MISSION OF PLEASURE (DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA #1)
Yes – another Keira Andrews book review! No, she’s not paying me. Just a weird coincidence in my reading habits.
The Station is an historical gay romance beginning in England in 1833, and taking the characters on an epic journey to Australia. It tells the story of Colin Lancaster, a high-born young man whose future involves studying at Cambridge University and marriage to a woman his parents deem suitable. The trouble is, Colin doesn’t want to marry a woman. He’s been lusting after the family’s stable master, Patrick Callahan for years, and his life in the closet does nothing but make him miserable. Everything changes when Patrick is caught with another man and, given that homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death in England at that point, Colin ends up speaking in his defence to try and save him. Unfortunately, his plan backfires and both men end up on a prison ship, transporting them to the Australian Outback. Stuck in a miserable and dangerous situation, the two men must stick together, especially when they get an exciting opportunity once they reach Australia.
This is possibly one of my favourite Keira Andrews books. She excels at writing unique stories in unique settings – and time periods, in this case, so no two of her books feels the same. The characters in this novel were just brilliant, so different, and yet so perfect for each other. I was rooting for them all along, particularly during the hairiest bits of the story – this one has moments which will keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as melting your heart. Another book that’s easy to recommend to gay historical romance fans. Check it out.
At sound check, Blackwood was nowhere to be found.
“We’ve been down this road already, but never with him,” Benton said quietly, standing next to Henry at the pedal steel. “Terry always had his shit more or less together, but now it’s like he thinks he needs to turn into Dell.” He sighed and shook his head. “Fucking Dell. He was a genius, yeah, but he was not a functional person. People acted like it was romantic or something. People who didn’t know him. He was exhausting to be around. You never knew what kind of mood he’d be in. Terry was the only one who knew how to handle him.”
Millie, now married to James, is taking her delayed honeymoon on the Riviera, and her lover, Benita, has accompanied them. Millie’s attitude towards her has changed, and even though their affair is still as intense as ever, and now plumbs new depths of depravity—as she watches husband and wife together—Benita begins to wonder if Millie actually loves her as much as she thought, or if, as she feared, marriage has changed her. Her emotions in turmoil, Benita is plunged into a world of doubt as things prove harder for her to accept than she thought. In the midst of her anxiety though, she soon begins to wonder if the tales of James are true, and he is more of a womaniser than Millie knows.
About Angels of Istanbul
Wallachian nobleman Radu is recently arrived in Bucharest with his vampire parents. Welcomed as an eligible bachelor, he’s introduced to the enchantress Ecaterina, whose salon is Bucharest’s centre of magical expertise.
But when Ecaterina’s brother dies of a mysterious new plague, it’s clear to Radu that his parents have not been idle. Soon Bucharest is in the grip of an undead epidemic—a less than ideal time for Ottoman Sultan Mahmud, Wallachia’s overlord, to call Bucharest’s nobility to assemble their armies in Istanbul for a holy war against Britain.