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Nocturnal Lessons: A Gay Historical Fantasy (Damon Snow #1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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That was yesterday. A little niggle somewhere had me ignoring my list and I started to read about Damon. I finished after a straight, very enjoyable, six hours.
A major benefit for this m/m virgin is the historical aspect of the book. No date is given but with a background of work houses, slaves and sodomy being a hanging offence I would think mid 1800s.
In the aristocracy wives provide children, mistresses provide amusement and underage urchins scratch an itch. If a gentleman swings towards other pleasures there are Molly houses or, in Damon's case, regular visitors. The staff are paid not to notice.
The book does contain some graphic m/m sex but it is not gratuitous and fits in well with the actual plot. It was the perfect book for me to lose my cherry over.
Although one review said the opening was a little slow, I really liked it since it showed the relationship so easily between Byrne and Damon, and it felt like you knew the two of them for quite some time. Byrne already became an interesting character since he wasn't the generically attractive man, but his personality gave him good depth.
As for Damon himself, I find him hysterical. The author has a good sense for her style of writing and her setting of the book, I think, and gives him a great personality and an even better, sassier sense of humor, intentional or not. He certainly draws you into his life with the descriptions, colorful characters, and inner monologues.
I do believe that there can be more added about Damon's interesting heritage, but since there's going to be more editions, I feel like the author can have more room to run with the idea since it can shape up to be something interesting and really incorporate the supernatural element.
If the end was supposed to be suspense it could have used a few more sentences.
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