A village clergyman...
Curate James Fletcher is content shepherding his parishioners through the good and bad times of their lives. If he sometimes dreams of making a deeper connection with a man who truly knows everything about him, it is an impulse he ignores.
A devoted businessman...
Declan Shaw solves problems at his family’s many business enterprises. Recently, he’s considered ceasing his travels to pursue a few desires of his own. He’d love to explore his secret love of cooking and perhaps have a relationship with a man that lasts longer than a night.
The event that brings them together...
In town for his cousin’s wedding, Declan meets James just as he’s bested the annoying groom. Intrigued by the mild-mannered cleric’s surprising spirit, Declan asks James to help him discover if his aging aunt is being mistreated by her spouse.
As their paths repeatedly cross, the men reach an intersection of attraction they can’t ignore. Will they dare purse forbidden passion and continue to journey together into the future, or will their differences tear them apart?
Once again, Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon have brought to us a great story set in the past where the laws are more strict. I think what I love most about their stories and this one is a perfect example, is that yes the relationship that is building between the main characters is illegal with dangerous ramifications if found out and yet that aspect is not the center of the story, it's touched on but not based on which I find to be very refreshing.
With The Merchant and the Clergyman, Declan and James have an instant connection but that does not mean it comes easy to them. As for the secondary characters, Kip and Emily, well I didn't think I would care for either but I have to admit Emily surprises me and in a good way. I think the mystery lover in me would have preferred a little more concrete conclusion to the aunt's story but as I write this and look back at the story as a whole, I think it was written the best way possible to fit the characters, the setting, and the time frame.
I still have a few from the author's backlist yet to read but I am looking forward to whatever is coming next from Dee & Devon.
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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