Book Reviews

Mending Him by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon at Duet Publishing

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 30-November-2017

Book Blurb

Family bonds and loving hands bring healing.

An orphaned nephew raised by the Chester family, Robbie Grayson is content enough with his quiet country life, helping his aunt and uncle—until Charles Worthington explodes into it. Injured in a carriage accident, this Chester cousin has come to the estate to heal. Dutiful Robbie is tasked with helping him during his recovery.

After blowing through his family’s money, Charles is forced to rely on the kindness of relatives. He shows his gratitude by arriving blind drunk and making a fool of himself. Despair controls him as he slowly heals from his broken leg and from the undiagnosed debilitating episodes which preceded his accident. But the kindness of quiet, thoughtful Robbie, who walks with a limp due to childhood polio, makes Charles ashamed of wallowing in self-pity.

The healing process begins as these two men, brought together by family, offer each other support and challenges to old patterns. Pure friendship is a thin veneer over their growing physical attraction. When desire burns through, Robbie and Charles must find a way to be together without destroying the family bonds that mean so much to them.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2014.

Book Review

“The heart wants what it wants, it forces us to act when reason dictates otherwise, it tears down walls, breaches boundaries…and for better or for worse, it leads us places that the head would never go.” ~ Erin Karpluk/Erica Strange

Since coming to live at his cousin's manor, Robbie Grayson, of 'Mending Him' by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon, has felt like someone outside looking in. Even so, Robbie tries to do the best he can to show his gratitude for their generosity; but when the eldest son comes back from his travels, seemingly to take his rightful place, Robbie is relegated to a position just above that of the servants. Robbie is hurt by being tossed aside so easily after working so hard, but he understands how things work and tries to manage his disappointment with dignity. When a drunk scoundrel arrives in the form of a destitute cousin named Charles, Robbie is not impressed, but Charles is injured and needs a place to recover from an accident. Robbie, much to his dismay, is given the task of caring for him. What appears to be a curse in the beginning may turn out to be a blessing instead.

Robbie is a good, honest man, who, at times, has a wicked sense of humor. Even though it's not the interior design career he craves, he's resolved to his place in life, in spite of the disappointment he faces when his apprenticeship ends because he's needed back at the house. It's difficult for Robbie to lie, which ends up complicating his world when being truthful is unwise. At first, Robbie dreads the thought of taking care of Charles and is negatively influenced by the atrocious first impression he makes; but as Robbie gets to know him, he realizes that Charles is much more than he appears to be. Robbie is stirred by feelings which, until now, he's been able to suppress. Loving a man is the late 1800s is unacceptable at best and unlawful at worst; In spite of this, Robbie still falls in love with Charles. Even though it seems highly unlikely that they could ever be together, Robbie still dreams of being with Charles. Complicating things even further, Robbie and Samuel have never ever gotten along; but they come to a stalemate when he realizes that Robbie also holds information which would reflect unfavorably on Samuel as well.

Charles is a spoiled brat whose casual and irresponsible way of life has drained all of his riches and left him at the mercy of his cousin Philip. Being dependent upon someone else for his most basic needs is almost unbearable and Charles becomes melancholy and embarrassed. He's so used to his money being able to buy anything, that without it he's bereft. His immobility frustrates Charles, but his dependency eventually gives him a certain amount of humility. It gives Charles time to reflect upon his life before his accident, and he's ashamed at what he sees. Robbie's attitude toward people inspires Charles to aspire to be a better person. Charles also desires Robbie and, although he doesn't expect to, falls in love with him. Although they have to be secretive, being together at the estate is one thing; thinking about living outside of that cocoon is frightening and seems nearly impossible, but Charles is determined to find a way.

This is a great historical romance, written in the language of the times, adding credibility and authenticity to the plot. It's well-written, with interesting characters, and a few unexpected plot changes, which kept my interest. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys a historical romance, passionate men, and true love overcoming almost impossible obstacles. Thanks, Bonnie and Summer, for the highly entertaining story.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 275 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-March-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.95 paperback
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