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- Print Length: 204 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GJDTSGE
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The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe (The Auspicious Troubles of Love Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I remember reviewing the first book in the Trouble of Love series, and having to divide the book into three parts to explain what worked, what really worked, and what didn't quite. This time I think I can divide the story into halves.
The First Half:
Boy did this work. Oh, it really worked for me. There was great tension between Johnnie and Henry, and the scenes leading up to their finally connecting physically are just yummy. I LOVE sexual tension, and Ms Cochet writes this beautifully. I couldn't put the book down for hours.
Each and every scene hooked me, either I was drooling or laughing or biting my lip as Johnnie and Henry danced around each other, or I was fascinated with the whole cast of other gay guys (teens and kids) in the manor. All of them had such interesting (and sad) pasts, and it hit my soft spots that these boys were getting the chance to be in a family.
There is, it must be said, an element of the set-up being unrealistic or too good to be true, but I am very happy to suspend belief on a few points and immerse myself in this could-be, wouldn't-it-be-nice-if-it-were-true world. Especially if there is a good romance happening!
Although this is a historical novel, it really didn't feel like one. Yes, there are clues of course, and the characters language reflects that, but somehow the essence of this story feels timeless. Johnnie has had a very hard upbringing, and Henry is the sweet guy who just wants to help him.
I have to say one other thing: (view spoiler)
For me, the first half of this book was the best thing I've read all year. 5+ stars.
The Second Half:
Very enjoyable. The story took a few twists that I didn't quite love, but I didn't hate either. I guess, if I had it my way, I'd have had the two dancing a little longer before releasing ;) the tension.
There was perhaps a touch too much of the same inner monologues/discussions with Chance/Jacky happening in the second half about why Johnnie shouldn't be with Henry. I did like how Ben manages to pull Johnnie away from Henry in a realistic way, and I guess I thought it was going to end up Ben being one of the main antagonists. Because the manipulation he was capable of was really quite brilliant.
But that con was a minor one. In many other ways, the plot twists make sense to the story, especially considering Johnnie, Jacky, and Chance's backgrounds (and the first book). That action helps to tie in the two books a bit more together, somehow. So really, I'm two minds about it.
And, of course, the story ended with a lovely HEA and left me hankering for the next in the series. I've read a few reviews that really want Aubrey's story, and yes, I'm very interested in his story too, but I also can't wait to read about the others in the house. In particular Conrad and Connor's story. Maybe something YA like? Or wait until they're older. But I'm curious with those two!
4 -4.5 stars.
It’s eight years after the original story and the guys are settled into Hawthorne Manor along with seven young men, most of whom have been kicked out of their homes for being queer like themselves, but Jacky lovingly provides a nurturing environment for them. And Johnnie always helps them transition into this makeshift family, usually by sharing his own story. He simply doesn’t see how much everyone around him loves and trusts him. He has no idea of his own value at all.
Most of the story involves Johnnie’s struggles with coming to terms with his love for Henry, and Henry’s love for him. He attempts to distance himself either physically or emotionally several times but he can’t quite make the total break that he keeps attempting. A crisis leads him to see Henry in a new light and he finally shares some of the details of his past abuse with him but still he’s unable to fully commit. It’s not until the man who Johnnie was seeing for sex attacks Jacky and that crisis leads to another that involves him and Henry, that Johnnie is finally willing to open his heart to the love that’s all around him.
There were many introspective and emotional moments throughout the story, but I especially loved this section where Henry tells him: “There are no easy answers, no miracle cures, or quick procedures. There’s hard work, good days, and wretched days, but there is always hope.” That talk was like a life preserver to Johnnie as he grasped the hope that was offered.
A very well done emotional journey, this is a wonderful sequel to one of my favorite stories by an author who has moved into my personal favorites list. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a historical romance and anyone who appreciates the depth of the emotional bond one person can form with another. That is evidenced not only in the couple featured in this story, but also in the revisit we have with Jacky and Chance where we bear witness to their enduring love. Thanks for giving us more of these guys, Charlie. And hint, hint, maybe another story in this series in the future?