Book Reviews

Introducing Mr. Winterbourne (Winterbourne 1) by Joanna Chambers

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-May-2021

Book Blurb

Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.

A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.

Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?



First edition published in the anthology 'Another Place in Time' by Boys in Our Books, October 2014.


Book Review

“We often fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time and do unexpected things.” ~ unknown

Lysander Winterbourne, in ‘Introducing Mr. Winterbourne’ by Joanne Chambers, shudders to think about what his father wants from him, but like the dutiful youngest son of the earl that he is, Lysander goes to the meeting his father requested. Adam's sister is getting married soon and Adam Freeman, her fiance's eldest brother, and more importantly, the one who holds the purse strings in the family, is coming for a visit. Lysander's father asks him to take Adam on a tour of the estate while he is there. Lysander balks at the idea because Adam's disgruntled reputation is well known. Lysander finally agrees thinking that it can't be too bad if it's only for a few days.

Adam isn't looking forward to the visit either. He has a bad opinion of the Winterbourne family in general since, as part of his brother's marriage contract, Adam agrees to pay off the earl's outstanding debts, many of which are frivolous. When Adam meets Lysander, he's first struck with the man's beauty and wonders if there's something beyond that pretty face. As the tour goes on, Adam begins to see that Lysander is not the spoiled, shallow brat Adam is expecting, but is a motivated, well educated young man who wants nothing more than to be useful, but is not in a position where he is taken seriously enough to be given the opportunity. Lysander's opinion of Adam changes as well, when he realizes that he isn't the snob people think him to be, that the distain he feels toward others, especially the rich, is actually because he cares about the common people who are treated so poorly by the privileged. This attitude and the discovery of their mutual inclinations eventually bring them together in a relationship, but their future is uncertain until Adam comes up with a brilliant idea that just might solve their problems.

Lysander and Adam learn a lesson in things not always being as they seem. They spend a lot of time disliking each other needlessly before they begin to realize who each other truly are. Fortunately for them, this understanding leads to a better life for both. Thanks, Joanne, for this passionate story of two men coming together in a positive and loving way.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 57 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-March-2018
Price $0.99 ebook
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