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Best Gay Historical Romance

And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Think of England by KJ Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 1, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Think of England

My only complaint has to do with the climactic shootout scene at the folly. It struck me as cheesy and something of a copout. A resolution based on wit rather than weaponry would’ve been more appropriate, I believe, because the MCs and their female helpers had previously shown such ingenuity. Not overly detailed (a good thing; excruciating descriptions can be tedious and distracting), yet sketched in so deftly, I could picture every location.

K.J. Charles is a very talented writer. You are drawn into her books so easily and you can picture everything in your mind like a movie. Great supporting characters. The plot flowed smoothly and had just enough description (of characters, setting, etc.) without overwhelming the reader with the unnecessary details.

This classic story of opposites meeting, clashing and ultimately attracting - amid a dark atmosphere of political intrigue and base greed - has been one of my favorite reads of the year. Archie Curtis, an Englishman with a capital "E", is a forthright man of action - who, by his own admission, has very little imagination - and he dislikes Daniel da Silva on sight. And why not? After all, da Silva is his polar opposite: clever, imaginative, sharp-tongued and terribly, terribly effete.

Very captivating book – history, mystery and, of course – love. It was hard to put it down. The house with its mysterious passages... so there was plot, apart from the love story. I miss it in some of the M/M books.

Drama, intrigue, fantastic characters and a very deft and capable hand with setting left me feeling like I didn’t want to leave this world behind, so I read the story again. There is literally nothing not to like about this story, no place where it fell down, nothing that disappointed. There’s sex, romance, mystery, atmosphere, historical accuracy…read this. You don’t have to love historicals to love this book.

Runners Up:
2. Tournament of Shadows by S.A. Meade
3. Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen
4. Dance of Stone by Jay Lewis Taylor
5. The Dead Past by Kate Aaron

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