Friday, October 21, 2016

A Summer Pursuit by Jules Radcliffe

New York City, 1853.

Jake Huntington is a notorious womanizer, plunging blithely into one liaison after another, with no intention of settling down.

Ash Moore is sexier than any woman Jake has ever met. Although he has always been curious about men, Jake has never before been attracted to one. Throwing caution to the wind, Jake makes advances on Ash, and they spend a torrid night in each others' arms.

The two men go to Jake’s home in New York City, where they embark on a lively and clandestine affair over the long, hot summer. Jake enjoys the novelty of being with Ash. He is a friend and not just a lover, but Jake has no expectation their affair will last any longer than the summer. He is shocked to find he is in love, an emotion he has avoided after a painful experience in his youth. Confronted and unsettled by his emotions, he tries to extricate himself from their entanglement.

But his heart won't let go so easily.

Publisher's note: This book was previously released by another publisher but has been re-edited and revised. It is also part of the It's About You! summer collection, featuring a Gay For You storyline.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Steamy Stars.

Jules Radcliffe is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be swift, engaging, and sultry. Jacob Huntington, 'Hunter,' has been burned in the past, unable to allow himself to slip into love. When he feels the initial stirrings, he gives his mistresses a parting gift and a note, not even bothering to say it to their faces. As long as monetary compensation is involved, broken hearts are avoided.

Set in the United States in the 1850s, Jake is summoned to Philadelphia from New York after his father tied the knot. Jake meets Ash, his new stepbrother, and the two are instant friends.

I won't delve too deeply into the storyline to avoid spoilers, but I will state what's on the pages. What I enjoyed the most about the novel was the connection between the characters, and there are many buds shown on the pages. Palpable tension. Connection, whether it be platonic or romantic, it felt real and not instantaneous, even if the lust truly was. Speaking of lust, I recommend this title for those looking for a more erotic read, as it's more 70-80% between-the-sheets action, with the rest story content, mostly involving emotion.

This is a journey with Jake accepting love instead of using lust to guide him as to not hurt his heart. He truly believes people only want him for his money, only finding companionship with his male friends to be 'more.'

Slight spoiler/warning: if you are a MM romance fan who doesn't enjoy any lady bits on the pages, you're being forewarned. Jake is most definitely bisexual, and while Ash comes off as gay, he seems to be sexually fluid as long as Jake is along for the ride. There are ménage scenes involving MMF.

So, if you're looking for an extremely steamy read set in the mid-late 1850 United States, featuring the angst and pitfalls of two stepbrothers falling in love, I highly recommend you give A Summer Pursuit a read.

Jules Radcliffe has been writing fiction since childhood. Jules loves vintage items, from advertising posters and pulp fiction covers to Art Deco furniture to Victorian sex toys, and lives happily with an unconventional family near the beach in Australia.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Summer Pursuit by Jules Radcliffe to read and review.

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