- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc. (November 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933720093
- ISBN-13: 978-1933720098
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Standish Paperback – November 6, 2006
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I found the characters very sympathetic and refreshingly multidimensional. Society's intolerance of homosexuality can't help but be a major theme--it was regularly punished by death in Regency England--at the same time, the issue is explored with such delicacy and consideration, that I didn't feel preached to or hit over the head with it. I also found it refreshing that the two representatives of religion in the story were sympathetic to the protagonists, and struggled to understand and befriend them, despite their strong objections to homosexuality.
The sex is graphic and frequent. At the same time, it is so beautifully described, that one would be hard pressed (no pun) to be offended by it.
But most of all, this is an excellent, excellent story. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.
This is a gay story with lots of gay male sex, gay male talk, gay male musings, and gay male dilemmas. For the most part, the author gets the sexual episodes nearly right, if a bit overdone. This soft male porn isn't always a realistic rendition of what sex really looks/sounds/smells/feels like. But the love, the intimacy, the closeness and the need for physical attention and affection are indeed well-portrayed. The sex really does spice up the story.
The story itself is less believable, frankly, than the sex, but it is an engaging tale. Too bad so may people are so badly damaged and so badly damage each other throughout. Sometimes, in reading stories like this, I yearn for the normal people who actually populate my life. They are every bit as interesting as these fictional ones and never quite so tragic. This story follows one disastrous episode after another in the lives of these sometimes pitiful but interesting characters.
Make no mistake. This is not literature.Read more ›
Ambrose is set to be a delicious sacrificial lamb from the beginning, his innocence and humility glittering jewels in the eyes of a cad like Rafe. Ambrose's fall is inevitable. That foreshadowing drives the plot well, though the pace moves slowly in some places. Author Erastes still manages to sustain the expected sympathy for Ambrose, also revealing hidden heart-soreness in Rafe along the way. Unraveling the complex tangle of Rafe's feelings and Ambrose's insecurities Erastes shows how Rafe's wounds fuel his utter lack of self control, which precludes his ability to confide in Ambrose about his tormented past or to root honestly into their bond. Feeling sympathy for Rafe is unexpected though it is a significant facet of his character and nuance of their journey together. Factor in an unlikely foil to both Ambrose and Rafe, and Erastes creates tangible tension through the novel's end.
Despite it's familiar arrangement of romantic archetypes this story is no boy bodice ripper.Read more ›
sufficient to place us in Regency England convincingly, but the author should know that Ambrose could not have been reading Dracula in 1821. It was published in 1897.
I take exception to the nom de plume of Erastes, as it is misleading. The word, with its definitively, classical Greek male lover provenance, is not one to be miscast for commercial purposes. Still, despite these essential quibbles, it is probably a better novel than most in its genre. Erastes must stay her hand and reflect. Her novels can be better,as this novel shows real promise. And,she must abandon those open-ended conclusions. She betrays the reader when she offers no satisfactory denouement.
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This story had me on pins and needles the entire time. The emotional roller coaster that both Standish and Rafe ride is happy at times but it's the moments of... Read more
I was prepared to be absolutely delighted by this book, but even after three tries it's still a did-not-finish for me. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Ann DeStefano
I loved this book and period piece story (which I love the best) it was so wonderful the telling of two men in love but also afraid of love too! Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by R. Spurlock
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Ambrose Standish is pretty, delicate, and blond, and deprived of the land and house which should by right be his... Read more
Ah, lovely---I'm quite drawn to gay historical novels (a genre which has really started taking off in the past few years), and this one fits the bill nicely. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by octobercountry
After reading Transgressions, I was looking for a novel to keep me in a different time - and with Standish, I found the read I was looking for! Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by D. Slaughter
This book is a good read if you are in the mood for an intense drama about love, sex and loss among a varied collection of gay men in 1820's England. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Diane
I love this book. Very romantic, great characters, well written, well paced, probably the best m/m romance I've read.Published on May 9, 2009 by emmy
Ambrose Standish, young and intelligent but not in the best of health, needs to find a way to help support his family. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer