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The Replacement Husband by Eliot Grayson at Smoking Teacup Books

Genre Gay / Historical / Regency / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-January-2019

Book Blurb

Goddess-blessed Owen Honeyfield is destined to enjoy perfect good fortune. The arrival of handsome and eligible Tom Drake in his country town appears to be the latest manifestation, and Tom’s whirlwind proposal is the fulfillment of Owen’s desires. When his betrothal takes a disastrous turn, Owen is left heartbroken and at the mercy of Arthur, Tom’s disapproving elder brother. His reputation ruined and his bright future shattered, Owen must choose between loneliness and a marriage of convenience, with love no longer in reach.

Arthur Drake has always taken responsibility for Tom’s scandalous behavior, but this time is worse — it isn’t just the family name at stake, but his own happiness. When Tom’s impulsive selfishness threatens to ruin the lives of everyone involved, Arthur has only one honorable choice. He'll need to repair the damage Tom has done and fight for his chance at love, knowing all the while he may never be able to take Tom’s place in Owen’s heart.

Book Review

“If someone wants to be in your life they will make an effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.” ~Marc and Angel Hack Life

In a historical setting with a few twists, Owen Honeyfield, of ‘The Replacement Husband’ by Eliot Grayson, is wandering through the moors near his home when he falls and is badly injured. Fortunately two men, Arthur Drake and his brother, Tom, happen by to help him. When he’s recovered, his mother invites the two men over to be properly introduced to ‘the damsel in distress’ whom they rescued which gives Owen the opportunity to thank them.

Being young and inexperienced, Owen thinks the older brother, Arthur, who is more reserved, does not fit into his definition of a knight in shining armor, swooping in and rescuing him, but Tom is another matter. He is handsome, charming, and Owen is completely taken with him.  Soon, Tom proposes to Owen and he can hardly believe his good luck.  Unfortunately, the engaged couple does not spend much time together. Tom heads off for business in the city right after the proposal. There are only two weeks until their handfasting by the priestesses. Owen is more keenly aware than ever of Tom’s absence, but quick to comfort himself with the fact that he will be back soon and they will languish in wedded bliss.

Arthur is already upset with his brother’s fecklessness and angry at the way he’s treating Owen. When Arthur receives a letter from Tom, saying that he has married a woman whom he got pregnant, Arthur is livid, not only about what Tom has done, but because he is the one who will have to break the news to Owen.

The fashion, customs, etc. in this story suggest that it takes place in the Regency time period, but when Owen talks about being goddess blessed, handfastings, and priestesses, I realized that it had to be set in an alternative world or universe.  Owen definitely plays the traditional wife’s role in their marriage. I do have to say that Arthur and Owen did a good job of frequently setting the sheets on fire. It is different from the historicals I’ve read; this particular approach to a relationship simply didn’t work well for me, but other people may love it just the way it’s written. Thanks, Eliot, for giving Owen and Arthur the life they deserved.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 160 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-January-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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