Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lee Rowan's Tangled Web

The conflict that is central to most (all?) books in the romance genre feels so much more natural in Lee Rowan's Tangled Web: An M/M Romance because it is a romance between two men in Regency London. There are details of horse riding and breeding, old army days, a young woman's high-society courtship. There is a secret underground sex club with a feeling of escape and subculture within a culture of propriety reminiscent of parts of Sarah Waters's Tipping the Velvet.

This is a gentle romance between a younger and older man (although it is a fresh twist that the younger is the more active seducer) and a quick read. The tone is sensual, mysterious, exciting, taboo, tense. The characters are simple yet relatable and their progression of feelings is clear and universal.

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