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Wow Just wow Fabulously done I hate that the horrid covers kept me away from this wonderful book so long I love this time period and Pearson did it well, and well done with the weaving in of the Oscar Wilde trials Also, I ADORED the very prim, British sense of humor from the guys Just great Highly Recommended for those who like M M historicals Know that the sex is all fade to black but it just worked so well in this story Oh, and my heart breaks for poor Henry and all the men who lived Wow Just wow Fabulously done I hate that the horrid covers kept me away from this wonderful book so long I love this time period and Pearson did it well, and well done with the weaving in of the Oscar Wilde trials Also, I ADORED the very prim, British sense of humor from the guys Just great Highly Recommended for those who like M M historicals Know that the sex is all fade to black but it just worked so well in this story Oh, and my heart breaks for poor Henry and all the men who lived in the closet in this time God how unbearable and bleak But these guys found light in the bleak times and it was beautiful Why, oh why doesn t M.J Pearson writeI let this book marinate on my harddrive long enough, but now I have nothing of hers to look forward to.Her characters are so human, historicals wonderfully original, and she just grabs you with her words right by your heart.Even when you know how it will end Even if you can see the villain from the start She makes the journey really worthwhile.Oh please, please, Ms Pearson, write. PLEASE do not be put off this book by the cover If you ve looked at it and thought oh no, BDSM torture isn t my cup of tea then please read this review and perhaps decide to read it anyway Because frankly I don t know what Seventh Window was thinking with this cover It in NO WAY represents the book The Snidely Whiplash character doesn t exist in the book, there s no half naked men bizarrely wearing jeans no one gets tied to a chair and there s a distinct lack of face fungus I appreciate PLEASE do not be put off this book by the cover If you ve looked at it and thought oh no, BDSM torture isn t my cup of tea then please read this review and perhaps decide to read it anyway Because frankly I don t know what Seventh Window was thinking with this cover It in NO WAY represents the book The Snidely Whiplash character doesn t exist in the book, there s no half naked men bizarrely wearing jeans no one gets tied to a chair and there s a distinct lack of face fungus I appreciate that the artist has some talent, but it almost feels like the cover was created for another book and they didn t want to waste it Frankly, I consider it misrepresentation The mark of this site for the book won t reflect the cover at all, that wouldn t be fair, but I wanted to get that out of the way straight away, to encourage you to look beyond it and give this great little book a go.I have to say, I really really enjoyed this book We are introduced to our main protagonist, Douglas, straight away and we find he s reeling from the death of his lover who died a few months previously It s spring, and the restlessness that often accompanies that season, seeps into Douglas consciousness and before he knows it, he s going outside and walking about for the first time in ages You really feel the grief in Douglas very bones, he s walking around half dead himself, but he s coming round, slowly.Then, as often happens, two things happen to him in short succession He goes into a bookshop and is subtly chatted up by the owner, a gorgeous aristocratic man, and after that he feels sufficiently bouyed up that he doesn t really want to go home and instead spends some time in the National Gallery where he meets a scruffy artist who s really not his type, but who intrigues him and whose art he s drawn to He finds that the artist knew Henry Douglas dead lover and that gives them a common ground to discuss The blond hunk from the bookshop asks Douglas around for dinner, and the artist gives Douglas his address, saying he has some sketches of Henry he might like Men just like buses Nothing for months, then two come at once.As you can tell from the blurb, this is the main theme of the book two men to choose from It s all about appearances and trust Who is right for him Who seems right and who is his type This is handled cleverly by introducing real doubt about both men, and layering mystery on mystery Personally I would have liked to have seen this stretched even further than it was making me truly unsure about either man for me as it stood it was rather too obvious, and I never really doubted who was good and who wasn t But that s possibly because I love being led by the nose down the wrong path, and I m sure that 99% of readers will find the device quite satisfactory.I was a little put off by the scene setting at the beginning There s a rather clumsy piece of As You Know, Bob, dialogue between Mark the bookshop owner and Douglas I can understand why it was there, to establish that the Wilde indecency trial is on the horizon, but the way they discussed it, it was so obvious that it was there simply to tell the audience where and when we were and it jarred me It could easily have been done in Douglas point of view, but once we are past that scene, there s noof this, the dialogue is solid and I was swept away into the narrative.There s much to like about the book The characters are vibrant and believable, with surprises on just about every page There s excellent detail not too much for locations and houses Pearson doesn t prettify London in the late 1900 s sights, sounds, smells are described well And overall it s a nice commentary on class, servant roles, andimportantly, the assumptions that people make about other