In this case, a short story, the details are actually as much important as the story itself: two middle class men, already lovers, secretly met at a crowded ball and consume an illicit thirst right under the nose of their guest. From little hints here and there we learn that Rys and Martin are lovers for the last 4 years, that probably Martin is a little older than Rys and that he has to “rein” his rebellious lover. Rys is a wealthy man who is becoming even wealthier with the approaching of his 25 birthday and the inheritance from his late grandfather.
Rys is probably richer than Martin, but their relationship is not balanced by their pocket: Rys needs the strong hand that Martin is able to have upon him. Rys and Martin’s independently wealthy positions allow them to live their love, of course always preserving discretion; daring to have sex in an house full of guests is only an “innocent” way to live on the edge, to give to Rys that thrill he needs to be satisfied, and so to avoid bigger dangers.
As I told above, I also particularly liked the description Ava March did of the setting; basically writing about Rys searching his lover among the guests, Ava March describes also a typical XIX century ball and the mansion that is hosting it. All of this give even more interest to this short piece of regency romance.
Amazon Kindle: Beyond Reckless
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (November 27, 2010)