Title: Against Reason
He lost his heart once. Is it too damaged for love to find it again?
In the five years since the love of his life abandoned him at the altar, Jake Morgan hasn’t left his house. The locals in this small, English town have dubbed him “Mr. Havisham”, but he’s too preoccupied wrestling his demons to care about Dickensian comparisons.
Forced to admit he’s losing the battle to keep up his large estate alone, he reluctantly places an advert for help. The striking young man who answers his call shakes him to the core.
When Darius answers the ad for the position at the mysterious mansion, the bitter, lonely master of the house tugs at his heartstrings. Setting aside his own run of bad luck, Darius batters at Jake’s emotional walls with kindness and determination that defy all attempts to drive him away.
Just as tendrils of new love begin to intertwine, though, a terrible voice from the past intrudes. And threatens to drive Jake back into the shadows where Darius can never reach him.
Author: Scarlet Balckwell
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: February 18, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website
This was a short, but sweet little read. I found it interesting that the author chose to emulate Great Expectations, but with an all-male cast. Miss Havisham became Mr. Havisham, but the dining room . . . *shutters* Ancient cake moldering away on the side board. Eeewwww! Something one doesn’t necessarily think of a guy doing, but really? Why not. They have emotions too and being left at the alter is devastating, no matter who you are.
Anyone who has lived through the devastation of loss will identify with Jake. Granted, most of us generally handle it a bit better, maybe. But, the emotions, the grief, it is all something that is hard to deal with. I so get why he shut himself off from the world.
Darius – such a sweet man. All he wants to do is love Jake. But circumstance make things look so suspect. How can he get through?
Then there is Marc. Does he really think he come back after five years and pick up where he left off?
As mentioned, this was short, but quite well done and complete. The characters were well developed. The story brought me in and had me feeling the loss and the cut-wrenching pain. I really liked how this ended. It was a good little story for me to read today.