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Victorian restraint conceals secret passion in the second Lords of Avenleigh novel, when Marcus Avenleigh's brother, Ethan, finds his own forbidden love.
Unlikely attraction has blossomed into love for Alistair Finley and Marcus Avenleigh, and their wedding is drawing near. Unwilling to distract from the celebration, Marcus's brother, Ethan, struggles to hide his secret budding romance with another man. After all, as viscount, he has heirs to consider, and his reputation as a womanizing rakehell to uphold. Especially if he wishes to conceal the truth of his sensual inclinations.
But when Ethan's would-be lover is revealed as none other than Robert Barrington, an earl who shares a complicated history with Marcus, potential scandal ensues. Suddenly caught between family obligation and new love, Ethan must decide whether the risk of discovery will prevent him from pursuing the scorching passion he's found in Robert's arms.
A Gay Historical Romance
From New York Times bestselling author Deidre Knight, writing as Cooper Davis, comes a thrilling new romance series, set in an alternative Victorian world, where gentlemen may openly court and marry fellow noblemen....
Alistair Finley has spent years concealing the truth of his illegitimacy. The bastard son of the late king and half-brother to the man who now occupies the throne, Alistair fears ruination. He has never allowed himself love or companionship. Until he meets the handsome young Lord Marcus Avenleigh.
Marcus has spent two years attempting to gain the notice of the king's shy secretary. Tempting Alistair out of the shadows and into his bed, however, proves a daunting task. The self-proclaimed spinster has made a profession of decorating the wings of every social gala, denying Marcus and every other eligible bachelor a formal introduction.
When Lady Elsevier's annual ball presents a daring moment, Marcus invites Alistair to waltz. What Marcus can't know is that his would-be paramour has chosen drink and the life of a lonely bachelor above ever risking his heart, or his king's own reputation.He’s bound in lies and secrecy, and the past must never, ever be revealed...
Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart…
In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty.
Now that his wife is dead and his royal obligations are at an end, he’s ready to take an unthinkable risk. King Arend seeks a concubine from Temple Sapphor, a secretive, gated world where he will finally shed his virginity—as least as it pertains to making love to a man.
Julian never thought he’d spend ten years on the temple shelf, passed over again and again. Just when he despairs of ever finding placement in a nobleman’s bed, Arend walks into the temple. A lonely eyed, beautiful king who could easily steal his heart.
Arend discovers he has no problem opening his bed to the exquisite concubine. The problem lies in finding the key to his long-shuttered heart.
Warning: Contains a beautiful, virgin king desperate to bed another man, a concubine who fantasizes about being claimed and revered by a strong monarch, and a sea of scandal set against a sensual, palatial backdrop.