4 Stars for Duet by Eden Winters #MM #Historical @Dreamspinners


Title: Duet
Author Name & Publisher: Eden Winters (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length:February 18th 2013 – 200 Pages


A conqueror’s decree can’t separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan’s forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family’s name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil’s younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well.

Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn’t count on his charges’ English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds.

Aillil’s father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend.

Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan—and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover’s return. Billy doesn’t believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life.

But the Lost Laird knows his own.

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This book was just “awwwwwwwwwwww.”
The book starts off as historical. It’s the 18th century and Malcolm, a teacher who loves to play the violin, is gay. He’s so scared and careful that he’s never had a lover before. He runs away to Scotland, hoping that he could resist the temptation in the wilds of the beautiful place, but he meets Aillil, the Lard’s eldest son.
Oh Aillil hates the english, he even starts off by not liking Malcolm, until he realizes that the teacher, who is teaching his brothers, isn’t evil. They fall in love and start a forbidden romance…only to lose each other. Malcolm wasn’t murdered, he died because of a plague. *sniff*
Aillil refuses to completely let Malcolm go, so with the help of ancient magic, Aillil waits for his love to be born again.
Then the author skips to present time. I don’t wanna give any more info cause I’ll end up giving too much away, but the story is bittersweet, but doesn’t have a sad ending. I recommend this to those who love reading historical romance mixed with magic.


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You will know Eden Winters by her distinctive white plumage and exuberant cry of “Hey, y’all!” in a Southern US drawl so thick it renders even the simplest of words unrecognizable. Watch out, she hugs!

Driven by insatiable curiosity, she possibly holds the world’s record for curriculum changes to the point that she’s never quite earned a degree but is a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit.

She’s trudged down hallways with police detectives, learned to disarm knife-wielding bad guys, and witnessed the correct way to blow doors off buildings. Her e-mail contains various snippets of forensic wisdom, such as “What would a dead body left in a Mexican drug tunnel look like after six months?” In the process of her adventures she has written fourteen m/m romance novels, has won several Rainbow Awards, was a Lambda Awards Finalist, and lives in terror of authorities showing up at her door to question her Internet searches.

When not putting characters in dangerous situations she’s a mild-mannered business executive, mother, grandmother, vegetarian, and PFLAG activist.

Her natural habitats are airports, coffee shops, and on the backs of motorcycles.


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