Reviewed by Heather C
Title: One Indulgence
Author: Lydia Gastrell
Series: Indulgence #1
Heroes: Henry Cortland/Richard Avery
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 252 Pages
Publisher: Loose ID
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Available at: Loose ID, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Henry Cortland, the Earl of Brenleigh, comes to London to fulfill his duty and take a wife, he also decides to first fulfill his most secret and suppressed desires. He wants to spend just one night with a man. A sultry encounter with a handsome stranger surpasses all his hopes, leaving him certain that he will live off the memories for the rest of his life.
Lord Richard Avery has grown tired of his endless string of casual relationships, yet an argument with his lover sends him right into the arms of a total stranger. But Henry is not like any lover he has ever had, and the attraction between them is more than physical. Richard wants more, but can their mutual attraction overcome Henry’s family obligations and sense of duty? Can Richard convince him to follow his heart rather than the demands of family and title?
I just love a good M/M regency romance! Even though I HATE the ton, I love this time period where the only things important are self image and social relationships.
I’m not going to rehash, the blurb…it does a good job setting up the story, but One Indulgence is your typical gay regency with all the common happenings:
- Man has responsibility to provide an heir
- Man visits brothel
- Man falls for another man
- Man denies love for other man
- Man is betrothed to other man’s sister
- Man comes to his senses and they all live happily ever after
…think of classic “Ava March” without all the kinks…
So, I don’t think the story actually provides anything new to historical romance, yet I loved every minute of it!
- The first 20% was VERY sexually intense! Ohmygod! The whole secret identity-first-time-virgin bit hit all my buttons. And the chemistry between Henry and Richard was spot on.
- It would have been too easy to dislike both Henry and Richard; they both had their faults and made stupid decisions. But it was those imperfections that had me loving them so much…screwing up and then having to fix their screw ups. It did get angsty there for a bit, and I wanted to slap Henry VERY hard…but he was able to redeemed himself nicely.
- It should have been hard for me to believe that Henry and Richard loved each other after only one night together and with all the mistrust, but somehow the author made me believe it. I’m such a sucker.
“What I am going to do is simple,” Richard continued. “I am going to win you.”
“W-what?” Henry balked.
“I am going to win you. Convince you.”
Henry shuddered as Richard leaned against him, his warm lips grazing over Henry’s ear. “I am gong to court you, Lord Brenleigh.”
- There were so many great secondary characters that were hard for me not to love…like Anne, Julian and even Sam. (I NEVER saw that twist with Sam coming!) I did think it was odd to get some of their POVs at random times, but somehow it worked. Now I can’t wait for Julian and Sam to get a HEA. My question is: Will Julian and Sam get a HEA together?
In the end, nothing new, but I’m one who could still read this same story over and over again. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this series!
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*