Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Author: Joanna Chambers
Series: An Enlightenment Story
Heroes: Ian Sinclair/James Hart
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: James and Iain’s story – offshot of the Enlightenment series.
Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.
Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.
James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.
In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.
Review: Jane Austen and Downton Abbey, cravats and polite society; I’ve always been a fan of historical romances, and JoAnna Chambers quickly became one of my favorite MM historical authors with her Enlightenment series. Although we were first introduced to the heroes of Unnatural, James and Iain, in that series, it’s not necessary for you to read them before picking up this book. But please do because they are fabulous and you would be foolish not to!
In this regency story, we are taken on a journey that spans decades, from childhood friendship through young lust and finally into a deep and satisfying adult relationship. Chambers does jump back and forth chronologically and at first I wasn’t quite sure I would enjoy this. I have to say though that she seriously pulled it off and in the end everything came around in a perfect full circle.
I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that it wasn’t Iain, the charismatic and dashing soldier, who carried the story for me. James, a scientist with a bit of the lone wolf syndrome, was a delightful surprise with his blunt honesty, bravery and dedication to living life to its fullest.
There’s lots of longing in Unnatural and a good build up of tension, both physical and emotional, as Iain works through his reasons for denying James. The vast majority of the story was about James’ and Iain’s relationship with only a few juicy bits of outside drama. The final chapters when everything begins to come together were quite lovely and heartfelt as well as a bit lusty!
Overall, another winner for me from JoAnna Chambers. She truly does write historical MM romances that sweep you off your feet!
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*