Friday, September 28, 2012

A Must Read: A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px">A Private Gentleman
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My rating: 5">">5 of 5 stars

Two hopelessly flawed men discover that they aren't as hopelessly flawed as they suspected. A son of a whore who becomes a whore himself and the painfully shy, socially awkward, stammering son of a marquess meet in the most unlikely of situations and start a love affair with a dark, unspoken and painful  secret between them.

I must admit, I am not just an epilogue whore, I'm a history whore as well and this story had me enthralled in the historical references, the sensitive subjects it touched on and confronted, from the beginning to the end, and the love that seemed to just bleed off the pages to puddle at my feet.

I love Heidi's work, that is no secret, but this is going on my "go-to" list along with other books that I love and can read anytime. Between Wes's desperate yearning for anyone to look beyond his stammer to the man beneath and Michael's need for someone to want the scholar that lurks beneath the body of a "professional sodomite", this story was filled with moments of intense realism, emotion, pain and through it all that blissful acceptance I think we all search for.

While there was no clearly marked "Epilogue" the Epilogue Whore that roars within me settled down and was slumbering peacefully by the end of this book and wonder of wonders the story ended so damn beautifully I don't even feel the need to ask for a sequel.

I recommend this book to everyone because you will learn something, sigh, laugh, weep and love alongside Wes and Michael and when the book is over walk away a little different than you were when you first started reading it.

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