Joy Lynn Fielding
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Siren Bookstrand
Release Date
July 2013
Book 1 of Masquerade
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, LGBTQ

At the end of the eighteenth century, Perry Sinclair's Grand Tour of Europe is not going entirely to plan. He loses his bear-leader, his valet, and his lover in quick succession, and finds himself alone in Venice.

Surrounded by the gaiety and excesses of Venetian Carnevale, Perry meets Jack, a fellow Englishman. Jack introduces Perry to a group of gentlemen who indulge in all sorts of sexual activities while hiding their identity behind Carnevale masks. Shocked and yet delighted, Perry flings himself headlong into such pleasure, falling resoundingly in love with Jack as he does so.

Jack Fitzwarren does not fall in love. He certainly does not fall in love with English tourists. But despite Jack's best efforts, Perry's artless enthusiasm and unquestioning trust begin to find a way through all of his defences. Jack can almost forget the secret he carries with him, the one that means he can never confess to Perry who he really is.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Aug 28, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
225 people found the following review helpful
Joy Lynn Fielding's descriptions are beautifully evocative, making your nostrils flare at the scent of the sewers and the whiff of a man's expensive cologne. Your eyes greedily devour the page as she richly details the bewitching scenery of Venice and the grandeur and the magnificence of a place and time without boundaries.

Peregrine 'Perry' Sinclair is something of an innocent in the lair of those far more worldly and sexually aware than he is. Perry finds himself in Venice, on his tour of Europe, abandoned by his valet, his "chaperone" and the man of his dreams. He decides to try and find his own excitement and finds himself being catapulted--literally--into the very willing arms of Jack Fitzwarren.

Jaded, bored, and set adrift from his own country by events that spiraled out of his control, Jack is delighted to find a young, innocent and extremely personable man in his arms.

And that is where Perry's education and his slow inauguration into the delights of the flesh and the never ending pursuit of sexual pleasure begins. Jack is a willing teacher and Perry, a very willing pupil. Until the two men begin to realize that they have feelings for each other which far outweigh the needs of the body and the ever rampant sexual need.

There is a lot to choose from in the book to please even the most discerning of readers who enjoy this genre. Sexy scenes of ménage, sexual toy play, orgies, burgeoning emotional development and angst as these two men find out what they actually mean to each other, all set in the wonderful backdrop of Venice.

This is a book of excesses, of men's physical pleasure being paramount and then suddenly, creeping up like the fog over the Grand Canal is the feeling of emotional love and affection and the knowledge that perhaps no man is an island.

I loved Perry's innocence, his humanity and the way he grows as a man in this story as Perry falls in love with the mysterious Jack,a man with a terrible secret. One that Jack fears, if known, would make him lose Perry forever. And that is something he cannot allow.

Beautifully written in the period, this is an ornate tapestry weaving story of men falling in love, of realizing their humanity and their frailties and their strengths. This is a definite recommended read and I can't wait to read the next in Jack and Perry's story.
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