Erryn reviews ‘The Hanged Man’s Hero’ by Summer Devon. This book was released by the author on July 12, 2017, and is 86 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Mark James. It was released on August 3, 2019, and is 3 hrs and 10 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I haven’t listened to a historical for a while.
Condemned for murder, Dez Moore awaits the hangman’s noose. Though he killed to defend a woman, the court shows no mercy, and, resigned, he attempts to make amends with his estranged sister. His letter bidding his sister good-bye falls into the wrong hands, and suddenly, he is facing another future – one that may exist, thanks to a man he doesn’t know.
Once a poor mudlark, Carl Reis is a powerful businessman with an erratic impulse to save desperate people. When Dez’s letter comes to him, he takes an interest in the prisoner. But the charming and disruptive Dez Moore proves to be more attractive than any of his other rescues. He stirs urges Carl has long suppressed, and makes him yearn for a future even he could not foresee. One with the lively Mr. Moore by his side and in his bed.
Long used to doing for others – some might say controlling them – while maintaining his solitary existence, Carl struggles to keep Dez from breaching his walls. But the tenacious Dez will do all it takes to capture his rescuer’s heart.
This is an expanded version of The Scent of Hope, a Goodreads free read.
I don’t read many historical romance novels. Interestingly, Ava March’s Bound series first introduced me to male/male historical romances but I’ve only dabbled periodically since and when the opportunity to listen to one came up, I leapt at the chance. I’m glad I did.
The premise of the book is a young man who, while attempting to defend a woman who was being attacked, killed a man. His trial was swift and the verdict was that he’s to hang. He tries one final time to reconcile with an older sister but that missive goes astray and lands in the inbox of a fine gentleman who has a soft spot for people who are having a run of bad luck. And, needless to say, being days away from a hangman’s noose qualifies as bad luck.
Dez, the condemned man, is plucky and oddly optimistic as he faces the gallows. Or perhaps it’s more that he’s resigned. When he receives a letter promising possible help, he allows himself only a glimmer of hope. Carl, the man with the soft heart, finds he wants to save the life of the intriguing man who wrote the misdirected letter. He has no notion of who this man is, but feels a weird connection.
The hangman is thwarted and the day is saved by Carl. Dez is allowed to leave the jail but under Carl’s protection until there can be an appeal. Dez is grateful. But he feels more than that – he’s intrigued by his savior. And attracted to the man. That attraction goes both ways and although Carl has never indulged, he does allow Dez certain liberties. In the end, Dez admits their relationship might be “more than an itch to scratch”. What started as hero worship morphs into something more serious. Eventually he feels warm after being cold for months.
I enjoyed this book. The premise was unique and the execution well done. Mark James narrated the book and he did a lovely job. This was a nice treat.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Summer Devon is the pen name writer Kate Rothwell often uses. Whether the characters are male or female, human or dragon, her books are always romance.
You can visit her facebook page, where there’s a sign up form for a newsletter (she’ll only send out newsletters when there’s a new Summer Devon or Kate Rothwell release and she will never ever sell your name to anyone).
Her blog is available here.
She also has a blog with Bonnie Dee, a frequent co-author. It’s mostly just announcements, but we might do good give-aways on occasion.