After three years abroad on an arduous expedition, Maximilian is happy to be home, where he can pursue his private studies in peace and enjoy not living in a dusty tent. He is also glad he has arrived in time to attend his twin sister’s wedding in a few months, and to finally meet her fiancé, Kelcey.
Instead he arrives home to be accosted by his sister’s furious fiancé, who wants to know where she has run off to and why. When they confirm the wedding is most definitely canceled, Max has no choice but to fulfill the runaway clause in the marriage contract: he must find Kelcey a new spouse.
And if that was not enough to manage, there is also the matter of the people his sister angered when she vanished…
Review: This was such a terrific book. I loved the old world feel, the 1800’s vibe. I loved the fact that gay men being together openly was accepted. I loved that two men could get married and no one blinked an eye about it. So cool. I wish that reality was like that.
Max is a man that always seems to live in the shadow of his vibrant vivacious sister. She is the one that can do what she wants and can get away with it, and he’s the one that no one understands because he’s a scientist and enjoys being alone with his work. He’s a secret romantic and wants someone to love him for him. He wants to be seen and not be compared to his sister.
Kelcey is a man that has been treated very unfairly due to circumstance that weren’t even his fault. He has learned to survive on his own and to depend on no one but himself. He wants people to see him and not what his family represents.
These are two lonely men whom no one understands and yet some how, they find each other. The circumstances that they find each other in is not ideal, but they go with it and learn to adapt.
OK, so when I saw this book that was up for review, I was intrigued with a man being the replacement for his sister’s fiancé. I know that he’s supposed to help find a replacement, but I like thinking that he was supposed to be the replacement. Changes the flavor when you think about it that way huh? It was a fast entertaining read. There is lots of debauchery and having an open mind is key with this book. I don’t want to give too much away as I don’t want to ruin the book, but lets just say that these characters aren’t afraid of their sexuality and love to love. Love it or hate it, that’s the way the book goes.
I didn’t realize that this was number 5 in a series of books. I saw on Amazon that this book was a series. Don’t worry, each book is a stand alone and you don’t have to read the other books to understand the story.
I looked at her website and she has an extensive back list and they all look good. Something to look forward to.