by Charlie Cochet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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First off, you just have to know that this book is written with some creative license regarding the situation and the period, 1934 England. Ms. Cochet has no problem putting you in the time frame, at all, but there may be some intentional bending of the rules to make a more connectable read.
I dearly enjoyed Johnnie and Henry’s story, but I have to say that Chance and "The Brat’s" steal the show here for me. In fact I was thrilled to find so much Chance and Jacky (see book #1) in this story, and I hope that the series continues to hold true to that. All of the characters are endearing, vibrant and memorable.
Jonathan (Johnnie) Wolfe - Impetuous is a good word for Johnnie. He acts before he thinks which causes many, many afflictions. Luckily Henry is a doctor.
"Well, aren't you glad our first kiss wasn't a drunken one?""You have a point," he conceded."And in comparison, you have to admit this one was nicer.""Stop saying nice."What's wrong with nice?""I don't want you to kiss me nicely, Jonathan. I want you to bloody ravish me!"
Dr. Henry Young - Refined, handsome, charitable and loving. He knows heartbreak and is sure Johnnie will lead him down that path again.
Chance – Better (and worse) than ever. “I have a word for you. Corset.”
Jacky – Beautiful, perfect man. No matter what.
Glen – Errrrgh!
The Brats – Will steal your heart. You never know when a book is gonna "hit" you, but there's this sweet, little scene at the end of the book that really got to me.
Who was I kidding? I knew why I came back, why I always came back, risking life and limb. I'd get to be near him, but only after shaking off a certain madman.
Eight years after leaving the deserts of Algeria, Jonathan Wolfe is still a cheeky bloke with a lot to learn about love. He knows he loves Henry, and he knows Henry loves him, but with a past like his he’d never want to soil the spotless doctor.
Sequel to The Auspicious Troubles of Chance The Auspicious Troubles of Love: Book Two
Eight years after leaving the deserts of Africa and the French Foreign Legion behind, Jonathan Wolfe has settled into life at Hawthorne Manor in the English countryside. Johnnie helps his adopted family run the manor and provide a safe, loving home for a new generation of “brats”: boys mistreated and discarded for their homosexuality—something all too familiar to Johnnie.
Although no longer an unruly youngster, Johnnie is as stubborn, foul-mouthed, and troublesome as ever. His recent rash behavior becomes a concern for those closest to him, especially Dr. Henry Young, the only man ever to capture Johnnie's heart. Instead of soothing him, their closeness brings Johnnie’s insecurities from an unsettling past to the surface, and leads to an explosive situation that threatens to tear them apart. Then Henry’s past catches up to them….
*there is an element of non-con
Well, the writing is just charming. Almost everything about this book it charming. It’s sweet, tender, funny and endearing. There are a few heartbreaking scenes, but mostly this is a feel good book even if you will find yourself so frustrated with Johnnie that you want to shake him.
For me this book really slowed down in the middle and there just wasn’t much forward movement for a good bit, but once it picked up again it was a great dash to the end. Also, there's a bit of, too-good-to-be-true going on, but in a very feel-good way.
This is turning out to be a go to series for a sweet, heartwarming read. I really have no idea who will be the focus of the next book, but it doesn't matter at all. With characters like these, I’ll read any of ‘em.
I would like to thank Charlie Cochet and Dreamspinner Press for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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