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  • Wow!

    As this is part of a series I already had a strong suspicion about which couple's story this novel was going to be following. And Ms Larkin confirms it straight away in a preface that appears at the beginning of the free preview that I always check out first before purchasing a book. I've never before encountered a same sex romance in an historical context except as a sub plot. I really enjoyed this one. It reminded me of how very hard it must have been to be gay in a culture where being found out could and did sometimes end in death and frequently ended in social ruin. Yet a great many people must have been quietly aware of the strong 'special friendship' between various of their friends and family and chosen not to talk publicly. Both Tom and Lucas are emotionally believable characters. I would love to meet them in real life! Definitely a keeper. I've already read it twice :)

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  • So Rare!!!!!!

    I so happy to reaf a romance with this content. its truly a pleasure to read and so very rare to come across. i see this in Manga often but never as a novel. Thank you so much for this pleasure.

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  • Wonderful regency romance with angst and heart

    Tom and Lucas have been friends since childhood, but Tom has been away at war and has experienced things that make him realize that there is more to them than just friendship. When he comes back to London he confronts Lucas with his feelings, and Lucas is reluctant, to say the least, to take things further. Tom does, however, push, someting that I feel the author has placed comfortably on the right side of too pushy. Tom has the benefit of experience and he's comfortable with who he is and what he wants. Lucas is not. I find that this is a very realistic portrayal of the Regency era, Lucas is very affraid of his feelings and very aware of how it's illegal and he's understandably carful and tries to deny his feelings, their feelings. I actually think that he comes across as demi, perhaps, he needed Tom to be able to fall in love. Not sure if this is intentional, I'm sure it wasn't unusaual for men who liked other men to be very cautious indeed, as it was necessary for them. Regardless of this a troubled but charming love continnues to grow, and we get to see how true love finally conquers all. The side characters are delightful, I especially love the families of both MCs, they're simply wonderful. This book is part of a series where the other books are M/F. The other books do also have a dash of magic, with is present to a lesser extent in this book, though neither of the MCs have an magica abilitiesm. This is still very much more a historical book than a paranormal. You do not have to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one.

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  • A nice surprise…

    Audiobook review Overall – 5 Story – 5 Performance – 5 Note: Claiming Mister Kemp is the 4th book in the Baleful Godmother series but it can be read as a standalone. I have not read the other books in this story and I enjoyed it very much! I love Hamish Long’s audiobook performances. He’s one of my favorites for MM audiobooks. I say that this audiobook was a nice surprise because when I requested a review copy of the audiobook from the author, I had totally forgotten that I reviewed the ebook back in 2017. As I started listening, the story seemed familiar. I’m kind of obsessive about keeping copies of book reviews that I’ve written and, sure enough, I found a copy of what I wrote back then. As has happened to me in the past, listening to the audiobook increased my appreciation of the story. Because it’s been over four years since I read the book, listening to the audiobook was like it was my first time experiencing the story. This is a touching story about Tom, who knows what he wants and goes after it, and his friend Lucas who's afraid to take a chance at happiness with Tom. Their story is a tender one and I very much enjoyed reading how Lucas was finally able to come to terms with what he wanted. The support of his family and staff was wonderful and instrumental in his coming to terms with the love he felt for Tom. In the past 4 years I’ve read over 500 books and I think I can safely say that 95% of those have been MM books. Claiming Mister Kemp stands up well against the other historical MM books I’ve read. A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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