Reviewed by Heather C
Title: A Minor Inconvenience
Author: Sarah Granger
Heroes: Hugh & Theo
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 66, 165
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Duty, honor, propriety…all fall in the face of love.
Captain Hugh Fanshawe returned from the Peninsular War with a leg that no longer works properly, thanks to a French musket ball. Now his fight against Napoleon is reduced to quiet, lonely days compiling paperwork at Horse Guards headquarters.
His evenings are spent dutifully escorting his mother and sister to stifling social engagements, where his lameness renders him an object of pity and distaste. But his orderly, restricted life is thrown into sudden disarray with the arrival of Colonel Theo Lindsay.
Theo is everything Hugh is not—a man of physical perfection and easy yet distinguished address. Surprisingly to Hugh, Theo appears to be interested in making his acquaintance. Lindsay turns out to be a most convivial companion, and Hugh finds great pleasure in his company. Their friendship deepens when they become lovers.
In spite of himself, Hugh falls desperately in love. But when a French spy is suspected at Horse Guards, Hugh discovers nothing is as it seems…and the paper he shuffles from day to day could be the instrument of his lover’s death.
Contains gallant English officers in love, dastardly French spies, skintight pantaloons (sometimes on the floor) and gleaming tasseled Hessians.
This was WONDERFUL!
I must say that this was not at all what I expected! For some reason I went into this thinking it would be all war/military drama…and it wasn’t!! (I’m certain I only skimmed the blurb months ago when I pre-ordered.) Captain Hugh Fanshawe, thats the MC, received a crippling injury to his leg while away at war, leaving him confined to a desk doing paperwork at Horse Guards. Since his injury strikes him from the list of “eligible bachelors”, he spends his evenings escorting his mother around the ton and keeping an eye on the reputation of his little sister. So the first half of the book revolves around those happenings.
Hugh first notices Colonel Theo Lindsay, thats the love interest, at one of those parties, and later runs into him again when Hugh accidentally walks into a brothel. But when Theo shows up at Horse Guards where Hugh works, Theo invites Hugh out to spend the evening with him…as friends of course. Hugh is entirely uncomfortable with situation because he fears he will not be able to hide his attraction to Theo. Of course that doesn’t last long and the two men quickly move from friends to lovers…all the while Theo is inserting himself into the affairs of Hugh’s family and his job. And that leads to the little twisty, conspiracy plot that takes place in the second half of the book…
So for the first half, I was meandering along…reading about all of Hugh’s sister’s drama and watching Hugh and Theo get all comfy together, falling in love. Then the rug gets yanked out from underneath me! I mean, I was suspecting more was going on, but it wasn’t THAT! (No, I’m not telling, but it was totally NOT what I expected.)
So what did I love about this book? Because I definitely loved it!
♥ The Setting: I swear, Sarah Granger has penned a beautiful romance here with the backdrop of the horrors of the Peninsular War and the shallowness of Britain’s high society.
♥ Hugh: I loved his innocence and the whole hearted commitment he makes to the things and people he loves.
♥ Theo: Of course I loved him too. He deserved forgiveness and I loved how tender he was with Hugh.
♥ The Mystery: It was a 120 degree turn from what I was expecting to happen. And the twists kept coming all the way up to the very end.
♥ The Ending: Its what I consider a perfect HFN ending…I get the feeling of completion, yet know Hugh and Theo could have more story to tell.
Easily recommended to all historical romance lovers.
Overall Impression: I Loved It!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*