Friday, February 26, 2010

Baymore’s Heir

Title: Baymore’s Heir
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-513-5
Genre: [M/M] Historical
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

A lot has gone on at Baymore since Jackson took over his position of Duke and Will became his steward. Both men have worked hard to help the people of his dukedom feel happy and safe again, giving both men a deep sense of satisfaction in seeing the people and land thrive.

Despite being in each other’s company almost constantly, they manage to keep their love a secret until an ill-fated trip to Will’s home. When Duke Holcombe discovers his son and Jackson are lovers, they’re told to leave and Will is never to return. Heartbroken, Will returns to Baymore, knowing that all he has left is still the most important, his lover Jackson.

Life takes another turn when Jackson decides he needs an heir to care for the people and land after he’s gone, and requests Will to find him a bride. Devastated at what he sees as a betrayal, Will unwillingly does as his Duke requests but considers leaving when the new Duchess is ensconced at Baymore. Can duty and pride destroy lovers Jackson and Will, or can they discover a way back to each other’s arms and the life they’re built together?

Baymore’s Heir is the third and latest release by talented author, Lynn Lorenz, in her series In the Company of Men and it takes up approximately two years after Jackson’s Pride left off. It’s a well-written and plotted story and makes a great addition to a keeper series. Please be aware that Baymore’s Heir can be read as a stand-alone but for a better understanding of the relationships between the characters, and for a more satisfying experience, I recommend reading them in order.

Ms. Lorenz has once again outdone herself with the wonderfully crafted portrayal of the deepening emotional and physical bond between lovers Will and Jackson. The daily companionship they share is just as heartwarming, as their passion and desire is sizzling hot. Vivid descriptions of this medieval time period firmly grounds the piece in historical truth, easily giving the reader a sense of the lives, loves, customs and values of the day. This is particularly true of the death threat hanging over Will and Jackson’s head if their love is discovered and reported to the authorities. There’s also the issue of the Duke of Holcombe and his refusal to accept his son for what he is and who he loves, which centuries later still, unfortunately, happens all too frequently.

The secondary characters…some old and some new, play important roles in the story. In fact, adding the new individuals allowed Ms. Lorenz to artfully weave in two additional subplots. I won’t give away any details, but suffice it to say, both have a huge impact on the lives of Will and Jackson. Take it from me, even if historical novels aren’t usually your reading genre of choice, take a chance on this intriguing series. You’ll be glad you did.

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