Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mere Mortals

Title: Mere Mortals
Author: Erastes
Publisher: Lethe Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59021-043-7
Genre: {M/M} Historical, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Crispin Thorne has become the ward of Philip Smallwood. When Crispin arrives at Smallwood’s island home, located at Horsey Mere in Norfolk, he discovers he is not the only ward. Myles Graham and Jude Middleton are there before him. All three young men have similar backgrounds, as well as similar looks, so why is Philip Smallwood giving them a new future?

Mere Mortals is a mystery with a touch of romance. The well written plot features wonderful descriptions of the setting, in addition to the etiquettes of the era. The characters are believable. Crispin is friendly, a romantic given to flights of fantasies. However, he is very cautious about revealing too much of his history at boarding school. Crispin is immediately attracted to Jude, in addition to being wary of Myles. Jude is an insecure flirt, very needy of all the attention from everyone in a room. Myles gives the appearance of being gruff, yet he is exceptionally sharp and well aware of the household’s secret activities. Myles is attracted to Crispin, nevertheless he remains quiet, giving Crispin time to realize the truth regarding Jude. None of the young felt worthy of the aristocratic behavior bestowed upon them by the servants. Nonetheless, they all worked hard to gain Phillip’s approval. Phillip is an enigma.

As the story unfolds, each piece of the puzzle exposes Phillip’s personality, as well as his true objective for the young men. Erastes has created an impressive tale filled with suspense, a touch of intimacy and a dash of humor. I was especially surprised by the dark turn of events in the storyline. Mere Mortals is an incredibility enjoyable story.

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