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The Only Gold [Kindle Edition]

Tamara Allen , Cory Clubb
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Book Description

Jonah Woolner's life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It's a satisfying life until he's passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who's convinced Reid's progressive ideas will be the bank's ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there's more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid's charms-but unlocking the vault to all of Reid's secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.

Losing his promotion-and perhaps his heart-is the least of Jonah's difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.

Editorial Reviews


"One of the aspects of your novels and short stories that I enjoy so much is your ability to create not just a sense of place, but the fullness of the historical moment in which you are writing. As you did in Whistling in the Dark and If It Ain't Love, you paint a compelling, rich picture of life in New York City, this time in the late 19th Century. Jonah commutes to the bank by a combination of walking and streetcar, and we make that journey with him. The bank comes to life through your words, as do the people who work there. Jonah's boarding house is full of the kinds of characters that populated Americana novels of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they are utterly believable. For me this novel recalls the writers of the urban landscape of the United States in that era, like Dreiser writing about Chicago in Sister Carrie. [...] Anyone who reads my reviews knows how high a premium I place on context and historical authenticity. For me, you're the gold standard, and this book is an exemplar."
- Sunita, Dear Author

"You gave us two wonderful lead characters in Jonah and Reid. They leapt off the page at me, they were so wonderfully drawn. It was so easy to picture the buttoned-up Jonah, living his life through the day-to-day workings of the bank, and the charismatic Reid, infuriating poor Jonah with his easy-going ways and self-confident smile. I liked the fact too that Reid had a vulnerable aspect to his personality however and that Jonah was sensitive enough to be aware of it. Their burgeoning relationship was positively heartwarming to read, in fact the whole novel had a tremendous feelgood factor to it and I found the whole thing really uplifting."
- Chris Dixon

About the Author

Tamara lives in the piney woods north of Houston, Texas, where she spends her time on administrative work, taking care of her family, and writing when she gets the chance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tamara Allen; Second edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romance March 23, 2011

When I was a child I used to imagine that one day I will get to travel in the time travel machine to some of my favorite eras in the past to see for myself how people lived in those days. Of course I know now that this is not possible, but in a sense
this book for me had been a perfect substitute of the time travel machine. It transported me to another era. I felt that I was in the year 1888 in the city that gave me a second home, just as it gave second home to Jonah and Reid. I really loved this writer's another historical romance "Whistling in the Dark" and I would have been quite okay with this novel if her writing stayed at the level of "Whistling in the Dark", but in my opinion it improved so much. The settings seemed meticulously researched. It was so much fun reading about Jonah walking on the Wall street, or him and Reid taking a walk on Broadway and thinking about how much these streets changed from year 1888 to our time. Language is clear and easy to understand overall, but it definitely has historical flavor. You can see, feel and smell everything that is taking place around you.

Jonah Woolner had been an assistant cashier in the New York Bank for the last fourteen years since he was nineteen years old.

His life and his work are basically the same thing, he lives and breathes according to the rules he thinks banker should follow. He is hoping to be promoted to the cashier since he had been doing this work for months, but when our story begins

Jonah learns that Board of Directors hired the newcomer Reid Hylliard as the cashier instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and delightful, as usual. March 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved both Tamara Allen's previous novels (Downtime and Whistling in the Dark) so I knew I had to get this. (And now that I've read all three I can't choose a favorite. They're all quite brilliant.) Jonah is such a fussy character, but oddly charming, and I immediately found myself feeling very protective of him. Reid is everything that Jonah is not - outgoing, charismatic, and spontaneous - yet he clearly cares for Jonah. I cheered for them as a couple with what I can only imagine was a very sappy grin on my face. Then their sweet romance is interrupted and, as the previous reviewer stated, the last quarter or so is quite thrilling. I found myself turning the pages much too quickly, my heart in my throat. What a fantastic read - completely satisfying, romantic, and delightful. I absolutely adored this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamara Allen is one of the best... August 27, 2011
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Both of Allen's previous novels "Whistling in the Dark" and "Downtime" are superbly written and richly plotted. This third book lives up to those, and offers the lucky reader a new experience to savor, emotionally as well as literarily.

