- File Size: 3879 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1973851539
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (August 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074YBSW9L
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Will, of 'Memories' by Ruby Moone, is presented with “an offer he can't refuse”, taking care of Captain Dearne, a very ill man who is the former owner of Denton Manor and current source of all Will’s woes, he's resentful. Will doesn't care what happens to the man. What starts out as an obligation has the potential to become so much more.
When Will accepts the job of trying to keep Captain Dearne alive, he's not feeling too charitable. After all, Dearne is the reason Will has to uproot his whole life. Dearne's wanton, feckless life is the antithesis of everything Will believes in. Will has done everything he can to distance himself from the despicable attitudes held by the upper class. Will escaped and has no intention of going back. When he discovers that his charge is nothing like Will expects him to be, he's perplexed as well as frightened. Will has spent years fighting the “unnatural” desires he was punished so severely for having. Being with Dearne feels nothing like he's been told it should, but his fear is still there.
Dearne's physical condition is serious, but his mental health suffers as well. Dearne is in pain and confused about why he's lost his memory of what happened to land him under the care of a stranger who seems to hate him. Dearne is so fragile that Will's attitude softens as he realizes that he's wrong about Dearne. Comforting him becomes as natural as breathing. There's so much to set right: Who sold the manor from under him? Who wants him dead? Why he can't remember any of it? Dearne is nearly overwhelmed with the enormity and uncertainty of his task, but when Will tells him comes with him, Dearne knows he can accomplish it.
This was an exciting historical romance with a touch of intrigue and many twists and turns. I especially liked Dearne and was thrilled that he wasn't as bad as I originally thought he’d be. I felt sorry for Will that because of ignorance and fear, he thought of himself as an abomination: without Dearne's influence he would have missed an opportunity to love and be loved. Thanks, Ruby, for a great adventure. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
There’s plenty of intrigue and a bit of suspense in this story from the mystery of who is trying to get rid of Dearne, to how his manor home was lost, to what happened to his memories, to who Will really is…and if you think you know who’s behind things, well—think again. I changed my mind a few times as I read, and I honestly couldn’t be sure until just before the reveal near the end.
As for the romance? I really liked that things developed slowly, mostly due to Will’s hesitancy (which goes back to the ‘who Will really is’ question and things that happened in his past). Nothing is rushed, even when at times Dearne would try to push Will a bit out of his comfort zone. They are actually really good together, and I thought how Will was with Dearne when he would have nightmares was sweet.
I loved the supporting characters, particularly Dearne’s sister Araminta and her companion—especially later in the story with the support they showed for both him and Will. All of the supporting characters added depth to the story, and everyone’s actions contributed to the uncertainty I had in figuring out who was trying to get rid of Dearne.
Overall, I truly enjoyed Memories and am giving it 4.5 stars. For this genre, the author does a really great job at giving readers the angst of same sex relationships for the time period without sacrificing a happy ending. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.