Book Review: Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title:  Forever Hold His Peace
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Series: The Crofton Chronicles #3
Heroes: Sebastian Hewel/Anthony Redbourn (Lord Crofton)
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Sebastian Hewel has never been happier. But his life playing the role of his twin sister Bronwyn, the wife of Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, is about to change. Rumors abound that Bronwyn is using witchcraft to enthrall her husband, and false evidence has been found. Practicing witchcraft is a crime that could have Bronwyn brought in for questioning by the sheriff, and that would reveal Sebastian and Anthony’s secret.

Together they must decide whether it is time to lay Bronwyn to rest. Anthony intends to ensure that whoever implicated Bronwyn pays for the treacherous deed. Whatever happens, Sebastian and Anthony must prepare to face an unknown future together.

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Review:

I can’t get enough of Sebastian and Anthony!  But now I must accept that their story has finally reached its HEA.

It has been over two years since “Bronwyn” and Anthony’s wedding, and they’ve been lucky their secret hasn’t been exposed.  Sebastian and Anthony always knew their ploy would someday come to an end, but they hoped it would be on their OWN terms and not forced upon them.  Someone wants Bronwyn out of the way and has gone so far as to attempt to frame “her” for practicing witchcraft…

I must first say I DID NOT like the “framing” plot at all!  It just seemed too easy and underhanded, and once it was revealed who the instigator was, well, it made sense.  But I still didn’t like it.

I LOVED the big, elaborate plan to get rid of Bronwyn…and the even more elaborate plot to get rid of the “bad guy”.  I never wanted to see Bronwyn have to “die”, but I understand that the risk had finally become too great.  And “even though she wasn’t real, what she represented had been.”  There was no question what Anthony and Sebastian meant to each other, not in my mind anyway…

One of my favorite passages:

“Good Lord, no.  Let me rest.”
Anthony rolled away.  Sebastian heard him hunting through his clothes and he returned with a small pouch.  “I want you to have this.  It was made for you–not Bronwyn.”
Sebastian took the pouch and emptied its contents onto the palm of his hand.  A heavy gold ring with a large green stone landed in his hand.  “This is too much!”
Anthony took it and slid it onto the index finger of Sebastian’s left hand.  “Nothing is too much for you, Sebastian.  I meant what I said, while I love that you wear the ring from when you married me as Bronwyn, this is the ring Anthony would give Sebastian.

So you know how Anthony is always screwing up and having to apologize to Sebastian?  Well, he still hasn’t learned his lesson!  And Sebastian is still acting just as childish when he doesn’t get his way…but I think those are some of the things I’ve eventually grown to love about these two.  I mean, if it was any different, then it wouldn’t be THE Anthony and Sebastian I know.  So the point I’m trying to make here is that I’ve grown fond of the things I was annoyed by in the first book The Actor and the Earl, and even the second book Duty to the Crown.  I have DEFINITELY enjoyed this series.

Is this the last we will see of Anthony and Sebastian?  After reading the epilogue, which TOTALLY left me teary eyed, I believe their journey is complete.  There’s always hope for James.  😉  And I see there is a contemporary story about the 16th Earl of Crofton, Saving Crofton Hall, that I will be reading as soon as possible.

If you enjoyed the previous two books, it is very likely Forever Hold His Peace will be equally as enjoyable.  If you haven’t tried this series at all, well, it’s a fun one!

Overall Impression: I Really Liked It

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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