Sunday, April 3, 2016

ARC Review: The Copper by Bonnie Dee

Jaded lord, stalwart cop, instant attraction.

Lord Avery Wickersham wakes from a night’s debauchery at a bordello to police officers pounding on the bedroom door. During the vice raid, Constable Connor Tate is ready to arrest the lord and his two male sex partners when Avery’s glib tongue earns a reprieve for his friends if not for himself.

From this grim beginning, men as opposite as summer and winter slowly work their way to an unexpected spring. Avery is ripe for a change in his aimless life, while Connor struggles between duty and desire. Overwhelming passion takes them by storm, but can a rush of lust evolve into love when their lives are so different?

While Avery attempts altruism by volunteering at a charity mission, Connor uncovers government corruption and an evil man who brings torture and death to his victims. The duo join forces to try to stop the killer, but when one of the lovers faces peril, their time may run out.

Dani's rating:

I enjoy Bonnie Dee's work and while this book is well written and historically accurate (to my eye, at least), it's also darker and grittier than I was expecting.

The blurb mentions "government corruption and an evil man who brings torture and death to his victims." Warning: the torture is quite vividly described and occurs both off and on page.

One of the MCs, Connor, is a conflicted cop who sees the corruption in the police force in turn of the nineteenth century London but is powerless to stop it. He's forced to participate in a raid set up to ruin the city's population of gay men. This is particularly horrifying because Connor is gay but has tamped down his "perverse desires" in order to obey the law.

It's during the raid that Connor meets Avery, a wealthy lord whose sole purpose in life is to seek amusement. Connor finds Avery nude and in bed with two male companions.

I really liked the quiet friendship that grows between Connor and Avery. The men come from very different backgrounds but have much in common, including a strong mutual attraction, which leads to intense sexual exploration.

Connor is forced to choose between his duty and his convictions. As Avery reminds him, there's a difference between law and justice.

I wasn't as engaged with this story as I wanted to be. By the halfway mark, I had to work to finish. I don't want to read horror in my romance, and the last 30 percent was truly grim and disturbing. The ending is a HFN, realistic with a hint of sun peeking through the clouds.

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