Reviewed by Heather C
Title: The Heat of the Moment
Author: Ruby Moone
Heroes: Milo Callan/Robert Grange
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 12,500 words
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: September 17, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Milo Callan is convinced the disease that ravaged his legs and left him in a wheelchair as a child has damaged something inside him because, as he grows to adulthood, he only becomes aroused by men. His secluded life means he’s convinced he is alone in this until the day Robert Grange, his temporary valet, rescues him from his life inside and takes him into the summer heat, changing his life forever beneath the shade of an ancient tree.
Overwhelmed, confused, and helplessly in love, Milo struggles to deal with his feelings and pushes Robert away time after time.
When Robert can bear it no longer, he decides to leave. Beside himself with grief, can Milo find the strength to believe in himself and accept their love? Will he be able to convince Robert to stay, or has he pushed Robert away for the last time?
This was sweet!! Milo Callan has lived his life confined to a wheelchair after a childhood illness (I’m guessing Polio) rendered his legs almost useless. When Milo is old enough to receive his inheritance, his family abandons him and sends him off to live the remainder of his life in seclusion. “Living” is not something Milo has been enjoying, and when his valet dumps him on the floor and quits after Milo’s latest outburst, Milo is left in a desperate situation. When the new grounds keeper, Robert Grange, agrees to stand in as Milo’s temporary valet, Milo is in for a shock when Robert sees through his nasty temper and decides to bring companionship and pleasure to Milo’s life.
Ruby Moone is a new-to-me author, so I was surprised I really enjoyed this little story. And I mean “little” because it can easily be read in an hour. I don’t come across many historicals with characters having disabilities, so I always jump on them when I see them. I thought the author did a good job with Milo’s demeanor and how he saw his shortcomings…and how Robert was able to see past the “shell”.
It’s a sexy short story and I really liked the dynamics between Milo and Robert’s sex-play. There is a little D/s, but nothing intense enough to get anxious over. I just wish the story would have been a bit longer and I could have seen more of Milo and Robert “falling in love” and not just arguing or having sex.
I also found quite a few editing issues, mainly numerous missing open quotation marks in dialogue early in the story that caused me some confusion. Note: I read an advanced copy so I’m not 100% certain these will be found in the final, published version.
Overall, I enjoyed it and I’m glad I had an opportunity to read Milo and Robert’s story.
Overall Impression: I Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*