Book Reviews

Hellion by Lisa Henry at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Historical / Regency / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-September-2015

Book Blurb

Dear Author,

I somehow inherited the care of a brat who either wants me or hates me— it’s hard to tell which. The first is unacceptable, and inappropriate, given our age difference and my status as his guardian (and maybe our genders, depending whether Author chooses “real” historical or an AU in which same sex relationships are accepted); the second I’d gladly deal with until he comes of age and we’re both free. Sending him away to school helped, except for holidays, which he’d come home for, whether I sent for him or not. He’s done with school now, though, and making life difficult for everyone. He’s becoming a hellion. I need to figure out what’s causing him to act out and rein him in, but I’m not sure I can without making things worse. He has me so in knots I don’t know if I want to kiss him, spank him, kiss him and spank him, or send him as far away as possible to save us both. Can you settle things out before we destroy each other?

Photo Description:
A stable. Two men in— but mostly out of— Regency-period clothing are grappling on the straw-covered floor, kissing. The younger man, one leg hooked around the older man, is naked except for his shirt. The older man is mostly clothed, although his breeches are pushed down around his thighs. The older man is on top, and he is definitely in charge of the situation.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

A delightful historical, set in Regency England in the late 19th century, this is the story of Oliver, who inherits a title, some land, and the responsibility for a boy from a great-uncle. The boy, one Simon Cavendish, seems to be more trouble than he is worth, and I loved his antics as much as Oliver’s state of confusion and uncertainty about what to do about his ward. These two rub each other in entirely the wrong way, and their banter was appropriately sharp and aggressive. The language is perfectly suited to the historical setting, and I enjoyed the wording as much as the content of this short story tremendously.

Oliver is unmarried and not exactly poor, so he is very much in demand in London society. Not that he is interested in any of the ladies “on offer”, but he mostly enjoys the balls and social life. Living the other six months on his estate, with the “confounding” Simon not behaving himself and the local reverend badgering him to attend church, Oliver is truly caught between a rock and a hard place.

Simon is a wild child who feels ignored and left to his own devices. He has been sent off to school, which was a useless exercise as far as he is concerned, and now that Oliver lives at the estate for half the year and still ignores him, even though he is nineteen, Simon is disappointed and angry. He is interested in breeding dogs, but nobody else, certainly not his guardian who’d need to lend him the money for expansion, seems willing to listen to his plans.

If you like enemies-to-lovers stories, if two men of different backgrounds and preferences trying to figure out how to relate to each other pique your interest, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of sarcastic sparkle and some wonderfully naughty heat, then you will probably like this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 48 pages/1725 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-June-2015
Price FREE
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