Fascinated: The Wicked Woodleys (The Wicked Woodleys) by Jess Michaels #mm #review @jessmichaelsbks

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A sexy M/M historical romance in the Wicked Woodleys universe from USA Today bestselling author Jess Michaels

It’s been over a decade since Aaron Condit’s lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died. While he has had temporary diversions, he hasn’t had a real relationship since. But now he’s been invited to the home of his best friend, Leticia Blackwood and he’ll be faced with deep temptation in the form of her brother, Griffin Merrick.

Griffin has seen Aaron at certain clubs for a long time and he cannot deny that he wants the handsome solicitor. But secrets from far in the past and a desire not to hurt someone they both love stand between them. Time spent alone leads to a passionate affair, but only time will tell if they can overcome all that keeps them apart. And if they’re willing to risk losing everything in order to find love.

This was a difficult book to review. First off, let me state that I enjoyed it for its historical reference and for the fast pace. However, this is a M/M Romance and that’s where it failed for me.

Griffin’s actions and emotions come across as those of a woman. And I’m not talking in an effeminate way. An M/M romance is different than an M/F one. The book feels like an M/F romance where the heroine’s name and sex was changed. It was a really good attempt, but it utterly failed in my mind due to the nature of it and the fact there was a speech by one of the female characters about homosexuality that was very 21st century — but would NEVER have meshed back in the 1800s. It felt like the author spoke and not the character.

That said, I do intend to read some more of Jess Michaels books – perhaps the others in this series – as I do think she has the M/F dynamic wonderfully written. But as far as a M/M romance? It just did not reach the mark for me.

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