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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley

Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (February 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622342127
ISBN-13: 978-1622342129
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Edward Taylor is a man torn between his honourable façade and his forbidden carnal desires. Outwardly a proper Victorian family man, Edward secretly craves pain and lusts after men. Isaac Sinclair is a struggling writer forced by poverty to supplement his income with less savory pursuits, including discreetly inflicting “professional punishments” upon wealthy gentlemen. When Edward catches Isaac in an act of petty theft, the chance meeting seems to offer an ideal opportunity for both men. Neither man, however, is prepared for the escalation of social and personal risk occasioned by falling in love.

The front cover blurb that says this book is “A salacious BDSM romance” does the actual book a great disservice because the finely written story with depth of theme and characterization is so much more than that! Although there is some BDSM activity between the main characters, it is of distant importance to the main story, which dwells far more on the emotional makeup of sensitively, multi-dimensional written characters. The historical element is true-to-source, and the author leads you into Victorian London with the ease of a seasoned resident. The writing is first class, the plot delicious, the setting authentic and the characters drawn to a fine point of perfection.

Behind Locked Doors has a good pace, with the right amount of tension, and goo chemistry between the characters.

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