Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Chasing the Rebel
Author: Tyler Flynn
Heroes: Lord Rothbury/James Lockhart
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 158 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 2, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: France, 1791
Marcus, Lord Rothbury, is on the run. Part of a foiled plot to help King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette escape to Switzerland, he’s searching for the jewels the rebels stole from the queen—jewels that, when sold in England, will buy the monarchs’ freedom and restore the aristocratic order Marcus holds dear.
Pamphleteer James Lockhart publicly condemns the monarchy and has his own plans for the jewels—selling them to help the Parisian poor. But when the two are thrown together against a common adversary, Marcus finds himself increasingly attracted to the impetuous American.
As they hunt for the jewels, Marcus begins to suspect his companion isn’t all he seems. Secretive and changeable, James could be playing a double game, and Marcus can’t be sure who James is fighting against—the enemy, or the man who’s fallen in love with him.
It’s France 1791, Lord Rothbury finds himself trekking across the countryside after the jewels stolen from Queen Marie Antoinette in hopes to bring them to England…his homeland. His trip takes a detour when he runs into his one-night stand, American and pamphleteer, James Lockhart, who has his own plans for the jewels. Rothbury agrees to let Lockhart continue on the journey with him, but it soon turns into one “rescue-Lockhart” mission after another. And even though Rothbury isn’t sure whose “team” Lockhart is really on, he can’t turn away from the feelings he is developing for the troublesome American.
Okay, I have mixed feeling about this book. I mean, I enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t holding my interest like I hoped it would. I even started it three times and stopped after a few pages until I finally forged on. And even then, it took me several days to finish it for such a short book. As I’m sitting here writing my review, I’ve realized that I enjoyed this book more as I’m thinking back on it than I did while I was reading it. I’m afraid this was on of those books that I didn’t appreciate its attributes when I should have.
First of all, the beginning felt like the middle…it’s already past when Rothbury and Lockhart first meet and Rothbury is running through the woods being chased. That may sound like an exciting start, but I was just confused.
Second, it was totally over the top. Like outrageous and not at all believable. I think one of the biggest details that bothered me was that as they were traveling through the woods, they were always able to see the bad guys, but the bad guys were never able to see them. So I just couldn’t imagine that in my head. But once I got over that, I think I was able to enjoy it a bit more.
Third, I didn’t really buy into the “love story” and I didn’t feel the connection between Lockhart and Rothbury. We only get Rothbury’s POV, so we never know what Lockhart is really thinking, which is fine because I think that helped amp up the suspense, but I think it hindered the romance. Even so, I still really liked the differences between the two characters: Rothbury and his quiet, seriousness and Lockhart with his bold flirtations. I can see how it worked for them in the end, but it took me a while to catch on.
“But it strikes me that in that case you only have two alternatives. Firstly, marry and give up men. And secondly, give up marrying and stick to men.” He winked. “I would be willing to help you should you choose the latter course.” ~ James Lockhart
Lastly, I loved the ending! It really had duped there for a bit and it certainly wasn’t predictable. The final scene was just perfect and exactly how I wanted it to end!
Overall, a mostly well written adventure that fell a bit short on the romance.
Overall Impression: It Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*