Book Reviews

For Men Like Us by Brita Addams at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Warriors/Soldiers / Rent Boys/Escorts/Porn Stars / Erotic Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-October-2012

Book Blurb

After Preston Meacham’s lover dies trying to lend him aid at Salamanca, hopelessness becomes his only way of life. Despite his best efforts at starting again, he has no pride left, which leads him to sell himself for a pittance at a molly house. The mindless sex affords him his only respite from the horrors he witnessed.

The Napoleonic War left Benedict Wilmot haunted by the acts he was forced to commit and the torture he endured at the hands of a superior, a man who used the threat of a gruesome death to force Ben to do his bidding. Even sleep gives Ben no reprieve, for he can’t escape the destruction he caused.

When their paths cross, Ben feels an overwhelming need to protect Preston from his dangerous profession. As he explains, “The streets are dangerous for men like us.”



A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

 

Book Review

“Memory is constantly being shaped by our feelings, knowledge and beliefs, so the memories we pull out often look nothing like the individual pieces we put in.” ~ Dr. Sadie Dingfelder

 

Memories can be useful tools, guiding us, helping us learn from the past, but in 'Men Like Us' by Brita Addams, Benedict Wilmot and Preston Meacham put too much credence in their memories. The problem is that memories are not always recalled as events actually happen. Due to this phenomenon, both men suffer unnecessarily, reliving a past which isn't completely valid. 

 

Preston is a sad character. Devastated by his lover's death in the Napoleonic Wars, he can't get his life back together. Because his lover was shot while coming to his aid, he carries a horrendous amount of guilt, which is destroying him. Preston doesn't care what becomes of him anymore. Because of this apathy, he engages in demeaning behavior, partly as a self-punishment. As time goes on, he begins to realize that his  love affair in the war is not as romantic as he remembers, that he's idolized someone who didn't deserve to be held in such high esteem. He loves Ben and greatly appreciates his help. Ben is grateful to have the means to help him, almost embarrassed that he's wealthy, but it gives him the ability to help others like him and Preston.

 

Ben is a kind man, considerate, and terribly guilty about events which took place when he was at war. Ben has a secret that he can't tell Preston, but one which makes him feel responsible for placing him in the position he's presently in. I felt sorry for Ben, because, as good as he seemed to be, I couldn't imagine him doing something so horrendous that Preston wouldn't forgive him. It made my heart ache when he castigated himself. As the secret is revealed to us, I was on pins and needles waiting to see what would happen when Preston learned Ben's secret. Ben and Preston are so well-suited for each other and definitely deserved happiness.

 

Although set in the Regency period, there wasn't a whole lot of history involved, but it did represent a panoramic overview of the time period—manner of speech, customs, dress and mindset. It is suspenseful, well-written in a lyrical style, and moves along at a good, even pace. The characters are exceptionally well-drawn and carried me right along with them, evoking a great deal of emotion. I'd recommend this book to those who want a solid, exciting, intense, passionate, suspenseful story with lots of twists and turns and a very satisfying ending. Thank you, Brita, for the great story about redemption, hope, and love.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 186 pages/43188 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/for-men-like-us-by-brita-addams-5364-b