This book had potential that, for me, it didn’t quite measure up to. It’s an historical m/m romance where one of the heroes is recovering from war injuries. He limps. He has little to no experience with men. He is a little naive and very straight laced. Yummy, right?
The problem isn’t with Hugh. Or even with his love interest, Theo. The self assured Rifleman is everything Hugh is not. He is commanding, hale and whole; and he knows what he wants in the bedroom. (Namely Hugh.) There is solid sexual tension between them and I could see the makings of something good between them.
The plot was ok. It follows Hugh as he tries to build a new life for himself after his injury with a desk job in the Horse Guard, which keeps him tangentially attached to the military. Theo is a Rifleman in town to temporarily work with the office. The men hit it off right away and with the story told entirely in Hugh’s POV, we see him question whether Theo can return his growing feelings. (Obviously, he can.) Meanwhile, there is the possibility of a spy in Hugh’s office, a side plot which takes center stage as the book progresses.
I had two major issues. The pacing is really slow, especially in the first half. I had to struggle a little not to skim. The other problem: the love scenes. They were all extremely vague or fade to black. The first time they were together, I had to read it twice to make sure what really happened. Other times, we got a sentence that basically amounted to “and then they did it.” It doesn’t have to be soft-core porn, but I need a little more than that.
As a side note, I also felt like the Emily character was a red herring. I felt like we were building something there, that we never got to. And the ending was kind of HFN, making me wonder how Hugh and Theo could have a real life together when all was said and done.
I didn’t dislike it. But it definitely could have been better.
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A Minor Inconvenience
by Sarah Granger
Release Date: January 14, 2015