Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Lord of Endersley
Author: S.A. Meade
Series: The Endersley Papers #1
Heroes: Jacob Endersley/Marcus Billington
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 161 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Will the passion ignited during a violent uprising survive the rigid confines of Victorian society?
Jacob Endersley is glad to escape the confines of his family home for the exotic and dangerous beauty of India during the glory days of the Raj.
Marcus Billington, an Army officer, is tired of the stifling social mores of life in a British enclave. When the Sepoy Uprising of 1857 leads to chaos and bloodshed, the two men seek the safety of Agra and find refuge in each other.
Once the rebellion is quashed, Jacob returns to England while Marcus remains in India. They have no hope of a future together until Jacob learns that Marcus has returned to England. When they meet again, Marcus makes it clear there can be nothing between them and Jacob returns to Endersley resigned to a solitary life until Marcus arrives out of the blue and then everything changes.
Gah! Another S.A. Meade book that made me cry! Its like the woman knows just what buttons to push to make me grab the tissues.
While on a visit to India during the Spring of 1857, Lord Jacob Endersley gets stuck there during a mutiny of the local people. Captain Marcus Billington comes to Jacob’s rescue and the two travel through the safety of darkness to a refugee camp in Agra. There, they find solace with each other and make every moment last together like there will never be another. When its time for Jacob to return to his home at Endersley, Marcus must continue his tour with the military and the two must say their goodbyes…
I love historicals and I love war stories, but I’m starting to think I don’t really love historical, war stories. The beginning of the book was a little choppy and rough and it took a bit for it to really start flowing smoothly. I don’t know if it was just the Indian setting or some of the verbiage that I had trouble with, but I honestly struggled there for a while. It didn’t take long for me to really feel the connection between Jacob and Marcus…so I soldiered on. The monotony of camp life and the situation they were in was very depressing, and the knowledge that Jacob and Marcus would eventually part was even more depressing.
I TOTALLY cried my eyes out with “the letter”. Then I read it over two more times and cried again!! Then I took a break and did an hour on the treadmill. When I came back to it, Jacob was back at Endersley…and by this point I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! I wanted to choke both their stubborn arses! But oh god the feels!! There was so much passion and tenderness and sweetness…how could I not cheer for Jacob and Marcus’s HEA even when they wouldn’t see to their own happiness? Well, the ending was totally adorable and cute and I’m 99.99% certain that Marcus will never run away again, but there’s still that 0.01%…
I did find myself wanting to know more about Samir… just goes to prove that household servants are never blind, deaf and stupid!
I can’t wait to read little Joshua’s story next!
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*