Book Reviews

Mending Him by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon at Samhain Publishing

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 09-September-2014

Book Blurb

As his world collapses, love opens his heart.

Robbie Grayson has always felt like a bit of an outsider in the Chester family, though he’s related by blood. An orphan taken in at a young age, he is further set apart by a limp inflicted by a childhood illness.

Nevertheless, he’s content enough with his quiet country life—until a mercurial wastrel named Charles Worthington explodes into it. And Robbie is assigned to play nursemaid to an invalid with an attitude.

Injured in a carriage accident, Charles arrives at the Chester estate drunk as a lord and with empty pockets. Despair consumes him as his broken body slowly heals, but the kindness of quiet, thoughtful Robbie saves him from drowning in self-pity.

Over chess matches and conversation, these polar opposites challenge each other to break out of old patterns, until desire burns through the thin veneer of pure friendship. Yet their passion could destroy the family bonds they value so highly. Especially when someone catches wind of their relationship—and threatens blackmail.

Product Warnings: This book contains hot man-on-man lovin’ between not-quite kissin’ cousins.


Book Review

“The heart wants what it wants, it forces us to act when reason dictates otherwise, it tears down walls, breaches boundaries…and for better or for worse, it leads us places that the head would never go.” ~ Erin Karpluk/Erica Strange

Since coming to live at his cousin's manor, Robbie Grayson, of 'Mending Him' by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon, has felt like someone outside looking in. Even so, Robbie tries to do the best he can to show his gratitude for their generosity; but when the eldest son comes back from his travels, seemingly to take his rightful place, Robbie is relegated to a position just above that of the servants. Robbie is hurt by being tossed aside so easily after working so hard, but he understands how things work and tries to manage his disappointment with dignity. When a drunk scoundrel arrives in the form of a destitute cousin named Charles, Robbie is not impressed, but Charles is injured and needs a place to recover from an accident. Robbie, much to his dismay, is given the task of caring for him. What appears to be a curse in the beginning may turn out to be a blessing instead.

Robbie is a good, honest man, who, at times, has a wicked sense of humor. Even though it's not the interior design career he craves, he's resolved to his place in life, in spite of the disappointment he faces when his apprenticeship ends because he's needed back at the house. It's difficult for Robbie to lie, which ends up complicating his world when being truthful is unwise. At first, Robbie dreads the thought of taking care of Charles and is negatively influenced by the atrocious first impression he makes; but as Robbie gets to know him, he realizes that Charles is much more than he appears to be. Robbie is stirred by feelings which, until now, he's been able to suppress. Loving a man is the late 1800s is unacceptable at best and unlawful at worst; In spite of this, Robbie still falls in love with Charles. Even though it seems highly unlikely that they could ever be together, Robbie still dreams of being with Charles. Complicating things even further, Robbie and Samuel have never ever gotten along; but they come to a stalemate when he realizes that Robbie also holds information which would reflect unfavorably on Samuel as well.

Charles is a spoiled brat whose casual and irresponsible way of life has drained all of his riches and left him at the mercy of his cousin Philip. Being dependent upon someone else for his most basic needs is almost unbearable and Charles becomes melancholy and embarrassed. He's so used to his money being able to buy anything, that without it he's bereft. His immobility frustrates Charles, but his dependency eventually gives him a certain amount of humility. It gives Charles time to reflect upon his life before his accident, and he's ashamed at what he sees. Robbie's attitude toward people inspires Charles to aspire to be a better person. Charles also desires Robbie and, although he doesn't expect to, falls in love with him. Although they have to be secretive, being together at the estate is one thing; thinking about living outside of that cocoon is frightening and seems nearly impossible, but Charles is determined to find a way.

This is a great historical romance, written in the language of the times, adding credibility and authenticity to the plot. It's well-written, with interesting characters, and a few unexpected plot changes, which kept my interest. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys a historical romance, passionate men, and true love overcoming almost impossible obstacles. Thanks, Bonnie and Summer, for the highly entertaining story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 60789 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-September-2014
Price $5.50 ebook
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