Tanja reviews ‘Less Than All’ by Lee Brazil (Published by Lime Time Press; June 14,2014)
Why I read it: I love historical and was in the mood to read one when RGR got offered this ecopy in exchange for an honest review.
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Nicholas Danville doesn’t trust his lover to share the depth of his attraction.
He knows full well Victor must marry to fulfill his duty to his aristocratic family.
Assuredly marriage will mean the end of their liaison.
A youthful indiscretion leads to a humiliating encounter between Nicholas Danville and Lord Victor Ware. Nicholas is sent home in disgrace, and Victor continues life in the Ton. Years later, Nicholas’s reproving parents send him to town to attain a degree of polish before he prepares for life as a member of the clergy.
A chance encounter with an old friend leads to a new confrontation between Nicholas and Victor. This time, the attraction between them burns brighter, Nicholas is old enough to know his own mind, and Victor is done with self-denial.
From ballrooms to gardens and opera houses, Victor sets about proving that a passionate liaison between two men is possible even under the narrow gaze of the Ton.
This story is set in England from 1813-1815 and told in three parts. It starts with a chapter leading to Victor sending Nicholas home in disgrace, which captured my interest immediately and I suffered along with Nicholas through most of the story.
Nicholas, the third son of a Baron doesn´t have to marry and produce heirs and since he is gay that suits him just fine. Problem with that is, first to love men, which is prohibited and secondly that he loves a man he thinks he can never have. Or can he?
Victor, head of an aristocratic family has no inclination to marry and get heirs. If he has to do it it will be without love. Victor is drawn to Nicholas from the very beginning but can not deal with it so he sends him home. After a few years they met again and Victor no longer lives in denial and pursues what he want, namely Nicholas.
I really liked that Victor has to work gaining Nicholas´ trust. He is possessive, jealous and sometimes way over the top in telling Nicholas what will be good for him. That grated on my nerves from time to time and I was wondering what exactly Nicholas saw in Victor. Nicholas on the other side….my oh my… he was so aware of his place. How should one do if you know it can only lead to nothing in the end? In Nicholas mind Victor, as Lord, has to marry and get heirs and where would that leave him then…..with a broken heart, that´s for sure. Also what will happen to him when somebody found out about them being lovers, who would free him from prison…certainly not his father. I so could understand his conflicting thoughts and behaviour as well as that he didn´t jump head first in a relationship with Victor.
They had to go a long way and I liked it very much that Victor showed Nicholas how it could be possible for them to be together without anyone knowing it. Of course there were a few up and downs, heated discussions and hot man on man action 😉 througout the story.
Nonetheless there were a few things I didn´t like so much. First the Regency setting, which I love reading about. What bothered me was that I missed the Ton and ballrooms. It was constantly mentioned but they were no real interactions with the aristocracy. Sometimes it felt like the book could have been set in any time not necessarily Regency. The other thing was the ending of the story, which left me quite hanging. Seriously they found a solution and that´s it? I wanted to see how that would work out….not happy with it. Another chapter would have been good.
Overall it´s a good story about the importance to fight for your love regardless of the obstacles set in your way. If you´re in a mood for a historical and quick read you should give this one a try.
7/10 pots of gold