Book Reviews

A Minor Inconvenience by Sarah Granger at Entangled: Select Historical

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Warriors/Soldiers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-November-2017

Book Blurb

A French musket ball to the leg takes Captain Hugh Fanshawe from the battlefield and leaves him enduring long, quiet days compiling paperwork at Horse Guards headquarters. He knows his lameness makes him the object of pity and distaste at the stifling social engagements he dutifully escorts his mother and sister to, but everything in his orderly life changes when Colonel Theo Lindsay arrives.

Theo is everything Hugh is not. He’s a man of physical perfection and an enjoyable companion, and their friendship deepens into love. But when the army suspects there’s a French spy at Horse Guards, Hugh discovers nothing is as it seems, and the paper he shuffles daily could save his lover’s life.




First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2014.


Book Review

“When all you see are the scars, all I see is your heart. You're beautiful. You're beautiful the way that you are.” ~ The Afters “In My Eyes”

Captain Hugh Fanshaw, of 'A Minor Inconvenience', is convinced that future choices in his life are limited by the disability he incurs in battle. He's bored with his work and with escorting his mother and sister to various social functions, but he's a dutiful son, who takes his familial responsibilities seriously and carries on as best he can. He's given up hope of having any real, meaningful life for himself, that is, until he meets Colonel Theo Lindsay who ignites a passion in him that he only dared to dream of. All the while they are together, he can't fathom how he could get so lucky and keeps asking himself if this is too good to be true. Often the answer is yes it is.

Hugh is a good man who is not quite attuned to the subtleties of what's going on around him in the world. He works hard, is considerate, honest, and a good son and brother. He resents being crippled because of the pity it invokes from others around him. He feels damaged and useless, thinking that no one will ever take him seriously again. He's lonely, but because he favors men, he expects to stay alone. The idea of a relationship is so far-fetched that he's never even considered it; which is why when Theo pays so much attention to him, he's taken aback, wondering what in the world he has that Theo could possible consider valuable. It feels so good to be with him that Hugh puts his doubts away and simply enjoys Theo's company in and out of bed. Just being with him feels so right, that he dares to hope for a future together. When he finds that things are not entirely as they seem, he's heartbroken and tries to run away from Theo and anything to do with him. He feels humiliated and used. It's going to take a lot of convincing to prove to him that all of Theo's attention is not false.

Colonel Theo Lindsay is handsome, personable, and persuasive. Theo is a real charmer and both men and women fall into his trap, resulting in him usually getting what he wants. He's not entirely selfish though. His manipulations often are for a good cause such as getting Hugh's mother and sister into an exclusive ball. He befriends Hugh, but has ulterior motives. By the time Theo acquires the information he needs, he's fallen in love with Hugh, even though he's not been entirely honest with him. When Hugh finds out about his deception, Theo scrambles to make things right, but too much damage has been done. By now, Theo knows that life without Hugh is not a viable option; he becomes determined to set things right, even if it means taking drastic measures and eating a lot of crow. Theo prays that Hugh will hear him out and forgive him.

Historical gay romance is my favorite genre and I have to say that this romance is one of the best period pieces I've ever read. It's obvious that Sarah has done her research. The story put me right in the middle of the action, experiencing the scenery, customs, conversations, and feelings of the characters. Its lyrical prose fits the mood perfectly and, instead of feeling removed from the antiquated language, I was perfectly at home with the flowery speech. It added charm and depth to both the characters and descriptions, i.e., the balls, the rides in the park, and both the happiness and the angst between Hugh and Theo. I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical romances, handsome, sexy men, suspense, intrigue, and mystery. Thank you, Sarah, for a truly entertaining piece.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 232 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-August-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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