When a storm is brewing, taking shelter could be the most dangerous move of all.
One careless, public sign of affection cost Daniel Pierce’s lover his life at the hands of a hate-filled mob. Grief-stricken, Daniel retreated from society to a sheep farm in the wilds of the north. Years later, Gregory Tobin erupts into his solitary life.
Sent to confirm the existence—or the death—of the Pierce family’s lost heir, Tobin isn’t sure he’s found the right man. The gruff, shaggy hermit calling himself Jacob Bennet bears little resemblance to photographs of the younger Pierce. Tobin needs more time to study his quarry.
With lambing season in full swing, Daniel grudgingly admits he could use an extra hand. Through a long, exhausting night, they parry back and forth as Tobin probes closer and closer to the truth. And something beyond casual attraction simmers between them.
They come together in a crash of desire, but ultimately Daniel must overcome the terrors of the past to reconcile the man he was with the man he’s becoming—a man capable of loving again.
Warning: Many sexy encounters on a sheep farm—NO, not like THAT!—between two adult males with temperaments as different as night and day.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
Whenever I see the names Dee and Devon I know what I’m getting – a M/M Victorian romance that wraps up the troubled views of the time with emotional romance. This book is no exception, though it adds in Yorkshire and sheep. Lots of sheep.
Those last two things might affect your enjoyment of this tale, but I loved the descriptions of Pierce/Bennet’s life in the north. How he’d created a whole other existence for himself so very different to everything he’d known before. I loved the details of the farming and appreciated Daniel’s need to get away from the world after what he had suffered. I also liked the fact that he’d always been a quiet, reserved sort of man, so the idea of him escaping from everything in such a way wasn’t completely out of character. He’s solid and sad and rather lovely, in a gruff kind of way.
Then there’s Tobin, a completely different sort of man. He’s gregarious and loves ferreting out details, has lived in London all his life and has never spent much time in the country. But he’s also compassionate and just plain gorgeous. His mission might begin as a simple trip to find a missing heir so he can sort out some legal issues in the city, but he swiftly changes his aims when he meets the man in question and starts exploring the mystery of why Pierce/Bennet ran so far in the first place.
This is for the most part quite a quiet tale, spending most of its time on the farm while the men lose sleep over lambs, then over exploring each other. I enjoyed seeing the emotional connection between the two of them deepen, even when their goals seem so at odds. Some aspects of the ending did feel a touch convenient, but to be honest I enjoyed the whole book too much to quibble much.
Looking for a decent M/M historical romance? Like a bit of heat amidst restrained manners? Dee and Devon always deliver – and this one comes with extra lambs! I can’t wait to see what this team come up with next.