Sunday, April 19, 2015

ARc Review: The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

The Bohemian and the Banker
From the blurb:
Sent to Paris on business, Nigel Warren doesn’t quite understand why his colleagues’ eyes twinkle as they tell him to meet them at a local night spot.

When he discovers it’s a drag cabaret and his acquaintances aren’t there, he realizes he’s the butt of a joke. Yet he finds himself quite undone by a singer dressed in an elegant gown, crooning a spellbinding ballad.

It’s not unusual for Jay, a former Londoner, to bring a new “friend” home from the cabaret, but he’s never had a guest quite like Nigel, whose straitlaced manner hides an unexpected passionate streak.

One romantic night on a rooftop under starry skies, followed by an afternoon enjoying the excitement of the 1901 Paris Exposition, bonds these opposites in a way neither can forget—even after they part.

Their spark reignites when Jay comes to London, but he’s not sure he can go back to hiding his true self, not even for the sake of love…unless Nigel is willing to shed his cloak of staid respectability and take a leap of faith.

Heather's rating:

REALLY enjoyed this historical from the lovely writing duo of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon! These authors created a historical romance that felt fresh, exciting, and atmospheric: I couldn't get enough!

This book had SO many things that I love. First of all, ladies and gentleman, WE HAVE A VIRGIN! A sweet, sweet nubile banker who is just primed and waiting for corruption! I have a huge weakness for virgin MCs, so this book had my name written all over it!

I also loved the "opposites attract" storyline. Sometimes opposites attract couples feel forced or false. Honestly, it is hard to create chemistry with two people who seem really different from one another or have little in common. But these two authors did an excellent job with Jay and Nigel. They felt like yin and yang, perfectly accentuating each other. I adored them as a couple and what they brought out in each other.

I also really liked the cross-dressing theme. Jay is a man who enjoys his feminine side. He is truly bohemian and runs with an artistic crowd, and feels most himself when he can be both Jay and Jean Michael, his drag alter ego. I liked how the book presented both aspects of Jay, and how Nigel responded to him.

It is hard for me to find faults with this lovely story. I was transported to 1900s Paris and London, and I was swept away in the beauty of the writing. I think all Dee/Devon fans will eat this one up: I know I did!

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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