Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Silent Lodge

Title: Silent Lodge
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-583-8
Genre: [M/M/M] Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Six months after the death of his wife and child in the birthing bed, Peter is still devastated - barely able to function. He’s quiet, sober and reclusive and goes about his daily routine only because of his dedication and loyalty to his Duke. He’s not interested in another woman and even though he, Duke Logan and his lover, Drake were briefly involved in the past, Peter has no physical desire for them. He doesn’t feel he deserves the happiness.

Logan and Drake are worried about their old friend and devise a mission to give him purpose again. They send him to the far northern border of Logan’s land on a fact-finding mission to determine if Duke Weathers intends to invade Marden. When Peter arrives at the lodge he’s supposed to use as his base of operations, he finds Arvel, the fragile, young, deaf/mute caretaker being assaulted by several village bullies. In Arvel, he also finds what he needs—a reason to live and when Arvel’s lover Gareth returns, all three men become lovers.

With his mission in mind, Peter is finally forced to return home, where he finds Caelin, a young, scarred man who becomes his special lover. Setting up a full-fledged outpost at the lodge means Peter must once again leave Marden. The question is whether his new lover, Caelin will join him when he leaves and make a life at the outskirts of the kingdom.

Silent Lodge by author Lynn Lorenz is the fourth release in her ongoing series, In The Company of Men and while it can be read as a stand-alone, for continuity of character relationships and understandings, it would benefit the reading public to maintain the written order.

Once again, Ms. Lorenz has given her readers a story with great heart and chemistry and encased it in a well-written and plotted story that flows at a believable, even pace from beginning to end. To that, she’s added a good emotional and physical connection between Arvel, Peter and Gareth and she’s done it with a bantering, witty dialogue, mixed in with historical realism. These men are great together, and despite the differences in the backgrounds, their relationship works for them.

The point of view shifts seamlessly from man to man, allowing the reader to get a better understanding of what each man is thinking and feeling. This is particularly important when dealing with Arvel, due to his deaf/mute status, and frankly I love that Ms. Lorenz took the chance on writing her character with such a physical limitation—and she did it well.

Lastly—I love the cover, but then all the covers for this series have shown not only talent, but a good sense of what the story is about and what the characters look like. All in all, you can’t go wrong with this latest series release.

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