by Silvia Violet
Release Date: January, 2017
Genre: Historical M/M
1777 New York City
The American colonists are fighting for their independence, but the battlefield is not the only place to wage war. When General Washington’s head of intelligence asks Captain Jack West to spy on the British in New York, Jack agrees, despite reservations about this ungentlemanly pursuit.
Jack’s contact in the city recruits bookshop owner Elias Ashfield, an impeccably dressed sensualist who flaunts his desire for both men and women and seeks a place in high society. Jack longs for a simple life guided by clear principles. Eli is a risk-taker who knows how to get what he wants. And he wants Jack in his bed.
Events in Jack’s past have made him fearful of acting on his secret craving for a man’s touch, but Eli intrigues Jack as much as he infuriates him. As Jack and Eli search for the information the rebel army needs, they realize there’s more between them than mere lust. But finding a way to be together may prove more difficult than defeating the British Empire.
This is a story about the honorable Captain Jack West and the scoundrel Elias Ashfield. When Jack got his leg injured he was task to spy on the British, which he deemed the assignment totally humiliating. He rather face the bullet in a battle like a gentleman rather than spying on the enemies for information.
While working as a reluctant spy/informant, Jack met Mrs Sullivan and Mr. Elias. Mrs. Sullivan is a woman he grow to admire, while Mr. Elias prove to be a sinful temptation.
On the romance part, I felt that Jack and Elias lack the emotional connection. They seems to be attracted to each other simply because they met their fellow sodomite. They even sense each other inclination during the first meeting. On the professional front, they doesn't seems to get along and Jack keep resisting Elias blatant flirtation. But too many times, Jack just flip a switch and succumb to his desire without any build up. I'm also rather disappointed that I didn't get to see them being committed to each other. Jack is too much of a coward to form a relationship, while Elias did try to fight for them, but in the end he also decided to move on.
On thing I didn't expect is for this book to have an unresolved ending. The couple got a HFN and the war is nowhere near done. It sounds like there is more to Mrs. Sullivan, but since I read this because is a m/m, I'm not really invested in her character.
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.