- Also check our best rated Romance Book reviews
Tangled Web (M/M Romance) Paperback – 12 Nov 2009
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Lee Rowan had written 6 M/M Romances. She lives in Canada.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is probably the truest "Regency Romance" I've read in the M/M genre since I started out - Lee's expertly light touch is perfect for the wit and the style of the era. You would never guess that the writer wasn't English to the core, and that's the biggest compliment I can give it. The inborn sense of Class within the book seems like it could only be written by someone raised in a class-fuelled society. Brendan's (and others) inherent snobbery about Tony's background as the son of a Merchant is nicely explored, and that sense of "Well, you can't expect anything more from a man of his type" is ingrained throughout, even echoed by other merchants, who consider Tony to be "jumped up" and "nouveau riche". The research regarding smuggling and the sections involving the horses were so impressive, and I learned a lot, which I don't often end up saying in this period!
I've seen this described as a "gay for you" and a "May and December" - but in fact it's neither. Carlisle is 20 years older than Brendan, and May to December in my eyes needs to be a lot more than that! - and Carlisle isn't GFY, he's bisexual. (If we are going to define things by today's terms, whereas I rather think he just loves souls, rather than plumbing.)
Anyone who loves Georgette Heyer will enjoy this hugely. If you already love Lee's nautical stories, this is a sure fire winner, but if you've shied away from reading the nautical stories because boats don't float your boat, then give this a try--because it's a winner.
This is an m/m version of an Austen or Georgette Heyer book that I would love to see televised!! Rowan's knowledge of gay life in the early 1800's , with its molly houses, need for secrecy and of course the the legal implications, make this an exciting read and realistic. Kudos too for the enlightening back story on Free Traders and smugglers. No silly 'Ok Homo' moments with friends/relatives suddenly accepting what would have been considered an illegal and unacceptable at the time, although Brendan's fiesty sister Elspeth might have made a great confidant. Tom and Brendan's hesitant romance is entirely believeable. Both Dobson and Tony made great hissable 'baddies'. The sex scenes are tasteful and not overdone.
Again top marks for a wonderful cover. Not a bare torso in sight. Finally, the ending left me with a good feeling, and a wish to see how their relationship would evolve over the years given their age difference and the need for discretion in a less tolerant time. This is Rowan's most consistent and satisfying tale. Sequel? Yes please. Highly recommmended.
Interestingly, for a book that begins with a scene of public sex in an upper class Molly house and deals with the criminal underbelly of Regency life, this novel is rather sweet and innocent - or at least, Brendan is. He seems genuinely bewildered by the sorry state of affairs his one-time lover has gotten himself into, and it is his petition to Philip for help that leads him to the true romance of his life.
This is not one of those m/m romances with a torrid sex scene every chapter, but rather a character study, where the sexual tension is allowed to simmer for quite a while as the plot plays out. The author, who I was surprised to learn is American, has a perfect grasp of Austen-like dialogue, and can gently poke fun at the foibles of society in this era without ever seeming condescending. Indeed, the only thing that struck a wrong note with me was the mention of early daffodils in April, which I would think of as main daffodil season!
All in all, a gripping story with a touching romance, and the closest thing to a "happy ever after" you are likely to find in the historical m/m romance genre. It left me with a very satisfied smile, and a desire to read more by Lee Rowan - as well as the remaining two books in the series.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?