Title: A Minor Inconvenience
Duty, honor, propriety…all fall in the face of love.
Captain Hugh Fanshawe returned from the Peninsular War with a leg that no longer works properly, thanks to a French musket ball. Now his fight against Napoleon is reduced to quiet, lonely days compiling paperwork at Horse Guards headquarters.
His evenings are spent dutifully escorting his mother and sister to stifling social engagements, where his lameness renders him an object of pity and distaste. But his orderly, restricted life is thrown into sudden disarray with the arrival of Colonel Theo Lindsay.
Theo is everything Hugh is not—a man of physical perfection and easy yet distinguished address. Surprisingly to Hugh, Theo appears to be interested in making his acquaintance. Lindsay turns out to be a most convivial companion, and Hugh finds great pleasure in his company. Their friendship deepens when they become lovers.
In spite of himself, Hugh falls desperately in love. But when a French spy is suspected at Horse Guards, Hugh discovers nothing is as it seems…and the paper he shuffles from day to day could be the instrument of his lover’s death.
Contains gallant English officers in love, dastardly French spies, skintight pantaloons (sometimes on the floor) and gleaming tasseled Hessians.
Author: Sarah Granger
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: January 14, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace, Male Male Romance, Military Romance
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After a bit of a slow start, this story completely grabbed my attention.
In the beginning, it was all about developing the characters and doing the set up. It made it a bit of slog to get to the interesting parts. Learning about Captain Hugh Fanshawe was as staid and boring, even a bit pompous, as we were lead to believe he was. Could have been designed that way to be misleading, but it almost lost me.
Captain Fanshawe was actually quite an interesting character. Rather than staid and boring, he was shy and overwhelmed by his larger than life older brothers. He was loyal to a fault, diligent in his duty, and faithful to those he loved. He was not at all pompous but maybe a bit naive. He had been wounded in war and had a pronounced limp which, according to many in the “ton,” made him unmarriageable. Rather narrow minded and I could see how he would get irritated at the pity and low opinions of those around him which could account for him seeming to be pompous. I liked Captain Fanshawe, a lot! I would love to have him as my brother.
The relationship that developed between Captain Fanshawe and Colonel Theo Lindsay was *sigh* beautiful, to say the least. There was a sort of courting involved. They didn’t immediately fall upon each other. They went to dinner. They talked. They got to know each other. It was very sweet. Of course as the story progresses, it is revealed there was more going on, but well, conflict is supposed to be needed in a good romance.
To quote from the author’s bio, “Sarah Granger is a sucker for a happy ending. She believes, however, that characters will only appreciate their happy ending if they’ve suffered along the way.” I must say, she has done a good job of it in this story. I found myself crying with Hugh. My heart broke for him. I felt his loneliness. I wanted to punch some faces, more than once.
This was ultimately a wonderful story that stole into my heart. I liked Hugh. I fell in love with Theo. I got exasperated with Hugh’s family. I am curious about Lady Emily. I would be interested in reading more about her story. The characters in this story were entertaining and enjoyable.
The story itself was exciting with plenty of intrigue and betrayal to go around. It held my attention once I got past the character introductions. Ultimately, I enjoyed this story and was glad I read it.