Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review & Giveaway: TRAPPED by Ruby Moone

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Publisher: JMS Books

Length: 62,000 words


Sam Holloway is a desperate man. Trapped in Dante's, the high-class London brothel catering to men who love men, his only hope is to find a rich protector. Then he meets the young aristocrat with sad eyes.

Tristan Barrington, sixth earl of Chiltern, waited until the death of his father before acting on his unnatural desires. Dante's has a reputation for quality and absolute discretion. He never expected to find in its sordid depths a glorious man who could master not only his body but his heart, as well.

In Tristan, Sam sees an opportunity to flee a life he hates, and he sets his sights on seducing the earl. Tristan vows to help him escape, but in the process not only uncovers the vile corruption at the heart of Dante's but also suspects that Sam's declaration of love was nothing but a lie.

Then Sam is gravely injured, and Tristan faces a tough decision -- leave Sam to his fate, or help him once again?

Companion book to The Wrong Kind of Angel but can be read as a standalone. HEA.

Carra's Review

I’m always reluctant to read an M/M historical romance, simply because I cannot stand the fact that any time period before modern ones they have to hide who they are—not from fear of being ostracized by other people (though that is always a possibility, then and now), but due to the laws that could find a character swinging from the end of a rope.  But sometimes my curiosity is piqued by a synopsis for a story in this genre, and I wind up quite pleasantly surprised at the wonderful story I discover.  This is how Trapped was for me.

I couldn’t help but come to care for Tristan and Sam, not to mention several of the supporting characters.  Sam, who has nothing and is trapped by circumstance in a horrible, abusive situation, is still strong and determined to break free…even if he needs to string Tristan along to do so.  Tristan, who has everything and yet is still trapped by circumstance hiding his true nature, feels unloved and unworthy of love…but remains hopeful with Sam.  It seems like things might work out—until the truth comes out (a truth that has changed for Sam in the meantime) and things become complicated.

Trapped gives readers romance, suspense, drama and tension, especially once Dante comes for Sam.  The story really draws you in, and I was so distraught for Sam much of the second half of the book.  The threat Dante poses is constant, and I was on edge as the climactic suspense of the last quarter of the story played out.  I’ve been hard pressed to find M/M historical romances that result in a truly satisfying ending given the time periods they cover, but Trapped was able to easily deliver one and had me smiling in the end.

Trapped was a really good 4.5-star read for me and also has me intrigued for The Wrong Kind of Angel which I haven’t read yet—I can’t wait to go back and read Harry and Charlie’s story…and I really hope we also get one with Alfie and Gareth down the line.  I’ve got this author on my watch list now, I’m looking forward to reading more!  I definitely would recommend this book to M/M historical romance fans, and it is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content…which oh-by-the-way is simply decadent between Tristan and Sam.

Author Bio

My name is Ruby Moone and I love books. All kinds of books. My weakness is for romance, and that can be any kind, but I am particularly fond of historical and paranormal. I decided to write gay romance after reading some fantastic books and falling in love with the genre, so am really thrilled to have my work published here. The day job takes up a lot of my time, but every other spare moment finds me writing or reading. I live in the north west of England with my husband who thinks that I live in two worlds. The real world and in the world in my head...he probably has a point!


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