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Nocturnal Lessons: A Gay Historical Fantasy (Damon Snow #1) Kindle Edition
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So on to this book. The incubus facet was superfluous. The historical fiction was more of a costume piece. I saw very little evidence of research.
To really be honest, I disliked this book except for two factors: the writing skills the author has may become excellent, she has a admirable handle on grammar and spelling and formatting.
I'll probably pick up a full length novel without the paranormal angle, if she writes one, but not until.
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.
In fact, I was unable to finish it. I found that I could not empathize
with the main characters. Also, for a paranormal story, I was expecting
more, well, paranormal -- which just wasn't there. That, and too much
self-serving inner dialog for me. I'm sure others may like this style
though. As they say, to each his own.