Title: Lovers Entwined
Author Name & Publisher: Lillian Francis (Finally Love Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 3, 2015 – 398 pgs
Ewan Matthews is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey Capell is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type—a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.
Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside.
Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past.
I fell in love with Ewan Matthews, the bookish genealogist of Lillian Francis’s Lovers Entwined. Sadly, he’s gay, so my chances are slim. He becomes embroiled in a story (spoiler: stories) involving Trey Capell, a snotty beach bum looking for pirates in his family tree.
It’s Ewan’s journey that’s most compelling, falling down a family tree that reveals that love is eternal, soulmates are real, and history, so often, is tragic. Trey’s coming-of-age coincides in a more earthly, but still interesting manner. His grandfather, “Pops” is both an amusing character and a link to the past.
I loved this book. It has torrid, forbidden romance, ups and downs, triumph and grief, and it made me CRY. Not since Mercy Celeste’s “Shift in Time” have I been so moved by characters’ plights, and the ghosts of homophobia that still taint our rainbow-covered modern world, gay marriage or not.
My criticisms are weak. I wish Paige, the antagonist, had been painted in a more sympathetic light. Female = Villain is a familiar trope, but mature adults dealing with life is more appealing to me. The sex left me eh, but if you want a good Romance Novel, this one’s it.
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