Delaney, former pickpocket and now a member of the Andrews theater clan, performs magic tricks as Billbo the Magnificent. Hired to entertain at a fancy dress ball, the magician is struck by the lurking, dramatic figure of the Grim Reaper. He follows Death to a quiet room for a glorious, lustful encounter.
With his identity hidden, impoverished gentleman Bartholomew Bancroft dares to indulge in an out-of-character moment to quench his forbidden yearning for another man’s touch. But in the light of day, he can’t dismiss his memories of the mysterious magician or a craving to see him again.
Bartholomew enlists the dexterous conjurer to teach him to pick pockets. His plan: to retrieve his hand-crafted jewelry taken by a vengeful ex-lover. During the lessons, Bartholomew and Delaney yield to desire, certain their affair will last only until they retrieve Bartholomew’s stolen work.
At another costume ball, the gentleman and the magician work together to foil the thief, but when all masks are abandoned at last, can lasting love remain?
Another Dee & Devon collaboration always ticks all my historical reading boxes. I will say that of the four stories in their Victorian Hearts Collection, Delaney didn't quite burrow his way into my heart as deeply as Simon, Will, and Mike did but that doesn't mean I didn't love the story it just means that if I had to rank the four books, Delaney and the Autumn Masque would be number four. As with all their collaborations, their detail to history is amazing and makes the story that much more heartwarming and believable. As for Bartholomew, not even Delaney's light-hearted and vibrant attitude toward life can bring him to step up and speak from the heart until he's faced with losing it. But is it too late? Well for that answer, you'll have to read it yourself because as you know, I don't do spoilers, I will say that you definitely want to find out just what Delaney and Bartholomew's story is all about.
I began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, I was the designated ghost tale teller. I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.
Writing childish stories for my own pleasure led to majoring in English at college. Like most English majors, I dreamed of writing a novel, but at that time in my life didn't have the necessary focus and follow through. Then life happened. A husband and children occupied the next twenty years and it was only in 2000 that I began writing again.
I enjoy dabbling in many genres. Each gives me a different way to express myself. I've developed a habit of writing every day that's almost an addiction. I don't think I could stop now if I tried.
Summer Devon is the pen name writer Kate Rothwell often uses. Whether the characters are male or female, human or dragon, her books are always romance.
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Delaney and the Autumn Masque #4
Simon and the Christmas Spirit #1
Will and the Valentine Saint #2
Mike and the Spring Awakening #3