Their love was a death sentence.
Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.
He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.
It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman’s noose.
Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?
The one thing I loved about this book was the fact it didn’t run along the normal lines of other regency period books that I’ve read.
We got to hear about the gritter side of what happens when men get caught. The term used, the real power that rank and status had even over other peers. Example A Duke over an Earl. And we also got to hear about these ‘auctions’.
Deacon and his cousin Beau grew up together, had tons in common but as the years went by the friendship faded. Now he only see/hears of him when Beau is in trouble of some sort and needs help. Deacon, being the most loyal of friends will do anything to help his dearest friend and finds himself in one of the worst parts of London at an auction that’s about to be raided trying to save his friend.
Tom, just a lad was captured off the streets with promises of a job,place to stay and food. Instead he found himself drugged and on the auction block. By fate, Deacon, Beau and Tom all escape this night.
This is a story that has a love affair of four people, we get to know two. Deacon and Tom. But in the background is Beau and Edward. Although that one, tragic and the bases of the book is doomed from the beginning.
I completely enjoy how the author takes us on the journey through the Beau’s self destruction which happens to lead Deacon to his self awareness and growth at the same time.
The way that Tom, being there to help, give counsel, as well as love and tenderness when Deacon thinks all is lost.
We have a lot of players and they all work well together even when at first you don’t think it is. In the end it does. We get a wonderful HEA.
I hope we get Edwards story, how his heart heals, maybe?