True Confessions Of A History Geek
by Jae T. Jaggart
Confession time. I’m a history geek, but I love reading m/m historical romance as much as non-fiction histories. If I could time travel my first stop-off point would be the Victorian era. I just love it. It’s at that perfect point where the history is fascinating, the clothes incredible (hello Pinterest!), but in certain ways they had a level of modernity we’d recognize and regard as essential. For the fortunate, there was something close to modern plumbing. Heaven 🙂 Not to mention, towards the later Victorian era, the telephone was appearing. Even better!
So when I decided to write Objects Of His Obsession, which is set in England in 1898-1899, with detours to Paris and Cairo, I wanted to write a book that while the history wasn’t swamping every page, was there as a real backbone.
As a reader as much as writer, what I look for is a devouring experience. The one where it doesn’t matter if it’s two in the morning, you just have to keep turning those pages.
Writing Objects Of His Obsession, I wanted to convey a sense of the relentless heat and intensity tying together two wildly different men. Evander, a duke, with all the dynastic and social responsibilities that title entails, still needed Ben’s emotional stability and honesty. And Benedict’s twin obsessions were both long standing – Evander, who fascinates him on so many levels, and Egyptology.
The two are opposites, for whom it had been love, lust – or lightning – at first sight at university, years before.
Writing about those guys, I really did love them and others in their world. Evander, the epitome of cool, of sexual sophistication and Benedict … hell, he’d fit in now as a sweet, obliviously sexy genius nerd.
I’ve had readers ask if I’m going to write another m/m historical romance, and damn, yeah! I also know where I’d take a second story in the Obsessions world, which would be great fun.
I’ve included a short, turning-point excerpt here from Objects Of His Obsession:
“You’re so… You tear me apart, Evander,” he managed thickly. “Every moment since Harkenstorn I haven’t been able to get this out of my mind. Before then it was … not real. My foolishness. But once we’d had that night together … you took me apart and remade me.”
Evander was very still. And then he turned his head to look at Benedict.
“You think that night left me unmarked?” he asked softly.
“I don’t know.”
At the raw vulnerability in Benedict’s face that lush, carnal mouth curled.
“You marked me, Ben. Believe me. Your mark was already there. You branded it deeper.”
About Objects Of His Obsession
Lord Benedict Yeats has two obsessions.
One of which has a definite pulse – the seductive and beautiful Evander St John, Duke of Casterwell. A man he has a certain history with.
A man who tells Benedict that he has spent too long amongst sand and dead things. He might not be wrong. Casterwell’s world is one of sexual sophistication and games that Benedict cannot hope to match.
But when Benedict returns from working on a famous dig in Cairo, Casterwell invites him to a country house party that will change his life. An Egyptologist of growing renown, Benedict will also catalogue the famous Casterwell collection of antiquities.
And almost certainly, will become one of Casterwell’s string of lovers. But will he be the one to break through that glittering façade? Or will the scars of Casterwell’s dark, bloody past and his complex and fiercely deceptive private life tear them apart?
Warning: Contains two men wildly obsessed, a lust too long denied, hot m/m sex between a naive Egyptologist and one very determined duke, and absolutely no cursed tombs. Approx. 56,000 words.
About Jae T. Jaggart
Jae T. Jaggart has been an artist, a web designer, and has worked as a cook (with varying results). She writes wicked hot erotic romance set in wild imagined worlds where dominant, fiercely alpha characters finally meet their match (and love it). She also loves tatts, film and fast cars. A shallow trio, but she’s also a total history geek.
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Don’t forget to check out Heather C’s review of Objects Of His Obsession to see what she thought of it!