Monday, March 12, 2018

Review & Giveaway: OF HOPE AND ANGUISH by Silvia Violet (Revolutionaries #2)

Length: 50,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Revolutionaries Series

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Jack and Eli have been separated for months while Jack gathers intelligence in Philadelphia and Eli spies on British officers in New York. When Jack has to take on the role of spymaster and work behind-the-scenes, Eli offers to insinuate himself in Philadelphia's loyalist circles, taking Jack's place.

As Eli works to uncover traitorous negotiations between a high-ranking American officer and the British, he cozies up to British spymaster John Andre. Jack doesn't like Eli putting himself at risk, nor does he like seeing him fawning over a beautiful, charming man.

As the chances of the American army surviving the winter decline, tensions mount between Jack and Eli, threatening to tear them apart. They will have to rely on their love and trust for one another to make it through these harrowing months.

Carra's Review

Since I really enjoyed the first book of this series, Revolutionary Temptation, I was eager to get started on this so I could find out how things were going for Jack and Eli.  Here in Of Hope and Anguish, there’s more scheming and subterfuge, and plenty more suspense…I was constantly on alert, particularly during the last quarter of the story when I probably would have physically hurt anyone who might have tried to disturb me while I was reading it.

The emotions between Eli and Jack are much more defined now, and it was good to see Jack fully owning up to his feelings for Eli.  With as deep as their love and passion ran, it elevated the drama of their situation and the intensity of their emotions when things start to get uncertain and doubt is introduced.  These parts were written so well, and solidly captured my attention so that I couldn’t put this down until I found out how things turned out.

One thing that I’m finding quite interesting about this series is that it is actually piquing my curiosity for the actual historical events of the Revolutionary War.  I’ve never really been a history person (it was one of my worst subjects in school), so the fact that these stories are drawing me in to the time period like this where I actually want to go back and revisit the actual events is a testament to the author’s skill at involving me in the story, and stirring my interest in that time of our country’s history.

I’m really curious to see where this series goes, how the author will continue to figure Jack and Eli (as well as Constance) into the actual historical events.  It really does make you go “what if?”, and to think of how any same-sex pairings worked things out back then (as any good M/M historical romance should).  I’m certainly fully invested in these characters—not just Jack and Eli, but Constance and Randall as well…and I definitely don’t think we’ve heard the last from John Andre either.

Of Hope and Anguish was a 4.5-star read for me, and I highly recommend it as well as Revolutionary Temptation to M/M historical romance fans.  These books really do need to be read in order to understand the progression of Jack and Eli’s relationship, and if you can read them one right after the other that’s even better.  The two of them together are positively incendiary physically *fans self*, and as strong-willed as Eli is combined with Jack’s protective, proprietary attitude the sparks fly outside the bedroom as well.  This book is strictly for readers 18+ for adult language and steamy, explicit sexual content.  Is it time for book three yet?

About the Author

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.


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