This book was recommended to me ages ago so I finally bought it using my Amazon birthday vouchers. I give it a resounding 5/5 stars!
Here is the blurb:
England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.
Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.
As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.
As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…
Well worth reading! Two very different and believable characters written convincingly and with careful detail, as is the historical setting.
I particularly enjoyed the emotional, mental and physical journey of Archie Curtis. He starts out feeling useless, impotent and lost, taking the conventional stance of disapproval at the ‘queer, dago intruder’ da Silva but ends up in a completely different head space. I’m not going to give away the details but his journey is the heart of the story. I loved the old fashioned, Edwardian era way da Silva was described- refreshingly un PC and realistic!
It is a very long time since I’ve read a book this obsessively and not been distracted by Facebook, family or food, but it just goes to show the huge talent of K J Charles to write such an absorbing story. I really hope she writes a sequel as I was very sad to say goodbye to Archie and Daniel at the end of the tale.