people based on appearance, titles, family, obvious wealth and their houses.The male male romance that blossoms does so extremely well I was dreading that we d go from Douglas being so broken hearted to leaping into bed with all and sundry but it doesn t work like that, and the book takes its time, and in that respect, the grief is well represented Don t buy this book looking for scorching sex scenes, because all of the sex takes place either behind a firmly closed door, or is of the dot dot dot variety However, this doesn t detract from what is a delightful love affair, and a tightly plotted mystery which I m sure will be enjoyed by anyone who picks it up, as long as they can get past Old Snidely on the cover My Tasting Why I bought it I won this during the M M Romance goodreads group s anniversary celebrations.Dislike like ending on a high note Dislike Most of my mates know how I feel about historical fiction My rabid avoidance comes from a deep, abiding hatred for authors who don t thoroughly research the period in which they are setting the story One of the perils of my working in the history field unfortunately I therefore can t help but begin reading an historical romance expecting the wo My Tasting Why I bought it I won this during the M M Romance goodreads group s anniversary celebrations.Dislike like ending on a high note Dislike Most of my mates know how I feel about historical fiction My rabid avoidance comes from a deep, abiding hatred for authors who don t thoroughly research the period in which they are setting the story One of the perils of my working in the history field unfortunately I therefore can t help but begin reading an historical romance expecting the worst cont below Like However, and I know this may come across as patronising, I was pleasantly surprised by Helpless The author did an excellent job at portraying the time period, complete with the historical and social context of Oscar Wilde s trial This added a depth and richness to the story which made itthan just a chicks with dicks version of a regency romance It made it a convincing and at times heartbreaking look at what life was like for so called deviants Dislike More of a warning Douglas, the main character, drove me batshit He seemed so insipid in parts I kept expecting him to have an attack of the vapours and take to bed Yet, as the plot progresses and Douglas character develops, I realised the author had emphasised this to show his increasing independence, his growth from being helpless Clever, yes Like As I sit here typing this, I have come to the conclusion that what I liked the most about this were the contrasts in it Things were not always what they seemed and, while some characters and situations may be a little trope y, the twists the author has managed to work into the plot and subplots as well as the historical context give it a freshness which makes for a very good read.So, what I think If you are interested in an m m historical romance with a strong dash of crime thriller, I would recommend Helpless to you I enjoyed it very much Tasting is my version of a mini review where I talk a very little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to Oh, and I ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place sometimes this can be interesting to know 4,5 starsDouglas a peer of the realm has recently lost his best friend and lover Two men are now competing for his attention, one is an artist from a peasant background and the other from a reputable family of a Marquie Who will he chose The story is set in the time of the Oscar Wilde trials in London.I got angry at Douglas on Warrens account, while he Douglas tried not to be shallow and snobbish, sometimes he was exactly that, always hounding Warren about his looks and appearance Never taki 4,5 starsDouglas a peer of the realm has recently lost his best friend and lover Two men are now competing for his attention, one is an artist from a peasant background and the other from a reputable family of a Marquie Who will he chose The story is set in the time of the Oscar Wilde trials in London.I got angry at Douglas on Warrens account, while he Douglas tried not to be shallow and snobbish, sometimes he was exactly that, always hounding Warren about his looks and appearance Never taking him out anywhere in polite society but visiting this same establishments with Mark, his other suitor Mark got a better treatment just because he is of a better suited background Douglas made amorous advances on him while being usually reticent with Warren, who needed to seduce himor less.So you see the story was engaging and well written, but after all the angst I felt it ended somewhat abrupt, it would have been nice to know about what happened to the two evil guys Also this book is mostly plot driven so no prolonged sex scene there are some but they are not discriptive or long It s been sitting on my harddrive for close to 4 years What a shame I loved the book, I loved the predictability of it, I loved how the author still managed to entice me into following the developing story, made me hang onto to every word It was so easy to relax into the story, which despite the transparency never lost its edge.Another favorite from MJ Pearson. |DOWNLOAD EPUB ⚆ Helpless ♴ In London during the gross indecency trial of Oscar Wilde, Douglas Shrove finds himself still haunted by memories of his dead lover while skirting violence, blackmail and the affections of two men There are two who seek you outThat is what the gypsy told Douglas Shrove a few months after the death of his lover And the gypsy was right Two men were vying for his affectionsMark Goldcrest an aristocrat like himself a golden Adonis, cool and discreetWarren Scott a shabbily dressed denizen of a Bohemian world that Douglas can t begin to