Reviewed by Ami
Author: C.B. Lewis
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 78 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Theodore Wentworth, who possesses little more than a sharp and well-educated mind, is trying to solicit a sponsor for his studies of Greek antiquity by performing recitations at gatherings of collectors. Desperate for luck and better skills in oratory, in jest, he places a coin at the feet of a statue of Hermes. It seems like coincidence when his fortune turns and a gentleman calling himself Alexander becomes his benefactor. Despite his friend John teasing him about it, Theodore continues to offer tokens to Hermes and sinks himself into his study of the classics.
Alexander encourages Theodore’s interest, prompting Theodore to face desires he tried to put aside years before. As Theodore embraces the knowledge, he must also resist his attraction to Alexander—knowing his feelings are a serious crime in Victorian England.
But the secret Alexander keeps will change everything in a love story for the ages, steeped in taboo, temptation, history, and myth.
Review: Theodore Wentworth is a scholar with sharp and educated mind – he studies law but also Greek for his own pleasure. What Theodore is lacking is a wealthy sponsor in order to get an invitation to British Museum’s Reading Room to access original Greek documents.
When he is invited to read Iliad in front of wealthy and renowned scholars, thinking that it will help to gain a little luck, Theodore offers a coin to the statue of Hermes, patron of oratory and good luck. In what seems to be either coincidence or a result of his offering, Theo crosses path with a mysterious Lord who calls himself Alexander – and further interaction with Alexander ignite all those forbidden feelings…
Oh gosh … I adored this little novella. I was really fond of Theodore. I loved his passion towards his study; reading the joy when he is invited to the Reading Room and later on reading the unaltered version of Iliad where he discovers the story between Achilleus and Patroklos.
I loved Theodore’s internal conflict when he realizes that he is attracted to Alexander – which is very dangerous since in the Victorian England around the 1860s this is against the law as well as being prohibited by the Church. And what about his faith? He has asked for help from Hermes and not the Almighty inside the Catholic Church.
Do you know what else I truly loved? The touches. From all of the five senses, reading about touches always puts shivers to my skin. Sometimes those become more meaningful to me than kisses or physical intercourse as sign of intimacy. I crave reading about little touches between two lovers and how C.B. Lewis satisfied me with Patron. The gentle cuff on the cheek, the grazes on the hand, the touches on the thigh …
He lifted his other hand and gently cuffed Theodore’s cheek. Theodore forgot how to breathe. Alexander’s skin was warm against his, and it had been a long time since anyone had touched him with such casual attentiveness.
It would have been enough to part with the smile and a handshake, but Alexander grazed his thumb down the back of Theodore’s hand
They sat so close now that Theodore could almost count the delicate lines around Alexander’s eyes. It was intimate, far more intimate than two friends attending a play. He hesitated only a moment before laying a hand on Alexander’s thigh.
* SIGH *
This novella also offers a touch of fantasy, and if you love Greek mythology, I think you will like it. The only thing I wish is for the ending to have a little more closure. I mean, I would have loved an epilogue several years down the road to know how Theodore will fare in the future. But maybe it is also because I’m not ready to be separated with Theodore.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*