If Jane Austen had written m/m,
This review is from: Tangled Web (M/M Romance) (Paperback)
I think she would have written something like this. In my opinion this is far and away Lee Rowan's best book yet, and that's even including her award winner, Ransom. This has everything that I love in a romance and in a historical novel - wonderful period detail, two complex, likable and honorable protagonists, lots of story, both action orientated (blackmail, smugglers) and more on a level of domestic problems (the plans and worries of Brendan's family, which he, as an affectionate and goodhearted young man, attempts to help solve.
The love between Brendan and Philip was palpable, to me, and all the more affecting because it had to be expressed in such a restrained way. I fell in love with Philip myself, after having seen him through Brendan's eyes :) And the genuine caring and happiness I got from this couple made the few, tasteful sex scenes golden with love. Gorgeous!
The comparison with Austen is because Lee Rowan is a writer of a similar sort. Not a producer of overwrought melodrama like Wuthering Heights, but a cooler, more delicate, elegant and restrained writer. And she produces characters with good brains and morals to go with their passionate hearts. Philip is far more a Darcy than a Heathcliff, and to me that is a very very good thing.
Lots of story, wonderful characters, and lots of love mean that out of the four RP books, this was the one that most left me with that 'happy ever after' glow.