Thursday, December 21, 2017

Book Brief: The Mistletoe Kiss by Ruby Moone

themistletoekissTitle ~ The Mistletoe Kiss

Author ~ Ruby Moone

Publisher ~ JMS Books 

Published ~ 9th December 2017

Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance, Holiday





Widowed bookseller Lawrence Fenton has spent a lonely lifetime hiding who he is. He has convinced himself his feelings for his far too young, gorgeous, but troubled assistant Christy Shaw are nothing more than pride in his protégé and concern for his plight.
Christy’s life involves walking fine lines: one between his mother and his abusive stepfather, one where he must keep his needs hidden, and hardest of all, one where he must keep his feelings for his serious employer to himself.
Lame since birth, Lawrence cannot imagine anyone wanting him, least of all Christy. But when Christy’s life threatens to spiral out of control, Lawrence steps in. Then Christy’s emotions spill over into a kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas. Will Lawrence be able to face the long-buried truth about himself and keep Christy by his side?


Freya’s Book Brief

Set in the early 1800’s, Mr. Christy Shaw was seeking employment after serving in the Napoleonic Wars. Mr. Lawrence Fenton is the disabled bookstore owner who takes him in. Given the era and the protocols of society, neither believed they had a chance with the other. Christy’s home life is a marked difference from the gentlemanly conduct of the bookshop. It is a surprise to both how a piece of mistletoe changes everything for them.

The author has captured the good and the ugly of the era in this short story. Christy returned from serving in the infantry to find his father dead and his mother marrying a widower with six small children. Christy is not welcome, and once married his stepfather demonstrates it with his fists. Mr. Fenton was born with a deformed hip, made all the worse by age and bad weather. His kindness and their shared love of books brings the two men together. The contrast of the cold home life and the warm, cosy bookstore are nicely done. I could almost taste the atmosphere.

I can’t say too much because as this is a short story, it would give away too many spoilers. But, it was easy to like Mr. Fenton for his kindness. The same can be said of Mr. Shaw for his enthusiasm and protectiveness. The story arc contained propriety, varying degrees of drama, doubt, understanding, and love. The slow burn between the men is delightful. And I was pleased to see the author touched on but didn’t linger, on the backstreet stenches etc.

The story is told in the third person. Its excellent spacing and typeface made for easy reading, but the story isn’t grammatically great. The range of characters and the emotions created were perfect for the Christmas and historical genre.

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Meet Ruby Moone 

RubyMooneMy name is Ruby Moone and I love books. All kinds of books. My weakness is for romance, and that can be any kind, but I am particularly fond of historical and paranormal. I decided to write gay romance after reading some fantastic books and falling in love with the genre, so am really thrilled to have my work published here. The day job takes up a lot of my time, but every other spare moment finds me writing or reading. I live in the north west of England with my husband who thinks that I live in two worlds. The real world and in the world in my head...he probably has a point!



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