Author ~ Silvia Violet
Published ~ 17th January 2017
Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance
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.
I often play it safe when choosing which books to read. I've a basic working knowledge of most of the major popular periods of history and there's nothing I like better than sinking comfortably into a story set in a familiar era and using my imagination to dress the characters and furnish their homes. But sometimes it's fun to take the plunge into a completely unknown period and see what happens. That was certainly the case with Revolutionary Temptation. The American Revolution wasn't covered at all at school – we skipped straight from the Restoration to Victorian political history – so my knowledge of the revolt increased by several hundred percent while reading the book. I can attest that not knowing the period makes no difference to how much one might enjoy the story. It was great fun and I'm particularly impressed at how accurately the cover depicts the MCs.
The two main POV characters have wildly differing personalities. Jack is big, earnest, honest and just a bit of a stuffed shirt. Beautiful Elias is too clever for his own good, amoral and sexually voracious. Naturally they strike sparks off each other and Elias makes it a goal to get stolid Jack into bed, initially just because he likes a challenge but later due to genuine affection. But there's a lot more to the story than the relationship. It also goes into some detail about what a long drawn out process spying can be.
In this they are assisted, in fact controlled, by a fascinating female character. Constance is a joy, as amoral and driven as Eli but much less prone to impulse. It was great fun to see their differing methods. Given the assignment to read an enemy's diary Constance would playfully peer over his shoulder while he was distracted by her décolletage, Jack would admire the book, asking about how many pages and was it feint ruled or plain and get his hands on it to 'inspect the binding'. Elias would shag him senseless then go through his desk at leisure while he was still unconscious.
There were some good action scenes, Elias had secrets that were allowed to show bit by bit and Jack had some darkness in his past too. So all in all, an exciting storyline with some interesting characters and plenty to get ones teeth into.
Meet Silvia Violet
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.
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