Title: Redeeming the Stepbrother
Series: Tales From St. Giles #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Truus
Family can be a blessing and a curse, but for artist Florian, it’s a nightmare he longs to escape.
As chief designer for Bartholomew Artist Porcelain, Florian specializes in painting birds. He also watches them in the wild to distract himself from his short-tempered mother, at least temporarily. Florian’s heart is too soft to leave his stepsister, Ella, to suffer alone. Still, he can’t help dreaming about one day finding happiness and love.
When Count Dieter von Hollenbach arrives in town to visit a friend and present an award, he isn’t looking for romance. Then again, he doesn’t expect someone as perfect as Florian to come into his life. To make sure Florian is all he seems and that their connection is genuine, Dieter keeps his title to himself.
But he isn’t the only one with a secret.
At a masquerade ball to celebrate the award, some of the masks fall away, but those that remain in place could destroy the love beginning to grow between them.
I don't know precisely why but when I read a story from this author it's always a good one. Maybe because it always has a refreshing concept, with a positive view of life and, for me, a satisfying end.
Florian is an artist... working at the Bartholomew Artis Porcelain as a designer, specialized in painting birds. In his spare time, he can be found between the reeds with a camera to spot birds. It gives him an escape from home where he lives with his choleric mother, his pestering brother, and his soft spot sister and she is the only reason he is still living there. His dream is to find a loving partner for life. With a family like his, who takes most of his time, it's not an easy job.
Stuck in the mud between the reeds Dieter finds more than the birds he loves, a gorgeous man. Surprisingly enough they meet again through work and the click is instant, only Dieter is from Europe and will return soon.
Unexpected events are playing against Florian and his hope for a free future.
This story told from Florian's pov, is told with many different emotions. From grief, jealousy, and no progress to friendship, love, and perspective. The environments where the journey takes place are particular. The course of the story was surprising, the angst thankfully bearable. Florian and Dieter… their personalities were well developed and their relationship steady and sweet, thank goodness for the friends who helped them out. The pleasant way how the story is written was just great!
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