added bonus was that it was written by Silvia Violet, who I love as an author. I liked the story but maybe there was just too much push and pull from the two main characters for me to fall too deep into the story or it could that my own mood affected how I viewed the story.
We meet Captain Jack West first in the story. He reminds me of the perfect historical character in how he speaks so formally and acts so politely and is in complete hate of his attraction to men. I found his idea of being a gentleman in all things, at all times intriguing since it was a character trait not seen often, but perfect for him on this path. He was hurt in the past because of his attraction for men and is really cautious when it comes to his feelings for Eli. This was the major obstacle in their way. Yes, being a spy in that era wasn’t a piece of cake; add being gay to that and it wasn’t ideal, but Jack was the cause of their on again, off again relationship.
I immediately loved Eli Ashfield and his quick wit and charm and calculating behavior. He has this almost sly but quizzical way about him, like he’s always ferreting out little pieces normal people miss but with one wrong turn he could be an excellent bad guy. And he has secrets. His desires for Jack were fast and consuming but with Jack’s resistance to it he was constantly being hurt by him.
Both of these men’s backstories were not easy and were full of pain, which made it easy to want to see them happy. Which of course was not an easy task to have in this time period. I didn’t connect as much to them both as I could have in this story. Eli was more the one that I warmed up, but they were fleshed out characters that didn’t fall flat. Jack’s constant “Yes, I want him.”, “No, I can’t.” grew a little tedious at times.
Constance Sullivan was an interesting character right from the moment she walked into Eli’s bookshop. She is the leader of their band of spies, as she says it, and the young widow of a loyalist. She is smart and fits perfectly in the world of spies since no one sees her as she truly is.
I never once questioned the time period and setting of the story and as a history buff it felt real and true to that era. The stories grim times of freedom from the British rule was accurately portrayed. The rebel army was desperate enough to use spying as a way to get a heads up in the war against the enemy. The writing was well done along with the pace and development of the overall storyline. The ending, in my opinion, is more HFN than HEA but that fits perfectly with the times and the terrible war. Even with all that’s going on the reader gets the “I love you’s” we desire for our men.
Like I mentioned earlier the tedious nature of the interactions between Jack and Eli were too much for this reader but all together it was a good read. You should definitely give it a whirl.
January 19 - MM Good Book Reviews
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.
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