In the world of m/m romance, Tamara Allen is one of the rare few (along with Alex Beecroft) who can pull off a historic setting and do it with near perfection. Her use of language, her research into historical detail, and her ability to create a romantic atmosphere that works for a modern reader without imposing anachronistic details or attitudes - all of this is impressive, and clearly has earned her a devoted readership.

I'm not sure how many of her readers are men - so I'll make it clear that I am. I'm also a museum curator, and my specialty is the Gilded Age. I'm the annoying person who critiques movies like "Gone with the Wind" because they don't get the Civil War period right. The point being that Allen can write an historical novel and make it sing AND ring true. Jack Finney's famous "Time and Again," did it really well, and Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" also did...but neither of these best-selling authors exceeds Allen's skill. And, of course, neither of them was a gay romance.

Allen draws out emotional tension as well as Jane Austen did, if for different reasons. Reid Hyllier and Jonah Woolner are characters that are authentic in every way, and I fell for them just the way I was supposed to. In some ways Allen's writing is really speculative fiction, in that she writes about something (i.e. men in love with men) that was never written about at the time...but nonetheless's powerful to be able to give that a voice that doesn't sound like "today," and allows the reader to fall into the fantasy of "what if...?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and i didn't have to pay for this??? May 7, 2013
By D New
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what a great read...totally satisfied afterwards. it would have been worth a purchase price, but what a gift to one's self for free. much better quality than the majority of the free finds on kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Gold by Tamara Allen October 20, 2011
By Elisa
Tamara Allen always amazes me, but I should not be surprised. In particular this time I enjoyed very much this turn of the nineteen century New York City gay romance since I was still fresh from my reading of the essay Gay Metropolis, and it was really fascinating to read a romanced version of the real life stories I read in that essay.

Even more it was nice since the men in this novel are ordinary guys, living in a city that is not yet metropolis, Manhattan of 1888, but still a city in comparison to the place where one of them, Jonah, was born and raised. Jonah came to the city he now calls home with a secret, a secret that he has taken hidden from everyone; more than 14 years later, he has built a comfortable life for himself as an assistant cashier to a privately owned bank institution. Someone of you will think what a boring job for a romance hero, but trust me, it's not like that. Reading about Jonah's life, so common for the bachelors of the time, boarding a room in a respectable house managed by two spinster sisters, eating "dinner" (at 12.00 a.m.!) in the café in front of the office and going back home by foot or cab (I suppose it was an horse trained cab...) was like living his life. The small details of this ordinary life were perfect and just enough to give you the feeling of the time without boring you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I felt as if I were really there in 1888 Manhattan; a beautiful...
"'Not much in this old world isn't better, shared.'"

A brilliant, informative, authentically voiced, emotional and capturing read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Adrienne
4.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride
Defensive, stilted, humorless, legalistic, paranoid, stubborn. In short, uptight and strait-laced. Just like me at his age. Read more
Published 12 months ago by William R. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I really do love the way Tamara Allen writes. I loved this book just as much as all others I've read of hers,so far. Highly recommend.
Published 14 months ago by Jus
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romance
Another great effort by Ms. Allen. I like her smart writing.

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Published 16 months ago by FLPeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
Fast paced with twists and turns. As always Tamara leaves the reader wanting more! A sequel to this wonderful novel is a must.
Published 17 months ago by Barry J Branham
5.0 out of 5 stars A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE!
I love Tamara Allen writting, and I specially love her historic romances. The way she describes places is just amazing. I like a lot this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roxana Rangel
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Wonderful story. Well written, believable and enthralling. Loved the characters. Well worth the price. Definitely recommended. So close to five stars.
Published 21 months ago by Annie Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
4.5 stars

This has been an absolutely delightful and enchanting read. I'm usually not that much of a fan when it comes to historical fiction. Read more
Published 22 months ago by karlakolumna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, entertaining and smart
Great historical mystery with good detail for the period. Rich characters both in the background as well as the main couple. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sarah B.
5.0 out of 5 stars just read it
Anything that Tamara allen writes is going to be great. she knows how to put a story together and give you the best you've ever read. Read more
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