understand One is what he seems, and one is not, and one is dangerousBut which is which Both men are attractive and attracted to him but only one has a dangerous secret One of Douglas Shrove s admirers could be his salvation if the other doesn t destroy him first Jinlar bazmi, yoxud katta oyin Douglas Shrove finds himself still haunted by memories of his dead lover while skirting violence Hand Lettering Workbook: A Premium Beginner’s Practice Hand Lettering Book & Introduction to Lettering & Modern Calligraphy blackmail and the affections of two men There are two who seek you outThat is what the gypsy told Douglas Shrove a few months after the death of his lover And the gypsy was right Two men were vying for his affectionsMark Goldcrest an aristocrat like himself a golden Adonis Whiteman cool and discreetWarren Scott a shabbily dressed denizen of a Bohemian world that Douglas can t begin to understand One is what he seems شاهنامه فردوسی از دستنویس موزه فلورانس and one is not Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors and one is dangerousBut which is which Both men are attractive and attracted to him but only one has a dangerous secret One of Douglas Shrove s admirers could be his salvation if the other doesn t destroy him first Although I enjoyed the story, I dislike being misled by the cover art a bare chested man tied to a chair with a shadowy figure standing behind him, holding him by the hair It has nothing at all to do with what happens in the story and I m not happy that I bought this book in part because of the cover The story summary made it seem that the cover art depicted a scene from the book up until the very end, I kept waiting for the main character to be placed in the situation shown on the cover Although I enjoyed the story, I dislike being misled by the cover art a bare chested man tied to a chair with a shadowy figure standing behind him, holding him by the hair It has nothing at all to do with what happens in the story and I m not happy that I bought this book in part because of the cover The story summary made it seem that the cover art depicted a scene from the book up until the very end, I kept waiting for the main character to be placed in the situation shown on the cover it never happened.Now I m not sure what the point was in having non con bondage related cover art for a book with no bondage, and no explicit sex either Readers who dislike bondage aren t going to read this book because of the cover, and readers like me who bought the book because of the cover art are going to feel cheated.And the worse thing about the cover is that it ends up detracting from a story that really is well written it simply wasn t what I was expecting and therefore feel let down I think I d better DNF it now I loved two other books by MJ Pearson and I don t want to hate this one But it is so like many, many other average m m historicals I guess it is comfortably predictable but I m not in the mood for this kind of reading right now. Well written, but a little too grave for meWarning This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS Rating 8 10PROS Some of the things that happen, even as early as the second chapter, shocked me, but not in a bad way If I were to encounter such unusual occurrences in a contemporary romance, I d probably roll my eyes and think, yeah, right, but in the historical setting, I was able to suspend my doubts and enjoy the unexpectedness of the plot There s immediate comfort and Well written, but a little too grave for meWarning This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS Rating 8 10PROS Some of the things that happen, even as early as the second chapter, shocked me, but not in a bad way If I were to encounter such unusual occurrences in a contemporary romance, I d probably roll my eyes and think, yeah, right, but in the historical setting, I was able to suspend my doubts and enjoy the unexpectedness of the plot There s immediate comfort and later, real friendship between Douglas and Warren I enjoyed their quiet interactions, especially when compared to the artificiality and forced politeness of the scenes between Douglas and Mark The characters are well rounded and seem realistic Douglas s innocence is, in my opinion, endearing without being too annoying, and all of the characters have squabbles like normal people but manage to resolve things without drowning the story in character driven angst Pearson does an excellent job of portraying a detailed view of London during the late 19th century.CONS Part of the story s appeal is that there s lots of uncertainty riddles and vague comments and portentous occurrences But I think maybe Pearson did TOO good a job of establishing ambiguity for me I don t mind plot twists, but I like to know who the good guys are at least the main ones and I didn t know that in this book at least not entirely until very near the end The entire book has a heavy, oppressive atmosphere There s often a feeling of paranoia in historical books that deal with homosexuality because the lifestyle was, in many places, punishable by death But often in fiction, those unpleasantries are glossed over acknowledged, but then pushed aside with one excuse or another That is not the case here the inclusion of Oscar Wilde and his very real trial and punishment gives the whole book a somber feel There s a description of rape that I found difficult to read It s not detailed, granted, but I got the full weight of the psychological impact on the victim.Overall comments This book is full of lost loves and frightening noises in the night and questions about characters loyalty, not to mention the constant weight of Oscar Wilde s ongoing trial for gross indecency It s certainly a good book, but I d be lying if I said that I wholeheartedly enjoyed it