Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Blake Dorner
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Length: 78 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Theodore Wentworth, who possesses little more than a sharp and well-educated mind, is trying to solicit a sponsor for his studies of Greek antiquity by performing recitations at gatherings of collectors. Desperate for luck and better skills in oratory, in jest, he places a coin at the feet of a statue of Hermes. It seems like coincidence when his fortune turns and a gentleman calling himself Alexander becomes his benefactor. Despite his friend John teasing him about it, Theodore continues to offer tokens to Hermes and sinks himself into his study of the classics.
Alexander encourages Theodore’s interest, prompting Theodore to face desires he tried to put aside years before. As Theodore embraces the knowledge, he must also resist his attraction to Alexander—knowing his feelings are a serious crime in Victorian England.
But the secret Alexander keeps will change everything in a love story for the ages, steeped in taboo, temptation, history, and myth.
I loved this book. I loved how the author crafted this mystery of Alexander. I loved this emotion they put into every word and struggle that Theo was going through. I loved Theo’s best friend, John. I loved Theo. How he saw the antiques, he craved to know more and more about. How written word was his end all be all. How shy and smart and genuine he was.
The writing was truly beautiful with a flow and rhythm that had me never wanting to put it down, never wanting the author to stop telling this story. The tension and build up were perfect. Each crumb dropped, each touch brought to life, each decision given its proper weight. The author was able to show, through Theo’s, eyes the aristocrats so clearly, their rich high-born man attitude that it felt as though we were learning it from that character.
The whole story is told from Theo’s POV and not once did I feel the need to have it switch. There was one hot as blazes almost sex scene and although I would have LOVED to see the actual deed - because if they were that hot in a dream can you imagine in real life? - the story had this constant sexual tension that it was not less of a story to have not had that climax (pun intended).
For a short story, it was amazing. For any length story, it was amazing. I will definitely be checking out more of this author's work!
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