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The Uncertain Customer (The Garden) [Kindle Edition]

Pearl Love

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Book Description

The Garden Series

Devon Wilcox, the privileged fifth son of a viscount, has everything a man could want ... except being gay in a time when such deviant behavior could land him in prison. He tries to console himself with the denizens of society's underbelly, but frequently ends up the victim of those who'd rather take advantage of his desperation. Fortunately, his best friend and secret object of infatuation, Sir Wallace Church, comes to his rescue. Wallace tempts him with the promise of high-class entertainment at a mysterious boy brothel called "The Garden." Situated in the heart of mid-Victorian London, The Garden offers an array of choice morsels, beautiful young men named after flowers. There, Wilcox finds not only the perfect bed partner for the evening, but the chance to gain his most ardent heart's desire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (22 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JVV1YPY
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars review 7 Jun. 2014
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
4.25 of 5 stars~ Review by Leisa

For original review see Prism Book Alliance

Set in the time of Victorian London, The Uncertain Customer tells the story of Wilcox, a gay man who seeks only the occasional quick tryst from men who he must pay for their services. Wilcox secretly desires his friend, Church, who invites him to a private gay brothel called “The Garden.” There, the two men select their “flowers” for the evening, and Church suggests that they all partake of their fun in the same room. Soon the two men hired for the night figure out that Wilcox is really enamored with Church, and that Church returns his affection. They begin to engage in sexual escapades involving both men, and Wilcox and Church eventually begin lavishing their sexual attention upon each other. And the sex scenes in this novella are sensual and yummy - so very well written!

This is a lovely historical about a time when merely being gay could land a man in prison. Wilcox has lived in fear that he will not only be outed as gay, but that his fascination with Church will be discovered. The chemistry between Wilcox and Church simply sizzles. They find passion and the promise of love in each other’s arms, and the reader is left feeling optimistic that together they will find a way to overcome obstacles to their own happily ever after.

Read this delicious historical novella. It is a delight!
5.0 out of 5 stars short, passionate and heartwarming 20 May 2014
By Tams (TTC Books and more) - Published on Amazon.com
Devon Wilcox is in love with his best friend, Wallace Church, and has been for close to fourteen years, since their first day of college. It’s a secret he holds dear. Both men carry a persuasion for the same sex that only they and their random lovers are privy to. Wilcox doesn’t mind sharing stories of his conquests and the sometimes harrowing situations it leaves him in with Church, but he has never told him how he feels about him, until now.

Church learns of a club that caters to his and Wilcox’s particular fancy and makes them an appointment. The Garden offers a wide variety of young men to suit any mans fancy, and the owner award Church and Wilcox with two of his most beautiful, delicate flowers for the evening. Wilcox is uncertain about almost every aspect of the evenings events along the way, but each time he’s convinced. The one thing he is absolutely certain of are his feelings for Church, and the obvious reciprocation when they finally share their first kiss.

What begins as a safe rendezvous with a couple of chance strangers, transforms into Wilcox deepest fantasy coming to life. I adore historical romance. The time period, the phrasing of words and sentences, the clothes and the scenery. And this short story did not disappoint or deviate from any of the afore mentioned attributes. Wilcox and Church are very much the proper gentlemen, aside from being in love with each other and both being men in a time when it could get you killed. The foursome aspect was quite a surprise, but there is so much passion and tenderness weaving it’s way around the bedroom that I was completely mesmerized by the scene.

I know I usually say short, sexy and steamy... my three favorite colors. Well this was short, passionate and heartwarming... and these three are a close second! Just a fast, fun read that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I loved it!

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Uncertain Customer 16 May 2014
By Lena Grey - Published on Amazon.com
Feeling unrequited love for someone is a difficult position to endure, as Devon Wilcox from 'The Reluctant Customer' by Pearl Love can tell you. In Victorian times, when the object of your affection is another man, it's even more distressing. Being in love with his best friend, Wallace Church is Wilcox's darkest secret and he would be mortified if Wallace ever found out about it and terrified for fear of losing his friendship. Needing him more as a friend than as a lover, Wilcox suffers in silence, that is, until an unexpected opportunity presents itself for him to revealed his feelings and, only then, if Wilcox is brave enough to take advantage of it.

Besides hiding his feelings for his best friend, Wilcox has another problem. His attempt to scratch his itch often ends badly. On one particularly bad night, Wilcox is confronted by Church who scolds him for putting himself in such grave danger in the pursuit of pleasure. Wilcox tells him that he sees no other alternative rather than seeking out unsavory company for his liaisons, but Church may have a solution for him. After taking him back to his house, he imparts knowledge of a place called The Garden. Wilcox's response is humorous: “The Garden. ... As though I have any interest in horticulture.” Tired of what he perceives as a game, Wilcox becomes impatient. It's then that Church explains in a more direct manner: that The Garden is a brothel and the flowers are beautiful young men. Church talks him into going, but he is still convinced it's a trap of some sort and is quite reluctant.

When they arrive, Wilcox and Church are greeted by their host, who assists them in picking flowers which will match their particular needs. Wilcox is still amazed, but can't deny the beauty of the place and of the young men who work there. He begins to relax somewhat and anticipate an enjoyable evening, that is, until Church suggests the unthinkable, that they share a room. After he recovers, he, still reluctant, agrees and the boys take them up to their room. They go through their routine of preparing to serve tea and biscuits which thinking about how to best please the men. Although the boys are delightful, Wilcox can't take his eyes off of Church. Gardenia, the boy chosen to pleasure Wilcox, quickly catches on and initiates action which will get them involved with each other. Using the boys as facilitators, Church and Wilcox finally come together in a heated, passionate fire which threatens to burn up the sheets beneath them. Church has no idea that his friend feels anything but friendship toward him, but is pleasantly surprised and eager to explore his newfound knowledge. Upon leaving, they tell their host what a marvelous time they had and promise to return.

This is a short, but sexy, friends-to-lovers story with a touch of foreshadowing mixed in. The lyrical language was typical for the Victorian Era, adding to its ambiance. The descriptions of the characters, the brothel, and its inhabitants were exquisite. The sex scenes are so steamy and are portrayed so well, they made me feel like a voyeur. The story is light, amusing, and very sensual. I recommend it for a quiet afternoon when you want to relax and be carried away to another place and time. Thanks, Pearl, for introducing us to Wilcox and Church.

Originally reviewed on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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