Christopher Allwyne, Duke of Bellwood, stood to inherit a vast fortune. Still reeling from the loss of his parents and most recently, his Aunt Polly, the Duchess of Bellwood, the young noble found himself traveling in the dark of night to oversee Her Grace's funeral proceedings and to attend the reading of his aunt's will. Along the way, his carriage suffers a devastating accident, and a dark stranger comes to his aid and rescue. The Marquis Evan de Lombard, rich French nobleman, takes an instant interest in the handsome Christopher. Sharing a wicked encounter shortly after meeting, things look promising as love blooms between them. That is, until the Marquis reveals his true identity and purpose. Once Christopher knows the truth, will he ever be able to forgive Evan and love him, despite the man's indiscretions? Torn apart by dishonesty, can love win out over betrayal and rise to the occasion, reuniting them for a lifetime of happiness? The cost for true love could be a price neither one is willing to pay.
I was very curious to read this mm/historical book because the author decided to put aside two very important factors. First, that being homosexual was unthinkable and punished by death and second that a man born out of wedlock could inherit a title. A kind of alternate Georgian time period.
Well in my opinion it was a big mistake ! It led to the most flat and boring story I have ever read. I am not saying that it is badly written, only that it robbed this story of any danger, excitement or interest.
Another major problem is that I didn't feel any true chemistry between the two men, lust for sure, and if you add the fact that they jumped into bed much too early, bad beginning. The story was very predictable from start to finish, no surprises at all.
The character of the Marquis Evan de Lombard was not so bad and rather believable, but Christopher Allwyne, Duke of Bellwood, was spineless, unable to decide anything and I couldn't imagine him, for one minute, working as an attorney. Many times I thought he could have been replaced by a female character; once or twice his reactions and behavior felt simply wrong for a man. The fact that Evan could put a claim to the title despite his birth made the story much too easy.
I give this book a 2/5.
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