Book Reviews

Alike as Two Bees by Elin Gregory at Etopia Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Ancient Europe / Warriors/Soldiers / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-April-2016

Book Blurb

In Classical Greece, apprentice sculptor Philon has chosen the ideal horse to model for his masterpiece. Sadly, the rider falls well short of the ideal of beauty, but scarred and tattered Hilarion, with his brilliant, imperfect smile, draws Philon in a way that mere perfection cannot.

After years of living among the free and easy tribes of the north, Hillarion has no patience with Athenian formality. He knows what he wants—and what he wants is Philon. Society, friends and family threaten their growing relationship, but perhaps a scarred soldier and a lover of beauty are more alike than they appear.


Book Review

Set in Ancient Greece, 'Alike as Two Bees' by Elin Gregory tells the tale of Philon, an apprentice sculptor, and a soldier named Hilarion; how they meet, develop a mutual attraction, and fall in love. The detailed descriptions of the operation of a stone masonry gave me a greater appreciation for the magnificence of Greek architecture. I've seen many pictures of these amazing buildings and statues, but never stopped to think about someone having to carve every detail by hand.

The characters in this story are brilliantly portrayed – Nikias, wise and benevolent; Anatolios, his son, with his naivety and youthfulness; Eutychos, who is wealthy and pompous, and Aristion, his son, a spoiled rich kid and a bully; and of course, the lovers Philon, who is young but not completely naïve, and Hilarion, a kind and just man. Philon and Hilarion see in each other what most people can't: passion, an appreciation for beauty, and someone with whom they can find respect and love. It was quite touching, with a good dose of angst thrown in for good measure, to watch their relationship develop and flourish.

‘Alike as Two Bees’ by Elin Gregory is an endearing love story which is well written, with fabulous characters and a good plot. Although the poetic language is a bit confusing at times, it definitely helps set the historical mood. For a brief story, it covers a lot of ground and neatly ties up all the loose ends. I became quite attached to the characters and, although they ride off into the sunset to their happily ever after at the end of the story, I'd love to read more about them in the future. I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a sweet historical romance where love prevails regardless of the circumstances. Thanks, Elin, for an entertaining read.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 19664 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-March-2012
Price $2.99 ebook
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