Author ~ M.J. O’Shea
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 1st May 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Every gentleman has something to hide.
Meeting Heath Blackwood, a gorgeous English farmer, is probably the most exciting thing to ever happen to small-town landscaper Theo Brody, who has lived in quiet Maplehurst, New Hampshire, all his life. The sexy and secretive Brit shakes the foundations of his orderly world as they are swept up in a springtime romance neither can resist.
But Heath’s secrets run deeper than Theo ever imagined. He’s actually Heathcliff Pierrepont Blackwood, Duke of Kingston, in hiding from recent death threats. Suddenly there’s more separating them than the Atlantic Ocean, and Theo doubts he’ll ever fit in with English nobility. Though Heath and Theo are opposites in almost every way, their love might bridge the gap—if they’re willing to take the risk.
Molly’s Book Brief
This was a really sweet romance between Theo Brody, small town bartender, and Heath Blackwood, exiled Duke from Yorkshire, England, now hiding out in Maplehurst, New Hampshire.
Their first meeting was anything but romantic. Theo finds the stranger hot and digs his accent, but his insults of American beer and Theo himself, turn him off completely. They turn to hilarious verbal sparring and trading insults for their first couple of encounters to cover their simmering attraction and I had fun reading it. When they begin to learn about each other, the verbal sparring changes to talking in the café for hours, sparking the small town’s interest in their budding friendship.
Theo is a sweetheart and I liked him immediately. The entire town looks after the guy. He works in the evenings at the local bar and runs his own lawn care business during the day. He’s the only gay guy in town until the British hottie shows up.
Heath could be an ass, but he’s not. He’s from a small town, too, and he gets the place where he’s hiding out. Sure, he’d rather be on his own farm, and he doesn’t give a good first impression, but we get to know him for the person and not just the Duke that he is.
I’m used to reading stories where they jump into bed together for hot sex, and then the romance buds from that, but this started off with just a tiny spark and then simmered with sexual tension until none of us, including Theo and Heath could take it any longer. I had so much fun getting to know both of them as they did, and their first kiss? Smokin’ hot.
I adored this slow sizzling romance that simmered until tiny bubbles threatened the boiling point. It was delicious. We got the hotness and sweetness and a little bit of adventure. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys, well, romance. It’s a good one.
Meet M.J. O’Shea
M.J. O’Shea has never met a music festival, paintbrush, or flower crown she can stay away from. She loves rainstorms and a perfect cup of tea, beach days, music, bright colors, and more than anything a cozy evening with a really great book.
She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she still lives there and loves it, M.j. has the heart of a wanderer. So she puts all her dreams of far off places and extraordinary people in her books. Except for every once in a while when she does what all travelers have to do on occasion… come home.