A Gilded Cage

Joy Lynn Fielding
A Gilded Cage
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Siren BookStrand
Release Date
August 2014
Book 2 of Masquerade
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, LGBTQ

Perry Sinclair is blissfully happy living in Italy with his lover, Jack Fitzwarren. He finds as much happiness in the peace of Jack's vineyard as he does in the decadent delights of Venice in full Carnevale, where everyone is masked and nothing is forbidden.

Jack is a fugitive from English justice, wanted for a crime he did not commit. When Perry's ex-lover, Gilbert, arrives in Venice, Perry realizes that the safety they thought Jack had found in Venice is nothing more than an illusion. Meanwhile, Gilbert has an agenda of his own, and Perry is faced with an agonizing choice.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Sep 12, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
229 people found the following review helpful
A GILDED CAGE is the second book in the Masquerade series, the first book being Carnavale. And this is a worthy successor to its prequel.

Although this book doesn't have as much raunchiness as the first when young, inexperienced but very willing Percy Sinclair is being introduced to the delights of Venice, this book captures the growing relationship between Percy and his lover, Jack Fitzwarren. Forced to leave England because of a crime that was committed and of which Jack swears he's innocent, the two men live their lives in Jack's vineyard in the Italian hills.

I just love Perry, or 'little bird' as Jack affectionately calls him. He's sweet, tougher than he looks, loyal and very eager to participate in the delights of the flesh and in love itself. He's an innocent who has found his carnal streak with Jack. His growing sensuality and the desire to possess Jack and have him possess Percy has become a welcome facet to his life and that he enjoys each minute.

But as always, Paradise has its serpent in the form of an ex-lover of Percy's, Gilbert, who arrives in Venice with the ill-conceived notion that he can simply take Percy back. When Percy challenges this imperious outlook, Gilbert becomes vengeful and threatens to destroy everything Percy holds dear in his desire to re-conquer his lost lover.

There was a time when I thought Percy was going to make the wrong decision for himself and Jack, and I was so pleased when the decision he did make turned out to be the one I wanted. I won't say more than this as you can find out for yourself what this decision was when you read the book. Suffice it to say, the drama and tension leading up to the two men's ultimate choice was masterful, the characters' motivations well plotted and thought out and the emotional turmoil they all faced enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Joy Lynn Fielding writes a tender and sensual tale of two men whose only desire is to be together, safe and loved, and to live out the rest of their days together.

The heady and atmospheric descriptions of both the lovely city of Venice and the Italian hills make you want to buy a plane ticket and rush over there, to stroll the streets of the city on the canal and walk the rolling and scented hills of the Italian mainland.

I definitely recommend this book, and strongly suggest reading Carnavale first, so you can get to know Percy and Jack as I have, and love these two men equally as much as I did.
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