Revolutionary Temptation - Silvia Violet
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The American colonists are fighting for their independence, but the battlefield is not the only place to wage war. When General Washington's head of intelligence asks Captain Jack West to spy on the British in New York, Jack agrees, despite reservations about this ungentlemanly pursuit.
Jack's contact in the city recruits bookshop owner Elias Ashfield, an impeccably dressed sensualist who flaunts his desire for both men and women and seeks a place in high society. Jack longs for a simple life guided by clear principles. Eli is a risk-taker who knows how to get what he wants. And he wants Jack in his bed.
Events in Jack's past have made him fearful of acting on his secret craving for a man's touch, but Eli intrigues Jack as much as he infuriates him. As Jack and Eli search for the information the rebel army needs, they realize there's more between them than mere lust. But finding a way to be together may prove more difficult than defeating the British Empire.
The only books I had read by Silvia Violet previously were her contemporary Thorne and Dash books, so I my interest was piqued when I saw this historical romance coming out. I was really pleased by what I got with Revolutionary Temptation, and I loved the mix of intrigue, romance and a bit of suspense. As an M/M story set during the fight for American independence, it also has the added tension of what might happen if our main characters are caught together.
Jack is more than willing to do what is needed for the rebel cause, even if what he must do is distasteful to him. He knows the importance of his mission, and is determined to do what is asked of him to help their cause. He's also very careful not to let his proclivities be known-even if that means denying himself. Thank goodness for Eli...who I absolutely loved. He's a bit flashier than Jack, more outgoing and has some secrets of his own. He's discreet-for the most part-but has no qualms about making his intentions known to Jack. The two can't help themselves around each other, and I liked watching them go basically from hookup to dalliance to falling for each other.
All of that is set against the backdrop of spying on the enemy during the revolution, making for a nice bit of tension and drama. There's also some society moments that balance out that drama, some of which can be a little tedious-but I find that to be the case in most every historical I read, mostly because I become impatient with all the proper manners and conversations.
I really enjoyed this story, and the last quarter of the book had me not wanting to put it down at all when the anxiety of what might happen to our rebel characters was heading for its peak. Revolutionary Temptation was a very solid 4-star read for me, and any fan of M/M historical romance will want to add this one to their library. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language (yes, even back then over 300 years ago) and M/M sexual content.
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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