Title: Fascinated (The Wicked Woodleys, #5.5)
Author: Jess Michaels
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Expected Publishing Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Historical, MM Romance
Page Count: 72
Rating: 2 Stars
It’s been over a decade since Aaron Condit’s lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died. While he has had temporary diversions, he hasn’t had a real relationship since. But now he’s been invited to the home of his best friend, Leticia Blackwood and he’ll be faced with deep temptation in the form of her brother, Griffin Merrick.
Griffin has seen Aaron at certain clubs for a long time and he cannot deny that he wants the handsome solicitor. But secrets from far in the past and a desire not to hurt someone they both love stand between them. Time spent alone leads to a passionate affair, but only time will tell if they can overcome all that keeps them apart. And if they’re willing to risk losing everything in order to find love.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This novella is a part of The Wicked Woodleys series, and I’ll be honest that I dived in the middle of an ongoing series without reading the previous books. That saying, I believe this story could be read as a standalone, though having knowledge of secondary characters from previous books would be a plus.
As a first timer to Jess Michaels‘s works, I wasn’t familiar with her style and totally had no idea what to expect. The blurb tempted me though, thus the aforementioned dive. Unfortunately, the story didn’t really work for me.
While it present appropriate situation on that era when relation between same sex had been punishable, the picturing of both characters just didn’t sit well with me. Aaron came over as flimsy and meek to me. His grief and guilt over the unhappiness he had caused Griffin’s sister were good excuse for some of that disposition; but I really couldn’t find any favorable factors in Aaron’s character.
At the same time, I thought Griffin was too bull-headed and crass to my liking. His persistence in going after Aaron was admirable, yet sometimes the way he dragoon Aaron into consent was too much.
Overall this was just an okay read for me. It’s rather difficult to enjoy a story when you just don’t like (or love to hate) the characters enough to be swept into their story.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.