Thursday, January 20, 2011

His Duke’s Gift

Title: His Duke’s Gift
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-911-9
Genre: {M/M} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Twelfth Night and its preparations are important to every person living at Marsden Castle and they’re all excited about getting ready for the upcoming holiday season with its annual gatherings and feasts. It’s the tradition for the duke to bestow gifts on those who serve him and the boy’s, Joss and Tomas, are excited to see what everyone is being given. Even Logan and Drake have gotten wrapped up in finding the perfect gift for each other.

For Drake, the holiday takes a horrible turn when a stranger from the north arrives and suddenly Logan is unavailable, shutting himself away in his room with the man. Fearing the worst when he’s denied contact with his lover and is turned away from his bed, Drake does the only thing possible to prevent doing physical harm to either man – he flees the keep.

When Drake finally returns home, will he find himself replaced or with the weather turning worse, will he make it back to Marsden Castle at all?

Logan and Drake are great characters and I’m thrilled they’ve been propelled to the forefront again in this newest release in Lynn Lorenz’s series In The Company of Men. In His Duke’s Gift, the readers are given a further glimpse into a more developed relationship between these two deeply committed men. It’s also nice seeing these two lovers as caring fathers to two young sons. The vivid descriptions of life in the castle – the clothes, culture, food and how the different classes relate to one another are all handled well, making those aspects of the story come alive. Well done!

Ms. Lorenz did an excellent job expressing Drake’s pain and frustration with Logan after the arrival of the stranger. How he didn’t understand what was going on with his lover while trying to present a good front to his son during the holiday season and why he left suddenly. The scenes while he was gone checking the outposts were quick and to the point, giving him the time away that he needed to think.

The story is told in Drake’s viewpoint, so we don’t get the chance to see what Logan is feeling during his absence. We do see how he reacts upon Drake’s return and how the two go about mending what was torn between them. I, for one, can’t wait to see who’s featured in the next release in this keeper series.

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