Monday, November 9, 2015

One Indulgence by Lydia Gastrell

When Henry Cortland, the Earl of Brenleigh, comes to London to fulfill his duty and take a wife, he also decides to first fulfill his most secret and suppressed desires. He wants to spend just one night with a man. A sultry encounter with a handsome stranger surpasses all his hopes, leaving him certain that he will live off the memories for the rest of his life.

Lord Richard Avery has grown tired of his endless string of casual relationships, yet an argument with his lover sends him right into the arms of a total stranger. But Henry is not like any lover he has ever had, and the attraction between them is more than physical. Richard wants more, but can their mutual attraction overcome Henry's family obligations and sense of duty? Can Richard convince him to follow his heart rather than the demands of family and title?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 Stars
One Indulgence was a surprise, as I had no idea what to expect when I began reading. I was hooked from page one. Henry and Richard were very human in their inner monologue and actions and reactions. Both a victim of circumstance of the era. Henry was not free to be who he was, everything being dictated to him by a misguided sense of loyalty. Richard, while not bound to as many obligations of the times, he wasn't free either.

I enjoyed the realistic struggle, not the characters against each other but struggling within themselves as well as against society. As the story unfolds, the readers will be drawn to Richard and slightly put-off by Henry. Henry's actions, while they could be perceived as annoying and daft, were highly realistic.

One Indulgence was a deliciously angsty read, perfect for those who love Historical Romance. Not only an MM Romance, but well-rounded with many side characters reaching out to find their own bit of happiness.

Will I read more by this author? At 20% into One Indulgence, I begged for book #2 to review. Now I wait impatiently.

Genre: Historical Romance | MM Romance | Heat Level: HOT. NOT redundant and thrown in for page count | 100% story & character driven | Complex side characters finding their own path to HEA | Historically authentic? I believe so. It was an easy read, flowed fast, and was written well. & I felt the historical elements were accurate |

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I live in sunny, sultry Florida where I spend most of my time hiding behind sunscreen lotion and an open laptop. I enjoy traveling and long car rides, though I'm sure I must be the only person on Earth who is happy when a flight is delayed, because it just means I have more time to read.

I began writing fan­fiction when I was a teenager, outraged that my beloved TV characters rarely got the ends I thought they deserved. With great encouragement from readers over the years, I eventually decided to turn my creative juices toward my own unique characters and stories. My love of history, romance, and seemingly hopeless situations has led me to genres I never would have expected and which I have come to love.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of One Indulgence (Indulgence #1) by Lydia Gastrell to read and review.

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