The way society accepts alternative lifestyles today is really brought home in this read. Set in an alternative universe that is close to our Victorian Era, steampunk is a way of life. But alternative relationships are not. And so begins our tale of two men in love and the woman who makes everything perfect.
I really enjoyed the steampunk aspect, and have never indulged before. The author just casually mentioned these devices and constructs that are everyday in this world and so they seemed, well, normal. As to the romance that is slowly nurtured between Sarah, Archer and Warren that was hot and steamy and, if I may say, totally believable. The restrictions placed on poor Sarah by society and her responsibility to her father were momentarily shed when she was with her men and the light that shone from her joy is part of what entranced both men. Although she caught Archer’s attention first, Warren was smitten as well after his first meeting.
So Archer was a little sneaky in how he got Sarah to spend time with him and Warren; he had nothing on the villain in the story who was a good example of how I envision a Victorian bad guy. With excitement wrapping up all the intrigue, I was very satisfied with this read and will not hesitate to dip my toes into unfamiliar genres again. Especially if written by this author.
Sequel to Rescue by Ruin.
Sarah Rigdon is desperate. Penniless with taxes due, she can either beg mercy from the ruthless tax collector or turn to the last man she wants to ask for help. Archer Latimer stirs desires no proper lady would ever admit to. Though their meetings always end in quarrels, she can’t deny the heat between them. When he agrees to help, Sarah thinks her luck has turned. But she should have known nothing with Archer is ever easy.
Archer and his lover Warren Dorvee have spent years searching for the right woman to complete their family. Both believe luscious Sarah is the one and now have a chance to pursue her. After all, the price of Archer’s help is for Sarah to pose for Warren’s latest painting. Nude.
But trust has to be earned and a crisis in London threatens their love. The three must navigate through lust, lies and secrets or risk being torn apart forever.
Inside Scoop: Contains m/m, GLBT and ménage.
A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave