- File Size: 3782 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986618489
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Seamchecker Ent.; 1 edition (October 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IUL6VOY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
That Potent Alchemy (Treading the Boards Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Historical romances, for the most part, have a common denominator -- couples DO NOT rush into the act of love-making. In this genre, I've discovered couples are more prone to tread slowly, basking in the rewards of subtle touches and lustful glances. They understand the act of foreplay with their words holds the same amount of power, if not more, than succumbing to the carnal impulse to inert slot A into slot B.
In "That Potent Alchemy", Isaac and Grace had their share of tender touches and they also dabbled in various acts of eroticism: oils, scarf, and a strap-on. I have to say I'm impressed with Isaac's attitude and reaction to Grace's "prick". He wasn't close-minded and found himself thoroughly enjoying his *never before touched* area pleasured.
Now when the couple wasn't seeking sexual satisfaction, a plot was unfolding. Someone was attempting to sabotage the play Isaac was a set designer for and Grace was dancing/acting in. For me, the plot seemed like a problem any theatre company would face then or now. For that, I give Tess props. (no pun intended) :-D
Tess stayed true to circumstances faced my anyone in the "business" and also delivered us a nice portion of romance/kinkery.
Lovely work, Tess!
I love, love, love Grace to pieces. I really do. She is cautious, self-reliant, a bit snarky. But there wasn't enough discussion of her feelings on gender to satisfy me. We get lots of hints of something shifting in her from time to time, but I'm not sure I would have picked up she's genderfluid if the cover copy hadn't said so. That's just me though, hungry for all the exploration on gender and presentation.
Our other lead is Isaac, an amateur chemist who works the special effects for stage shows. Most of the drama in the book revolves around these special effects, and it was so interesting to read about. The crew behind theatrical performances rarely get their stories told. I adored Isaac quite a bit too, although I liked him way more when he was around Grace.
Grace and Isaac are so much fun together, and I giggled so much during their romantic scenes. I loved how Isaac threw himself completely at Grace while still respecting her boundaries. And when Grace alluded to pegging him and he didn't say no, heh heh heh, that was probably the moment I fell in love with these two.
I had a few nitpicky issues with the end, particularly what one antagonist's punishment is, but most of the book was a real pleasure to read. While this is the third in the series, there's no need to have read the previous two books to fully enjoy Grace and Isaac's story. Bowery's fabulous writing makes this feel like its own standalone.
***e-ARC provided by NetGalley***
This is a mf Regency romance set in the London theater scene but it's not all about the glamour and the actors and actresses, but also about the people behind the scene who make the magic on stage happen. I found it refreshing and really interesting to get a glimpse of the live of "ordinary"and, well, not so ordinary people in Regency London.
Another element that sets this story apart from most historical romaines in that both hero and heroine are people of colour and race issues feature somewhat prominently in the story. That and gender identity issues. All this was explored in a plot involving some magic stage effects, one bet and some secret plans being stolen and it made one intriguing, tender and real love story.
I liked the author's writing style, the story flowed smoothly and there is a neat balance between the intensity of the romantic plot and intrigue of the suspense plot.
Both main characters, Grace and Isaac were outstanding. He reads a beta to me, something not represented often enough in romance and I (and Grace) found him completely irresistible. He is caring and loving and persistent without coming off of domineering or patronising. He is fascinated by Grace and absolutely open to being with her on her own terms. I loved his reaction to her uniqueness, his willingness to try new things, meet the challenges she posed, it all built the ground for the intimacy she so feared, yet craved.
As I said Grace is unique in many ways, an actress, a ballet dancer, and overall amazing, extra-ordinary human being. I found her fascinating and I loved the way the author presented her gender-fluid nature - the doubts and fears, the determination to be true to oneself, the courage it took to share this with a lover. It was interesting and beautiful though I think there was room for more in-depth exploration of this issue.
This is a very character focused story and it had everything I love in a good romance - initial hesitation, slow getting to know each other which leads to moments of tenderness and true intimacy. The romance followed the gradual growth of mutual attraction into love and desire to share one's life with the that special other person.
It short, this is a wonderful historical romance done with a lot of thought and care about the details. Definitely a recommended read!